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City of Council Bluffs, Crime Reports
Violent Crime:656
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:4
Forcible Rape:69
Robbery:61
Aggravated Assault:522
Property Crime:4,251
Burglary:980
Larceny Theft:2,776
Motor Vehicle Theft:495
Arson:35
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Total population of residents62,230
White resident population recorded56,539
Black or African American resident population recorded1,159
American Indian and Alaska native resident population recorded357
Asian resident population recorded462
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander resident population recorded24
Hispanic or Latino of any race resident population recorded5,277
Resident population of some other race recorded2,214
Resident population of two or more races recorded1,475
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After the decision: What is next for Cedar Rapids’ empty casino site?
CEDAR RAPIDS — Ann Poe admitted to a lingering disappointment Friday that left her as empty as the eight acres of vacant city-owned land where she and other supporters thought the Cedar Crossing Casino would go up.A day after the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission denied the casino a state gaming license on a 4-1 vote, City Council member Poe was not alone in wondering what might come of the land across the Cedar River from downtown Cedar Rapids.“At this point it’s hard to drive down there because we had the vision of the casino with a parking ramp almost ingrained in our mind,” Poe said. “It’s very difficult to imagine what else can be there.”Poe, who grew up on the west side of Cedar Rapids and who has backed the $174 million casino project as a flood-recovery, economic-development investment for the west side, said the city needs to “regroup and rethink and be creative.”Council member Monica Vernon, the chairwoman of the council’s Development Committee, on Friday said coming up with a Plan B will take some time because Plan A, the casino project, was such a large project with such economic-development potential.Vernon, too, said the dust was still settling Friday, and she said the city still needed to determine if the casino idea “was completely over.”There is no mechanism in state government to appeal the Gaming Commission decision against the casino project, and Mayor Ron Corbett, a former state lawmaker, again Friday doubted there was any prospect for a legislative solution at the Iowa Legislature.Even so, council member Pat Shey, also a former state lawmaker, said he could envision legislation that would permit a new casino with the stipulation that it be required to share revenue with an existing casino that suffers a loss of business because of the new competition.‘Amazing open space’Vernon on Friday asked Cedar Rapidians to be patient as the city begins to take a new look at what the future might hold for the proposed casino site between A Avenue NW and Second Avenue SW and First and Third streets SW.Vernon called it “a pretty amazing open space” that is next to the Cedar River, on busy First Avenue with ready access to Interstate 380 and close to downtown.She said it is a “prime” spot for a development that can anchor and drive more development for the Kingston Village commercial and residential district that is emerging on the west side of the river between Interstate 380 and the city’s new riverfront McGrath Amphitheatre.Vernon said she would oppose selling off the vacant property — which had been home to mostly commercial buildings bought and demolished in the city’s flood-recovery buyout program — parcel by parcel “without a very purposeful plan” for redevelopment.She said the city had been developing plans for the Kingston Village area along First Street SW for some time as it decided it wanted to save the flood-damaged, historic, Louis Sullivan-designed bank building and flood-damaged commercial storefronts nearby. After that, the Cedar Rapids casino investor group selected a First Street SW spot for the Cedar Crossing Casino to anchor the revitalization of the neighborhood, she said.“The casino would have leveraged other private investment and faster,” she said. “Without something there driving development, it will take longer. But we’re not going to give up.”Shey said that a downtown area development study before the flood envisioned that much of the area where the casino had been expected to go would become housing for those who worked downtown or otherwise wanted to live next to downtown. Developer Fred Timko’s new Kingston Commons condominium building on First Street SW is an example, Shey said.Shey said the city continues to have a development agreement in place with casino investors Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC, which calls for it to buy the site for $2.2 million and pay another $732,730 for streets and alleys. However, those purchases were conditioned on the casino group building a casino after securing a state gaming license.At some point when the agreement ends or expires, he said the city will need to reactivate its property disposition process and see what kind of proposals it might get for the property. The city picks the “best project” through that process, and hopefully one that will spur additional development, he said.An aquariumShey said there isn’t a rush to unload what he called “a very attractive site.” Whatever is built could be there 100 years, “so we can wait for the right proposal and wait until the market is right,” he said.Corbett said residents already had contacted him with ideas such as an aquarium, a planetarium, a water park and some other projects in the first 24 hours after the state commission’s conclusion that a Cedar Rapids casino would take too much business from existing casinos.“Citizens are encouraging the city not to throw in the towel and to continue to redevelop,” the mayor said. Corbett said the new New Bohemia district not so many years ago was home to the shuttered Iowa Iron Works plant, the Iowa Steel plant and the Quality Chef plant, not to mention the former Sinclair meatpacking plant, which was demolished after the flood. A new office building for Geonetric Inc. is going up on the Iowa Steel site, New Bo City Market is on the Quality Chef property and there is a development proposal on now vacant land behind it, the mayor said.That has been 15 or more years in the making, and the redevelopment of the casino site could take time, too, he said.It’s really a prime piece of property,” the mayor said. “Our goal isn’t just to put it back on the tax rolls just to put it back on the tax rolls,” he said.Corbett, council members Poe and Ralph Russell and City Manager Jeff Pomeranz rode together to and from this week’s Racing & Gaming Commission meeting in Council Bluffs. Arriving back in Cedar Rapids on Thursday afternoon, Poe said they drove along the back side of the vacant casino site and came down First Avenue to City Hall.“We all just took a big breath and went, ‘Ah,’” Poe said. “Although we didn’t articulate it, there was this kind of collective reality of seeing it, knowing that it’s going to look that way until something else comes along.“It’s going to be difficult for a while. But we’re a tenacious group of people here in Cedar Rapids, and we’ll come up with something. It won’t be the same, but it will be wonderful in a different way. And we’ll look for what that is.”
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GazetteOnlineLocalNews/~3/nlKxAYgVGxE/after-the-decision-what-is-next-for-cedar-rapids-empty-casino-site-20140418

Regents name superintendent finalists for Iowa schools for deaf and blind
The Board of Regents has announced the names of its finalists for superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.All three candidates — Mark Draper, director of special education for Green Hills Area Education Agency in Council Bluffs, Steve Gettel, superintendent of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind in Great Falls, Mont., and Laurie Noll, director of curriculum and instruction for the Burlington Community School District — have extensive experience working with the special-needs populations.The announcement comes about a week before the board expects to announce its selection to take the reins of the state’s two special K-12 schools. The Board of Regents, which oversees the two schools along with the three public universities, will interview the finalists Wednesday morning during its regular monthly meeting and announce the new superintendent Wednesday afternoon.The public is invited to meet the finalists early next week — from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday on the Iowa School for the Deaf campus in Council Bluffs and on the same time Tuesday via the Iowa Communications Network. More information on the Tuesday evening broadcast sites can be found at iowaschoolforthedeaf.org. Draper, in addition to his position as special education director of the Green Hills Area Education Agency, is an adjunct faculty member at both Creighton University in Omaha and Drake University in Des Moines, and he’s on the Executive Committee for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for the Iowa School for the Deaf, he chairs the Iowa AEA Directors of Special Education and serves on the oversight committee for Collaborating for Iowa Kids. Gettel has been superintendent of the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind since 2001 and previously served as supervising teacher and teacher of the deaf for the school. In his role as director, Gettel said he leads an executive branch agency with five program divisions and 135 employees that serve preschool through post-high school blind, low-vision, deaf and hard of hearing students. Noll, as director of curriculum and instruction for the Burlington Community School District, implements basic reading inventory in area middle schools, participates in speaking engagements promoting the school district, implemented walk-through training for all principals and developed assessment policies and wrote state reports. Community members have said they want the schools’ next leader to have a deep understanding of what it means to be visually and hearing-impaired and know how to communicate and relate culturally. Patrick Clancy, 64, is retiring this summer after leading both schools for less than two years. Before taking on the dual role in 2012, he had been superintendent of just the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School since 2008.Although the regents were unanimous in their appointment of Clancy to lead both schools, critics expressed concern and even threatened legal action because Clancy didn’t know American Sign Language. Opponents also complained about the hiring process, saying the regents didn’t allow for public input.Comments: (319) 339-3106; vanessa.miller@sourcemedia.net
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GazetteOnlineLocalNews/~3/1p14lAnYrO0/regents-name-superintendent-finalists-for-iowa-schools-for-deaf-and-blind-20140418

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COUNCIL BLUFFS — A contingent of people from Washington County were in the meeting where the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted 4-1 today to deny a gaming license to a firm wishing to build a $164 million casino in Linn County. Washington County Riverboat Foundation president Patty Koller and member Ed Raber attended the meeting, held at the Ameristar Casino in Council Bluffs, and were present when the ...
Happening April 19 2014 - Source: http://washington-ia.villagesoup.com/p/4-to-1/1168742?source=rss

City Council Packet (4-21-2014) Revised
City Council Packet (4-21-2014) Revised
Happening April 18 2014 - Source: http://www.councilbluffs-ia.gov/AgendaCenter/PreviousVersions/596

License for Cedar Rapids casino denied
COUNCIL BLUFFS | The Iowa Racing Gaming Commission denied a gaming license for a proposed Cedar Rapids casino Thursday.
Happening April 17 2014 - Source: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/license-for-cedar-rapids-casino-denied/article_87634e50-2a9f-5850-85ff-d36d01a63cba.html

Gaming commission rejects Cedar Rapids casino
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a proposed $164 million Cedar Rapids casino Thursday, saying it would hurt existing casinos. Supporters of the Cedar Crossing Casino development have said it would give an economic boost to Cedar Rapids and the region. They also argued it would be a catalyst for development in an area ravaged by a 2008 flood, create jobs and generate millions for tax revenue and charities. But representatives of casinos in Riverside, Dubuque and Waterloo fought the plan, saying it would take business away from them. The five-member commission voted 4 to 1 against the new casino during a meeting in Council Bluffs, with more than 300 people attending. The panel hasn't approved a new casino license since 2010, when it called for a three- to five-year moratorium due to concerns about market saturation. The lone member who voted to approve the proposal, Dolores Mertz of Ankeny, said she didn't "want to put anyone out of business," but thinks industry - including Iowa's gaming industry -should be market driven. "As a farmer, if I really believe that in agriculture, I'd be really remiss not to do that in gaming," she said. Last month, more than 500 people packed the commission's hearing in Cedar Rapids on the proposed casino, which would be located near Interstate 380. The majority were supporters of the project, holding signs urging the commission to "vote yes" and cheering when speakers made key points. The most vocal contingent opposing the development came from the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in the small town of Riverside about 40 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Riverside CEO Dan Kehl had said he likely would be forced to lay off about 250 of its 750 workers if the commission approved the Cedar Rapids project, which he said would take 30 percent or more of Riverside's business. The Cedar Crossing Casino plan had called for a $138 million development that would include a casino, several restaurants and a 400-seat events center designed to attract touring entertainment acts, with most of the investors local business leaders. The city also would have built a $26 million parking ramp across the street. More than 61 percent of voters in Linn County, which includes Cedar Rapids, supported the proposed casino during an election last year.
Happening April 17 2014 - Source: http://archive.press-citizen.com/viewart/20140417/NEWS01/140417009

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Commission to Announce Decision on Linn County Casino Today
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - In a matter of hours, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will announce if Cedar Rapids should have a casino. Linn County voters showed their support for Cedar Crossing Casino in a special referendum in March of last year. A formal application was submitted in September.
April 17 2014 - Source: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Casino-Announcement-Today-255622211.html

4 men seeking job as Council Bluffs police chief - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Four men are vying to become the next police chief in Council Bluffs. Mayor Matt Walsh will choose the next chief, who will replace Ralph O'Donnell, who retired in March.
April 16 2014 - Source: http://www.woi-tv.com/story/25266721/4-men-seeking-job-as-council-bluffs-police-chief

Data error may require return of money
1 A county official in western Iowa said he has a legal and ethical obligation to follow up on a report from Council Bluffs police that found inaccurate crime data was recorded in the past.
March 26 2014 - Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20140326/NEWS/303260039/1001/

Official questions Council Bluff's crime data
A county official in western Iowa is questioning how Council Bluffs police recorded inaccurate crime data in the past.
March 25 2014 - Source: http://www.kwqc.com/story/25071796/official-questions-council-bluffs-crime-data

Official questions Council Bluff's crime data - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A county official in western Iowa is questioning how Council Bluffs police recorded inaccurate crime data in the past.
March 25 2014 - Source: http://www.woi-tv.com/story/25071796/official-questions-council-bluffs-crime-data

Two Arrested In Vehicle Theft Ring Investigation
Two men arrested in Council Bluffs Thursday are accused of a string of car thefts and burglaries across four counties. Investigators are trying to determine just how far-reaching the crime spree might be.
February 13 2014 - Source: http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Vehicle-Theft-Investigation-245475331.html

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