Author: Valerie Close

Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 9/27/16

September 27, 2016 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular session with Supervisors Frese, Hertle and Wiley present. The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Hertle moved/ Wiley seconded: To approve the minutes of Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and Friday September 23, 2016. Motion carried. Wiley moved/Hertle seconded: Approve payment of checks numbered 220681 through 220831, payroll checks numbered 138972 through 138997, and ACH deposits numbered 28704 through 28837, vendor checks numbered 220675 through 220680. Motion carried. The Pictometry aerial flight of the flooded area could not be flown Monday. The wind was a factor for the airplanes, and with the crest already over, the supervisors felt this wouldn’t benefit the county to have it done a day or two after the fact. No action was taken. Hertle moved/Wiley seconded: to approve Resolution #16-77, changing employment status of Payton Bartling. Motion carried. RESOLUTION #16-77 CHANGING EMPLOYMENT STATUS OF Payton Bartling PART-TIME EMPLOYEE TO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE WHEREAS, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department has posted positions for a full-time communications/corrections officer; and WHEREAS, Bartling has been employed part-time by Benton County since October 2015 and has the required state certifications and training; and WHEREAS, the Sheriff recommended that Bartling have his employment status be changed from part-time to full-time, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Benton County Board...

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Flood Recovery Update

By Linda Fischer Recovery efforts continue for flood impacted homes and businesses. On Saturday, October 8th the city will be removing sandbags from the city’s right of way. Home owners and businesses are asked to get the sandbags moved onto the city right of way for Saturday’s cleanup. The city of Vinton will be hauling away the sandbags. The Benton County Disaster Recovery Coalition is working with various organizations to respond to the disaster, including assisting families that have been impacted and coordinating with agencies on cleanup and recovery efforts. Locally, the Salvation Army and Red Cross have been providing clean up kits and information for the flood. A canopy has been set up in the Vinton Municipal Parking Lot located at 3rd Ave and East 4th Street in Vinton. Individuals who need help with sandbag removal and flood cleanup in their homes are asked to call the 211 Hotline. Call 211 on your phone and if you are not connected, call 319-739-4211 and provide the operator with your location. The information will be relayed to local Salvation Army volunteers who will arrange for volunteers to help families with clean up and sand bag removal. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with the cleanup efforts on Saturday, October 8th. Anyone who would like to volunteer is asked to sign up through the East Central Iowa United Way by...

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Tips to Protect your Identity

Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. In 2015, there were 13.1 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S., according to Javelin Strategy and Research. Cedar Valley Bank & Trust recommends following these tips to keep your information — and your money — safe. Don’t share your secrets. Don ‘t provide your Social Security number or account information to anyone who contacts you online or over the phone. Protect your PINs and passwords and do not share them with anyone. Use a combination of letters and numbers for your passwords and change them periodically. Do not reveal sensitive or personal information on social networking sites. Shred sensitive papers. Shred receipts, banks statements and unused credit card offers before throwing them away. Keep an eye out for missing mail. Fraudsters look for monthly bank or credit card statements or other mail containing your financial information. Consider enrolling in online banking to reduce the likelihood of paper statements being stolen. Also, don’t mail bills from your own mailbox with the flag up. Use online banking to protect yourself. Monitor your financial accounts regularly for fraudulent transactions. Sign up for text or email alerts from your bank for certain types of transactions, such as online purchases or transactions of more than $500. Monitor your credit report. Order a free copy of your credit report every four months...

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Board of Supervisors Meeting 10/4/16 9 a.m.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING October 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Courthouse Basement Conference Room PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. 9:05 A.M. Marc Greenlee Re: discuss amendment to Article 7; other provisions, section 7.02 variances to Benton County Ordinance #61 4. 9:30 A.M. Kyle Helland Re: Variance to subdivision ordinance 5. 9:45 a.m. Jerry Petermeier Re: Discuss Cedar Valley Ranch window repair. 6. 10:00 a.m. – Kelly Geater re: Approve employment contract with Denise Westerhoff, permanent part-time employee 7. 10:15 a.m. Dana Burmeister – Discuss/Accept quote for flood damage repair in transportation building 8. 10:30 a.m. Rose Hesson Re: Discuss road repair of Grove Street in Shellsburg 9. Discuss/Action Handbook 10. Approve & Sign FSA Renewal with EBS for 2017 11. Approve Auditors Quarterly Report for period ending 9/30/2016 12. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 13. New Business/Public Interest Comments 14....

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FREEDOM FOUNDATION BENEFIT FOR CP HISTORICAL SOCIETY HARVEST POTLUCK OCT. 27

  At its regular meeting Sept. 29 the Center Point Historical Society made plans for its annual community Harvest Potluck on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Center Point dentist office basement. The program is “2 Return to Vietnam,” a slide show by Vietnam veterans from Center Point Paul Schantz and Jon Sholes. Paul went on a military-oriented tour of Vietnam last spring and Jon and his wife Donna visited as tourists in September of 2015. The community, as always, is invited to the potluck and program, but this year there is an admission charge of a non-perishable food item for the food pantry at the Freedom Foundation. Freedom Foundation is a Cedar Rapids veterans’ service center with which Paul and his wife Kim are active. The community potluck is at 6 p.m. The program will start about 7. The dentist office basement has a stair chair. In other business, the Historical Society rounded up bakers for the desserts for the Fire Dept. Nov. 5 steak supper and discussed the future of the Strait Log...

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Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Awards Annual Scholarships

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has awarded more than 2,250 scholarships to students for the 2016-17 academic year. The college and its departments award more than $3 million in scholarships each year. Students interested in applying for scholarships should go to https://www.scholarships.cals.iastate.edu for more information and deadlines. Along with strong scholarship support for freshmen, transfer students and current undergraduate and graduate students, the college continues to attract a record number of students and maintain high placement rates for its graduates. This fall, for the fifth year in a row, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences experienced record enrollment. The college has 4,657 undergraduate students and 738 graduate students for a total of 5,395. In October 2015, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day attracted a record number of employers – 277 companies and organizations. The fall career day is the largest of its kind in the nation. Placement of the college’s graduates has been 97 percent or higher for 19 consecutive years. The college also: * ranks as one of the top 10 agricultural colleges in the world. * has nationally recognized faculty – two professors were elected in 2015 to the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and since 2006, eight professors have been honored with USDA national awards for excellence in teaching food and agricultural sciences....

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Letter to the Editor: Deplorable Voter supports Trump

Dear Editor, I am a Trump voter.  Hillary calls me deplorable and perhaps un-reconcilable.; which basically means un-reconcilable to God’s graces and forgiveness. How deplorable is HRC when she trashed the so-called “bimbos” of Bill’s dalliances? One a young White House intern used as Bill’s personal cigar humidor, another who Bill raped, others sexually abused, that’s the War on Women. Good Grief; Clinton’s get a pass when the rest of us are subject to the Law. HRC is not talking up solutions to our people’s problems – nothing new – just the same old stuff from the last eight years than have not proven successful. Mark me intolerant. John Stiegelmeyer...

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Register for 5th & Final Flaughless 5K by October 1

Reminder: Register by Saturday! Pre-register by October 1, 2016 to guarantee a t-shirt. Registrations after October 1 will have an additional $5 fee and your t-shirt is not guaranteed. 5th & Final Flaughless 5K Saturday, October 15, 2016  |  10 am In memory of US Army Soldier, Dan Flaugh, 1986-2011 Please join us one last time for the 5th & Final Flaughless 5K memorial run/walk in Vinton, Iowa on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Regular Pre-Registration Fee: $25 (Ages 13+) Military Pre-Registration Fee: $15 Ages 12 and under Pre-Registration Fee: $15 Proceeds from the event will benefit Retrieving Freedom, a local nonprofit...

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