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Sunshine Week: Fighting a virus with truth and transparency By Ken Paulson

As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may be more than a year away, but the latter is critical to stemming the pandemic in the meantime. This is Sunshine Week, a time each year when people like me write columns about some legislature’s wrong-headed move to limit access to public records, and then try to make the case for greater access to public information and transparency in government. But we’re facing something far more dangerous than any state legislature could conjure up. It’s a worldwide crisis worsened by governments whose impulse is to hide, control and censor news and information. When a Chinese doctor shared with his colleagues his concerns that a mysterious new virus might be emerging, he was reprimanded and silenced. The doctor, Li Wenliang, died last month of coronavirus. After China mishandled and hid the virus from the public, the epidemic dramatically worsened. The Chinese government “is now leading a sweeping campaign to purge the public sphere of dissent, censoring news reports, harassing citizen journalists and shutting down news sites,” according to the New York Times. Similar suppression has appeared in other nations, according to the Committee to Protect journalists. In Thailand, the prime minister has threatened to arrest journalists who publish “fake news” about the virus and Iran detained a journalist for posts critical of the government’s response, according to the CPJ. But even a democracy is going to be tempted to manage the messaging, as the U.S. did by initially channeling the government’s comments through a single spokesman – Vice President Mike Pence. That has improved significantly over the past week. When the public is desperate for information, government needs to maximize authoritative information from scientists and experts on the public payroll. That appropriately

gives Americans what they need to know, and counters irresponsible pundits who have sought to minimize the threat to score political or ratings points. Most encouraging, though, has been the response of state and local governments, schools and the private sector. Governments at every level resist disclosure and scrutiny, but this has been a refreshing change, with leaders saying: “Here’s what we need to do, here’s why we’re doing it and here’s how you can find out more.” Sports leagues and private businesses, not known for transparency, have been refreshingly transparent. How many emails have you received this week that began “Out of an abundance of caution…”? There are a lot of institutions making tough decisions these days, but they’re largely doing it in partnership with the American people. More than anything, else, though, this crisis reminds us of how wise the first generation of Americans was in demanding a free press. Despite the inevitable accusations by some that the news media were “hyping” this threat, traditional media have been measured and thorough in their coverage, making the most of their on-air medical and scientific consultants. Closer to home, local newspapers and broadcasters have devoted extensive resources to reporting how the virus will affect the communities they serve. President Trump told the nation last week that “we are all in this together” and that’s exactly what needs to happen: the government sharing what it knows truthfully and without spin or bravado, private and public institutions engaging constructively with America’s most pressing challenge and news organizations keeping the public informed in a thorough and even-handed way. In the end, science will prevail in curbing this virus. Yet the path to that victory can only emerge from true collaboration and collective sacrifice, fueled by a shared understanding of exactly what we’re up against. That can only come from the free flow of information.

Ken Paulson is the director of the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

“Whenever people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government.”

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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Buchanan County

A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Buchanan County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home. “While this is Buchanan County’s first case, it may not be the last, and that’s why we encourage all residents to continue to make prevention a priority,” said Buchanan County Public Health Director Tai Burkhart. These actions include: • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow/upper arm. • Staying home when ill. Approximately 80% of Iowans infected with COVID-19, will experience only a mild to moderate illness. Most mildly ill Iowans do not need to go to their healthcare provider or be tested to confirm they have COVID-19. Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until: • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND • at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If you think you may need healthcare, call first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the IDPH webpage at https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow the department on Facebook at @IowaDepartmentOfPublicHealth and on Twitter at @IAPublicHealth.

Unemployment insurance tax extension assists small businesses Governor Reynolds announced that first quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30 will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020. Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments. “Iowa’s small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the engine behind our economy. Now more than ever we need to make sure they have the ability to manage their cash flow,” said Gov. Reynolds. “It’s critically important that we continue to take steps in support of our small business community during these challenging times.” To qualify for the extension, the employer must be current on all quarterly tax payments before the 1st quarter of 2020 regardless of whether or not they are seeking an extension of tax payment. All employers must file Quarterly Employers Contribution and Payroll Report electronically by 4:30 on April 24th to avoid late report filing penalty. Payments for Q1 would be due when Q2 payments are due, July 31, 2020. No interest or penalties will accrue for delayed payments for the eligible group. The exten-

sion of payment deadline without interest is not a holiday or forgiveness and the taxes will be due July 31, 2020. Employers still need to file their quarterly reports, which contain employee wage data necessary to compute benefit eligibility and amounts to be paid. “More than 95% of businesses in Iowa, or 72,264 employers, have 50 or fewer employees. They employ a total of 417,536 Iowans, pay approximately $4.2 billion in wages. Providing an extension to paying unemployment insurance taxes will help the vast majority of employers during this difficult time,” said Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development. For an employer who elects to take advantage of the extension, please contact our Unemployment Insurance Tax division at either 1-888-848-7442 or by sending an email to Q1tax@iwd.iowa.gov. If an employer would like to request additional time to pay the tax, please contact the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division. IWD recommends sending an email versus a phone call as there is a high call volume during this time that may lead to extended wait times. Employers must notify IWD of intent to delay payment by Friday, April 24 at 4:30 PM.

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Governor announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program Governor Reynolds announced on Monday the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest. “Small businesses are the source of thriving main streets and community pride across Iowa,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The Small Business Relief Grant Program is another way we can support our small businesses during this unprecedented time.” Iowa Small Business Relief Program Grant: To be eligible for a small business relief grant, eligible businesses must: • Be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic • Have employed between 2-25 people prior to March 17, 2020 The Small Business Relief Grants will assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations or reopening business following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds may not be used to pay debts incurred prior to March 17, 2020. The Iowa Economic Development Authority will review grant applications for eligibility and will determine the grant amount by the level of impact including loss in sales revenue and employees. Notification of award decisions and disbursement of grant funds will be expedited. Tax Assistance: The Iowa Department of Revenue will review each application as applicable, to determine if it is appropriate to grant a deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest. The dual application for grant assistance and tax deferral is available at iowabusinessrecovery.com. The deadline for applications is March 31 at 12 noon. The program may be restricted due to funding availability.

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RMC suspends routine visitors and restricts public entrances

To protect patients and staff during the continued widespread seasonal influenza activity and outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Regional Medical Center (RMC) in Manchester is suspending routine visiting until further notice. Visitors will be allowed in the facility based on the exceptions noted below. Exceptions may also be made for a caregiver to be with a patient under certain situations. This will be determined on a case by case basis. • Obstetric patients may have one partner or birth support person • Patients who are at the end-of-life may have two visitors at a time • Patients who are minors (under the age of 18) may have one parent or guardian • Patients undergoing surgery may have one visitor and remain in the Surgical Services waiting room during surgery. NOTE: Visitors that are allowed must stay in the patient’s room during their visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital. Please note that visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test unless needed. In addition, RMC will begin limiting public entrances on March 20. Those who present to RMC will be screened at the entrance and have their temperature taken. If you have a fever, we will consult with you on the next steps to take.

• Patients who are well with scheduled appointments at RMC will use Entrance A in River Ridge Pavilion (use Parking Lot 1). • Patients who are sick with respiratory-like symptoms or other urgent medical conditions will use Entrance E the Emergency/Surgery Entrance (use Parking Lots 2 & 3). • Patients who have an appointment with Regional Family Health in Manchester will use Entrance G if they are well and Entrance G-1 if sick with respiratory-like illness (use Parking Lot 4). Remember, you must call ahead for all appointments at Regional Family Health, including Urgent Care. • All other public entrances will be closed. All RMC employees are required to answer screening questions and have their temperature taken upon entering the facility. This process also includes all Regional Family Health clinic locations. We understand these changes may be an inconvenience but these steps are very important to help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. These changes will remain in place until further notice. To keep up-to-date go to regmedctr.org/covid-19.

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Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels has dispensed Catholics in the archdiocese from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 3 due to coronavirus concerns. “Archbishop Jackels understands the current difficulties associated with being in public and grocery shopping in particular,” said Deacon John Robbins, Archdiocesan Director of Communications. “We hope that this dispensation is not viewed strictly as a local ‘rule change’ but rather as a pastoral accommodation to help Catholics who are truly in need.” In his message, Archbishop Jackels states, “Those who aren’t able to abstain [from meat], should perform some other act of penance.”

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Ninety-five percent of households in the United States have received an initial invitation to respond to the 2020 Census in their mailboxes. Households are encouraged to respond when they receive their invitation. Households will receive either an invitation encouraging them to respond online or by phone (about 112 million households), or an invitation along with a paper questionnaire (about 31 million households). To submit a census questionnaire online go to www.my2020census.gov You will need the 12-digit Census ID as found in the letter you received in the mail. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the census questionnaire. Additional information can be found at www.2020Census.gov What is the impact of a person NOT being counted? State and Federal program dollars are allocated to communities based upon population. If you are not counted your community WILL lose out on financial support. A George Washington University study verified that a town or county will not receive $28,884 in Federal support, per person, over a 10-year period. Additionally, communities will lose approximately $1,230 per person in Iowa Road Use Funds over a 10-year for each person not counted. It’s is VERY important for the economic wellbeing of communities that EVERYONE be counted. Households receiving an invitation in the mail will receive a second letter in the mail shortly after reminding them to respond. Census takers will follow-up with households that don’t respond, to collect responses in person. To learn more about the 2020 census go to www.growbuchanan.com and click on the Census link in the Bulletin Board.

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Relief programs to assist Iowa dentists and nonprofits The Advance Claims Payment Program will provide financial assistance for Iowa dentists who have been affected by COVID-19 disruptions and address their immediate cash flow needs. $10 million has been allocated for Iowa dentists through this program, which will provide dentists with 50% of their average claims payment for four weeks. In addition, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation has committed $500,000 for the COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief Fund, which will provide operating grants up to $10,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations focused on providing health and wellness services or addressing food insecurity needs during this crisis. In Iowa, most dental offices are small businesses with


less than 20 employees. Thousands of Iowans are employed by the dental industry. With many dental offices closed or only providing limited services, there will be a significant financial impact on these employees. Dentists can request funds through April 17 by contacting Delta Dental's professional relations team at provrelations@deltadentalia.com. The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation's new COVID-19 Nonprofit Emergency Operating Relief Grants will be for nonprofits focused on health and wellness services as well as addressing food insecurity needs. These funds can be used to cover fixed operational expenses such as: salaries for medical providers, volunteer coordinators, medical workforce (e.g., lab technicians, CNAs), rent, utilities, Internet, insurance, phone, medical supplies, etc. Nonprofits wanting more information on these grants should go to www.deltadentalia.com/foundation. Through these two relief programs, Delta Dental is committed to ensuring that our customers and communities receive the care and services they need, and that our dentist partners are supported during this trying time. We are all in this together.

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You have all undoubtedly followed the state, national, and global news regarding the coronavirus pandemic. While we have been posting almost daily on social media regarding updated changes at BCHC as well as passing along community education, I wanted to take a step back to give you a broader perspective on how we are planning to serve our communities. First, I want to recognize that while this is a stressful situation in healthcare, we are fully aware of the economic, social, and psychological stress that this pandemic has created for all the communities we serve. From businesses forced to close to a parent of a kindergartener who may have had their first exciting year of school cut short, this has impacted our community now, and we know will have a lasting impact in the future. While BCHC is spending the vast majority of its time now to combat the spread of COVID-19 and plan for its treatment, we know we will have a role to play as a community leader when we get through this. BCHC does run emergency drills; however, it would be disingenuous to suggest that we could ever be truly prepared out of the gate for a crisis like this. Know, though, that our team has been working incredibly quick making changes to serve our community. In our first week, BCHC implemented many measures to help control the spread by dramatically reducing the number of individuals coming into our organization by rescheduling visits for individuals who may be at high risk for health issues if they contract COVID-19, canceling elective surgeries, restricting door access, and screening visitors, patients, and employees upon entry. We have also implemented an outside testing site to reduce exposure to our staff and other individuals visiting BCHC. We are happy to report that this testing has been going very well, using all appropriate precautions. To address questions and concerns community members may have regarding COVID-19, we have established a call center at BCHC. This call center is staffed MondaySunday from 8am-8pm by BCHC nurses under provider supervision. Please call 319332-0894 to speak with someone at the BCHC COVID-19 Call Center. BCHC also has taken the need to protect our residents in Lexington Estate and the home owners at Oak View incredibly serious. Experiences in other states have shown that COVID-19 outbreaks in these environments can have some devastating consequences. Decisions made to protect our residents are necessary, but are difficult as the removal of some social interactions have its own negative consequences. We have dedicated champions within our activity department in Lexington Estate spending time one-on-one with residents and helping set up virtual interactions with family. We are also working on different locations to handle any end of life situations to be able to allow more visitors without exposing our other residents additionally.

Grab-n-Go Lunch Program initiated

In an effort to feed the children of the Independence Community School District & St. John School while they are closed due to COVID-19, local area organizations offer a free Grab-n-Go Sack Lunch to students. There no income guidelines and children do not have to be on free/reduced meal program through school for this. Lunch will include sandwich, cheese stick, chips, fruit cup or applesauce (items vary daily). Bags will be handed out Monday-Friday. On Fridays, a “weekend bag” will be distributed in addition to the regular daily bag. Pickup locations: Independence: 11:30 AM-1 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church (North Entrance), St. John Church Parking Lot, Methodist Church Parking Lot, Rivers Edge Parking Lot, Presbyterian Church Parking Lot Brandon: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, First United Methodist Church Rowley: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, City Park Shelter

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On the hospital and clinic side, BCHC has another busy week of planning. Our priorities include the establishment of a call center for triage purposes to centralize questions and create consistency in who is answering questions for individuals concerned about COVID-19 related symptoms. We are also reviewing the ability to connect with our primary care patients at all three locations through telephone visits or video chat telehealth features. Finally, BCHC has begun planning to create a specialized clinic to centralize patients with COVID symptoms that need non-emergent care to reduce exposure to patients coming in for well-exams and other acute issues to our primary care offices. Regarding our facilities, our exceptional maintenance team has already been able to convert multiple areas within ER, urgent care, and inpatient unit into negative pressure rooms, which sucks air out of the room continuously to reduce transmission. Finally, as we have seen in other countries and in other states, we are planning for an increase in hospitalized patients as a result of COVID-19. As such, BCHC has begun to prepare for additional inpatients both with reconfiguring rooms as well as cross training staff whose areas have been reduced or closed recently. We have been working with our partners at UniytPoint Health to begin to determine patients that we will still transfer to them and patients that we may take from them in transfer to free up their units to care for the critically ill. We are not in this alone and have been having a daily call with leaders at the hospitals in Manchester, Grundy Center, Sumner, Waverly, and Waterloo to work together, share what we are doing, and plan for how we can help one another. While we plan for the worst, we still hope for the best. Much is still not yet known about COVID-19, the timing of treatments, its full transmission pattern, the number of positive cases truly out there, etc. I certainly hope that we will not need to activate all of these plans, but know that we will be ready if we do. BCHC has also experienced terrific success in the past allowing us to build our cash reserves and weather the economic impacts of this so we will see our way through this and continue as a strong leader in our community post. We will continue to update you through our social media and weekly newspaper press releases. A lot changes quickly so please follow “Buchanan County Health Center” on Facebook, or visit BCHealth.org/covid19. Also, ensure you continue to get your information from trusted sources such as the Iowa Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. As a final note, we want to thank our partners at Public Health, EMA, UnityPoint Health and our broader healthcare industry. These relationships are critical to coordinating our response.

Update from Citizens State Bank: COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and communities are very important to us. We will continue to monitor the latest reports about the COVID-19 and assess what impacts, if any, it has on the services we are able to provide. Our plan is to continue to deliver your services. We are committed to being responsive to your immediate and necessary needs. In an effort to encourage and support the practice of social distancing, we are going to a drive thru only policy at our Citizens State Bank locations. Our hours of operation will remain the same. We are asking customers who have the need to see a Customer Service Representative, Loan Officer, Investment Officer or Insurance Officer to call your local branch location in advance and make an appointment.

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reminding Iowans of the importance of flushing ONLY toilet paper and human waste down toilets to avoid disruption of sewer systems. The Department recognizes the temporary shortage of toilet paper products during the Covid-19 outbreak, but warns items such as flushable wipes, disinfecting wipes, surface cleaning wipes, baby wipes, even though advertised as flushable, are not recommended for disposal by flushing down a toilet. Diapers, paper towels, tissues and feminine hygiene products should also not be flushed down toilets. Even though these products may not clog your sewer system at your residence, when deposited together, in an entire community, can pose a serious risk of overwhelming a community’s sewer system. If a sewer system is clogged, it can lead to backups of sewage into residences and overflows into the environment. Additionally, it can cause pump failures and lead to several hours of repairs and expenses to city wastewater systems. Residents are encouraged to dispose of the items in bags and dispose in the trash.

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Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus: Winthrop City Hall Closed City Hall will remain closed while East Buchanan Community School remains closed. Water Bill payments may be made in the water bill drop box. Staff will respond to messages left on the answering machine: (319) 935-3317 Please check the City’s website for updates: www.cityofwinthrop.com

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Buchanan County Board of Supervisors March 9, 2020 The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 with Clayton Ohrt, Chairman pro-tem in the Chair, Don Shonka present and Gary Gissel attending telephonically. Absent, none. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve the minutes of the March 2nd meeting as presented. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve claims filed with the County Auditor for payment in the amount of $2,473.61. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to place on file the manure management plan updates from Alan F. Wulfekuhle, facility Wulfekuhle site, Sec. 24 Newton Twp. and Ben Reck, Sec. 25 Byron Twp. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to place on file a new manure management plan and confinement from Slattery Brothers Farm, LLC, facility Slattery Brothers Farm 2, Sec. 28 Middlefield Twp. All in favor, motion carried. Leanne Harrison from the Certified Local Government Commission/Historical Preservation Commission presented the annual report of the commission. After discussion, motion by Shonka second by Gissel to accept the report and authorize the Chairman pro-tem to sign. All in favor, motion carried. The Board proceeded to canvass the votes cast at the Special School Election held March 3, 2020 with the following results: Independence Community School, public measure CC - 211 yes and 25 no votes. The public measure for the authorization of a revenue purpose statement is adopted. Starmont Community School, public measure A - 13 yes and zero no votes. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to place the canvass on file with the county Auditor and direct the county Auditor to forward the Abstract of Votes to the school districts and Clayton County Auditor. All in favor, motion carried. County Auditor, Cindy Gosse discussed the State Auditor’s Public Innovations & Efficiencies Chart. After discussion, motion by Gissel second by Shonka authorize the Auditor to complete the information for submission. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve the following resolution. On roll call all voted aye thereon. Motion carried. RESOLUTION 20-16 WHEREAS, the Buchanan County Compensation Board meets annually to recommend a compensation schedule for elected officials for the fiscal year immediately following, in accordance with Iowa Code Chapters 331.905 and 331.907, and WHEREAS, the Buchanan County Compensation Board met on December 18, 2019 and made the following salary recommendations for the following elected officials for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 20¬-20: Elected Official Current Salary Proposed Increase Recommended Salary Auditor $65,792 2.80% $67,634.18 County Attorney $100,880 2.80% $103,704.64 Recorder $63,736 2.80% $65,520.61 Sheriff $85,581 2.80% $87,977.27 Supervisors $37,595 2.80% $38,647.66 Treasurer $63,736 2.80% $65,520.61

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Buchanan County Board of Supervisors March 16, 2020 The Buchanan County Board of Supervisors met in regular session at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 with Clayton Ohrt, Chairman Pro-tem and Don Shonka present with Gary Gissel attending telephonically. Absent, none. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to approve the minutes of the March 9th meeting as presented. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve the claims filed with the County Auditor for payment in the amount of $101,455.52. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to approve the following officer’s reports: Clerk of Court $10,545.17; County Recorder $10,764.97 and Jail $15,024.57. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to place on file the manure management plan update from Donny Strauel, facility DJS Farms, Sec. 15 Westburg Twp. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve the appointment of Linda L. Walthart to the Pioneer Cemetery Commission effective March 16, 2020, term ending December 31, 2021. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to approve the following resolution. On roll call all voted aye thereon. Motion carried. RESOLUTION 20-19 WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has the power to abate taxes on property that is owned by a political subdivision of the State of Iowa per Iowa Code Section 445.63. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors authorizes the County Treasurer to abate taxes, penalty and costs under the name of the City of Independence, parcel #10.04.379.004 in the amount of $2,229.00 for the years 2015 through 2018 payable 2016-20. Passed this 16th day of March 2020. County Auditor, Cindy Gosse information on the renewal of the lawn mowing contract. After discussion, motion by Gissel second by Shonka to renew the contract with Jacob Clark d/b/a JC’s Lawn Care LLC at the same rate as 2019. All in favor, motion carried. Auditor Gosse presented the monthly financial report. After discussion, motion by Shonka second by Gissel to accept the report. All in favor, motion carried.

Thanks for saying you saw it in THE NEWS & THE GUIDE! THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors adopts the salary recommendations for elected officials for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 as recommended by the Buchanan County Compensation Board. Passed this 9th day of March, 2020. At 9:15 a.m. the public hearing for the proposed FY21 budget was called to order with the following present: Brian Keierleber, John Klotzbach, Sherlyn Hazen, Bill Wolfgram, Mike Ratchford, Matt Even, Dan Cohen, Robert Ridgway, Ralph Kremer and Tai Burkhart. After discussion, motion by Shonka second by Gissel close the hearing at 9:18 a.m. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to adopt the FY21 budget and approve the following resolution. On roll call all voted aye thereon. Motion carried. RESOLUTION 20-17 BE IT RESOLVED that the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors approve the Buchanan County budget for FY21 as proposed with the following levies: General Basic 3.5; Pioneer Cemetery .00440; General Supplemental 1.79215; County MHDS Fund .30822; Debt Service .80840 and Rural Services 3.26908. Passed this 9th day of March 2020. Environmental Health/Zoning Administrator, Matt Even presented information for the Preliminary Plat of RSBR Central Avenue Addition. After discussion, motion by Gissel second by Shonka to approve the following resolution. On roll call vote: Ayes – Gissel and Shonka, Nay – Ohrt. Motion carried. RESOLUTION 20-18 WHEREAS, a preliminary plat of RSBR Central Avenue subdivision to Buchanan County, Iowa, containing one (1) lot has been filed with the County Auditor, and after consideration, the same is found to be correct and in accordance with the provisions of the laws of the State of Iowa and the ordinance of Buchanan County, Iowa, in relation to platting and the subdivision of land. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Supervisors of Buchanan County, Iowa, the preliminary plat of, RSBR Central Avenue subdivision to Buchanan County, Iowa, be approved, and the same is hereby acknowledged on the part of Buchanan County, Iowa. Passed this 9th day of March 2020. Public Health Director, Tai Burkhart presented information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) stating her department is working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Current information can be found on the Buchanan County website which will direct you to the Iowa Dept. of Public Health. No official action was taken by the Board. The Board met with County Engineer, Brian Keierleber to discuss safety grants. The HSIP grant has awarded funds which did not include the funds for the advance signs. After discussion on the HRDP grant for the Taylors Ford Bridge, motion by Gissel second by Shonka to authorize the County Engineer to sign the grant application as the authorized official. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to adjourn at 10:16 a.m. All in favor, motion carried. Clayton Ohrt, Chairman Pro-tem ATTEST: Cindy Gosse, Auditor

Auditor Gosse presented the monthly financial report of the Health Trust. After discussion, motion by Gissel second by Shonka to accept the report. All in favor, motion carried. County Engineer, Brian Keierleber presented contracts for repairs of asphalt shoulders. After discussion, motion by Shonka second by Gissel to approve the contract between Buchanan County and Heartland Asphalt Inc. in the amount of $51,167.40 and authorize the County Engineer to sign. All in favor, motion carried. Engineer Keierleber presented quotes received from the following for replacement of lighting at the Winthrop shop: Reed Electric, Winthrop $2,500.00; Curry Electric, LLC, Jesup $2,278.00; and Smedley Electric, Inc., Independence $5,585.00. After discussion, motion by Gissel second by Shonka to accept the quote from Curry Electric, LLC, Jesup. All in favor, motion carried. At 9:15 a.m. the public hearing was called to order regarding the request to vacate Mill Street in the unincorporated village of Otterville with the following present: Tai Burkhart, Rick Wulfekuhle, John Klotzbach, Brian Keierleber and Steve McMurrin. After discussion, motion by Shonka second Gissel to close the public hearing at 9:19 a.m. All in favor, motion carried. Motion by Gissel second by Shonka to approve the following resolution. On roll call all voted aye thereon. Motion carried. RESOLUTION 20-20 WHEREAS, a hearing on the vacation of the below described road was held this 16th day of March 2020; and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Buchanan County are of the opinion that the vacation of said road has merit. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the following described road be hereby vacated and closed: Mill Street in the unincorporated village of Otterville, Iowa. Mill Street beginning at the right-of-way of Hwy. D-16 Otterville Boulevard then heading Northeast an approximate distance of 365 feet. Passed and adopted this 16th day of March 2020. Public Health Director, Tai Burkhart and EMA Director, Rick Wulfekuhle updated the Board on the Coronavirus with recommendations on continuing county services for the protection of the employees and residents. It was agreed to limit access to county offices requiring appointments for essential services and expanding the employee sick leave policy until further notice. Motion by Shonka second by Gissel to adjourn at 9:56 a.m. All in favor, motion carried. Clayton Ohrt, Chairman Pro-tem ATTEST: Cindy Gosse, Auditor

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Alliant Energy temporarily suspends disconnects for nonpayment; waive late fees

Alliant Energy is temporarily suspending disconnections for all Iowa and Wisconsin customers during the public health emergency related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, the company plans to waive late fees in Iowa to help customers who are suffering financial hardships and will collaborate with partners and organizations in Wisconsin to offer a similar solution. In the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, worrying about continued access to utility service should not be anyone’s top concern. This temporary suspension will alleviate customer concerns about continued access to their utility service and allows them to concentrate on the health of their families and businesses during this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation. This complements the recent directive extending the winter moratorium for residential customers. While the ongoing COVID-19 situation may create financial stress and difficulty for some customers, Alliant Energy is encouraging them to set up payment plans based on their ability to pay. This can be done online at the company’s website allows for fee-free credit card payments. Another resource available to customers is 211. Via call, text or chat, customers can talk with local 211 community resource specialists to discuss a variety of services and resources that are available to help them through this difficult situation. The company also announced a $100,000 donation to help non-profits and assist with rising community needs. For more information about Alliant Energy, visit alliantenergy.com.

Iowa Insurance Division, SHIIP and SMP assist Iowans

The Iowa Insurance Division is reminding Iowans that staff and volunteers with the Iowa Insurance Division, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) are available to assist Iowans. Public access to the Iowa Insurance Division office may be limited to limit the spread of COVID-19. Iowans with questions or concerns with their insurance policies, securities or investments can file a complaint with the Iowa Insurance Division online at https://iid. iowa.gov/insurance-consumer-complaint or by phone at 515-281-6348. Iowans with questions or concerns regarding Medicare or Medicare Fraud can contact SHIIP and SMP at shiip@ iid.iowa.gov or by phone at 800-351-4664.

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Iowa high school seniors, or their parents or guardians, can enter a drawing for 10 $1,000 awards by completing a free online tool that helps them estimate the total cost of a four-year undergraduate degree. Eligible participants may enter their information for the drawing after completing the College Funding Forecaster now through April 30. The free online tool provided by Iowa Student Loan® uses information from students’ freshman year financial aid award packets, as well outside scholarships and grants and family savings and earnings, to project estimated costs, funding gaps and potential student loan debt over four years. The tool is designed to help families understand total college costs before they commit to a particular path, said Steve McCullough, president and CEO of Iowa Student Loan. “We find that actual college costs compared to available financial aid surprise families every year. Even many of those who have planned funding for the first year are not always prepared for increases in costs or reductions in scholarship or other aid to have a complete picture of four-year costs.” The College Funding Forecaster helps by demonstrating estimated cost increases, changes in financial aid and scholarships, and student and family earnings and savings, McCullough said. The tool allows families to customize both expenses and available funding to adjust results for changes in students’ situations over the four years. The results show yearly and total estimated costs of attendance, available funding and projected funding gaps. The tool also provides informational tips on how to reduce costs and potential debt. After viewing their results in the College Funding Forecaster, users have the opportunity to enter the drawing. Student names will be drawn in May to win one of 10 $1,000 awards for 2020-21 college expenses. The awards will be paid directly to the students’ colleges this fall. For details and rules visit www.IowaStudentLoan.org/ Giveaway.

The Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are adjourned until April 15, 2020 and pause the legislative deadlines for this year. It would also allow us to come back into session before that date, if necessary, or after that date if we cannot come back in 30 days. We also passed Senate File 2408, which included a supplemental appropriation to the State Hygienic Lab for additional COVID-19 testing, more money for Medicaid, Hawk-I, and the Glenwood Resource Center. It also increases the governor’s transfer authority, allowing her the power to move around money between budget items as necessary. The total for this supplemental appropriation is $91.8 million. Additionally, this bill gave Governor Kim Reynolds access to the Economic Emergency Fund while session is suspended for needs related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Under this legislation, Governor Reynolds is authorized to access up to 10 percent of the fund to address the impact of the virus. The Legislative Council, a committee of both representatives and senators, may approve up to a total of $196 million without the legislature having to reconvene. This authorization means quicker response time for the process. It also sets a precedent for future state emergencies. Additionally, we authorized the actions to go into to effect if legislators cannot make it back to the Capitol before the end of the current budget year on June 30. It authorized spending levels for July and August 2020 at the current rate of funding for FY 2020, with the exception of education funding, which was passed and signed into law earlier this year. Governor Reynolds recommended schools cancel class-

es for four weeks. Since then, we have been getting a lot of questions from parents and teachers about what the school year would look like after the four weeks. The Legislature included in our legislation a provision to waive the requirement for Iowa schools to reschedule days canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These authorizations are temporary and are only to address the situation our state is facing. It was important for us to consider the precedent our actions would set, as well as ensure the resources would be there when we need them. Information on the COVID-19 outbreak is constantly changing and I urge you to stay updated as much as possible to keep you and your families safe. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) have put out guidance on appropriate actions to take and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. To keep up to date on what is happening or to answer any questions, I encourage you to check the CDC website on COVID-19 or the IDPH website. Additionally, a hotline has been established you can call 24/7 with questions. It can be reached by dialing either 211 or 1-800-244-7431. During this period, please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. For Iowa and America, the situation is one we can choose to let it define us or we can define the situation. I prefer the latter and know we will meet the challenge. Be close to your families, help your friends and watch out for your neighbors.

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