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(3/6) City of Batavia City Council


City of Batavia Agenda Council Meeting
March 9,2015 CALL TO ORDER   6:30 PM at the Batavia City Hall
ROLL CALL
OPEN PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING
CLOSE PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING
ADOPT RESOLUTION 2-2015/2016 ANNUAL BUDGET
ROLL CALL VOTE
APPROVE OR AMEND AGENDA
CONSENT AGENDA:  NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC:  All items under the consent agenda will be approved by one motion.  There will

(3/6) Police Reports


3/5 11:50am Kathy Acosta cited for speeding

2:24pm Jack Lathrop reported that Hailey Lathrop is driving an uninsured vehicle and she also allows Mason Simons to drive

(3/6) No Jefferson County Supervisors Meeting


There will be no Board of Supervisors’ meeting the week of March 9, 2015.
 

(3/6) DEADLINE EXTENDED to MARCH 11 for Citizen of the Year nomination form


The Chamber is taking nominations for the Outstanding Citizen Community Service Award, the Citizen of the Year award.  Entries are judged on the significance of the person’s contribution to the betterment of community life based on his or her record of voluntary service devoted to the significant growth and/or improvement of the community.  (Please note that this award is not

(3/6) Clocks Spring Forward Sunday Morning


Clocks should spring forward an hour for the start of Daylight Savings Time this weekend. Under the Bush administration, an energy policy was adopted that extended the Daylight SavingsTime period by four weeks, moving the beginning to the second Sunday of March and ending the first Sunday in November each year.

Daylight Saving Time will be observed at 2am Sunday 3/8/15.

(3/6) MUM Ranks 4th As Top Environmental Science School


Out of 50 Colleges nationwide, MUM has been ranked 4th as a Top Environmental Science School. According to environmentalscience.org the purpose is to help prospective students identify the school that’s right for them.

The top 50 list can be found at www.environmentalscience.org/top-schools.
 

(3/6) MUM Sees Record Enrollment


MUM student enrollment is at an all time high. 126 students started in the February Computer Professionals programs including 47 from Nepal.. Enrollment stands at 1,429 students which is a school record.

The total number of students on the Fairfield campus as of mid-February was 825.

Of the degree-seeking students, 406 are from the U.S. and 1,002 are from over 80 countries around the world.

(3/6) Chicken Coop On Fire In Wellman


Wednesday morning, a chicken coop was reported as fully engulfed in flames in rural Wellman. Fire Crews responded quickly to help extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other outbuildings nearby.

The fire remains under investigation.

(3/6) Fund Recovery Agrees to Stop Mailing Deceptive Credit Memos to Iowans


A New Jersey company and its owner have agreed to cease soliciting Iowans listed on the state treasurer’s “Great Iowa Treasure Hunt,” through an agreement with Attorney General Tom Miller.
 
The agreement, called an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, requires Asset Recovery Services LLC, doing business as Fund Recovery, and owner Robert Scott Armstrong, 44, both of

(3/6) Maharishi Vedic City, City Council Meeting Agenda


Maharishi Vedic City Notice of a City Council Meeting
To Be Held Friday, March 6, 2015, 3:00 PM 1750 Maharishi Center Ave. 
Agenda

Public Hearing, Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Consider Adoption of Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Minutes
Treasurer’s Report
Claims
Consider Sewer Credit for GCWP
Consider Subdivision Approval
MUM Tax Exempt Financing
Report on Peace Palace

(3/6) IHCC Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda


INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
March 9, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Regular Meeting Board Room, Main Campus
 AGENDA
Call Meeting to Order 
Approval of Minutes: February 9, 2015, Regular Board Meeting 
Public Hearing 
a.         Public Hearing to Adopt FY2016 Budget Estimate and Certify College Taxes
Approval of the FY16

(3/6) WATER OFF


Wapello Rural water customers north of campus will be without from approximately 10 to 4pm Friday March 6th.  Campus and south will not be effected.  IF you have any questions, please call 641-682-8351

(3/5) Iowa Leaders Connect In Fairfield


Finance and insurance experts from across Iowa will gather in Fairfield on Thursday to discuss the state’s leading role in the insurance and finance industries as part of the Connecting Statewide Leaders discussion series, presented by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.
 
Learn about the significant role Iowa companies play in these industries worldwide and about the

(3/5) Senator Rich Taylor Column


ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MUST BE MAINTAINED 
I am committed to continuous improvement of Iowa's modernized mental health system. That's why I was as surprised as everyone else when Governor Branstad announced plans to close Mental Health Institutes (MHI) in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda.
These facilities offer specialized services that are not readily available in many areas

(3/5) Police Reports


3/4 5:50am Dustin Wickenkamp was arrested on an outstanding warrant
10:26am Donna Burnett was reported Jaimye Kent was driving while not being licensed to drive.  Kent was seen passing the Community 1st parking lot and turning east on Burlington. Kent was arrested for driving while barred.
11:12am Jackie Hagans II was arrested on a warrant out of Washington Co for failure to

(3/5) UPDATE: Former Cop Sentenced In Drug Case


Here is an update on Cameron Cooksey, once a Fairfield Cop, was facing years behind bars on drug charges.

Cooksey entered a plea deal with prosecutors and was sentenced March 2, 2015.

On the count of conspiracy to manufacture,deliver or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine a class C felony, Cooksey received a 10-year suspended sentence and 5 years of probation. All other charges were dropped.
 

(3/5) Funding To Keep Students With Healthy Meals Over Weekends


The issue of Food insecurity, which is defined as “a household that is uncertain of having or being able to acquire enough food to meet the basic needs of all household members because of insufficient money or other resources of food” is being addressed in the Fairfield School District by an organization known as Carry On Bags.

With nearly 50% of students in the Fairfield district

(3/5) Ottumwa Man Plea Deals On Robbery & Burglary Charges


An Ottumwa man reached a plea deal with prosecutors for robbery and burglary. Jeramia Gillespie was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery to be served concurrently with 25 years in prison for burglary.

December 2014, an Ottumwa man reported three men forcibly broke into his home, stole property and assaulted him. The three men were later arrested and charged with Burglary 1st degree,

(3/5) UPDATE: Vandals Hit Shimek and Lacey


The  Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a DNR employee about vandalism in two parks.  The criminal mischief apparently was performed in Lacey  a Keosauqua park and then in Shimek in Lee County over a period of days. 

It is unknown if it was the work of only one individual. 

There is $2-3 thousand dollars damage in Shimek, plus the labor cost

(3/4) Welcome to Medicare Seminar in Ottumwa


A free seminar offered by the State of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Milestones  Area Agency on Aging for Iowans who want to learn about Medicare
 
“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Parts A & B benefits, prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.
 
Thursday, March 12,

(3/4) Mailboxes Damaged On Business 34


Tina Laughlin reported two mailboxes, post and frame work destroyed just off business 34. Est cost of damages near $250. Its believed a vehicle struck the mailboxes at 1895 business 34.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Jefferson Co Law Center 641 472 4146
 

(3/4) Volunteer precipitation observers needed


The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s State Climatology Office and the National Weather Service are recruiting volunteer precipitation observers across Iowa to participate in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network, known as “CoCoRaHS.”
 
All that is needed to participate is an interest in the weather, a four inch diameter rain gage, a

(3/4) Treasurer Fitzgerald Auctioning Lucky Items in eBay Auction


State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a pot o' gold better than the one waiting at the end of the rainbow. Fitzgerald will be hosting his next unclaimed property eBay auction beginning on March 9. "If you're looking for that one-of-kind lucky coin, check out our eBay auction," Fitzgerald stated. "The auction is filled with unique collectibles that were turned over in

(3/4) Sign Up For Jefferson County Alert System


Only 200 Jefferson County residence want to be notified incase of an emergency. According to Joe Stever, Emergency Management Coordinator, the Jefferson County Alert System is up and running. Stever urges citizens to register for the alerts. Its quick and easy and County alerts can be received via text, email or voice call all for free.

As of yesterday only 199 people registered for the free

(3/4) Semi Jackknifes On Eddyville Road


A semi jackknifed Tuesday morning on Eddyville Road northwest of Ottumwa. No one was injured. Authorities say when roads are icy and snow packed, the number one thing to remember is to slow down.
 

(3/4) Measles Outbreak All Around Iowa


With the recent measles outbreak that now has affecting children in Minnesota, Nebraska and Illinois, officials are saying it’s just a matter of time before the disease shows up in Iowa. Many parents are concerned over the immunization rates of children in the school districts and if their child can be exposed the unimmunized students.

The outbreak has added to the debate over

(3/4) Vandals Damage Signs At Shimek


Shimek State Forest in VB County was vandalized. Signs were damaged and other park property. The cost hasn’t been determined yet. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lee Co Sheriff's office or contact the DNR Shimek office at 319-878-3811.

As more information develops it can be heard here.

(3/4) Spread the Word to End the Word


Residents across Iowa and the country are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their vocabulary, says Rik Shannon with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

Shannon says in Iowa, there are nearly 50-thousand

(3/4) Driver Slides On Icy Road Causing Crash


Tuesday, Henry County Sheriff Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident. Driver James Consbrock, of New London was stuck on the ice covered road then struck by Joshua Stevens, of Burlington who was traveling in the opposite direction.

Stevens slid across the roadway and collided with Consbrock.

No injuries reported. No one was cited.

(3/3) Correct Crow Creek Survey Link


The Crow Creek Watershed Survey that was recently sent with the City’s water bill contained the incorrect link to the online survey. The correct web address is www.pathfindersrcd.org/crowcreek. Survey organizers regret any inconvenience caused by this error. The survey was only sent to residents in the watershed. A map of the watershed is available as part of the online survey. All

(3/3) Vandals Hit Shimek


Shimek State Forest in Van Buren County was vandalized over night.  Signs were damaged and other park property. The cost hasn’t been determined yet.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Lee Co Sheriff's office or contact the DNR Shimek office at 319-878-3811.

As more information develops it will be updated here.

(3/3) A Link For The Crow Creek Survey


The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the City of Fairfield and Pathfinders RC&D, is completing an assessment of the Crow Creek Watershed. As part of the assessment, the SWCD is conducting a survey to better understand the opinions and interests of watershed residents in regard to water quality and conservation.
 
Survey responses will help

(3/3) Proposed Expenditures For County Departments FY 2016


The Jefferson County Supervisors along with the auditiors office presented the 2016 budget for county departments. There was a 36 cent reduction per thousand with the 2016 budget at $11,151,950.

Below the full county departments proposed expenditures
 
Board of Supervisors    

(3/3) Clean Up Continues For Abingdon Property


Here is an update on the Abingdon nuisance property. Property Owners Marty and Shirley Rainbolt request an extension until May 1st. The supervisors agreed on an extension however will only allow for a 30 day extension and give the property owners feedback on expectations before the end of March. 

The dumpster has been unloaded and is currently being loaded again. Volunteers are still

(3/3) Bloomfield Teen Has Shot Gun At School


A Bloomfield high school student is in trouble with the law after he was arrested for having a gun at school. Last Tuesday in the Davis County High School parking lot a 17 year old student was driving in the parking lot pointing a shot gun at other students.

Local Authorities believe the student wasn’t going to harm anyone just showing off the shot gun in the truck. The teenage student

(3/3) Lawmakers Push For Mental Health Transition


Senator Rich Taylor drafted a bill to keep the mental health institutes in Mt. Pleasant and Clarinda open. A Senate panel has approved a bill that could halt the upcoming closings of state mental health centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

The bill would require the state Department of Human Services to keep the facilities open until it develops a "suitable and appropriate"

(3/2) Alliant Energy news release: Ottumwa Generating Station providing cleaner


Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility recently completed projects at the Ottumwa Generating Station (OGS) that are reducing emissions and making Iowa’s air cleaner.
 
Local and state leaders, labor partners and project contractors joined OGS co-owners Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy to celebrate the completion of a $491 million comprehensive air quality control project and

(3/2) County Proposes Budget for 2016 FY


The Jefferson county supervisors along with the auditiors office presented the 2016 budget for county departments. There was a 36 cent reduction per thousand with the 2016 budget at $11,151,950.

Below the full county departments proposed expenditures
 
Board of Supervisors

(3/2) UPDATE: An Ext Was Granted For Jefferson Co Nuisance Property


Here is an update on the Abingdon nuisance property. Property Owners Marty and Shirley Rainbolt request an extension until May 1st. The supervisors agreed on an extension however will only allow for a 30 day extension and give the property owners feedback on expectations before the end of March. 

The dumpster has been unloaded and is currently being loaded again. Volunteers are still

(3/2) Funds available for expanding use of innovative water quality practices


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced funds are available for projects focused on implementing and demonstrating innovative delivery of practices to protect water quality. Funding is available statewide, but projects in the nine priority watersheds identified by the Water Resources Coordinating Council will receive priority consideration.
 
Projects should encourage

(3/2) Iowa State University Extension and Outreach News Releases -- March 2, 201


2/26/15 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey Shows Slight Increases for 2015
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/article/iowa-farm-custom-rate-survey-shows-slight-increases-2015
Rates for custom machine work and services are showing a steady increase again for 2015, according to the 2015 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey.
 
2/25/15 Yard and Garden: Jump-Start Spring Flower and Vegetable Planting In

(3/2) Crow Creek Watershed Survey


The Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the City of Fairfield and Pathfinders RC&D, is completing an assessment of the Crow Creek Watershed. As part of the assessment, the SWCD is conducting a survey to better understand the opinions and interests of watershed residents in regard to water quality and conservation.
 
Survey responses will help

(3/2) Missing Woman Car Found


Officials think they found the car belonging to an Oskaloosa woman. Sallie West, 45, has been missing since Monday. According to authorities, the car was in a creek and partially submerged.

The investigation continues.
 

(3/2) School Year Extends


Inclement weather in the first two months of the new year will affect local students in June. Due to weather delays and cancellations the 2014/15 school calendar has been revised.

The Fairfield schools will have a full class day June 5, 2015 and early dismissal on June 8, 2015.

For more information visit www.fairfieldsfuture.org


 

(3/2) Iowa Reduces Childhood Poverty


Child poverty in the U.S has been measured in the same way for decades, but a new report shows there may be better indicators of child well-being and the programs that aim to help kids from lower-income families. Mike Crawford with Iowa Kids Count says one key problem with the way poverty has been calculated by the government for a half-century is that it doesn't take into account the impact

(3/2) A Rise On Iowa Solar Industry


The sun is shining a bit brighter on the solar industry in Iowa, as the latest analysis shows the state continues to gain jobs in that market. Andrea Luecke with The Solar Foundation says the number of solar-related jobs in Iowa grew 29-percent from 2013 to 2014.

The 2014 National Solar Jobs Census also finds there are now 44 solar companies in Iowa, most within the installation sector,

(3/2) Hunting With A Permit, Not A License


Before getting a hunting license adults could get a chance to hunt. A Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow an adult hunter to hunt under an apprenticeship permit with a license hunter.

Current law requires an adult to complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license. This bill would allow adults to skip the course and work with a licensed adult under an

(2/27) NORTHEY RECOGNIZES WEIGHTS AND MEASURES WEEK MARCH 1 TO 7


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today highlighted the important work of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Weights and Measures Bureau as part of Weights and Measures week, which runs from March 1 to 7. 
 
“Our Weights and Measures Bureau inspectors are on the front line of consumer protection, ensuring the accuracy of small devices, like

(2/27) Classes Extended Due To Cancellations and Delays


Inclement weather in the first two months of the new year will affect local students in June. The Fairfield schools will have a full class day June 5, 2015 and early dismissal on June 8, 2015.

Due to weather delays and cancellations the 2014/15 school calendar has been revised. For more information visit www.fairfieldsfuture.org

(2/27) Iowa Wesleyan College Names New Vice President for Academic Affairs


Iowa Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. DeWayne Frazier as its new chief academic officer.
“I am delighted to announce DeWayne’s appointment as Wesleyan’s new vice president for academic affairs.  DeWayne has an outstanding background of experience to help lead Iowa Wesleyan into its vision as southeast Iowa’s regional comprehensive

(2/27) Rep Curt Hanson: Statehouse News, Making Education Our Top Priority



Capitol Comments

Despite the snow moving across Iowa, the Legislature moved forward on two of our biggest issues of the session thus far: the gas tax and the state supplemental aid/growth percentage.

As you have probably already learned, both the House and Senate passed the road use tax increase, the “gas tax,” on Tuesday, and it was signed by the Governor on Wednesday. I

(2/27) Police Reports


2/26 9:13am Natalia Punj reported another act of vandalism, her mailbox was damaged
10:09am an anonymous caller reported hearing a domestic disturbance. Once on the scene, Cheyonne Turecek told officers that she is two months pregnant and that Jonathon Roop hit and pushed her against the wall then put his hand over her mouth and threaten to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. Roop

(2/27) March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month


Governor Branstad has signed a proclamation declaring March as Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness (TBI) month. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), more than 17,000 Iowans were hospitalized or seen in emergency rooms due to a TBI and that number does not include the thousands of Iowans who experience brain injury but are not hospitalized.
Falls, motor vehicle crashes, and

(2/27) Jefferson County Supervisors Meeting Agenda


9:00 A.M. - Weekly Board Meeting.
Acknowledge February 23rd minutes.
Meet with County Engineer.
Discuss and consider nuisance property abatement extension.
Consider accepting quote for tractor for the Secondary Road Dept.
Make committee reports. Public comments.  Allow claims and approve reports.
10:00 A.M. Fiscal Year 2016 County Budget

(2/27) Drug Bust In Fairfield


  
A lengthy investigation into drug activity gives way to a search warrant that leads to drug arrest in Fairfield. On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Local Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at 303 S. 6th Street Fairfield, Iowa.  George Edward Kelley, Carl Albert Babcock, and Andrew James Sarles, were arrested on various drug charges. 

George Kelley was charged with

(2/27) UPDATE: Two Vehicle Accident With Multiple Injuries


Here is an update on the two vehicle accident with injuries just before 4pm Wednesday. Authorities responded to the 2200 block of Old Highway 34 near Chautauqua park. According to the report Driver Krystal Leanne Criswell was traveling Eastbound when she went off onto the shoulder and over corrected crossing into the Westbound traffic lane and collided head on with driver Roger Escher.

Both

(2/27) Cardinal Addresses Autism With Technology


Cardinal Community Schools help address autism with technology. An innovative robot named NAO( pronounced Now) was introduced last week to a student and According to Instructional Technology Coach Alecia Gardener the results are extraordinary.

NAO was programmed by Gardner and the Technology Director Cameron Chamberlin with specific skills to help make autistic students more comfortable with

(2/27) Domestic Violence Arrest At Trailer Home


Local authorities responded to a domestic violence situation at the horseshoe trailer park Wednesday night. Robert Turner, 33 of Fairfield was arrested after hitting his wife Rebecca Turner in the mouth.

Turner was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and charged with Domestic Abuse 1st Offense.
 

(2/27) Sen. Rich Taylor's Feb. 26 column


QUALITY CHILD CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES Most young children in Iowa grow up in homes with working parents. In fact, Iowa has the highest percentage of households with children under age six who have all of their parents in the labor force-- 77 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
These statistics illustrate that Iowans work hard. With young kids in childcare an average of 36 hours per

(2/27) HAWTHORNE DIRECT ANNOUNCES CONTINUED EXPANSION OF INTERNSHIP PROGRAM


Hawthorne Direct, a full-service brand response advertising agency founded in Fairfield, has announced the continued expansion of their internship program.    
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jessica Hawthorne-Castro said, “With the leadership of Executive Director Administration and Human Resources Tammy Shull in our Fairfield office, we have successfully expanded our

(2/26) Local Authorities Beefing Up Enforcement For St. Patty's Day


St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching.  Unfortunately, this holiday has become a deadly day with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, 40-percent of all crash fatalities during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend involved drunk drivers, and that number rose to 55-percent in the post-party

(2/24) High-Speed Chase In Ottumwa Ends When Vehicle Runs Out of Gas


A vehicle pursuit, initiated by a Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputy, ended when the suspect’s vehicle ran out of gas. A Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a black 1997 Ford F-150 truck at 10 p.m., Sunday night.

The driver refused to stop.

The pursuit continued until the vehicle ran out of gas. The vehicle’s driver was Raymond Wiseman, 55, of Ottumwa. Wiseman was arrested

(2/20) State Representative Curt Hanson Week Six Newsletter 02/19/2015


State Representative Curt Hanson Week Six Newsletter 02/19/2015
 
This week we’ve seen more and more bills filed each day as we near the funnel deadline, and we are continuing to work through consideration of these bills in our committees. In our Natural Resources Committee we discussed the presence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in our deer population, an issue I’ve followed

(2/17) FSD Saves Music Department Cuts


The Fairfield School board of directors met last night with a full agenda and a crowded room of parents, educators and students wanting more information about budget cuts. With the governor proposing less than a 1% increase in funding and declining enrollment, the district is faced with some tough decisions to make ever dollar count.

The administrative team presented the board with a

(2/17) Trial For Ottumwa Teen Delayed


The trail date for an Ottumwa teen accused of having sexual contact with a toddler has been pushed back. Kraigen Grooms, 18, of Ottumwa was arrested March 19, 2014 and charged with Second Degree Sexual Abuse (a Class B Felony) after a video was discovered with a John Doe having sexual relation with a toddler.

Homeland Security began investigating and Local authorities identified Grooms in the

(2/11) HANSON JOINS RURAL CAUCUS IN IOWA HOUSE


Members of the Iowa House Rural Caucus for the 2015 legislative session include; Rep. Curt Hanson of Fairfield, Rep. Sally Stutsman of Riverside, Rep. Bruce Bearinger of Oelwein, Rep. Mary Gaskill of Ottumwa, Rep. Dan Kelley of Newton, Rep. Nancy Dunkel of Dyersville, Rep. Helen Miller of Fort Dodge, Rep. Scott Ourth of Ackworth, Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City and Rep. Patti Ruff of

(1.23) McDanel in Custody


The man suspected in an Ottumwa murder has been captured. Authorities apprehended Dustin McDanel outside of St Louis early Friday morning. McDanel was wanted for the shooting death of Roger Wiseman earlier this month. McDanel is wait extradition back to O