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Atlantic City Council to act on Street Improvement contract

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, is expected to act on a recommendation from Snyder and Associates Engineers, with regard to the adding of streets to the City’s contract with Precision Concrete Services (PCS), of Atlantic. The change order would include the following projects and streets:

  • The reconstruction of 17th Street from Redwood Drive to the east dead end.
  • The Milling, Patching and overlay of: 9th Street from Palm to Cedar; 9th Street from Elm to Plum; 13th Street from Cherry to a dead end east of Plum; Locust Street from 8th to 10th Streets, & Maple Street from 7th to 10th Streets.

Henningsen Construction of Atlantic is the subcontractor for the asphalt overlay portion of those street projects. Snyder’s Dave Sturm has said locking in last year’s prices for the 2013 Street Improvement Projects (SIP)…which are not yet complete due to the weather…would save the City time and money. And, while the Council is expected to approve the change order option as opposed to going out for bids for the aforementioned projects, the 2014 Street Seal coat and micro-seal projects will be sent out to bid, because those projects were not included in the 2013 SIP word order.

In other business, the Council, Wednesday, is expected to approve a Resolution accepting improvements to the Atlantic Senior Center, as well as a Resolution accepting improvements to the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Their meeting, in the Atlantic Senior Center, begins at 5:30-p.m., Wednesday.

Area firefighters to participate in the ALA’s 2014 Fight For Air

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

More than 100 firefighters from Des Moines and across Iowa will climb 66 floors and 1,179 steps as part of a three building stair climb in downtown Des Moines while wearing 80 pounds of full fire turnout gear on Sunday morning, March 16th, as part of the American Lung Association in Iowa’s “2014 Fight for Air Climb.” climb-banner-1

Sixteen firehouses in all, including those from the Adair and Creston Fire and Rescue Departments, as well as the Casey and Winterset Fire Departments, will be represented at the event taking place at the EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown (700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309).

All will climb in honor or memory of a fallen firefighter, loved one, lung disease survivor or to support the Lung Association. In addition, the firehouse with the best finish time will receive the coveted traveling Firehouse Fight for Air Trophy.

Two law enforcement teams will also climb and four local gyms will compete in the Gym and Fitness Center Challenge. They will join thousands of Des Moines area residents and Iowans from across the state. The Fight for Air Climb is a unique fundraising event for the American Lung Association in Iowa. Climbers help improve the lives of patients across the country and locally in Iowa. Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly to education, research and advocacy.

For more information, surf to: www.lung.org/pledge-events/ia/des-moines-climb-fy14/

Glenwood woman arrested Monday night

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Monday night of a Glenwood woman. 35-year old Wendy Lynn Meadows was arrested for Violating the terms of her Probation. Meadows was taken into custody at the Pottawattamie County Jail and held on $25,000 bond.

Braddyville man turns himself-in to authorities

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer reports a Braddyville man wanted on a warrant out of Clarinda, turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon. 19-year old Skyler William Shane, was wanted on a warrant charging him with two counts for Theft in the 3rd Degree/Forgery. The incidents allegedly occurred on Feb. 2nd. Shane was booked into the  Page County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Senate bill requires school radon gas tests

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has passed a bill requiring school districts to test for the presence of radon gas. The Democratic-led bill passed 35-14 after Sen. Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, criticized it as watered down “like a warm bucket of spit.”

McCoy supports the bill but is unhappy with changes that remove the requirement of certified testers and plans to reduce radon if found. McCoy says fewer than 10 percent of Iowa schools are tested. Sen. Tod Bowman, a Maquoketa Democrat, says the bill isn’t perfect but will identify how many schools have radon.

Republican Sen. Mark Chelgren, of Ottumwa, says the bill which moves to the House, is improved because it removes mandates that were undue burdens. The EPA recommends building testing for the radioactive gas.

Data: Sex offenses up at some Iowa universities

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents has released crime data that shows an increase in reported sex offenses at two of the state’s three public universities.  The annual data released Tuesday shows Iowa State University had 13 reported sex offenses in 2013, an increase from nine in 2012. At the University of Northern Iowa, there were two reported sex offenses in 2013, an increase from 1 in 2012. There were 4 reported sex offenses at the University of Iowa in 2013, a decrease from 8 in 2012.  Sex offenses include reports of rape and sexual assault.

The data doesn’t reflect incidents where victims choose not to formally file a report to police. The distinction means some recent, highly publicized reports of sexual assault at the University of Iowa are not included.

Iowa legislative panel OKs kidnapping legislation

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have agreed kidnapping penalties need to be tougher, but they’re having a hard time reaching a compromise for how long offenders should remain in jail.

In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, a three-member House judiciary subcommittee approved a bill seeking tougher kidnapping penalties for cases involving minors. This original legislation from the Senate maintains an earned time option for inmates, allowing them to reduce their sentences for good behavior. But a House amendment eliminates earned time altogether, bringing the legislation closer to a bill developed in the House.

Republican Rep. Chip Baltimore says he intends to continue his pursuit of earned time elimination, though lawmakers in the Senate stand by keeping the incentive. The legislation now goes to the full House Judiciary Committee.

Collision in Atlantic causes $5,000 damage but no injuries

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An accident Monday morning at 7th and Walnut Streets caused a total of $5,000 damage to the vehicles involved, but no one was injured. Atlantic Police say vehicles driven by Irma Frisbie and Nichole Perkins, both of Atlantic, were traveling west on 7th Street at around 11:25-a.m., when the Perkins vehicle came to a quick stop and turned right in order to avoid hitting a non-contact vehicle in front of her. Frisbie was unable to stop in time, and hit the rear of Perkins’ vehicle. No citations were issued.

Hatch challenges Branstad to back minimum wage hike

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch hosted a rally at the statehouse this morning (Tuesday), challenging Republican Governor Terry Branstad to publicly support an increase in the minimum wage.  “Today’s the 4th of March and March is the only month that is also a command,” Hatch said, “so we’re asking this governor to give the order. Ask the legislature: ‘March forth and raise the minimum wage.'”

Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs has said the senate won’t debate a bill that would raise the minimum wage, however, unless there are Republicans in the senate who would support it. “They have not responded to our entreaties,” Gronstal says. Gronstal and Hatch were joined at today’s (Tuesday’s) event by about two dozen Democrats from the Iowa House and Senate, including Representative Bruce Hunter of Des Moines.

“For almost 300,000 Iowans, Iowans who work hard, who play by the rules and do what is right, there really isn’t any dignity,” Hunter said. “For those people working at or around Iowa’s current $7.25 minimum wage, there’s only poverty.”

Governor Branstad signed a bill in 1989 that raised Iowa’s minimum wage above the national rate. In 2007, Democratic Governor Chet Culver signed legislation that raised Iowa’s minimum wage to seven-25 ($7.25) an hour — above the national rate, but congress later that year voted to raise the national rate to that level.

(Radio Iowa)

Public hearing in Adair County over road name change

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March 4th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held Wednesday morning in Greenfield, with regard to the possible renaming of a road in Adair County. The hearing and action on the matter will come during the Adair County Board of Supervisor’s meeting which begins at 9-a.m., Wednesday.

Auditor Mindy Schaefer said officials with the White Pole Road Organization would like to rename a portion of the Anita-Adair Road that crosses from Cass into Adair County, as “White Pole Road,” which would be the same designation as Highway 6.

And, the Adair County Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, the expenditures for which amount to $14.719-million dollars. Schaefer says  that is an increase from last year, due primarily to necessary bridge and road work.