The Coralville City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to appoint Keith Jones, a retired banker and longtime city resident, to fill the vacant council seat. Jones was sworn in after the vote and took his seat at the council dais.
Council and school district proposals differ on keeping police in middle schools. “If we were ever going to be accused of overprotecting, overspending, wouldn’t we do it for our kids?” Mayor O’Donnell said as the council OK’d a new contract for school resource officers.
Wisconsin-based kitchen appliance company Sub-Zero is seeking city and state incentives to build a $140.6 million light manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids that would add nearly 200 full-time jobs, most considered to be at the high-quality wage rate.
The panel reviewing Cedar Rapids’ charter moved to more clearly define that a conflict of interest includes nonfinancial benefits, but opted to study ranked choice voting before deciding whether the city should look to switch its electoral system.
Trees Forever has planted 30 trees along Grande Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids to raise epilepsy awareness in honor of Joe Drahos, who died last August of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy. “People look at them now and think of Joe,” his mother said.
The “ambitious” $3.5 million direct assistance program funded by American Rescue Plan Act dollars had almost 2,600 Johnson County residents apply. Next steps include giving applicants time to fix errors and developing a timeline for $1,400 checks to be sent out to those who are selected.