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Government

  • Several wastewater discharges due to ice jams, snow melt, rainfall

    Heavy rainfall, fast snow melt, ice jams and flooding starting in northwest Iowa caused several wastewater discharges from city treatment plants.

    While fast stream currents and cold water are the biggest risk for recreation, high waters can also carry dangerous debris and bacteria. “For their own safety, we’re recommending people stay out of the water until several days after streams return to normal,” said Ted Petersen, supervisor of DNR’s Des Moines field office.

  • SWIPCO purchases SWITA facility in Council Bluffs

    Southwest Iowa Planning Council (SWIPCO), which operates Southwest Iowa Transit Agency (SWITA), has completed the purchase of a 10,000 square foot vehicle staging and storage facility at 3236 Nebraska Avenue, Council Bluffs.  The new facility has indoor parking space for fifteen transit buses, a vehicle maintenance area, office space, training rooms, and driver waiting and storage space.  There is also a large, fenced exterior parking area that will be able to accommodate vehicles not in active use.

     

  • Records 02/14/17

    The following events were filed with the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office between February 2 and February 8, 2017. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty. For details on these events, visit the public records office or online at www.iowacourts.gov.

  • House Report: Meaning what you say- an elected official declines his paycheck

    One of the most common sentiments I hear from Iowans is Washington does not play by the same set of rules as the rest of us. Iowans, like most folks, just want fairness and accountability. That is the primary reason I ran for Congress, to hold the federal government accountable.
    The first piece of legislation I introduced as a member of Congress – H.Res.250 – notes “Congress should pass no law that would exempt from its obligations or provide any other special consideration to elected or appointed federal officials or any other federal employee.”

  • From Your Capitol Hill: Sen. Tom Shipley, District 11

    As the session starts to wind down, there are days with little going on, followed by a flurry of activity.
    I serve on the Judiciary Committee, which deals with numerous criminal code issues. There is a move in this country for sentencing and incarceration reform. Too often, the way we do things in criminal justice costs way too much and has little impact on crime. And sometimes, we have made it too easy for someone to avoid punishment by having too short of a time frame to bring charges.
    Some bills critical to these points are:

  • From Your Capitol Hill: Sen. Tom Shipley, District 11

    As the session starts to wind down, there are days with little going on, followed by a flurry of activity. 

    I serve on the Judiciary Committee, which deals with numerous criminal code issues. There is a move in this country for sentencing and incarceration reform. Too often, the way we do things in criminal justice costs way too much and has little impact on crime. And sometimes, we have made it too easy for someone to avoid punishment by having too short of a time frame to bring charges.

  • Statehouse report: Week of March 14

    Tax Relief on the Way

    This week, the House and Senate voted to provide significant tax relief to a multitude of Iowans by coupling with the federal tax code and clarifying a sales tax exemption for supplies used by manufacturers.

    Coupling

    House File 2433 couples with the federal tax code which provides certainty to taxpayers and decreases the tax liability for more than 177,000 Iowans.

  • From the Statehouse: District 11 Report

    Supplemental State Aid Negotiations Continue

  • Meet the Candidates: Mark Johnson

     

     

    Education: 1970 Graduate ROCHS, attended NWMSC 1 ½ years studying industrial arts, Iowa Western Comm. College received Associate Degree in Electric Technology, continued education at UNO in Electronic Engineering Program.

  • City council approves second round of building codes

     The adoption of building codes for properties in Red Oak was the topic of discussion at yet another city council meeting last week. 

    At last Monday’s meeting, the council voted on the readings for building codes, residential codes and maintenance codes.