Supervisors okay first reading of vicious animal ordinance

Also discuss Ring Out for Art sculptures on courthouse grounds

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County board of supervisors heard public comment on the first reading of the proposed dangerous and vicious animal ordinance at its regular meeting Jan 6. Linn Cipperley-Price, director of the non-profit Animal Protection and Education (APE) , asked about the definition of “provocation” as compared to an “unprovoked bite” from an animal. Continue reading Supervisors okay first reading of vicious animal ordinance

County’s taxable valuation up for sixth straight year

The taxable valuation in Greene County continues its upward trend, with a total increase of 4.26 percent for fiscal year 2021. This is the sixth consecutive year the total taxable valuation has increased, with the largest one-year increase being 4.51 percent for FY20, the current fiscal year.

Pam Olerich, real estate and tax coordinator in the county auditor’s office, provided figures to the county supervisors at their organizational meeting Jan. 2. Continue reading County’s taxable valuation up for sixth straight year

Tower View Team seeking sponsors for mini bell towers

The Tower View Team has built another four mini bell towers for display beginning in May of 2020.  Businesses, organizations, or individuals can sponsor one of these towers.  For 2020, the sponsor is responsible for negotiating a price with an artist as well as discussion of the artwork. The sponsor will pay the artist directly. The Tower View Team will provide a list of artists who may be interested. Continue reading Tower View Team seeking sponsors for mini bell towers

JPD tells sTEP results

Jefferson police officers stayed busy during a special Traffic Enforcement Project (sTEP) Dec. 13-Jan. 1. During the two-week period, officers wrote 58 citations and issued 293 warnings.

Six drivers were arrested for operating while intoxicated, two were arrested on other felony charges, and one was arrested on a narcotics charge. Officers recovered a stolen vehicle and pursued a speeding driver into Boone County. Continue reading JPD tells sTEP results

Supervisors organize for 2020

The county board of supervisors will begin 2020 with very little change from the past several years. At the organizational meeting Jan. 2 John Muir was re-elected board chair and Dawn Rudolph was elected chair pro tem, positions they’ve both held for several years.

The board will continue its daytime meetings, with regular meetings year-round Mondays at 8:30 am, and on Thursdays at 8:30 am during the budgeting process, generally January through mid- or late-March. Continue reading Supervisors organize for 2020

Legislative forum slated Saturday, Jan. 11

The board of Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County is hosting a “Meet your Legislator” on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 am at the Welcome Center in Jefferson. Representative Phil Thompson and Senator Jerry Behn both were invited and have committed to attending.

Thompson is beginning his second year as Greene and Boone County’s elected Representative. Behn has represented Greene, Boone, and a small portion of Hamilton Counties for the past 23 years. Continue reading Legislative forum slated Saturday, Jan. 11

Medical center begins search for new CEO

Carl Behne  | GCNO file photo

The Greene County Medical Center board of trustees announced Thursday that chief executive officer Carl Behne resigned this week. Behne has accepted a position as chief strategy officer of Exemplar Care PLC in West Des Moines, where he will work to expand access, affordability, and transparency to direct primary care for patients in central Iowa.

Behne was CEO at the medical center for eight years. “Carl has played a critical role in the development and success of Greene County Medical Center, and while his leadership will be missed, the medical center stands strong to meet the needs of the healthcare demands of the future,” said board chairperson Jim Schleisman. Continue reading Medical center begins search for new CEO

County supes to slate hearing on vicious animal ordinance

~by Janice Harbaugh for GreeneCountyNewsOnline

The Greene County supervisors will start the new year with consideration of an ordinance regarding dangerous and vicious animals. County attorney Thomas Laehn presented a draft of the ordinance at the board’s regular meeting Dec. 30.

Laehn was asked by county sheriff Jack Williams to prepare the ordinance. Laehn said it is based on ordinances in Benton and Linn counties which seem, in his opinion, to meet constitutional standards. Continue reading County supes to slate hearing on vicious animal ordinance

2019 was a building year

The top stories in Greene County in 2019 involved bricks and mortar or paying for bricks and mortar. All are continuations of efforts started previously.

Ground was broken for the regional career academy and new Greene County High School April 15. About 75 persons attended the groundbreaking, including community members, school staff and students, elected officials, and professionals involved with the project. Continue reading 2019 was a building year

Finches make first payment toward $100,000 pledge for career academy

Emily Finch, Greene County High School class of 2018, presented a check for $35,000 to the Greene County Schools on behalf of her grandparents, Dick and Delores Finch. The funds are designated for construction of the Greene County Career Academy.

The $35,000 is part of a $100,000 commitment Dick and Delores made to construction of the career academy in February 2018. Their commitment was prior to the passage of the bond referendum and was a major endorsement for the career academy/high school project. Continue reading Finches make first payment toward $100,000 pledge for career academy