County supes approve sale of $5.5M in general obligation bonds

Also lobbied for a new jail

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County supervisors, who for decades have prided themselves on having no capital debt, unanimously approved a resolution at their Sept. 30 meeting to issue up to $5.5 million in general obligation urban renewal capital bonds.

The resolution followed a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke and no written comments were read into the record. Continue reading County supes approve sale of $5.5M in general obligation bonds

Scranton council hires new city clerk

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

Trista Murphy has accepted the position as Scranton city clerk. She was offered the job at the Sept. 10 meeting of the council. She will replace Melinda Hinners who resigned in July of 2018 but has been assisting the city until a replacement could be hired. Murphy will be paid $15.50 per hour.

She began work in mid-September and will be staffing the city office daily. Continue reading Scranton council hires new city clerk

Harvest of beans, corn has started

Iowa farmers experienced wet field conditions as rain continued to fall throughout the state, limiting farmers to 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 29,  according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Field work activities included seeding cover crops; chopping silage; and harvesting hay, seed corn, soybeans and corn for grain. Continue reading Harvest of beans, corn has started

Report on Hardin Creek fish kill still not complete

Iowa DNR staff is still working on a report of the fish kill in Hardin Creek in August.
Jake Theis, environmental specialist at the Atlantic DNR office, said he hopes the report will be complete by early next week, although he admitted he’s said that for the past two weeks. “Sometimes these things take longer. We need it to be correct,” he said. Continue reading Report on Hardin Creek fish kill still not complete

High schools hold homecomings next week

Greene County and Paton-Churdan high schools will celebrate homecoming next week with a theme, “Fight Together; Win Together”.

The Greene County senior class selected its homecoming court. The court includes Sophia Ausberger, Izzy Bravard, Nicole Rasmussen, Kassie Lamoureux and Sophia Havens, along with Brent Riley, Will Hansen, Tyler Miller, Cole Betts and Colby Kafer. Continue reading High schools hold homecomings next week

Jeff council names priorities for next fiscal year

Animal shelter moves up on list of priorities

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

During a lengthy regular meeting on Sept 24, the Jefferson city council discussed budget priorities for fiscal year 2020-21, heard from a citizen concerning feral cats, discussed animal welfare and wildlife habitat, and carried on other regular business.

As in previous years, the mayor and council members had rated a list of 30 items of importance to residents of the city on a 3-point scale, with 1 being highest priority. The scores were tabulated and presented to the council with previous years’ scores included for comparison. Continue reading Jeff council names priorities for next fiscal year

Farming long-term: From horse & plow to GPS in the fields

Historical society meets Oct. 4 at Rippey

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

Nancy Hanaman of rural Rippey  will lead a program on “Farming in Greene County: From horse & plow to GPS in the fields” on Friday, Oct. 4, when the Historical Society meets at the United Methodist Church in Rippey. Continue reading Farming long-term: From horse & plow to GPS in the fields

GC Mini-Con is this Saturday

Persons of all ages are invited to “Step through the Story Portal”  for the second annual GC Mini-Con. The free, family-friendly event will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 to 5 pm at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson.

Afternoon events will include a laser demonstration by Troy Powers at 1:30; Ninja Olympics at 2 pm; a costume contest and runway with Kohaku & Friends at 3; and a sword class with dojo owners Samurai Dan and Lady Jillian at 4 pm. Continue reading GC Mini-Con is this Saturday

Supes get clarification of who’s doing what in TIF process

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

Tweaking the ongoing process of funding the career academy and other urban renewal projects, the Greene County board of supervisors met with Jeff Heil of Northland Securities at the regular board meeting on Sept. 23. Heil wanted to clarify the relationships among the board’s advisors in the use of TIF (tax increment financing): Northland Securities, the D.A. Davidson firm, and Ahlers and Cooney. Continue reading Supes get clarification of who’s doing what in TIF process