Rep. Phil Miller will not hold Listening Post due to Democratic Caucus

Representative Phil Miller will not be holding a listening post Saturday due to the Davis County Democratic Caucus at the courthouse from 1-2 p.m. on March 24.

Middle school students to present Aladdin Jr., Thursday and Friday

The Davis County Middle School will present "Aladdin Jr.," Thursday and Friday night at the Iowa Theatre. Performances begin at 7 p.m. each night. The play is based on the screenplay by Ron Clements and John Musker, Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio. It is also based on the 1992 Disney Film and 2014 Broadway show, "Aladdin." Any remaining tickets for the show will be on sale at he the door each night.

Cram the Cab Saturday

Davis County Farm Bureau is observing National Agriculture Week by sponsoring Cram the Cab at Keith's Foods parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24. Organizers hope to receive enough donations to fill the space inside a tractor cab. The non-perishable food items will be donated to the Lord's Cupboard.

Notes of Sweetness

Davis County Middle and High School jazz bands will be hosting Notes of Sweetness Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the High School Commons. While enjoying a little jazz, audience members can enjoy desserts provided by the DC Music Boosters

Check Democrat's Facebook page for Robotics competition live

Check the Bloomfield Democrat's Facebook page later this morning (March 23). The Democrat will try going live on Facebook at Iowa Regional Robotics competition in Cedar Falls where several students from the Davis County High School will be competing.

Bluegrass Show Saturday

The 16th annual Bluegrass Music Show will be held at the Iowa Theatre at 7 p.m. March 24. A Jam Session is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. in the Kay Burchette Cultural Center. Musicians are invited to bring acoustic instruments and join in.

Supervisors agenda for March 26

The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the DC Courthouse. Agenda items include: Meet with custodian at 8:50 a.m.; Meet with county engineer at 9 a.m. and sign Matheney R.O.W. documents; meet with Bloomfield Main Street to grant permission to use courtyard on June 23 for Hairy Nation Days; approve hiring of Tisha Scott as part-time assistant director of Veterans' Affairs; meet with county recorder Megan Clyman for website discussion on county logo and photography; discuss and approve courtyard fertilizer and herbicide application; approve beer license application for DC Ag Society; committee reports.

Mayor vetoes streetscape

Mayor Dan Wiegand announced his veto of the streetscape plan at Thursday night's city council meeting. The agenda called for an amendment to the streetscape resolution passed by by the council at last week's special meeting. Council members came into Thursday night's 7 p.m. meeting expecting to vote on that amendment stating the city would maintain the parallel parking area surrounding the courtyard after streetscape construction. Instead, council members were given a letter informing them of the mayor's veto right before the meeting started. Therefore the agenda item regarding the amendment was tabled.

Top senior students honored Tuesday night

Davis County High School seniors Madison Stephenson, Klaire Fipps, Riley Jones, Maddie McClure, Sydney Shively and Rebekah Settles were honored Tuesday night at the South Central Conference Academic Banquet. The event was held at Honey Creek Resort near Moravia. The event honors the top academic students from each of the South Central Conference high schools.

Libary Board works on changing policy for council meetings

President of the Library Board, Lois Priester, announced during public comments at Thursday night's city council meeting that the board is working with the city attorney on writing a policy to allow those on the sex offender registry to attend city council meetings at the Bloomfield Public Library as long as an armed policeman is present. She also stated that anyone with fire safety concerns need not worry — the library does have a sprinkler system. The council approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing the council to change the location of its meetings by a 3-2 vote.  Councilmen Jack Woolard, Earl Howard, and John Hilbert voted to approve the second reading. Scott Moore and Darin Garrett voted against it.

School board discusses budget

The Davis County School board discussed the 2019 fiscal year budget Monday night. Board members learned that the total tax asking was going to be more than $4.8 million for the next fiscal year. Superintendent Dan Maeder told the board the tax levy would be approximately $15.98 per $1,000 of property valuation. He also said the tax rate could decrease depending on the allowable growth and state aid funding the Iowa Legislature approves for schools. The board also approved a budget amendment for the current fiscal year, which includes all of the additional revenue and spending for the bond issue as well as other expenses incurred durign the current budget year. This information was not known at the time the budget was created. The board approved construction contracts and asbestos contracts for work to be done on the middle school this summer. Maeder also announced that National Guard soldiers have been approved to perform rough grading work on the proposed site for the construction of a new baseball and softball diamond. That work is scheduled to be done in June.

IPIB responds to Turner's complaint

The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) voted unanimously March 15 to proceed with an informal resolution to a complaint submitted earlier by Ken Turner of Bloomfield. Randy Evans, Executive Director of Iowa’s Freedom of Information Council, described an informal resolution as “a middle option available to the board — between dismissing the complaint as legally insufficient to recommending fines against city officials.” Originally, City of Bloomfield officials declined to provide Turner with a copy of the contract with Iowa Wind and Solar because of city officials’ belief that it “constituted confidential proprietary information.” Evans, who attends IPIB meetings regularly, said, “In recent weeks, the city has provided the IPIB with a copy of the contract with only a few passages redacted. “The board will now obtain an un-redacted copy of the city’s contract and the board’s executive director, Margaret Johnson, will privately review it to see if the redactions are justified and reasonable.” Bloomfield City Administrator Gary Boden and Turner both attended Thursday’s meeting.

Editorial: Mayor, new council must be good stewards of city's talent and finances

The following excerpts are taken from this week's editorial in the Bloomfield Democrat. (See page 5 in the newspaper or online edition for the full editorial.) “The City of Bloomfield suffered a tragic loss with Mayor Wiegand’s veto of the streetscape project March 15, and that loss extends far beyond the loss of streetscape and $1.2 million. Perhaps the greatest loss is the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into this project for many years. It’s doubtful the citizens of Bloomfield approve of throwing away $1.2 million. Public meetings in the last two months would indicate otherwise. Many have spoken in favor of the revised streetscape plan and moving forward on schedule to save $600,000 in grant money. It’s time for the Mayor and new council members to become good stewards of the city’s finances and the talented individuals who are willing to invest unlimited hours in the community’s future. Without these two assets, this community will not survive.”



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Mustang football schedule announced for 2018-2019 seasons

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released football schedules to all Iowa High Schools Wednesday morning. The schedules have been set for both the 2018-2019 seasons. Davis County will have games with Keokuk, Centerville, Van Buren and Pekin to start the 2018 season. Games with these four schools will be considered non-district games and be played in the order listed. Class 2A District 6 games will be played in the following order and include Williamsburg, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Albia, Mid-Prairie, and Central Lee. During the 2018 season, games with Van Buren, Williamsburg, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Mid-Prairie will be games played at Mustang Stadium.


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