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Mar

Swim pool bond issue passes


Supporters of the Wave of the Future campaign gathered on Tuesday night to celebrate the passing of a bond referendum. Votes were overwhelmingly in favor of funding a new swimming pool for Guttenberg. Front from left are Karilyn McArthur, Debbie Eulberg, Jessica Cline, Bec Knudtson, Deb Moser, Molly Moser, Ammi Hugo, Norma Thiese, Julie Rastetter, Luke Hoffman and Russ Loven; back row, Dr. Robert Merrick, Judy Puls, Al Ullerich, Paula Deutmeyer, MJ Smith and Austin Greve. (Photo submitted)

In a special election on March 6, Guttenberg voters approved a measure to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $2.8 million to help finance a new swimming pool.

Unofficial results as announced by Clayton County Auditor Jennifer Garms showed 300 votes in favor and 44 opposed, for 79% voter approval. Voter turn-out was low, at only 26% of all registered eligible voters.

Wed
14
Mar

Kuempel Hardware store sold to Meuser Lumber Company


Past, present and future Guttenberg businessmen John Finch, Tom Kuempel and Charles Finch commemorated the sale of Kuempel Hardware to Meuser Lumber with a photo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Two Guttenberg businesses, each well over a century in age, have come together in Meuser Lumber Company’s March 1 purchase of Kuempel Hardware. The Press sat down with John Finch of Meuser Lumber and Tom Kuempel of Kuempel Hardware to talk about the past, present and future of the two companies. 

Wed
14
Mar

Getting to know local government Long-term safety planning is a city priority


Fire, EMS and police keep residents safe on a day-to-day basis, while three additional groups oversee long-term safety planning. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg police department, fire department and EMS manage the day-to-day safety and emergency needs of residents, but there are three additional groups that oversee long-term protection planning in case of natural disasters, safety training for city employees, and 911 communications. 

Wed
14
Mar

Elaine L. Roth

Elaine Lois Roth, 92, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Thursday, March 8, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, March 9, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Wed
14
Mar

Betty L. Duwe

Betty Louise Duwe, 94, of Garnavillo, died Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

A family inurnment will be at a later date in the Garnavillo Community Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Wed
14
Mar

Eugene H. Hafner

Eugene H. Hafner, 96, of Birmingham, Ala., passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at his residence.

Visitation was Saturday, March 3, at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home, Birmingham, Ala., followed by a celebration of life service.

Eugene was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Elkport. 

Wed
07
Mar

Christina Niehaus

Christina Emma Lena Niehaus passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Edgewood Convalescent Center.

Funeral services were Monday, March 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson. Visitation was before services at the church. 

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
07
Mar

Owen E. Kann

Owen Edward Kann, 89, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg and before services at church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Wed
07
Mar

Proposed city budget calls for slight drop in property tax levy

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 12, on the annual  budget for the coming fiscal year. For the third consecutive year, the new budget calls for a small decrease in the city's tax levy rate. The budget anticipates approximate expenditures of $11.6 million. 

Wed
07
Mar

Getting to know local government The ins and outs of city zoning


New zoning restrictions are currently underway to protect property along the top and toe (the bottom or base) of Guttenberg's bluff from becoming unstable. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The City of Guttenberg uses two distinct boards, the zoning board of adjustment and the planning and zoning commission, to keep abreast of current events and settle zoning issues that arise. The planning and zoning commission makes recommendations to the city council regarding rules and regulations, while the board of adjustment addresses special requests and exceptions to those rules. Major points of the city’s zoning policies include regulation of type of property (commercial, residential, industrial, agricultural, etc.), set-back requirements and height requirements. 

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