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BHC Board of Supervisors Proceedings – September 6, 2016

 Waterloo, Iowa September 6, 2016
The Board of Supervisors of the County of Black Hawk, in the State of Iowa, met in regular adjourned meeting at the Courthouse in Waterloo, County Seat of said County, at nine o’clock (9:00) a.m., pursuant to law, to the rules of said Board, and to adjournment. The meeting was called to order and on roll call there were present: Linda Laylin, Chair; Tom Little, Frank Magsamen, John Miller and Craig White.
Absent: None.
Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously.
Moved by Miller, seconded by White that the AGENDA be received and place on file with the County Auditor as approved. Motion carried.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
The Board of Supervisors acknowledged the following employees for years of service: Sandra Frohwein of the Health Department for twenty years; Mike Hendrickson of Conservation, Brett Klemp of the Engineer’s Department and Shirley Johnson of Country View for twenty-five years; and Lois Matt of the Treasurer’ Office for forty years.
Little moved the following resolution seconded by Magsamen.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Black Hawk County, that the Board of Supervisors APPROVE EXPENDITURES, and that the County Auditor be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlement of such claims as allowed:
GENERAL BASIC FUND
FORD JILL S, svc $377.50
HERNANDEZ , JASON, svc $350.00
INTERSTATE ALL BATTERY CTR, eq
$608.40
JLL EXTENDED STAY APTS, rent
$237.50
JUNKER RENTALS, rent $250.00
MAIL SVCS, svc $3,902.47
MATT PARROTT/STOREY KENWORTHY,
supl $319.65
MENARDS WLOO, eq $82.36
OFFICE CONCEPTS LTD, supl $650.00
OWL INVESTMENTS , rent $225.00
P&K MIDWEST, prts/lbr $244.98
PHOTO PRO, eq $80.04
PTS OF AMERICA , svc $2,265.90
RITE PRICE OFFICE SUPL INC, supl
$1,164.97
SANDEES LTD, supl $56.80
SHAHNAZ CORP, rent $200.00
SHOFF, MEAGAN M, svc $805.00
SLED SHED, eq $11.07
SPIN U TECH, svc $150.00
T&C CLEANING INC, svc $19,166.66
WD INVESTMENTS, rent $525.00
RAMIREZ BOBBI, mil $106.86
COUNTRY VIEW, ipers $489.31
AFSCME IOWA COUNCIL 61, oth pay
$696.16
BHC LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOC,
oth pay $465.00
COMMUNITY HLTH CHARITIES IA,
oth pay $47.50
IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 81, oth pay
$628.48
LEGALSHIELD, oth pay $211.45
MADISON NATL LIFE INS, ins $53.80
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$4,532.50
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$722.50
PECU, oth pay $24,955.61
5K PROPERTIES, rent $200.00
ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC, svc
$1,204.75
APCO INTERNATIONAL INC, educ
$439.00
AT&T, svc $137.96
BRASE , ALAN, rent $250.00
BURLINGTON TRAILWAYS, svc $93.00
C&S REAL ESTATE, rent $225.00
CF UTILITIES, util $50.00
CHRISTOPHERSON RENTALS, rent
$200.00
COUNTRY TERRACE, rent $225.00
COURIER, publ $652.97
COVENANT MED CTR, svc $400.00
DENTON, WILLIE, rent $200.00
DOLLYS RENTAL, rent $225.00
ELECTRONIC STORAGE CORP, maint
$2,700.00
FIVE SEASONS MOBILE HOME, rent
$200.00
GALLAGHER JORDAN, reimb $2,648.74
GLAXOSMITHKLINE, supl $400.10
GOODIN, JULIA, svc $675.00
GRANDVIEW PROPERTIES, rent
$475.00
GROTE, ALLEN, rent $200.00
HERSHEY CHELSEY, reimb $478.16
HOLIDAY INN DES MOINES AIRPORT,
room $110.88
U OF IA, educ $48.00
JAYTECH INC, svc $1,285.27
JOHNSON REPORTING SVCS LTD,
svc $204.50
LUTGEN GARY, svc $261.55
MARTINS FLAG CO INC, supl $441.90
METRO INVESTMENTS , rent $475.00
MID AMERICAN ENERGY, util $130.42
MID AMERICAN ENERGY/SPEC ACCT,
util $2,044.41
MIDWEST GANG INVESTIGATORS ASSOC, educ $75.00
MOTEL 6, room $135.00
OVERHEAD DOOR CO OF WLOO INC,
eq rpr $87.00
PETTIT, PAUL, rent $200.00
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SVCS, svc
$30,285.22
QUALITY CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION,
rent $450.00
RAMADA HOTEL & CONVENTION CTR,
svc $123.20
RUSSELL LAMSON LTD PARTNERSHIP,
rent $400.00
SECURITAS SECURITY SVCS USA INC,
svc $3,912.88
SIRES, LEVI, rent $200.00
THOMPSON PROPERTY MGMT, rent
$300.00
TR COURT REPORTERS, svc $201.20
ULTRAMAX, supl $14,388.00
UNITY SQ TOWNHOUSES, rent $225.00
VAN WYNGARDEN & ABRAHAMSON INC, svc $267.35
VISA, misc $17.74
WALTEMEYER GENE, rent $250.00
WLOO WATER WORKS, wtr $6,345.39
WLOO WATER WORKS, wtr $378.38
WERTJES UNIFORMS, supl $782.98
WEST PAYMENT CTR, svc $1,335.12
WOLFCOM ENTERPRISES, eq $833.96
CASS CHRISTOPHER, reimb $165.79
DEWITT GABRIELLE, mil $36.66
ROUSE LORRIE, rent $200.00
VEEDER KIM, educ $375.10
ADOLFS, RICHARD, ref $32.50
AREA AMBULANCE SVC, svc $207.92
PORTER, JOHN, ref $65.00
YOUNT, MARIANNE, ref $50.00
MCCUNNIFF, DON, rent $250.00
IA LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY,
educ $50.00
COLLECTION SVC CTR, oth pay
$894.99
IRS, fed pay $68,337.96
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $27,893.54
SSA, fica $98,051.96
BHC TREASURER, oth pay $37.50
CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY, oth pay
$122.50
ACTION TARGET INC, maint $2,200.00
ANGEL CHARLES L, svc $250.00
B&B LOCK & KEY INC, eq $15.52
BAUER BUILT TIRE, svc $707.34
BICKLEY, MARK, svc $300.00
CBM MANAGED SVCS, food $18,507.24
CDW GOVERNMENT INC, supl $50.72
CENTRAL IA WATER ASSOC, wtr
$164.92
DATA BUSINESS EQUIP INC, supl
$66.43
GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL FUND
LUTHERAN SVCS OF IA, svc $1,260.72
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$250.00
PARRISH LAW FIRM, svc $1,232.50
IRS, fed pay $451.89
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $248.41
SSA, fica, $1,042.38
COUNTY SERVICES FUND
BAILEY JACKIE, misc $257.60
DOWELL KAREN, reimb $490.66
IUPAT DISTRICT COUNCIL 81, oth pay
$21.03
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$165.00
PECU, oth pay $25.00
IRS, fed pay $2,009.27
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $876.66
SSA, fica $2,889.26
CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY, oth pay
$13.00
RURAL BASIC FUND
BHC LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOC,
oth pay $95.00
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$325.00
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$100.00
PECU, oth pay $2,900.00
IRS, fed pay $4,984.05
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $1,969.85
SSA, fica $6,835.16
SECONDARY ROADS FUND
G&K SERVICES, svc $57.40
HANCOCK CONCRETE PRODUCTS,
svc $15,644.52
MENARDS CF, supl $243.12
SCOTS SUPL CO INC, supl $31.05
SCOTT VAN KEPPEL, eq $3,345.74
LEGALSHIELD, oth pay $15.75
MADISON NATL LIFE INS, ins $25.60
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$380.00
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$25.00
PECU, oth pay $2,866.50
A LINE STRIPING & SWEEPING, svc
$800.00
BBE PRO / MAC TOOLS, eq $7.98
CAMPBELL SUPL WLOO, supl $32.67
CINTAS FIRST AID & SAFETY, supl
$55.25
SWARTZROCK IMPL CO – CNH CAPITAL,
eq $1,300.60
DEIKE IMPLEMENT CO, prts $322.88
DONS TRUCK SALES INC, eq $155.82
ELECTRICAL ENG & EQUIP CO, prts
$118.33
FERTILIZER DEALER SUL, prts $61.99
FIFTH ST TIRE INC, supl $7.26
GIERKE ROBINSON CO, eq rent
$176.55
LPC UTILITIES, util $244.70
MEDIACOM, svc $129.95
MID AMERICAN ENERGY, util $83.57
MIDWEST WHEEL COS, eq $568.16
MITCHELL1, svc $207.88
NORTHERN IA CONSTRUCTION, svc
$5,863.80
OSBORN , DENNIS & NANCY, misc
$3,900.00
SADLER POWER TRAIN INC, eq
$137.23
STANTEC CONSULTING SVCS INC,
svc $4,029.80
STAR EQUIPMENT LTD, eq $87.68
STOKES WELDING, prts $143.95
VERIZON WIRELESS, svc $835.44
DLT SOLUTIONS INC, eq $2,781.33
IRS, fed pay $8,233.13
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $3,608.06
SSA, fica $11,936.40
CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY, oth pay
$12.00
ANTON SALES, supl $62.78
BLACK HILLS ENERGY, fuel $30.52
BMC AGGREGATES , supl $17,447.21
CEDAR VALLEY AUTO GLASS INC,
eq rpr $455.00
CENTRAL IA WATER ASSOC, wtr $45.20
DAN DEERY MOTOR CO INC, prts
$109.26
RECORDER’S RECORD MGT FUND
COTT SYSTEMS, supl $3,695.00
JAIL COMMISSARY FUND
KEEFE SUPL CO, supl $2,075.56
MCKEE FOODS, food $120.54
LABSOURCE INC, supl $1,743.00
IRS, fed pay $80.70
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $21.30
SSA, fica $154.38
RURAL WATER FUND
WLOO WATER WORKS, svc $387.60
RURAL SEWER FUND
URBAN SVCS, svc $1,045.00
IOWA ONE CALL, svc $31.60
CEDAR VALLEY PUMP , eq rpr
$3,448.38
INSURANCE TRUST FUND
DELTA DENTAL PLAN OF IA, ins
$31,318.24
NAVITUS HEALTH SOLUTIONS, ins
$26,203.35
PREFERRED ONE INS CO, ins
$105,841.93
SELF-INSUR/LIAB,PROP ETC FUND
IA COMMUNITIES ASSURANCE POOL,
svc $6,434.65
FLEXIBLE SPENDING FUND
ADVANTAGE ADMINISTRATORS, flx sp
$6,683.32
SOLID WASTE ADMIN FUND
MADISON NATL LIFE INS, ins $24.81
IRS, fed pay $475.63
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $215.64
SSA, fica $601.88
E911 SERVICE COMMISSION FUND
WINDSTREAM IA COMMUNICATIONS,
tel $154.07
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FUND
ELERT AND ASSOCIATES, svc
$5,670.08
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$50.00
IA EMERGENCY MGMT ASSOC, supl
$45.00
US BANK, misc $5.35
IRS, fed pay $383.01
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $156.46
SSA, fica $527.82
BHC SHERIFF, oth pay $230.58
COUNTY ASSESSOR FUND
JOHNSON , TARA, reimb $17.28
LEGALSHIELD, oth pay $57.20
MADISON NATL LIFE INS, ins $24.36
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$1,295.00
NATIONWIDE RETIREMENT, def com
$145.00
PECU, oth pay $1,653.00
IA STATE ASSOC OF ASSESSORS,
educ $975.00
VISA, supl $348.60
DVORAK MICHAEL C, mil $27.54
IRS, fed pay $2,363.22
IA DEPT OF REV, state pay $1,065.04
SSA, fica $3,815.30
CEDAR VALLEY UNITED WAY, oth pay
$2.00
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
Magsamen moved the following resolution seconded by White.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Black Hawk County, that the Board of Supervisors APPROVE EXPENDITURES, and that Country View Care Facility be authorized and directed to ISSUE CHECKS, against the various settlements of such claims as allowed:
COUNTRY VIEW ENTERPRISE FUND
AABLE PEST CONTROL INC, svc
$415.50
ACCESSIBLE MED IA, svc $8,110.25
ANDERSON ERICKSON DAIRY, food
$767.14
ARTISAN CEILING SYSTEMS , supl
$283.98
B&B LOCK & KEY, supl $45.00
BHC TREASURER, svc $6,995.71
CBS STAFFING , svc $356.26
COURIER COMMUNICATIONS, svc
$659.00
DENNIS COLEMAN, mile $69.42
DIRECTV, util $503.39
EARTHGRAINS BAKING CO, food
$417.60
IA DIV OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS,
svc $500.00
LTC RESOURCES , svc $1,063.68
MARTIN BROS, food/supl $9,698.99
MARY LEONARD, mile $5.85
MIDAMERICAN ENERGY CO, util
$10,322.42
NUCARA HOME MEDICAL, supl
$1,572.00
WLOO WATER WORKS, util $1,703.77
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
RECEIVE PROJECT UPDATES FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS/ELECTED OFFICIALS. Health Department Interim Director Tom O’Rourke introduced the new director of the department, Dr. Nafissa Egbuonye. He described her extensive educational and field background, which includes research in Jamaica on mosquitoes and research on HIV.
County Engineer Cathy Nicholas gave an update on summer of 2016 projects. Projects completed by the county bridge crew: The East Airline Highway bridge project replaced a 60-foot bridge built in 1957 with a 40-foot bridge. The Marquis Road bridge project replaced a 35-foot bridge built in 1948 with a 35-foot bridge. (It is shared with Bremer County but is Black Hawk County’s responsibility.) She experimented with hiring Emerson Crane to install the beams, since they can use one crane while the county needs to use two, and she found that they could realize efficiencies. She contracted with Ricklefs Excavating of Anamosa for the Burton Road bridge project for $96,979.50. The bridge was built in 1944 and rebuilt in 1976. The late start date for that project was August 29. The bridge will be replaced by a box culvert because using a crane at the site is hazardous due to power lines on both sides of the road. The Kimball Avenue resurfacing by Aspro cost $1,033,433.55, which was 6% under contract. She expects that using the cold in place recycle (CIPR) process will lead to less reflective cracking in the early life of the pavement.
Nicholas updated the Wagner and Dunkerton Roads Intersection Investigation. Data shows that nine of the eleven crashes that occurred there in the last ten years (with one fatality) were recorded as “ran stop sign” or “failure to yield right of way from stop sign.” Six of the eleven occurred in April or May, and none of them were between November and March, so winter weather is not a factor. There was no common time of day for the crashes. Seven of the eleven crashes involved traffic southbound on Wagner Road and westbound on Dunkerton Road. The intersection doesn’t have crops in the corners, so sightlines are not obstructed. Light-emitting diode (LED) lights on the stop signs were installed about five years ago, there are rumble strips and “Stop Ahead” signs in place. The investigation team, which included state and local officials, suggested increasing the size of signage, installing LED lights on the Stop Ahead signs, erecting intersection warning signs on Wagner Road (which does not stop), considering a roundabout, and focusing stopping and speeding enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office for an extended period. Magsamen asked if some of the accidents involved vehicles not stopping at all at the stop signs. Nicholas said that in several cases no skid marks were observed, and that in rural Iowa there are individuals who do not stop for stop signs.
Nicholas said that there will be a ribbon-cutting at the new C57/US218 interchange at 2:30 pm on September 15. The public is invited and there will be light refreshments.
Magsamen said that he would like to see an update of the condition of bridges report that was required by the legislature in 2015. He wanted to see Black Hawk County’s progress compared to other counties. Nicholas said she would prepare an updated report.
Moved by Little , seconded by White that the MINUTES of the Board Meeting held August 30, 2016 be and are hereby approved as submitted. Motion carried.
CONSENT AGENDA
White moved the following RESOLUTION seconded by Magsamen.
A. TO APPROVE, RECEIVE, PLACE ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY AUDITOR
1. The Board of Supervisors APPROVE INTERGOVERNMENTAL JOURNAL ENTRIES, and that the County Auditor be authorized and directed to TRANSFER monies within the various funds as submitted.
Transfer from Fund Amount Transfer to Fund Amount
EMERGENCY MGMT 65,922.00 GENERAL BASIC 65,922.00
EMERGENCY MGMT 30,258.00 GENERAL SUPPLEMENTAL 30,258.00
B. TO RECEIVE AND PLACE ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY AUDITOR
1. The MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN (MMP) update submitted by Jim Thoma d/b/a Jim Thoma Facility ID #67422 located in Fox Township, Section fifteen (15) in Black Hawk County pursuant to 567 Iowa Administrative Code §455B.
2. The MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN (MMP) update submitted by Chad Even d/b/a Chad Even Facility ID #65432 located in Fox Township, Section twenty-eight (28) in Black Hawk County pursuant to 567 Iowa Administrative Code §455B.
3. The MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN (MMP) update submitted by Degener-Juhl Farm Partnership LLP d/b/a Degener –Juhl #6A ID #67904 located in Grant Township, Section thirty-six (36) in Grundy County with application in Black Hawk County pursuant to 567 Iowa Administrative Code §455B.
4. The MANURE MANAGEMENT PLAN (MMP) update submitted by Gary Thede d/b/a Gary Thede ID #58854 located in Grant Township, Section two (2) in Tama County with application in Black Hawk County pursuant to 567 Iowa Administrative Code §455B.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
CONSENT AGENDA ENDS
Little moved the following resolution seconded by Magsamen.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the CONTRACT between Black Hawk County and Quality Striping, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa (bid opening August 5, 2016) for pavement markings at various locations in Black Hawk County in the total amount of $39,017.60 (late Start Date: October 14, 2016; liquidated Damages: $100 per day) be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same and to receive and place on file the Contractor’s Bond and Certificate of Insurance as recommended by Catherine Nicholas, County Engineer.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
Magsamen moved the following resolution seconded by White.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED to RESCIND the Property Tax Grant for Black Hawk County Active Duty Military Personnel policy.
Susan Deaton said the 2004 policy appropriated $50,000, of which about $49,000 was used, the last time being in 2014.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
Little moved the following resolution seconded by Miller.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the ACKNOWLEDGMENT/SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT between a Tobacco Retailer Permitee and Black Hawk County for a first violation of Iowa Code §453.A2(1), pursuant to Iowa Code §453A.22(2)(a), be approved and direct the Chair to sign for same and be placed on file with the County Auditor.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
White moved the following resolution seconded by Magsamen.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the SUSPENSION requested by Diana Olinger on taxes owed for 2016/2017 installments in the amount of $1,544 for Parcel #8913-28-204-005 be approved pursuant to §427.8 of the Code of Iowa and the Treasurer be authorized and directed to adjust her records accordingly.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
White moved the following resolution seconded by Magsamen.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the SUSPENSION requested by Judith I. Hoffert on taxes owed for 2016/2017 installments in the amount of $1,364 for Parcel #8913-32-426-007 be approved pursuant to §427.8 of the Code of Iowa and the Treasurer be authorized and directed to adjust her records accordingly.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
Little moved the following resolution seconded by Miller.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the SUSPENSION requested by Jason N. Magee on taxes owed for 2016/2017 installments in the amount of $3,146 for Parcel #8913-35-406-018 be approved pursuant to §427.8 of the Code of Iowa and the Treasurer be authorized and directed to adjust her records accordingly.
AYES: Little, Magsamen, Miller, White, Laylin.
NAYS: None. Resolution adopted.
Moved by White, seconded by Magsamen that the minutes from the August 30, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting be AMENDED to state the following: BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED to approve CHANGE ORDER #2 received from Murphy Tower Service, LLC, Carlisle, Iowa in the amount of $10,500 for the removal of footings and backfill at the Cedar Falls radio tower site and direct the Chair to sign for same as recommended by the Black Hawk Count E911 Service Board. Motion carried.
ANY REPORTS OR INFORMATION FROM THE BOARD. White said a Vietnam War veterans 45-hour vigil will start at 3pm on September 30.
WORK SESSION – Black Hawk County Lean Initiative Plan. Amanda Fesenmeyer, Lean Coordinator, reviewed the responses to a questionnaire taken by the Board of Supervisors regarding the viability of a Lean program at Black Hawk County. The consensus was that it is an important initiative, that it should be implemented countywide as opposed to individual departments, and the county should build internal capacity rather than using outside resources. Possible obstacles identified: Leadership buy-in, attitudes toward change, time and funding. Fesenmeyer outlined a five-year timeline of goals, including building support among department heads and elected officials, education, Kaizen events, developing and implementing a Lean facilitator training program, and sustaining Lean practices.
Little said that the 5S program should be on the county’s intranet for employees to review so that they would be better prepared for Kaizen training. He said the private and public sectors are different and Black Hawk should learn from other governmental experiences. Fesenmeyer said that the State of Iowa has developed a good public sector model. Magsamen said that he supports the idea, and that having staff prepared to enter into a Lean event is a crucial step. Fesenmeyer and Conservation Director Vern Fish talked about the 5S project that was undertaken by Conservation and said it was successful. Fesenmeyer said that it is important that the changes in procedures and behavior come from the staff that performs the department’s work, not the managers. White said that change is difficult but it is taking place in some departments already. Laylin noted that a Kaizen pilot is scheduled for next week and she looked forward to hearing a report on it.
On motion and vote the meeting adjourned.
Linda Laylin, Chair, Board of Supervisors Grant Veeder, County Auditor

Enter Keep Iowa Beautiful’s Photography Contest

  Maybe you have already taken a photo of your favorite place in Iowa. If you have not, grab your camera and take that shot and enter it in Keep Iowa Beautiful’s 7th Photography Contest aimed at raising awareness of Iowa’s beauty. This photo contest offers both amateur and experienced photographers an opportunity to tell Iowa’s story in a fun, engaging way.
“This is a great way for ‘Iowa lovers’ to share what they like about rural and urban Iowa,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director. “First place will receive $50, second place $25. Both will receive a one-year subscription to Pioneer Communication’s The Iowan Magazine.”
The deadline is December 23, 2016 and entries must be submitted as high resolution JPEG electronically to bjackson@keepiowabeautiful.com. $5 entry fee, contest rules and payment can be made at www.keepiowabeautiful.com/media/photography-content
Keep Iowa Beautiful empowers Iowans to bring cultural and economic vitality into communities through improvement and enhancement programs. By working directly with Iowa communities, corporations and private citizens, KIB is building new citizen pride in caring for Iowa. KIB wants to learn what resonates with Iowans based on the photographs they share through this photography contest. Photos and winner’s names will be posted on the KIB website and featured in the KIB Newsletter.

Evening HIV Testing Clinics in September

  The Black Hawk County Health Department will be providing free HIV testing on Wednesday evenings through the month of September, 2016 for persons who meet eligibility criteria. If left untreated, HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) can lead to the disease AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) which can be fatal. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested.
The FREE evening HIV clinic is open from 5:30-7:30 PM on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. Test results are available before you leave and confidential counseling and referral is provided for those who need it.
The Wednesday evening HIV clinics are in addition to the regular Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) and HIV testing held every Thursday at the Health Department. Appointments are encouraged for regular clinic days. The Black Hawk County Health Department is located on the 5th Floor of the Pinecrest Building, 1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo.
Additional information and eligibility criteria for free HIV testing is available at www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/258/Health-Department.

Meditations – September 14, 2016

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 By Rev. Rose M. Blank   St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City

“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory about the heavens… When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the starts that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet…. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
These words from Psalm 8 remind us of the wonder and glory of God and God’s creation. As people of God we are charged with caring for this earth we call home, not to misuse it selfishly for our own purposes only. One of the groups I belong to just finished doing a study on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si—Praise Be to You: On Care for Our Common Home. In this document, the Pope addresses the issues of climate change, water quality, inequality that affects the poor of this world. He invites us to be in touch with the wonder of creation, the mystery of all that is our universe as well as how our current lifestyles impact the wellness of the earth and its resources. The Pope encourages a dialogue between groups as a way to address the larger concerns that affect us all.
In his last chapter, “Ecological Education and Spirituality,” he invites us “towards a new lifestyle”– to look at what we consume and why, to understand that we are all part of the larger human community and to move “to a more passionate concern for the protection of our world.” (P. 216) He compares the growing deserts in the world to the growing ‘internal deserts’ – the emptiness we experience in our spirits that we feel compelled to buy, buy, buy. This mentality only adds to the stress on the earth’s resources. His premise is, “Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little.” (P. 222) Being content with less frees us from the tyranny of things. It frees us to find joy and satisfaction through serving others, through spending time in the natural world, through prayer for others and through using our God-given gifts for the sake of the world.
Living into this mindset is a challenge in today’s world to be sure. It takes support from one another, openness of spirit as we dialogue about the issues and concerns that are before us and willingness to allow the Spirit of God to transform us. As we spend time reflecting on the wonder and beauty of this creation we have been given, may we hear God’s call to care for it in ways that bring glory to our Gracious Creator.

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Hawkins’ Happenings – September 14, 2016

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 By Jolene Kronschnabel, Library Director\

Yeehaw! Story Time visits the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum at 10:30 AM on Thursday, September 15. Dress your preschooler in western wear and read cowboy stories, check out the cowboy display, and take part in cowboy activities.
Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling observed on Friday, September 16. Borrow your eBooks and eAudiobooks from the library through the BRIDGES program, Iowa’s eLibrary. Click the BRIDGES link on our website www.laportecity.lib.ia.us, and browse the BRIDGES library. E-Books and eAudiobooks are loaned for two weeks at no cost to you.
We would love to have you join us at Color and Connect on Tuesday, September 20, from 6 to 8 PM. The library has the supplies needed for adults to get together and color!
The Jungle Book shows on Wednesday, September 21, at 1:15 PM. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo. Rated PG, adventure/drama/family, plays 106 minutes.
Story Time children will be reading books and doing fall activities on Thursday, September 22, at Preschool Story Time. Come at 10:30 AM for autumn entertainment.
Hawkins Handcrafters meets on Thursday, September 22, from 1-3 PM. There is show and tell, conversation, progressing projects, and help available.
The Drifting Cowboy by Will James, is the September 26, Book Club selection. First published in 1925, the seven stories collected here revolve around the adventures of a lanky cowboy named Bill. Stop at the library to get the book.
Available on the catalog page on our library website is EBSCOhost. This database provides nearly 1,700 periodicals dating as far back as 1975, a Small Business Reference Center, and Explora for primary schools, public Libraries and the Educator’s Edition. This is a great source for extra information and research.

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