Author: Valerie Close

Benton County Democrats to Meet March 21, 6:30 p.m.

The off-year caucus for the Benton County Democrats will be held on March 21, 2017 at LaReyna Restaurant in Vinton on fourth street at 6:30 PM. The regular monthly meeting will follow the caucus. Anyone interested in helping elect Democrats to office is invited to attend. Come early if you plan to...

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Board of Supervisor Mtg. Agenda March 14, 9:00 a.m.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING March 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. Approve minutes 3. 9:15 a.m. Alliant Energy Re: Variance to sub division ordinance located within NW ¼ NW ¼ Sec 23-82-9 4. 9:30 a.m. Helland Engineering Re: John Harder/Golden Grain variance to subdivision ordinance located within SE ¼ 28-83-9 5. 10:00 Earlene Stueck Re: review paintings for possible display 6. Approve fireworks permit for Chuck Yedlik for April 1, May 25-26, July 29, and October 28, 2017 7. Approve hire of PT Jailer at Sheriff’s Office 8. Approve use of courthouse lawn for Vinton Park and Rec Departments 9. Approve LOSST Funds for Vinton Fire Department 10. Relisting sale of the DHS building 11. Authorize Chair to sign Quit Claim Deed 12. Sign farm Lease Agreement with Green Acres Ranch, Cedar Valley Ranch Farm Ground 13. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 14. New Business/Public Interest Comments 15....

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8th Grade students attend 16th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event at Rockwell Collins

Five Vinton-Shellsburg 8th grade students were among 100 local 8th grade girls at the 16th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering event at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids on Feb 27, 2017. The girls worked with in female engineer-led groups, toured engineering labs, participated in an engineering product building and heard about the rewards that a career in engineering can provide. Some of the specific activities that they got to do were build a toothpick and marshmallow structure to hold an egg, build a robotic hand and participate in an aviation simulation.   Pictured: Sophia Dilley, Alli Kemp, Lucille Lindsey, Geordyn Webster and Emma...

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PEO Chapter MZ News

PEO Chapter MZ will meet Monday, March 13, at 1:30, at the home of Pat DeKlotz.  There will be Election and Installation of Officers.  The program will be presented by Pat DeKlotz.  Please meet at 1:00 to...

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Letter to the editor: Is this acceptable?

Dear Editor, As an employer, the last thing I want to see happen at Coots Materials Co. is an employee injured on the job. The majority of our nearly 40 employees attend an 8 hour safety class annually. We also have daily work place exams,  equipment exams, and are inspected by the Mining Safety Health Administration twice a year. They spend a minimum of one day at each mining number we have. That amounts to at least 14 hours of inspections annually. The costs of compliance is well over $20,000 annually. Also, Coots Materials Co. spends a large amount of money on safety to curb accidents before they happen. Why should my business pay the second highest work comp rate in this region? The money spent on work comp could be going to higher wages and benefits for employees, or improvements to my company. I am proud of the wages and benefits my company provides for our employees. There is no reason Iowa should be the Cadillac of work comp. Iowa needs to wake up and not penalize business for locating in Iowa. Work comp rates are something any company looking to locate in this State will look at. Why not be competitive??Iowa needs to be a place that has more reasons to locate here instead of reasons not to locate here. The following is from the Associated General...

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4th STREET DINER NEWS

4th Street Diner HACAP North Benton Center 202 East Fourth St Vinton, IA 52349 319-472-4761 Serving Buffet from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Sunday thru Friday. Everyone is WELCOME! Suggested contribution for individuals 60 years old or older, and their accompanying spouse (regardless of age) is $3.25 for the meal. Individuals who are not yet 60 are WELCOME but need to pay $4.25 directly to the site manager for their meal. If you are just coming for the activity, the suggested contribution is $1.00. Carryout meals are available. Hot Home Delivered Meals are available Sunday thru Friday in Vinton. The suggested contribution is $3.75/meal if you are 60 or older. For those under age 60, the required contribution is $4.50/meal. Please call by 10:00 AM daily to cancel or add a Home Delivered Meal. FREE SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM AVAILABLE DAILY FOR EVERYONE WHO EATS A MEAL AT THE SITE DURING MEAL SERVICE TIMES. For more information about services, please call 319-472-4761, or to reserve a table for groups of three or more. We also have nutritious frozen meals and liquid supplements; delivery is available throughout Benton County. All contributions are used toward the continued operations of the meal site. Each month the 4th St Diner has a birthday celebration on the second Tuesday; March’s Birthday Dinner will be on the 14th. Anyone having a birthday for that particular...

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COUNTY DAY AT THE CAPITOL

By Hayley Rippel, Benton County Auditor Local elected officials will join other county officials and employees from across the state on Wednesday, March 8, for the 9th Annual County Day at the Capitol hosted by the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) in Des Moines. The event will give county officials and employees the opportunity to be involved in the legislative process by promoting legislation that is of importance to counties. The event will begin at 10:00 am in the State Historical Building auditorium. ISAC President and Humboldt County Auditor Peggy Rice will welcome ISAC members, and ISAC staff will update members on the status of ISAC’s legislative priorities, objectives, issues that will impact counties and other related hot topics at the Capitol. From there, the group will travel to the Capitol. Governor Terry Branstad will address the group in the Capitol Rotunda at 11:15 am. County officials will focus their discussions with their legislators on ISAC’s top priorities –mental health and disability services funding, the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, food safety, water quality management, and distracted driving. County officials will be sharing with their Senators and Representatives how these issues have significant fiscal and safety impacts on counties and their residents. The Capitol Rotunda will be filled with ISAC affiliate member organization displays. This will give the different county offices the opportunity to introduce legislators...

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Board of Supervisor Agenda March 7, 2017

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING March 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Benton County Board of Supervisors Room 1. 9:00 A.M. Call to Order 2. 9:05 a.m. Barb Greenlee Re: Set land use hearing date for Hidden Meadow Farm LLC part of S 20 acres of SE ¼ NE ¼ Sec 34-85-9 3. 9:10 a.m. Dana Burmeister Re: Transportation Facebook Page 4. Approve minutes 5. Approve Claims 6. Approve IT Credit Card 7. 9:30 A.M. FY 18 Budget Public Hearing 8. 10:00 A.M. Shive-Hattery –sign agreement/discuss Cedar Valley Ranch Roof 9. 10:15 a.m. Discuss/Approve artwork display in courthouse 10. 10:20 A.M. Engineer Re: Approve Utility Permit for Alliant Energy – south of Vinton in Eden, Taylor & Jackson Twps. 11. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 12. New Business/Public Interest Comments 13....

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