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New Councilman—John Wittneben

By Staff | Nov 4, 2008

Mayor Lyle Hevern, left, swears in new Ward II councilman John Wittneben during Monday’s meeting. EDN photo by Mary Ann Menendez

Following a unanimous vote, John Wittneben was sworn in as the new Ward II representative on the Estherville City Council Monday.

It was pointed Wittneben’s appointment is for one year, until the seat is up for election.

In other matters, Councilwoman Sue Nelson submitted her letter of resignation as the city representative on the Regional Wellness Center Board of Directors, effective Nov. 1.

Her letter read, “It has been rewarding to be a part of the successful launch of the RWC. I will continue to be an active supporter of the important role the wellness center plays in our community and county.”

There was no interest forthcoming from the council. It was suggested that, ideally, an elected official who was also a member of the RWC consider the position. Persons who are interested can contact Mayor Lyle Hevern or Nelson for more information.

A colorful brochure was distributed to the council and explains what the Emmet County Community Foundation is all about.

Nelson is chair for this endeavor.

The foundation is a local, non-profit, charitable affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

The brochure reads, “We were established by local citizens to improve the quality of life right here in Emmet County-both now and in the future-by making grants to support local non-profit organizations and projects.”

The basic premise is simple -the foundation makes it easy to give something back to the community.

“Individuals, families, business and organizations may choose to create charitable funds or contribute to the Charitable Unrestricted Fund which helps to meet the challenges of changing times in our community in all areas of need: arts/culture, education, environment, health, human services, historical preservation.”

The local foundation expects to receive $131,604 from Iowa gaming monies and anticipates in awarding grants totaling more than $90,000.

Nelson said, “You can’t get a grant if you don’t apply.”

For more information or to make a donation, go to www.cfneia.org.

Council approve a sign permit application for Susan Omtvedt who relocated business, Heartstrings Quilting, to 11 S. Sixth St.

Hevern urges everyone to get out on Election Day (TODAY) and vote!