Clear Lake council to consider contract for North 32nd Street project

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The City Council in Clear Lake tonight will consider awarding the contract for improvements to North 32nd Street, which could lead to major development on the east side of the community. McKiness Excavating of Mason City submitted the lowest, responsive, responsible bid for the project for just over $1.75 million.City Administrator Scott Flory says it will create some economic development opportunities for the community. “It’s going to open up a significant area for future economic development there. Obviously it’s proximity to Interstate 35, the 194 interchange. We think it’s got terrific potential there for Clear Lake for a lot of things.”Flory says the improvements to North 32nd Street will start about 375 feet north of the intersection of State Highway 122, which is the intersection where Kwik Star is located.  He says the project includes pavement removal; sanitary sewer mains & manholes; water main improvements; storm sewer; street lighting; and 1625 feet in length of Portland Cement Concrete, 37 feet wide and eight inches thick.City officials are working on a preliminary development agreement and letter of intent for a large-scale hotel & conference center that possibly could be placed in the area of the North 32nd Street project.The council meets tonight at 6 o’clock at City Hall.last_img read more

Viral Face Aging App Sparks Privacy Concerns with Russian Ties

first_imgNew privacy concerns surrounding the popular app that makes users look older have arisen.FaceApp has more than 80 million active users, but technology experts warn that the Russian-owned app could have access to more than just the photos that are uploaded.According to the policy, FaceApp “cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to FaceApp or guarantee that information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed.”FaceApp’s privacy page also says they may share user content and your information with businesses that are legally part of the same group of companies.FaceApp spoke out in the wake of the controversy releasing the following statement: “most images are deleted from our servers within 48 hours.”Lawmakers are now calling for an FBI investigation.last_img read more

New Pedestrian Recycling Containers Coming To Downtown Olympia

first_imgSubmitted by the City of OlympiaBeginning November 21, 2012, six new pedestrian recycle containers will be conveniently located for public use throughout downtown Olympia. The new blue, 24-gallon, metal recycle containers will be placed next to existing garbage cans for convenience, familiarity and ease of use. Each container lists the acceptable items for recycling (cans, plastic and glass bottles and newspapers). Locations are as follows:4th  Avenue and Cherry Street (in front of City Hall);Washington Street and State Street (in front of Intercity Transit);4th Avenue and Capitol Way;4th  Avenue and Franklin Street;5th Avenue and Capitol Way; and5th Avenue and Washington Street (in front of Wind Up Here Toys).Containers are strictly for pedestrian and public use and are not intended to replace or supplement business or multifamily recycling.The containers provide public users of downtown Olympia the opportunity to recycle while visiting instead of throwing recyclable items in the garbage. Each recycle container can hold approximately 100 cans or plastic bottles.The containers were purchased and installed by the City’s Waste ReSources. Collection will be performed by the City of Olympia’s Ambassador Program, Clean Team. Clean Team members will monitor and empty containers weekly. They will collect and sort the contents to be recycled, and the Waste ReSources Collectors will haul it for recycling on their regular route. If successful, Waste ReSources will be looking into adding additional recycle containers in the coming year. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Colts Neck To Consider Whiskey & Gin Distillery Proposal

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaCOLTS NECK – The township Zoning Board is to hear a proposal to run a craft-style alcohol distillery in a non-conforming business zone on Route 34, near Delicious Orchards.GK Distilling Inc., owned by township resident Geoff Karch, is to appear before the board on Thursday, Feb. 18.GK Distilling is the contract-purchaser of the 2.71-acre property from Steven Garrett. Of the total property, about one acre would be used for the distillery, while the remaining acreage would include the relocated single-family house now on the property, a barn and detached garage.The property sits on Route 34 South, with Delicious Orchards and a medical office to the north, the Brandywine assisted-living facility to the west and south, and the state road to the east.The distillery would be housed in a new 4,500-square-foot building that would look like a barn or stable – divided into 900 square feet for a tasting room, with the remaining 3,600 feet for the distilling and storage, according to paperwork filed with the township. The new building would sit at about the site of the current house.GK Distilling would operate under state law and distill corn, rye, barley and wheat to create up to 20,000 gallons of whiskey or gin per year for wholesale and retail use. To be considered a New Jersey distilled beverage, it must either grow or buy locally 51 percent of its raw material.Those wishing to buy the product at retail to take offsite would be limited to five liters per person, only in connection with a tour of the operation. Distillery visitors would be allowed to consume a maximum of three one-ounce samples per person per day.The distillery, which would have 12 parking spaces, said it would expect no more than seven to 10 visitors per hour.Proposed business hours would be Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The business would be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.There would be no food sales, but it may sell retail items such as T-shirts and hats.The distillery would employ four workers: the owner, master distiller, salesperson and an assistant worker. There would be about three truck deliveries or shipments per week.The operation would not be considered a regional attraction or produce a high volume of traffic, according to Timothy Anfuso, the township planner. This would fit the nature of a craft business, rather than a full commercial operation.The variance is needed because the B-1 zone, a zone for household-oriented businesses, does not include craft distilleries and because the house would be a non-conforming use.Aside from the variance, GK Distilling would still need local approval for a minor subdivision and both preliminary and final major site plan approval.The zoning board meeting is Thursday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 124 Cedar Drive.last_img read more

HALO FARMS’ HOMEBRED DANZING CANDY CRUISES TO TWO LENGTH WIN IN GRADE II, $400,000 SAN FELIPE STAKES; SMITH & SISE TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILES WIN IN 1:43.04

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–Halo Farms’ front-running Danzing Candy cruised to an impressive two length win under Mike Smith in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Clifford Sise, the lightly raced Kentucky-bred colt by Twirling Candy got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 and picked up 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, assuring him of a berth in the Run for the Roses on May 7.“He warmed up great, he was on his toes,” said Smith. “Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment…I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything (slow fractions). If you go 22 on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.”Bred by Ted Aroney’s Halo Farms and owned by Halo Farms and Jim and Diane Bashor, Danzing Candy paid $13.00, $5.20 and $3.40. A maiden special weight winner two starts back on Dec. 26, Danzing Candy was a 5 ¾ length allowance winner here on Feb. 4 and thus picked up his third win from four starts. With the winner’s share of $240,000, he increased his earnings to $308,650.“I expected him to be on the lead,” said Sise. “We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He (broke) much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby (Grade I, $1 million at 1 1/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, favored Mor Spirit appeared to get a bit rank around the Club House turn, but settled readily down the backside when next to last going past the half mile pole. With a cue from Stevens, he picked it up between horses around the far turn, rallied well, while within himself for second money and galloped out on terms with the winner past the wire.Off at 8-5 in a field of six Derby hopefuls, Mor Spirit paid $3.40 and $2.20.“I’m very happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race, he was really fresh…” said Stevens. “He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy…He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.Exaggerator, who is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother, Kent, was content to lag early and picked it up in eye-catching fashion heading into the far turn as he skimmed the rail, but he flattened out late, finishing three quarters of length behind Mor Spirit.The second wagering choice at 2-1, Exaggerator paid $2.40 to show.With the winner getting 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the second, third and fourth place finishers earned 20, 10 and five points respectively.Danzing Candy set fractions of 22.96, 46.11, 1:11.04 and 1:36.38 over a main track that although was listed as fast, had been dulled by heavy afternoon rains on Friday. 1-2-3 FINISHERS HEADED TO GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY ON APRIL 9last_img read more