House Numbers Required on Homes

The Carson Fire Department and City of Carson would like to remind you that each home is to have it's house number displayed prominently. This is listed in the ordinance book under Chapter 150.02 - Owner Requirements - Every owner shall comply with the following numbering requirements:

1. Obtain Building Number. The owner shall obtain the assigned number to the principal building from the Clerk.

2. Display Building Number. The owner shall place or cause to be installed and maintained on the principal building the assigned number in a conspicuous place to the street in figures not less than two and one-half (2 1/2) inches in height and of a contrasting color with their background.

3. Failure to Comply. If an owner refuses to number a building as herein provided, or fails to do so for a period of ten (10) days after being notified in writing by the City to do so, the City may proceed to place the assigned number on the principal building and assess the costs against the property for collection in the same manner as a property tax.

This ordinance is enforced so that emergency personnel may locate your home during calls. Thank you for your cooperation.


Christmas Gift Ideas from City Hall

With Christmas just around the corner it may be getting down to crunch time in finding the perfect gift for family and friends. May we help in this area by suggesting a one month or annual membership to the Carson Fitness Center ? One month is $15 and $100 for a single annual membership. We also have engraved bricks available for the donor wall. This would be a perfect gift to honor parents or grandparents. Each brick is $100 and may be engraved with up to 3 lines. Please contact Kristina at City Hall 484-3636 for assistance. If you have a movie buff in the family then check out the Dreamland Theatre for gift certificates. Joyce McClain at 484-2263 will be able to help you with that purchase.


Live Christmas Tree Pickup

The City of Carson Maintenance department will be picking up live Christmas trees on January 7, 2008 which would be the first Monday of the month. They have asked that when you bring the trees outside and if you use a plastic bag to please take that off of the tree. YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CALL CITY HALL TO REQUEST THIS SERVICE. Thank you.


Carson Community Center Wishlist

The Carson Community Center has come a long way in the year and a half it has been open and has received several donations and made many purchases to make our building more desirable for rentals. We have put together a wish list of items we would like to see in the building to continue moving forward. These items include but are not limited to: an overhead projector, portable movie screen, computer projector, television, DVD/VCR player, 3 shelf television cart, an additional vacuum and 2 portable coat racks. In the kitchen we are also looking to add a 3 shelf cart, colanders, lasagna pans, cake pans, fry pans and sauce pans. If you or your community group would like to make a donation please contact Kristina at 484-3636 for additional information. Once again, thank you to the community for your continued support of the center.


Public Notice Ordinance 188 Water Service Rate Amendment

On November 13, 2007 the City Council passed Ordinance 188 for a water service rate amendment. The new monthly rates for water service are as follows:

**Gallons Used Per Month*****Rate

**First 1,000 gallons******$7.70 (minimum bill)

**Next 4,000 gallons******$6.30 per 1,000 gallons

**Next 5,000 gallons******$5.95 per 1,000 gallons

**All over 10,000 gallons******$4.20 per 1,000 gallons

If you have any questions please contact City Hall at 484-3636, email or by mail PO Box 128 Carson , IA 51525 .


City Hall Office Closing

Just a reminder that the City Hall will be closed on January 1, 2008 in observance of New's Years Day.


A Special Thank You

We would like to thank everyone that made donations to the City Hall hat and glove/mitten drive. We collected over 40 hats and 15 sets of gloves. We know the children will appreciate them out in this cold weather.


City Council Schedule

City Council Workshops are held the 1st Monday of every month at City Hall at 7:30 PM . Workshops are for discussion only. City Council Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of every month at City Hall at 7:30 PM . The public is welcome to attend either of these meetings.


Carson Community Center

316 South Commercial 712-484-3636

Kristina Hansen , Community Center Manager

Rooms available to meet your party, meeting and reception needs

Rooms range in seating from 10 up to 320 people

Fully Supplied Kitchen

Bar Service available through the American Legion Post #556

Carson Residents receive a 25% discount on room rental


2008 Carson Fitness Room Calendars

Available now at the low price of $12.00 each

Stop in at the Carson City Hall and check out the new calendars featuring

the people that make the businesses and community clubs of Carson run smoothly.

The proceeds from the sales of the calendar will help in purchasing items from

the fitness room wish list. Suggestions that have been made include mirrors,

window coverings and speed bag.


Snowy Conditions Reminder

With winter weather just around the corner we would like to bring to your attention the following City Code Sections which pertain to Parking on Streets during snowy conditions and Snow Removal:

69.10*SNOW REMOVAL. No person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street, alley or City-owned off-street parking area during snow removal operations unless the snow has been removed or plowed from said street, alley or parking area and the snow has ceased to fall.

(Code of Iowa , 321.236[1])

135.12*DUMPING OF SNOW. It is unlawful for any person to throw, push or place or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks, or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley or to create a hazardous condition therein; except where, in the cleaning of large commercial drives in the buisiness district it is absolutely necessary to move the snow onto the street or alley temporarily, such accumulation shall be removed promptly by the property owner or agent. Arrangements for the prompt removal of such accumulations shall be made prior to moving the snow.

(Code of Iowa , Sec. 364.12[2])


If you have any questions about these issues please contact City hall during office hours. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Safe Travel Around Snowplows

1. Don't crowd the plow. Maintenance vehicles plow far and wide - sometimes very wide. The front plow extends several *feet in front of the truck and may cross the centerline and shoulders during plowing operations.

2. Don't tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snowplows are usually spreading deicing materials from the back of **the truck. They may need to stop or take evasive action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a **snowplow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will be safer to drive on.

3. Watch for snowplows operating in either lane of travel or in tandem.

4. Don't travel beside a plow for long periods. When plowing through a snowdrift or packed snow, the impact can move **the truck sideways.

5. Snowplows can create a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you can react. Drive **smart. Never drive into a snow cloud - it could conceal a snowplow.

6. Snowplows travel much slower than the posted speeds while removing snow and ice from the roads. When you spot a **plow allow plenty of time to slow down.

7. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.