Jeff council discusses vacancy, Early Learning Center

The Jefferson city council met Tuesday and discussed but did not come to a decision of how to handle an upcoming council vacancy due to council member Matt Gordon winning the election for mayor.

City attorney Bob Schwarzkopf advised two possibilities for filling Gordon’s council seat: appointment of a temporary council member or calling for a special election. In either event, Gordon must resign his council position within a time-frame before assuming the role of mayor on Jan. 1. Continue reading Jeff council discusses vacancy, Early Learning Center

Supes hear updates on many projects

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard updates on planned projects at its regular meeting on November 12.

Mike Palmer, city administrator for Jefferson, said bids for planned trails will probably be let early next year. This includes a trail to the Jefferson municipal cemetery, landscaping, and improvements to the east entryway to the city. A 10-foot wide trail from the current high school to the Greenewood Road, on the west side of Highway 4 is also planned, along with a 10-foot wide trail on W. Central Ave from Fareway to the water tower near the site of the new high school. Continue reading Supes hear updates on many projects

“Our Town” on stage Nov. 14-16

Community Players of Greene County will present the American classic, “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-16 in the Greene County High School auditorium.

“Our Town,” written in 1938, tells the story of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, through the everyday lives of its residents from 1901 through 1913. Grover’s Corners is perhaps similar to any Greene County town. Using minimal sets and props, the audience is drawn into Grover’s Corners through the narration of the stage manager. Continue reading “Our Town” on stage Nov. 14-16

Residents invited to share their Christmas light displays

The Thomas Jefferson Education and Welcome Center board invites area residents who decorate their homes with exterior holiday lights to share the Christmas spirit with those who may not routinely travel their street or road.

Residents who anticipate having light displays are asked to call the Jefferson Area Chamber office at 515-386-2155 before Nov. 15. The information will be put on a map showing the all the residences submitted. Continue reading Residents invited to share their Christmas light displays

Project to repurpose hardware store to dining venue receives $75,000 grant

The renovation of the former Ace Hardware store on the northeast corner of the downtown square in Jefferson into a restaurant/tap room got one step closer Thursday when Jefferson Matters: Main Street was awarded a $75,000 grant for the project from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).

The business will be known as the Public House. Owners Amanda Bills and Addi Meyer, Jefferson Matters: Main Street director Peg Raney, city administrator Mike Palmer, House representative Phil Thompson, and Linda Eighmy represented Jefferson at the event held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Continue reading Project to repurpose hardware store to dining venue receives $75,000 grant

Voters return many incumbents

Updated with write-in vote tallies

Write-ins chose Gerald Herrick as Grand Junction mayor

Incumbents won in every  race in the city and school election except in Jefferson.

In Jefferson, challenger Matt Gordon, who has served on the city council for two years, ousted  Craig Berry, who has been Jefferson mayor for 12 years and a city council member for 19 years before that.

Gordon garnered 513 votes (50.79 percent) while 494 voters (48.91 percent) selected Berry.

Berry was the only mayor in the county to face a challenger on the ballot. Mayors in Scranton, Churdan, Paton, Dana and Grand Junction were all unopposed for re-election. Grand Junction mayor Pierre Kellogg faced a challenge by write-in; voters were successful in electing previous mayor Gerald Herrick by write-in. Continue reading Voters return many incumbents

County’s credit rating is good, supes set to sell bonds

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard reports on its credit rating and then approved a resolution to sell bonds at an interest cost of 2.012 percent.

Reports were heard from Heidi Kuhl, Northland Securities, and Nathan Summers, D.A. Davidson, at the board’s regular meeting Nov 4 concerning the next steps in funding the career academy and other urban renewal projects.

Kuhl said Standard and Poor Global had rated the county as AA-. The best rating would be AAA, followed by AA+ and then AA-. Credit rating determines interest rate on bonds sold for the funding of projects. Continue reading County’s credit rating is good, supes set to sell bonds

Scranton mail boxes moved to Main Street

No progress on getting post office re-opened

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

It’s been a year since the Scranton Post Office was closed due to what postal officials stated as “safety concerns.” It appears that Scranton is no closer to getting the office open again than they were a year ago.

The CPUs (cluster box units) and blue drive up drop box were moved on Monday to the south side of the former post office in what was once the drive through area. Post office box customers have been assigned a CPU box and mail is picked up daily from the drop box. Continue reading Scranton mail boxes moved to Main Street

Rotary ‘fund-a-need’ to Greene County Early Learning Center

~by Jacque Andrew for the Rotary Club of Jefferson

At its annual charity auction and dinner event, the Rotary Club of Jefferson has raised funds for dozens of worthy projects in Greene County. More than $600,000 has been raised by the Rotary Club’s event and distributed throughout the area for the benefit of youth, community betterment/tourist attractions, senior citizens, libraries, schools and more. Continue reading Rotary ‘fund-a-need’ to Greene County Early Learning Center

Naylor to speak at UN committee meeting on food security

Patti Naylor, an organic farmer from Churdan, will participate in the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) regional consultation for North America on the Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition taking place at the University of Maryland and hosted by the USDA Nov. 14-15.

“The number of people around the world, including in the United States, who suffer from malnutrition – which can mean not enough food as well as too much unhealthy food – is staggering. We must focus on human rights, food sovereignty, and agroecology as the clear path to addressing this critical issue,” Naylor stated. Continue reading Naylor to speak at UN committee meeting on food security

Challenges continue for Iowa farmers

Iowa farmers continued to deal with challenging field conditions as the first accumulating snowfall of the year fell across parts of the state during the week ending Nov. 3, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Fieldwork activities included harvesting soybeans and corn for grain, spreading manure, applying anhydrous, baling corn stalks and fall tillage. Continue reading Challenges continue for Iowa farmers

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