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November 2016

Stacey Walker
Stacey Walker

Stacey Walker sworn in as Linn County Supervisor

Stacey Walker is the newest member of the Linn County Board of Supervisors. He was sworn in to office Thursday, Nov. 17. Walker was elected District 2 Supervisor for the Linn County Board of Supervisors during the Nov. 8 election.

Walker is the first African American to serve on the Linn County Board of Supervisors and was sworn in by the first African American District Judge in Iowa, Kevin McKeever.
“It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to represent the residents of Linn County. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the Board, county government staff and department heads, and other county elected officials to make Linn County a great place for all people,” said Walker.

Linn County FY18 budget planning underway
Public forum set for Nov. 21

Planning for Linn County’s fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget is underway. The FY18 budget will be developed over the next three months during more than 25 public meetings between the Linn County Board of Supervisors, other Linn County elected officials and department heads. All meetings are held at the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids.

A budget calendar for the entire FY18 budget process is posted on the Linn County website; however the dates are subject to change so check the Agendas & Minutes section on Linn County’s website 24 hours in advance for the most up-to-date information or sign-up to receive email and/or text notification of Board of Supervisors meetings and agendas.

Residents have the opportunity to provide comments on the development of Linn County’s FY18 budget during the annual Public Budget Forum on Monday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. 

Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson

Supervisor Amy Johnson’s service concludes

In a Gazette guest column, Amy Johnson looks back at her six-month appointment to the Linn County Board of Supervisors as her service comes to a close on Nov. 17. Johnson was appointed to the Linn County Board of Supervisors District 2 seat in April to fill the vacancy created when Supervisor Linda Langston stepped down to take a new position with the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C.

Options consumer pets a dog from Dogs Forever shelter in Cedar Rapids
An Options consumer pets a dog at the Dogs Forever shelter in Cedar Rapids

Options of Linn County Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Options of Linn County celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house on Nov. 10. Options provides day programs focused on living skills and community integration for adults with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program serves approximately 180 people.

A little more than half of Options consumers participate in community-based volunteer activities like refilling food pantry shelves, filling backpacks for area school programs, and baking and delivering homemade treats for local shelter dogs. Other activities include visiting libraries, bowling, crafts and discussing current events.

Options of Linn County has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 1982.

Community prayer service for local law enforcement

For the past several months, clergy from numerous denominations in Linn County have been meeting with law enforcement officers in response to violence surrounding law enforcement throughout our country. These conversations led to a community prayer service and social time on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m.
The “To Pray & Serve” program will offer prayer for officers’ safety and sound judgement and the community’s involvement. Events will be held simultaneously outside the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Hiawatha Police Department and the Marion Police Department.

Board of Supervisors to consider open burning variance requests to Air Quality ordinance in November

The Linn County Board of Supervisors will hear variance requests to the county’s Air Quality ordinance during the month of November for the open burning of landscape waste by residents of unincorporated Linn County who live on property zoned Urban Service Residential (USR) and are within the established one-half mile buffer around the city limits of Cedar Rapids, Marion or Hiawatha.

The county currently prohibits open burning of landscape waste, including grass, leaves, weeds, trees, tree limbs, natural growth for land clearing, agricultural wastes, etc. on USR parcels within a half mile of the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha city limits. Based on feedback from some county residents, the board agreed to hear variance requests during the month of November. Read more…

Linn County Supervisor John Harris receives a hug from County Engineer Steve Gannon
Linn County Supervisor John Harris receives a hug from County Engineer Steve Gannon during "Hugfest"

Hugfest 2016

The Linn County Secondary Road Department held its annual Safety Workshop (dubbed “Hugfest”) in October. Road Department employees attended and participated in safety training, customer satisfaction training and team building. 

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Drive safely this Thanksgiving Holiday

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement agencies across the state in urging motorists to buckle up and obey all traffic laws in an effort to make our streets and highways safer during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 20 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 27 the Linn County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting another enforcement project as part of Iowa’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB), special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). It is anticipated that Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies will spend over 40 additional GTSB grant-funded hours patrolling Linn County’s roadways looking for traffic violators during this program. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45 percent. Please buckle up and drive safely.

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Linn County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Most Linn County government offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Offices will reopen Nov. 28. Have a safe and happy holiday.

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