Area News Stories
EGGS AND ISSUES FOCUSES ON LOCAL ISSUES
Local issues were again the discussion point Saturday as Eggs and Issues was held. The focus of Saturday’s forum was again on local issues. Due to county republican conventions throughout the state, Representatives Guy Vander Linden and Larry Sheets and Senator Ken Rozenboom were unable to be in attendance. As a result, City Manager Michael Schrock, Mahaska Health Partnership CEO Jay Christenson, Mahaska County Supervisor Chairman Mike Vander Molen, and Oskaloosa Blue Zones Director Natalie Spray all served on the panel.
Road repairs were a large discussion point Saturday morning. Discussion centered around the one cent local option sales tax. City Manager Michael Schrock reported that revenues from the one cent local option sales tax for the City of Oskaloosa total around $1 million. This money is used to fund city road projects. City Council members present at eggs and issues suggested that the one cent local options sales tax be renewed for road and infrastructure repairs. The local option sales tax is a voter approved levy. Renewal can only be done by voter approval.
Also discussed on Saturday was the Blue Zones project. In 2013, Oskaloosa was selected as a Blue Zones demonstration site. According to MHP CEO Jay Christenson and Oskaloosa Blue Zones Director Natalie Spray, a blue zones kickoff is being planned for the near future. On Monday April 14th at the Oskaloosa High School gymnasium from 5 pm to 7:30 pm the Oskaloosa Blue Zones kickoff will be held. Blue Zones creator Dan Buettner will be at the kick-off event.
The next eggs and issues will be held on March 22nd.
KNOXVILLE TEACHER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, the Knoxville Police Department took a report of sexual abuse involving a 15-year old Knoxville High School student and Knoxville High School Physical Education teacher, Troy N. Rider.
CITY COUNCIL DENIES SIDEWALK WAVIER REQUEST FOR SECOND TIME
A request to reconsider sidewalk stipulations took front and center at Monday evening’s city council meeting. The request to reconsider came from Bryan Booy, developer of Tuscany Village located on Edmundson drive. At the previous Oskaloosa City Council meeting, the council voted 5-2 to deny a request from Booy to waive sidewalk stipulations for Tuscany Village. After that meeting, Booy requested the council reconsider, noting that he had not been notified his request was set to appear on the City Council agenda.
SUPERVISORS DISCUSS RUSS
The Board of Supervisor’s met in regular session Monday morning at 9:00 AM on the 3rd floor of the Mahaska County Courthouse. The meeting time was just under 45 minutes. The Board first approved the agenda for the meeting.
A public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget was held next, one member of the public had concerns he wanted addressed on the portion of the budget concerning the roads department. The question was raised if secondary roads would be getting their budget cut. The supervisors stated “no it would not, Jerry Neusbam got the budget request he asked for, and nothing was cut.” After the discussion the board then approved the budget for 2014-2015.
The Supervisors next approved the economic development funding and a liquor license for Tassel Ridge Winery. As well as approving the bills for February and the minutes for the 2/18 meeting. The board then went into closed session for around a half hour to discuss litigation matters for RUSS matters.
After coming back into open session, Supervisor Chairman Mike Vander Molen stated no action was taken in closed session and the meeting was adjourned.
COUNTY CANDIDATE NOMINATION PETITIONS AVAILABLE
Papers for the June 3, 2014 Primary are available at the Mahaska County
Auditor’s Office and on line www.sos.state.ia.us/elections
for the following county
seats for Board of
filing period begins
OACDG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
The Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group is happy to announce that scholarships will again be available through its Chamber Scholars program, now in its 17th year.
High school seniors living in Mahaska County and attending any high school are eligible to apply. Pick up an application from your school counselor, from the Oskaloosa Area Chamber office or at www.oacdg.org. Scholarships will be offered in the amounts of $500 and up, and are sponsored by area businesses and industries. Last year $7,000 was distributed to 14 students from North Mahaska, Eddyville/Blakesburg, Oskaloosa, and Pella Christian.
The application requests such information as participation in school and community activities, as well as short essays on "What do you value most about Mahaska County and calling it your Hometown" and "What do you see yourself doing in 6 to 8 years?" Typed Chamber Scholars applications and transcripts are due at the Chamber no later than Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
“Businesses and individuals are encouraged to contribute to the scholarship fund as well. Every little bit that we can do to make it easier for our youth to attend college is very important,” stated Deb Bruxvoort of the OACDG. “Perhaps you can contribute financially to the fund, or perhaps participate in the annual OACDG Golf outing set for Friday, May 9.”
For further information, to request an application form, or to contribute to the fund contact the Oskaloosa Chamber at 641.672.2591 or email email@example.com.
UNITED WAY LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER WEBSITE
wishing to donate their time and skills in Mahaska County will have a lot
easier time finding out about volunteering opportunities.
The United Way of Mahaska County has launched volunteermahaska.org,
available to all those wanting to get involved in our community. This
website is a user-friendly way for volunteers to access opportunities to
give, advocate and volunteer at local nonprofits.
volunteer opportunities should be easy,” says Amy Langdon, Executive
Director of the United Way of Mahaska County.
“The opportunities are out there, nonprofits are needing help,
but we didn’t have a unified way to find out about those needs.
We do now.”
organizations now have a place to give the details of the work they do as
well as the volunteer roles that they need filled.
These profiles can help raise awareness regarding an agency, what
they do, where they are located and any needs they have at the time. They
can also include in-kind needs
be able to see if a nonprofit is looking for a new desk or if they have a
client who needs an air conditioner. So
many of us have things that we would like to donate, but we don’t know
where they’re needed,” says Langdon.
of this information can be shared on social media sites and can be
responded to directly from the agency’s profile on volunteermahaska.org.
looking to get involved in the community can browse volunteer
opportunities, set up a profile, or “Become a fan” of different
nonprofits so they’ll be notified when new opportunities are available.
want everyone to have the chance to volunteer in Mahaska County,” says
Langdon. “Studies show
volunteers lead fuller and healthier lives.”
more information please visit volunteermahaska.org or contact Volunteer
Coordinator, Lindsey Sheets at 641.673.6043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEX ABUSE CHARGES
BASKETBALL WHEELCHAIRS STOLEN