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Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday

Aug 23, 2013

The Washington County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the county courthouse.

Items on the tentative agenda include the Richmond and Rubio sanitary sewer projects; City of Ainsworth tax increment financing (TIF); fireworks permit; personnel change requests from the offices of public health, auditor, sheriff and engineer; Bunker Mill Bridge; termination of lease contract for county-owned farm ground; proposed floodplain ordinance; second reading of an ordinance for the purpose of rescinding zoning.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 23, 2013 15:39

Gordon Canfield, Grinnell’s mayor of 16 years, has supported our town with down-to-earth politics and fresh ideas for Grinnell’s growing communities. The S&B’s Meg Schmitt sat down with Canfield last Tuesday to talk about pig farms, trains and the growth of the Grinnell community.


In addition to being mayor, I’m also president of the Iowa Association of Railroad Passengers (IARP). We’re a small organization, but we’re a group of people who have been promoting for many years for the reprise of passenger rail service. And it’s pretty darn close to happening; we are that far away. But that far away is millions of dollars [laughs]. A study has been made and the first part of the study shows that the best path to go from Chicago to Omaha is this line, so we definitely are going to use Iowa Interstate Railroad. It’s also pretty definite that we will have a stop in Grinnell, but now having said that, that depends on how much support we get to have it stop here. … If you think of Iowa out here in the middle of nowhere, what happens to the product of Iowa? Where do they sell it? China, Korea, Russia … In other words, we’re a global producer, and we’re not a consuming state, we’re a producer state. We’ve got to get product to the world, not just to Chicago or Omaha. So if we can enhance rail service to move freight faster to the destination, then that will increase the competitiveness of Iowa. At the same time, that improvement will mean that passenger rail service could be a regular thing here. So that’s kind of what I go on. Passenger rail, it’s going to happen. The site has tentatively been chosen, you’ll be glad to know it’s fairly close to the College—it’s just across on High Street. All this is yet to happen. The first rough estimate is about 2.5 to 3 million dollars. When it all gets set up, they estimate Grinnell to Chicago will take around five hours, $60 round trip. I think it’ll run the buses out of business.

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