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Scott County Board of Supervisors' Tentative Agenda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Berge   
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:14
March 26 - 30, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Committee of the Whole - 8:00 am
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

1. Roll Call: Minard, Sunderbruch, Cusack, Earnhardt, Hancock


2. Presentation of PRIDE recognition for years of service. (Item 2) . . . . . 9:00 A.M.

3. Presentation of PRIDE recognition for retirement. (Item 3)

4. Presentation of Sunshine Award. (Item 4)

5. Presentation of PRIDE Recognition for Employee of the Quarter.

Facilities & Economic Development

6. Approval of third and final reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 13-34 of the
Scott County Code relative to designated speed limits on F58/200th Street, Walcott.
(Item 6)

7. Approval of the purchase of a sport utility vehicle for the Secondary Roads
Department. (Item 7)

8. Approval of an Amendment to the Agreement for Services between Scott County and
Bi-State Regional Commission for preparation of a Scott County Multi-Jurisdictional
Hazard Mitigation Plan. (Item 8)

9. Approval of 2012 Weed Destruction Program for Scott County. (Item 9)

10. Approval of award of bid for fine paper. (Item 10)

Human Resources

11. Discussion of strategy of upcoming labor negotiations with the County's organized
employees pursuant to Iowa Code Section 20.17(3). - CLOSED SESSION

12. Discussion of pending litigation pursuant to Iowa Code Section 21.5(1)(c). - CLOSED

13. Approval of personnel actions. (Item 13)

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Health & Community Services

14. Approval of tax suspension requests. (Item 14)

15. Discussion of County Medical Examiner Autopsy costs. (Item 15)

Finance & Intergovernmental

16. Approval of 2012 slough bill exemptions. (Item 16)

17. Approval of the abatement of deliquent property taxes. (Item 17)

18. Approval of proclamation for National County Government Month - April 2012. (Item

19. Approval of recognition of Rex Ridenour's years of service on the Planning and
Zoning Commission. (Item 19)

Other Items of Interest

20. Consideration of appointments with upcoming term expirations for boards and
commissions. (3 month notice)

Scott County Public Safety Authority (6 year term)
Carolyn Scheibe - 06 (term expires 06/30/12)

Library Board (6 year term)
Joe Ragona - 00 (term expires 06/30/12)
Robert Petersen - 99 (term expires 06/30/12)
Jenni Criswell - 99 (term expires 06/30/12)

Benefited Fire District #6 - (6 year term) (Joint appointment with Muscatine Board)
Angie Ehlers - 11 (term expires 06/30/12)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm
Board Room, 1st Floor, Administrative Center

Don’t miss the area premiere of the Broadway thriller A Steady Rain at Riverside Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Burnett   
Friday, 23 March 2012 13:53

Iowa City, IA – Don’t miss the area premiere of the gritty and complex Broadway thriller, A Steady Rain by Keith Huff, directed by Joseph Price at Riverside Theatre.

A Steady Rain opens Friday, March 30 and runs through Sunday, April 15 and features local actors Martin Andrews and Jim Van Valen.

Chicago cops Joey and Denny are lifelong best friends and partners on the beat until a chain of events spirals out of control and threatens to change not only their lives, but their friendship forever.

“It's a story about a relationship under threat -- and how brotherhood and loyalty are brought into question when the battle lines between ‘us’ and ‘them’ become blurred,” said Van Valen, who plays Denny.

A Steady Rain contains strong language and adult content.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for 60 and over/30 and under, $15 for youth (18 and under).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (319) 338-7672. The Riverside Theatre Box Office is located at 213 N Gilbert St, Iowa City. Box office hours are: 12 – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 hour before performances.


Is "Pink Slime" safe? Do animals need antibiotics? Experts respond. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Best Food Facts   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:40

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Hire U.S. Workers First, Restore Integrity of U.S. Visa System PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:53

by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley


With spring just around the corner, many Iowans look forward to seasonal rites of passage this time of year.  Farmers are itching to get in the fields. Home gardeners anticipate the first shoots of peas and lettuce.  Spring cleaning tops the to-do list for many families.  School students give thanks for Spring Break.  And, soon-to-be-college graduates have their sights set on landing a job.


It’s no secret the Class of 2012 needs to break into a job market struggling to rebound from Wall Street’s financial meltdown and mortgage industry mess.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate is idling at 8.3 percent. This year’s crop of graduates also will be competing with more than five million jobless Americans who have been looking for work for longer than six months.


Yet, the Obama administration has proposed federal rules to “attract and retain highly skilled immigrants” that arguably increase the competition for Americans who are looking for work.


Is this really the administration’s idea of priming the employment pump?


In Iowa, civic and business leaders work together in their communities to grease the wheels for economic development.  From Council Bluffs to Keokuk, local economic development leaders search for ways to attract and keep businesses.  They go to bat for their towns because they know their labor pool is ready and willing to work.


So, flooding the employment market with foreign workers, when high-skilled Americans are seeking jobs at unprecedented levels, just doesn’t square with improving the home team advantage, let alone fostering a level playing field.


From my leadership position on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, I have championed reforms to the nation’s immigration and visa laws to better protect the pool of highly-skilled, unemployed U.S. workers and graduates who struggle to find good-paying jobs here at home.


For example, the H1-B visa program was created in 1990 as a temporary measure to help companies in America find high-technology workers -- assuming specialized workers aren’t available in the United States to fill these jobs.  After more than two decades on the books, the program needs better controls and stronger oversight that will prevent qualified American workers from being passed over for good-paying jobs.


That’s why over the last several years I’ve introduced an H-1B visa reform bill that would require a good faith recruitment of American workers by all companies seeking to bring in foreign workers, change the wage requirements to ensure that visa holders are not undercutting American workers, give more authority to the Department of Labor to investigate allegations of fraud, prohibit employers from advertising only to H-1B visa holders, and increase penalties for those who violate the terms of the H-1B visa program.


Working with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, I’ve also urged the administration to formally adopt the standards set by the U.S. Department of State and the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services when adjudicating L-1B visas (a visa that allows employers to transfer its existing workers to the U.S. if they have “specialized” or “advanced” knowledge of the company).  Unfortunately, the Obama administration is considering changes to the L-1B visa program that could water down these standards and allow the L-1B visa program to be used as a back door to evade restrictions of the H-1B visa program, putting American workers at a disadvantage.


Out-of-work Americans and graduates of the Class of 2012 have enough hurdles to overcome.  The nation’s visa system should not undermine their chances of landing a good-paying job.


March 19, 2012

Culver-Stockton College theatre presents "Assassins" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Culver-Stockton College Communications   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:04

CANTON, MO. (03/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College theatre students will take the stage March 29, 30 and April 1 for their production of "Assassins." This bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking and alarmingly funny production is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written and is rated R for language and adult content. This most American of musicals lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical "revusical" that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish rollercoaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and in an intense final scene inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

Cast members for the production include:

Ian Sodawasser, a sophomore musical theatre major from Davenport, Iowa.

Kirsten Sindelar, a junior musical theatre major from Sherrard, Ill..

The production will open March 29 7:30 p.m. in the Mabee Little Theatre inside the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. Additional performances will be held March 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. and April 1 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for adults. Admission is free with Culver-Stockton College identification.

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