In advance of forecasted blizzard conditions in the state, the Iowa Department of Transportation is advising motorists that travel across the majority of Iowa is not advised from 8 p.m. tonight through noon Thursday, Dec. 20.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning beginning at 6 p.m. tonight and continuing through 6 p.m. Thursday. In addition to heavy snowfall of 6 to 10 inches, very strong northwest winds (25-35 mph, with gusts exceeding 45 mph) will produce considerable blowing and drifting of snow and blizzard conditions late tonight through Thursday afternoon.
The heaviest snow axis will be along a line from Atlantic to Dubuque. The lowest amounts are expected near the Missouri border. Snow drifts several feet deep will be possible given the strong winds. Visibility at times will be reduced to one-quarter mile or less to whiteout conditions.
The Iowa DOT does not recommend travel during this dangerous winter storm, but if you choose to venture out, take a fully charged cell phone with you. If you become stranded, follow these safety steps.
• Use your mobile phone to call 911 for emergency assistance. Guide emergency personnel to your location by observing any exit numbers, mileposts, crossroads or landmarks.
• Pull as far off the road as possible to avoid getting hit by other vehicles.
• Turn on your vehicle's warning/flashing lights.
• Remain with your vehicle. Your vehicle provides the shelter necessary to survive and allows you to be found by rescue personnel.
• Remain calm and be patient. It may take considerable time for someone to reach your vehicle during a storm as emergency personnel typically are assisting multiple persons.
• Make sure your vehicle's gas tank is full before starting your trip. If you become stranded, run your vehicle about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm.
• Crack a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up; and clear away any snow from the vehicle's tailpipe so the exhaust can escape.
• Utilize the resources in your winter survival kit.
To discover all the ways in which you can receive 24/7 Iowa traveler information, visit http://511ia.org/.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Assistant Finance Manager. Under general supervision, the Assistant Finance Manager will assist with a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in payroll and payroll tax reporting, account reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger and annual audits. Working closely with the Finance Director, the candidate will also provide administrative assistance that includes coding invoices, making deposits, preparing reports and spreadsheets, ordering supplies, etc. We're looking for a candidate who has a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. A Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance required. Qualified applicants should also be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and have a good driving record. Great benefit package.
Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please submit resume and cover letter to: Karen Cooper, Finance Director, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to email@example.com.
UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2013 Ford Fusion SE, 2.5L 6-speed transmission, 120,000 highway miles, bordeaux exterior, four-door, charcoal black cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean.
Minimum bid is $8,700.
Sealed bids due on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) to Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101. Do not need to be present at opening. Will let bidders know by June 17th.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a Community Housing Coordinator. The Community Housing Coordinator is a full-time position working under direction of the Housing Department Head to implement programs serving the low-income, disabled, and elderly population of a 5-county geographic area. This position will work primarily with the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program and other programs and special projects as assigned. The essential job functions will include processing applicant files, determining program eligibility, managing applicant waitlist, and conducting rental unit inspections. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to interpret and apply complex federal program regulations, excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work efficiently, accurately, and independently. A two- or four-year degree or a combination or related experience and education is preferred.
Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please submit resume and cover letter to: Rachelle Howe, Executive Director 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC’s Postville Office (134 West Greene Street). The Enhancement Committee and Technical Committee will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The Policy Board will be discussing and considering revisions to its bylaws, as well as considering and possibly approving the Transportaiton Planning Work Program (TPWP) for state fiscal year 2020. There will also be a public hearing regarding a proposed amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal year 2019, followed by consideration and possible action by the Policy Board.
All RPA-1 Board and Committee meetings are open to the public.