Hands Down…the Best Town
CENTENNIAL — JUNE 23 - 26, 2004
Inside this issue: Proper Flag Disposal
1 Proper Flag Disposal The Lawton American Legion dents with worn flags. He was
Post #718 has recently placed able to acquire an old mail
New City Officials
a flag disposal box near the box. Charles Hinds did some
Lawton City Hall at 101 E Ma- welding on the legs and as-
ple. By placing your worn sembled a new lock. Davies
American flags in this spe- Body Shop then painted the
2 Views From the “Voted-In”
cially marked box, you can be box. Special stickers had to
Lawton-Bronson Summer assured they will be disposed be applied to clearly notify the
of properly. user of the intended use of the
box. The “flag box” is in-
An American flag that is worn,
tended for American flag dis-
tattered or torn is not merely
3 Lawton Centennial Tenta- posal only.
to be thrown away. Flag eti-
tive Schedule of Events quette states that flags must New American flags are avail-
A Special “Thank-You” be disposed of through a flag able in two sizes from the
burning ceremony. Lawton American Legion:
Jerry Witt (left) Commander of the 3’x5’ or 4’x6’. These are very
Don Grigg was at a meeting
Lawton American Legion Post 718, high quality flags with metal
and Don Grigg, Legionnaire, deposit recently where he learned of
4 From the City Clerk grommets for proper hanging.
a worn American flag into the de- other communities taking this
The American Legion has left
posit box installed near City Hall. approach to assist their resi-
Snow Removal Request flags of both sizes at the City
Hall for your convenience.
Christmas Tree Disposal
M e e t Yo u r 2 0 0 4 New flags may be purchased
by either contacting Bill Kisting
at 944-5219, or stopping by
City Officials City Hall.
Contact Numbers November 4, 2003 was an important date in the city history book. It was on that date several new
Mayor………………......944-5668 officials were elected following a contested mayoral race, and an active write-in campaign for city
council among several residents. This was in addition to two names that were already on the ballot
for city council.
After a fairly heavy voter turn-out, the results came in. Pre-
sent Councilman Jeff Nitzschke was the winner of the may-
Lowell Anderson oral race over incumbent Martin Shorman. Shorman has
served two 2-year terms as mayor.
City Clerk………...........944-5960 Those elected to fill vacant seats on the council left by Arlan
Pat Washburn Kolker, Jeff Nitzschke and Mary Beth Schorg were Don
email@example.com Grigg, Rich Schorg and Perry Ludwig. These are 4-year
terms. Officials were given the Oath of Office at the Decem- 2004 Mayor and Council: L to R: Tony
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri, 8:00-noon
ber 2, 2003 council meeting, and will assume their duties on Bengford, Rick Schorg, Don Grigg, Mayor Jeff
January 2, 2004. Congratulations, Gentlemen. Nitzschke, Terry Masching, Perry Ludwig.
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Views From the “Voted-In”
As a new year starts, a new council will start leading the city. Being an employee of the city for years
and being a council member, I would like to see the citizens of Lawton become more involved in the quality of
life Lawton provides. One way I feel that the new council can understand what the town of Lawton needs is to
schedule an open area on the agenda at the beginning of each scheduled meeting. This open area is for any
type of comments or interest that you would like to address with the council. City Council meetings are sched-
uled for the first Tuesday of every month starting at 5:00 pm. The council of 2004 hopes to keep its people in-
volved but at the same time keep the meetings organized so that our time can be utilized more efficiently.
When I was running for mayor people would ask me why I was running? I feel very strongly that we
need to ensure a quality of life for the residents through small town living. Growth is good but not if it means
changing the way of life in Lawton. With our 100th year Lawton Centennial approaching we need to be very
proud of our town and realize we are all fortunate to have this small town atmosphere yet be able to drive 15
minutes to a larger city. We need to respect each member of this town and what type of life Lawton provides for
In closing, feel free to voice your thoughts to the council members or myself and get involved in 2004.
Be proud you live in Lawton!
LAWTON-BRONSON SUMMER LEAGUE
Lawton-Bronson Summer League completed their first season at the Doyle and Virginia Smith Sports Complex. Over 90 ball games were
played on the three fields, this season. Children in T-ball thru the junior level played on these fields. Nearly 200 children participated in the
Lawton-Bronson Summer League. Many generous hours were given by numerous volunteers to make this first season a success.
The Lawton-Bronson Summer League received three grants this year, totaling $17,500.The Sioux land Foundation Grant was for
$2,500, which helped purchase the bases, step-down pitching rubbers, home plates, and umpire equipment. The MHRD grant for $10,000
purchased: 6 player benches, Mid-American hook-up, roofing supplies to the concession stand, and a small storage shed. The Minnesota Twins
Fund for $5,000 purchased the dugout safety roofs, concrete dugout pads and a field drag. Thank you to Greg Smith for the donation of agri-
lime. In addition, thanks to Greg Smith, Mark Richardson and Jeff Mize for the volunteer trucking hours. Also, a HUGE thank you to the town
of Lawton for donating over $ 8,000, which will go towards the lighting of field #2 (by the concession stand). The Lawton Fire Department
has also helped us water our trees and field 3 infield that was recently seeded.
Our girl’s softball and boys Little League baseball teams did very well this year. The coach pitch, minor, and major teams played in
the Lawton-Bronson, Sloan and Sgt. Bluff little league. Our 2 minor teams took 1st and 2nd place in their division. Greg Smith and Mick Lefler’s
team took first place and Lance Sappingfield and Tim Bowen’s team finished second. The league had three major teams. Coaches were Stan
Chartier & Brent Jensen, Tim Lower & Jeff Nitzschke, Steve Zant & Keith Baker. Each of these teams played over 25 games this season. The
10,11,12 year olds boys participated in the All-Star tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. The junior level had two teams, coached by Jeff Logsdon
& Ron Karrer, Tim Seubert & Greg Smith. These teams also played over 20 games. The t-ball teams played with the Westside division.
Coaches for t-ball were Tim Peters, Eric Ricke, Jamie Amick, and Kevin Horsley. The coach pitch teams played also with Sgt. Bluff. Coaches
for coach-pitch were Bill Krohn, Dennis Uhl and Scott and Michelle Kelly.
Our 3rd thru 8th grade girl’s softball teams played in the SYA division in Riverside. Our 3-4 grade girls had 2 teams and coached by
John Clay and Shirley Johnson. One team only had one loss and the other was undefeated this year. They also took first place at the SYA
tournament. Mark Williams, Mike Richards and Bill Krohn coached the 7th and 8th grade teams. Mark Williams’s team finished 7-4 in the
The summer league is continuing to sell the advertisement boards. They are $200 for one year, $300 for 2 years or $500 for three
years. Anyone interested in purchasing an ad board, please call Debbie Richardson @ 944-4829 or Jeanine Chartier @ 944-5223. All dona-
tions are tax deductible.
Fundraisers for the Lawton-Bronson Summer League that have been set are the Red Wheel sales during the Thanksgiving and
Easter holidays, and the Chili feed scheduled for Feb. 13, 2004 at the L-B High School Commons.
Submitted by Deb Richardson
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L AW T O N C E N T E N N I A L Submitted by Deb Willer
Tentative Schedule of Events
In only six months, the town and community of Lawton will be Thursday, June 24, 2004
celebrating it’s Centennial. Several people have been working on rais- 5:00-7:00 - Centennial Supper at New Park on Tara Way
ing money, organizing events, and researching our history for the last
7:00-9:00 - Pageant at High School
two years. Everything is now coming together, however in order for us
8:00-10:00 - Ice Cream Social at New Park on Tara Way
to pull this off, we are going to need many volunteers to help with this.
If you are interested and not sure what you can do, stop by one of our Friday, June 25, 2004
monthly meetings, and we can place you with a committee that could 1:00-6:00 - HS Girls Conference Softball Tourney
use your help. 5:30-7:30 - Bingo & Children’s Games at Old School Grounds
If you or your organization would like to enter the parade 5:30-9:00 - Images by Andrea; HS Boys Baseball Game
scheduled on Saturday, June 26th, please contact Jim Willer at 944- Watermelon Feed at Old School Grounds
5242 and he will get you in the line up. Or if you or your organization
7:00-9:00 - Talent Show; Beard Judging; Smile Contest
are interested in raising money, a food booth is always a hit. Please
9:00-midnight - Street Dance
contact Mike Willer at 944-5616 or Spencer Griffith at 944-5228 and
they will get registered. Saturday, June 26, 2004
Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station
The Centennial cookbooks are here, and they sure are nice.
The book contains 400 recipes, and gives you the ability to add your 7:30 a.m. - Fun Run
own favorites, a definite keepsake for your family. You may order one 9:00 - Parade Line-up
by calling Rosalyn Beck at 944-5673 or Tonya Zielich at 944-5667. 9:30 - Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Registration
They also have Centennial calendars and note cards. There are many
10:00 - Co-Ed Sand Volleyball (near Ash Street)
nice Centennial items like, T-shirts, caps, denim shirts, pens, etc. avail-
10:00-4:00 - Craft Show at Lutheran Church (south lot)
able at the Old Grocery Store Antiques or by contacting Jerry or
Marlene Witt at 944-5244. 11:00 - Parade
1:00 - Tractor Show; Car Show
If you see any of your Centennial committee members, thank
them for the job that they have been doing. See you June 23rd – 26th. 2:00 - Kids Games; Pedal Pull
The following lists a TENTATIVE Schedule of Events: Adult Games (Horse Shoes, Tub Races, Karaoke)
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Noon-5:00 - Quilt Show; Antique Show;
5:30-8:00 - Cruise Night at the Old School Grounds HS Girls Conference Softball Tournament
Council and took office in 2000. Her
knowledge of city government allowed
her to be very active in assisting her
A Very Special “Thank You” successors with budgets, annual re-
ports, etc. Schorg is married with one
son and one daughter.
Martin Shorman served four years as
the City Mayor. He first took office in a
The City of Lawton would like to take Councilman Jeff Nitzschke has been desire to become involved with city gov-
this opportunity to recognize and pub- involved with city government for many ernment and because he felt he could
licly thank those individuals that have so years also. He originally began working make a positive difference for the resi-
willingly given of their time and talents for the city as the water/wastewater su- dents of our community. Shorman
over the past several years to serve as pervisor. He began his term on the city sought re-election because he felt there
public officials for the city. council in 2000. As his 4-year term was was still much to be done within our
ending this fall, he decided he would like community. He is married with one
Councilman Arlan Kolker has been on
the City Council for the past 8 years. He to serve the city as Mayor. Jeff was
first took office back in 1996. During his elected and will begin his mayoral duties
tenure on the Council, Arlan served as January 1, 2004. Nitzschke is married
Mayor pro tem and stepped in whenever and has two sons.
the need was there. A factor in Kolker’s
decision not to run for Council again was Councilwoman Mary Beth Schorg was
his desire to spend more time with his involved with city government even be-
family. He is married with two daugh- fore she took office on the Council. Mary
ters. Beth served as city clerk for about one
year in 1997. She was elected to City
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From the City Clerk’s Desk...
EDITORIALS: A feature that our new Mayor would like to add to this newsletter is an editorial column written by YOU, our readers. If
you come to a council meeting to voice an opinion, those present at the meeting are the only ones that get to hear your comments. If you
write an editorial, your comments will reach everyone that picks up our Lawton newsletter. Mayor Jeff is very anxious to have open com-
munication between the city residents and the city officials. As you will note in the “Views” column printed on page 2 of this publication,
Jeff encourages all of you to get involved. This is YOUR city. Get involved, and BE PROUD.
The newsletter is a quarterly publication that is distributed with the utility bills on the first day of each quarter. Editorials must include
your name and a phone number where you can be reached for verification purposes (phone numbers will not be published, however names
will be published). Deadline for editorials will be the 15th of the month prior to publication (March 15, June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15). You
are welcome to email or hand deliver your editorials to the city clerk’s office. Be sure to clearly mark any correspondence meant for the
newsletter as such.
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL: Once again, the City of Lawton will
be picking up your live Christmas trees for disposal after the holidays.
Please remove all decorations and place trees near the curb no later than
8:00 a.m. Monday, January 5, 2004. Lowell, or someone else with the
city, will be around to pick up all discarded live trees. Artificial trees will
not be taken.
INVOICES: Payments are due on invoices within 30 days of the invoice date. Most generally, these are sent out so you receive them
either the 1st or the 2nd day of each quarter. In any case, the DUE DATE is printed on the right side of the invoice, located about 1/3 of
the way down on the page. Please note that any payment not received in this office prior to the Due Date will result in a 10% late
fee. This late fee is charged on ALL outstanding balances that are at least 31 days old. In order to assure that you do not receive a Late
Fee or a Disconnect Notice, please have your payment to the Clerk’s office prior to the Due Date. You may either drop payments off at the
office (there is a drop slot in the door if the office is not open), or you may mail them in. If mailing, I would recommend you allow at least
3 business days for your payment to arrive. We are not responsible for lost or misdirected payments.
RETURNED CHECK FEE: The City Council has given final ap- SIDEWALKS / STREETS
proval to an ordinance amendment that allows the city to assess a ser-
According to Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.12, ALL PROPERTY
vice charge to any dishonored checks that are received. The service
OWNERS MUST KEEP SIDEWALKS CLEAR.
charge will reflect the state-allowed service charge. At the present
time, the State of Iowa allows $30 to be assessed each time a check is One of the most common problems our street workers face is
dishonored by a customer’s financial institution. If a dishonored check the obstruction of roadways by vehicles that should be parked in
was used for payment on a past-due account, the customer will have 48 driveways. We understand that not all driveways are large
hours to bring their account up to date. Failure to do so will result in enough to hold all the vehicles a
disconnection of services, a disconnection fee of $25 as well as a re- family might have. However, we do
connection fee of $25. ask your help in moving your cars,
trucks and trailers from the street as
SNOW ORDINANCE: The City of Lawton has a snow ordinance in
effect that basically states vehicles must be removed from city streets soon as possible to allow the snow
(for cleaning purposes) if a snow emergency is in place. A snow emer- plows to maneuver with ease.
gency exists if the mayor, or mayor pro-tem, declare such an emer- Another complaint we have had in
gency or if the city of Sioux City receives at least 6” of snow. If a this office pertains to those residents
snow emergency is declared, signs will be posted at City Hall, on the that blow or scoop their snow back
tire sign, at the Lawton Post Office and other such places as will at- onto the street after the snowplow
tracted the public’s attention. Failure to move your vehicle at this time has cleared the street. This com-
will result in it being “tagged”. If a “tagged” vehicle is not moved
plaint comes not only from the city workers, but also from your
within 12 hours, the city will move it for you at a cost of not less than
neighbors. Please DO NOT scoop or blow snow onto a
$25.00. Help the city maintenance crew keep our streets safe. Move
cleaned street. It is just as easy to pile that snow beside your
your vehicles, trailers, etc. off the streets so our guys can do a good job
driveway as it is to pile it at the end of your driveway.
clearing the snow and ice.
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they can do when they stick together
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