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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 28, 2021

Linn County Reminds Residents to Protect Themselves Against the Heat

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Linn County reminds residents to protect themselves against the effects of elevated summer temperatures. As temperatures and heat indices begin to soar to and above 100°F, the excessive humidity in combination with the heat may leave you dehydrated and co...

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

Mental Health Access Center Expands Walk-in Hours

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Linn County is pleased to announce the Mental Health Access Center has expanded its walk-in hours effective today. Individuals 18 years of age and older who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis can walk into the Access Center without a...

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

Linn County Seeks Community Feedback on County’s Website Through July 31

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Linn County is in the early stages of a website redesign and invites the public to be part of the process through a short online survey. As part of the update process, it’s important to hear from Linn County residents. Understanding how residents and busi...

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

Innovative Linn County Resiliency Hub Planned at Fillmore Building

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Linn County is creating the first-ever Linn County Resiliency Hub (LCRH) focused on providing access to three initial critical resources: electricity, actionable information, and local and nutritious food. The derecho storm event of August 2020 revealed t...

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

Linn County LIFTS to Resume Bus Fare Collection July 1

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Linn County LIFTS (LIFTS) will resume collecting bus fares on Thursday, July 1, 2021. LIFTS suspended fares on March 18, 2020, as one of many safety measures put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Passengers are still required to we...

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

Grow Solar Group Buy Program Reaches First Milestone; Several Educational Sessions Remain

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Nine households in Linn and Johnson counties are on their way to getting clean solar energy for their homes. With these “sunny day” investments, Grow Solar Linn + Johnson Counties has met its first goal of 50 collective kilowatts (kW), bringing a discount...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Linn County Supports Local Preservation Efforts by Awarding Grants to Ten Local Non-Profits

LINN COUNTY AWARDS HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS

The Linn County Board of Supervisors has awarded $28,800 from the Linn County Historic Preservation Grant Program to ten non-profit organizations in Linn County. The recipients were selected through an annual competitive process.

 

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Limited Use of Consumer Fireworks Allowed in Unincorporated Linn County

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As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Linn County reminds the public that use of consumer fireworks in unincorporated Linn County is allowed only during the following timeframes:

  • July 4 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • December 31 between the hou...
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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 26, 2021

Recorded Grow Solar Education Program Now Available in ASL and Spanish

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Grow Solar Linn + Johnson Counties, a program that provides solar education and an opportunity to purchase affordable solar for homes and businesses, is expanding its outreach. Recorded “Solar Power Hours” featuring English and Spanish captions, as well a...

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

Waiver for Building Department Permit Fees Extended for Derecho-Damaged Structures

BUILDING DEPARTMENT FEES WAIVED

The Linn County Board of Supervisors today signed a resolution extending the waiver of building department permit fees through August 10, 2021. This waiver is for the unincorporated areas in Linn County and the cities of Alburnett, Bertram, Center Point, ...

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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

City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County Partner on Community Resilience Project

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The City of Cedar Rapids and Linn County are collaborating with surrounding communities and numerous service providers in a county-wide Community Resilience Project. The project will serve to build on expertise and success in times of disaster, as well as...

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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.

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

Linn County Certifies Fiscal Year 2022 Budget With No Increase in Levy Rate

Linn County Certifies FY22 Budget

At its March 24, 2021 meeting, the Linn County Board of Supervisors approved a $130.7 million budget for fiscal year 2022 following two public hearings. The newly approved budget does not raise the countywide or rural services l...

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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.

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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 8, 2021

Linn County LIFTS Announces Transportation Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Linn County LIFTS today will begin providing free next-day rides for County residents in need of transportation assistance to scheduled and confirmed COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

The Linn County Board of Supervisors wants to ensure no barriers, inclu...

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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: February 3, 2021

Linn County Announces Changes to Unified Development Code and Building Division Service Area

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The Linn County Planning and Development Department announces the following updates that are now in effect:

Unified Development Code

The Linn County Board of Supervisors today approved an amendment to the Unified Development Code. The significant change in ...

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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

COVID-19 Update

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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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

Revolving Loan Fund Helps Homeowners Repair Derecho Damage

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Three months after the derecho that devastated much of Linn County, housing remains one of the most pressing needs. A new revolving loan fund has been established to help homeowners repair homes that were damaged in the storm. 

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Linn County Public Health Reminds Residents to Stay Safe After Storms

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LINN COUNTY, IA – Many parts of Iowa were affected by a severe storm that swept through the state Monday, causing power outages for hundreds of thousands of people. As utility crews work around the clock to restore power, and Iowans continue cle...

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Linn County Front Page News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Linn County Public Health Releases Phased Reopening Guidance During Community Spread of COVID-19

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Linn County Public Health recommends a phased reopening, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and other national organizations. This three-phased approach enables businesses to reopen, and events and gatherings to occur, while protecting the ...

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