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CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Insurance is only going to pay for about $1 million of the projected $3.7 million replacement cost.... For a long time, some concerned citizens have suggested maintaining a rainy day fund, but supervisors have dismissed the concept.... The repeated dismissals were unwise. And failing to make sure the insurance covers the value wasn't a very prudent thing to do either.....
IOWA CITY – Johnson County is closer to starting construction to replace a facility damaged by fire earlier this year.
The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to approve specifications and the cost estimate for a new Secondary Roads building. The county next month will seek bids from contractors interested in constructing the facility at the same site as the old one, 4810 Melrose Ave. West, Iowa City.
The old building, home to the department that oversees more than 900 miles of roads in the county, was damaged last March in a fire that also destroyed eight vehicles valued near or above $200,000 each and county records.
Bryan Singer’s X-Men reunion-sequel Days of Future Past doesn’t open until May 23, 2014. But the director has already staked out a release date for his next X-Men movie. Singer’s Twitter account has been active throughout the past year with updates from the set of Future Past, but this morning, he stepped up his pitchman game with this cryptic tweet.....
Tennessee couple Greg and Stacye Terry recently made their usual breakfast order at a Hermitage McDonald's drive-thru.
When they drove up to the window to collect their order, an employee mistakenly handed them a McDonald's bag stuffed with thousands of dollars, which had been set aside — too close to the drive-thru window, apparently — to be deposited at the bank.
"My husband opened the bag and discovered the money inside," Stacye Terry toldNews Channel 5. "He said, ‘You are not going to believe this.' Sure enough, it was their bank deposit money."
Fewer workers than ever are willing to commit to their current job.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 25% of Employed Adults are looking for a job outside of their current company, consistent with surveys for much of this year. A sizable majority (64%) still says it’s not looking for a job elsewhere, but that’s down from 72% in October and the lowest finding in regular surveying since the spring of 2009. Ten percent (10%) are undecided whether to look or not.
The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is ready to start the first phase of three greenway projects with the release of requests for proposals for park design on Friday, December 6. The three projects are the Time Check Greenway Park, The Riverfront Greenway Park, and the Czech Village Greenway Park. Each project will be bid separately to address the needs of the different neighborhoods individually and to adapt to the distinct characteristics of the neighborhoods. Bidding the projects individually will also make the projects available to more vendors and allow the projects to progress more quickly.
“I am excited that the design of the greenway projects is beginning. I am eager to work with the neighborhoods and surrounding community on how the greenways can enhance Cedar Rapids,” said Jackie Thompson Oster, Chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
While the Parks and Recreation Master Plan completed in 2010 laid a foundation for the greenway with high level ideas of what a greenway could include, this phase of the project will include the details required for construction and funding. These plans are considered park design plans and are specific as to where each amenity will be placed. Each project will review how flood properties were purchased, what restrictions exist on properties in the greenway boundaries, and what recreation amenities are possible. Public input will be sought from stakeholders, neighbors adjacent to the greenway projects and community members with an interest in green space and recreation to determine the best use of each piece of property.
“The Czech Village Greenway project is a great opportunity to provide recreational and public use opportunities that are complementary to the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District. With input from stakeholders, a successful design can be reached that is a positive asset for the community. In addition, the Greenway project brings vibrancy to an area devastated by the 2008 flood. We are moving past what happened five years ago and designing a stronger, more engaging community environment,” said Jennifer Pruden, Executive Director of the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District.
Specific plans for amenities that may include athletic fields, passive recreation areas, parking lots, playgrounds, pavilions, or other features will be developed for future construction with detailed cost estimates created for funding purposes. Designs will leave the west side of the greenway boundary flexible for flood protection planning. “This greenway redevelopment will help anchor the restoration of many flood damaged neighborhoods. The greenway will also help tie the districts together providing some connectivity and walkabilty between them," Fred Timko from Kingston Square Association said.
The greenway design phase of this project is anticipated to conclude by June 2014 with two subsequent phases to follow. The funding phase will use cost estimates from the designs in City budgeting over the next few years and in prioritizing CIP planning. The estimates and detailed designs will allow the Parks and Recreation Department to proceed with partnership agreements with local organizations interested in contributing financial resources to develop the greenway in exchange for shared land use agreements. The cost estimates and designs will be used to apply for grants and solicit sponsorships of specific greenway amenities. The final phase of the project is construction which will take place as funding is in place over the next five years.
“We should be able to look with satisfaction at the choices made to honor a neighborhood gone forever by making this Time Check Greenway Park a place of pride for generations to come. Where block after block of homes once stood, let us provide fun and activities which future families can experience treasured memories in this park,” remarked Linda Seger, President of the Northwest Neighbors Association.
As I am waiting for your budget and financial statements for the Parking and Transportation Department at the University of Iowa (How long does that usually take to get those records?), I had another idea.
For this holiday season, what if you were to let the sick kids/parents park free, thereby allowing the parents the opportunity to give their children a little extra in their sock this Christmas, sorry, holiday season? An extra $18 a day is real money for these youg people and what a difference you and the U of I Parking Department could make in these childrens' lives. This is a real win-win situation.
Come January 2, you could again start to charge all the sick kids $18 a day for, well, being sick.
IOWA CITY, IA. -- Eating establishments located in the downtown Iowa City area that are interested in constructing a sidewalk café on a street/parking space or within a City owned planter, may now download a Preliminary Application located on the City's website at http://www.icgov.org/?id=2249.
In 2012, City Council adopted an updated Sidewalk Café policy that provides for the use of on street parking areas for a sidewalk café with some limitations. This policy was updated with the goal to provide the opportunity to have a sidewalk café to restaurants that may otherwise not be able to enjoy the ability to have an outdoor eating area due to limited sidewalk space adjacent to their building. In addition, procedure was established for those eating establishments wishing to occupy a City owned planter in the downtown area.
Preliminary applications must be received in the Public Works Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 for both on street cafés and cafés located within a planter. If competing applications for available space are received, a lottery will be held on February 15th to determine which applications will be awarded. If no applications are received, the City will consider applications after February 3rd on a first come, first serve basis. The guidelines and limitations for the on street and planter sidewalk cafes are also available on the City's website.
Please note that a Preliminary Application is only required for use of a street or planter for a sidewalk café. If an establishment desires to construct a café on the public sidewalk, a full application may be submitted to the Department of Public Works.
An online organization of moms says Macy's can't be trusted after a segment in this year's "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade."
The incident in question was a musical presentation called "Raise You Up" about 30 minutes into the two-hour NBC broadcast – an incident that OneMillionMoms.com describes as "an unpleasant surprise ... for viewers."
"[It] included drag queens, transvestites, transgenders – and the cross-dressing was completely inappropriate with millions of children watching and present at this particular family-friendly event," says Monica Cole, director of OneMillionMoms. The group also describes the performance as "sexually charged and quite offensive."
Approximately 3.5 million people witnessed the parade in person and upwards of 50 million watched the broadcast.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has responded to complaints that he has largely ignored the clerical sex abuse scandal by assembling a panel of experts to advise the Holy See on protecting children from pedophiles and helping abuse victims heal.
It remains to be seen if the experts will take up one of the core issues behind the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal: how to make bishops who shelter abusive priests accountable.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, announced the creation of the commission Thursday at the conclusion of a meeting between Francis and his eight cardinal advisers who are helping him govern the church and reform the Vatican bureaucracy.