Author: Valerie Close

Benton County Board of Supervisors Minutes 11/14/17

November 14, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Wiley, Primmer and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: Approve the minutes from Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Bierschenk seconded: To approve abatement of penalty and interest on a parcel #300-01400 due to a clerical error. Motion carried. Charmaine Wickwire and Loel Fink, Benton County Volunteer Program came to discuss FY 19 funding. Wickwire presented a packet on the history and oversight of the Volunteer Board consisting of seven members holding meetings quarterly. FY19 funding request is an increase of $6,250, and also inquired on allowed use of internet and phone service in the Vinton office. The Board would discuss the possibility of phone/internet with County IT Director Ben Turnis, and get back to them. Bierschenk moved/Primmer seconded: To adopt Resolution #17-75, Establishing General Services Cremation Service Rates. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #17-75 REPEALING RESOLUTION #14-67 and RESOLUTION #15-90 ADOPTING BENTON COUNTY GENERAL ASSISTANCE CREMATION SERVICE RATES WHEREAS, the Benton County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution establishing cremation service rates through the county general assistance on November 25, 2014; and WHEREAS, The Board amended said resolution, and adopted resolution #15-90 on December 15, 2015; and WHEREAS, the Board desires to change the rates approved for said...

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Annual Kiwanis Park FFA Meeting

By: Franki Evans, Co-Reporter Every year our FFA holds one of our fall meetings at Kiwanis park, and this year it was on October 9th. While we were waiting for sports practices to be over and other members to get to the park we played bags or on the playground equipment. Once everyone got there we ate and there was a huge variety of food for the potluck that everyone enjoyed. Once everyone was done eating we started to meeting to discuss any business. At the end of the meeting the officers and members had a water balloon fight. Although it was kind of cold out everyone had fun because who doesn’t like water balloon fights? Thanks to all the members and parents who helped the potluck be...

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Stocking Stuffer from the Iowa State Fair

Only 261 days until Opening Day of the 2018 Iowa State Fair and for the first time, you can get Opening Day Admission tickets for only $4! That’s more than a 66% savings off regular admission. A deal this low doesn’t last long, get your $4 Opening Day admission ticket on Cyber Monday from 8:00 a.m. to midnight at www.iowastatefair.org. Be the first to enjoy new foods and free entertainment, visit the butter cow, see new baby animals and enjoy the brand new Grandstand stage at the 2018 Iowa State Fair. $4 Opening Day Cyber Monday Sale: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight Cyber Monday Sale only available for purchase online. Admission ticket is valid for one adult or child admission to the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Not valid with any other discount or offer. No refunds, exchanges, or replacement tickets. On Tuesday, November 28, 2018, all advanced admission tickets will be on sale. Stay tuned for upcoming Grandstand concert announcements. The 2018 Iowa State Fair, Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments, is August 9-19,...

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Vinton Police Department Log for Week of November 13 – 19, 2017

All Charges are subject to review by The Benton County Attorney’s Office. An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent, unless proven guilty. Intrastate Warrants are issued by Law Enforcement Agencies for crimes happening in their jurisdictions. Adult Arrests November 15 Ryan Mahlon Mather 21 Vinton Arrested on Intrastate Warrant for Probation Violation. Original Charge for Harassment 1st (Aggravated Misdemeanor). November 16 Sherri Marie LuettJohann 40 Vinton Charged with Driving While Under Suspension (Simple Misdemeanor) November 19 Alex Grant Richter 18 Vinton Charged with Driving While License Denied or Revoked (Serious Misdemeanor). Juvenile Referrals None Three Citations were issued for the Week of November 13 – 19, 2017 for Speed and Driving While Under Suspension. Eighteen Written Warnings for Traffic Offenses were issued the Week of November 13 – 19, 2017 and they were for Speeding, and Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Right of Way, Failure to Possess Valid Driver’s License, Expired License, Operating Non-Registered Vehicle, Equipment Repair. No reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of November 13 – 19, 2017. For the Week of November 13 – 19, 2017– 68 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police...

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Turkey Coloring Contest winners Announced

By Brad Barker The Vinton Parks & Recreation Department recently held their annual Turkey Coloring Contest for children in 3rd grade and younger. The top three winners in each division were awarded prizes, presented with their laminated contest entry and also got to ride the first truck with Santa in the downtown parade for the Lighted Patriotic Holiday Parade on Thursday, November 16th. We had over 150 total entries this year and we would like to thank all of our judges and everyone who participated. The following is a list of the contest winners. Pre-School & Under Division 1st...

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Board of Supervisor Agenda 11/21/17

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING November 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room ** Agenda is not printed in any particular order, only time specific items will be addressed at certain times 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve Claims 3. Approve minutes 4. Approve and sign 28E agreement with City of Walford for office space for Sheriff’s office 5. Appoint Russ Glime to County Security Committee 6. 10:50 a.m. Engineer Re: Approve Utility permit for ECI REC in Bruce Twp. 7. 11:00 A.M. Brian Gruhn Re: Contract Negotiations Opening Proposal from Public Professional & Maintenance Employees (PPME), Local 2003. Provide County Opening Proposal to Union. Exempt meeting negotiations between County and Union, Iowa Code Section 20.17 (2017) 8. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 9. Budget discussion 10. New Business/Public Interest Comments 11....

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Friends of the Shelter participate in Cookie Walk & Howliday Bazaar

Vinton’s Friends of the Shelter are offering another way that you can support them, while getting ready for the holidays. There will be a Cookie Walk and Howliday Bazaar on Saturday, December 9 from 11-2:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center located at 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha (we are at a new location this year). Stop in for your holiday baked goods!  Delicious sweet treats will be for sale, as well as gifts for animals and the people who love them.  All proceeds benefit twelve area animal rescue and support services. Contact information:  Visit our website at www.arfiowa.org for additional...

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In Depth – Only the Brave

In June of 2013 a team of twenty firefighters from Prescott, Arizona left the safety of their homes to fight a fire. They were known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots. These men were elite firefighters- trained to be the best, and trained to keep their communities safe. In June of 2013, only one on their team would return home. NOW SHOWING Fri, Nov 17 – Wed, Nov 22 at 7 pm Mon, Nov 20 at 2 pm CLOSED THURSDAY, NOV 23 Only the Brave is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Starring Josh Brolin, the story describes the bravery and determination of a local fire department to save their community from a fiery end. The film highlights the dedication of the men and their families, and is dedicated to those that lost their lives that summer. The Yarnell Hill Fire was ignited by a lightning strike on public land in western Arizona. By the time it was contained, it had already burned over 8,300 acres and prompted the evacuation of several communities. One hundred and twenty-nine buildings were destroyed. Film review website Rotten Tomatoes states “Only the Brave’s impressive veteran cast and affecting fact-based story add up to a no-frills drama that’s just as stolidly powerful as the real-life heroes it honors. It is rated PG-13 for thematic...

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Marcie McKenna receives Doctor of Chiropractic degree

Marcie McKenna of Dysart, IA, received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree during the Oct. 20, 2017 commencement ceremony at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa. The commencement speaker was Michelle (Barber) Drover, M.S.W., D.C., associate dean for Life Sciences and Foundations on the Davenport campus. “Look at how you’ve grown together as group,” Dr. Drover told the graduates. “I encourage you to continue to surround yourselves with people who will support you in achieving your dreams.” To earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, students must complete five academic years of professional study in just over three calendar years at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Palmer College of Chiropractic is the founding college of the chiropractic profession, and is known as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education. It was founded in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa, by D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. More than 2,200 students attend Palmer College campuses in Davenport, Iowa; Port Orange, Fla.; and San Jose, Calif. Palmer’s nearly 30,000 practicing alumni comprise almost half of the doctors of chiropractic in the United...

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The Benton County Fair FFA Barn

By: Franki Evans, Co-Reporter Our first year in the new beef barn was a success, we had a lot of great help and fun! This summer we had 4 different FFA organizations helping in the barn: La Porte-Dysart, Belle Plaine, Benton Community, and the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA. In the barn we had alpacas, cow and calf, chicks, ducklings, miniature pony, donkey, goat, and sow with piglets. We were able to watch the sow have her piglets, showcase the Vinton-Shellsburg display from the hall of states at national convention last October, and watch movies. On Thursday there was a tie-dye class and a class for making butter open to all children who attended the fair. During the day we had volunteers hand out chicks and piglets for kids to hold and we let the ducklings swim and go down a slide. Members representing our chapter at the Benton County fair who exhibited in beef cattle included: Jakob Long, Brock Ortner, and Brianna Lundvall. Horse exhibitors: Madison Novotny, George Haefner, Brittany Hansen, Shelby McDonald, Kelli Cox, Kaylee Sorum, Weston Biershenk, and Grant Ries. Madison Novotny exhibited rabbits, Erin Cantrell exhibited dairy cattle, and Madeline Moen exhibited meat goats. Congrats to all that exhibited and represented their clubs and/or chapters...

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Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners to meet 12/20/17

The next regular meeting of the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioners will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Office, 1705 West D Street in Vinton. Agenda items include: approval of minutes from previous meetings, public participation, approval of treasurer’s report and bills, approval of conservation plans, watershed reports, state cost-share programs, an update on NRCS activities, a review of the correspondence file, any other commissioner input or other business, and scheduling of the next meeting. The public is welcome to attend.  Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact the Benton SWCD by calling 319-472-2161, extension 3 or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.  Please make contact at least 24 hours prior to the...

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