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La Porte City Council Proceedings – July 25, 2016

 Council Awards Façade Contract
The City Council of La Porte City met in regular session on July 25, 2016.
The Council heard a quarterly report from the La Porte City FFA Historical & Ag Museum presented by Jan Erdahl, Angie Hutton and Sherry Sheffler. In addition to a summary of the museum’s attendance figures through July 18, there was a discussion about ongoing maintenance issues at each of the museum’s facilities.
Progress on the Downtown Façade Rehabilitation Project continues to move forward, as the Council formally awarded the contract to Cardinal Construction, who will serve as the General Contractor. A total of 11 downtown properties will participate in the program, which provides 75% of the funding for façade improvements from federal and state grants, in addition to the matching funds provided by the City of La Porte City. The contract, which totals $830,450 will be amended to reflect changes to individual properties made in July.
In a related matter, the Council approved a loan agreement with Pat and Brandi Baker in the amount of $48,298 for the Downtown Façade Rehabilitation Project at 208 Main Street.
In other business, the Council approved the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 35 of the Code of Ordinances, Fire Rescue Service. The amendment includes provisions for how the Fire Chief is appointed, as well as information related to the purpose of the department’s Standard Operating Guidelines. The second of three readings is scheduled for August 8, 2016.

Book Club: Drowning Ruth

  Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz, is the August Book Club selection. Rebecca has simple dreams. A promotion. Children. A happy marriage. But can she have it with Mitch?
Though she carefully keeps secrets to guard her safety, her marriage to Mitch, a successful doctor, is brutal, and his abuse is escalating. A promotion at the bank could be the answer to her prayers, but Mitch has different plans for her life. Ultimately, Rebecca must face her own inner demons before she can act.
Register at the library, check out a book, finish the book by the meeting date, and join this group on Monday, August 22, at 1 PM for the discussion. Stop at the library to sign up, or call 319-342-3025.

State Fair to Feature Iowa Food and Family Project

Opinions and preferences will vary when people go to the polls this November. But when it comes to providing a safe and sustainable supply of high-quality food, fuel and fiber, there’s one consensus candidate with a proven track record of results: the Iowa farmer.
Join in the celebration of great food and the people who grow it by visiting the Iowa Food & Family Project (Iowa FFP) “Vote Farmers!” exhibit during the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11 – 21.
Located in the south atrium of the Varied Industries Building, the exhibit will feature a must-see sculpture carved from 50 tons of sand. Artists Greg and Brandi Glenn, co-owners of Sandscapes®, will create their work of art featuring farm scenes and other fun caricatures using just water, trowels, other small tools and their imagination. Sculpting the centerpiece will begin on opening day of the fair and continue for one week, standing nearly 14-feet tall when completed.
Embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the fair to learn more about agriculture. “AgVenture Discovery Trail” maps are available throughout the fairgrounds and can be turned in to the Iowa FFP booth for a special prize upon completion.
“Iowa farmers work from the ground up, both literally and figuratively, in an effort to provide quality food while caring for their animals, the land and their communities,” said Iowa FFP coordinator Lindsey Foss of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA).
“The exhibit will be a visual reminder of all that farmers do and provide a unique opportunity for consumers to learn about today’s farms and the food system in a fun and inviting way.”
For more information, visit or connect via Twitter (@foodnfamilies) and Facebook (

2nd Annual Ron Bader Memorial Golf Outing August 6

Join friends and family in celebrating the life of Ron Bader at the second annual memorial golf outing on Saturday, August 6 at the La Porte City Golf Club. The 4-person best shot begins with registration at 8:30 AM with at 9 AM shotgun start. Cost is $50/person which included 18 holes of golf, riding cart and chance to win various other prizes for Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. A silent aucion will also be held. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year, the event raised over $4,000!
To register, please contact Mike Knox at 434-250-5028 or email You must have a full team and provide team names when you register.

Iowa Shoppers Enjoy Sales Tax Holiday August 5-6

  The state of Iowa’s annual tax free weekend, slated for August 5th and 6th, arrives at the peak of the back to school shopping season. For two days only, the first Friday and Saturday of August, shoppers in Iowa are exempt from paying sales tax on select items priced under $100. All stores open during this time are required to participate.
The sales tax exemption is restricted primarily to items of clothing and footwear, as defined by the Iowa Department of Revenue. So what are items eligible for the exemption?
The Iowa Department of Revenue defines clothing as “any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body.”
It also defines items that are not considered to be clothing. This list includes “watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, sporting equipment, skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates, and any special clothing or footwear designed primarily for athletic activity or protective use and not usually considered appropriate for everyday wear.”
Regardless the item of clothing or footwear, any priced above $100 will be taxed during the tax-free weekend. Items normally sold as units cannot be separated in an effort to obtain the exemption. For example, a pair of shoes priced at $120 cannot be split and sold as individual shoes for $60 each.

BOGO is a No-Go

The total price of items advertised as “buy one, get one free” or “buy one, get one for a reduced price” cannot be averaged in order for both items to qualify for the exemption.

Exchanges and Returns

When a customer purchases an eligible item during the exemption period, then later exchanges the item for the same item (different size, different color, etc.), no additional tax is due even if the exchange is made after the exemption period.
When a customer purchases an eligible item during the exemption period, then later returns the item and receives credit on the purchase of a different item, the appropriate sales tax applies to the full sales price of the newly-purchased item.
When a customer returns an eligible item purchased during the exemption period, the retailer should refund tax only if the customer has sufficient documentation to show that tax was paid on the item.

Coupons, Rebates, and Rain Checks

Manufacturer’s coupons do not reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a manufacturer’s coupon cannot be used to reduce the selling price of an item to less than $100.00 in order to qualify for the exemption.
Store coupons and discounts reduce the sales price of an item. Therefore, a store coupon or discount can be used to reduce the sales price of an item to less than $100.00 in order to qualify for the exemption.
Rebates occur after the sale and do not affect the sales price of an item purchased.
Eligible items sold and delivered during the exemption period using a rain check qualify for the exemption, regardless of when the rain check was issued.
However, issuance of a rain check during the exemption period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually sold and delivered after the exemption period.

Sales Tax Holiday: The following items (priced at under $100 each) are exempt from sales tax at retail stores in Iowa on August 5 and 6, 2016. For a complete list of taxable and exempt items of clothing and shoes, logon to

adult diapers; aerobic clothing; antique clothing; aprons, household; athletic socks; baby bibs, clothes, diapers, receiving blankets; bandanas; bathing suits, caps, cover-ups; belts with buckles attached; bibs; blouses; boots, general purpose; bowling shirts; bow ties; bras; bridal apparel, sold not rented; camp clothing; caps and hats, including sports; chef’s uniforms, children’s novelty costumes; choir and altar clothing; clerical vestments; coats and wraps; corsets and corset laces; costumes, sold not rented; coveralls; cowboy boots; diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby, cloth or disposable); dresses; dress gloves, shoes; ear muffs; formal clothing, sold not rented; fur coats and stoles; galoshes; garters and garter belts; girdles, bras, and corsets; gloves (generally), such as dress, garden, leather and work; golf clothing, caps, dresses, shirts, skirts, pants; graduation caps and gowns, sold not rented; gym suits and uniforms; hats; hiking boots; hooded shirts and sweatshirts; hosiery, including support hosiery; jackets; jeans; jerseys for other than athletic wear; jogging apparel, bras; knitted caps, hats; lab coats; leather clothing; leg warmers; leotards and tights; lingerie; men’s formal wear, sold not rented; neckwear, including ties and scarves; nightgowns and night shirts; overshoes and rubber shoes; pajamas; pants; panty hose; ponchos; prom dresses; raincoats, rainhats, and ponchos; receiving blankets for babies; religious clothing; riding pants; robes; rubber thongs, flip-flops; running shoes without cleats; sandals; scarves; scout uniforms; shawls and wraps; shirts; shoe inserts and laces; shoes without cleats; shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc.; shorts; skirts; slacks; sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas; slippers; slips; sneakers; socks; stockings; support hose; suspenders; sweatshirts; sweaters; swim suits, trunks; tennis skirts, dresses, shoes; tights; trousers; tuxedos, but not cufflinks and rentals; underclothes; underpants; undershirts; uniforms for work and school; veils; vests, general, to wear with suits; walking shoes; windbreakers; work clothes and uniforms.


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