Thursday, July 9, 2009
Some members of the Washington County Emergency Management Commission are expressing concern over how quickly county attorney Barb Edmondson can fulfill their legal needs. Edmondson says she is obligated to serve as their counsel, but also has a number of other responsibilities. Commissioners at last night's (7/8) meeting wanted to know if they could seek other another attorney if Edmondson's schedule prevented her from completing something in a given time frame. Edmondson says the only time they could legally hire outside counsel, is if Washington County and the emergency management commission found themselves on differing sides of a legal disagreement.
The group of Chicago teens that have been conducting a survey of Washington are taking in the sights this evening (7/9). Mayor Sandra Johnson says in addition to presenting the results tonight, they'll also experience the farmer's market and other Thursday Night Live activities. The Windy City high school students conducted their survey through the Mikva Challenge, which aims to involve inner city youth in politics. They worked with the University of Iowa's political science department. They'll announce the results during a special city council meeting this evening 6:30 at the YMCA.
With the upcoming school year, Mid Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider will face the unique task of managing two schools at once. On July 1, Schneider took over as superintendent for both Mid Prairie and Keota districts and says so far his experience has been quite good. He says one of the most drastic changes is the size of the two schools, but he also says a good education is just as important for a smaller school as a big one. Schneider hopes his eight years of experience as a superintendent will give him an edge for managing the two schools.
Washington County's environmental health director says new regulations on rural septic systems should help bring more homes into compliance. Jeff Thoman says the rules require property owners to disclose whether or not a home's septic system has been inspected by a person certified by the Iowa Department Of Natural Resources, before they could sell it. Thoman has previously told KCII that more than two thousand Washington County homes were using un-permitted septic systems.
Area farmers will soon be getting some help in protecting their livestock from natural disasters. Eligible farmers will be able to register for the Livestock Indemnity Program which will provide assistance to farmers who lose livestock due to floods, tornadoes, and other severe weather. State Executive of the Farm Service Agency Dave Olson says livestock deaths must be in excess of normal mortality and must have occurred between January 1, 2008 and October 2011.
A Washington woman is $25,000 richer. Faye Scott won the Iowa Lottery's "Wild Bingo" instant scratch game. She bought the ticket at the Corner Stop on east Madison Street in Washington. A news release from the Iowa Lottery says Scott claimed her prize this week in Cedar Rapids. She's not the first Washington resident to get lucky with the lottery. In 1992, then Mayor Ed Brown split a $10.4 million Powerball prize with a woman from Missouri.
The sights and sounds of "Prairie Serenade" will fill Washington's Downtown this evening (7/9). The musical group is performing for the weekly Thursday Night Live event. The chamber of commerce describes the music as a blend of American fiddle tunes, Irish and Celtic Melodies as well as French-Canadian pieces. The concert starts at 6:30. Other Thursday Night Live events include the farmers market starting at 5:00 and the Washington Municipal Band which takes the stage at 8:00.