Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis and members of the DC Jail Feasibility Committee met with the SIEC Board of Directors Thursday night. Davis gave a presentation about the need for a new jail and law center and detailed the reasons why the county is looking at building a new facility.
Davis and the committee also placed a formal request to the SIEC board for the possibility of acquiring approximately four acres of land near the SIEC offices to build the new jail. Board members took the matter under advisement but made no formal decisions during Thursday night’s meeting.
The Davis County Board of Supervisors will meet at 8:30 a.m.
The board will sign contracts for bridge removal projects at 9 a.m. and consider a resolution to close and vacate a portion of 286th Street and Hedge Ave. The board will also consider a 28E agreement with the City of Floris.
The board will discuss action with a parcel of Land in West Grove. They will consider bonding attorneys for the jail bond eat 10 a.m. and meet with John Schroeder at 10:15 a.m. for an update on economic development.
There will be no classes in the Davis County Community School District Monday. Teachers will be engaged in a full day of professional development meetings. Regular classes will resume on Tuesday for students.
Hotel-motel tax receipts reach new record high for 2014
The City of Bloomfield has set a new record with its receipts of the hotel-motel tax during 2014. The city collected $47,039.37 in hotel-motel tax revenues during the year.
Money will be distributed later this winter. Based on city ordinance, 50-percent of those funds will be distributed toward tourism and economic development projects. The remaining 50-percent equaling $23,500 will be put into the city’s general fund and will be earmarked for recreational purposes.
Those wishing to submit Hotel/Motel Tax Funding Requests to the city must do so by March 1. The requests may be dropped off or mailed to City Clerk, 111 W. Franklin St., Bloomfield, IA 52537. Application forms are available on the city’s website: www.cityofbloomfield.org. For further information , call Taylor at 641-664-2260.
Public urged to contact legislators about school funding
Davis County Superintendent Dan Maeder said earlier this week that the Iowa Legislature needs to take measures to adequately fund Iowa’s Schools.
Maeder is urging taxpayers to contact their state legislators and urge them to do something about allowable growth funding so that local taxes won’t have to go up.
Maeder is also concerned because Davis County Schools spends approximately $300,000 more than other districts on transportation. Because of that, the district has less money to spend on educating its students compared to other districts.
Wednesday’s Bloomfield Democrat features a story about the issue and how the local school district is affected.
Representative Curt Hanson may be reached at Curt.Hanson@legis.iowa.gov and Senator Mark Chelgren may be reached at Mark.Chelgren@legis.iowa.gov.
The Mustang wrestling team travels to Fairfield Saturday for the Southeast Iowa Classic Wrestling Tournament. The tournament includes teams from the South Central Conference and the Southeast Five Conference together for competition. Action begins at 10 a.m.
Purchasing life insurance is easy and affordable, and is the responsible thing to do for your family. Contact McCune and Reed in Ottumwa at 641-682-8027 or online www.mccuneandreed.com
Take the Confusion out of Medicare. Call Cody Crumes, American Republic Insurance Services today at 641-799-2506.
J's One Stop-- Monday special: Cheeseburger, side, drink, $5.34; 12 oz. coffee, 25¢.
Soup Supper and Bingo Night: Sat., Jan. 31. Supper 5 p.m., Bingo 6:30-9:30 p.m. DC Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. 641-777-6174
We accept donations of gently used merchandise and gently worn clothing. The Once More Store, South side of Square, 664-1942
This weekend at the Iowa Theatre: "Night at the Museum 3" Rated PG-13. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m.
Stiles Christian Church will host the Missouri Christian Institute February 3-March 31, 7-9 p.m.
SHOW OFF YOUR FAVORITE VALENTINES in the Feb. 11 issue of The Bloomfield Democrat! We'll place your photo in a Valentine border and include the person's name and who it is from. The cost is $18. Additional hearts, $15. Deadline is Thursday, February 5.
First Iowa State Bank (Formerly Community First Bank) Customer Appreciation Day, Friday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Refreshments and prizes
Auditions for Harvey, a three-act comedy about a 6-1/2 foot invisible rabbit, are scheduled for Feb. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. at the Kay Burchette Cultural Center on the east side of the square. Interested persons are invited to try out for the spring play produced by the DC Players on April 10 and 11.