Author: Valerie Close

Board of Supervisor Meeting Agenda 1/16/18

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING January 16, 2018 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 minutes 3. Approve Business Property Tax Credits for 2016 and 2017 Assessment Years 4. 9:05 a.m. Kate Robertson (BDG) Re: Adopt Resolution to approve application for Frontier 5. 9:15 a.m. Laurie Worden Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection Re: Discuss FY19 Allocation 6. 9:30 a.m. Marc Greenlee Re: Land use hearing for John C. Dennis part of E ½ of NE ¼ Section 2-82-9 7. 9:45a.m Carrie Koelker Eastern IA Tourism : Update /partnership 8. 10:00 a.m. Discuss DHS building/architect with Shive-Hattery 9. 10:30 a.m. Russ Glime Re: Courthouse Security Update on supervisory order (closed session) per 21.05(1)(a) 10. 10:45 a.m. Novak Group update/discussion DHS building 11. 11:00 a.m. Adam Rodenburg WMA Budget -Approve and Sign Software Agreement and Schedule forms with Agren Tools and Benton County 12. Appoint/replace members on the Eminent Domain (Licensed Real Estate) 13. Adopt Policy for Security Related Information 14. Approve vacation carryover for Myron Parizek 15. FY19 Budget Discussion 16. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 17. New Business/Public Interest Comments 18. (Lunch break) 19. 1:00 p.m. Maintenance Budget 20. 1:30 p.m. Sanitarian/Health Department Budget 21. 2:00 p.m. Treasurer Budget -Approve Treasurer’s...

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In the Statehouse

By State Representative Dawn Pettengill January 12, 2018 What a great start to the 87th General Assembly, 2nd session! For the first time since I’ve been there, we knocked out all of the Joint Convention addresses in the first week. We heard from Governor Reynolds on the Condition of the State, Chief Justice Cady on the Condition of the Judiciary and Major General Orr on the Condition of the Iowa Guard. The Condition addresses are where they tell us what’s happened in the last year, the good things and the challenges. They also talked about their upcoming initiatives and legislative priorities. It’s a good way for us to have a summary of what’s happened and what to look forward to for the year. Of course it was Governor Reynolds first Condition of the State address and she knocked it out of the park. Governor Reynolds told us how our state is in a good place right now. We were named 3rd best managed state in America and the number one state for middle class families. We have the highest graduation rates in the nation and only a 2.9% unemployment rate. Last year was the most pro-jobs session in decades and we have over 50,000 good paying jobs open on our workforce development website. The jobs are there, we just need to get people the skills to take them. Over...

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Legislators Welcome Iowa Land Improvement Contractors

This week, Reps. Dave Maxwell (R- Gibson), Dawn Pettengill (R- Mount Auburn),and Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) met with Steve and Mary Lou Young, members of the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association. The Young’s were visiting to speak with legislators and go on a tour of the historic Iowa State Capitol building. Pictured here are Rep. Dave Maxwell (Gibson), Rep. Dawn Pettengill (Mount Auburn), Mary Lou Young, Steve Young, and Rep. Ashley Hinson...

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at The Palace January 12

1981- Chris Van Allsburg releases his book Jumanji 1995- Robin Williams captures hearts and imaginations in the first film adaptation of Jumanji, the story of a boy who gets sucked into a board game for decades 2017- The classic game Jumanji is given an upgrade as four friends try to navigate their way out of ….a video game! NOW SHOWING Fri, Jan 12 – Thur, Jan 18 at 7 pm Mon, Jan 15 at 2 pm If you never saw the 1995 film version, well, you should! But it’s not necessary to understand the plot of 2017’s Jumanji- Welcome to the Jungle. In 2017 four friends are serving detention at school. While cleaning the school’s basement, they come across an old video game called Jumanji. They decide to have some fun and see if it works, and it does! After they each choose a player in the game, they get sucked in…. physically! The four find themselves in a jungle, and their bodies have transformed to their avatars. There is an explorer (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a professor (Jack Black), a zoologist (Kevin Hart) and a martial artist (Karen Gilian). The diverse quartet of teens are anything but friends in school, but now they must learn how to work as a team while discovering who they are in the game. They must do both in order to “win” the...

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When Oprah has her Aha Moment

Dear Oprah, I know there’s a chorus of people wanting you to run for office in 2020. You probably will, because after all, the ego is a terrible thing to waste…ask President Trump. I might as well tell you right now that if you do, I won’t be voting for you. It’s only fair to tell you why. It’s my ears. One of the things that drives me nuts, are the speech patterns and voice inflections people use when speaking. Most people are pretty good about speaking and don’t seem to have noticeable quirks. Others make me want to plug my ears. President Obama’s annoying habit was saying, “Uh” repeatedly. As hard as I tried I’d make it about ¾ of the way through a speech for saying, “Okay, that’s enough.” With Hillary W.H. (What Happened?) Clinton she reminded me too much of a screaming aunt that is trying to make her point, and I don’t know about you, but I can stand that less. With you dear Oprah, it’s the silly sing songy way in which you drag out your words. While you’re a great speaker, you’re annoying that way. Can you imagine the State of the Union address? “Helllloooo my fellow Ammmmericannnnssss. Welllllcome to the State of the YOU-niounnnnnnn addressss.” (insert the sound of her voice going up or down where you see repeated letters.) It’s annoying. It’s...

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Letter to the Editor: Trump Presidential Accomplishments

Dear Editor, Breaking News – Just in: (1)    A seven Trillion Dollar gain in GDP since the November 8th election – wow!  Major Corporations giving long deserved bonuses to their employees.  Major Utility Companies lowering electric rates by as much as 5 percent.  The Dow over 25,000. My small Schwab Account went from an unrealized capital gain of $8,000 at November 8th election to over $25,000 unrealized Cap Gain last week. Our Executive Government may give less aid to the U.N., Pakistan, the Palestinians, and others because they are not acting in our interest – long overdue to our long suffering tax payers.  Asking NATO nations to pony up on their contributions to mutual defense – again long overdue.  South and North Korea meeting for the first time in years. Jamie Diamond, American’s most famous banker, forecasting a 4 percent growth rate for the U.S. – after a dismal 2 percent or less the last 8 years.  A redo of the U.S. Tax Code giving most Americans a much needed break and a raise in take home pay.   (Even if I personally do not see a decrease in taxes at least my 1040 will be much simpler.)  Oh! And a televised meeting in the White House with Democrats and Republicans from both House and Senate – 55 minutes. Democrats and Republicans had to voice what they would support without the normal...

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2 Vinton Parents Awarded $1,000 Deposits to College Savings Iowa Accounts

Winners Announced for 2017 Save Now, Save Later Program Parents across the state of Iowa are getting a $1,000 boost to their student’s College Savings Iowa® account this winter, thanks to Iowa Student Loan’s Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway. Fifty parents have been chosen as winners in the program’s fourth year. Each parent will receive the $1,000 deposited directly to the College Savings Iowa account of their registered child. The registration period ran during September and October and was open to Iowa residents who have a student in grades six through 12 at an Iowa school. Among the winners were two Vinton parents, Erika White and Heather Kingsbury. “This program really helps highlight the importance of saving for college and being proactive with planning for your child’s future,” said Shari Higgins, a 2017 winner from Nevada. “The information presented was useful and something I can come back to later as I have questions.” Parents who registered had a chance to experience the Parent Handbook, a new online educational module from Iowa Student Loan. The handbook provides financial literacy tips for parents with students in middle school or high school. After the registration period, entries were chosen at random from nearly 4,000 qualified participants. Iowa Student Loan works directly with College Savings Iowa on the giveaway. College Savings Iowa is the state’s direct-sold 529 program, administered...

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More than 2,286 graduates receive degrees at Iowa State University fall commencement

At Iowa State University’s fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 15-16, 2017, 2,286 graduates received degrees. Iowa State awarded 1,887 undergraduate degrees, 276 master’s degrees, and 123 doctor of philosophy degrees. Atkins,  Ashley Frimml, Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education Belle Plaine,  Jacob Miller, Bachelor of Science, Animal Ecology and  Ryan Zumbach, Bachelor of Industrial Design, Industrial Design, Magna Cum Laude Blairstown,  Matthew Sliter, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies Newhall,  Jacob Stoll , Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Norway,  Sarah Mihm, Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering and  Sarah Mihm, Bachelor of Science, Sociology Shellsburg,  Wyatt Hagen , Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering Vinton: Daniel Ervin, Bachelor of Science, Finance Katherine Hanson, Bachelor of Science, Management, Marketing, Summa Cum Laude Bailey Lyons, Bachelor of Arts,...

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