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Page Eigb, t N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, March 21, 2019 Newsletter Stan Gustafson Iowa House Representative District 25 stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov March Last week was the first funnel week. The vast majority of the Legislature's work is either unanimous or bipartisan. Through the first funnel, 91% of the bills passed out of House committees had bipartisan support (217 out of 238). During the two year 87th General Assembly, nearly 89% of the bills passed by the Iowa House were done so with votes from both parties. This week, the House began debating as many bills as possible, while setting up subcommittees for Bills passed by the Senate in order to get them out of Committee before the second funnel week. Here are some of the Bills that passed out of the house this week: SF 113 bill clarifies that a person convicted with three or more OWIs can be charged as a habitual offender and face stiffer penalties. Drunk driving is not only irresponsible, but it puts those who wish to travel safely on our roads and highways at risk. HF 623 requires the Iowa Medicaid program to offer at least one form of medication-assisted treatment without prior authorization and increases access to medication-assisted treatment which has shown to be an effective way to reduce opioid abuse and dependence. HF 532 requires taxpayer-funded medical residency programs to give priority to applicants with an Iowa connection. Those that have an Iowa connection are more likely to live and practice in Iowa after their training. This bill also requires those residencies to provide an opportunity to participate in a rural rotation to expose those physicians to our rural areas. SF 519 (passed and signed into law) protects Iowa's agriculture industry from foreign agents or extreme environmental activists who wish to do harm and penalizes an individual that uses deception to gain access to agriculture production facilities with the intent to cause physical or economic harm. Iowa is a national leader in agricultural production and we have already witnessed many of these threats first- hand. We have seen foreign nationals infiltrating agricultural facilities to steal intellectual property and disrupt our food supply. This not only puts biosecurity at risk, it also harms the competitiveness of American businesses. SJR 18: Amendment to Iowa Constitution: Iowa is one of only six states that doesn't already 14, 2019 have Second Amendment protections in its State Constitution. SJR18 reads: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The sovereign state of Iowa affirms and recognizes this right to be a fundamental individual right. Any and all restrictions of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny." This amendment recognizes that Iowans have a fundamental, individual right to protect themselves, their families, and their liberty. It requires that the highest level of judicial review be applied to any government restriction on that right, just like other fundamental rights. This amendment would not nullify existing firearm laws that are already on the books. In order for this amendment to become part of the Iowa Constitution, it must pass both chambers in the next General Assembly, and would then be put on the ballot for voters to weigh in on. Ultimately, Iowa voters will have the final say on this topic. HF 546: extends the school infrastructure tax, known as SAVE, through 2050. HF 386: In 2016, the general assembly authorized driver's licenses 27 to be marked to reflect a licensee's veteran status if the licensee presented the licensee's DD form 214 to the department of transportation and the form indicated the licensee was honorably discharged. This bill strikes the provision. Iowa's graduation rate has been a source of pride for some time now, leading the nation yearly (so proclaimed again this January: https:// www.educateiowa.gov/article/2019/01/28/iowa-s- high-school-graduation-rate-remains- 1-nation) and being the first state in the nation to surpass the 90% mark a few years ago. The latest data out of the Department this week shows Iowa reached an all- time high last year with a 91.4% graduation rate. The trend is increasing, not only statewide but in nearly every subgroup. Since 2011 Iowa's 4-year graduation rate has climbed 3.1%. Conversely, as the graduation rate has climbed, the dropout rate has decreased. Iowa's annual dropout rate reflects the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who drop out of school during a single year. The annual dropout rate decreased from 2.8% to 2.7% this year and has decreased steadily since 2011. The state's 2017-18 dropout rate represents 4,075 (down from 4,183 the previous year) students in grades 9 through 12. Ted Lare Design Build is a reputable full service Landscaping company seeking employees who are willing to grow with us! We are seeking: Landscaping ConstruCtion Supervisors Planting Crew Supervisors Landscape Installers We offer competitive wages based on your experience, 8-10 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, uniforms, and benefits. $17-$20 per hour based on experience Apply online at http://www.tedsgardens.com/employment/ or call 515-981-1073 to schedule an interview. Women's Suffrage Program The Warren County Historical Society begins the new program year on Tuesday, March 26th. Margaret Lawson will present a program on women's struggle to gain voting rights in the state of Iowa. The 7:00 p.m. program will be preceded by a soup supper at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are not required, and donations are welcome. The Historical Society is located just off the southeast corner of the Warren County Fairgrounds in Indianola. The museum and research library are open on Thursdays from 9-4 and Saturdays from 9- 12 (unless snowed in). Visit us at warren countyhistory.org or on facebook, or call 515-961-8085 for more information. WARREN COUNTY HIRING FULL-TIME CIVILIAN JAILERS High School diploma, GED, or equivalent & 21 years of age Full-Time positions Requires ability to work all shifts in 24/7 environment, including holidays & weekends Competitive wage and benefits Applications available at the Warren County Sheriff's Office 1801 W. 2nd Ave, Suite 2, Indianola, IA 50125 or at www.warrencountyia.org/sheriff Look for civilian jailer's employment application and job duties along the left banner. Application must be received no later 4:30 PM, March 22, 2019 at the Warren County Sheriff's Office than Position is subject to pre-employment psychological/physical exam (including drug testing), EOE, Veteran & Disability. Mid America Cage Bird Society Hosts Feather Fair On Sunday, March 24th, the Mid America Cage Bird Society will host a Feather Fair. This event will take place at Merle Hay Mall, next to Rue 21, across from the Ross Store, and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Merle Hay Mall is located at 3850 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Please use the entrance near the old Sears store to access the fair. Birds and bird-related items will be offered for sale, and there will also be raffle items and bake sale items. For more information, including cost of attendance, please contact Lisa at 515-276-3805. OFFICIAL PUBLICATION March 1 lth, 2019 The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Monday, March 1 lth, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. for a special meeting with Supervisors' Crystal Mclntyre, Aaron DeKock and Doug Shull present. County Engineer, David Carroll, County Auditor, Traci VanderLinden and Assistant County Attorney, Dawn Bowman, were also present. The following business was had to-wit: Pursuant to Code of Iowa 2019 21.4 (2) a. Notice conforming with all of the requirements of subsection 1 shall be given at least twenty-four hours prior to the commencement of any meeting of a governmental body unless for good cause such notice is impossible or impractical, in which case as much notice as is reasonably possible shall be given. b. When it is necessary to hold a meeting on less than twenty-four hours' notice, or at a place that is not reasonably accessible to the public, or a time that is not reasonably convenient to the public, the nature of the good cause justifying that departure from the normal requirements shall be stated in the minutes. RESOLUTION 19-70 10TON EMBARGO ALL UNPAVED PUBLIC COUNTY ROADS BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby approves to place a 10-ton weight embargo on all unpaved public county roads not to exceed 10 days from today's date. Carried unanimously Tabled Item #2: Consider 10-ton weight limit restrictions on 80th Avenue from Carpenter Street to Beardsley Street. Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 3:13 p.m. AI-FEST: Traci VanderLinden, AU DITOR Crystal Mclntyre, CHAIR OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES TO BE APPROVED AT THE MARCH 19TH, 2019 MEETING March 13th, 2019 The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. for a special meeting with Supervisors' Crystal Mclntyre, Aaron DeKock and Doug Shull present. County Engineer, David Carroll, Assistant County Attorney, Dawn Bowman, and Assistant to Board of Directors, Megan Andrew were also present. County Auditor, Traci VanderLinden was absent. The following business was had to-wit: RESOLUTION 19-71 PURCHASE AND HAULING GRANULAR MATERIAL BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Warren County Board of Supervisors hereby approve moving forward with purchasing of granular material in the amount of approximately 20,000 tons and the accounting aspect will be addressed at later meeting. Carried unanimously. i Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m. AIqE,S. T: Traci VanderLinden, AUDITOR Crystal Mclntyre, CHAIR OFFICIAL PUBLICATION MINUTES TO BE APPROVED ATTHE MARCH 19TH, 2019 MEETING March 14th, 2019 The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Thursday, March 14th, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. for a special meeting with Supervisors' Crystal Mclntyre and Doug Shull present. Supervisor DeKock was present via telephone. County Auditor, Traci VanderLinden and Assistant to Board of Supervisors, Megan Andrew were also present. The following business was had to-wit: Brian Konrad, Engineer's Department presented information on Project No. L- GRANULAR 2019--73-91,2019 Granular Surfacing. RESOLUTION 19-72 ACCEPT AND APPROVE BIDS FOR PROJECT NO. L-GRANULAR 2019--73-91 BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Warren County-Board of Supervisors hereby approve the County Engineer's review of bids from Contractors for Project No. L-GRANULAR 2019--73-91, 2019 Granular Surfacing, and accept the bids from: Bruening Rock $647,402.48 Vanderpool Construction $688,917.90 Elder Corporation $793,518.00 And approve the bid from Bruening Rock in the amount of $647,402.48 and authorize the Chair to sign the contract. Carried unanimously Item #2 - Nick Bruck, Senior Project Manager with DCI Group presented information on amendment to Shive-Hattery. It was decided to table until March ! 9, 2019 Board of Supervisors Meeting Upon proper motion the meeting was adjourned at 2:08 p.m. ATTEST: Traci VanderLinden, AUDITOR Crystal Mcintyre, CHAIR New construction Driveways Sidewalks Tear out & replacement Commercial & Residential (515) 240-D52D marlin@concrete-pg.com