Oelwein morning briefing (Oct. 12): Oelwein ties traffic cameras to event center funding, golf cart ordinance fails and more

Good morning, Oelwein area readers. It’s Wednesday, Oct. 12, happy National Farmers Day. Here’s your local news update;

1. WEATHER — Today, expect isolated showers and thunderstorms. Otherwise, it will be cloudy through mid-morning, then gradually clearing, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. (Extended Forecast)

2. GOV’T: City Council ties events center funding to traffic cameras — The city of Oelwein’s contribution to the events center project will include paving parking lots and funding derived from traffic cameras. The City Council approved the package Monday night in response to the $500,000 donation request by the nonprofit corporation working on renovating a downtown building into an events center that will draw in business throughout the region.

3. GOV’T — Golf cart ordinance fails in Oelwein: The City Council rejected an ordinance on Monday to allow golf carts to travel on city streets. The ordinance failed on a 3-2 vote in its third and final reading.

4. SPORTS — Cross country runners to come to Oelwein to qualify for state: Oelwein, Monticello, Orange City, Pella, and Shenandoah are host sites this year for the Class 2A boys and girls cross country IHSAA and IGHSAU state qualifying meets, which all will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. (Click here for details)

5. SCOREBOARD

  • Sumner-Fredericksburg Cougars defeat Aplington-Parkersburg Falcons 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-20)

6. Eat dinner with the fire department tonight