Archive for February, 2009

County Engineer Award

Posted: Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 5:26 am

The Washington County Engineers’ office has received recognition from the Iowa Concrete Paving Association for a recent project. County Engineer Dave Patterson says it was for an overlay project they this past summer on old Highway 218 north of Highway 22. Patterson says they replaced a deteriorating asphalt road with a nice concrete overlay. He says they were also able to add paved shoulders. He says a team reviewing projects around the state deemed it the Best Concrete Overlay Award.

Keokuk County Salt supply

Posted: Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 5:24 am

Keokuk County salt supplies are looking fine. Keokuk County Supervisor Ernie Griener says they were prepared this year. According to Greiner the Keokuk County Highway department had over 700 tons of salt ready. Griener says they should have plenty for the rest of the season.

On Demand Audio

Posted: Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 5:23 am

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Mary Wienand, ISU Extension
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In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. Darrel Hysler, US Census Bureau
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School Budget Cuts

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:41 am

The Washington Schools Interim Superintendent is advising the board cut $612,000 from the budget. The recommendation comes after the district went $63,000 over it's spending authority last fiscal year and in the midst of anticipated cuts coming from the state. Interim Superintendent Dave Sextro says going in they wanted to stay away from cutting teachers that had direct student contact. The district will have six early retirements at the end of this school year, under this proposal those positions would either not be filled or the anticipated salary would be lower. Also the custodial staff would be reduced and some services contracted out. Sextro has asked the board to act on the recommendation at their March board meeting.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:41 am

Washington High School is hosting parent/teacher conferences this evening. The conferences will be held in the varsity gym. Parents can pick up their student's schedule and mid-term grade cards at the door. Parents are encouraged to visit with each teacher. The parent/teacher conferences will be from 4:30-8pm this evening in the high school gymnasium.

Washington County Riverboat Foundation Grants

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:28 am

Washington County Riverboat Foundation has posted application for their spring grants. Executive Director Jim Logan says they anticipate a large number of applications judging from their past experience. He urges first time applicants to refer to their website for guidelines as to what they are looking for and the actual application. He says they can only award grants to truly non-profit groups or governmental bodies. Applications will be due April 10th.

Work Release

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:27 am

Washington County intends to seek bids for work to complete the area of the jail that will house their work release program. The area was in the original design plans but the county held off including it in the actual construction because they wanted to make sure they were within the $5 million approved by voters. Sheriff Dunbar says the program allows inmates to serve jail time but leave during the day to go to work. Those inmates pay $50 a day in cash up front to be apart of the program and are checked up on during the day.

Mid Prairie Drama Performance

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:27 am

Mid-Prairie drama students are just back state competition and will be putting on a performance for the public. Mid Prairie Drama Director Tamara McClintock says she felt they did very well at the competition and they have decided to put on a show free for the public. McClintock says the production is tonight at 7pm at Mid Prairie High School.

Washington County Empowerment Board

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:26 am

The Washington County Empowerment Board is having their meeting Thursday, February 26th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Kalona Library. Washington County Empowerment Coordinator Tasha Beghtol, says empowerment is a statewide initiative that provides local funding for programs to benefit families with children as old as five. Again their meeting is on Thursday, February 26th from 4:30-6:00pm at the Kalona Library.

Keokuk Board of Supervisors

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:25 am

The Keokuk Board of Supervisors are looking at the budget for the next fiscal year. Supervisor Ernie Griener says the board spoke with Sheriff Jeff Shipley and the Keokuk County Highway Department about their budgets for the 2010 fiscal year. The board also spoke with County Recorder Melissa Bird and a S.T.I representative about remote access technology to improve services of the county offices.

On Demand Audio

Posted: Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 5:24 am

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Pastor Bob Wallenberg
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In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m.
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County Salaries

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:15 am

Washington County Supervisors have approved the Compensation Board’s recommendation for county elected officials for next fiscal year. The recommendation leaves the supervisor salaries unchanged at just over $33,000. The other officials would get a 3 1/2 % increase. The increase applies to the County Attorney, Auditor, Recorder, Treasurer, and Sheriff. That would take effect July first.

County Road Solutions

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:15 am

How to keep county gravel roads in good shape? That was the focus of a recent public work session requested by local members of the Iowa Farm Bureau. County Engineer Dave Patterson says one of the big issues is higher traffic, but the county is not seeing a rise in funds coming in. Patterson says in talking with area residents some suggest ways of generating more funds such as implementing impact fees for new developments or different types of registration fees for vehicles or a secondary road assessment district.

School Board Meeting

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:15 am

The Washington School board will receive a recommendation on budget cuts at their meeting tonight. Interim Superintendent Dave Sextro says the board will receive an update on the Governor’s latest budget cuts. Sextro says he will present his expenditure reduction recommendation to the board for the consideration. The board will also act on a contract that would have Sextro stay on as interim superintendent for one more year. The meeting is tonight at 7pm.

Paws and More in Kalona

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:14 am

More area residents will have the option of contributing a dollar a month to Paws and More through their water bill. This is an opt in program that already exist for Washington water users. Angie Talbot with Paws and More says she went to the Kalona, Wellman and Riverside city councils and asked if they could establish a similar program in those cities. The three councils approved the request and residents will now have an option to make the donation to Paws and More.

Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:14 am

The Washington AM’ers Kiwanis Club is putting on their 7th Annual Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner and Ice Cream Social tonight. The all you can eat event costs $8 in advance and $9 at the door for adults and $5 in advance and $6 at the door for children. It will be at the Washington Junior High from 4pm to 7pm tonight. The money from the event goes to fund AM’ers Kiwanis projects such as Secret Santa.

Columbus Junction Council

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:13 am

The Columbus Junction City Council is looking at the purchase of a flood pump. City Clerk Julie Heindel says the council will discuss the purchase. The pump would take water that overflows from the river and pumps it back in. She says the council is considering the purchase after last summer’s flood. The council will discuss the idea at their meeting tonight at 5:30 in the new Civic Center/City Hall.

Kalona Sewer Project

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:13 am

Work is continuing on the Kalona sewer project. City Administrator Doug Morgan says it’s coming along smoothly. Morgan says the cold winter weather has not disrupted any work. C.L Carroll Company is doing the work and Morgan says the project is expected to be complete by the late summer.

Posted: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 at 5:12 am

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Dr. Bill Tweeton, Kiwanis AMers Spaghetti Dinner
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In Touch With Southeast Iowa 
12:50 p.m. 
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Tuesday, February 10 – Washington County News

Posted: Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 at 5:30 am

Washington County Supervisors
Washington County Supervisors will hear a recommendation on what county elected officials should make next fiscal year. The Compensation Board will provide their recommendation to the board at todays meeting. Also the board will re-look at reconfiguring their meeting room to better accommodate the board’s expansion to five supervisors. Finally they’ll consider final approval for the completion for an area that will house the county jail’s work release program. The meeting begins tomorrow morning at 9:30.

Senator Chuck Grassley Town Hall Meetings
Senator Chuck Grassley will be holding town hall meetings in 24 counties next week. Senator Grassley says he has met with Iowans in every county, every year that he has represented Iowa in the United States Senate. He says its this exchange of ideas that gives him greater insight directly from Iowans that he can take to Washington D.C. Grassley will be in Louisa County on Wednesday, February 18th at the Wapello Ambulance Building. The next day he’ll be at Washington County Hospital and Clinics, in the Robert Nicola Conference Room, in Washington from 7:15 8:15 a.m.

Pork Farmer Award
A Washington County pork producer has been awarded a prestigious award within the state’s pork industry. Rob Stout is among this year’s recipients of the Master Pork Producer Award. Stout was presented with a brass belt buckle at the 37th annual Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines. He is part owner of Wellman Feeder Pig Inc. and has received three Pork Quality Assurance Level three certification status and his farm is registered with the National Animal Identification System.

Washington Public Health Website
Washington County Public Health and Home Care has a new site. The new site went online today. Director Edie Nebel says you can find a lot of information about their services, a calendar for upcoming vaccination clinics, and links to national websites such as the CDC. Nebel says the hope in developing the new site was to have something that was both easy to navigate around and update. Their web sit is
www.washph.com.

Kalona Days
Kalona Days preparation is getting underway. Dave Finley and his wife Susan are the Co-Directors for Kalona Days again this year. Dave Finley says this years theme is Celebrating Our Heritage. He says it is in honor of Kalonas 130th birthday. Finley says there are a lot of things to do before the big day.

Washington Speech and Drama
Washington High School had several students get high marks at a weekend state speech and drama competition. Jan Gallagher is one of the coaches and says they competed in Pella, at one of four state competitions going on in Iowa on Saturday. They had nine events and eight of them received division 1 ratings, which is the best you can get. Seven of those groups got division one ratings from all of their judges.

Purple Martin Workshop
The 4th annual Purple Martin Workshop will be March 28th. Jim Walters says the Workshop will have a variety of speakers talking about the birds and there will also be different activities. Walters says the 4th Annual Purple Martin Workshop will be at the CAM Iowa Clothing Center at 1005 Nutmeg Ave near Kalona. There is a $2.00 admission and children under 10 are free. Lunch will also be available. For information, contact Jim Walters at 319-466-1134.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Shelia Hanson, PAWS and More Animal Shelter
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In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m. County Engineer David Paterson, County Roads
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