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Wed
11
Mar

City council approves budget

By Shelia Tomkins

The city budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015,  was approved at the March 2 meeting of the Guttenberg city council. 

For the coming fiscal year, revenues are estimated at $23,065,834 and expenditures at $23,124,206. As per state requirements, the city budget includes the budget for Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The hospital portion makes up almost 70% of the city budget for the coming fiscal year. The hospital budget predicts revenues and expenditures at $16,443,000 each. The estimated total tax levy per $1,000 valuation on regular property is 15.11220, reflecting a minor decrease from this year's levy of 15.11400. 

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Steve Friedlein, Jane Parker, Dave Schlueter, Fred Schaub and Virginia Saeugling through the agenda. City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were also present.

Water rate increase

The council approved the second reading of an ordinance that will increase water, sewer and storm sewer rates. A recent audit report recommended an increase in customer water and sewer rates in order to cover operating costs. Proposed is a base rate increase of $1 for water, $2 for sewer and $.50 for storm sewer. The ordinance also provides for a minimum monthly billing even if service is disconnected. 

City manager salary increase

City Manager Mary Willett has been on the job for a year now, and in accordance with her employment agreement a one-year review was recently completed. "We have had some really big challenges, and she's stepped up to the plate," said the Mayor of her evaluation. He noted that major city issues in the past year included comprehensive planning, the change of electricity providers, strategic planning, Acre Street renovation, frozen water pipes, municipal hospital plans, the Garber Road bridge, major capital expenditures, levee accreditation, the RAGBRAI visit last summer, Canadian Pacific Railroad concerns, as well as financing and budgeting. 

Wed
11
Mar

Eunice D. Marting

Eunice D. Marting died at her home in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 5, 2015.

Visitation and viewing will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at Spirit of the Desert Lutheran Church.

Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.

Wed
04
Mar

John R. Lewin

John Robert Lewin, 62, of Guttenberg, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Tuesday, March 3, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Interment was at Ceres Cemetery, rural Guttenberg.

John was born on Jan. 21, 1953, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, the son of Robert and Delorres (Moser) Lewin.

Wed
04
Mar

Harold "Red" Neal

Harold "Red" Neal, 84, of Guttenberg and of Cocoa Beach, Fla., entered into eternal peace surrounded by his family on Feb. 26, 2015.

Visitation will be Friday, March 6, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hoffmann Schneider and Kitchen Funeral Home, Dubuque and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Saturday, March 7, at the funeral home, conducted by Deacon John Stierman.

Wed
04
Mar

Alan F. Moser

Alan F. Moser, 50, of Clarence, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Clarence Nursing Home.

Visitation was held on Tuesday March 3, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at North Cedar Middle School in Clarence.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the North Cedar Middle School in Clarence, conducted by Pastor Lynn Butterbrodt.

Another visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 4, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home in Guttenberg.

Wed
04
Mar

Beatrice I. Johansen

Beatrice (Bea) Ilene Johansen, 80, of Aplington, formally of Littleton, died at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, from complications of pneumonia.  

Bea was a giving woman right up until the end; she donated her body to the University of Iowa. Because of this no services are planned at this time.

Bea was born the daughter of Frank and Beula (Manson) Wilcox on Sept. 7, 1934, in Arlington. Bea received her education in Arlington.    

Wed
04
Mar

Calling for river essays, stories, songs, poetry for summer event

Essays, stories, songs, and poems about the Mississippi River are being sought for inclusion in “Celebrate the River & Guttenberg” weekend  events set for Aug. 7-9.  

The impetus for this event came from Mayor Russ Loven who has participated in a number of Mississippi River Mayors' Conferences.  The conference agendas always included encouragement for river towns to celebrate the river with music, the arts, food, fun and education.  

Mayor Loven, Emily Moser of Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Juanita Loven have been working on a preliminary schedule of events.  

Wed
04
Mar

City officials at Legislative Day

Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven and City Manager Mary Willett attended the Iowa League of Cities Legislative Day on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Des Moines.

The morning included an economic development workshop at Embassy Suites. The mayor and city manager had the opportunity to hear from state agencies, law firms and League staff on topics such as Economic Development, Tax Increment Financing laws and practices, and changes to the state economic funding mechanisms. 

Wed
04
Mar

Cochlear implants give sound to area three-year-old


Lucas loves to name objects, letters, and colors in picture books. He is beginning to transition from learning primarily through sign language to learning vocally. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A Garnavillo boy born without the ability to hear is now dancing and singing along with the radio. 

Lucas Sadewasser, now almost three, received cochlear implants about 18 months ago, and he’s surprising those around him with his progress. 

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that partially restores hearing for people who have severe hearing loss and don't benefit from hearing aids. The implant consists of an external processor, which sits behind the ear; and a second portion, a receiver, that is surgically placed under the skin. 

A microphone on the external portion picks up sounds from the environment. The speech processor selects and arranges these sounds and transmits sound signals to the internal receiver. There, sound signals are converted into electric impulses and sent via the auditory nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as a form of hearing. 

While a cochlear implant does not restore normal hearing, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds and help him or her to understand speech. Results vary from person to person, but according to Mayo Clinic, most patients report improved ability to hear speech without needing visual cues and to recognize normal, everyday environmental sounds; the ability to hear soft sounds; and the ability to locate the sources of sound.

Wed
04
Mar

Guttenberg Care Center introduces holistic health practices


Diane Loeffelholz (left) and Joyce Horstman traveled with Guttenberg Care Center residents to visit Nature Haven Farm in Garnavillo. The farm, operated by Kay and Vic Vifian, will provide edible flowers, squash, corn, herbs, berries, and melons for meals at the Care Center. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Aromatherapy. Reflexology. Massage therapy. Sounds more like a spa day than a nursing home, right? Wrong. The Guttenberg Care Center, with support from owner ABCM Corporation, has embarked on a journey to incorporate holistic health into the many options available to residents. Music and art therapy, tai chi, meditation, and locally grown foods are among the many facets of the care center’s holistic health plan.

“Holistic Health is the next logical approach for us in expanding the fundamentals of Person Directed Care. It is our responsibility to enrich resident’s lives while managing their medical care,” said marketing coordinator Jane Staebler. A stakeholder group formed last year consulted with the Maharishi University in Fairfield, Luther College in Decorah, and Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. “We’ve learned through visiting some of these places that although it’s becoming more common, holistic health is still very foreign in the nursing home community,” Staebler told The Press.

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