The Iowa Agricultural Development Division will be hosting a free Beginning Farmer Workshop on Thurs. Feb. 16 at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning about beginning farmer programs in Iowa.
The agenda includes an overview of USDA-Farm Service Agency and Iowa Finance Authority Beginning Farmer Programs as well as an Ag lender panel discussion which will cover how to enhance your relationship with an Ag lender, tips for preparing financial statements, cash flows and loan applications as well as how to improve your credit score. The event is free, but registration is required. Register at www.IowaFinanceAuthority.gov/IADD
Beginning Farmer Workshop
Thursday, February 16: 8:30 AM – 11 AM
Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, Tama Hall, Room 117
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is once again offering free tax assistance and electronic filing to individuals of all ages with lower to moderate income.
Appointments are now being taken for the following tax preparation at the Kimball Ridge Center, 2101 Kimball Ave., Waterloo on Monday through Thursday, by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call toll free: 866-469-2211.
Volunteers are trained in completing basic tax forms, understanding changes and updates, including provisions in the tax code that affect the senior population. Trainings are provided in part by IRS and AARP Foundation, sponsors of the tax service. RSVP is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and sponsored locally by Covenant Medical Center.
By Nathaniel Sillin
Take Control of Your Electronic Entertainment Budget
It seems like every few weeks there’s a new “must-watch” movie or show. Competition between traditional and new production companies is driving the wave of high-quality content. I can’t complain, but it’s also hard to keep up. I have an ever-growing list of binge-able things to watch, read and listen to, and in the meantime, I’m paying bills for multiple bills month.
As long as my family’s necessary expenses are covered, spending money on entertainment can be worth it. However, I’ve also noticed that left unmonitored, expenses can slowly grow out of control. I’d rather look for ways to save money and make more meaningful purchases.
Periodically reviewing how much you spend on entertainment, especially electronic entertainment, could be a good place to start.
Take stock of where you currently stand. Find your starting point by making a list of expenses that fall into the category of electronic entertainment. If you don’t have a budget where you can easily look up this information, you can review previous bank statements or connect your accounts to a budgeting app that can automatically pull in your spending history. This might also be a good time to try several budgeting apps and begin using the one you enjoy the most.
Give traditional cable or satellite TV expenses a second look. If you haven’t “cut the cord” – canceled your cable or satellite TV service – now might be time to give the idea some thought. Many alternative, and often cheaper, options have become mainstream, including free and a la carte sports programming. Even premium networks are sold on their own or as inexpensive add-ons to other services.
You may not want to cancel your entire service but after reviewing what you pay for and regularly watch, you might discover that you could be just as happy with a less expensive package.
In either case, regularly calling your service provider and negotiating your rate could save you money. This same tactic could also work with internet service providers.
Consider splitting the cost with someone else. Some subscription entertainment services can be shared with friends or family. A few even offer several tiers of service, or family packages, that let you create profiles and stream from multiple devices at once. Although the price might be higher for a multi-user account, you’ll still save on a per-person basis.
Choose the person or people you share your account with carefully. In some cases, sharing an account with a non-family or household member could be a violation of the terms and conditions, and with some types of accounts, you could be giving the other person access to your debit or credit card number.
Make a list of free resources you can use. Knowing where you can turn to (legally) watch shows and movies, including recent releases, could put you at ease if you’re worried about canceling a service.
You could start by using ad-based websites that legally host movies and shows. While there are commercial breaks throughout the videos, the services are completely free, and some have mobile apps that you can use to start or resume a video while you’re away from home.
As I’m sure you’re aware, there are plenty of free books, CDs and magazines at many libraries. But the library systems are also keeping up with the times. Some let you “check out” audiobooks, movies and shows without having to visit a branch.
Bottom line: Having access to a wide variety of shows, movies and other types of electronic entertainment can be well worth the cost, but don’t let your monthly expenses go unchecked. Between monthly subscription services, Internet and cable you could be paying several thousand dollars a year.
Find a happy medium by canceling services you don’t want anymore and finding ways to save on those you do. You could then use the savings for something more meaningful.
January 23, 2017
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on January 23, 2017. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Kristi Harrill, Mike Johnson Brent Sadler and Chad Van Dyke present. Absent was Council Member Eric Allsup.
Unless otherwise noted, all actions were passed by affirmative and unanimous vote of the council members present.
Moved by Sadler seconded by Johnson to approve the agenda.
Moved by Johnson, Sadler to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following: Minutes of January 9, 2017, disbursements totaling $75,470.13, Fire Rescue Annual Report and Ambulance Report for Q4, 2016.
Museum Board President Angie Hutton presented the MUSEUM UPDATE that included information on utilities usage and attendance for the 2016 season. For the 2017 season the museum will focus on involving the community more in the museum. The theme for the 2017 season will be the 60’s. Displays will revolve around life during that time and will involve students from Union Community Schools.
Moved by Johnson seconded by Van Dyke to approve MUSEUM HOURS FOR 2017. The hours for 2017 will be Tues-Wed 11:00AM – 4:00PM and Thurs 11:00AM – 6:00PM. In addition, the museum will be open from 2:00PM – 5:00PM on the 4th Sunday of each month June thru October for family days and events. The museum season will begin May 2, 2017 and end October 31, 2017.
Mayor Neil announced that the time had arrived for a PUBLIC HEARING ON THE SALE OF CITY PROPERTY. The hearing was to consider sale of the entire alley in Block 10, Railroad Addition lying west of the southerly extension of the East line of Lot 5 of said Block 10. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to open the public hearing. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to receive and place on file proof of publication. Mayor Neil asked if any written comments were received. There were none. The Mayor asked if there were comments from those in attendance. There were none. Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to close the public hearing.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to ADOPT RESOLUTION 17-03 APPROVING SALE OF CITY PROPERTY. The sale involves the entire alley in Block 10, Railroad Addition lying west of the southerly extension of the East line of Lot 5 of said Block 10.
Mike Chingren representing the Festival of Trails Car Show Committee requested permission to produce a 60-90 second audible pyro technique show during the Festival of Trails Car Show on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Moved by Van Dyke, seconded by Johnson to approve the permit.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to APPROVE APPOINTMENTS TO LA PORTE CITY FIRE/RESCUE SERVICE. At the recommendation of the La Porte City Fire Rescue Service officers, Nolan Rolston and Scott Sides were appointed as probationary members of the La Porte City Fire Rescue Service.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to adjourn at 7:26PM.
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk
David Neil, Mayor
City of La Porte City
Claims for 1/23/2017
Adv Syst, Contract 119.55
AFLAC, Ins 56.40
Auditor Of State, Audit Filing Fee 250.00
B&B Lock & Key, Lock Repair 199.00
BH Rental, Scissor Lift Rental 180.25
CECHFP, Fuel 33.10
Center Point Large Print, Books 44.34
The Courier, Sub 352.62
Davison K, Mileage-Supplies 19.51
EBS, Health Ins Admin 130.70
EFTPS, PR Taxes 4,457.09
Farmers State Bank, VISA 2,045.09
Dept Of Pub Safety, Q1-17 Billing 402.00
Iowa Prison Industries, Signs 140.25
IPERS, Pension 7,662.41
LPC Printing, Posters 9.90
LPC Telephone, Phone & Internet 798.66
LPC Utilities, Utilities 3,278.68
LPC Motor Supply, Battery 25.37
Maquoketa Pub Lib, Postage 24.74
Menards, Shop Light And Parts 265.69
Midwest Breathing, Qtrly Air Test 161.30
Monkeytown, Staples & Copy Paper 143.03
Bergankdv, Contract Hours 3,359.99
US Postmaster, Stamps 19.60
Rockets Bakery, Cookies 32.00
Schumacher Elevator, Qtrly Maint 265.17
Teamsters, Union Dues 85.50
IA Treas, PR Taxes 2,128.63
Unity Point Clinic, Membership 50.00
US Cellular, Cell Service 149.15
USA Bluebook, Parts 178.13
Van Meter, Light & For Pw Bldg 859.34
Varsity Cleaners, Cleaning 145.20
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 10,330.19
Total General 38,402.58
Road Use Tax Fund
Allen Occupational Health, Testing 62.00
BMC Aggregates, Concrete Sand 453.76
CECHFP, Fuel 2,002.31
Don’s Truck Sales, Purge Valve Kit 93.72
EFTPS, PR Taxes 895.38
Farmers State Bank, VISA 239.98
IPERS, Pension 1,015.39
LPC Motor Supply, Battery 120.39
Powerplan, Seal Kit 67.42
Teamsters, Union Dues 19.47
IA Treas, PR Taxes 321.06
Weber, J,-Pallet Racks 460.00
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 2.99
Total Road Use Tax 5,753.87
DTR CDBG Grant Fund
Martin Gardner Facade Admin 703.75
Total DTR CDBG Grant 703.75
CECHFP, Fuel 99.35
EBS, Health Ins Admin 26.14
EFTPS, PR Taxes 413.34
IPERS, Pension 570.31
LPC Telephone, Phone & Internet 91.97
LPC Utilities, Utilities 3,482.45
LPC Motor Supply, Battery 86.81
Menards, Shop Light And Parts 107.69
Motorhead Mayhem, Repair 255.07
Teamsters, Union Dues 1.53
Test America Inc, Testing 660.45
IA Treas, PR Taxes 632.31
US Cellular, Cell Service 37.40
USA Bluebook, Parts 598.60
Weber J, New Pallet Racks 460.00
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 2,286.64
Total Sewer 9,810.06
Covenant Clinic, Immunization 138.00
EFTPS, PR Taxes 100.90
EMS Learning, Provider Cards 26.00
IPERS, Pension 142.46
LPC Telephone, Phone & Internet 122.33
LPC Utilities, Utilities 164.56
LPC Motor Supply, Battery 25.37
US Postmaster, Stamps 49.00
Superior Welding, Oxygen 24.25
IA Treas, PR Taxes 36.00
US Cellular, Cell Service 29.89
Varsity Cleaners, Uniform Cleaning 33.00
Wellmark Of Iowa, Health Ins 1,837.50
Total Ambulance 2,729.26
Total Accounts Payable 57,399.52
Total Payroll 18,070.61
Report Total 75,470.13
Road Use Tax 8,231.33
DTR CDBG Grant 703.75
Grand Total 75,470.13