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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2014

City proceeds with industrial park

Proposed work will be done in three phases for flexibility
By David Hotle | Jul 03, 2013
Engineer Leland Belding briefs the council Tuesday evening on the preliminary design for a new industrial park that will be located along Highway 1.

The Washington City Council voted to proceed with caution Tuesday evening on a proposed 55-acre industrial park that is planned for city-owned land along Highway 1 next to the new wastewater plant.  
The council voted to begin the first phase of planning the park during its regular meeting. A motion to allow the city to begin working on a method to deed plots was rejected. When complete, the Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG)will sell plots on behalf of the city to businesses. Council member Bob Shellmyer referred to beginning work on the deeding process before the park was created as “putting the cart in front of the horse.”
“We have a starting point,” Mayor Sandra Johnson said.
A contract to begin the planning will be delivered at the July 17 meeting.  
During the meeting WEDG director Ed Raber said there were several businesses that could be interested in plots of developable land. Council member Mark Kendall said he was aware of at least three prospects that are interested in this kind of land. City administrator Brent Hinson said that the industrial park is laid out to provide space for smaller, locally based businesses and includes half-acre lots.
“There is a certain nitch – a certain type of business we are going to be very attractive to,” Hinson said.
Engineer Leland Belding of Veenstra and Kimm Inc. provided a map of a proposed industrial park which the council approved. The first phase will now move onto having a greater study done of such things as the land and utility needs for the park, drainage, and zoning and platting for the lots.  A cost estimate will be brought to the council before the work starts. Council member Bob Shepherd said the design needed to be flexible enough that the lots can be changed if needed.
“When doing a multi-phase project, I guarantee you that whatever we determine for phase one is wrong,” Raber said. “It won’t match what is needed. That is just fine. The biggest travesty would be not doing anything and not having any municipally owned lots.”
. He said the design the council approved provides the flexibility to conform lots to what is needed. He said making smaller lots and combining them is easy.
Raber also said the council should start giving some thought on what criteria the council would need to sell a plot of land to a business. He advised to get the park ready and offer it at a reasonable cost.
Plans for the industrial park began after the city acquired 120 acres to build the wastewater plant. After it was completed city officials began discussing what to do with the property. Another option for the land was expansion of Elm Grove Cemetery. Hinson said that he identified that the city had no empty industrial sites for businesses to locate.
“This town needs land for industrial development,” Hinson said. “Industrial development is how we provide good services and have modest taxes.”
He said that an area isn’t going to have a chance of having a huge tax base without industrial development. Hinson said that the state has a program called Revitalizing Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) that will help pay for the roadway through the industrial park. He said the city has a budget of about $750,000 to create the park.
After phase 1 is complete, phases 2 and 3 will divide the land not divided in the first phase. The project is being done in phases to provide flexibility in the land usage.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 13, 2013 15:01

The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty. The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example. When the Soviet Union confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce. As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.

Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky could take his expertise to America and produce his planes and helicopters thousands of miles away from his native land. Financiers are even less tied down, especially today, when vast sums of money can be dispatched electronically to any part of the world. Among the most valuable assets in any nation are the knowledge, skills and productive experience that economists call "human capital." When successful people with much human capital leave the country, either voluntarily or because of hostile governments or hostile mobs whipped up by demagogues exploiting envy, lasting damage can be done to the economy they leave behind.
Fidel Castro's confiscatory policies drove successful Cubans to flee to Florida, often leaving much of their physical wealth behind. But poverty-stricken refugees rose to prosperity again in Florida, while the wealth they left behind in Cuba did not prevent the people there from being poverty stricken under Castro. The lasting wealth the refugees took with them was their human capital.
We have all heard the old saying that giving a man a fish feeds him only for a day, while teaching him to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Redistributionists give him a fish and leave him dependent on the government for more fish in the future.




 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 12, 2013 19:57

The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty. The communist nations were a classic example, but by no means the only example. When the Soviet Union confiscated the wealth of successful farmers, food became scarce. As many people died of starvation under Stalin in the 1930s as died in Hitler's Holocaust in the 1940s.

Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky could take his expertise to America and produce his planes and helicopters thousands of miles away from his native land. Financiers are even less tied down, especially today, when vast sums of money can be dispatched electronically to any part of the world. Among the most valuable assets in any nation are the knowledge, skills and productive experience that economists call "human capital." When successful people with much human capital leave the country, either voluntarily or because of hostile governments or hostile mobs whipped up by demagogues exploiting envy, lasting damage can be done to the economy they leave behind.
Fidel Castro's confiscatory policies drove successful Cubans to flee to Florida, often leaving much of their physical wealth behind. But poverty-stricken refugees rose to prosperity again in Florida, while the wealth they left behind in Cuba did not prevent the people there from being poverty stricken under Castro. The lasting wealth the refugees took with them was their human capital.
We have all heard the old saying that giving a man a fish feeds him only for a day, while teaching him to fish feeds him for a lifetime. Redistributionists give him a fish and leave him dependent on the government for more fish in the future.




Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 11, 2013 23:39

by Wayne Allyn Root
 
 
The picture is grim. Here are some frightening economic numbers to think about the next time the lying, manipulating mainstream media tells you that we are in “recovery.”
First, almost 50 percent of Americans have less than $500 in savings. Not surprisingly, one out of three residents of Obama’s home State of Illinois live in poverty. A mind-numbing four of five Americans either are experiencing poverty, foreclosure or welfare, or they will in their lifetime. Four out of five. Say goodbye to the myth of the American dream. It’s only a nightmare now.
Ditto for the American middle class. Obama has massacred it. Our middle class now ranks 27th in the world. I’ve argued from
day one that Obama’s goal was to create a two-class society. The two classes are the super rich (who are beholden to Obama for corporate welfare and government contracts) and the poor (who are beholden to Obama for checks to survive). Look no further than the new immigration bill to see the final destruction of middle-class wages.
More grim news: Auto sales are collapsing. Construction jobs are falling off a cliff. And U.S. factory orders just suffered the biggest drop in a year.
 
What about jobs? Isn’t that picture getting rosier by the minute? Well, actually, no. Let’s analyze the real numbers. Since the start of 2013, we’ve gained 953,000 jobs; but, amazingly, 731,000 of them are crummy, low-wage, part-time jobs. That’s means almost 80 percent of the jobs created in
America are part-time jobs that won’t pay the bills of a typical middle-class lifestyle.
The best jobs are manufacturing jobs. Well, under Obama they are losing out by 10-to-1 versus crummy, low-paying jobs. Facts don’t lie: So far this year more than 246,000 low-paying waiter or bartender jobs have been added to the U.S. economy, versus only 24,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs.
How bad is it? Well here’s a Hall of Fame triple play:
The Obama Administration just hired a company to promote Obamacare over the phone to Americans. Guess what? Even those jobs are part-time, with no health insurance.
The head of the Internal Revenue Service just testified in front of Congress that he’d rather keep his own health insurance than switch to Obamacare. The IRS is in charge of Obamacare, and they don’t want any part of it.
And the second-biggest employer in America is now a temp agency. Good luck getting a quality job in this Obama economy.
 
Still not convinced? Food stamp rolls are growing 75 times as fast as employment. The national debt has increased by 50 percent under Obama, even though he promised to reduce it. Obama promised to reduce health insurance bills for an average American family by $2,500 per year. Instead, your health bills went up by $3,000 per year. The men’s labor participation is the lowest rate ever measured since they started tracking it in 1948. And here’s the clincher: 90 million able-bodied, working-age Americans are not working.
 
All of this misery morphs together in one tragic new statistic of the Obama economy: There are more Americans getting “food assistance” checks (101 million) than working in the private sector (97 million). We are certainly witnessing the complete destruction of the middle class. It’s been a purposeful plan by Obama from the first day — just as I predicted from the first day.
And if you think help is on the way, I’ve got a bridge to sell you… in Detroit.
The biggest city to ever go bankrupt, Detroit, has been run by Democrats since 1962. That’s more than half a century of 100 percent Democrat rule, using the exact same policies as Obama. The city is now in ruins. Detroit leads the Nation in illiteracy, welfare, food stamps, violent crime, murder, abandoned properties and broken street lights.
The city of Detroit’s downfall is built around four core ideas: never-ending entitlement spending, the most government employees per capita of any city in America, monstrous debt and the highest property taxes in America. It’s no surprise then that Detroit is hopelessly bankrupt. But wait, isn’t that Obama’s exact prescription for prosperity for the Nation? High taxes, more spending, more debt and more government employees. Bingo. Help isn’t coming, folks. The cavalry isn’t riding in to save you. They are coming to kill us.
 
Detroit is certainly the future of America under Obama. It’s the exact same policies. We are experiencing Groundhog Day: doing the same stupid things and expecting a different result.
One last morsel of food for thought: The EU is in the middle of a Great Depression. Countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Greece and Cyprus face total disaster. Their economies are ruined for generations to come. Yet America under Obama now has more debt than every country in the European Union, combined. Our country has more government debt than any country in the history of the world.
Say goodbye to the U.S. economy. It’s been nice while it lasted.


 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 25, 2013 19:16

Federal Regulations Destroying American Industry

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-20032336.html

 

For 37 years the waters off the coast of Mass. were a way of life for fishermen Bill Lee. Then, without warning - it all changed.

NOAA is short for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - the federal agency that oversees the $3.9 billion dollar fishing industry. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports in 2009 NOAA fined Lee $19,000 for catching about 20 extra codfish - nearly three years after he caught them. A fine, he says, that destroyed his one-man operation. "They just took it away," Lee said.

Sinking under the weight of 700 pages of confusing federal regulations. "You almost have to have a college degree to understand what's really going on in this industry," said fisherman Richard Burgess.

Burgess said NOAA told him he had to pay $27,000 because of a problem with his paperwork.

Now dozens of New England fishermen charge their livelihood is at risk. Sinking under the weight of 700 pages of confusing federal regulations.

 

 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 05, 2013 13:48

by John Ransom 

 

Prepare for your electric rates to go up, Chevy Jolt drivers. Under executive fiat, the EPA will shortly be forcing the shutdown of the rest of the coal fired plants in the United States. Obama closed about 20 percent of them in 2011 when he went on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. 

Since coal generates about half the electricity demanded in the US, the country will have to find other, more expensive ways of making up half of the electrical capacity at a time that the administration wants electric to be the clean fuel of choice.

I got an  email from the public relations guy at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, complaining that the number of nuclear reactors going up to generate electric is lower than they anticipated. 

Maybe Obama doesn’t understand that he can’t import electricity from Brazil.

That solar costs more and isn't clean probably has some advantages for Obama.

In addition to the loss of electrical generating capacity, the Commerce Department estimated that when they killed just 20 percent of coal fired plants they killed up to 60,000 jobs, according to Heritage, while an industry trade group said that the rules will cost $129 billion, according to the Washington Post.

So that's...carry the two, divide by 5.... That's 60,000 direct jobs in power plants, another 82,000 jobs in mining, and 30,000 jobs in coal transport plus associated jobs.

According to the The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity the new initiatives will cost the country 760,000 jobs in total. 

“If the Obama administration fails to recognize the environmental progress the industry has made and continues to adopt more regulations," said ACCCE's head Mike Duncan, "coal power could cease to exist which would be devastating for our economy.”

Since when has Obama ever cared about the economy? Or jobs.



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