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Atlantic City Council to hold hearings on the budget & Urban Renewal Plan

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Atlantic is set to hold public hearings on the FY 2016 Budget, FY 2016 Capital Improvement Plan, the 2015 Sewer Rehabilitation Project, and an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan for the Southeast Urban Renewal Area. The hearings will take place during the Council’s regular meeting that begins 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, at City Hall.

Interim City Administrator John Lund reports Sonntag Development, LLC is seeking $360,000 in Tax Increment Finance (TIF) funds to help with infrastructure improvements and other related costs for the proposed three-to four-million dollar project, which will feature 28-unit multi-family housing complex on property situated between East 19th and East 22nd Streets, near the Sundance Apartments, and in the Urban Renewal Area. The funds would be paid in increments, as portions of the project are completed. The City’s Personnel and Finance Committee, according to Lund, “Thoroughly reviewed the request and made a recommendation for passage to the City Council.”

In other business, the Council is expected to officially appoint Jamie Arnold, with the Otto, Lawrence and Wiederstein law firm, as City Attorney. Arnold was to have been appointed on Dec. 3rd, 2014, but he had not received his paperwork to practice law from Iowa. That paperwork finally came through on Feb. 26th. Arnold was also appointed as the Assistant Cass County Attorney during last week’s Cass County Board of Supervisor’s meeting.

And, the Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, will act on a resolution appointing John Lund as City Administrator. The title will become official on March 29th. Lund’s salary will be adjusted accordingly, to $75,000 per year. The Council held a job evaluation for Lund during a closed session on Feb. 18th, and concluded that he was qualified for the position.

2 people arrested for assault in Creston

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A couple from Creston were arrested on assault charges Monday evening. The Creston P-D says 34-year old Nick Ward and 35-year old Rebecca Ann Ward, both of Creston, faces charges of Domestic Abuse Assault. Both were being held in Jail without bond, with Nick Ward being housed in the Union County Jail, and Rebecca Ward in the Ringgold County Jail.

And 37-year old Gerald Lynn Lawrence, Jr. of Des Moines, was arrested Monday afternoon at the Union County Law Enforcement Center. The man was wanted on two Union County warrants for Failure to Appear in court. He remains in the jail without bond, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Clarinda P-D will no longer have an administrative assistant

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Getting press releases and other information about crimes and incidents from the Clarinda Police Department has come to an end. In a note to the media and public this (Tuesday) morning, Chief Keith Brothers said “Effective today (March 3, 2015) at 3:00 p.m., the records office at the Clarinda Police Department will close and cease normal operations until further notice and will not be staffed by an administrative assistant/records clerk to the police chief.”

Brothers said also “The department has had an administrative assistant/records clerk to the police chief since November of 1976, either in a full time or part time capacity and this position has served the police chief and the department well. The department’s ability to maintain accurate records and disseminate reports, etc. in a timely manner will most certainly be negatively affected.”

The chief said he accepts “Total responsibility and accountability for the problems that will result as I have been forewarned of in my recent consultations with the Iowa Police Chief’s Association concerning
administrative assistant/records clerks and their importance to departments of our size and population served.”

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/3/2015

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and state news w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Special Weather Statement: slick roads in western/central IA 3/3/15

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS COUNTIES…
738 AM CST TUE MAR 3 2015

FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CREATE LOCALIZED SLICK AREAS THIS MORNING...

FREEZING DRIZZLE HAS OVERSPREAD MUCH OF CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL IOWA THIS MORNING. ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE LIGHT BUT WILL BE ENOUGH TO DEVELOP A GLAZE ON UNTREATED ROADWAYS AND WINDSHIELDS. IF YOU ARE OUT DRIVING THIS MORNING…PLEASE DRIVE WITH CAUTION AND BE PREPARED FOR SLICK ROADS. TEMPERATURES SHOULD WARM FROM SOUTH TO NORTH DURING THE MORNING AND GRADUALLY BRING AN
END TO THE FREEZING DRIZZLE THREAT.

Iowa Business Council survey shows CEOs are optimistic about sales, hiring

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Most of the CEOs of Iowa’s largest companies are expecting improved sales and steady or slightly higher employment levels over the next six months. The Iowa Business Council (IBC) has released its first quarter Economic Outlook Survey and executive director Elliott Smith says it’s not much different than the surveys conducted in 2014. “That’s a good thing. Our numbers have been fairly steady now for the last two, three, almost four quarters…not moving significantly up or down and we’re in solid, positive sentiment territory,” Smith says.

The IBC’s first quarter Overall Economic Outlook Survey Index was 65 – the same as last quarter and three points ahead of this time last year. The index uses a 100 point scale, with a score over 50 considered “positive sentiment.” Around 80-percent of the CEOs surveyed expect higher sales over the next six months. They’re also optimistic about adding workers.  “From our responses this quarter, we had 95-percent of our employers either indicating they’re going to maintain existing employment levels or add to (their workforces) with new hires. Only five-percent (expect) lower employment activity,” Smith says.

Specifically, 55-percent of the CEOs anticipate hiring more employees over the next six months, while 40-percent expect “no change” in employment levels.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 3/3/2015

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Iowa Red Cross volunteers assemble for one of their largest-ever disaster drills

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

One of the largest-ever disaster drills organized by the American Red Cross in Iowa will take place this week, starting this (Tuesday) morning. Dan Cataldi, the agency’s regional disaster officer, says about 90 volunteers and staff members from all across Iowa are converging on Des Moines as a sort of dress rehearsal. “We all know that in Iowa, we will have tornadoes this year, for instance, we just don’t know where and when,” Cataldi says. “It’s critical that we are able to challenge our teams. Most of our workers are volunteers. On an operation, we would expect 90% of our team to be volunteers, so we need to make sure they have the opportunity to practice before they’re involved in a real operation.”

The drill will serve as a crucial training exercise to prepare volunteers for what they may face in the aftermath of an actual tornado, flood or other natural disaster.  “This event allows us to bring everybody together and work on everything from service delivery and setting up shelters — we’ll actually set up cots and feed people — to our back office things,” Cataldi says. “We set up our own IT networks and we have a staff services team to make sure all the teams that are working get all the things they need.”

This disaster drill will run three days, today through Thursday, which is much longer than usual and it will be much larger in scale. “Typically, we exercise for about a day and we go through what we call tabletops, where we just work through scenarios,” Cataldi says. “Bringing in all of these people together and going through the process of setting up a shelter and things like that over three days is really a large endeavor and certainly one of the biggest we’ve ever attempted.”

(Radio Iowa)

2 men arrested on drug charges this morning in Fremont County

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Tuesday) morning in Fremont County resulted in the arrest of two people on drug charges. Sheriff’s officials say 35-year old Thomas Lee Knipe, of Glenwood, and 43-year old Christopher Lynn Mosier, of Essex, were arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

The men were taken into custody at around 2:15-a.m. in the 2300 block of Wabounsie Avenue. Knipe was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $2,000 cash bond, while Mosier’s bond was set at $1,000. Deputies in Fremont County were assisted at the scene by the Mills County K9 Unit.

Red Oak man arrested Tue. morning

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March 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop early this (Tuesday) morning in Montgomery County resulted in the arrest of 26-year old Rhyian Todd Hall, of Red Oak. Hall was taken into custody at around 2:50-a.m. on a charge of OWI/2nd offense. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $2,000 cash bond.