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Creston mayor searching for new councilperson

Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 11:50 a.m. CDT

This month, Creston Mayor Warren Woods will be searching for a new Creston City Council member.

The council accepted an official resignation Tuesday from Loyal Winborn — leaving the council after accepting an IT director position at South Hamilton School District in Jewell. He served on the council since January 2008.

Winborn’s departure leaves a vacancy on city council in ward 2. If interested in the seat, send a resume and letter of interest by email to cityclerk@crestoniowa.gov, by mail to PO Box 449, Creston, IA, 50801 or in person at 116 W. Adams St. in Creston.

Reminder: Only apply if you live within Creston’s ward 2. Don’t know which ward you live in? View the city’s ward map at www.crestoniowa.gov/citycouncil.htm or call Lisa Williamson, city clerk, at 641-782-2000.

Woods said he’s already received some interest in the seat. He noted Tuesday those applicants do not need to send any additional information.

Woods hopes to appoint a new councilperson by the first meeting in August. This new councilperson would fulfill the remainder of Winborn’s term which expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Tent revival extended

Also Tuesday, Creston City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to extend the noise permit for the tent revival festivities near Highway 34 in Creston through October.

The tent revivals are hosted by God’s Outreach Deliverance church in Creston from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and 4 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. They started in May. The church’s pastor JoAnna Davis said the revivals include prayer and worship, guest speakers and live music.

The council members agreed they had not heard noise complaints from neighbors near the tent revival. Dave Koets, ward 5 city councilman, did have some concerns with the length of the revival.

“My thought is we went from a 10-day revival to six months now,” Koets said. “That’s more having church there now. I guess, we’ve passed my definition of revival. Also, now that the church owns the tent is this going to happen every summer for six months?”

Council members Marsha Wilson, Gary Lybarger, Nancy Loudon and Koets voted in favor of expanding the noise permit for the revival through October. Ann Levine was absent and the ward 2 seat (Loyal Winborn) is vacant.

Randy White voted against the extension stating three months was long enough for the revival.

Library discussion

Mary Sid McDonald, Melvin Scadden and Frank Gale spoke against moving the city’s library from Howard Street to Lincoln School during public forum Tuesday. Jeromy Brown, Jean Weisshaar and Karl Knock spoke in favor of the move.

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