August finishes big in Jefferson

Wind damage gives a new meaning to “Labor Day”

500 block, W. Lincoln Way
500 block, W. Lincoln Way

Many Jefferson residents spent the Labor Day holiday laboring, cleaning up downed trees and debris after severe weather brought high winds Sunday evening. According to Greene County emergency management director Dennis Morlan, the bulk of the damage was in Jefferson, with only minimal damage reported in other county communities. No injuries related to the storm were reported. Continue reading

Jeff council calls special meeting, Cobblestone on the agenda

The Jefferson city council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 pm at city hall.

City clerk Diane Kennedy had suggested the city council hold a brief noon meeting during the week to approve hiring a candidate selected for the position of administrative assistant/payroll clerk. That position has been vacant since the relocation of Tammy Tweed earlier this summer.

The council has instead scheduled an evening meeting not only to approve the new hire and to approve fund transfers for FY 2013-14, but also to consider approval of financial incentives for Cobblestone Hotel. Continue reading

Jeff council discusses incentive for Cobblestone Inn

Purpose of an incentive to lure business part of the question

Cobblestone InnThe role of tax incentives when no coaxing is needed to secure a project is a question up for discussion by the Jefferson city council following a presentation Tuesday evening by Jeremy Griesbach, representing BriMark Builders and Cobblestone Inns, and Wild Rose president Tom Timmons. Griesbach was at the council meeting to learn if the council’s offer of an $800,000 tax incentive, made before a casino became part of the development, is still available. Continue reading

Greene Co elementary designated ‘in need of assistance’

Middle school, high school on watch list

GC ele 2Greene County elementary in Jefferson has been designated as a school in need of assistance (SINA) by the Iowa Department of Education. School superintendent Tim Christensen made that announcement at the Greene County board of education meeting last week. “I’m not making any excuses. All schools are going to get there at some point, because 100 percent proficient is what you have to be,” he said.

The SINA designation is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)of 2001. Continue reading

Medical center to begin hospitalist program

greene-county-medical-center2Greene County Medical Center is slated to begin a “hospitalist” program in partnership with Acute Care, Inc. on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Hospitalists are physicians who manage a patient’s care while in the hospital. They have long been used in larger medical facilities, and are now becoming quite common in smaller facilities because they are readily available to provide more focused, patient-centered care.

Hospitalists will work with patients and families on a daily basis to provide responsive and coordinated care, collaborating with nursing staff, specific care teams and a patient’s primary care provider before, during and after hospital care, to ensure best outcomes. Continue reading

Grassley coming to Jefferson Sept. 3

Sen Chuck Grassley
Sen Chuck Grassley

US Sen Chuck Grassley (R) will visit Greene County next Wednesday at part of his 99-county tour.

Grassley will hold a town hall meeting from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Greene County Community Center, 204 W. Harrison St, in Jefferson.

The public is encouraged to attend. Grassley will comment on timely topics and will take questions from those in attendance as time allows. Continue reading

Greene County board OKs changes to eligibility policy

Also listens to transportation issues

The Greene County board of education at its regular meeting Aug. 20 approved the first reading of a revised policy on student eligibility for extracurricular activities. The revisions were drafted by board members Teresa Hagen, Mark Peters and Sam Harding, along with activities director Dean Lansman an superintendent Tim Christensen.

The new policy allows students a fourth violation before they’re banned from activities for the rest of their school career, changing the “three strike” policy that has been in place for several years. It adds requirements for community service and counseling/education by students and their parents after each of the first three violations before the privilege of extracurricular participation is reinstated. (Read the previous post for more information.) Continue reading

VFW seeking funding for replacement roof

VFW Post 9599 has had a challenging year. After raising $15,000 in donations for paint, new flooring, kitchen appliances, fixtures and repair to the roof, members have now determined the building needs a new rubber roof. Cost of that is estimated at $11,900.

The post closed the building last winter due to health concerns created by black mold. Without a building, the post has been unable to conduct its usual fundraisers – chicken and fish dinners and weekly bingo games. Continue reading

A facilities project back on the table for the Greene Co school board

If the early bird gets the worm Shive-Hattery will get the nod to do design work on an eventual new school building in Jefferson. Shive-Hattery architect Mark Allen did a presentation for the Greene County school board at its Aug. 20 meeting, highlighting the services the firm offers, as well as some of its successes.

Shive-Hattery is familiar to the district, as it was that company that designed the addition to the elementary school in 2007-08. Continue reading

Pinet St crossing to be closed permanently Sept. 5

The Jefferson city council entered into an agreement April 29 with Union Pacific railroad to close the Pinet St. railroad crossing in Jefferson.

That closure will go into effect on Friday, Sept. 5.  The city will erect permanent barricades on both sides of the railroad crossing which will be compliant with current traffic standards.  Once the city has closed the crossing, the Union Pacific railroad will remove the crossing itself and the signals at that intersection. Continue reading

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