Friday, November 21, 2014

FRIDAY DAILY REPORT

5 ABOVE THIS MORNING AND WE WENT UP AROUND 25 DEGREES DURING THE DAY WITH SUNSHINE.    RAIN AND FOG TOMORROW AND SUNDAY AND HIGHS IN THE MID 40'S.

THE JACKSON COUNTY CONFERENCE BOARD , EXAMINING BOARD, THIS MORNING INTERVIEWED 3 CANDIDATES FOR THE JACKSON COUNTY ASSESSOR POSITION.    THAT PERSON SELECTED WOULD REPLACE DEB LANE.      THE 3 INTERVIEWED TODAY WERE:     TROY  PATZNER OF BELLEVUE WHO IS THE CURRENT INTERIM ASSESOR.....DIXIE "LEE" KARABIN OF MAQUOKETA WHO ALSO WORKS IN THE ASSESSOR'S OFFICE AND JESSICA TRACY OF MAQUOKETA WHO IS A LOCAL REAL ESTATE AGENT.
THE EXAMINING BOARD CAN NOT MAKE THE FINAL DECISION BUT WILL
MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE JACKSON COUNTY CONFERENCE BOARD.    SO, NO NEW ASSESSOR YET.

THE MAQUOKETA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY BOARD WEDNESDAY APPROVED NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET FOR  THE UPCOMING CALENDAR YEAR.
NO ONE ATTENDED THE MEETING TO TALK ABOUT THE  BUDGET.
THE BUDGET NOW GOES TO THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL FOR FINAL
APPROVAL.    ALSO, THE MMEU BOARD APPROVED WAGES TO NON-UNION
EMPLOYEES AS THE SAME AS THE UNION EMPLOYEES AND WAGES WILL INCREASE 2.25 PERCENT IN EACH OF THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND 2.5 PERCENT IN T HE THIRD YEAR.      MMEU MANAGER TOM GAFFIGAN HAS A SEPARATE CONTRACT AS MANAGER.

AN ACCIDENT JUST AFTER NOON TODAY BETWEEN A CAR AND SEMI
AT SUMMIT AND MAIN SEND ONE PERSON TO THE HOSPITAL.   CLEAN-UP TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR.    NO DETAILS AT THIS TIME.

THE BIG TREE NEXT TO THE POST OFFICE HAS BEEN DECORATED.
AND THE EMPTY WINDOW DOWNTOWN THAT WAS THE WINDOW FOR
TIMBER CITY SHIRTWORKS, HAS BEEN DECORATED BY OSTERHAUS PHARMACY.   THERE IS NOT A NEW BUSINESS LOCATING THERE. 
CERTAINLY, A DECORATED WINDOW OVER THE HOLIDAYS LOOKS BETTER
THAN AN EMPTY ONE.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY
kmaq@kmaq.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

THURSDAY DAILY REPORT

TODAY, SUNNY AND HIGH OF 24..
DOWN TO 2 ABOVE TONIGHT.
ONE MORE COLD DAY TOMORROW..
THEN RAIN AND IN THE 40'S SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

A FORMER MAQUOKETA RESIDENT WAS KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NEAR TULSA, OKLAHOMA AROUND 5 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
JOSHUA MICHAEL LUNDGREN WAS DRIVING A CRANE AND A TIRE BLEW OUT AND HE CRASHED INTO A TREE.  HE WAS PINNED IN THE WRECKAGE AND
PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.    HE GRADUATED FROM MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL IN 2009 AND RECENTLY GOT MARRIED IN OKLAHOMA.

A TWO CAR ACCIDENT NOVEMBER 15TH ON SUMMIT STREET.
ONE DRIVER, JASMINE TERRELL, 22, OF MAQUOKETA AND THE
OTHER DRIVER KRISTIN LANE, 19, OF MAQUOKETA.   TERRELL WAS CHARGED.  NO INJURIES.     AROUND $1,000 - $1,500 DAMAGE TO EACH VEHICLE.

MAQUOKETA MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC UTILITY IS THINKING OF JOINING
SEVEN OTHER CITIES IN TAKING A LOOK AT PROVIDING TELEPHONE,
BROADBAND, INTERNET AND CABLE SERVICE TO MAQUOKETA.
THE STUDY WILL COST $120,000 OR $15,000 PER CITY.
THE CITY'S ORDINACE DOES NOT PREVENT COMPETITION TO MEDIACOM.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES OF ALLOWING THEIR SON TO BE TRUAN HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST BOTH  DENNIS MANNING, 47, AND DAWN MANNING, 42, BOTH OF MAQUOKETA.     THE MAGISTRATE SAID THE MANNINGS DID NOT SHOW UP FOR  A NOVEMBER 2ND HEARING.    THE NEXT HEARING WILL BE IN DECEMBER.    THE MANNING'S SON, JACOB, WAS ALLOWED TO MISS  SCHOOL ON NOV.18 AND19.

THE IOWA FARM BUREAU 29TH ANNUAL STUDY HAS  DETERMINED THE
COST OF A THANKSGIVING MEAL THIS YEAR, FOR A FAMILY OF 10,
WILL BE $49.41...LESS THAN $5 PER SERVING.   THE COST AS BEEN
AVERAGING AROUND $49 SINCE 2011.

MMEU EMPLOYEES PUT THE DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
UP TODAY AND THE TREE HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN AND PLACED IN THE GREEN SPACE AREA DOWNTOWN.

BE THANKFUL....YOU DON'T LIVE IN BUFFALO, NEW YORK!

DENNIS VOY
kmaq@kmaq.com