Coming up this Friday is the Christian School's 'Bids for Kids' Auction. That fundraiser is held every year to raise money for the Christian School to purchase non-budgeted items such as text books, teacher materials, and technology.
The water department says its been busy this winter patching more than 25 leaks in it's water system. The department fixes on average 30-40 leaks in year. The spike in leaks this winter is due to cold temperatures that have frozen the ground two to three feet down. That's caused the soil to shift and leaks to occur. CRI met up with one crew to learn what it takes to keep your faucet flowing.
The city and water department have yet to find ways to cut costs and share more services. Last year, a study was conducted by a firm from Des Moines to recommend how the two agencies can be more efficient by sharing services. The study pointed out that by implementing nine recommendations the taxpayer could save an estimated $380,000.
An important day is coming up for one group called Iowa Voters for Companion Animals or IVCA. That group wants lawmakers to strengthen the standards for commercial dog breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. A new law took effect in 2010 that gives state inspectors the ability to inspect USDA licensed facilities if a complaint is filed against the breeder.
Water board members made it official this week that water rates will go up 10 percent starting in March. Before signing the resolution to increase rates, a public hearing was opened, but no comments were made nor submitted.
The public is invited to speak on a proposed water rate increase for Mahaska County. The Oskaloosa Utility Water Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing for the proposed 10 percent increase tonight, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m.
Mahaska County farmers are currently coping with the cold, waiting for warmer temperatures this spring. So with work somewhat frozen until planting season one young farmer from Rose Hill, IA is busy developing research that may change the agriculture business.
A packed Smokey Row Coffee House in Oskaloosa brought about lively discussion of state issues that included funding Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy, banning telemedicine abortion, and what to do with the state’s revenue surplus.
Part of the city's FY15 budget includes spending about $1.5 million on road improvement projects. Several city council members said they wanted to improve roads when they campaigned for re-election. The city has plans to complete several projects it put on hold last fall, and has several more projects lined up this summer.