Tag: 070815

Council Meeting Moved to Community Center

Monday’s City Council meeting has been tentatively moved to the La Porte City Community Center, in part to reconsider a change in zoning of a parcel of land on the north edge of town adjacent to the Anton Addition. The issue first came before the Council last month, when a public hearing was held to address a request to change the zoning classification of the property from residential (R-1) to commercial (C-2). Prior to the hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission made a recommendation that the Council deny the request. If approved, plans would call for the construction of a new Dollar General store at that location.
Proponents of the change cite the benefits of increasing La Porte City’s tax base, along with bringing a new business and jobs to the community.
Those opposed expressed concerns about the business’ close proximity to some of the homes in the Anton Addition, increased vehicle traffic in the area, potential issues related to water runoff and the possible harm a dollar store could cause for existing retail stores in La Porte City.
At the conclusion of the June 8 public hearing, the ordinance was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with council members Eric Allsup, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler against the measure, while Todd Butler and Sarah Craft voted in favor of it.
The issue was brought back to the Council on June 22 by Sadler, who expressed a desire to give the matter more consideration. Under City Council rules, a motion to reconsider a prior vote can only be made by a member on the prevailing side of the original vote.
Before an ordinance typically becomes law, three separate readings must be passed by a majority of the City Council, unless its members vote to suspend the rule requiring them. Council rules also require a super majority of its members, at least four out of five, to approve an ordinance for a zoning change that is in conflict with the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Monday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.

Hawkins’ Happenings – July 8, 2015

By Jolene Kronschnabel
The 1:15 PM movie on Wednesday, July 8, is An American Tail, Fievel Goes West. A family of émigre mice decides to move west, unaware that they are falling into a trap perpetrated by a smooth talking cat.
Hawkins Handcrafters meets from 1 to 3 PM, on Thursday, July 9. Please join us.
Kids can get creative making superhero projects any time between 1 and 5 PM on Friday July 10. Make a superhero cape, fireman hats, a Spiderman figure or superhero bracelets.
You will witness animals doing some amazing things – just like superheroes, with the Blank Park Zoo on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 PM. This is our second Summer Reading Program.
The animated movie Green Lantern, Emerald Knights plays Wednesday, July 15, at 1:15 PM. As the home planet of the Green Lantern Corps faces a battle with an ancient enemy, Hal Jordan prepares new recruit Arisia for the coming.
Summer Reading crafts are Friday, July 17. Between 1 and 5 PM superheroes can create masks, a Captain America figure and shield, and write and color hero poster stories.
Build, build, and build some more at LEGORAMA on Monday, July 20. The LEGO program is from 2 to 3:30 PM, and all ages are welcome.
Summer Reading Program number three is Police Heroes. The local Police Department is teaching bike safety, showing equipment and a police car, fingerprinting, and more, in this hero session at 6 PM on Tuesday, July 21.
The Incredibles shows on Wednesday, July 22, at 1:15 PM. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
The library is asking for donations of basic chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, rice crispy bars, and plain brownies for our Ragbrai bake sale on Thursday, July 23. Recipes are available at the library if needed.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – July 8, 2015

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Beatrice is a well-mannered dog looking for her new home. Beatrice is about three years old, and we believe she’s an American Bulldog mix. Beatrice loves attention, and she loves to hang her tongue out of her mouth when she’s happy. Her fur is white with brown spots. While at the Cedar Bend Humane Society, Beatrice has gotten along well with other dogs and with cats. However, if you do have another dog, we would like Beatrice to meet him/her first. Beatrice is current on vaccinations. She is microchipped, heartworm tested, and started on flea/tick prevention.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com – www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Classifieds – July 8, 2015

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Union Community School is accepting sealed bids for the sale of 1995 Chevy Van –135,011 miles (approx.).
Sold as is, and may be seen at the La Porte City Bus Barn. Bids will be accepted in the District Office located at 200 Adams, La Porte City until noon on July 13, 2015. Board may accept or deny any or all bids. Contact Michael Stanford, Transportation Director, at 319-269-6942 for any questions. 26-2-c
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Practical Money Matters – July 8, 2015

By Jason Alderman
What To Do If Someone Files A False Tax Return in Your Name
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing fraud issues at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Online thieves have been capturing Social Security numbers and other tax filing data to file fraudulent returns, principally for the purpose of stealing refunds.
Just this past tax season, TurboTax, the leading tax preparation software company, had to stop transmitting state tax returns and introduce new safeguards after a run of suspicious returns.
In terms of damage, tax identity theft is really no different than any other form of identity theft. Thieves illegally obtain your Social Security number through online or other resources and then go to work on your finances and reputation. The first you’ll see of it will be on your credit report in the form of unfamiliar (and likely unpaid) accounts or unusual credit inquiries from employers or agencies you’ve never contacted. The problem may take months or years to straighten out.
Hearing about a false tax return might take time. Many taxpayers find out they’ve been hacked via a physical letter from the U.S. Postal Service – the IRS never sends (www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing) taxpayer-specific correspondence via email –indicating that a duplicate return has been filed in the taxpayer’s name. That means a significant amount of time might have passed between the hack and the taxpayer learning about the problem. Electronic filers might find out sooner because their return might bounce if a fraudulent one was successfully filed earlier.
Recent reports quote the IRS as saying it tries to settle such cases within 4-6 months, but news reports have indicated wait times might be longer. This is why anyone dealing with identity theft needs to move fast and be actively involved in containing the damage. Regulators can’t do it for you and advertised services that say they can handle everything probably won’t. You’ll need to investigate and clean up your own records.
If you’ve been hit, first go to the identity theft action pages on both the Federal Trade Commission (www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0008-tax-related-identity-theft) and the IRS (www.irs.gov/Individuals/Identity-Protection) websites for immediate ways to deal with the problem. Start with the following immediate steps:
Order your current credit reports and set a fraud alert on each at the three major consumer credit rating agencies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Follow up to make sure those alerts are active.
Set up a physical or computer-based file where you can organize, date and file all contacts, communications and paperwork associated with your case and keep track of any fraudulent transactions that occur.
Create an identity theft report (www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0277-create-identity-theft-report) with the FTC and your local police department. This will help you document your contacts with regulators and law enforcement if there is an arrest.
Make a call list for all creditors, banks, investment companies, utilities and your employer to let them know about the breach. If you work with qualified financial and tax experts, inform them too. If you’ve spotted fraudulent accounts, contact those entities to put a freeze on them and thereby limit potential losses.
Finally, schedule receipt throughout the year of your three credit reports, which you can receive free once a year.
Bottom line: Anywhere your Social Security number goes, identity thieves follow – this tax filing season proved that. Safeguard your data and check your credit reports several times a year for irregularities.


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