More wind turbines proposed in Greene County

MidAmerican windEstimated $21 million in property tax revenue

MidAmerican Energy Company officials that during the 2017 growing season, they’re growing wind turbines in eastern Greene County. The Beaver Creek Windpark will include 85 wind turbines, nearly evenly split between Greene and Boone Counties. The project has already been approved by the Iowa Utilities Board. Continue reading More wind turbines proposed in Greene County

Special election to fill Jefferson council vacancy

Nominating petitions due Aug. 31

The Nov. 8 general election will include filling the Jefferson city council seat vacated by Lisa Jaskey.

The city council decided Tuesday not to appoint someone to fill the vacancy but to hold a special election. City attorney Bob Schwarzkopf told the council that scheduling a special election is a little more difficult during an election year than at other times because of black-out dates on either side of the general election, and because of different filing deadlines. Continue reading Special election to fill Jefferson council vacancy

Water quality and political action part of CAFO hearings

Supervisors urged to take leadership role in changing legislation

The board room at the Greene County courthouse was again the setting for a debate about confined animal feeding operations Monday morning as public hearings were held on CAFOs for two Greene County farmers. In recent months, expansions or new sites done by local persons drew little attention. That wasn’t the case Monday. Continue reading Water quality and political action part of CAFO hearings

Contested race for Greene County school board

(Edited Aug. 24 at 2:30 pm)

Ballots now available

The special school election slated for Sept. 13 in the Greene County school district will include not only a $19.4 million bond issue, but also a contest for a position on the school board.

Two candidates are vying to complete the term of Susan Burkett who resigned in January. Mike Dennhardt of Rippey, who was appointed to fill the vacancy, is running, as is Jonathon (J.B.) Hinote of Jefferson. Continue reading Contested race for Greene County school board

Jefferson one step closer to all at-large council

The  person elected Nov. 8 to finish the term of Lisa Jaskey will likely be the last Jefferson council person elected from a ward.

The city council at its regular meeting Aug. 23 directed city attorney Bob Schwarzkopf and the city staff to draft the necessary ordinance to eliminate the current three council wards and shift to a council elected totally at-large. The vote was 4-1, with Larry Teeples casting the dissenting vote. Continue reading Jefferson one step closer to all at-large council

Christensen’s answers to bond issue questions

The volunteer Pay It Forward committee fielded many questions during a recent series of informational meetings about the Greene County Schools’ proposed $19.4 million bond issue.

Committee spokespersons answered most questions and said they would forward questions to school superintendent Tim Christensen. Following are the questions and Christensen’s responses: Continue reading Christensen’s answers to bond issue questions

Full agenda for Jeff city council Tuesday

The Jefferson city council has a long agenda for its Aug. 23 meeting, with several items of particular interest.

The council will hold a public hearing to receive citizen input on eliminating wards. Currently voters elect one council member from each of three wards and two council members at-large. The council is considering shifting to five at-large seats. Continue reading Full agenda for Jeff city council Tuesday

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