Author: Valerie Close

Vinton Police Department Log for Week of November 6 – 12, 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 7 Jedediah Ray Fratzke 37 Vinton, IA Arrested on Intrastate Warrant (Bremer County) for Original Charges of Theft 2nd (Felony). Juvenile Referrals None Two Citations were issued for the Week of November 6 – 12, 2017 for Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle and No Valid Driver’s License. Three Written Warnings for Traffic Offenses were issued the Week of November 6 – 12, 2017 and they were for Speeding, and Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Right of Way. No reported Motor Vehicle Accident for the Week of November 6 – 12, 2017. For the Week of November 6 – 12, 2017– 53 complaints/calls for service were handled by the Vinton Police...

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Board of Supervisor Agenda Nov. 14

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING November 14, 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 minutes 1. 9:05 A.M. Kelly Geater abate penalty and interest on parcel 300-01400. • Forward complaint about hours. 2. 9:15 a.m. Charmaine Wickwire Re: Discuss funding for FY19 for Benton County Volunteer Program 3. Resolution: requesting an increase in prices for indigent cremation services 4. Discuss and approve maintenance and repair needs on the old DHS building 5. Approve funding for Sheriff Frye Memorial 6. Approve City of Luzerne Law Enforcement contract 7. Approve and sign Annual Urban Renewal Report 8. Approve Veterans Affairs Quarterly Report 9. 10:00 a.m. City Canvass 10. 10:30 a.m. Engineer Re: Utility Permit for ECI REC in Florence Twp 11. 10:45 a.m. Courthouse Security Discussion (closed session)per Iowa Code 21.5 (1)k 12. Reports – committee meetings, liaison, Etc. 13. New Business/Public Interest Comments 14....

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Letter to the Editor: Retroactive Medicaid Enrollment

To the Editor, Iowa’s Medicaid program has contained a clause allowing people to enroll in Medicaid 90 days after they’ve used the services of a hospital or healthcare provider. Dawn Pettingill is chair of a committee that is changing the rules. Here are some implications of Dawn’s request to disallow retroactive payments. One member of an elderly couple falls, and long-term care is required. Today, that person could be accepted immediately by a nursing home and, the nursing home receives reimbursement for the cost of the patient’s care for the time between moving to the home and being accepted into the Medicaid program. Without your active involvement, Dawn’s committee will adopt the administrative rules eliminating retroactive enrollment on November 14th and that the person may not be able to enter the home until being accepted into Medicaid, a process that can take several months. The nursing home would lose $10,000 to $20,000 for the care they provided, or the patient wouldn’t receive care until they were enrolled. Instead of receiving professional care 24 hours a day, the patient would have to rely on friends, their spouse, or children. The result could be a severe burden on the family, and potentially dangerous both for the patient and their spouse. Let’s imagine another scenario. An uninsured person injured in an auto accident is permanently disabled and qualifies for care under Medicaid....

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To Our Benton County Veterans, Thank You!

One of my all time favorite things to do, is to honor our veterans. The last several years, Vinton Today has invited our readers to submit names and photos of their veterans if they would like to honor them in this edition. We know there are many more out there. Sometimes the veteran may not want to be recognized in this way, and that’s okay, I understand that completely. But for the ones that said, “Sure, include my name and picture!” or the families that said, “Hey put my relative in!” we’re thrilled to do it! These men and...

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Thank You From a Veteran

On 3 October 2017 I  had the privilege, pleasure, and honor to travel with 80 fellow Veterans to our Nations Capital, along with a number of EIHF Volunteers, and Guardians. This was a day that I will always remember.  It exceeded my highest expectations, thanks to the Sponsors who funded the flight, and all the caring and sharing EIHF Volunteers that so generously give their time, effort, and talent to support this remarkable program.  The planning, organizing, coordinating the flight and all aspects of the day’s activities were done to perfection and ensured that all the Veterans thoroughly enjoyed the day in comfort and safety.  Handling 80 Vets , most past 80 years old and some with special needs is no simple or easy task.  It was amazing that everything went so smooth and each of the volunteers patiently and professionally did their job with a smile, obviously very much enjoying helping and honoring us Vets. During the day I had the opportunity to visit with a number of my fellow Veterans and they unanimously shared my feelings that this was a day that they will always remember. It was a day of mixed emotions.  Mostly a day full of joy and comradery but also some sadness when visiting the War Memorials. I am a Vietnam Vet and four of my former squadron mate’s name appear on the wall. It was...

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Summary of Bills VSCSD

        Description Amount ADVANCED DOOR CONTROL SOLUTIONS, 78.61 AHLERS & COONEY, P.C. 147.00 ALISSA MANN 152.89 ALLIANT ENERGY 373.83 AMAZON 1,375.00 AMAZON 991.59 AMERICAN BOTTLING CO. 839.82 ANDERSON ERICKSON DAIRY 6,919.77 ANDREW NOE 75.48 ANDY MCDONALD 120.00 ANGIE KLINZING 60.00 ANNALISE DUFFY 21.61 ANTHONY CHURCH 4.50 APPLE COMPUTER, INC. 290.00 ARNOLD MOTOR SUPPLY, LLP 527.35 ASAC 7,005.69 ASHLEY HESSON 251.43 ATCO INTERNATIONAL 1,183.89 BARBER FIXIT EQUIPMENT & RENTAL LLC 181.88 BARNES FURNITURE, INC. 139.99 BENTON COUNTY AUDITOR 2,238.33 BILL YUSKA 75.00 BLOOMSBURY FARMS INC. 545.00 BMO HARRIS MASTERCARD 1,520.00 BRENDA DEL ORIER 10.55 BSN SPORTS 5,069.61 CAPITAL SANITARY SUPPLY 3,807.20 CASH FOR SPORTS GATE 1,350.00 CEDAR RAPIDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL 219.72 CENTRAL RIVERS AEA 30.00 CENTURY LINK 674.63 CENTURY LINK BUSINESS 62.59 CHANEY ELECTRONICS, INC 110.30 CHEMSEARCH 552.66 CHERRYDALE FARMS 15,686.10 CITY OF SHELLSBURG 878.07 CONTINENTAL RESEARCH CORPORATION 371.83 COOTS MATERIALS CO., INC 20.00 COTTON GALLERY LTD 449.00 CRESCENT ELEC. SUPPLY CO 1,279.01 CROSS DILLON TIRE-DES MOINES 435.00 CYNTHIA CHYMA 125.90 DANIELLE MANNING 165.00 DAVE WESSLING 40.00 DAVID CONDRY 95.03 DEANNA BURROUGHS 5.36 DEMCO 525.42 DENISE MCKNIGHT 11.36 DERLEIN SCALE, INC 140.00 DOUG MARTENS 135.00 DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP 1,112.45 EDWARDS PLUMBING & HEATING 148.73 ERVIN MOTOR CO. 810.51 EVANS PREFERRED EXTERIOR 2,276.60 EXPANDING EXPRESSION 273.90 FAREWAY STORES 770.34 FLAGHOUSE, INC. 15.00 FLINN SCIENTIFIC INC. 160.40 FLOWERS BY NATURE’S CORNER, LLC 121.00 FOLLETT SCHOOL SOLUTIONS, INC. 2,843.69...

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Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools

Minutes of the Regular Meeting Board of Directors Vinton-Shellsburg Community Schools November 6, 2017 Call to Order President Rob Levis called the regular meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Shellsburg Elementary Music Room. Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance Sue Gates, Kathy Van Steenhuyse, Jason Hicok, Rob Levis, Mike Timmermans,Kyle Schminke, Mary Jo Hainstock, Superintendent, and Brenda Barkdoll Board Secretary/Treasurer were present with the exception of Brenda Bartz. Receive Visitor/Audience Comments Randi Walker requested her daughter be allowed to attend Union through open enrollment. Administrator Reports Matt Kingsbury provided an update and overview of our Career Technical Education Program. Tony Islas shared attendance initiatives and statistics for the beginning of the year. Matt Kingsbury invited board members to attend Veterans’ Day Program on Friday and Fall Musical Program over the weekend. Superintendent Reports Superintendent Hainstock reported on open enrollment requests, School Board Association Convention, enrollment, December board meeting on the 11th at 5:15 p.m., the calendar, fall musical and thanked those in attendance and board members for their support over the last few weeks. Board Reports/Requests Kathy Van Steenhuyse attended the public speakers’ speeches at the city hall and thought it was very interesting. She will also attend the legislative update in Coralville on Tuesday, November 21st. General Business of the Board Consent Items 701. It was moved by Hicok and seconded by Gates to pull the...

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Driftless Region Beef Conference to be Held Jan. 25-26

Beef producers from four states invited to attend With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 25-26, 2018, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The driftless region in these states contains rolling hills, streams and karst soil topography. Since soil and water conservation is best accomplished when much of this land is seeded for forage and livestock consumes those forages, the conference will focus on efficient and economic forage and beef production. The conference will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 with a program concentrating on cover crops and mycotoxins in feed. An evening discussion on success with cover crops feature a producer panel. The Friday morning agenda features Jamey Kohake from Paragon Investments, and six breakout sessions for feedlot operations and cow-calf producers followed by a market outlook. Key speakers include Kohake, Morgan Hayes, Kentucky University; Jim Johnson, Noble Research Institute; Trevor Smith, the University of Guelph; Alison Robertson, Dan Andersen, Chris Clark, Iowa State University; Dan Schaefer, University of Wisconsin; Josh McCann, University of Illinois, and Geoffrey Brink, USDA-ARS-Dairy Forage Research Center. The early registration fee is $85 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 12. The price increases to $115 after that...

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Middle Cedar Water Quality Initiative Projects to hold harvest celebration banquet on November 16

The Benton/Tama and Miller Creek Water Quality Initiative Projects plan to hold a celebration of the 2017 harvest and farmer-led efforts towards improved water quality and soil health on Thursday, November 16, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at Lakeview Lodge, Hickory Hills Park, 3338 Hickory Hills Rd, La Porte City, IA 50651. Benton/Tama and Miller Creek are two of the initial eight projects funded through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s (IDALS) Water Quality Initiative program in January 2014. After demonstrating three years of successful outreach programming and conservation practice implementation, IDALS awarded the projects with three year extensions through December 2019. The projects are in support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy goal of a 45% reduction in Nitrogen and Phosphorus leaving Iowa’s waterways. The five watersheds included in the Miller Creek and Benton/Tama projects also make up the Middle Cedar Partnership Project led by the City of Cedar Rapids. This federally-funded Regional Conservation Partnership Program project encourages and financially supports the implementation of conservation practices to reduce nutrient runoff and mitigate flooding. This banquet will feature informal presentations from conservation staff with updates on the Miller Creek and Benton/Tama projects. A free meal will be available thanks to sponsorship from DuPont Pioneer – Dysart. RSVPs will be required for this event. Please call Shelby Williams at (319) 472-2161 x4045 or Shane Wulf at (319) 296-3262...

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The Problem with Elections in Vinton

As we sat through the Candidate forum a few weeks ago, I was glad for one thing. That I didn’t have to vote. I watched as the candidates talked about their experience, their plans and goals for the city, and I would have had a hard time choosing which guy to vote for! Sometimes you go to a debate between candidates and it’s obvious who you’d think is better, or you watch a debate and say, out of all the people in the world, THIS is what we have to choose between? But not this time, not in Vinton. I remember leaving that night and feeling really proud of our little town. There wasn’t a shortage of candidates, and the ones that ran, well, I don’t think we could have chosen them any better. Most of you know, I’m the behind the scene gal, so I don’t rub elbows with most of you, but if you have emailed us, I’m the one that you probably talked to. But before the event started I got to visit with one of the candidates.  It wasn’t a good night for his family, and later we found out they lost a loved one, but I remember thinking as we visited, “It’s really fun talking to this guy,”  something I probably wouldn’t have had the chance to do otherwise. All I knew before was...

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Maynard elected Vinton Mayor

The new mayor of Vinton will be Bud Maynard, who won by a margin of 463-382 (approximately 53-43 percent) over Rich Hainstock. Maynard will be sworn in after the first of the year. Dean Haack received 29 votes. Incumbents Brian Parr (at large) and Ron Hessenius (First Ward) were city council election winners and the Third Ward write-in vote counting process starts tomorrow. A total of 176 write-in votes were tallied in the 3rd Ward, where Dakota Rundlett and Nate Edwards had announced write-in campaigns. Parr defeated challenger Gary Garwood; Hessenius won against Dixie Meyer. Vinton voters also approved...

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