Riverpalooza Revenues and Expenses 2014

 

 ***The penciled in subtraction at the bottom is to show true revenue.

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Forum Funnies Vol. 1 no.3

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Volume 1 Number 3

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Riverside Sept. 2, 2014 City Council Meeting

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Tuesday SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

6:OO PM City Hall

 

  1. Call to Order/Roll Call                                           Mayor Poch
  2. Approval of the Agenda                                      (discussion/action)
  3. Consent Agenda                                                   (discussion/action)
      1. Minutes 8/18/14
      2. Expenditures
  4. Resolution 09022014-1 Pay Estimate K & N Flatworks
  5. Closed Session according to Iowa Code 21.5(c) regarding potential litigation (discussion/action)
  6. 6:30 pm     Open Public Meeting                      (discussion/action)
  7. Check Stub          Bill Sueppel                              (discussion/action)
  8. Eagle Scout Project     Eric Mahler                    (discussion/action)
  9. English River Water Shed Urban Assessment(discussion/action)
  10. Ryan Schlabaugh
  11. Engineering Firm Interviews                     (discussion/action)
      1. McClure Engineering
      2. MMS Consultants
      3. V & K Inc
  12. Engineering Firm Selection                      (discussion/action)
  13. Committee Reports                                   (discussion/action)
  14. Citizen Comment
  15. Commercial Grant Question Bruce Duling(discussion/action)
  16. City Administrator Comments
  17. Council Comments
  18. Adjourn
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Press Release: Multiple Departments Respond to Crawfordsville Fire

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Press Release Cara L. Sorrells, 911 Supervisor- Fire

August 28th, 2014

At approximately 11:40 A.M. on today’s date August 28th, 2014 the Washington County Communications Center received a report of a hog confinement building on fire at 2865 Yucca Ave., Crawfordsville. Fire department personnel from Ainsworth, Crawfordsville, Kalona, Riverside, Washington, Conesville, Winfield and Columbus Junction all responded to the fire scene. The Ainsworth and Crawfordsville fire department personnel remained on the scene until after 4:00 P.M. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The Washington County Assessor’s site shows the property belonging to JDL Farms, LLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Screwed, Lesson 11: Standards based models for school improvement begin and continue and continue and continue and continue and continue…

***Please read the disclaimer to the right. The following is the latest in several installments by former teacher and school board member for the Highland Community School District, Nick Smith. They are lessons to a future student, Cal-Em (Lesson 1 Lesson #2 , Lesson #3, Part ILesson #3, Part II LESSON 4 , Lesson 5: [part 1]Lesson 5[part 2],  LESSON 5 [part 3])LESSON 6, LESSON SEVEN, Part I Lesson 7, part II, LESSON 8, Lesson 9, Lesson 10)PS_20140822114049

LETTERS TO CAL-EM A PERSONAL HISTORY OF HIGHLAND

By Nick Smith

SCREWED

 

 

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

                                                                                                                                                                                               —Julius Caesar

We embarked on another school improvement program shortly after the previous one died. This idea was called “Achieve.” The Eastern Iowa Improvement Consortium, “a standards based model for school improvement” headed by Al Rowe of College Community School, took part in six sessions over one year to learn and write classroom standards and how to connect system standards to classroom practice. Standards are a constant where goals are ever changing. They learned to link learning to standards with multiple lines of evidence and learned how to connect standards to classroom practice (Winter, 2000).

Highland participated in two full years of training by utilizing the fiber optic network over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) at Lone Tree high school. We spent two years creating plans and charts, writing standards and connecting them to our individual curriculums. At the start of the third year, the year we were to fully implement the program, the superintendent and principal announced that we were not going to continue with the “Achieve” program; rather we were going to develop a better program of standards using benchmarks as guides to standards achievement. After two years and all the effort that went into the program, and we [Highland] wouldn’t even try it. That Cal-Em is the basic story of reform in this country—starts and discard, begin and abandon, proceed and retreat.

The following summary of an article by Patricia J. Kannapel, Educational Consultant (click Standards-Based Reform and Rural School Improvement: Finding the Middle Ground for the full article) illustrates the reason, I believe, that we abandoned the “Achieve” program after spending so much time on it.

Two movements in school improvement are compared and contrasted: standards-based reform and rural school improvement efforts that emphasize locally responsive, place-based curricula. While the two movements differ in philosophical orientation, they share the following goals: increasing equity in schools, making curricula and pedagogy intellectually rigorous, and creating content and opportunity-to-learn standards. They differ in that the standards-based movement advocates the development of state and national standards tied to a testing and accountability program, while rural school improvement advocates believe that all standards should be developed locally and that student assessment should be designed to provide instructional feedback to teachers. The author proposes that advocates of the two approaches to school improvement work together to create a school reform movement that will lead to better schools and communities than either movement can create on its own.

(An earlier version of this article was published as an AEL Rural Digest)

I actually didn’t care what we did. I, along with almost every teacher I ever met, simply wanted to develop a good program and stick with it for more than a few weeks or months or a year. It was so darn frustrating to have a reform of the month program that created tons of work and then fizzled out for the next quick fix cockeyed idea that some politician or business guru postulated. I grew to hate in-services because they just became more work sessions with mounds of meaningless activities to be accomplished that resulted in no meaningful improvement in the student’s education. Most of the time two separate and district educational programs operated together at Highland. First, there was the ever-spinning flavor of the month reform scheme required by the administration. Secondly, there was the real teaching that occurred with little or no regard for the reform activity everyone was forced to pretend they were trying. It was really too much, too quickly, too often and too haphazard to comprehend, let alone integrate into one’s lesson plans or curriculum that were planned well in advance and ever changing according to the needs of the students.

Then, if this isn’t enough, a teacher gets to deal with other situations that no one ever tells you about when you become an educator. Here is just one of the things we get to put up with in our teaching lives. One young man decided that he was too tired to do any schoolwork during eighth hour, and so he refused to participate in anything we did during class. He didn’t cause any trouble; he merely sat in his chair and watched the other students learn. It was peculiar, but it wasn’t the first time I’d seen this behavior. There are dozens of reasons why a student suddenly refused to take part in classroom activities ranging from drugs to lack of preparation to gaining attention to sending the teacher a message. All a teacher can do is try repeatedly to get the student to participate through encouraging words or direct invitation. I tried what I could, but this young man was not going to cooperate.

I always told my students that they had rights. They had the “right to remain silent, anything they said could be used against them in the court of English/language arts.” Kidding aside, students do have rights, and there is no way that a teacher can force them to learn or participate in class. I would at times hear students tell their parents that they were bored at school, and sadly, I would hear some parents echo the same sentiment that their child was bored. Boredom, however, is a self-inflicted wound created by non-participation or engagement. Some students were bored, but not because the class was boring but because the student wouldn’t engage in the activities. Of course, it’s boring if all you do is sit around all day watching others do, while you do nothing.

Finally, in utter frustration and because his actions were causing others to not learn to their fullest potential, I removed the young man from class. Now, a teacher cannot deny a child an education, but you do not have to let them destroy someone else’s education either. The other students have a right to learn, and I, as the teacher, have a right to teach. No one has the right to deny our rights by their actions. I created a class for this young man after school, starting at 3:30 pm and running until 4:20 pm. I sent a letter home to his parents explaining the situation and how their son would be getting a top-notch one-on-one education through me on my own time. The father called me on the phone at my home the night the letter arrived. His complaint was that his son was missing athletic practice and wouldn’t be able to play if he had to attend class. I pointed out that his son was missing an educational opportunity that would affect him most of his life. After about ten minutes of swearing, threats and name-calling, he said he was coming to my house to beat the crap out of me. I replied, “Come on over and beat me up; I’ve always wanted a farm anyway.”

The next day both parents came to school. The young man was readmitted to class and I honestly never had another problem with him. He became a very good student, and once he started to participate, he truly became involved with the various aspects of English. He enjoyed learning and was never bored.

 

Sources

Journal of Research in Rural Education, Winter, 2000, Vol. 16, No.3, 202-

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IOWA STATE PATROL REMINDS MOTORIST TO TRAVEL CAUTIOUSLY OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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Press Release Des Moines, IOWA– Labor Day marks the end of summer and many families will be traveling various distances to this holiday weekend. The Iowa State Patrol would like to remind all motorists the long, three-day holiday weekend will mean increased traffic on all Iowa’s roadways. The increase in traffic can translate into increased collisions, serious injuries, fatalities, and traffic delays. The Iowa State Patrol hopes to decrease all of those.

Last year, during the Labor Day weekend, four individuals lost their lives on Iowa roadways.  One of those fatalities involved a motorist who was drinking and driving.  In 2013, Iowa had 317 fatalities, 75 of those were alcohol or drug related. That is why the Iowa State Patrol is reminding all motorists to think twice before drinking and driving, especially this Labor Day holiday.

The Iowa State Patrol offers the following tips for safe travel during the Labor Day weekend.

  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Eliminate all distractions while behind the wheel.
  • Make sure everyone buckles up.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
  • Slow down and move over for all law enforcement and other emergency responder vehicles, as well as tow trucks, stopped on the side of the road with their emergency lights activated.
  • Don’t drive fatigued.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.

The Iowa State Patrol hopes you and your family have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Holiday weekend.

If you have any further questions, please contact Sergeant Scott Bright at (515) 745-2863.

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Freedom of Info Round Table: Opening Doors, Opening Minds

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Take the Pie in the Face Challenge, Raise Awareness of Huntington’s Disease

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Throw a pie in your face…

…in support of raising awareness of Huntington’s Disease (HD).

 What is Huntington’s Disease, where can you learn more about it, and how can you join the fight? Keep reading.

One of the ways you can join the fight is by taking the Pie in the Face Challenge. I’m sure all of you are aware of the ice bucket challenge that went viral. A buddy of mine I worked with a number of years ago posted a Pie in the Face Challenge to raise awareness for Huntington’s Disease (pictured in the video at the beginning). You can nominate people and they either put a pie in their face, donate, or both. The nominator can then donate a sum per each person who completes the challenge within 24 hours.

What is Huntington’s Disease?

Now one of the more common hereditary diseases, HD is an inherited brain disorder that causes the “progressive loss of mental faculties and physical control.” Currently, 1 in every 10,000 Americans (30,000) has HD; “250,000 additional people might inherit it from their affected parents (a 50/50 chance).  Presently, there is no cure.

Symptoms (which “usually appear between the ages of 30 to 50, and worsen over a 10 to 25 year period” include:

“• Personality changes,
mood swings and depression
• Forgetfulness and
impaired judgment
• Unsteady gait and
involuntary movements
• Slurred speech and
difficulty in swallowing”

The individual usually succumbs to complications, such as pneumonia and heart failure

How can I get involved?

“The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has a nationwide network that provides support and referrals for individuals with HD and their families.” To Donate,  find/join a local chapter, join a support group or to learn more about this disease, go to the Huntington’s Disease Society’s website by clicking here: HDSA.org, like them on Facebook or call 888-HDSA-506. To become an advocate and join the fight, contact the HDSA National office

Like the ‘Fast Facts about HD’ pamphlet, the aforementioned information about HD is “intended as a helpful and brief guide to introduce HD to people who may never have heard of the disease and who want information about it.”

Sources: HDSA.org; Fast Facts about HD.

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Washington Co. IA Sheriff’s Report, August 18-August 24, 2014

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8/18/2014 14067219:37 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

REPORTS A RED 4 WHEELER ON TOP OF THE BUILDING.  UNSURE HOW IT GOT THERE.  THERE ARE ALSO RUTS TORN UP IN THE GRASS. || 92-14 RESPONDED. DOCUMENTATION ONLY.

 

8/18/2014 140673113:39 ALL OTHER OFFENSES

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA  52201

REPORTS A CANOE SITTING ON THE BANK FOR 2 HRS AT CRAWFORDS POND & NO ONE AROUND. THERE IS A PICKUP SITTING CLOSE BY.

92-80 LOCATED THE SUBJECT WHO WAS SLEEPING IN THE CANOE.  NO PROBLEMS.

 

8/18/2014 140673315:36 ALL OTHER THEFT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

REPORTS A DCI AGENT IS ENROUTE TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL, WITH A FEMALE FROM THE RIVERSIDE CASINO.

ARRESTED: 45 year old female from WEST ILLINOIS, IL 61259  OFFENSE/THEFT 2ND & ONGOING.

 

8/18/2014 140674621:39 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

CALLER REPORTS AN OPEN DOOR. || 92-54 RESPONDED NOTHING APPEARED TO BE WRONG.  [

 

 

8/20/2014 140680216:44 INTIMIDATION/HARASSMENT

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: AINSWORTH, IA  52201

REPORTS A FEMALE IS HARASSING HIM VIA PHONE, TEXT AND INTERNET. REQUEST TO SPEAK WITH A DEPUTY.

CALLER AND SUSPECT BOTH WORK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL. CALLER WILL CONTACT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITAL, HUMAN RESOURCES REF POSTS ON THE COMPUTER. DOCUMENTATION ONLY.  SUSPECT NO LONGER LIVES IN AINSWORTH.

 

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Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

CALLER REPORTS A SUBJECT IN THE HIGH LIMIT ROOM IS MAKING THREATS TOWARDS STAFF MEMBERS. REQUESTING A DEPUTY. 92-18 RESPONDED.  SUBJECT HAS CALMED DOWN PRIOR TO DEPUTY ARRIVAL.  PROBLEM RESOLVED.

 

8/21/2014 140682715:28 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

Agency: Fire

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

REPORTS A SINGLE VEHICLE ROLLOVER ACCIDENT WITH 2 INJURIES.  1 SUBJECT IS INSIDE TRAPPED & THE OTHER SUBJECT WAS EJECTED.   EVERYONE IS CONSCIOUS & BREATHING. || RIVERSIDE QRS, RIVERSIDE FIRE, AD56, IHP 368, AINSWORTH FIRE, & UIHC AIRCARE RESPONDED.

EARLS RESPONDED & TOWED vehicle.  AD56 TRANSPORTED 1 PATIENT TO UIHC, ARRIVING AT 1650 HRS.  AIRCARE TRANSPORTED 1 PATIENT.

STATE PATROL WILL HANDLE THE ACCIDENT REPORT.

 

8/21/2014 140683718:39 BURGLARY

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location:

RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

REPORTS WHILE SHE WAS GONE TODAY, SOMEONE BROKE INTO HER RESIDENCE, THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.  THEIR SAFE IS MISSING WHICH INCLUDED NUMEROUS COIN PROOF SETS & JEWELRY.

REPORT TO BE FILED.

 

8/22/2014 140688823:38 PUBLIC INTOX

Agency: Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Location: RIVERSIDE, IA  52327

REPORTS THAT A MALE SUBJECT JUST WALKED OUT OF THE CASINO, INTO THE PARKING LOT AND HE IS VERY INTOXICATED.

CHECKED THE AREA. UNABLE TO LOCATE VEHICLE OR SUBJECT.

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