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Posted on: September 15, 2021

County Home Road Now Open and Improvement Project Completed

County Home Road Now Open

County Home Road is now open to traffic following completion of the final phase of a three-phase improvement project. Construction on County Home Road between N Center Point Road and Gilmore Road included 10” concrete paving, the addition of right and lef...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 15, 2021

Linn County Veteran Affairs Department Expands Eligibility for Benefits

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More veterans in Linn County will now quality for emergency assistance following today’s approval of a revised policy and guidelines by the Linn County Board of Supervisors. 

Linn County Veteran Affairs Director Nicole Kehres spent several months ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 10, 2021

September is National Preparedness Month

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September is National Preparedness Month. With the increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters, there is nothing more important than preparing yourself, your family, pets, and coworkers for an emergency. Linn County encourages residents and bus...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Sobering Unit Now Open at Mental Health Access Center

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Sobering Unit

The Sobering Unit at the Mental Health Access Center in Linn County is now open. This program is in collaboration with Linn County and Area Ambulance Service to provide a safe sobering environment for intoxicated individuals and serves to rel...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: September 2, 2021

Linn County Board of Supervisors Awards $165,000 in Economic and Community Development Funds

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors recently awarded $165,000 in economic and community development funding to 12 Linn County organizations. 

“As stewards of these dollars, it is our responsibility to invest in community projects that will have a...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 31, 2021

Registration Renewals Begin Sept. 1 for Off-Road Vehicles

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Off-road utility vehicles are required to be titled and registered in the owner’s county of residence. Registration renewals for off-road vehicles (ATVs, snowmobiles, ORMs, and ORVs) begins September 1. Registrations are valid January 1 through December 3...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 30, 2021

Linn County Accepting Applications for Legacy and Community Attraction Funds

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications from organizations seeking legacy and community attraction funding from Linn County. The Board of Supervisors established the Linn County Legacy and Community Attraction Fund to foster and...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 25, 2021

Public Invited to Forums for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Action Planning Aug. 28 and 31

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Two final public forums to share the results of Linn County’s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory will be held Aug. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Fillmore Gardens, 520 11th St. NW, Cedar Rapids and Aug. 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the African America...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 25, 2021

Final Public Forum for Linn County’s American Rescue Plan Act Funding is Aug. 26

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Linn County will hold its final scheduled public engagement forum for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Lynn Dunn Memorial Building on the Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Road, Central City....

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 18, 2021

Property Tax Payments Due Sept. 30

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The semiannual installment of property and mobile home tax statements will be arriving in mailboxes soon. The deadline to pay the first half of property taxes without penalty is September 30, 2021. A penalty of one and one half percent will attach to late...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Additional Public Forums Now Scheduled for Linn County’s American Rescue Plan Act Funding

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Linn County will host two more public engagement forums regarding Linn County’s allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act funding from the federal government. The next forum will be held Monday, August 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Jean Oxley Linn County...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Launches to Help Linn County Renters Facing Eviction

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Financial help is now available for Linn County residents falling behind on rent or utility payments due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Linn County, with assistance from Waypoint and HACAP, is administering rent and utility assista...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Mask Requirement Reinstated in County Facilities

FACE COVERING Required Inside County Facilities

Effective Monday, August 9, masks will once again be required at all indoor County facilities for employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 cases are rising in our community, fueled by the Delta variant. The Delta variant is more ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 5, 2021

Candidate Filing Period for City/School Election

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The combined city/school election in Linn County will be held November 2, 2021. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.  

 

Candidates for city councils, mayoral seats, and school boards may file their papers from Monday, August 23 through...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 4, 2021

Public Invited to Help Identify Broad Community Priorities for Linn County’s ARPA Funding

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Linn County will hold a series of public engagement forums over the next few weeks and use public input from the forums to help identify broad community priorities on the best use of the American Rescue Plan Act funding in Linn County. 

The Americ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Linn County Releases First Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory

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Linn County is pleased to announce it has released the County’s first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory (PDF) and now joins the hundreds of other local governments that have completed their GHG gas inventories. 

The report, prepared by the ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Linn County Public Health Adopts CDC Guidance and Recommends Masks Indoors

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Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is adopting updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) face-covering recommendations to protect against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. The CDC recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated in...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Public Invited to Help Create Public Art with Mosaic Tiles

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Join Us!

As part of Linn County’s commitment to public art, the Linn County Public Art Commission invites the public to participate in creating a mosaic that, when complete, will be installed inside the Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris Building. 

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Local Option Sales Tax Resolutions Put Extension Vote on November Ballot

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors has approved resolutions that will allow Linn County voters in unincorporated Linn County as well as the cities of Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Fairfax, Marion, Robins, and the portion of Walford located in Linn County to v...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Resolution Puts Gambling Reauthorization Vote on November 2021 Ballot

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution (PDF) that will allow Linn County voters to decide on Nov. 2, 2021, whether to reauthorize gambling games in Linn County. Per state statute, this measure must be voted on and approved twice, w...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Together! Healthy Linn Seeks Community Input for Community Health Assessment

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Every 3-5 years, the Together! Healthy Linn collaborative led by Linn County Public Health assesses the health needs and assets of our community through a Community Health Assessment (CHA). A community survey is one tool that is used as part of the assess...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Coggon Solar LLC Submits Application for Utility-Scale Solar Project in Linn County

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Coggon Solar LLC has submitted its application to Linn County Planning & Development for a utility-scale solar project in Linn County.

The application is posted on Linn County’s website

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A utility-scale solar project requires an appl...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Moody’s Assigns Aaa Rating to Linn County’s General Obligation Bonds

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Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a Aaa rating to Linn County’s $5.1 million general obligation (GO) Water and Land Legacy Bonds, Series 2021A, reflecting Linn County’s continued financial stability and commitment to be responsible stewards of public...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Cedar Valley Nature Trail Construction to Begin in June with Intermittent Closures

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The Cedar Valley Nature Trail will experience intermittent closures between Center Point and Urbana starting June 1 for trail improvements, including hard surfacing. This six-mile segment, between Ash Lane just north of Center Point and Highway 150 west o...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Supervisors Lift Linn County Face Covering Regulation

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors today (May 24, 2021) rescinded Linn County’s face covering regulation and lifted the requirement for masks inside County buildings. The decisions take effect immediately. These actions were a 2-1 vote, with Supervisor ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 5, 2021

Derecho Debris Removal from Waterways

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Linn County has approved a contract with Ceres Environmental, Inc. to remove derecho storm debris from waterways in Linn County. The primary goal of the project is to protect infrastructure and waterways by removing debris from natural waterways that coul...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

Recording of Linn County’s State of the County Event Now Available

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This past year was marked by a global pandemic, destructive and extreme weather events, and a Movement for social change. Linn County Supervisor Chair Stacey Walker addressed these challenges head-on during Linn County’s virtual State of the County addres...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 22, 2021

2021 Linn County Secondary Road Construction Season Underway

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The 2021 construction and maintenance projects are beginning on Linn County secondary roads, with more than 30 projects and two bridge updates planned. 

Construction on County Home Road and the C Avenue Extension is already underway. The improveme...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 21, 2021

Mental Health Access Center to Begin Daytime Walk-in Hours April 26

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Linn County is pleased to announce the Mental Health Access Center will begin offering daytime walk-in hours on April 26, 2021. Individuals 18 years of age and older who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis will be able to walk into th...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

ATV Ordinance Reminders in Linn County

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In 2020, the Linn County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance allowing the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and off-road vehicles on certain county roads in unincorporated Linn County. The approval followed multiple public input sessions. ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 9, 2021

County Home Road Improvement Project Start Date Changed to April 14

COUNTY HOME ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2021

The start date for the County Home Road improvement project has changed to April 14, 2021. County Home Road will be closed completely to through traffic from N Center Point Road to just east of C Ave Extension and will remain cl...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Linn County Board of Supervisors Amends the Unified Development Code to Allow Small Animals

SMALL ANIMAL ORDINANCE

The Linn County Board of Supervisors today approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code. The significant change in the amendment involves small animal allowances in rural residential zoning districts. The change takes effect on April 14 after pub...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Improvement Project Set to Resume on County Home Road

COUNTY HOME ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2021

Construction on County Home Road is scheduled to resume April 12, 2021. County Home Road will be closed completely to through traffic from N Center Point Road to just east of C Ave Extension and will remain closed for the entire...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Wanatee Creek Name Change Now Official

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors and the Linn County Conservation Board are pleased to announce the U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved Linn County’s request to change the name of Squaw Creek in Linn County to Wanatee Creek.

Linn County was not...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 18, 2021

Reflecting on COVID-19 One-Year Anniversary

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This week marks the one-year anniversary of Linn County’s first, laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19. Emotional responses to milestones like this are a normal—and common—reaction to moving forward though uncommon circumstances. Grief is the pain of loss...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Secondary Road Department Releases Five-Year Construction Plan

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The Linn County Secondary Road Department has released its five-year construction plan for 2021-2026. The plan outlines the department’s focus on repairing and rebuilding bridges rated as poor, maintaining the condition of the paved road network, improvin...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Linn County Tree Equity Program Launched from Planting Forward Initiative

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In collaboration with 11 community partners, Linn County Sustainability and Linn County Conservation have joined forces with Monarch Research’s Planting Forward initiative. Linn County Sustainability is seeking to provide trees to households who might oth...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Linn County, Providers Cut Ribbon at New Mental Health Access Center

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Linn County and its partners—Abbe Health, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), Foundation 2, and Penn Center—celebrated the completion of Linn County’s first Mental Health Access Center with a ribbon cutting on March 5, 2021.

“This is the culminati...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Announcing the New Week in Review

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Linn County is excited to announce a new way for residents to stay informed and learn more about the work of Linn County! 

The Week in Review highlights Linn County action and news from the current week, provides updates from the Board of Supervis...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 8, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1B Update

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As Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine rollout continues this week, Linn County Public Health has updated information for Phase 1B populations, which include persons 65 and older, prioritized frontline workers, and specific populations vulnerable to high ris...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: February 4, 2021

Linn County Welcomes New Planning & Development Director, Honors Long-Time Outgoing Director

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On Feb. 5, 2021, after 20 years as director of Linn County’s Planning & Development Department, Les Beck will retire. Planning & Zoning Division Manager Charlie Nichols will succeed Beck as director.

Beck was hired as Linn County’s director of Plan...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Linn County Releases FY20 Annual Report

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Linn County has released its fiscal year 2020 Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) PDF. The report provides residents with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent in an easy-to-read format. The annual report is part of Linn County’s o...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 24, 2020

Linn County Public Health Utilizes CARES Act Funds to Help Community Partners Prevent COVID-19

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On November 3, Governor Reynolds allocated $3 million of CARES Act funds as a grant for local county health departments, based on a per capita basis, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Linn County Public Health (LCPH) received notification on Novemb...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Linn County Earns Awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded Linn County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) (PDF) and the Award for Outstanding Achievement i...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Board of Supervisors Commits to Equitable Climate Action

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors signed a new climate resolution (PDF) prioritizing the voices of vulnerable communities in climate action within Linn County. The resolution commits to accelerated action to address the climate crisis in collaboration ...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 10, 2020

Linn County Public Health and Community Partners Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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Linn County Public Health (LCPH), in coordination with community partners, has been preparing to receive and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. With the first COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive as early as next week, vaccination will soon begin among certa...

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