IRGC’s “No” to CR doesn’t mean it’s “No” to Greene County

Not an apples-to-apples comparison

Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny, chairman of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, says the commission’s decision not to grant a gaming license in Linn County has no bearing on a pending decision on a Greene County license.

Lamberti told Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson in an interview Friday that the commission will look at the impact of a new casino on the area, and that’s a different situation than the casino market in eastern Iowa.

Danielson and Radio Iowa share the interview, as posted to the Radio Iowa website, with GreeneCountyNewsOnline readers. Click here for the complete story:

Racing and Gaming Commission nixes Cedar Rapids casino

IRGCChair cites study on impact as reason

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday voted 4-1 against a license for Cedar Rapids Development Inc and a proposed Cedar Crossing Casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Cedar Rapids application is one of two under consideration; the other is for a Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson.

The vote was taken at the commission’s regular meeting in Council Bluffs.

Commission chair Jeff Lamberti cast the last vote. He said that the Cedar Crossing application “passed with flying colors” in terms of the impact, the support of the community, and the jobs. “We simply don’t have anything to complain about with respect to what was submitted to us. Quite frankly, I don’t think there’s anything else the applicants could have done to improve the quality of the proposal,” Lamberti said. Continue reading

Welcome to Iowa’s Emerald County

Bell Tower Festival theme and logo rolled out

2014BTF.LOGO.FINALPlans for the 2014 Bell Tower Festival and this year’s logo were unveiled by Greene County Chamber and Development Monday. The 2014 festival, June 13-14, is being promoted as a celebration for and of the entire county.

“Welcome to Iowa’s Emerald County” plays off the festival’s 35th anniversary. As a 25th anniversary is a silver anniversary and a 50th anniversary is a golden anniversary, a 35th anniversary is a jade or emerald anniversary, Chamber executive director for tourism and events Chris Henning explained. Emerald is a word play with green, making Greene County Iowa’s “Emerald County.” Continue reading

Sponsors a key to success of Relay for Life

Relay T-shirtsThe American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Greene County typically raises more than $50,000 to assist the ACS as it provides services for cancer patients and their caregivers, educates the public about cancer, and advocates for and funds cancer research.

Business sponsorships contribute to the success of the Relay. “We are so appreciative of all the local sponsors. They step up to the plate and help us out year after year, and we couldn’t do all that we do without them,” said Relay for Life chairperson Peg Raney. Continue reading

School security discussed by Greene County board

Discussion includes limiting access to buildings

Security at Greene County school buildings was part of the discussion April 9 when the Greene County board of education discussed upgrading the after-hours key card entry systems at the high school and the intermediate school in Grand Junction.  With the upgrade, the systems at the two buildings will be tied into one system for monitoring. Continue reading

Sometimes deconstruction is needed before construction


East end of the campus | April 14, 2014

East end of the campus | April 14, 2014

The real work of the expansion and renovation project at Greene County Medical Center began Monday when demolition was started of the east portion of the building, which housed the medical center’s public health department and doctors’ offices before that. Medical center physical plant personnel had already done asbestos abatement. Continue reading

Greene County teachers’ contract settled more easily than expected

The new Greene County Education Association and the Greene County school board last week ratified a contract for the 2014-15 school year. Total increase in cost to the school district is 3.86 percent.

The base teacher salary on which all teacher compensation is based increased from $28,591 to $30,225, or 5.7 percent. Teachers also receive a state-funded teacher salary supplement (TSS) in addition to the local salary based on their placement on the salary schedule. The estimated TSS is $5,574 for next year. Continue reading

Greene County school board notes…

Business was conducted by the Greene County board of education at its April 9 regular meeting as follows:

Budget for 2014-15:The  board  adopted the 2014-15 budget after hearing no comment at a public hearing. The budget calls for a property tax levy in the Jefferson-Scranton district of $12.93 (per thousand dollars of taxable valuation), and a levy rate of $12.39 in the East Greene district. Both levies are lower than the current year. Continue reading

Public hearing slated on Hardin Township hog expansion

The Greene County board of supervisors will hold a public hearing next Monday on a construction permit for a new hog confinement building in Hardin Township, section 22.

The application is filed by Jay and Justin Ostrander doing business as Greene Valley Inc. Greene Valley currently has two confinement buildings with a capacity of 4,800 hogs. The Ostranders seek to a permit for a third building with additional capacity of 2,480 hogs. The new building would be to the west of their current buildings. Continue reading

Jefferson city council notes…


~by Denise O’Brien Van
TheJefferson city council conducted business at its regular April 8 meeting as follows:  
Tax abatement for improvements:  A 100 percent tax abatement for improvements to residential, commercial and industrial  properties was approved. The abatement applies only to the city’s portion of a total property tax bill. For information, call City Hall at 515-386-3111. Continue reading

National Main Street staffer to visit Jefferson

Norma Ramirez de Miess of the National Main Street Center will be in Jefferson Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22 and 23, to conduct a two-day visit with Jefferson Matters: Main Street. Michael Wagler, state coordinator, Main Street Iowa will join Ramirez de Miess as a two-person review team. They will conduct a series of meetings with stakeholders in the Jefferson Matters: Main Street program, including board members, committee members, city officials, Greene County Chamber leaders, and property owners. Continue reading

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