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City council discusses roundabout, new library furniture

By Alex Folz The Muscatine City Council’s regular session on February 15 began with a resident’s concern about the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Houser and Fulliam streets. The resident stated that the plan discussed at the last council meeting to add a hammerhead driveway to the properties of residents who would otherwise have to back into roundabout traffic to exit their driveways means the city must purchase the property in order to use government funds to make any changes, according to the U.S. Constitution. The citizen stated that this must be rectified in the proposed contract before anything happens. The speaker also believes that this is not a needed expenditure. All resolutions and requests brought forth to the city council were unanimously approved for adoption. These resolutions are still available for review online. Resolutions concerning the Public Hearing C were omitted as that public hearing did not take place. Discussion took place over item 11-J, a request to approve a purchase order for Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center furniture from Allsteel. Councilman Osmond Malcom inquired as to why the council was being requested to waive the requirement for formal bidding. The representative present referenced a national agreement stating that an amount had been predetermined for the furniture and furnishings requested. The difference between “traditional” library furniture and the Allsteel furniture was referenced, as Allsteel is...

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Community Connections Build Pathways From Poverty

By Jim Elias The Muscatine Center for Social Action connected with Muscatine Community College to help build a pathway out of poverty for area homeless. Last Friday, MCC hosted a debut of the Pathways From Poverty documentary and a Community Success reception to celebrate the life change experienced for six Muscatine individuals. By partnering with local businesses needing skilled workers, the college secured funding from Iowa Works and teamed up with MCSA, MCC instructors, and coaches to create a special welding training program. Scott Dahlke, Program Director for Muscatine Center for Social Action, explained to the Voice of Muscatine that he’d been talking with local businesses about the agency’s Adopt-A-Day campaign and quickly discovered a big need for trained welders. At a United Way meeting, Dahlke had a conversation with former MCC President Bob Allbee, who connected him with Business Solutions Consultant Katie Watson at the college. “A week later we were putting people in school,” said Dahlke. The community connections, driven by MCC’s Watson, first included Iowa Works, which provided funding for tuition as well as steel-toed shoes and other personal protective equipment the students needed to be successful in a new job. Next came connections with five area manufacturing employers, including Raymond, Union Tank Car, Wilton Precision Steel, Hoffman, Inc., and SSAB. Once students were enrolled in the MCC welding program, they toured these local companies to...

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Kimble Bromley exhibit opens at Muscatine Art Center

Contributed by Jim Elias “One encounters many surprises in life, both good and bad,” reflects Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, painter, and hypnotist. An exhibit of his Moby-Dick painting series will hang at the Muscatine Art Center from February 15 through April 12, 2018. About this work, Bromley says, “My Moby-Dick series of paintings are works of art dealing with the varied issues involving these surprises life presents.  These paintings develop from my own personal life experiences, life experiences I see reflected as Melville presents aboard the Pequod. These experiences are human experiences we can all relate to...

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Grandview Avenue Corridor Revitalization Open House February 8

The Grandview Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project, expected to begin in 2019, looks to create a refreshed, vibrant, and welcoming southern entry point into Muscatine. The City of Muscatine invites public input on the design of the project at a public open house on Thursday, February 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Water Pollution Control Plant, 1202 Musser St., Muscatine. City staff and architects will present design concepts and tentative plans. According to a November 1, 2017, memo from Jim Edgmond, Muscatine City Engineer, Grandview Avenue from Green Street to Dick Drake Way has been designated for construction...

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Giving blood saves local lives

By Addison Hopkins Kicking off our Health and Wellness segment on Thursday, January 25, the Voice of Muscatine sat down with Laurie Arguello and Amy Kent from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center to discuss ways you can give back to your community.  The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, or MVRBC, is the sole source of blood to our local hospital, UnityPoint Clinic. They also cater to Quad City hospitals like Genesis and their local UnityPoint. Their reach extends to serving the Iowa City VA Health Care System and University of Iowa. One unit of blood donated is separated into red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate, allowing up to four patients to be...

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