The second annual Marion County Public Safety Night Out is scheduled for September 11th in commemoration with 9/11. Marion County Public Safety Night Out is a chance for Marion County residents to meet the first responders and emergency management staff, interact with them, and say thank you for all that they do. Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson said the event allows residents to meet the public safety personnel in a positive way, since most of the time when you see a police officer or other first responder you aren’t having the best day. The event take place on the downtown Knoxville square, public safety equipment will be on display; food will be provided by HyVee.
Mahaska County resident Scott Van Veldhuizen has joined the race for a seat on the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors. Van Veldhuizen, running as an Independent by petition, will face off against Republican candidates Steve Wanders and Steve Parker and Democrat Paul DeGeest in the Nov. 6 general election. Van Veldhuizen says he’s been considering a run since the beginning of the year; apart from his time in college he’s lived in Mahaksa County all his life – his goal is seeing taxpayer money used wisely.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas Tuesday. Producers in Lee, Monroe and Wapello counties who suffered losses due to drought may be eligible for USDA or FSA emergency loans; farmers in the contiguous counties of Marion, Mahaska, and Lucas, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans – The application deadline is April 10, 2019. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Report, moderate to severe drought conditions remain in place throughout most of south central Iowa, with additional relief possible through Saturday morning. The good news? The National Weather Service is predicting another 1-2” of rain in the area through the weekend.
Two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Marion County yesterday afternoon, with wind damage reported in both Pella and Knoxville. An inch and a quarter of rain fell in downtown Pella, with Knoxville picking up just shy of an inch. Numerous tree limbs and power lines were reported down in both cities and surrounding areas between 4:45pm and 5:30pm on Tuesday.
The area of the Hawkeye State most in need of rain got a healthy dose yesterday afternoon as well – on Tuesday Ottumwa received nearly a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours. By the time the last drop fell the city officially received 4.19 inches of rain; the August average is 4.61 inches.
Changes are coming to an annual race raising funds for a local ministry. Emily Van Gent with Many Hands for Haiti says the annual Color Blast 5K is expanding to include bikes and man’s best friend, with the Bike Blast and Bark Blast events. The annual Color Blast will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 22nd at Trinity Reformed Church. Registration is $30 on or before this Saturday and $40 after until race day – more information is available at MH4H.org.
The Pella Planning and Zoning Commission gave a formal recommendation to the Pella City Council about a rezoning application to change the northwest quadrant of the Main Street/Peace Street Intersection into a planned unit development at their meeting Monday. The commission voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance – a proposed project by RDP Holdings called Webster Park would turn the old Webster Elementary site into a new, 41 unit townhouse complex. The estimated $17 million development will include high-end housing, a courtyard, extensive landscaping, and a community building.
It was a shocking evening last night in Knoxville, as a tree split in two and fell onto a power line, causing an outage. The tree fell on the 900 block of N Grant St.; MidAmerican Energy reported six customers lost power due to the incident.
Nearly 100 acres of Mahaska County land have been transformed from a craggy landscape of barren mounds of soil into what is hoped to be a butterfly’s paradise. Project Coordinator Randy Cooney said it took almost two years to complete the Logan Abandoned Mine Land project, in which over 940,000 cubic yards of material was moved, 11,000 feet of terraces designed into the project, and efforts were made to reduce flooding impacts.
A local organization supporting local non-profit organizations made their next quarterly donation. The Red Rock Chapter of 100+ Men on a Mission supported End of the Month Meals in Knoxville with a donation of $4500. The program operates November through March and provides meals free of charge during the last week of the month, and is coordinated by New Covenant Church, and is supported with donations from other churches and businesses in the community. Since 2016, 100+ Men of a Mission Red Rock has donated over $40,000 to non-profit organizations in Marion County and the surrounding area. The goal of the group is to gather 100 men to each make a $100 donation quarterly to a non-profit as voted on by the group, with the overall donation topping $10,000.
The Pella Planning and Zoning Commission will review a rezoning application to change the northwest quadrant of the Main Street/Peace Street Intersection into a planned unit development at their meeting Monday. According to a city memo, a proposed project by RDP Holdings called Webster Park would turn the old Webster Elementary site into a new, 41 unit townhouse complex. The estimated $17 million development will include high-end housing finishes, a courtyard, extensive landscaping, and a community building.