Supervisors take step to enact LOSST, okay radar purchase

The county board of supervisors at its regular meeting Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance enacting the Local Option Sales and Services Tax (LOSST) approved by voters in the Nov. 4 election.

Per the Code of Iowa, the county can approve one ordinance enacting the tax in all jurisdictions, even though the stated purpose for the revenue is not the same everywhere. Continue reading

Genesis offering one-stop shipping for holiday packages

Genesis Development, a provider of services for people with disabilities, has initiated a new service at its Jefferson location.

With Christmas fast approaching and gifts to be purchased, packaged and shipped to friends and family far and near, the corrugated department at Genesis Development has expanded its scope and is now offering one-stop packaging and shipping services. Continue reading

Greene County board discusses PPEL projects

The Greene County school board discussed at its Nov. 12 meeting projects to be funded by the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) in 2015. Two big ticket items — an 84-passenger bus and new bleachers at the football field — are still on the list, but some items were put “on hold,” freeing up funds for needed work at the baseball field. Continue reading

Greene County board discusses future of Rippey property

The Greene County school board plans to honor a resolution of the East Greene board regarding disposition of the school property in Rippey, but who will pay what amount in the process is unknown.

In anticipation of the demolition of the three-story classroom portion of the Rippey school, the East Greene board at its final meeting before the reorganization of the EG and Jefferson-Scranton districts last summer approved a resolution asking that the cities of Rippey and Grand Junction be given first right of refusal should school property be sold. Demolition of the old school is finished, and the Rippey city council at its Nov. 3 meeting asked city clerk Mary Millard to notify superintendent Tim Christensen of the city’s desire to buy the property. Continue reading

Road project delayed by weather

A road project near Paton may be delayed an entire construction season due to the early wintry weather.

County engineer Wade Weiss told the board of supervisors on Monday that paving Trinity Ave on the east edge of Paton may not be done until 2016. The project is being paid for with state funds through the RISE (Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy) economic development program, as it goes to the new Bauer plant. Weiss said the county crew had scheduled grading the road for late fall, after high traffic times had passed, but the work isn’t done yet because of the weather. Continue reading

Weather changes decorating plans for the county, not the city

Courthouse Nov. 18Winter’s abrupt appearance last week delayed decorating the exterior of the courthouse for the holidays, but it didn’t change plans to decorate the courthouse square.

According to county auditor Jane Heun, Durlam Electric planned to bring its lift truck and hang the large decorations on the south side of the courthouse late last week. The Veterans Day snow didn’t deter the crew, but high winds did. The courthouse is unadorned as of Wednesday. Continue reading

Gomez to lead Midwest Partnership as executive director

Sarah Gomez
Sarah Gomez

STUART – After a thorough search and interview process, Sarah Gomez has been named executive director of Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation (EDC). This represents a promotion for Gomez who has served as economic development coordinator and, most recently, interim executive director, playing a role in the organization since 2009.  Continue reading

Extension hosting info session on new Farm Bill

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host an informational meeting about the new Farm Bill Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 pm at the Leonard Good Community Building in Ogden.

Greene County residents are invited to the free session. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Greene County ISU Extension office at 515-386-2138. Continue reading

Increased traffic enforcement slated next week

Click It or TicketThe Greene County sheriff’s office will participate with state law enforcement officers in a Special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) project Nov. 24-30. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) and law enforcement officers across Iowa remind drivers to take the time to buckle up, slow down and drive defensively in your travels around the state during the Thanksgiving holiday. The sheriff’s office will increase patrols to ensure seat belt usage. Continue reading

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