More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green is scheduled to present his report during Wednesday evening’s meeting of the City Council. The meeting begins 5:30-p.m., in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall.
During his presentation, it’s expected Green will preview his future budget proposals, which may include body cameras for his officers. City Administrator John Lund says the Chief has done a great deal of research into the subject, the topic of which has been in the spotlight since the August 2014 shooting of a black suspect in Ferguson, MO., and other such recent, incidents.
A November 2014 survey of police departments serving the 100 most populated cities, found nearly 30-percent use some type of body cam, about one-quarter of the departments or agencies have plans to implement body cams, while slightly more than one-third of the cities did not use or planned to use the systems.
In Iowa, the police force in Iowa City began using the devices in July, 2015. In other cities, like Ft. Madison, community groups are banding together to raise funds destined to help pay for their officers’ body cameras. But the price isn’t cheap. They average around $800 a piece, not counting the required associated equipment, and other related expenses.
In other business, the Atlantic City Council will review the bids and award a contract for, the Nishna Hills Storm Water Project, which is intended to help deal with drainage and storm water run-off issues affecting East 14th Street.The Council will also act on approving the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Urban Renewal Report, which is required by the State, and accounts for outstanding debt, revenue and expenditures pertaining to the City’s Urban Renewal District.
And, City Administrator John Lund will present the Hotel-Motel Tax report. The four-percent tax was adopted following a vote on a public measure in Nov., 2010. According to his report, the City has raised $314, 706 from the Hotel-Motel Tax, since it began in Jan., 2011. The City uses those funds for a variety of parks and recreation improvements.
Today: **RED FLAG WARNING**Partly cloudy, windy & warm. High near 82. South/southwest wind 15-30mph, with gusts to near 40.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 10-15 w/gusts to 25.
Tuesday: P/Cldy w/a slight chance of showers & thunderstorms through 1-pm. High near 75. South wind 10-15 w/gusts to around 20. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tue. Night: P/Cldy w/a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Low around 57. .
Wednesday: P/Cldy to Cldy. High near 70. W/SW wind @ 5-10mph becoming N/NW during the afternoon.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.
Sunday’s High in Atlantic was 69. Our 24-hour Low ending at 7-a.m. today was 43.
Last year on this date, our High was 69, and the Low was 35.
The All-time Record High in Atlantic on Oct. 19th was 88 in 2003. The All-Time record low was 12 in 1972. Sunrise today is at 7:36, and sunset tonight will take place at 6:33.
A documentary about school consolidation in Iowa will premiere this week on Iowa Public Television. The one-hour program was produced by the Des Moines Register, which compiled a yearlong series on the issue. Register journalist Jason Clayworth says the story is essentially about rural decay. “This is really a story about some seismic demographic changes in Iowa and the consequences they’ve had on, specifically, rural communities in the state,” Clayworth said.
The documentary, titled “Lost Schools,” follows a pair of communities over a one year period. That includes the town of Corwith, as its residents voted to close the Corwith Wesley LuVerne School District. “The other community we focused on was the town of Gowrie, where the Prairie Valley School District and the Southeast Webster Grand School District, for the first time, whole-grade shared their middle and high schools,” Clayworth said.
The two stories highlight the sadness of the loss of a school and the struggles people face when consolidating schools. “So, really, it was emotional for both communities because we’re talking about great change,” Clayworth said. “A school is something in a community that is very personal for the residents because parents and grandparents, in many cases, have all attended these schools.”
Lost Schools will premiere on Iowa Public Television this Thursday (October 22) at 7 p.m. The program will also air on Sunday (October 25) at 1 p.m.
Firefighters from Griswold were paged-out just before 4-a.m. today (Monday), to help crews from the Elliott Fire Department battle a fully engulfed shed fire. The blaze was occurring at 53890 Pioneer Trail, which is northeast of Elliott. No other information was immediately available.
Early This Morning: Partly cloudy. Warmer. South wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph.
Today:RED FLAG WARNING from mid-morning through late this evening. Mostly sunny. Breezy. High in the upper 70s. Southwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 35 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low in the mid 50s. South wind 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. A slight chance of showers through mid morning…then a slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the late morning and afternoon. High in the lower 70s. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Low in the upper 50s. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High in the lower 70s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy. High in the mid 60s.
HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE COUNTIES…329 AM CDT MON OCT 19 2015
A RED FLAG WARNING FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY IS IN EFFECT FOR PARTS OF SOUTHWEST IOWA ND SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA, FROM 11-AM UNTIL 6-PM TODAY. THAT’S IN ADDITION TO THE RED FLAG WARNING FOR ADAIR-ADAMS-AUDUBON-CARROLL-CASS-CRAWFORD-DALLAS-GUTHRIE-MADISON-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD AND UNION COUNTIES, THAT’S IN EFFECT FROM 10-AM UNTIL 7-PM, TODAY.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW…OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS…LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…AND WARM TEMPERATURES CAN CONTRIBUTE TO EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR.
Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa-based autism center has expanded its services in northeast Iowa, a move that one family says will help them better communicate with a three-year-old boy. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports the Homestead is celebrating its grand opening in Cedar Falls on Wednesday though the facility has been open for several weeks.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of stealing a taxi after he was discharged from a Des Moines hospital says he didn’t want to walk home. Des Moines police say 26-year-old Luis Orellana-Rivera drove off with the vehicle shortly after he was released from Mercy Medical Center around 6 a.m. on Friday. The unoccupied taxi had the key in the ignition at the time.
LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The driver of a motorcycle has been injured in eastern Iowa following a crash with a recreational vehicle. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling in rural LeClaire on Saturday afternoon when the driver attempted to a pass a RV backing into a private driveway. The motorcycle driver struck the RV and was thrown off the bike.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are looking for an inmate accused of failing to return to an Iowa correction facility following an approved leave of absence. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Blake Lyon was on a 30-hour court-ordered furlough from the county’s correction center when he failed to return on Saturday.