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The following is some information regarding the upcoming City of Independence election for Mayor and various council seats.
All City of Independence residents who are registered to vote here will vote for the Mayor and At-Large positions. If you live in a ward with a seat up for election such as 1st, 3rd, 4th, or 5th, you will also vote for a representative for your ward.
Official Candidate Forum
The election will be held November 5th, 2013.
On the Ballot
- Jeanne Hermsen
- Mike Hayward
- Mike Lenius
- Dustin Dallenbach
These are locations to vote the day of the election (November 5th):
1st Ward: Falcon Civic Center at 1305 5th Ave NE
2nd Ward: VFW at 128 3rd Ave NE
3rd Ward: Heartland Acres Agribition Center at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd
4th Ward: Senior Citizen Center at 400 5th Ave NE
5th Ward: First Presbyterian Church at 115 6th Ave NW
Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Check here.
Need to update your registration? Get information here.
Registered voters can vote early at the Buchanan County Auditor’s office during the following hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:20pm.
The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election (November 1st).
If the request is received so late that is unlikely the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be considered for counting, the county auditor will enclose a statement to that effect with the absentee ballot.
Need to request an absentee ballot request form? Click here for the form.
It is important to follow instructions EXACTLY when voting via Absentee as your vote will not be counted if you have not done so.
WE WANT YOUR INPUT ON INDEPENDENCE!
As the City begins the Comprehensive Plan update, we are interested in knowing about the areas that concern you the most. Your responses will help us to address your needs and wants, as a community, and will enable us to prepare a plan for Independence’s future.
Please take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the online version of the Independence Comprehensive Plan Survey. We ask that only one person per household fill it out, but please feel free to consult with all members of your household in forming your opinions. Your answers will be completely anonymous, with only the final results being presented to the Comprehensive Plan Task Force. If you’d prefer, hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall or you can print one out here and bring it in. The survey will be open from October 2, 2013 to November 15, 2013.
Plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
at the Independence Public Library from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Core Committee Seeks Main Street Iowa, Independence Support
Michelle Reck, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce Director
Throughout the summer bustle of vacations, cookouts, festivals, sporting events, and everything in between, there have been a small group community members coming together weekly, in supports of the future of Independence; involvement, growth, preservation, and pride; Main Street Iowa.
In which part of Independence was business and community development founded and spiraled upon? Where is the heart in which all veins connect to? The answer is the Main Street District of Independence. Down first street, reaching its arms through second street, third street, and crossing through third and sixth avenue.
Over the years, as more businesses have developed, and by-passing routes have been made, Independence’s Main Street has taken a backseat. Initially the hub of all activity, as our community has greatly and positively grown, our Main Street still provides quality experience, products, and community benefactors.
Launched in the 1980’s, the Main Street Iowa Program is designed to “Improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa’s communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district” (iowaeconomicdevelopment.com). Since its beginning, over 11,000 new jobs have been created in Main Street Iowa districts; Waverly, Dubuque, West Union, Charles City, and more to name a few, $1.1 billion dollars have been invested in buildings in these districts, Main Street communities grew 1.7% within those populated between 5,000 to 50,000, and more than 3,800 businesses have started-up, relocated to, or expanded in designated Main Street Iowa districts. These communities have revitalized downtown lofts for living space, revitalized outside and inside appearance to best resemble historic accuracy, and have created events and activities for citizens to enjoy, drawing many community members as well as visitors to this hub of motion, to name a few.
Each Main Street community receives thousands of dollars annually in training and technical assistance through this highly participatory and volunteer driven program. Becoming a MSI community is no easy task. Applicants must show support from local organizations, business and lawmakers; funding and in-kind support must be secured before being considered, as well and long term goals and historical preservation and revitalization.
Many, however, may ask, “Why Main Street Iowa?” Benefits are limitless for all community businesses; within the Main Street District and outside of the district, as well as civic groups, community members, financial institutions, schools, local government, property owners, and industry. With a prideful and active Main Street, just like layers of an onion, the community and its businesses and residents will greatly benefit. In Main Street Iowa communities, many families have relocated to the areas for jobs and quality of community living, greatly presented by a vibrant Main Street.
By becoming a Main Street Iowa community, with the hopeful acceptance in February of 2014, this program won’t work without you driving the success in volunteer positions, and monetary investment. Any participation in this program, aside from your investment, is purely voluntary. To show the commitment within applying for this incredible program, our core group of business owners, building owners, and community leaders are asking for your pledge. For business and building owners, an investment of a three year commitment of $150 annually is encouraged, and a three year commitment of $75 annually from any patron and/or resident. These investments will be invoiced in February 2014, upon acceptance into the Main Street Iowa program. Through your desire, and kind investment, our Main Street will become alive once again and continue to be a landmark location of our community. Although these base amounts of $150 and $75 are suggested, your interest and passion within this program may be reflected within your pledge of investment. This is a community effort and will not proceed without support, encouragement, and deep interest.
The Main Street Core Committee of local community members will hold an informal information session regarding Main Street Iowa on Wednesday, August 28th at 8am at Bill’s Pizza and Smokehouse in Independence. All are welcome, and all questions, concerns, and words of support are encouraged.
To pledge your commitment, please call the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at 319-334-7178 or mail the following form to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 104, Independence, IA 50644
Members of the core committee include Michelle Reck 334-7178, Kriss McGraw 334-9355, Connie Brown 334-7224, Amanda Coonrad 334-3666, Laree Randall 334-6703, Tricia Beatty 334-7181, and Steve Diers 334-2780
2013 Independence Farmers’ Market
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill
May 18 – October 19
The Independence Farmers’ Market offers locally grown produce, baked goods,
crafts, flowers, bedding plants, and herbs. The purpose of the market is to connect customers directly with the person who grew the products in a fun, casual environment.
Independence Farmers’ Market Guidelines:
- Sales begin promptly at the signal at 8:00am. No early birds.
- Produce must be grown by the vendor and crafts made by the vendor. Vendors may also be employees of the grower.
- NO AUCTION items are allowed nor is buying from a source and reselling.
- Cost of seasonal permits is $30.
- Cost of a one-day vending fee is $10.
- The market stresses cooperation, not competition. We exist for the benefit of the vendors and the customers. It is a community market. Disputes are to be resolved respectfully
- Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
- Rules for labeling the ingredients of jams, jellies, and baked goods apply.
- If you have questions about market rules, talk to the market coordinators.
- Smoking is forbidden on all city property
Vendor Application Form
Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to Joe Olsen.
Name___________________________________ Business Name_________________________
City____________________________________________ State_______________ Zip_________
Items you will be selling:
*Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified? Yes No
In 2011, the market will be coordinated by a committee of volunteers who you should contact if you have a question: Gordon Murray John 563-419-3569; Joe Olsen 319-334-2709; ; Mary Davis 319-636-2990.
RELAY FOR LIFE BIG CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT
We need your help
Four Person Best Shot, Saturday, May 25nd, 9:00 Shotgun Start
CALL YOUR FRIENDS & PUT A TEAM TOGETHER FOR A FUN DAY
Three Elms Golf Course in Independence
$35.00 PER PERSON, INCLUDES LUNCH
CALL 334-4235 TO REGISTER
Call today to reserve your teams spot! 18 teams total.
A fun way for you to help in the fight against cancer.
Buchanan County “GrowthCLUB 101″ 90-Day Business Planning Workshop with Steve Wilson
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Independence, IA in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room
Did you know that only 3% of the US businesses have a written plan? …And yet those 3% control over 90% of the wealth in the US! Pretty amazing. Knowing this fact, most business owners don’t take or make the time to do a plan each quarter. Our workshop on May 14th will introduce you to our GrowthCLUB, a systemized approach using a proven 90-day business planning process.
Here is what you will learn…Direction!
The value found by having energy, vision and focus for the next 90 days in your business
The importance of having profit growth strategies
The 6 keys to building a winning team
What a ready-to-implement 90-day plan can look like
Why confidence, leadership and decision making skills are critical in helping you to take you and your business to the next level
At our workshop… We will show you how GrowthCLUB has benefitted thousands of ActionCOACH clients around the world. We offer a 12-month business planning program that includes a full-day workshop once each quarter. Workshops give you the chance to step out of the business so you can get re-focused. We show clients how to map out a winning game plan for the next 90 day and we provide them coaching options to provide accountability to speed up implementation.
We will also present… Additional options of programs from ActionCOACH and the John Maxwell Team. These could include coaching, team training, leadership development and mentoring programs.
Sign up today… This workshop can help get you, your team and your business onto a well defined path that will give you a clear direction and new tools to achieve your goals faster!
Prior to the workshop each attendee is sent a class workbook for pre-event preparation and a call from a coach to help attendees with pre-work, questions and preparation.
Ticket Sales End May 13
Business Owner/General Manager, $99
Non Profit Director, $39
Team Member $29.00
For More Info, and to sign up, CLICK HERE!
ATTENTION FIBER ARTISTS
HELP IS NEEDED TO ‘ROOF THE MILL’
“West Side Story” continues to raise funds to finish roofing the historic Wapsipinicon Mill in Independence. As part of the ongoing effort, Buchanan Co. historical Society is making a patriotic colored quilt to be raffled off this fall.
According to Judy Scott, “All fiber artists are invited to help with this project. Pre-cut Plain Old Nine Patch blocks, with directions, have been put into kits. This is a very simple straight stitched block that anyone who can sew a straight seam could do”.
Kits are available at Quilters Quarters or by calling Judy Scott 334-3700 or Ruth Duritsa 334-7325.
With the sun shining and the weather slowly starting to warm up, the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for community-wide summer activities. “Friday Night Live @ 5” will make its return this summer to Riverwalk Parks on May 3, June 7, and August 2 of 2013 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. With the help of many sponsors, the IACC is able to host these low-cost, family-friendly events for not only Independence residents but for surrounding areas and communities alike. May 3rd will feature the theme of “Cinco de Mayo” with entertainment provided by “New Trick,” June 7th will feature the theme of “Rumble on the River” with entertainment provided by “Ernest T,” and this summer series will close on August 2nd, with the theme of “Back to School Rodeo,” featuring the music of “Stampede.” With food and drink available, it is requested that no coolers are allowed within the park and to also refrain from bringing pets. The events will feature many activities and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy, including Absolutely Indee Bag Tournaments, face painting, festive ware, and games to name a few! Save the date for “Friday Night Live @ 5!” May 3, June 7, and August 2, 2013. For more information, visit the Chamber at www.indycommerce.com or call 319-334-7178.