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.
Oskaloosa's city council will hear comments from the public on March 3rd regarding its proposed budget for the next fiscal year and changes to the current fiscal year's budget.
Those changes in the general fund include spending $248 more than what was previously budgeted.
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.
Updated- According to a police report, the Oskaloosa Police Department has arrested Alicia Ritenour, the mother of 18-month old Ava Ritenour who passed away on Jan. 24. Ritenour has been charged with murder in the first degree, a class “A” felony, and child endangerment resulting in death, a class “B” felony.
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.
The cost of heating homes with propane is at an all-time high as temperatures continue to plummet across the nation. An Oskaloosa business is feeling that pinch from Jack Frost as the nation's supply of propane dwindles, but the demand keeps increasing.
The Oskaloosa community had a chance to interact with William Penn University students this past week. That's because the WPU Advancement Office hosted its first ever bingo night at the Penn Cafeteria on Tuesday night.
Thirteen delegates, 10 alternates and 11 precinct committee persons were elected at the Mahaska County Democratic precincts during the Iowa Caucuses. Precinct caucuses were held on Jan. 21. Here's a quick rundown: