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July 2017

Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker speaking during a press conference
Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker speaks during a press conference following the Board of Supervisors signing a resolution supporting the Paris Agreement on July 17, 2017.

Linn County Supervisors Sign Resolution in Support of Paris Agreement

The Linn County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution supporting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and approved Linn County’s registration in the “We Are Still In” Coalition. Signing the resolution signals Linn County’s commitment to continue honoring the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the principles of energy efficiency, energy conservation and sustainability.

Linn County also hosted a press conference in which stakeholders spoke about the economic and public health benefits of energy conservation and environmental sustainability and examples of steps organizations and individuals have taken to reduce emissions and promote clean, sustainable energy.

Local members of Iowa 350 presented the Linn County Board of Supervisors with a “Sunny Award” for their continued support of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Examples of sustainable efforts implemented by Linn County departments are available on Linn County’s website.

Watch the video of the Board meeting, starting at minute 10:29. MORE…

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Solarize Your Home or Business

Are you interested in adding solar power to your home, farm or business?
Solarize Cedar Rapids & Linn County is a joint effort of the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, The Nature Conservancy, Indian Creek Nature Center and Iowa 350. This program will reduce carbon emissions while providing residents with the opportunity to invest in their own high-quality renewable energy solar installation with potentially significant savings on installation cost.
Visit for more information on how you can Solarize Linn County. 

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Linn County Receives Financial Reporting Award for 19th Consecutive Year

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has given an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to Linn County for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government popular reports. This is the 19th consecutive year Linn County has received this award.

Linn County produces the PAFR as part of our ongoing commitment to keep citizens informed about the County’s finances and to be accountable for the receipt and expenditure of public funds. MORE…

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Absentee Voting Underway for Special County Election

Early, absentee voting is currently underway for the Linn County Special Election to choose a County representation plan. Linn County voters will select one of three county supervisor representation plans.

Individuals may vote in-person at the Election Services Department of the Auditor’s Office, located in the Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Voters may also request to have an absentee ballot mailed to them.

Election Day is Tuesday, August 1, 2017. MORE...

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Adopt-A-Roadside Volunteers to Help Pollinators in Linn County

The Monarch Research Project is partnering with Linn County’s Adopt-A-Roadside Program to enlist volunteers to help expand pollinator habitats in Linn County.

The program will use volunteers to plant native plants and milkweed along adopted Rights-of-Way in Linn County. A special event to announce details of the program will be held July 22 at the Monarch Research Station, 4970 Lakeside Road, Marion, IA from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will also be an opportunity to meet Roadside Adoption partners and to hear about successes and learning opportunities. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. MORE...

Linn County Program Participates in Pride Fest

The Linn County Community Services Ryan White Case Management team had a booth at Pride Fest on Saturday, July 8, at the NewBo City Market. Many people stopped by the booth for free water, icy pops and information. Staff noted it was a positive and successful day! 

Four members of the Linn County Ryan White Case Management staff at their booth at the 2017 Pride Fest in NewBo.
Linn County Ryan White Case Management staff at the 2017 Pride Fest in NewBo. Staff members are (pictured left to right) Alissa Gunsolly, Nichole Baker-Jones, Stacie Riley, Christina Barger and Sarah Regan (not pictured).
Jennifer Upah-Kyes, Executive Director, Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Inc. and Tom Hardecopf, Linn County LIFTS Director at the 2016 ADA celebration.
Jennifer Upah-Kyes, Executive Director, Deaf Iowans Against Abuse, Inc. and Tom Hardecopf, Linn County LIFTS Director at the 2016 ADA celebration.

Join Us for the 27th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA July 29

A community celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is planned for Saturday, July 29 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The event will feature a pre-game picnic at 3:30 p.m., entertainment provided by magician Tim Stolba, proclamations read by local leaders, and dignitaries will be recognized on the field prior to the Kernels baseball game, which begins at 6:35 p.m.

Service providers will have displays along the concourse from 5 - 7 p.m. Linn County Election Services will also be demonstrating its new ADA compliant “Express Vote” machine that assists voters with visual challenges. MORE…

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Pinicon Ridge Park Dam

Listening Post Scheduled for Pinicon Ridge Park Dam

The Linn County Conservation Board is requesting public input regarding the Pinicon Ridge Park Dam, located on the Wapsipinicon River just east of Highway 13 in Central City. The Conservation Board is considering long-term options as the dam turns fifty years old this year, the normal life expectancy for a dam like this. 

Projects to modify low-head dams have been taking place throughout Iowa in recent years to eliminate safety hazards, improve the water quality of streams and rivers, improve aquatic life, and/or provide recreational opportunities.

A public listening post will be held Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Falcon Civic Center in Central City. There will be no formal presentation. Attendees will be able to provide written comments. If you can't make the open house, you can send comments to [email protected]

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Kids Say it Best

Check out these awesome thank you notes from some young visitors who recently took a field trip to Linn County’s Wickiup Hill Learning Center. They learned about different plants while hiking the trails, visited the wetlands to learn about salamanders and snails, and listened to bird calls.

We’re glad they came, and we hope you’ll visit soon! Linn County’s Wickiup Hill Learning Center is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10-4 on Saturday; 1-4 on Sunday. View live animals and interactive exhibits. 

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New School Immunization Requirement

Linn County Public Health reminds parents a new immunization requirement will be in effect next school year for all students enrolling in 7th and 12th grades.

The change requires a one-time dose of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccine received on or after 10 years of age for students in grades 7 and above, if born after September 15, 2004; and two doses of meningococcal (A, C, W, Y) vaccines for students in grade 12, if born after September 15, 1999; or one dose if received when students are 16 years-of-age or older.

This requirement is in effect for the 2017-2018 school year, so parents should plan now for the upcoming school year. MORE…

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