UERPC has become recognized as a regional resource for addressing issues that require that regional perspective, obtaining over $241 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. More specifically, this fiscal year UERPC obtained over $6.0 million from grant funds for our various counties and communities.
Fiscal year 2016-2017 has been a year in review and reflection for UERPC. The organization updated their bylaws, articles of agreement, employee handbook, investment plan, capitalization plan, and credit card policy. The updates not only gave the Board a time to review each plan but also dream as to what the future holds for the agency. The Commission has also contracted with an outside firm to complete an employee pay plan. A committee of staff members to assist with the pay plan was developed and it is hoped to be completed in 2018.
UERPC planning and general administration revenue is expected to tighten as compared with the previous year. Federal and state capital and operating grants are expected to further tighten moving forward due to federal budget concerns. UERPC is preparing for the reduction of funding. With the new Sage 50 financial program, the Commission has reduced financial staff from four to two members over the past two years. The Commission also reduced its’ housing inspector position as well as the contractual work with outside planners. This work will be carried out by existing staff. The commission continues to diversify their work to fulfill the needs of the region such as fiscal agent and administrative work, contracting employees to various agencies and researching and writing new grants for our counties and communities. These fee-based services are more important than ever to the Commission’s budget.
UERPC continues to have two locations to better serve their clients. In the Postville office, Northeast Iowa Community Action has joined the partnership and holds an office. UERPC continues its’ partnerships within the Decorah location with IowaWorks, Hawkeye Community College, Goodwill, and ISU Extension. Within the IowaWorks center, UERPC is just one partner in the one-stop shop for residents within the region with workforce needs.
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Due to a winter storm warning and expected snow accumulation, all three RPA-1 transportation meetings scheduled for February 20, 2019 in Postville are cancelled and will be rescheduled. This includes the Enhancement Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m., the Technical Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m., and the Policy Board meeting at 11:00 a.m.
The Iowa 511 road conditions website is showing every highway in the area partially covered with mixed snow, ice, or slush. Many schools have been delayed. To keep everyone safe, and to ease any potential schedule hardships due to delays, todays’ RPA-1 meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.
This includes all three RPA-1 meetings originally scheduled for today: Enhancement Committee (9 a.m.), Technical Committee (10 a.m.), and Policy Board (11 a.m.).
Thank you all, and be safe!