According to the agenda packet, the South Central Regional Airport Agency is expected to designate "Site A" for continued evaluation and development for a regional airport. "Site B" is secondary. The SCRAA will consider the resolution designating the site during a scheduled board meeting this Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the George Daily Auditorium in Oskaloosa.
Some Oskaloosa students will soon be riding a new bus to school. The new bus will phase out older buses almost ten years old. The older a bus gets the more repairs and upkeep it requires. The board approved the purchase at the request of Director of Transportation Dale Nelson. He assured the board that the bus will meet school needs.
During the City Council meeting on Monday, some residents brought up a vote on the regional airport that occurred several years back. I spoke with Schrock about what happened with that and why the airport wasn't brought to a vote this time.
The Oskaloosa Police Department released the "Take 25" initiative on Tuesday, encouraging parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. Take 25 is a grassroots safety initiative created in honor of National Missing Children's Day, which is honored annually on May 25, to raise awareness on the issue of missing children.
An adoptive family and a widow from Oskaloosa will be receiving help this weekend, thanks in large part to the Both Hands project. The organization, which partners with Lifesong for Orphans, helps families raise money towards rescuing an orphan, but also expects the families to help a widow in the community.
A video production class from Oskaloosa High School earned the "Best of Show" award with its video called "The Many Branches of STEM" at the first annual Governor's STEM Advisory Council's Iowa Student STEM Film Fest on Sunday, May 5, at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.
County engineer Jerry Neusbaum says a stretch of county-road-G-29 has structural failure two to three feet beneath the road. G-29, or Lacy Road as some know it, is located in the north part of the county. As a result of the failure, the road has collapsed in several sections by as much as 3 inches.
The Mahaska County Supervisors met on Monday and reviewed the health plan for the fiscal year 2013, received a hazmat status update and listened to a Leighton resident request more information regarding the regional airport, along with several other business times on the agenda.
County Supervisor Mark Doland is looking for answers in regards to the proposed regional airport near Leighton. Doland was elected as supervisor this past January with large support from residents in the Leighton area. He campaigned with a stance opposing the use of Eminent Domain as a means to acquire land for the airport. And that was the basis for questions he recently asked the Mahaska County Attorney about the airport development.
Residents concerned about a regional airport are bringing their questions to the Oskaloosa City Council. The South Central Regional Airport Agency has been overseeing the process of developing an airport since last year. It's been working as a result of a sharing agreement among Pella, Oskaloosa, and Mahaska County. The agency announced three possible regional airport sites several months ago. All of them are near the town of Leighton along highway 163. Some say that's the first time they heard of the project.