The Mahaska County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the county’s contract, lease and 28E agreement with Country Life Health Care and the renewal of the county’s Heartland Insurance bind coverage on Monday.
On Monday, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously agreed to table the discussion regarding the parking of recreational vehicles in properties and scheduled a work session for June 24 where they will work on drafting an amendment to the city code.
Oskaloosa schools won't have to make any staff cuts this next school year. That's because before the Legislature adjourned from their session, they approved specific amounts for school funding. That funding is called allowable growth. Allowable growth is set at a percentage high enough for the Oskaloosa School District to avoid cuts and even lower taxes if enrollment stays the same. The district will get four percent in "growth" funding each of the next two years.
Mahaska County Supervisors are asking questions about liability insurance and the administration of emergency management services. Supervisor Greg Gordy says he's concerned Mahaska County's Emergency Management Agency is not being administered properly according to Iowa Code. The allegation is the most recent development in Robinson's attempt to provide a faster emergency response to hazardous-material-calls in the county.
Lawmakers in Washington are debating changes to the nations Farm Bill. Every few years congress passes a new farm bill that sets policy for the next several years. Last year, lawmakers extended the farm bill from 2008 for another year to allow time for lawmakers to focus on extensive changes in the next farm bill. This will affect farmers here in Mahaska County. The U.S. Senate recently approved its version of the bill and the U.S. House is expected to work on its version yet this month. Some say a new farm bill could be in place by Labor Day.
The Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAI is quickly approaching. An estimated 15,000 people will stay overnight in Oskaloosa July 25. County workers along with hired contractors are out doing all they can to make the route through Mahaska County a smooth one.
Fine Arts and Cultural Events of Mahaska County, also known as "FACE," called on the community to help with an art project in the Downtown Square on Thursday night. The event is part of the Skunk River Arts Festival.
Head William Penn Men's Basketball Coach John Henry is this year's recipient of the Paul Maaske Memorial Award. It is an honor given annually by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association to the top non-Division I coach.
Oskaloosa is five weeks away from hosting the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. Ragbrai officials say the world's largest bicycling tour should bring an estimated 15,000 people to town. They will hale from all 50 states and 17 foreign countries.
The Oskaloosa School Board elected Tom Richardson as the new vice president of the board, following the resignation of Laurie Fiscella, approved a wireless and installation service, and considered an appeal regarding a high school student who was kicked off the women’s tennis team for missing the individual regional tournament in order to attend her last day of high school.
The Mahaska County Supervisors may act to remove the possibility of using eminent domain as a means to acquire land for the Regional Airport. To do that, the three person board of supervisors would have to have a majority vote to amend the agreement already established between Oskaloosa, Pella, and Mahaska County. The two other entities would also have to vote on changing the agreement.