In recent years and months, the community of Carlisle has been busy with improvements and projects. While I enjoy the chance to talk one-on-one with many of you, I would also like to help communicate more of what we are accomplishing.
We are utilizing several methods to help us stay connected with our citizens, examples being our web site, social media (Twitter and Facebook), regular newsletters, published council minutes and my monthly Mayor’s Coffee, but any added information is always helpful to us all.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful new trail. Many years of hard work have resulted in an amenity that allows more children to walk to school safely, more people to visit our community, more opportunities for health and recreational activity, and more enjoyment of “Carlisle, the Natural Choice”! And of great significance, regarding this project, is the effort that resulted in offsetting over 80% of the local costs with grants and allocations.
Public Safety continues to be a priority, with the addition to our Fire/Rescue facility and added paramedic staff, improving response times and improving working conditions for our first responders.
Our community continues to work with developers and the Warren County Economic Development Corporation. Through planning and vision, we’ve seen added housing and some great new, expanded, or relocated businesses come to our community.
I am pleased to announce we have addressed many of the desires of citizens that were expressed in a past community survey. This does however make demands on the city budget. We’ve undertaken planning efforts with our budget and capital improvements that have resulted in better budget management and tax levy control.
We’ve improved several streets in the past few years and are working on an improved entrance to Lindhardt (South) Park. We’ve also started the process on School Street improvements, while initiating steps to improve the Highway 5 and Scotch Ridge Road intersection. In addition, we’re working with the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding a traffic signal at Gateway Drive.
With a local option sales tax now in place for streets, sidewalks and public safety, the finances behind our maintenance and improvements will be better managed. And, we’re responsibly setting aside portions of that levy for future projects.
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff that make Carlisle a wonderful place to live, work and play.
Closing on a sad note, I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of Steve O’Braza, our public works director. Steve was a dedicated public servant with over 35 years of service to our community. The void is immense, and Carlisle will not be the same. He will be missed.
The Friends of the Carlisle Parks has established a memorial fund. Steve loved our parks and trails, so a project that honors his memory will be selected.
Help us by providing input with comments, questions and conversation.
Please contact me.
Mayor Ruth Randleman
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Last Spring, the city of Carlisle was voted the very best in the state for a service that everyone uses, and if done right, no one thinks about. On February 23rd of 2016, the Iowa Rural Water Association voted unanimously, on the first ballot, to award the City of Carlisle Water Department the “Best Taste on Tap” award for the best tasting water In Iowa.
Winners of this competition are sponsored by the Iowa Rural Water Association with an all-expense paid trip to represent their community at the “Rural Water Rally” in Washington DC, hosted by the National Rural Water Association.
During the three-day rally, Steve O’Braza and Tommy Thompson from the Carlisle Water Department will represent their community in the “Great American Water Taste Test” as their water sample will be judged on Feburary 8th. While in the nations capital, O’Braza and Thompson will have a full schedule including meetings with Senators Grassley and Ernst.
Steve O’Braza commented, “Our chances of winning are much better at the national level, because we are only competing against 50 states instead of water samples from over 100 Iowa cities.” O’Braza continues, “We’re very lucky here in Carlisle. We get our water from a high-quality alluvial aquifer and thousands of acres of land around the wellhead is protected by the DNR through Iowa’s “Source Water Protection Program”, assuring us of clean water for years to come.
O’Braza concludes, “Through our years of experience and listening to feedback from residents, we do our best to use the minimal amount of chemicals necessary and still be legal. The water has a better taste if it has less chemicals.”
Wish Steve and Tommy luck on February 8th during the “Great American Water Taste Test” as Carlisle water competes head to head with the best in the Nation!
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O’Reilly Auto Parts Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, October 15
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presentation of Check to Carlisle Fire Department
12:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting – Carlisle Chamber of Commerce
1005 Bluestem Dr., Carlisle, IA
Grand Opening will be celebrated October 12 – 25
O’Reilly Auto Parts (NASDAQ: ORLY) is pleased to announce the opening of our store in Carlisle, IA. Our new store is conveniently located to serve all of your auto part needs.
Store Manager, Dave Winebrenner, on behalf of the entire company, will present a $200 check to Carlisle Fire Department. O’Reilly Auto Parts is honored to support such a worthwhile organization.
If you have not had an opportunity to stop by and meet Dave and the TEAM, come in during the grand opening celebration. When you visit the new O’Reilly store, you’ll find courteous, knowledgeable store personnel to assist you. O’Reilly offers a low price guarantee, plus overnight service from our distribution centers, on most parts not in stock. O’Reilly has the best manufacturer’s warranty policy in the industry and the largest inventory of auto parts, tools and accessories.
Please Join the City of Carlisle and the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 for the Ribbon Cutting celebrating the official opening of the 3 mile section of Carlisle’s new bike trail.
April is originally from Laurens Iowa, where she graduated from Laurens Marathon high school. Right out of high school, April worked for the Laurens Police Department as a reserve officer, one of two college jobs while working towards her degree.
April earned her Criminal Justice degree while attending Iowa Law Enforcement Academy of Western Iowa. Following that degree, she worked for Buena Vista University (BVU) security. A year later April enrolled at BVU, while continuing to work for BVU security, where she finished her degree with a bachelor’s in psychology.
In 2010 Officer Abbas was hired by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s office where she worked as a deputy sheriff for 6 years.
“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer”, states Abbas, “When I was growing up my dad was a Fire Chief and my Mom was an Ambulance director. I grew up around emergency services my whole life and public service was a big influence on me when I was little.
“It’s been a lot of hard work getting to this point in my career. When working in law enforcement you have to get your foot in the door, wear a lot of hats and meet a lot of people in order to get established in the field. You don’t just show up and they give you a badge, you have to earn it.”
Growing up in a small community outside of Laurens, Officer Abbas knew when she made the move, she wanted to work for a smaller department. Abbas adds, “I didn’t want to work for a big city department where you were lost in the numbers. I wanted to work in a small community where you have the ‘home’ feel like I did back home where I know everybody.”
Officer Abbas concludes, “I feel like I slid right into the position and didn’t miss a beat. Everything is falling into place and I already feel like part of the team. Carlisle is a great community with amazing growth potential. We have the small town feel in a close-knit community but at the same time we’re near enough to Des Moines that the activities of a larger city are just a few minutes away. The Carlisle community has a lot going for it!”
Welcome Gabby Breheny, the new Utility Billing Clerk for the city of Carlisle. Gabby started at City Hall on August 9th and her daily duties will include billing for both Electric and Water & Sewer as well as helping out at the front desk.
Gabby comes from Radcliffe Iowa where she met her husband, Nick and moved to Carlisle. Prior to working for the city, Gabby worked for David’s Bridal and then Mediacom’s main offices in West Des Moines.
When asked about dealing with difficult situations, Gabby replied. “When I worked at David’s Bridal, sometimes things would go wrong, it happens. Nobody gets more upset than a nervous bride, in the end, they just want to be heard and know that someone is on their side trying to solve their problem. Working on behalf of the customers is a skill set I bring to Carlisle City Hall.”
Breheny continues, “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with the city. So far I’ve met a lot of citizens of Carlisle and I’m working with a great group of people who are helping me get up to speed on all the systems being used here.”
Gabby lives in Carlisle with her husband Nick and their daughter Olivia.
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