The Belmond City council handled a number of matters August 5: 

   --approved the use of the south side of the 200 block of East Main Street for a farmers market on Saturday mornings in August and September. Dave Nelson and Roger Wenzel asked for permission to use the street on the next several Saturdays when the Belmond Chamber of Commerce is not having a market in City Park;

   --approved the first reading of a new city ordinance banning temporary portable storage containers from residential areas. Such large containers, often used by freight companies to move goods by ship, rail and/or truck, have been popping up as storage sheds in towns across the state, and many cities have outlawed them, according to City Manager Darrel Steven Carlyle. The new ordinance allows for the use of moving containers for up to 30 days. Construction containers will require a permit from the city;

  --heard from Police Chief Rick McDaniel that he has received ten applicants for the open police officer position. Former Belmond officer Ray Zeien started work Monday for the Wright County Sheriff;

  --heard from McDaniel that his department has issued about 30 warnings so far to people who have parked a vehicle on the grass in their front yard. This is no longer allowed in Belmond.