Animal shelter receives USDA grant

The city of Jefferson has learned it will receive a $34,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture for equipment at the new animal facility.

The grant application was written by volunteer grant writers for the animal facility committee.

Including the grant, the total raised is just more than $500,000. There are several grant applications still outstanding and some individuals are stepping forward with private donations to make the animal shelter and dog park a reality. Continue reading Animal shelter receives USDA grant

County sets hearing for loan to build career academy

Will be paid through TIF revenue from wind turbines

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors at their regular meeting Sept. 16 set a public hearing “for the purpose of taking action on the matter of authorization of a loan agreement and issuance of $5.5 million general obligation urban renewal capital loan notes.” The hearing will be held Monday, Sept. 30, at 9 am in the board room at the courthouse. Continue reading County sets hearing for loan to build career academy

Farmers market marks 20th anniversary

Complimentary cookies, coffee and water

The Greene County farmers market will celebrate its 20th anniversary Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 6:30 pm during the final market of the season. The public is invited to enjoy complimentary cookies, coffee, and water, while stocking up on fall produce, jams, jellies, honey, baked goods, meat, eggs, and crafts. This is also the last chance to use any remaining Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons you might have. Continue reading Farmers market marks 20th anniversary

City ready to explore TNR with PAWS, APE

Cats, or at least discussion of them, again dominated a Jefferson city council meeting. The conversation, which lasted nearly an hour, ended with a plan to make a plan for implementing trap-neuter-release (TNR) in Jefferson.

The discussion was led by Linn Cipperly-Price, founder and director of Animal Protection and Education (APE) charity of Paton and Boone. It came during the open forum portion of the meeting. According to Price, she made a timely request to be placed on the agenda but her request wasn’t filled. Continue reading City ready to explore TNR with PAWS, APE

Supes continue discussion of social host ordinance

The proposed social host ordinance continued to be discussed by the Greene County board of supervisors at their regular meeting on Sept. 9. Chair John Muir said, “It’s good to get clear guidelines” in the ordinance. “We don’t want to deter things like weddings.”

As written, the purpose of the proposed ordinance is to “reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages, prescription drugs that have not been lawfully dispensed, and controlled substances by persons under the age of 21.” This extends state law which covers persons under 18. In Greene County, the proposed ordinance would include persons in the 18-21 age group. Continue reading Supes continue discussion of social host ordinance

GrCo voters approve new Revenue Purpose Statement

Only 312 voters cast ballots in the Greene County Schools special election Tuesday – just 5.71 percent of eligible voters, but those voters approved Proposition A by a wide margin.
The vote was 242 in favor (77.56 percent) and 70 against (22.44 percent) a Revenue Purpose Statement for the district’s revenue from the 1-cent SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education) sales tax. There was one undervote. Continue reading GrCo voters approve new Revenue Purpose Statement

Construction update: Career academy, high school

~provided by Greene County Schools superintendent Tim Christensen

Contractors are continuing to make good progress on construction of the new high school and career academy.

Roof decking has been installed on the career academy and concrete has been poured for the interior floors. The walls for the academic wing have been set and steel beams are now being set for the second floor. The walls of the gymnasium have also been set. Continue reading Construction update: Career academy, high school

Jamie Daubendiek named GM of Jefferson Telecom

Jamie Daubendiek

Jefferson Telecom has announced the appointment of Jamie Daubendiek as general manager of the company, succeeding Jim Daubendiek in this position. Jamie’s passion for the industry sprouted from his upbringing in the family business, now in the fifth generation of family involvement.

Jamie Daubendiek started fulltime at Jefferson Telecom in 2009 after completing his master’s of business administration in telecommunications from the University of Colorado and his bachelor of arts from Luther College in Decorah. Continue reading Jamie Daubendiek named GM of Jefferson Telecom