THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SUPERVISORS FORMALLY ACCEPTED THE RESIGNATION OF COUNTY I-T DIRECTOR CHOPPER ALBERT AT ITS MEETING MONDAY MORNING. ALBERT SUBMITTED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO THE BOARD AND TO DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD LAST WEEK. THE POSITION IS SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY. IN THE LETTER, WHICH WAS READ AT LAST WEEK’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING, ALBERT SAID HE FELT HE WAS UNDERAPPRECIATED AND STATED HE HAD ISSUES WITH ONE INDIVIDUAL. AT THE BOARD MEETING MONDAY MORNING, ALBERT EXPRESSED CONCERNS REGARDING SUPERVISOR DEAN THOMPSON. ALBERT SAID HE HAD HEARD FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT THOMPSON STATED ALBERT WAS INSUBORDINATE. ALBERT SAID HE IS NOT LEAVING THE POSITION ONLY DUE TO THE PAY AND SAID THOMPSON FAILED TO COMMUNICATE ANY CONCERNS DIRECTLY TO HIM. THOMPSON DID NOT ANSWER THE CLAIMS IN THE MEETING. DECORAH MAYOR DON ARENDT SAID HE WAS EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THE SUPERVISORS WITH THEIR LACK OF COMMUNICATION WITH ALBERT SAYING THEY ARE LOSING A CAPABLE, TALENTED INDIVIDUAL. BOARD CHAIR JOHN LOGSDON SAID HE WAS AMAZED OVER THE AMOUNT OF DRAMA THAT ALBERT’S RESIGNATION HAS CREATED. LOGSDON SAID A COUNTY EMPLOYEE TENDERED HIS RESIGNATION AND THE BOARD ACCEPTED IT. LOGSDON SAYS ANYTHING SAID BEYOND THAT IS NOT BASED IN FACT.
HOW TO FILL THE I-T POSITION WAS DISCUSSED BY THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND DECORAH CITY OFFICIALS MONDAY MORNING. NEITHER SIDE EXPRESSED ANY CONCERNS OVER CONTINUING THE 28-E AGREEMENT WHICH ALLOWS THE POSITION TO BE SHARED BETWEEN THE CITY AND COUNTY. THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO CREATE AN AD-HOC COMMITTEE TO REVIEW AND UPDATE THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND TO STUDY HOW BOTH SIDES SHOULD PROCEED IN THE FUTURE. THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF COUNTY AUDITOR BEN STIENES, COUNTY G-I-S COORDINATOR JON LUBKE, COUNTY SHERIFF DAN MARX, DECORAH CITY MANAGER CHAD BIRD AND DECORAH CITY CLERK WANDA HEMESATH. LUBKE AGREED TO TAKE CARE OF THE I-T DUTIES IN THE INTERIM.
THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A CASTALIA WOMAN ON A WARRANT OVER THE WEEKEND. AUTHORITIES SAY 43 YEAR ODL RACHEL SORENSEN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE BEING ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY INJURY.
A DECORAH MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER AN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING TRAFFIC STOP ON THE OLD STAGE ROAD. THE WINNESHIEK COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS 25 YEAR OLD COLE MCCREA WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND DRIVING WHILE BARRED.
Iowa gas prices are now averaging about $2.30 a gallon, according to GasBuddy’s latest report. Gas prices in Iowa fell 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week. The national average fell 2.4 cents last week to an average of $2.31 a gallon. Prices Sunday were 43.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago, and are unchanged compared to a month ago. According to GasBuddy, the national average decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last month.
Iowans who plan to do any traveling over the Fourth of July holiday weekend can expect to see a few more police officers on the road. Patrick Hoye (rhymes with ‘toy’), with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, says a “drive sober or get pulled over” campaign is scheduled for July 1st through the morning of the 5th. The focus of the campaign is to remove drunk drivers from the roads, but Hoye says he hopes all drivers will also obey speed limits and buckle up. He says last year was unusual as there were no fatalities over the three-day holiday weekend.
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But, in 2014, seven people were killed on Iowa roadways and one was alcohol related. And in 2013, six people were killed on Iowa roadways over the Independence Day holiday and three of those crashes were alcohol related.
THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED A GUTTENBERG WOMAN FRIDAY AFTER A REPORT OF A WOMAN HIDING OUT IN WEST UNION. AUTHORITIES SAY 21 YEAR OLD SIERRA JOY BENNETT WAS ARRESTED ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT WITH THE ORIGINAL CHARGE OF UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A PRESCRIPTION DRUG.
NO ONE WAS INJURED IN A TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT WATER AND RIVER STREETS IN DECORAH THIS MORNING. DECORAH POLICE SAY AROUND QUARTER AFTER SEVEN, A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 24 YEAR OLD CHASE CHRISTOPHER OF DECORAH RAN A STOP LIGHT ON WATER STREET AND COLLUDED WITH A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 53 YEAR OLD MARTHA KEIGER-GRIESHEIMER OF DECORAH. CHRISTOPHER WAS CHARGED WITH RUNNING A RED LIGHT. BOTH DRIVERS REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE SCENE.
A bear struck and killed by a truck is believed to be the same animal that was recently caught on camera wandering around in a northeast Iowa cornfield. Department of Natural Resources spokesman, Kevin Baskins, says the bear died after being hit Friday night on Highway 76 near the Yellow River Forest in southeast Allamakee County.
Baskins :10 :seriously damaged”
(as he says) He says the bear was struck by a glass delivery truck and there was not much damage to the truck. Baskins says the driver of the truck was not injured. The young bear weighed about 200 pounds, and Baskins says is looks to be the one spotted recently in Clayton County. Baskins says bear was probably not used to moving in areas where there are cars and trucks.