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Government

  • Low attendance at congressman’s visit

    RED OAK — Congressman Tom Latham (R-Iowa) visited Red Oak last week with the intention of discussing the growing prevalence of identity theft.

    With only around five people in attendance, the informative discussion focused on miscellaneous issues ranging from the budget to healthcare and the farm bill.

    Budget

  • Red Oak Council agrees to give land to fairboard

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council has agreed to move forward with the ownership transfer of a portion of the fairgrounds to the fairboard, pending alterations to the deed.

    Currently, the City owns the property where the livestock barns and show arena are located, but with the upcoming construction of a new $425,000 barn/show arena, Fairboard President Kerry Confer said owning the land would be reassuring to potential donors.

    The Red Oak Park and Tree Board approved the fairboard’s request two weeks ago.

  • Council sets LOST election information

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council approved the Local Option Sales Tax resolution to go on the Nov. 5 citywide election ballot at last Monday’s Council meeting.

  • ONLINE ONLY: City Administrator recommends funds taken from Association

     

    The Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association could lose more than $30,000 of their revenue if voters and the City Council agree with a recommendation from the City Administrator. 

    In a memo given to the Council, City Administrator Brad Wright suggested removing the words “for the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association” from the segment of the referendum that provides five percent of the collected Local Option Sales Tax revenue to the Association for new job initiatives and community marketing.

  • Ernst to seek U.S. Senate seat

    After months of deliberation, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) has made what she once referred to as a very big and hard decision.

    She will be running for U.S. Senate.

    The formal announcement will be made July 17 at the Montgomery County Courthouse at 9 a.m.

    “My first stop is local because I wanted to share this with my friends and family here where my public service first began,” Ernst said.

     Similar announcements will also be made in Council Bluffs and Sioux City throughout the next several days.

  • City, County to start discussions on sales tax funds

    RED OAK — Both the City of Red Oak’s and Montgomery County’s Local Option Sales Tax are set to sunset in June 2014 and both groups are beginning to plan for the November election season.

    The City, as well as the organizations that receive a percentage of the LOST funds from the City, are in the process of meeting to address the ballot language.

  • Physical policy instilled at fire department

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council approved a $6,138 proposal to provide mandatory physicals for all career and volunteer firefighters.

    The unanimous decision came after hearing a proposal from the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA) at a past Council meeting, which indicated the City pays almost $38 per $100 of payroll in insurance for the fire department. The Council then agreed physicals would be beneficial to the firefighters to prevent claims and possible health concerns.

  • Healthcare discussed at final legislative briefing

    RED OAK — Saturday marked the third and final Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association legislative briefing in the City, and issues surrounding healthcare, education reform and the struggles within in the Senate were discussed.

    Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Mark Costello began the briefing with a lengthy discussion on the governor’s Healthy Iowa plan versus the federally recommended Medicaid Expansion.

  • Page County agrees to 1-year engineer deal

    The Page County Board of Supervisors approved a one-year agreement for sharing county engineer services with Montgomery County despite the three-year contract Montgomery County’s board previously passed.

     “It’s just our preference for one year,” Page County Supervisor Elaine Armstrong said. “It’s just what we want.”

    Armstrong would not comment on the details of their decision.

  • Take three: Fire board sends another offer to City

    RED OAK — The Red Oak Rural Fire Protection Association typically meets once a year in January to touch base and renew their contract with the City of Red Oak for fire and emergency medical protection.

    Tuesday marked the rural fire board’s third meeting this year debating the fee paid to the City, something no one in the room appeared too pleased about.