Should more stop signs be added around the Pella High School campus? The Pella City Council is discussing the possibility of adding additional traffic control around the high-traffic area – for now, the council is considering a three-way stop at the intersection of University Street and East 8th Street; in the future the intersection of East 8th Street and Vermeer Rd may be considered as well.
Thursdays in Pella are going to the dogs this week – Residents are invited to bring their pets to the downtown Pella square this evening for tonight’s “Bark in the Park” event. A pet tricks contest begins at 6 p.m., followed by a pet fashion show at 6:30 p.m. on the Tulip Toren. Those who want their animal to participate can register by contacting the Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance. Bobber the Water Safety Dog will make an appearance following the pet fashion show. Happily Ever After Animal Rescue and the Marion County Humane Society will also set up downtown to discuss rescues and adoptions.
Cities all around South Central Iowa are discussing limits to the recent legislation to legalize fireworks in Iowa – now the Tulip City is joining in debate as well. Following their regularly scheduled meeting last night the Pella City Council weighed restrictions to the use and location of sale of fireworks in the community. Pella city staff is recommending the city council approve a resolution which prohibits the use of fireworks within Pella, but still allows the council to issue permits for display fireworks during the Fourth of July. A resolution to ban the use of fireworks will be held at the next Pella City Council meeting on Monday, June 19th, while the restriction of sales will be reviewed at a meeting to be determined.
Family Fun is making a return to Knoxville later this month – the 24th annual Family Fun Fair is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 24th at Auld Park in Knoxville. Activities begin and 9:30am and will continue throughout the morning. The fair, organized by Knoxville Noon Kiwanis and other community partners, provides area kids with family-friendly activities, including a free hot dog meal at noon and prize drawings for kids 12 and under. The event is free and open to the public.
Looking to show some patriot spirit this 4th of July holiday? American Legion Post 89 in Pella would love to lend a helping hand – for a small fee to cover their expenses, Post 89 can help plant a 20-foot flag pole on your front lawn. Cal Van Ee and Jack Brockway placed a flag pole at the home of Dave Wilson on Main Street yesterday; they said if you’d like a flag pole on your property, just give Post 89 a call – they’d be happy to help.
Planning on shooting off some bottle rockets and roman candles in Knoxville now that fireworks are legal? Well, think again – the Knoxville City Council just approved first consideration of an ordinance that would ban the use of fireworks within the city limits of Knoxville and require all sales to be sold only in retail zoning areas.
How are the crops in Iowa doing so far? Overall not bad – that’s the word from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, who recently commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. Northey said the past week was great weather for farmers to finish planting; he also said that currently 77 percent of corn and 73 percent of beans rated good or excellent.
The 2nd Annual Tour de Toren ended Saturday afternoon after members of the Pella Triathlon Club, their friends, and family pedaled on stationary bikes at different points throughout the day. A goal of 2,680 miles was set, or the distance between Los Angeles and The White House in Washington D.C. Josh Cowman with Bethany Christian Services also completed a marathon on a treadmill after riding on his bike – At the event, Bethany staff announced they were approaching their $30,000 goal, with a final total to be announced in the coming weeks.
Fireworks may be legal in the state of Iowa, but folks in Marion County take note – the board of supervisors has recently voted to restrict use of fireworks in the area. Iowa State law made the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa legal from June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3. However, a provision in the law allows county supervisors to limit use of fireworks if they feel it is in the public interest; yesterday the Marion County Board of Supervisors did just that, voting 2-1 to restrict the use of fireworks to the hours of 4-11pm on July 4th only. In addition, restrictions include use only on the users property or with permission, minimum age restrictions, and limit of use near hospitals and senior living facilities.
In other fire news, the Pella Fire Department received top honors for their efforts in the American Lung Association’s Annual Fight for Air Climb. Heather Johnson with the organization awarded a trophy to Pella Firefighters for being the top fundraising team among participating fire departments in the state for the second year in a row. Over the past three years, the Pella Fire Department has raised a combined $18,000 for the American Lung Association to help with research for various lung diseases. Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says he’s thankful for the community’s contributions and the firefighters taking extra time to raise funds and participate in the relay.