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  1. Editorial: Cost of a Well-Informed Citizenry

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    July 13, 2014 by Steve Winkler

    - The Observation Post – by Steve Winkler July marked the second month that a West Fork city council meeting was made available to anybody, anywhere, anytime. Video technology and the internet have opened up the proceedings in city hall to anyone who wishes to be a witness to their city government conducting business.

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  2. Editorial: Support Ward Elections

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    May 28, 2014 by Steve Winkler

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    SUPPORT WARD ELECTIONS FOR ALDERMEN IN WEST FORK Electing council members by ward elections will provide better representation for citizens and lessen the financial burden for candidates. The current “at large” elections mean that while a candidate may live in a particular ward, he/she is elected by voters an all wards and therefore needs to campaign city wide. Ward elections would allow candidates to campaign only in the ward in which they live and will represent on the city council.

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  3. COMPTIME QUESTIONS GROW

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    October 14, 2013 by wcobserver

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    -By Michele Allen Winkler- No comptime policy change was presented at the October West Fork City Council meeting.  During the previous month’s meeting Michael Bartholomew agreed to formulate a policy for handling overtime hours worked by city employees.  Additionally, he was to outline an approach to paying them for the time they have already earned.    Instead the complexity deepened to include not only the currently owed comptime/overtime procedure, but also a policy that is the same for all departments of the City and one that will define whether certain employees are considered supervisory and therefore excluded from comptime/overtime. CURRENTLY OWED OVERTIME: At the September 10, 2013 council meeting, Mr. Bartholmew, Water and Wastewater Supervisor and Streets and Utilities Superintendent asked for and the council approved $12,000 to pay at least 700 hours of overtime pay to David Jones who has resigned from the City. Paying the remaining accumulated overtime earned by employees from both the Water & Wastewater department and Streets & Utilities is made more complex by lack of clarity in the division of labor, source of payment and job descriptions of employees from both departments. Michael Bartholomew is the Superintendent of City Utilities and by an undated job …

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  4. Water/Wastewater Work Session Seeks Answers

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    January 26, 2013 by Steve Winkler

    Water/Wastewater Work Session Seeks Answers By Steve Winkler, steve@wcobserver.com WEST FORK, JANUARY 26, 2013 – Dozens of concerned and curious citizens filled the conference room in city hall last Thursday night. The event, scheduled by the City Council at their December meeting, was billed as a work session to gather information and hear from various stakeholders regarding a ballot initiative passed by the voters in November.  That initiative called for dissolving the existing private water and sewer commission and making that function a part of city government. Proponents of the initiative, whether by design or oversight, did not attach an ordinance to the petition that allowed the initiative to be placed on the ballot. A two thirds majority of voters approved the measure.  Absent an ordinance detailing the establishing of a water committee controlled by elected officials the council found itself faced with a choice. Without an ordinance attached the initiative is considered by some to not be legally binding, although no court has ruled on the matter.  From a legal perspective, the council may be able to just disregard it and move on.  The political view, however, is that a significant majority of voters expressed their desire to make …

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  5. West Fork Council Meeting Recap: December 2012

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    December 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    West Fork Council Meeting Recap: December 2012 By Steve Winkler Council Considers Initiative West Fork city officials finally confronted the 500 pound gorilla in the room; the Water and Sewer Initiative.  That initiative which called for dissolving the current autonomous water and sewer commission and establishing a water department that would operate under direct oversight by the elected city government was approved by a two thirds majority of the voters in the November 6 General Election.  Uncertainty ensued because an attachment containing specific details of a new ordinance was not included with the petition to place the initiative on the ballot. The council would need to draft and approve an appropriate ordinance in order to comply with the voters’ wishes.

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  6. WF Council Takes Care of Business

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    An overflow crowd packed the West Fork City Administration Building May 8 but not everybody was there for the council meeting. It was also “conflict night” for the West Fork District Court when many of the cases are transferred form Prairie Grove. Also, the regular monthly West Fork city council meeting followed a public hearing on the proposed dog ordinance.

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  7. Editorial: Breathe Deep

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    April 10, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    Many area residents are excited about the prospect of a large grocery chain complete with gas, fresh produce and what many welcome most, a pharmancy, coming to West Fork.

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