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Red Oak break-in investigation

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August 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are investigating a reported residential break-in. Officials say someone entered the home of Ronald Lee Johnson Tuesday, and took several tools.

Among the missing items was three air-impact wrenches, a large tool box, several Craftsman wrenches, impact sockets and a pipe wrench.

Anyone with information on the burglary should is asked to contact the Red Oak Police Department at 712-623-6500.

Revote on LOST fails in Casey, passes in Stuart

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August 3rd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The turnout was very low for a special, Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) election held in Casey and Stuart, Tuesday. A petition to hold a re-vote in those two communities, on a renewal of the penny sales-tax, was presented to the Adair County Board of Supervisors in mid-May, following a County wide-vote held earlier that same month.

None of the 10 possible voters in Casey turned out for the election, and only 75 out 465 possible votes were cast in Stuart, where the measure passed by a vote of 55-to-20. The total voter turnout, including absentees, was just under 16-percent.

If voters in Stuart had failed to renew the tax, the city would have been out about $42,000 in annual revenue, while the City of Casey stood to lose just $650. In Casey, proceeds from the tax would have been directed toward the street repairs and improvements. In Stuart, the monies will be directed to the General Fund.

An extension of the seven-year Local Option tax will go into effect beginning January 2012, in Stuart, Adair, Bridgewater, Fontanelle, Orient, and Greenfield.

Local Option Sales Tax Special Election results – Adair County

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Results from the Aug. 2nd. Special Election…..

City of Casey:   Yes         No                      Voted Polls        possible             %

2 NE Casey             0              0                              0                            10               0.00%

Absentee                0              0

Total                         0              0

City of Stuart

2 NE Stuart          55            17                            72                        465              15.48%

Absentee               0                3                             3                                                  4.%

 

Total                      55            20                            75                         475              15.79%

Road construction planned for Hwy 25 & bridge repair in Guthrie County

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa – Aug. 2, 2011 – The second phase of a bridge replacement project on Iowa 25 south of Guthrie Center requires reducing the current lane width limit restrictions to 12-feet-6-inches in the open lane beginning Thursday, Aug. 11, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Creston construction office.

Traffic signals will be used to move traffic through the construction work zone. The completion date for this project is early November.

CRESTON, Iowa – Aug. 2, 2011 – Road construction work will reduce Iowa 25 to one lane between U.S. 34 and Union County Road H-24 near Creston beginning Thursday, Aug. 4, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Creston construction office.

A 16-foot lane width restriction will be in place in the open lane. Flaggers and a pilot car will be used to control traffic during the closure. The roadway will return to normal traffic patterns when workers are not present. This project will be completed Aug. 8.

Road construction planned for Hwy 34 & I-680

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CRESTON, Iowa – Aug. 2, 2011 – Road construction work will reduce U.S. 34 to one lane between Iowa 148 near Corning and Iowa 25 in Creston until early September, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Creston construction office.

A 16-foot lane width restriction will be in place in the open lane. Flaggers and a pilot car will be used to control traffic during the closure. The roadway will return to normal traffic patterns when workers are not present.

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa – Aug. 2, 2011 – Patching work on a bridge approach requires closing eastbound Interstate 680 between I-29 (exit 71) and Pottawattamie County Road L-34 (exit 21) east of Crescent from 7 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Missouri Valley garage. There is no detour in operation during this project.
 
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

Adams Co.woman arrested on Cass County warrant

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Corning was arrested this (Tuesday) afternoon on a warrant issued out of Cass County late last month. The Adams County Sheriff’s office reports 27-year old Shannon Kaye Claiser was taken into custody just after 2:15-p.m.

Claiser was found guilty by court on July 6th for driving while her license suspended, cancelled or revoked. The incident which led to her arrest occurred in June.

Claiser was brought to the Adams County Jail, posted bond, and given a date to appear in Cass County District Court.

Atlantic arrests

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report two area men were arrested Monday. 20-year old Blayne Kearney, of Walnut, was taken into custody for driving while suspended. And, 21-year old David Fredericksen, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Public Intoxication.

Both men were brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending a court appearance.

Brayton man arrested for OWI 2nd offense

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report an arrest occurred late Monday night following a traffic stop. 28-year old Casey Seth Cose, of Brayton, was taken into custody at around 11-p.m., following a traffic stop on Highway 71, in Brayton.

Cose was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, 2nd offense. He was brought to the Audubon County Jail, posted bond, and was later released.

Atlantic Council to hold public hearings, Wed.

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A public hearing will be held in Atlantic Wednesday evening, with regard to proposed changes to the Ward boundaries for the City of Atlantic. The hearing takes place during a 5:30-p.m. session of the Atlantic City Council.

Following the hearing, the Council will hold the first reading of an ordinance establishing new ward boundaries, which became necessary once the 2010 census results were released. The required redistricting in Atlantic is the result of Ward 3 decreasing in population, and Ward 5 increasing significantly, as compared to the other three wards. In addition the City Clerk needs to meet the County’s requirement for supervisor districts.

City Administrator Doug Harris says the ideal population for each ward is 1,422, but that can vary, as long as the difference between the populations of the smallest and largest wards does not exceed 10-percent. State Code requires the City to adopt an ordinance describing the new ward map, by September 1st. A second and third reading of the ordinance is expected to take place August 17th.

The Council will also hold a public hearing on a resolution granting a sewer line easement to Andrew J. Knuth. Knuth has requested a 10-foot sewer easement on the north side of the city lot which abuts his law office building, to replace his sewer line. City Administrator Doug Harris says Knuth has offered to pay the City $50 for the easement.

In other business, the Council will act on authorizing Mayor Dave Jones to sign a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Housing Fund Contract between the City, and Iowa Department of Economic Development. The contract will likely be administered by SWIPCO. You may recall, the City last month, was awarded a $484,500 CDBG for a housing rehabilitation project.

And, the Atlantic City Council is expected to act on approving the August 28th closure of Cedar Street, from 2nd-to 3rd Streets, for a community block party at Cedar Park, sponsored by the 1st United Methodist Church. If approved, the closure would be from 5-until 7-pm that evening.

Cass Co. Board to discuss water/sewer loan

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August 2nd, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to meet Wednesday morning, in Atlantic. The board will discuss and possibly act on a loan of up to $555,000 to fund the northwest sewer and water line extension project. That includes making a determination of where the loan should come from and the exact dollar amount of the loan.

During their meeting last Friday, the Supervisors adopted a resolution calling for the County to enter into a loan agreement for the purposes of planning, undertaking and carrying out the project, which is located in the Amaizing Energy Urban Renewal Area.

The board is also expected to approve a job classification change for a Secondary Roads employee, from Operator 1 to District Working Foreman, and, hear an annual report from the Veteran’s Affairs Department.

The meeting begins at 9-a.m.