Wesley, Iowa. Quality Life in the Heartland
Wesley, Iowa. Quality Life in the Heartland

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NEWSLETTERS
COMMUNITY EVENTS

IN CITY NEWS
Recycling must be in dump able containers, not plastic bags.
Recycling must be sorted and boxes broke down.
Recycling dates are March 12th & 26th
City Hall Will Be Closed Friday March 15th and Closing March 27th at 10:20 AM Back at 2:00PM
Next City Council Meetings March 4th at 6:30 PM (Monday)
April 8th at 6:30 PM (Monday)

With winter upon us, please be aware of plows and pull all vehicles away from the side of the road to avoid any damages or accidents. You are also responsible for the snow removal at your mailbox.


NOTE FROM THE MAYOR

Dear Residents,

February has been a busy month at the city as usual. There was a special meeting last month on the First Net tower that was purposed the council to be put up in the Northwest corner of the South Park. There were 12 citizens/property owners that showed up to listen or voice opinions on tower project. After listening to everyone that chose to speak, the council unanimously voted to put up the tower. The project has a 25-year lease on the city’s property paying the city $6,000/year with a 2% interest increase each year. From the February meeting, the city needed to replace one of our cameras on Main Street, also representative for the Community Club spoke about starting to plan for the 150th year celebration in 2022. Lastly the council set a date on budget for fiscal year 2019-20, which will be on March 4th. If you like to get involved in any of our great volunteer opportunities in town, please call city hall and we will get you pointed in the right direction.

Best Regards,
Vahn Schumacher


WESLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
YOGA Tuesday nights 6:00 PM
Book Club meets to Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 PM.
Free copies available at the library!
Library board meeting Thursday, March 28th at 6:00 PM.
Watch Facebook for craft night announcements!

REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS:
Monday-12:00 PM -5:30 PM
Wednesday-12:00 PM -5:30 PM
Friday & Saturday-9:00 AM-12:00 AM
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday-Closed


BUSINESS OF THE MONTH
Gold Eagle Cooperative
Wesley Branch Manager: Lynn Ostendorf
What made you decide to pursue this profession? I was raised on a farm southeast of Klemme, Iowa and I always enjoyed the farm life. I graduated from high school and was looking for a summer job. I applied at Klemme Coop Grain and was hired. I loved my job working with farmers and when fall came, I decided to stay working at the coop and did not go on to college.
How long have you been with this company? I have worked for Gold-Eagle Cooperative for 17 years at the Wesley location.
What did you do before this? I worked for Terra International which has its home office in Sioux City, IA. I sold wholesale crop protection chemicals for 3 years and then was promoted to the Environmental, Health & Safety division for the next 12 years. I traveled the United States reviewing mainly OSHA, EPA and DOT compliance programs for the Terra owned Distribution Centers and Retail Agriculture facilities. It was very much an educational experience learning about the different types of agricultural practices throughout the United States.
What is your favorite thing about working here? I really have two things that are my favorites. The employees! I am so blessed to be able to work with a group of top notch, second to none employees at Wesley and throughout the entire Cooperative. Teamwork is what makes our company successful. The second thing is the customers. Wesley is a community that consists of great people that are always there when there is a need for help.
Who do you consider your top competitor, and why? We have several good strong competitors that surround us. They are all good strong companies with very good services therefore I cannot single out a main competitor.
Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years? I think that Gold-Eagle will continue to be a financially strong company in the future resulting in positive growth in the next 5 years. Gold-Eagle is going to have several employees retiring in the next couple years. The people that have been hired to replace some of these people are very sharp and very driven individuals. They bring with them the desire to keep Gold-Eagle a strong company. It would be easy for the next group of employees to stay the current course of this company but they have new ideas that they would like to try to improve services for the members. I feel the future for this company is very strong and positive.
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job? My job is to manage the employees and operations of the Wesley location. We receive corn and soybeans, we ship corn and soybeans out of Wesley, we spread fertilizer, supply agricultural chemicals, sell seed and feed. We do not have very many slow days in our business.
How do the economic environments impact your business? The agricultural business is impacted by local, regional and worldwide events. Weather, politics, society, etc. impacts the supply, price and quality of products.
How many employees work in the Wesley branch? We have 14 fulltime and 2 part time employees.
What is your management style? Teamwork concept. It is important to have all employees focus on the same goal, we are much stronger together than we are as individuals. Does your company help the community where it is located? We donate to local groups for special activities. We also donate to the local fire department, the first responders, the school systems, community functions, etc. Gold-Eagle is very supportive of the communities that they are located in. Why do your customers select you over your competitors? I think it is our business culture. The business decisions made by Gold-Eagle are made with our customers operations in mind. Please take a look at the improvements that Gold-Eagle has completed in Wesley.
1. A one Million gallon Liquid Nitrogen storage tank
2. The purchase and demolition of the old Livestock Sale Barn.
3. A 15,000 ton Dry Fertilizer plant
4. A new greenfield grain storage facility east of Wesley
5. 120,000 gallon NH3 Storage plant.
6. 75 X 240 Hoop storage building
7. Demolition of old feed mill and main office.
8. Building of new main office
These improvements have resulted in additional tax dollars for the City of Wesley.
What are the biggest issues for running this business? There are several issues but the main one is employees. It is so hard to find people that would like to work the hours we do. It is very common for our employees to work 80 to 100 hours a week in the spring and fall seasons. In my early years, there were people raised in an agricultural environment and understood that you have to “Make hay when the sun shines.” They understood why we had to work the long hours. Now, it is much more difficult to find employees that understand and value this culture of agriculture. We are very lucky that the employees we do have are very good when it comes to the seasonal work and long hours.
Anything you would like to tell your customers? THANK YOU! THANK YOU customers for your patronage and THANK YOU to the community for your continued support.


WESLEY LITTLE LEAGUE
Thinking about T-Ball? Mark your calendar for 2019 Little League Registration. Please bring your child's name and age to city hall by March 15th to register. More info to come. Questions? Please call Sara Schumacher


WESLEY FIRST RESPONDERS



KOSSUTH COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE
Join Relay for Life of Kossuth County! We are looking for volunteers for our Committee, new teams to help raise money for Relay for Life and volunteers to help the day of Relay! Help us fight back against Cancer and help local patients and caregivers, as well as fund the life changing research available through the American Cancer Society. Contact Tina Coleman at [email protected] or 515.341.3564


WESLEY SWIMMING POOL

Save the Wesley Pool Breakdown
$64,845.16

Personal/Business Donations $15,642.95
Decade Challenge $14,226.19
Soup Supper (2018) $8,170.10
Pork Loin Supper $4,335.25
Garage Sale $4,079.95
Picnic Table $1,414.00
Pool Towels $534.00
Past Lifeguard Donation $70.18
Soup Supper (2019) $3,295.17
IMT Grant $250.00
Beth E. Reinhart Grant $7,500.00
Hanson Family Foundation Grant $5,000.00
Interest $27.37

Thank you for everyone’s donations and also all the hard work raising the money for the pool. We are excited for construction to start this spring!
THANK YOU TO ALL!!!