Jeff council sets priorities for fiscal year 2018

Housing is the Jefferson city council’s top priority for the next budget year, with entries to the city and obtaining grants close behind.

The council set priorities at a workshop following its regular meeting Tuesday. Each year for the past 10 years council members and the mayor have individually ranked a long list of projects on a scale of 1-3, with 1 being a high priority. The ranks are added for a total score, with a score of 6 being the highest priority. Continue reading Jeff council sets priorities for fiscal year 2018

Rain means more work for secondary roads, county engineer

The heavy rain last weekend, reported to be as much as 3-1/2 inches in some rain gauges, created issues for county engineer Wade Weiss.

He sent three maintainers out late Saturday afternoon to work on the “unofficial” detours – 215th St and 240th St – around the Highway 30 closure for the new overpass at Grand Junction. The roads were treated heavily during the summer to control dust. “The chloride is great for dust control, but in slick conditions – rain and snow and ice – it’s a detriment, and it causes more problems,” Weiss told the supervisors Monday. Continue reading Rain means more work for secondary roads, county engineer

Rainy weather slows progress on harvest

Rain throughout most of the week prevented Iowa farmers from spending much time in their fields during the week ending Oct. 8, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were only 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork, the lowest this season since the last week in May. West central Iowa farmers had just 1.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included harvesting corn for grain and soybeans, hauling and drying grain, seeding cover crops, and applying manure. Continue reading Rainy weather slows progress on harvest

Notice: DL station closed

The driver’s license station in the county treasurer’s office will be closed Monday, Oct. 9. It will also be closed Thursday, Oct. 12, for a state-wide driver’s license station meeting.

Poorer roads are down side of wind turbines

Most Greene County residents welcome the 41 wind turbines being erected by MidAmerican Energy north of Grand Junction and see them as progress for the county.

All things come at a cost, and county engineer Wade Weiss delivered news of the cost to the county supervisors at their Oct. 2 meeting. The cost isn’t financial, but it’s the condition of county roads. “We look at these things and see benefits, but it comes at a cost. Sometimes those costs are hidden,” Weiss told GreeneCountyNewsOnline. Continue reading Poorer roads are down side of wind turbines

Plan in progress for more bike/walking trails in Jefferson

A preliminary plan to connect the schools, parks and the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Jefferson was the topic of a meeting Tuesday with Zoey Mauck, an architecture design student at Iowa State University, and about 16 people representing various community groups.

Mauk’s plan, when it’s completed, will be available to use in future grant applications, according to Jefferson park and recreation director Vicky Lautner. At this time, there is no definite plan for implementation. Continue reading Plan in progress for more bike/walking trails in Jefferson