Public hearing next Monday on Minnehan hog CAFOs

Brothers Austin and Jonathan Minnehan live near hog confinement buildings and eventually they’ll be buried near them.

Both were present when the county supervisors reviewed a master matrix for two hog confinement buildings they plan to build on F Ave north of County Road E-19 in Section 24 of Cedar Township. The site is not quite a mile from St Patrick Catholic oratory and cemetery. Continue reading Public hearing next Monday on Minnehan hog CAFOs

Suspects arrested in Sunday shooting incident

Both suspects in the shooting incident in Jefferson Sunday night have been apprehended and arrested.

Jefferson officers were assisted by Polk City police officers in apprehending Adam James Stilson, 19, from a residence in Polk City at about 12:30 pm. Jake Allen Cretsinger, 19, was apprehended in Waukee by Waukee police officers at about 1:45 pm. Continue reading Suspects arrested in Sunday shooting incident

Greene County broaches whole grade sharing at joint meeting with P-C board

Paton-Churdan superintendent Kreg Lensch agreed with Greene County superintendent Tim Christensen that communication has improved between the two districts, but a suggestion that P-C consider whole grade sharing at the high school level received a chilly reception when the two boards met Nov. 29. Continue reading Greene County broaches whole grade sharing at joint meeting with P-C board

‘Connecting Schools and Parks’ plan will be presented this evening

The final “Connecting Schools and Parks” plan will be presented tonight, Thursday, at 5:30 pm at the Greene County Community Center.

Iowa State University design student Zoey Mauch has prepared the plan that suggests ways to connect the schools and parks in Jefferson by adding bike lanes to existing streets and creating new multi-use trails. She has held two community meetings to collect input from all interested groups. Continue reading ‘Connecting Schools and Parks’ plan will be presented this evening

Northeast Greene County likely to sprout more wind turbines

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The number of wind turbines in Greene County may more than double in 2018 if another wind project proposed by MidAmerican Energy is approved.

County zoning coordinator Chuck Wenthold reported Monday that he has received payment from MidAmerican for conditional use permits for 93 wind turbine sites. The permits cost $150 each. MidAmerican plans to build turbines on 85 sites; the additional sites are in case some of the sites prove not to be viable. Continue reading Northeast Greene County likely to sprout more wind turbines

City health insurance cost up only slightly

Façade restoration project, financial report, committee reports also on agenda

Jefferson city clerk Diane Kennedy delivered good news to the city council Tuesday – the renewal rate for the health insurance benefit will increase by only 6 percent for the new year. “We’ll take that. It’s very excellent,” she said. “Six percent is awesome.” Continue reading City health insurance cost up only slightly

County health insurance rates up 23 percent

“It’s ugly out there in the health insurance world, just ugly,” the county’s health insurance broker Sandy Scheuermann to the board of supervisors Monday morning.

“Ugly” for Greene County translates to an increase of $1.7 million – 23 percent – in the county’s health insurance for the new year. The increase for the current year was 27 percent. Continue reading County health insurance rates up 23 percent

Jefferson Matters recaps ’17, tells action plan for ’18

Jefferson Matters: Main Street, represented by board president Jamie Daubendiek and board vice president Amy Milligan, presented its quarterly report and annual recap to the Jefferson city council Nov. 28.

Many of the group’s activities have been widely reported earlier. Jefferson Matters volunteers have logged about 3,800 hours of service in 2017, and a total of 22,360 since its inception. Private investment the Main Street district has totaled more than $663,000, and total investment has been more than $4.4 million. Continue reading Jefferson Matters recaps ’17, tells action plan for ’18