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Senate panel advances bill to restrict, but not ban, traffic cameras

Iowa lawmakers are taking another stab at trying to control traffic cameras with the overhaul of a bill that would restrict the uses and locations of automated law enforcement devices and regulate the revenues generated by them.Legislators have been wrestling for years over issues posed by the installation of cameras that can detect speeding or traffic signal violations and issue tickets to a vehicle owner.

Warranty Deed Land Transfers 2/27/24

HEKEL NATHAN, HEKEL TYLER to HEKEL DANIEL L OUTLOT A SHELLSBURG CENTRAL ADDITION HEITSHUSEN BEVERLY A to BEVERLY A HEITSHUSEN REVOCABLE TRUST NW 2-82-11 MANGOLD JIMMIE SUE, MANGOLD DUANE R to MANGOLD JIMMIE SUEPAR J NE 16-85-10 CEDAR VIEW CONDO Unit: 301 VINTON SELLS ADD TO RIVERSIDE Block: 5SCHUTTERLE MARCIA, GRAESSER RANDOLPH, KOKESH LISA,
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Warranty Deed Land Transfers 2/26/24

BRECHT BEAU J,  BRECHT KAREN S to BRECHT BEAU J, BRECHT KAREN SSW 33-82-11 JONES JERRY JAMES ESTATE, MIXDORF KATIE SUE EXECUTOR, JONES AMANDA LYNN EXECUTOR to GENOSOURCE LLC NE NW 34-82-10 

House bill requires training on open meetings laws, raises fines for violations

By Robin OpsahlA bill raising fines for violating open meetings or records laws and requiring education for elected and appointed officials was approved in the Iowa House Thursday with bipartisan support.House File 2539 passed 92-2, with Reps. Phil Thompson and Brian Lohse voting against the measure. The bill increases penalties for people who participated in a violation of open meetings law from fines between $100 and $500 to fines between $500 and $2,500.

Job Opening: BENTON COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICE FULL-TIME CLERK

BENTON COUNTY AUDITOR’S OFFICEFULL-TIME CLERKThe Benton County Auditor’s Office will be accepting applications for full-time clerk through Tuesday, March 12, 2024, or until the position is filled. The position will be responsible for assisting the Auditor and/or Deputy Auditor with his/her duties including, but not limited to, maintaining accurate real estate records, county receivables, website maintenance, voter registration, payroll assistance, as well as other duties, as assigned including elections.
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Warranty Deed Land Transfers 2/23/24

VAN THOURNOUT MICHAEL JOHN ESTATE, VAN THOURNOUT JOSHUA EXECUTOR to VAN THOURNOUT EUGENEVAN HORNE RUPPS ADDITION Lot: 1 Block: 1 

City Council moves forward with plans for Rate Adjustments

The Vinton City Council met last Thursday and had a light agenda to cover.Committee reports were given and Mayor Maynard began with a report on the work session concerning the budget for fiscal year 2025. Councilman Ron Hessenius reported on the Public Safety meeting to discuss West 5th Street and a request for a handicap parking space near North Star Community Services.

Warranty Deed Land Transfers 2/22/24

PATAVA RENEE, PATAVA ROBERT D JR to PATAVA RENEEPAR E Lot: 1 7-85-10SCHRAGE DYLAN J, SCHRAGE BETHANY R to BRYANT MALIA M, BRYANT KALAB CVINTON WF WILLIAMS ADDITION Block: 15 NWMULLNIX LEONARD O ESTATE, MULLNIX CHAWN D CO-EXECUTORS, HANSON DANA CO-EXECUTORS to SMITH ALLAN LEE, SMITH FAMILY TRUST,  SM
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Week in Wrap Week 7

The seventh of the legislative session has come to an end. I am sending my apologies out to all my constituents and anyone I missed this week at the Capitol. I was absent Monday, May 19th through Wednesday, May 21st due to illness. I won’t go into details, but it’s basically what’s going around, and it was not fun! I was able to get in on Thursday the 22nd and get caught up.

Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 2/22/24

February 22, 2024The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session with Supervisors Seeman present, and Supervisor Primmer called in, Bierschenk was absent. The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. at the Benton County Service Center. Members of the public are invited to join in during open session or watch the livestream at https://www.
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