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June 2019

Rock Road Work

Rock Road Forum Planned for July 2

The Linn County Secondary Road Department is holding a public forum to discuss the rock road system in Linn County.
The forum will be held Tuesday, July 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Linn County Farm Bureau Financial Services building, 1323 Boyson Road, Hiawatha. The forum will include a presentation from Secondary Road staff at 4:45 p.m. followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
At the forum, residents can learn about the work the Secondary Road Department is doing on the County’s rock road system and ways to maximize road service life. 

Eight of Linn County's 17 summer interns
Eight of Linn County's 17 summer interns.

Linn County Welcomes Summer Interns

Linn County has hired 17 interns this summer who will gain valuable hands-on experience in various career fields. This year’s interns are working alongside County staff in Human Resources, Planning and Development, Public Health, the Secondary Road Department, the County Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Supervisors Office.

Three interns are part of the inaugural class of Mahder “Mahi” Serekberhan Fellows, a paid internship program with the Linn County Board of Supervisors office. These three interns are working with the Board of Supervisors and staff on various projects including the Mental Health Access Center; an expungement clinic; a food recovery program with Linn County Public Health and the Food Systems Council; and a homeless resource center and day clinic.

Linn County is excited to welcome these ambitious college students interested in county government and public policy.

Read more about Linn County's interns on our website.

Fireworks display

Board of Supervisors Adopts New Fireworks Resolution

The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved a new resolution that limits when consumer fireworks are allowed in unincorporated Linn County.
Under the new resolution, which is effective only in unincorporated Linn County, consumer fireworks are allowed in unincorporated Linn County only during the following timeframes:

  • July 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • December 31 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on the immediately following day (January 1) 

Consumer fireworks may only be used on property owned by the person or persons using the fireworks or with property owner permission.
Each Linn County city has its own rules governing the use of consumer fireworks within its city limits.

Grow Solar Linn County Returns in 2019

Grow Solar Linn County, an education and group purchasing program for solar photovoltaic systems, returns for a second year in the communities of Linn County. This program helps local property owners add solar technology to their properties through community outreach, education, and increasing affordability. The group buy is open to all Linn County property owners.

Now through October, Grow Solar Linn County will host 20 Solar Power Hours. These one-hour one-stop-shop educational sessions are free and open to the public. Attendees will learn the basics of solar technology, how the group buy works, and if your home may be a good fit.

For more information and a schedule of upcoming Solar Power Hours, visit

Linn County Expungement Clinic

Linn County to Host Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is hosting an Expungement and Employment Barriers Resource Clinic on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Cedar Rapids for Linn County residents. The County is working with Iowa Legal Aid and other local agencies to provide this service. 

The purpose of the clinic is to help people involved with the criminal justice system overcome barriers to housing, employment and education.

Application and appointment are required to participate. Visit Linn County’s website for a link to the application form or call Iowa Legal Aid at 515-243-1193 ext. 1632. The deadline to apply is July 19 at 5 p.m.

Flag blowing in the wind

Linn County Offices to Close in Observance of Independence Day

Linn County governmental offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Regular business hours resume July 5.
The following services will continue to operate:

  • Juvenile Detention and Diversion Services
  • The Sheriff’s Office will be closed; however, continuous operations will be available for routine and emergency responses, including the Patrol Division, Communications Division and the Correctional Center. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Vehicle registrations can be renewed online at any time at  

Historic Preservation Grants Support Local Efforts

Ten local nonprofits were awarded historic preservation grants to continue their work of preserving Linn County's history. Grant recipients include organizations from Alburnett, Central City, Coggon, Cedar Rapids and Marion.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors supports local preservation efforts through this annual grant program administered by the Linn County Historic Preservation Commission.

View the full list of recipients on our website.

Roadside ditch with flowers

Linn County Secondary Road Department to use Native Grass and Wildflower Seeds to Improve Roadway Function

Linn County has received native grass and flowering broadleaf species seed for roadway plantings that will help improve roadway safety and habitats. 
Thanks to partnerships with the Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program and the University of Northern Iowa Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Program (IRVM), native grass and wildflower seed for 1,160 acres was purchased and distributed to 36 counties in Iowa for roadway plantings in 2019 and 2020. Linn County's share will plant 120 roadside acres.
Roadways that will receive this seed in Linn County include County Home Road, North Center Point Road, Blairs Ferry Road and Hollenbeck Road. The plantings will create a sustainable right-of-way and provide erosion control, weed control, as well as habitat for a variety of compatible animal species. The flowering plants provide a nectar source for pollinators, and the milkweed species that are included provide a food source for the Monarch butterfly.
For more information about native plantings in roadsides, visit our website.

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