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Job Posting

The City of Cumberland (Population 253) is accepting applications for the position of full time Public Works/City Maintenance employee. The successful candidate will handle operations of streets, water/wastewater, sewer, and parks. He/She must also exhibit the willingness to become licensed to operate the City water/wastewater systems within one year of employment, have a clean driving record, and pass a background check. Obtaining and maintaining all necessary licenses will be a continuing condition of employment. Wage DOQ. Participation in a random drug testing program may be a condition of employment. The City of Cumberland is an EOE. Please submit application (found at City Hall), resume, wage history, and references no later than October 3rd, 2016 to:

 

City of Cumberland

P.O. 178

Cumberland, IA 50843

Phone: (712)774-5614

Email: citycumb@netins.net

Walk Forever Free

Walk Forever Free

Walk Forever Free, led by Barry Jurgensen, made their way through Cumberland on Monday, June 6th, this week. We made them dinner, and listened to their story and exactly what they were raising awareness for.

They are a small group of five walking 500 miles from Nebraska City, NE to Chicago, IL along the underground railroad route to raise awareness for modern day slavery, or human trafficking as many of you may know it. You can see updates of where they are and who they have met here: https://www.facebook.com/Walk-Forever-Free-1641964252724402/

They are raising money for the Frederick Douglass Family Initiative, an abolitionist organization who raises awareness for modern day slavery. You can find more information on this organization here: http://www.fdfi.org/
Here are some articles written about them since June 1st:
https://www.gofundme.com/2w25j7n8
https://www.wdmhs.org/events/walk-forever-free/
http://www.kjan.com/index.php/2016/06/history-teachers-walk-forever-free-trek-begins-today-2/
And an exciting article written by the Des Moines Register:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/kyle-munson/2016/06/06/history-teacher-walks-527-miles-footsteps-slaves/85362230/

Cumberland Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26th, was Cumberland’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

This year, because of inclimate weather, the hunt was held at the Cumberland Library.

Although space was limited, we still had an astounding turn out!

*A special thank you to Kim Tibken and Rana Thomsen for planning the hunt and supplying goodies and prizes to the kids!*

Cumberland Snow Storm February 22, 1945

February 22, 1945

Cumberland Snow Storm

Provided by Marilyn Blankenship, these photos represent times of past.

Horses and an old CAT snow plow cleared the City’s streets.

CAT Snow Plow CAT Snow Plow2 City Hall Horse and Buggy Telephone Co Vet Barn

Santa Came to Cumberland!

Santa Came to Cumberland!

Saturday, December 19th, Santa took time out of his oh-so-busy schedule to visit the children of Cumberland!

The City of Cumberland would like to thank Rana Thomsen for organizing the event, and her volunteers for helping the day of.

We would also like to thank Santa for coming to visit us, and all those who made it possible with their generous donations.

 

Halloween Fun!

Kid’s Halloween Party

Saturday, October 31st, the City of Cumberland hosted a Halloween party for the children of Cumberland and surrounding areas.

At the event we saw 90 kids!

What a great turn out!

We would like to thank Houghton State Bank, Cumberland Telephone Company, Schrier Auto Body, Dan’s Welding, and the 21st Century Cooperative for their generous donations, without them these events would not be possible!

We would also like to thank our volunteers Katie Greenwalt, Virginia Coughlin, Grace Smith(City Hall), Devan Amdor(CTC), Beau Barnholt(CTC), Will Jenkins(CTC), Tyler Wilson(CTC), Rana Thomsen, Lane Thomsen, Teresa Stender, Ericka Stender, Matt Graham, Emily Smith, Brad Smith, and Becky Pelzer.

GovPayNow

City Hall Now Accepting Debit/Credit Card Payments!

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The City of Cumberland is now accepting debit and credit card payments, for Utilities, from all major credit/debit car brands such as: MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover Card! Payments may be made online at https://www.govpaynow.com/gps/user/plc/4589, by telephone at (888)604-7888, or in person at City Hall!

Water Caculator

Water Usage Calculator

https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/thepowerof10/

Ever received your water bill and wondered, “How could I have used THAT MUCH water?!”

Well, you aren’t the only one. In fact, a lot of people don’t understand water usage. So here is a website that made it simple!

Here you input how many times you do dishes (whether it be by hand or dishwasher), how many baths and showers everyone in your household takes, how many times and for how long you spend watering plants, how many loads of laundry you do, and how many times and for how long you wash your hands and brush your teeth in a day. Yes, it is that in depth. I was skeptical when I input our family’s numbers (2 adults, 1 infant, 2 cats, 1 dog), but when the number appeared I was shocked. It was exactly what my bill usually is per month!

So, if you have ever wondered how water usage is calculated and, “How could I have used THAT MUCH water?!”, I strongly encourage you to use this tool to your advantage.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

What A Great Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday, April 4th, was a beautiful day for an Easter Egg Hunt. What a wonderful turn out we had this year!

The City of Cumberland would like to thank the people who organized and planned the hunt, and the volunteers who hid the eggs!

They saw 60+ kids this year and because of that extra goody bags needed to be made mid-event!

Thank you to all the kids (and their parents) who came to hunt eggs on such a beautiful day!

Can you find yourself in the pictures below?

Until Next Year!

Kids Hunting Eggs! Kids Hunting Eggs! Kids Hunting Eggs! Volunteers/Parents Kids Hunting Eggs!

Bids For Improvements

Improving The Interior of City Hall

The City Council of the City of Cumberland is now accepting bids to remodel portions of the inside of City Hall.

As of now City Hall is insufficient in heating its interior, and is wasting money and energy trying to keep it heated.

We are hoping that by doing these rennovations we will save almost $1200 a year on the City Hall heating bill!

All bids can be submitted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM and Thursday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM.