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County earmarks funds for child welfare program

County earmarks funds for child welfare program

March 30, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] Although Johnson County ranks 93rd in Iowa when it comes to child abuse and neglect rates, county officials continue to fight the issue by offering funds to child welfare and delinquency programs.In a 2015 report on childhood-abuse statistics, released to The...

County backs supporting immigrants

Pedestrians cross Clinton Street and enter the Pedestrian Mall in Downtown Iowa City on Monday, June 27, 2016.

March 23, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] When Johnson County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Mike Carberry moved to the county in 1976, he had never met or spoken to anyone who was not white. Raised in small-town Iowa, Carberry said, moving to Iowa City opened his eyes to different cultur...

County looks back at Poor Farm

County looks back at Poor Farm

March 21, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] In 19th-century Johnson County, there was a growing need to provide care for the poor and mentally ill. The solution was the Poor Farm and Asylum, which still exists today. According to the Johnson County Historical Society’s website, the property, ...

County mulls temporarily blocking some roads

County mulls temporarily blocking some roads

March 6, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] To protect Johnson County roads, the county website has released a statement discussing possible road embargoes, when portions of roads are temporarily blocked. Assistant county engineer Ed Bartels said the embargo process is always a tradeoff. “...

County trains its eyes on bridge project

Pedestrians cross Clinton St. and enter the Pedestrian Mall in Downtown Iowa City on Monday June 27, 2016.

March 3, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] Ever since Johnson County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janelle Rettig was elected seven years ago, she has been interested in sustainability projects in the state — specifically one in Buchanan County. That county was the first in Iowa to constr...

Supervisors mull plans for County Farm

Residents examine a map during the Johnson County Poor Farm Master Plan on Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017, in the Johnson County Health and Human Services building. In 1855, the Poor Farm Area was used as an asylum. (The Daily Iowan/Kenny Sim)

March 2, 2017

 The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a public meeting to discuss the future of the Johnson County Poor Farm Asylum and Historic District. By Madeleine Neal [email protected] The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a public input meeting to discuss the planning process for the ...

Johnson County seeks comprehensive plan

Pedestrians cross Clinton St. and enter the Pedestrian Mall in Downtown Iowa City on Monday June 27, 2016.

February 8, 2017

By Madeleine Neal [email protected] Johnson County held its first public input session to create a comprehensive plan Tuesday evening at the Lone Tree Community Center. In a press release on the Johnson County website, residents were invited to help create “the first-ever comprehensive p...

Johnson County touts accomplishments

Ed Bornstein/The Daily Iowan

October 14, 2016

Board of Supervisors discusses its ‘State of Johnson County’ annual report. By Madeleine Neal [email protected] The Johnson County Board of Supervisors cited a list of awards, accomplishments, and plans for fiscal 2017 in a meeting Thursday evening. In the mission statement, the supervi...

Johnson County moves on soil, water quality

Johnson County's Administrative Building on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Johnson County is planning on beginning a soil composting project. (The Daily Iowan/Joseph Cress)

September 15, 2016

Johnson County pushes for increase in water quality by implementing a soil-compost project. By Madeleine Neal [email protected] In addition to renewable energy projects in Johnson County, officials have now focused on water quality through soil compost. Kate Giannini, the Johnson County Soil an...