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"This is ,the last in-person complete construction in an That grant, however, comes meeting we are going to have," eight- to 10-month timeframe. with a string attached. Schlabaugh said. In his city administrator "The caveat is that we will After placing the generator report, Schlabaugh said the need to raise $100,000," CityAd- on the plans, the last planning city has raised $54,000 for the ministrator Ryan Schlabaugh task is finding a spot for the CENTER - see page 10A City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh, second from right, talks with architects and engineers about plans for the Kalona Com- munity Center expansion. Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company General Manager Casey Peck announced that the Kalona company is now offering gi- gable service in the city. The new service is being promoted on banners, polo shims and in street banners in downtown lona. i Kalona Cooperative Tele- 1 gigabyte, the container emp- a doctor remotely. Wellman put in a new switch phone Company announced tied in less than a second. The announcement had been a year ago, Peck said. The that it is now offering gigabyte The improved service putshyped in advertising for the an- switches have a lifespan of service in Kalona. KCTC in rare company. Peck nual meeting. The announcement came at said only 80 companies in the "That is the news, and that seven or eight years, she said, and it made sense to work with the company's annual meeting nation have been "gig-certi- is exciting news," board Presi- on Tuesday, April 25. fled." The new service is 100 dent Steve Yotty said. Wellman rather than purchas- While that does not seem times faster than the service of- That is not the only change ing a new switch in Kalona. big, it is a huge improvement, fered to most American house- announced at the meeting. The agreement between the according to General Manager holds. Peck said KCTC has begun two telephone companies is Casey Peck, who made the an- She said companies and in- switching its telephone calls "one of the very first switch- nouncement, stitutions will be the big ben- through the Wellman Coopera- sharing agreements," accord- She showed a video to em-eficiaries. She cited remote tire Telephone Association of- ing to the company's attor- phasize how fast the service is. learning opportunities at Mid- fice in Wellman. The change The video showed water emp- Prairie High School and tele- saved KCTC from purchasingney, who predicted more such tying out of a 10-gallon paint medicine services at the Wash- an $800,000 switch after the agreements by rural telephone container. At 10 megabytes, the ington County Hospitals and switch in Kalona reached its companies trying to hold costs water slowly dribbled out. At Clinics, where patients can see "end of life" for maintenance, down. By Mary Zielinski Correspondent WASHINGTON - It was an offer not to refuse: a $680,000 assessed site for $50,000 and in a 4-1 vote Tuesday, May 2, the Washington County Board of Supervisors said yes to ob- taining the property at 302 West Main Street." In a four to one vote (with Abe Miller op- posed), the board accepted the offer made by the owner for the house and lot just north slightly west of the county courthouse, instructing the county auditor to proceed with the necessary steps for the private sale with the owner. In explaining the offer, Audi- tor Dan Widmer explained that the site "fits in well with pres- ent needs of the county," espe- cially the possibility of mak- ing it into a parking area for anyone having business at the courthouse. He said that the owner approached the county with the price. While he did not disagree with the site's potential use, Su- pervisor Miller raised concerns regarding the county owned former jail property that hous- es the communications center that also has been discussed as a possible parking area. He also asked if that should not come first, regarding use of taxpayer funds. However, Supervisor Jack Seward Jr. noted the possible greater value of the former jail for a new communications center, and the value Of the proposed land purchase being "right across the street" from the courthouse. Chairman Richard Young added that the old jail is also where the com- munications tower is and there have been discussions about keeping the site for a building. The board also discussed prohibition of tobacco use on county property (which would later include 302 West Main), learning that the enforcement of no smoking regulations is a state matter, enforced by the state Department of Public Health. 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