Happy Halloween!

halloween nightHappy Halloween from the City of Monroe!  Reminder that Trick or Treat night is tonight, October 31st, 2014, from 6:00-8:00pm in Monroe.  Free trick or treat bags can be picked up either at City Hall or Salon Essence in Monroe.  Have a fun and safe time!

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EMA Public Hearing Notice

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Jasper County Emergency Management Agency is currently in the process of updating the 2011 Jasper County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Specific details regarding the development of the updated plan will be provided at a public meeting that will be held at:

 

Location:     EOC-Armory Annex Bldg.

1030 W 2nd St S, Newton

Date:            Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Time:            9:45-10:30 AM

 

Public input is extremely important to the process of writing plan. Therefore, we will be conducting public planning meeting during the coming months to allow the public to provide any comments or suggestions they have for the plan.

Jasper County Emergency Management Agency

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TO ALL CITIZENS OF MONROE

Our community is joining Jasper County and all the cities in the County to begin the update of the 2011 Jasper County Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The purpose of this plan is to identify and assess our disaster risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks.

You can share your opinions and participate in the planning process by:

Joining the planning committee.   Meeting announcements and agendas will be posted at City Hall before each meeting.   Meeting notes will be posted after each meeting, so if you cannot attend, but would like more information or to provide your ideas, we welcome your comments.

Completing the mitigation survey questionnaire.  The questionnaire will be handed out at a City Council meeting, available at City Hall, and posted on the Jasper County Emergency Management Agency website.

The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and identify area policies and projects that will make our community safer by reducing or eliminating long-term risks to life and property from future hazard events.

1st Annual Mayors’ Food Pantry Challenge A Huge Success!

mayorsThe final numbers are in and a total of 702 pounds of food and $1,171.30 as well as a number of personal toiletry and cleaning items were donated to the PCM Food Pantry through the Mayors’ Food Pantry Challenge.  The money equates to 8,366 pounds of food for a grand total of 9,068 pounds, far surpassing by nearly 2.5 times, the targeted goal of 3,662 pounds of food.

The great success of this food drive is thanks to all of the local businesses, citizens and organizations that contributed to this great cause!  It just goes to show how much good can be accomplished when we all pull together.  Thank you for helping your fellow citizens in the PCM area!

Mayors Vos, Alleger & Briles are looking forward to next year’s Mayors’ Food Pantry Challenge and are expecting even bigger results.

October 13th City Council Meeting Agenda

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Monroe City Council
October 13, 2014 7:00 P.M.
Monroe City Hall
206 W Sherman
Monroe, IA 50170

  1. Roll Call
  2. Consent Agenda
  3. Committee and Board Reports
  4. Monroe Recreation Park Update
  5. Mike’s Lounge Liquor License Renewal Request for Class C, Outdoor Service and Living Quarters at 114 E Washington Street
  6. Southside Food and Spirits Liquor License Renewal Request for Class C and Sunday Sales at 104 S Commerce Street
  7. Discussion of City Sewer System
  8. Approval of Offer of Employment for 2nd Officer Position for Monroe Police Department
  9. Approval for Legal Council to Negotiate Regarding Easement with Hawkeye Land Company at 108 East American (Madsen Field)
  10. Monroe Kiwanis Proposal for Madsen Field
  11. Resolution for Insufficient Check Charges
  12. Ordinance for No Parking on East Nevada Street
  13. Approval of Covenant between John and Kay Van Ryswyk and the City of Monroe
  14. Ordinance for rezoning of Lot 3 Block 86, Lot 4 and North 15 feet of Lot 5 Block 86, all as one parcel from residential to commercial owned by John and Kay Van Ryswyk
  15. 1st Reading of Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monroe, Iowa by Adding Provisions Pertaining to Vapor Products and Alternative Nicotine Products
  16. 1st Reading of Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Monroe, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to Off-Road Utility Vehicles
  17. 1st Reading of Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances for the City of Monroe, Iowa, by Amending Provisions to Solid Waste
  18. 1st Reading of Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances for the City of Monroe, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to Vacancies in an Elected Office and City Elections
  19. 1st Reading of Ordinance Amending the Code of Ordinances for the City of Monroe, Iowa, by Amending Provisions Pertaining to Persons Under Legal Age/Social Hosts
  20. 2014 Water Main Update on Project Schedule Changes and Consideration of Amendment to Engineering Agreement with Veenstra & Kimm, Inc.  for Bidding Services on the 2014 Water Main Project .

 

Open Forum

Mayors’ Food Pantry Challenge Update

The food and monetary donations continue to roll in for the PCM Food Pantry.

As of September 22, 2014, 335 pounds of food and $275 have been donated.  The money donated so far equates to 1,964 pounds for a total of 2,299 pounds on the path of the targeted goal of 3,662 pounds.

The Food Pantry Challenge continues through September.  Any and all donations are welcome.  Non-perishable food items that the food pantry currently needs include:  Hamburger and Tuna Helper, kids’ canned food (Spaghetti-Os, Ravioli, Beef-a-Roni, etc.), hearty soups, canned chicken, Spam, instant potatoes or other boxed potato dishes, jelly, pancake mix and pancake syrup.  If you would prefer to make a monetary contribution instead of food items, checks can be made out to PCM Food Pantry.

-Donation box locations in Prairie City are at the Prairie City City Hall and Roberts Brothers.

-Donation box location in Reasnor is at Marilyn Walker’s house, 320 3rd Street.

Her phone number is 641-793-2264.

-Donation box locations in Monroe are at Monroe City Hall, Leighton State Bank and Salon Essence.

Every contribution of non-perishable food or money will be used locally.  No contribution is too small.  This challenge represents a great opportunity for citizens and businesses in these communities to make a positive difference that can greatly benefit neighbors, friends and family members who could use a helping hand during their time of need.

Mayors’ Food Pantry Challenge Update

mayorsThe food and monetary donations continue to roll in for the PCM Food Pantry.  As of September 15, 2014, 196 pounds of food and $275 have been donated. The money donated so far equates to 1,964 pounds for a total of 2,160 pounds on the path of the targeted goal of 3,662 pounds.

The Food Pantry Challenge continues through September. Any and all donations are welcome. Non-perishable food items that the food pantry currently needs include: Hamburger and Tuna Helper, kids’ canned food (Spaghetti-Os, Ravioli, Beef-a-Roni, etc.), hearty soups, canned chicken, Spam, instant potatoes or other boxed potato dishes, jelly, pancake mix and pancake syrup. If you would prefer to make a monetary contribution instead of food items, checks can be made out to PCM Food Pantry.

-Donation box locations in Prairie City are at the Prairie City City Hall and Roberts Brothers.
-Donation box location in Reasnor is at Marilyn Walker’s house, 320 3rd Street.
Her phone number is 641-793-2264.
-Donation box locations in Monroe are at Monroe City Hall, Leighton State Bank and Salon Essence.

Every contribution of non-perishable food or money will be used locally. No contribution is too small. This challenge represents a great opportunity for citizens and businesses in these communities to make a positive difference that can greatly benefit neighbors, friends and family members who could use a helping hand during their time of need.

September 8th City Council Meeting Agenda

council meeting_squareMonroe City Council
September 8, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Monroe City Hall
206 West Sherman Street
Monroe, Iowa 50170

  1. Roll Call
  2. Consent Agenda.
  3. Committee and Board Reports
  4. Monroe Recreation Park Update and discuss council expectations of the ground maintenance.
  5. Reconsideration of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Contract.
  6. Casey’s alcohol permit renewal Class C beer, Class B wine and Sunday sales for 509 S Monroe.
  7. Mustang Lanes request for Class B beer and Sunday sales.
  8. Approve Old Settlers Liquor License for October 4, 2014.
  9. 7:15 Public Hearing for 2014 Water Main Project and award of contract to selected bidder.
  10. Consider Board of Adjustment recommendation for variance of building permit property located at 501 S Monroe owned by John & Kay Van Ryswyk.
  11. Discussion of parking concerns on E Nevada Street.
  12. Appointment of Staci Geer to the Monroe Public Library Board.
  13. Consideration of hiring part time office employee.
  14. Resolution approving annual City Street Financial Report.
  15. Resolution for Police Department hiring of Gabriel Wilson as Monroe Police Officer.
  16. Resolution for hiring of Nicholas Chambers as Monroe Police Chief.
  17. Ordinance for rezoning of properties located at 411 S Monroe and 501 S Monroe owned by John and Kay Van Ryswyk.
  18. Resolution Proposing Sale and Authorizing Public Hearing for Sale of 504 North Main; Monroe, Iowa.
  19. Establish criteria for a RFP for the sale of the City Property; Parcel Number 17.36.101.003, located west of 711 West Washington.
  20. Approve Engagement Letter with Piper Jaffray ref the 2014 Water Main Project.
  21. Acknowledge Disclosure Required for Issuing Bonds for the 2014 Water Main Project.
  22. Approve Form of Term Sheet for Distribution by Piper Jaffray relating to the 2014 Water Main Project.
  23. Resolution to fix a date for a public hearing on a proposal to enter into a loan agreement and to borrow money thereunder in a principal amount not to exceed $750,000.

 

Open Forum

Jasper County EMA Seeking Proposals for Planning Services

jcemaThe Jasper County Emergency Management Agency is soliciting proposals from firms with relevant experience to provide planning services for the update to the Countywide Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) can be found on the Emergency Management website:

http://www.jasperema-hls.org

The RFP provides detailed scope of work for prospective vendors. Bids must be received by September 26th, 2014 for consideration.