City Clerk Chosen To Replace Retiring City Administrator

Amber Farnan will begin her new duties as Glenwood City Administrator on Jan. 3, 2022.

Glenwood City Clerk Clerk Amber Farnan will take on a new job at the start of the new year - Glenwood City Administrator.

Following interviews with multiple candidates, the Glenwood City Council chose Farnan to replace retiring City Administrator Angie Winquist, whose final day on the job will be Jan. 1. Farnam will begin her new duties on Jan. 3 and be paid a starting annual salary of $63,000.

Farnan has served as the city clerk since October 2017. Both she and Winquist expect a smooth transition.

“Angie and I work well together so it does make it easier for a smooth transition,” Farnan said. “Angie is very knowledgeable so she has a lot to pass on to me.”
Farnan has spent most of her life in Mills County. Previously, she worked as a dispatcher in the Mills County Emergency Communications Center and with the Glenwood Community School District. Since starting her employment with the city, she’s earned City Clerk certification and next year will get certified as a Finance Officer. She’s also finished work on her bachelor’s degree.

“I hope to complete my master’s (degree) in public administration in the next five years,” she said. “I’m always learning.”

Council OKs rezoning
of West 6th St. property

Following a public hearing at its regular meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Glenwood City Council approved a request from Jim and Monica Hughes for the rezoning of property along the south side of West 6th Street from Agriculture to Urban Family Residential.

Jim Hughes plans to develop the land and build a 55-home subdivision on the property, which sits west of Elm Street between 4th and 6th Streets.

Before approving the rezoning request, council members heard from three residents of the neighborhood who have questions and concerns about the proposed subdivision.

Warren Darrah, who resides in a home at 412 N. Elm St., expressed concerns about opening 5th Street (west of Elm) as a paved road that will run between his property and an apartment complex to the north.

Kara Petersen shared her concerns about the potential for increased traffic at the city-county line where 6th Street turns into 225th Street and Carolyn Williams voiced her concerns about increased traffic at the intersection of 4th and Elm St.

The residents were told they would have the opportunity to have their specific concerns addressed at a later stage of the process.

“Tonight, we’re just talking about rezoning,” City Clerk Amber Farnan said. “Once this goes forward and we start talking about the subdivision, then we’ll start talking about the other issues that might pop up.”

Comprehensive Plan Open House

Glenwood residents are invivted to attend an open house at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, any time between noon - 7 p.m., to review preliminary results from the “Glenwood 2040” survey and provide additional input for development of a comprehensive plan for the city.

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