Conservation COVID19 Press Release 4-1-2020 | Assessment Notices to be Mailed | Public Hearing (Proposal to Adopt 2020 Ordinances)
Webster County Delays Campground Openings in Response to COVID-19
April 1, 2020
The Webster County Conservation Board and Staff are closely monitoring the current disaster declaration because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our park visitors is our top priority. The Conservation Department has modified the following services in response to the current public health emergency.
After viewing national, state and local recommendations for “social distancing”, the board has decided to delay the opening of the John F. Kennedy Memorial and Gypsum City Campgrounds from April 15th to at least May 1st. This will include all overnight accommodations in our cabins, tiny houses and yurts. The board will re-evaluate the situation at the end of April to determine the appropriate time to open.
Shelter and lodge reservations scheduled in April will have the option to re-schedule their event or receive a refund. May rentals are scheduled to occur as planned; however if new restrictions are imposed reservations may need to be modified. May renters will have the option to reschedule or apply for a refund.
All Department events and programs scheduled in April have been postponed or cancelled. A revised 2020 calendar of events will be posted in May on the county website and the Department’s Facebook page.
County parks, lakes, trails and wildlife management areas remain open for general use. The Webster County Conservation Board’s mission has always been, and continues to be encouraging people’s wise use of the outdoors. The recent events have caused an increase in park visits and trail use. We strongly encourage people to get outside for the benefit of their physical, mental and emotional health; however we ask our visitors to follow the CDC recommendations for “social distancing” this includes avoiding group activities and areas that concentrate people, maintain a six-foot distance from others, frequently washing your hands and if you feel sick stay home. Playgrounds and play equipment should be avoided during this current public health emergency.
We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, government leaders and our local public health officials as we respond to this constantly changing situation. The Conservation Office will remain closed for walk-in traffic until further notice; however if you have questions or need to modify an upcoming reservation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASSESSMENT NOTICES TO BE MAILED
The Webster County Assessor’s office plans to mail the 2020 property assessment notices to property owners around the week of March 23rd.
The notices are intended to inform the property owners of the estimated market value of their property. The values should not be confused with taxable value or the tax bill.
Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. of Cedar Rapids was awarded the contract to reappraise all Urban Residential property in the county in 2016. Company representatives have measured and attempted to inspect all property over the last two years. A sales analysis and a review of the information collected were conducted before the values were finalized.
Property owners will have an opportunity to meet with a representative of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. beginning April 13th. These meetings are an opportunity for the property owner to submit any information which may affect the estimate of market value of their property. Property owners who wish to meet with a representative of Vanguard must request an appointment prior to April 10th, by calling the county assessor’s office at (515) 576-4721.
The last complete reappraisal of these properties was completed for the January 1, 1997 assessment date. The current reappraisal was conducted to equalize assessed values since not all properties have decreased or increased at the same rate since 1997. Company representative will not adjust the assessed values if the property owner objects to the new values based solely on the fact that there was an increase in assessed value. Property owners who disagree with the new values should be prepared to state their estimate of market value and present evidence to support that estimate.
Property owners will also have an opportunity to protest the new assessed values to the Board of Review. A written protest must be submitted between April 2nd and April 30th for the Board of Review to consider any adjustment.
Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of the Webster County, Iowa will conduct a public hearing on the proposal to adopt the Webster County Code of Ordinances of 2020. A copy of said codified ordinances is now on file at the office of the County Auditor and available for public inspection Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... Said hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m., March 24, 2020 in the Board of Supervisors Room, Webster County Courthouse, 701 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, Iowa, at which time arguments for or against adopting said code as proposed will be heard and considered.
The County code contains new material summarized as follows:
- General Provisions Chapter (definitions, grammatical interpretation, prohibited acts, construction, catchlines, rights of entry)
- Penalty (general penalty civil penalty-county infraction)
Area Service System C Road Maintenance (definitions, how established, access, signs, trespass, reclassification, powers of the board, exemption from liability)
Area Service “B” Road Maintenance (definitions, powers of the board, authority to establish, evaluation of requests, notice and hearing, system B road service system established, maintenance policy, exemption from liability)
Flood Plain Ordinance (statutory authority, findings and purpose; general provisions, standards for flood plain development, special floodway provisions. Administration, nonconforming uses, penalties for violation, definitions)