Routine business for supes

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County supervisors spent much of their Feb. 20 meeting as trustees for the drainage district 187, presiding at the continuation of a public hearing that began Jan. 30.

The first hearing was continued due to landowners not attending. Representatives of Bolton and Menk then sent ballots to the landowners in DD187, which is located south of Cooper and runs at an angle east and west of Highway 4. At the continuance on Feb 20, two landowners attended and 16 ballots had been returned. Continue reading Routine business for supes

Absentee voting starts Feb. 19

Absentee voting in the March 3 Jefferson special election begins Wednesday, Feb . 19, in the auditor’s office at the courthouse.

Jefferson voters can vote in person during regular business hours, 8 am to 4:30 pm, and until 5 pm on Monday, March 2. The last day to mail a ballot is Friday, Feb. 21.

Voters will elect one person to fill the remaining two years of the city council term Matt Gordon vacated when he was elected mayor. Sean Sebourn and Patrick Zmolek are on the ballot.

Security cameras to be added at courthouse this summer

The Greene County courthouse will get the same “decorating” most public buildings have, with 13 security cameras slated to be installed this summer, but according to the owner of the company that will install it, the historic integrity of the building will be respected.

The county supervisors heard a presentation by Jerry Brown, a partner in SCI Communications Inc of Des Moines at their Feb. 18 meeting. Panasonic assistant engineer Adam Ring joined in the presentation via video link. At the request of the courthouse security committee, SCI Communications prepared a proposal to install 12 security cameras in the courthouse and a 13th in the Mahanay Bell Tower. Continue reading Security cameras to be added at courthouse this summer

Iowa trivia champ to present Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge

Program slated for Monday, Feb. 24, at the museum in Jefferson

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

We’ll find out how well everybody knows their Iowa history and culture on Monday, Feb. 24, when Jessica Rundlett of the State Historical Society of Iowa brings her “Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge” to Jefferson for a free program at 2 pm at the Greene County Historical Museum.

The program is a collaboration by the Greene County Iowa Historical Society and the Jefferson public library. Continue reading Iowa trivia champ to present Iowa Culture Trivia Challenge

Relay for Life slated for Friday, April 24

“We are Hope!” is the tagline for the Relay for Life of Greene County, slated for Friday, April 24, at the Greene County Community Center.

“Providing hope in the fight against cancer has been the purpose of Relay for Life since the first one in 1985. We wanted to get back to that one big reason we hold the Relay,” said event leadership team chair Tori Riley. Continue reading Relay for Life slated for Friday, April 24

Save the Date: ‘Clue the Musical’ April 17, 18, 19

Rehearsals are under way for a Community Players of Greene County spring production of “Clue the Musical,” slated for April 17, 18 and 19.

The musical is based on the board game “Clue,” with six suspects in a murder committed at a mansion. In the musical, the murderer, murder weapon and location are determined by cards drawn by members of the audience. The ending is unlikely to be the same at any of the three local performances. Continue reading Save the Date: ‘Clue the Musical’ April 17, 18, 19

Jeff council discusses merger of Chamber, Main Street

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

At a time when Jefferson has received national recognition for restoration and historical preservation of its Main Street District and is seeing increasing tourism from those efforts, many are wondering how best to proceed. The city council heard from representatives of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson Matters: Main Street at the council meeting on Feb 11 about the benefits of having one director to coordinate the efforts of both groups. Continue reading Jeff council discusses merger of Chamber, Main Street

County will use LOSST funds for donation to new Early Learning Center

The Greene County supervisors have committed to providing $250,000 for the construction of a new Greene County Early Learning Center, but it won’t be from tax increment financing (TIF) revenue as they first suggested.

Instead, the supervisors will provide the money over a period of years from the county’s Local Option Sales & Service Tax (LOSST) revenue. Board chair John Muir credited county attorney Thomas Laehn and county auditor Jane Heun with guidance in naming LOSST as the source of the funds. Continue reading County will use LOSST funds for donation to new Early Learning Center