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Atlantic City Council meeting preview for 12/1/21

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – The City Council in Atlantic has a short agenda for their first meeting in December, this Wednesday (12/1). The meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, and will include discussion and action on:

  • A Resolution approving the CY (Calendar Year) 2022 budget for Atlantic Municipal Utilities (AMU),
  • and, a required nutrient reduction study (NRS) with Snyder & Associates for the wastewater treatment plant.

City Administrator John Lund says AMU is an entity of the City, but they are governed by their own oversight board (Atlantic’s Utility Board of Trustees). In accordance with the Code of Iowa, the City must approve their budget, in order for it go into effect. The City traditionally passes the AMU budget without issue, because there is oversight by the Trustees. And, with regard to the NRS, the City of Atlantic was granted an amended National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDS) permit for the wastewater treatment plant. The permit requires a report that evaluates the feasibility and reasonableness of reducing the quantity of phosphorus the City discharges into the East Nishnabotna River.

The permit for the City’s Plant to continue operations requires a nutrient reduction strategy (NRS) for phosphorus to be turned in to the Iowa DNR by August 1, 2022. John Lund says Wastewater Superintendent Tim Snyder is developing several strategies to improve the City’s numbers, using the technology it currently has in-place. Crews with the plant have attended EPA webinars in an effort to learn new ideas and processes for optimizing nutrient reduction in the discharged water. A proposal for a nutrient reduction study by Snyder and Associates has a lump sum fee of $19,750. Development of alternatives for nutrient reduction compliance will be an hourly fee, Lund says, but the estimated will be $9,600, for a combined cost of $29,350.

Lund says that “may seem like a lot, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the consequences of a poorly prepared report. He notes, if approved, this would be the second NRS conducted by Snyder and Associates. The original study was approved by the Council in July, 2014, at a cost of $9,700.

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Delayed accident report from Red Oak

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak say no injuries were reported following an accident Thursday evening, at the intersection of Highway 34 and N. Eastern Avenue. Officers found a 2017 Chevy Traverse driven by 29-year-old Trisha M. Gomez, of Stanton, was traveling west on Highway 34 at around 5:22-p.m., and was slowing down for the vehicle ahead of her, that was slowing down to make a left turn onto N. Eastern Avenue. When Gomez’ SUV slowed, it was struck from behind by a 2009 Ford F-150 pickup registered to Seipold Farms, and driven by 53-year-old Rodney L. Seipold, of Hastings (IA).

Seipold admitted to Police that he was not paying attention. Damages from the collision amounted to $26,000. Seipold was cited for Following too closely and Violation of a his restricted license.

Creston Police report, 11/29/21: vehicle break-in’s and vandalism; Creston man arrested on 4 charges

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) Officials with the Creston Police Department say four Creston residents reported vehicle break-in’s and/or incidents of vandalism. On Saturday, a woman in the 300 block of N. Walnut Street in Creston told authorities her vehicle had been rammed by another vehicle multiple times. Damage was estimated at $800. A man reported Saturday, that his vehicle was stolen from near a bar-and-grill establishment. The damaged vehicle was later recovered. And, another resident reported Saturday, his vehicle was damaged while it was parked in the 300 block of N. Walnut Street. The damage was estimated at $1,000.

On the 24th, a man residing in the 300 block of N. Walnut Street reported that sometime around midnight, someone broke into his wife’s vehicle. He advised also, a Leatherman tool valued at $50 was missing.

Creston Police said also, 42-year-old Julio Cesar Villalpando Castro, of Creston, was arrested late Saturday night on two counts of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, Stalking-Violation of a Court Order, Violation of a No Contact/Protective Order, and Theft in the 2nd Degree -Motor Vehicle. Villalpando Castro was being held in the Union County Jail on $14,300 cash only Bond.

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Marquette to get a new casino riverboat

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) -State regulators have approved a financing plan that will eventually lead to a replacement boat for the Casino Queen in Marquette. Racing and Gaming administrator, Brian Ohorilko says a 46 million dollar financing plan was approved for the parent company to buy two boats in Louisiana.  “The long-term plan would be for Casino Queen to purchase those riverboats, operate those casinos in Louisiana, but move one to Marquette and replace that boat. So it would be a larger boat, maybe a little newer,” Ohorilko explains. He says the new boat is a good thing for Marquette. “Just having the ability to have something larger, fresher, is definitely good for that market,” he says.

All facilities were on riverboats when the state approved casino gambling — and the Casino Queen is one of three that remain. The Ameristar is in Council Bluffs, and it has a hotel and restaurants at that location. The Lakeside Casino in Osceola has the same type of setup, and it is a barge.

The Casino Queen (Iowagamingassociation.org photo)

The Racing and Gaming Commission approved the financing plan at their November meeting.

No, that really isn’t Microsoft on the phone trying to fix your computer

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Many Iowans have answered their phones to hear a distant caller claiming to be with Microsoft and offering to “fix” our computers. A new survey finds the extent to which those tech support scams are reaching us — and ripping some of us off. Mary Jo Schrade, with the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit, says three in five of us have received those calls, and one in six lost money on them. Schrade says, “Tech scammers are targeting everyone, even the most active technology users like Millennials and Gen Z.”The con artists are using sophisticated schemes that have evolved from cold calls to more of them using fake pop-up ads and fraudulent websites. “Scammers are fast-moving and innovative,” Schrade says, “so when someone encounters a pop-up that asks them to call a phone number or click on a link to resolve an issue, it’s important to be wary and use caution.”

Microsoft gets 65-hundred complaints every month from people reporting they were victims of a tech support scam in which scammers use the company’s name to lure victims into paying for unnecessary or harmful “services.” Many thousands more are going unreported. “Report the scam on the Microsoft website,” she says. “The more reports we receive, the better we get at fighting these scammers. Remember, we will never proactively contact you asking for your financial or personal information.”

While you might think young people would be more tech savvy, the survey found one out of ten Millennials and one out of ten Gen Zers who encountered a scam fell for it — and lost money.

On the web: www.microsoft.com/reportascam

Egg plant fire in southwest Iowa

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Clearfield, Iowa) – A fire at a large egg production plant in Taylor County over the weekend caused heavy damage to the facility, but there were no reports of injuries. The blaze at the 136,600-square foot Hen Haven egg plant in Clearfield, was reported at around 7:30-a.m. Saturday.

Law enforcement and at firefighters from at least six area departments and surrounding counties responded to the blaze at 1641 Yellowstone Avenue. Smoke that billowed from the facility was visible for miles.

To date, there’s been no word on what caused the fire, or a dollar amount of the loss. Additional information is expected to be released later this week.

(Reminder: Run-off election for Mayor takes place in Atlantic, Tuesday (11/30)

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Atlantic, Iowa) – Voters in the City of Atlantic will head to the polls for the second time this month, Tuesday (Tomorrow) to determine who will take the helm as Mayor in January. During the November 2nd City/School Elections, two candidates – Tim Teig and Grace Garrett – got the most votes, but didn’t reach that 50-percent-plus-one threshold. Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones did not run for re-election. Today (Monday) is the last day to vote absentee in the Cass County Auditor’s Office.

Teig received the most votes in the first election. He served as Mayor of Atlantic years ago. He also served on the city council in the 1980s. Grace Garrett was the second place finisher and will face Teig in the November 30 run-off. Garrett is currently an at-large member of Atlantic’s city council.

Tim Teig

Grace Garrett

Voting sites for this election will both be at the Cass County Community Center at 805 W 10th St. Atlantic 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wards will use the main entrance; and Atlantic 4th and 5th Wards will use the south entrance. Polls will open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 8:00 P.M.

The results of the election will be posted on the kjan.com News page, as soon as they are final.

Teen charged in eastern Iowa stabbing incident

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November 29th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

Grinnell, Iowa (KCCI) — A 13-year-old boy is facing an attempted murder charge following a stabbing on Saturday morning in Grinnell. Police officers received a call just before 8 a.m., leading them to respond to a home on Melrose Lane. A 43-year-old man was found inside the home injured by a stab wound to the abdomen. The man was taken to Unity Point Grinnell Regional Medical Center, where he’s expected to recover.

Grinnell police arrested the 13-year-old, who is at a juvenile detention center awaiting his initial court appearance. Police are still investigating the incident. If anyone knows anything, police are asking them to call (641) 236-2670. Authorities says it appears the attack was unprovoked.