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Senator Joni Ernst Seeking College Interns for DC Assignment

  U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) announced that her office is seeking Iowa college students and recent graduates for internship opportunities in her Washington, D.C. and Iowa offices for the spring 2017 semester.
“An internship in our Iowa or Washington, D.C. offices is a great opportunity to get firsthand experience in public policy, communications, and constituent services,” said Senator Ernst. “I encourage young Iowans who are interested in serving the great State of Iowa to consider applying for our spring internship program.”
Interns will have the opportunity to experience a wide-range of responsibilities. In the Iowa offices, interns will assist constituents and attend local events. In the Washington, D.C. office, interns will learn about the legislative process, give tours of the U.S. Capitol and help with constituent services.
Applications for fall and spring semester internships are reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted to Ernst_Internships@Ernst.Senate.Gov. For student/parent questions, please contact Tyler Brown at Tyler_Brown@Ernst.Senate.Gov. All media inquiries should be directed to Press@Ernst.Senate.Gov.
Senator Ernst was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Senator Ernst serves on four Senate committees: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Chamber Chocolate Walk is Oct. 27

Chocolate lovers unite for the love of everything chocolate at La Porte City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chocolate Walk on Thursday, October 27. Businesses in La Porte City will be offering chocolate treats from 5:30-8:00 PM. Stroll from business to business, enjoying a wide variety of decadent treats.
The Chocolate Walk has two starting locations. Walkers may begin at The Getaway Bar & Grill, 106 Commercial St. or Funky Monkey Vintage Finds, 308 Hwy. 218 N., where, for $2/adult, $1/kids 12 & under), they will pick up a punch card, bag and list of participating businesses. The Chocolate Walk will end at the FFA Historical & Ag Museum, 408 Main Street, where the Grand Prize Drawing will be held at 8:15 PM.
In addition to a tremendous variety of sweet treats, the Chocolate Walk is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the goods and services local businesses have to offer. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Youth Wrestling Open House Nov. 1

The Knights Wrestling Club will host an open gym for all K-12 students and parents interested in wrestling on Tuesday, November 1. The open house will run from 7-8:15 PM in the Union High School main gym.
Youth wrestling practice (grades K-6) will begin on Tuesday, November 8th from 5:45-7:15 PM. The youth season take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays through February 14th.
For additional information and updates on the Knights Wrestling Club contact Bart Mehlert by phone (319-231-3298) or e-mail (bart_personified@hotmail.com). Be sure to like “Knights Wrestling Club” on Facebook for information and updates.

Meditations – October 19, 2016

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 By Christopher Simon

Wonder is the Beginning of Wisdom
“For the voice of God does not speak amid the din and bustle of the world, nor is it heard in any public gathering. Rather secret counsel seeks to be heard also in secret. And so because of this, happiness will be given to us if we listen to God in solitude.” ~ St. Bernard
Plato and Aristotle both claimed that philosophy (i.e., the love of wisdom) begins in wonder. We can wonder about the world around us (for instance, the starry sky above us) and we can also wonder about our inner selves (for instance, the moral law within us), and we often have occasion to wonder about both of these aspects of our world. Does the moral law within us come ultimately from the starry heavens above us, via God?
On a more mundane level, it is cause for wonder that some people are naturally curious and filled with wonder all the time, while others don’t seem to be curious about anything. Most of us, however, fall somewhere in the middle, our wonder waxing and waning like our other moods.
If wonder is a mood, like being happy or sad, then perhaps it can be cultivated, just as our other moods can. A good way to cultivate wonder is to spend some time being silent. Having the television or radio on all the time is one way to ignore ourselves; it’s hard to hear our inner voice if there is constant noise. A related way in which we drown our sense of wonder is by shunning solitude. Always being with others is a way to avoid truly being with ourselves and with the physical world. Silence and solitude are true friends of wonder.


LPC City Council Proceedings – October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016
The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on October 10, 2016 at the FFA Ag & Historical Museum. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Kristi Harrill, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent were Council Members Eric Allsup and David Williams.
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.
Sheryl Strohecker who lives at 200 Sycamore Street addressed the Council with concerns about the traffic on 4th Street, specifically grain trucks traveling much faster than the posted 25mph limit. She is worried about a potential accident with children walking to the City Park nearby. Mayor Neil thanked her for her concerns and indicated that he would speak to the Police Department about increased monitoring of the area.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to approve the CONSENT AGENDA including the following: Minutes of September 26, 2016, disbursements totaling $190,516.75, Clerk’s, Police and Administrative Reports for September, 2016, and Projects Update.
Museum Board Member Teresa Renaud presented the MUSEUM REPORT. For the 2016 season to date, the Museum has conducted 358 paid tours and hosted 7 special events with 626 participants. The Council also discussed recommended winterization project at the Fire Station Museum. The Museum Board will gather bids on the work and report back to the Council.
Johnson, seconded by Harrill to approve the SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE PROHIBITING PARKING ON BISHOP AVENUE. The ordinance prohibits parking on the south side of Bishop Avenue from Main Street east 2,410 feet to the City limit. Moved by Johnson, seconded by Harrill to waive the requirement for three readings and move to adoption. Roll call vote passed and Mayor Neil declared Ordinance 512 adopted and effective upon publication.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to approve placement of CHAMBER OF COMMERCE STORYBOARD at either City Park or Fire Station until a more suitable location can be found. The Chamber will purchase the stand for the board.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to approve CITY HEALTH AND DENTAL INSURANCE RATES FOR 2017. The City’s health and dental premiums will increase approximately 7.8% for the plan year beginning December 1, 2016.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Johnson to FORWARD TO PLANNING & ZONING REQUEST TO VACATE ALLEY. Joe Schoenberger has requested that the City vacate the alley directly behind his property located at 319 7th Street.
Moved by Sadler, seconded by Harrill to approve the Mayor’s appointment of MARC MAHOOD TO THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT. Mahood’s term will begin immediately and run until July 17, 2021.
Moved by Harrill, seconded by Sadler to approve the Mayor’s appointment of DEB YORDT TO THE MUSEUM BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Yordt’s term will begin November 1, 2016 and run for five years.
Moved by Johnson, seconded by Sadler to adjourn at 8:48PM.
Jane Whittlesey, City Clerk
David Neil, Mayor
City of La Porte City
Claims for 10/10/2016
General Fund
Advanced Syst, Contract 21.84
AFLAC, Ins 56.40
Avenet, Llc, Website 700.00
BHC Treasurer, EDACS 1,146.01
BH Em Mgmt, Dispatch Fees 5,719.27
BH Waste, Res/Comm 14,735.24
Black Hills Energy, Natural Gas 334.68
CECHFP, Fuel 45.36
City Laundering, Laundry 325.93
Katie Davison, Travel 10.20
EFTPS, PR Taxes 4,799.08
EBS, Flex 1,062.78
Gall’s Inc, Uniform 172.49
IAWD, Q3-2016 Unemployment 132.63
IPERS, Pension 9,579.19
LPC Printing, Printing/Pubs 596.95
Lpc Motor Supply, Supplies 48.15
Miller Window Service, Windows 92.00
Monkeytown Supplies 157.05
Mutual Of Omaha, Life Ins 290.45
P&K Midwest, Mower Repair 37.82
Racom Corp, EDACS 26.12
Rohrbach V, Meal Expense 74.55
Sheffler S, Fall Fest Supplies 445.31
Stevens M, Computer Svc 35.00
Teamsters, Union Dues 84.19
IA Treas, Q3-16 Sales Tax 3,485.68
Vinton Livewire, Adv 60.00
Wex Bank, Fuel 614.45
Total General 44,888.82
Road Use Tax Fund
Aspro Inc, Cold Mix 893.70
Black Hawk Rental, Equip Rental 56.00
Black Hills Energy, Natural Gas 30.91
CECHFP, Fuel 725.71
ECIC, Grass Seed 75.17
EFTPS, PR Taxes 869.81
Graham’s, Tree Removals 4,965.00
IPERS, Pension 1,345.46
LPC Motor Supply, Supplies 258.88
Manatts, Conc – Poplar 3,725.10
P&K Midwest, Mower Repair 3,196.16
Stetson, Supplies 1,106.60
Teamsters, Union Dues 14.09
IA Treas, Q3-16 Sales Tax 481.95
Total Road Use Tax 17,744.54
Equipment Replacement Fund
Moline C, Rent Reimb 50.00
Total Equipment Replacement 50.00
Tax Increment Financing Fund
Ahlers & Cooney, UR Consult 82.50
Total Tax Increment Financing 82.50
Captial Projects Fund
MSA Prof Svc, Bishop Ave 9,775.51
Tschiggfrie, Pay Req #2 75,782.34
Utility Equip, Water Line 708.20
Total Capital Projects 86,266.05
DTR CDBG Grant Fund
Cardinal Const, Pay Req #2 11,454.62
Total DTR CDBG Grant 11,454.62
Sewer Fund
CECHFP, Fuel 136.07
City Laundering, Laundry 182.07
EFTPS, PR Taxes 467.13
Employee Benefit Systems, Flex 29.76
IAWD, Q3-2016 Unemployment 5.59
IPERS, Pension 822.72
LPC Motor Supply, Die Set 91.11
MSA Prof Svc, GIS Mapping 2,321.00
Mutual Of Omaha, Life Ins 36.64
Teamsters, Union Dues 3.72
Test America Inc, Testing 890.92
IA Treas, Q3-16 Sales Tax 731.37
Utility Equip, Water Line 190.73
Total Sewer 5,908.83
Ambulance Fund
BHC Treasurer, EDACS 286.51
BH Em Mgmt, Dispatch Fees 1,429.81
Black Hills Energy, Natural Gas 30.93
EFTPS PR Taxes 101.49
Hawkeye CC, Ems Training 1,424.50
IPERS, Pension 132.67
Motorhead Mayhem, Amb Repair 195.00
PMIC, Supplies 112.05
RACOM Corp, EDACS 26.12
Superior Welding, Oxygen 37.88
IA Treas, Q3-16 Sales Tax 28.00
Wex Bank, Fuel 301.44
Total Ambulance 4,106.40
Total Accounts Payable 170,501.76
Total Payroll Checks 20,014.99
Report Total 190,516.75
Fund Recap
General 60,891.20
Road Use Tax 20,133.72
Equipment Replacement 50.00
Tax Increment Financing 82.50
Capital Project 86,266.05
DTR CDBG Grant 11,454.62
Sewer 7,183.74
Ambulance 4,454.92
Grand Total 190,516.75
September 2016 Receipts
General 122,554.03
Road Use Tax 29,468.45
Equipment Replacement 440.00
Employee Benefits 6,488.97
Special Revenue TIF 5,128.88
Economic Development 1,917.01
Debt Service 9,147.31
Captial Projects 29,232.82
Wolf Creek Rehabilitation 25,000.00
DTR CDBG Grant 59,219.00
Permanent Funds 4,799.17
Sewer 27,005.96
Ambulance 12,673.44
September 2016 Receipts 333,075.04


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