Written by Theresa Rose
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Crude Oil Prices Continue Impact Iowans at the Pump
Ongoing unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, along with a weakening U.S. dollar, continue to impact global crude oil prices. At the close of trading on April 18th, May delivery West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices had dropped from Friday’s close of $109.66 to $107.12 per barrel. April monthly reporting shows the average price of 10 percent, ethanol blended mid-grade gasoline in Iowa to be $3.70 per gallon as of April 15th, which is a 7.9 percent increase from the March 2011 price of $3.43. The average price for diesel in Iowa on April 15th was $4.08 per gallon, which is a 6.5 percent increase from the March price of $3.83 a gallon.
Which Iowa restaurant, café or tavern serves the best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich? The Iowa Pork Producers Association wants to know and is asking consumers to nominate their favorite. Nominations are now being accepted for IPPA’s annual Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin Contest. Pork lovers can nominate their favorite establishment through June 10. Nominations are limited to one per household. Any café, restaurant or tavern that serves breaded pork tenderloins is eligible to be nominated. An establishment must receive three nominations to be considered for the top prize. Owners and operators are prohibited from nominating their own establishment. The person who nominates the winning restaurant will win $100. The winning restaurant will receive $200, a plaque to display in the establishment and statewide publicity. Representatives of the Iowa pork industry will judge the tenderloins on taste, appearance and physical characteristics and IPPA will announce the winner in October.
The Fairfield Community School District Board of Directors has hired a new elementary principal. Christopher Welch of Urbandale was unanimously approved as the Pence Elementary School Principal. Superintendent Art Sathoff said that Welch was hired in part because of his education leadership, his experience working with students in poverty and especially his expertise in educational technology.
The Mt. Pleasant Utilities Board of Trustees met Tuesday afternoon. Treasurer Randy Neff reported that the total gross receipts for March were one million, one hundred sixty-five thousand dollars. The trustees approved the first payment of $45,800 to K. M. King Contractor for work completed on phase three of the Washington Street water main project. The board also approved paying an invoice in the amount of $480,000 to Altofer Power Systems for the Environmental Protection Agency RICE NESHAP compliance retrofit of the utilities’ diesel engines. The board voted to hold a work session on the 2011-2012 budget on April 26 at 6 pm.
The Wayland City Council meets at 7:30 this evening at Wayland City Hall. The council will hold the second reading of an ordinance restricting weapons on city property. Other agenda items include discussion of the 2011 sidewalk program bids and culvert replacement at West Park. The council will set a time for a public hearing on the sale of city property and approve May 18 at 7:30 pm as the time for a public hearing to amend the current fiscal year budget.