September 23-30, 2022
The Week in Review is a weekly digital newsletter from Linn County, Iowa.
Grant Wood Trail Public Input Meeting to be Held in Springville
The Linn County Conservation Board will host a public input meeting regarding the Grant Wood Trail October 18, 2022 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 331 located at 252 Broadway St. in Springville. The meeting is a “drop-in” format with displays and information available about creating a trail connection from the Grant Wood Trail to the City of Springville. There will be no formal presentation. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to visit with Conservation staff and consultants, fill out a questionnaire, and provide written comments.
Linn County Welcomes New LIFTS Director, Honors Outgoing Director
Tom Hardecopf is retiring from his role as LIFTS director after 13 years. During his tenure as director, Hardecopf helped advance the LIFTS Department by overseeing a move to a new building that provides indoor parking for buses (an operational benefit in Iowa winters), updated staff training, and updated the fleet of buses to enhance operational efficiency. When asked what he is most proud of during his time as LIFTS director, Hardecopf replied, “Our staff! No question. It has been a privilege to work with such dedicated people, serving the residents of Linn County.” Carter Baldwin will succeed Hardecopf as the new LIFTS Director. Baldwin worked as Director of Transportation for the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments and was a previous Operations Supervisor for Johnson County SEATS. Baldwin also previously worked for Linn County as Associate Director of Options of Linn County from 2005-2010. Learn more.
October is Plant a Native Tree Month
The Linn County Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation celebrating October as Plant a Native Tree Month. Native plants and trees are critical to our ecosystem. They support significantly more wildlife than non-native species; they are adapted to the local climate, soil type, and wildlife; and without them, native wildlife would not be sustained. Protecting native plants and trees is vital given that pollinators, birds, and other wildlife depend on them. October is an ideal month to plant a native tree. Learn more about the benefits of native trees and plants by attending a free community forum hosted by local non-profit Monarch Research and led by author and speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy on October 7, 2022, at 6 p.m. at Prairie High School Concert Hall. Residents are requested to register in advance at monarchresearch.org.
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap
The following is a recap from the Linn County Board of Supervisors meetings the week of September 23-16, 2022. The Board of Supervisors:
- Met with and received updates from the following departments: Community Services, Conservation, Soil Conservation, Sustainability, and Veteran Affairs
- Proclaimed October Celebration of Plant a Native Tree Month in Linn County
- Held a public hearing on the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated total cost for the Linn County Secondary Road District #1 Shop – Phase I Project
- Approved a resolution granting final approval and confirming the plans, specifications, form of contract, and estimated total cost for the Linn County Secondary Road District #1 Shop – Phase I Project
- Opened and announced bids for the Linn County Secondary Road District #1 Shop – Phase I Project and referred bids to Linn County staff and the project architect for review and tabulation
- Discussed and approved a Traffic Sign Maintenance Policy
- Discussed a proposed resolution establishing the rate of compensation for precinct election officials resulting from a precinct election officials pay audit
- Approved IBEW (Sergeants) tentative agreement for IBEW Sergeants contract extension for FY24 and FY25
- Discussed a Notice of Intent for a NPDES general permit 1 related to the Linn County Secondary Road Department Morgan Creek Shop project in the 2300 Block of Covington Rd
- Approved a liquor license for Dharma’s, Troy Mills, retroactive to Sept. 20, 2022, noting all conditions have been met
- Approved a 5-day liquor license for Peach Cart Co. to sell liquor for Mom’s Night Out at Bass Farms, 840 Bass Lane, Mt. Vernon, noting all conditions have been met
- Discussed and decided on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding distribution process and guidelines
- Approved a resolution accepting the design, fabrication, and installation of public artwork at the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building
- Approved a resolution establishing the rate of compensation for precinct election officials resulting from a precinct election officials pay audit
- Signed a Satisfaction of Loan Agreement releasing a loan with security dated February 12, 2022, with Troy Mills Area Housing Development Corporation noting all payments have been made
- Signed a Notice of Intent for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Services (NPDES) General Permit 1 related to the Linn County Secondary Road District #1 Shop in the 2300 Block of Covington Rd
- Signed a Siemens contract for the annual Mass Notification System effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023 in the amount of $12,279.72
- Signed a 28E Agreement between Cedar Rapids Community School District and Linn County Child Development Center Regarding Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for four-year old children running Monday through Friday from August 1, 2022 to June 1, 2023
- Signed a contract between Options of Linn County and the All Heart Staffing, Inc for nursing services and rates for the term of September 26, 2022 through June 30, 2023
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recap briefly summarizes topics from the Board’s meeting agendas. This recap is provided by County staff as a public service and is not an official record of Board action. The official record of approved minutes from Board of Supervisors meetings are approved at future meetings and are available for viewing after approval.
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