Alison Holten
Board Member Spotlight
Alison has been married to Brad for 17 years. Together, they have two children Kaiya (9) and Kaden (8). They reside in Cresco. Alison is employed at Northeast Iowa Community College where she is a Sales Professional.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys going camping with her family, attending concerts, reading and watching her children play sports. They are season ticket holders at the Iowa Speedway. The Holten family also attends and volunteers at the Mighty Howard County Fair. 

We appreciate your volunteerism, Alison!  Thanks for being a part of the UERPC board!
Public Input Meeting in Decorah
The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting at the Hotel Winneshiek, 104 E. Water St., in Decorah on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local government, interest groups, and individuals. Items that may be discussed at the meeting include the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway, aviation, rail, river, bicycle, pedestrian, and public transit issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with the public input meeting to immediately follow. 

For more information concerning the meeting or to obtain a scheduled time on the agenda, contact the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Program Management, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, telephone 515-239-1288 or email shawn.majors@dot.iowa.gov.
Call to Action!
The United States Surgeon General recently issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the fact that many communities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll. Read more to learn of UERPC’s connection to this Call to Action by clicking here.
 
City Clerks Gather At UERPC
On September 17th, over 18 city clerks from various Northeast Iowa communities gathered at UERPC to attend the quarterly Northeast Iowa Clerks Association meeting.  Ted Nellesen from the Iowa Department of Management was the guest speaker.  Nellesen discussed a variety of valuable topics, which included, Multi-Residential Changes for FY2017,Filling and Filing Amendments, Debt Issuance Process and Reflecting Debt on the Budget and a Urban Renewal Refresher.

Ted joined the Department of Management in July 2012, taking over City, Township and Miscellaneous Levy Authority budgets.  Prior to joining the Department of Management in July of 2012, Ted worked as a consultant for Public Financial Management (PFM), a municipal finance advisory firm.  Ted obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Iowa State University in 2005 and his Master of Public Administration from Drake University in 2010.
 
UERPC hosts the clerks association meetings quarterly in an effort to further educate the Northeast Iowa city clerks.  If you have questions or would like information on these sessions, please contact Rachelle Howe at 563-864-7551 ext. 131.

September 2015

 
Workforce Housing Loan Program
The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) will provide financial assistance in the form of a repayable loan to cities and counties that demonstrate a need for additional workforce rental housing for Iowans as a result of employment growth within the local unit of government’s jurisdictional boundaries.  Only cities and counties in Iowa are eligible applicants for Workforce Housing Loan Program assistance. 

Program Highlights: 
Applicants must provide a rental housing market analysis completed by an independent third-party that documents a housing shortage relative to demand, low vacancy rates and/or rising housing costs combined with low unemployment such that the: 
  • City has a low annual average rental vacancy rate of five percent or less
  • Community has a low average unemployment rate and demonstrates the extent to which a low unemployment rate contributes to increased demand for workforce housing
  • The maximum loan amount per applicant will be the lesser of $1 million or $50,000 per assisted workforce housing rental unit.
  • The Workforce Housing Loan cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project development budget.
  • Workforce housing units shall not be age restricted and shall be limited to tenant households earning 140 percent or less of the statewide median income as published by HUD.
  • Rents must be affordable to the targeted income population and commensurate with market conditions.
  • The city in which the proposed workforce housing project will be located must have local building code enforcement, including inspections, or agree to state building code enforcement.
  • The applicant must identify a specific project to be assisted with the loan funds and that project must be “ready to proceed” defined as a reasonable ability, as demonstrated in the application timeline, to expend at least 10 percent of the project’s approved development budget within six months of loan award approval.
  • The identified project in the application submission may not begin construction until on or after the date the IFA Board of Directors approves the Workforce Housing Loan Program award.
Competitive Awards
  • Applications in the initial Workforce Housing Loan Program funding round may be submitted to IFA by the established deadline.  IFA will award the loan funds on a competitive basis awarding a higher number of points according to specified scoring criteria such as but not limited to the following:
  • Cities less than 50,000 in population
  • Lower per unit construction costs relative to other application submissions
  • Greater amounts of local contributing financial effort
  • Employer investment in the proposed workforce housing project
  • Project location in a designated Home Base Iowa or an Iowa Great Places community
  • Annual job growth during the past three years
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority has awarded High Quality Jobs Program tax credits or direct financial assistance since July 1, 2012 to the community where the workforce housing will be developed
  • Number of Fully Accessible or Type A rental housing units included in the proposed project
  • County where the workforce housing will be developed has a low average unemployment 
For more information, contact Lori Brockway at 563-864-7551, ext. 106.
City Accounting Training
The Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute is ON-THE-ROAD bringing training to you!

They understand that not everyone had the opportunity to travel to Ames in July to get training so they are coming to you at eight locations in October. This training is provided in the evening or on Saturday morning to accommodate those that may not be able to attend a day time training.

Topics covered include the value of a chart of accounts; understanding fund accounting and how budgets work, financial reports and regular reconciliations can lead to good audits and examinations that are newly required by state law.

For more information and to register for these sessions, please click here, where more information is available concerning the 2015 OTR: Budget, Examinations & Accounting for Municipalities. If you have any questions please contact Cindy Kendall at 515-294-1844.
October 1, Spencer City Hall, Spencer
October 3, Design West, Sioux City
October 8, Carrolltown Inn, Carroll
October 10, Best Western Holiday Lodge, Clear Lake
October 14, Hiawatha City Hall, Hiawatha
October 17, ISU Extension Office, Fairfield
October 24, NICC Dairy Center, Calmar
October 29, Adult & Cont. Education SWCC, Creston


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