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Wed
14
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
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. 

Wed
07
Mar

Reflections on a journey through the Holy Land


Guttenberg and Colesburg residents joined a larger group touring the Holy Lands in Israel, pictured here near Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Pastor Shane Anderson and members of St. Paul and St. John’s Lutheran Churches in Guttenberg visited the Holy Land on a nine-day journey in January. Diane Schilling, Lori Anderson, Kathy Krieg, Matthew Anderson, Anne Glime, Karilyn McArthur and Matt Esser of Guttenberg and Colesburg traveled through Israel, visiting many places of biblical significance. 

Wed
28
Feb

Kuempel Hardware announces sale of business to Meuser Lumber Co.


From left, John Finch of Meuser Lumber Co. and Tom Kuempel of Kuempel Hardware mark the beginning of a new era as two long-time Guttenberg businesses announce a change in ownership. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Two historic Guttenberg businesses last week announced a change in ownership. Effective March 1, Meuser Lumber Co. will take over operation of Kuempel Hardware in downtown Guttenberg.

The Kuempel Hardware business name will remain the same.

Wed
28
Feb

Getting to know local government Library board has crucial duties


The library board is responsible for staffing, collections, finances, building maintenance, and ensuring the library is a welcoming place for all audiences. Book signings, informational presentations, and youth events like toddler time, above, are part of that plan. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Now home to 17,473 catalogued materials, the Guttenberg Public Library began as a shelf in a 1925 Guttenberg pharmacy. It was officially chartered as the Guttenberg Public Library by the City of Guttenberg in 1936, and moved to a room in the Guttenberg Municipal Building. In 1989, the current building was completed at the corner of 2nd Street and Schiller Street. Today, there are 2,401 library cardholders, and 1,597 people attended 86 library programs during the 2016-17 fiscal year. 

Wed
28
Feb

Mercy Health Network seeks to replicate GMH Family Resource Center statewide


Kari Harbaugh, coordinator of the GMH Family Resource Center, spoke with Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris when he visited the hospital in February. Harbaugh feels strongly that her role at the FRC is to help people help themselves. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

In 2017, Guttenberg Municipal Hospital’s Family Resource Center assisted 83 families with food, 198 families with clothing, and 42 families with children at Christmas. Infant items such as strollers, car seats, and beds were given to 19 families, and household or hygiene products were provided 161 times over the course of the year. All this and more were done under the coordination of Kari Harbaugh with help from 23 adult volunteers and 15 student volunteers, who gave a total of 1,251 hours of their time. 

Wed
21
Feb

Getting to know local government Boards address housing shortage


Home efficiency and safety repairs are the focus of CDBG funds. (Press photo)

By Molly Moser

In a recent interview with Pat McTaggart, Clayton County Supervisors Gary Bowden and Ron McCartney both point to a shortage of appropriate housing as one of the largest struggles the county faces. City Manager Denise Schneider serves on two housing-related boards aiming to address those very challenges in Guttenberg, and she sat down with The Press to explain the various acronyms, audiences, and purposes of the two.

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