Author: Valerie Close

Notice of Magistrate Appointments

PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING THE APPOINTMENT OF BENTON COUNTY MAGISTRATES The Benton County Magistrate Appointing Commission will meet on May 17, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Benton County Courthouse for the purpose of appointing two magistrates for Benton County, Iowa, for the term beginning August 1, 2017, and ending July 31, 2021. To qualify for appointment as a magistrate, file a certified application by 4:30 p.m. on May 10, 2017, in the form approved by the Iowa Supreme Court. The application form is available in the office of the Benton County Clerk of Court, Benton County Courthouse, 111 E 4th st, Vinton, IA, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Further information is posted at the Benton County Courthouse. FOR THE COMMISSION Sean W. McPartland, Judge Sixth Judicial District of...

Read More

Mayor Watson Recognizes Impact of National Service

By Angela Sarrels On April 4, Mayor John Watson joins more than 2,000 county officials and mayors across the country in a nationwide bi-partisan initiative to highlight the impact of national service in tackling local problems. “National service is a vital resource for our country and city,” says Mayor Watson. “AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our counties better places to live. As the Mayor of Vinton, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of the citizens, who are helping make our great county and city stronger, safer and healthier.” Mayor Watson is participating in the fifth-annual Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service to highlight the impact AmeriCorps and Senior Corps have in their counties/cities and thank individuals who serve. Mayor Watson has sent out a proclamation in support of National Service along with a photo of AmeriCorps NCCC members receiving the proclamation. The Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in counties/cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Cities of Service. “I am proud to be working with Mayor Watson as we continue to strengthen...

Read More

Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 3/28/17

March 28, 2017 The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in regular adjourned 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 of March 21, 2017. Motion carried. Primmer moved/Wiley seconded: To appoint Jackie Werner as Union Township Trustee. Motion carried. Supervisor Wiley reported he discussed the DHS Building with Jerry Petermeier, and it was suggested that Shive-Hattery could do the structure evaluation of the foundation, interior, exterior and asbestos evaluation. Robert Dahl along with Tom and Carolyn Engledow, concerned residents provided a petition to black top or sealcoat along 22nd Ave. NW of Vinton where they reside. The Engineer was also present for the discussion. Concerns were heard about the dust issues caused from the amount of traffic on that road. Supervisors asked that they discuss with other residences/homeowners in the area and form an agreement of what costs they are willing to endure. The Engineer will also provide some estimates and options available. There have been other similar projects done in the county with special assessments assigned to the adjoining property owners and divided accordingly. Seven members of the 2017 Grand Jury met with the board to discuss various issues. Supervisor’s introduced themselves and provided a brief explanation of their duties and discussed the...

Read More

AmeriCorps NCCC Team Maple 3 Helps Pretty Lake Camp Prepare for the Season

By: Remington North, AmeriCorps NCCC Member On March 14, AmeriCorps NCCC team Maple 3 arrived in Mattawan, Michigan after a six hour journey. The team has been serving with Pretty Lake Camp, a summer camp for children from low income families and at risk youth. This is the team’s first project, and so far they have enjoyed the teamwork and the sponsoring organization. “My feelings have changed very little since I arrived at Pretty Lake. I am still very excited to be a part of the AmeriCorps NCCC program,” says Raegan Carter of Mendocino, California. Maple 3 has been serving on the farm accomplishing tasks such as planting and harvesting peas, lettuce, and asparagus. The team is also handling animals such as feeding goats, collecting eggs from the chickens and cleaning the animal stalls.  At the campsites the team is cleaning, raking, sweeping, and digging out fire pits. The team has participated in many service learning projects including going to Kalamazoo Fire Youth Poetry Slam, a Play-Doh reflection activity, and a “What do you want to accomplish by the end of the project?” activity. The sponsors have provided the team with plenty of activities to enjoy on their off days, including tapping sugar maple trees in order to make maple syrup. The mission of Pretty Lake Camp is to provide adventure education and outdoor experiences that liven and improve...

Read More

The Nature of Things – Newsletter

Benton County Conservation presents The Nature of Things – Newsletter The Nature of Things is our new newsletter that will keep you in touch with what is going on in Benton County Conservation.  There are articles about plants, animals, and anything conservation related. Also included is our calendar of events that will keep you up to date on the public programs and events that are happening at the Benton County Nature Center and parks. The links to the newsletter and calendar of events are below. http://www.bentoncountyiowa.org/webres/File/The%20Nature%20of%20Things%20Spring%202017.pdf...

Read More

From the Statehouse

Click to view newsletter Newsletter March30.2017 Dear Friends and Neighbors, We’re looking forward to winding this session up and will be paid for 15 more days.  When it’s time for farmers to get back in the fields and the pay stops, usually we move a lot faster.  I am hopeful, but there is still a lot of work to finish up on here.  Budgets being number one. This past week was the 2nd Funnel, which is designed to winnow down the number of bills of either chamber.  In my committees we passed out some bills you might be interested in. Commerce — Cytomegalovirus Testing for Newborns, Small Wireless Facility Siting, Jobs Impact Statements on Administrative Rules, Insurance Premiums for Legislators from the Judicial Branch rates to the Executive Branch rates. Government Oversight – Because Oversight is funnel proof, we are still on some House bills.  Cyber Security for Utilities, Strengthening Property Rights, Protecting Personal Information/Health Data, Children’s Residential Facilities that use Accelerated Christian Education, and there was also a presentation by the Citizen Ombudsman on licensing boards’ complaints against license holder/closed sessions. State Government –  Contractor Registration, Voluntary Exclusion from Gaming Facilities, School Board Elections. Ways and Means – Distracted Driving, a 1st Time Homebuyer Fund, Fireworks, Subdivided Real Property Assessments. In addition to the committee work, here are some of the bills that went through the House and over...

Read More