first_imgPhotos by Fremont County Emergency Management “Catastrophic devastation.” is how Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds describes the carnage from the second major flood along the Missouri River within a decade.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….enough is enough. :17Reynolds toured flood-impacted southwest Iowa Monday with stops in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Pacific Junction and Hamburg.Hamburg Mayor Cathy Crain told Reynolds citizens fought valiantly, but water swamped all but the northern portion of the community.Flooding knocked out the city’s water plant, but also Hamburg’s City Hall, fire station and almost all the businesses in the community.The mayor says virtually all the equipment the city owned is gone.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..A skid loader. :13An elementary school is now serving as Hamburg’s temporary city hall.Reynolds also heard concerns about how this latest flooding incident will impact the local farming community.Fremont County Supervisor Dustin Sheldon says many residents were still recovering from the floods of 2011.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………what do we do?” :13(BARTLETT IOWA)Others expressed anger that federal officials forced the city to remove fortifications to a levee which helped protect Hamburg during the 2011 flooding.The governor says she intends to review that levee issue.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..and red tape.” :07Reynolds says the state will come up with a plan to rebuild and recover, but we’ve got a long road ahead.”Interstate 29 remains closed in southwest Iowa due to flooding.last_img read more

Rep Tedder hosts indistrict office hours for October

first_img05Oct Rep. Tedder hosts in-district office hours for October State Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston invites residents to join him for local office hours during the month of October.“I am committed to making state government accessible and accountable to the people,” Rep. Tedder said. “Taking their issues and concerns to Lansing is my top priority as a legislator.”Office hours take place at the following times and locations:Friday, Oct. 13 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, 2309 Airport Road in Waterford Township; andMonday, Oct. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, 5856 S. Main St. in the Village of Clarkston.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Tedder at 517-373-0615 or via email at [email protected] Categories: Tedder Newslast_img read more

Legislation to remove roadside cash payments passed by House

first_img Categories: News,Steven Johnson News The Michigan House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly approved state Rep. Steve Johnson’s House Bill 6012, which was part of a legislative package to ensure Michigan drivers will no longer be required to pay cash on the roadside if stopped for a traffic citation when driving out-of-state.Currently, when a Michigan driver is issued a traffic citation in another state they must either provide cash on site, have their driver’s license confiscated or possibly go to jail until payment is made.Rep. Johnson’s bill ensures states work together so that bonds and citations are appropriately settled if a driver from another state is issued a traffic citation.“This change is a common-sense provision that protects Michigan law enforcement officers and travelers from having to engage in an uncomfortable roadside cash transaction,” said Johnson. “In addition, my bill ensures that out-of-state drivers are afforded the same privileges in Michigan if their home state is part of this agreement.”By entering into an agreement with other states, Michigan and out-of-state drivers will be protected from adverse traveling requirements and laws.House Bill 6012 advances to the Senate for consideration.##### 28Sep Legislation to remove roadside cash payments passed by Houselast_img read more