Planning done, bids let on new high school/ career academy

~OPN Architects rendering

After dozens of meetings and hundreds of hours over the past nine months, the plans for the new Greene County High School and Regional Career Academy are complete. The Greene County Schools board of education approved the plans for bid letting at its regular meeting Wednesday evening.

The board scheduled a public hearing to be held at its next regular meeting, Feb. 20, to receive bids. The board will accept a bid after the hearing. Continue reading Planning done, bids let on new high school/ career academy

Comp board turns away from parity, recommends differing wage increases

The Greene County compensation board is recommending wage increases ranging from 2.96 percent to 8.6 percent for county elected officials.

The board met Wednesday morning for about 30 minutes. In recent years the board has recommended an across the board percentage increase in salaries. The recommendation for the coming fiscal year isn’t a percentage, but a different dollar amount for each official. Those amounts vary from 2.96 percent for newly-elected treasurer Katlynn Mechaelsen to 8.6percent for auditor Jane Heun. Continue reading Comp board turns away from parity, recommends differing wage increases

Time for community input on Arch Alley

Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s Tower View Team invites area residents to “Be a Part of the Arch”.

Community members are invited to participate and learn more about Arch Alley, the north alley renovation in downtown Jefferson. The Arch Alley workshop will be facilitated by artist David Williamson of Ogden. Many may know Williamson as a Jefferson alumnus and as artist of the Jefferson library sculpture. Continue reading Time for community input on Arch Alley

Jefferson included in Reynolds’ Condition of the State address

A  contingent from Jefferson and Greene County was invited to be in the gallery for Gov Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address Tuesday. The group were instrumental in bringing Pillar Technologies to Jefferson, and in sparking the idea that Jefferson be a model for renewing rural towns with high tech jobs.

Following is an excerpt of Reynolds’ address. To read the address in its entirety, click here.

“When it comes to building strong communities, the talent is there. The drive is there. And often, the programs are there, but the coordination isn’t.

“That’s why I’m announcing the establishment of a Center for Rural Revitalization within the Iowa Economic Development Authority. This center will focus on making rural Iowa an even greater priority and give our Main Streets a roadmap for success.

“In places like Jefferson, Iowans are already showing that, with ingenuity and drive, our small towns can be as vibrant as they’ve ever been. Continue reading Jefferson included in Reynolds’ Condition of the State address

Supervisors look at adding turbines to TIF plan

The county supervisors will most likely add the 85 wind turbines of the second Beaver Creek Wind Project to the tax increment financing equation for construction of the regional career academy and secondary roads projects.

They met with Jeff Heil of Northland Securities, the firm hired as underwriter/finance advisor, for almost an hour at their regular meeting Jan. 10. The information was detailed and complex, and definite figures aren’t available because tax levy rates change. Continue reading Supervisors look at adding turbines to TIF plan

GrCo board ready to let bids on new HS/career academy

The Greene County Schools board of education expects to approve letting bids for the new high school and regional career academy at its regular meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6:30  pm in the administrative building at 204 W. Madison St in Jefferson.

The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 5:15 during which the board will discuss the project plans.  Continue reading GrCo board ready to let bids on new HS/career academy

Council hears ‘other side’ of community cat issue

Gunshot to the brain is humane euthanasia, rehab specialist says

Deciding how or whether Jefferson police officers deal with unowned outdoor cats is on the to-do list of the Jefferson city council’s law enforcement committee. Mayor Craig Berry hopes the committee, which includes council members Harry Ahrenholtz and Dave Sloan along with city staff, makes a recommendation soon. Continue reading Council hears ‘other side’ of community cat issue

Asst county attorney Farmer resigns after two weeks

Thomas Laehn (left) and Tim Farmer

The tenure of assistant county attorney Tim Farmer was very short, leaving county attorney Thomas Laehn solo in the office at what is often the busiest time of the year.
Farmer resigned Jan. 2 after he and Laehn agreed there were more conflicts with his private practice work in Perry than were anticipated. Farmer was hired Dec. 17 for the part-time position. His first day on the job was Dec. 19. Continue reading Asst county attorney Farmer resigns after two weeks