Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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January 27, 2017

Sullivan’s Salvos     1/31/17

In this edition:

*Women’s Marches
*DVIP Souper Bowl
*County Budget
*Composting Help
*Comprehensive Plan
*Highway 22 and Utah Intersection
*Did You Know?

*Women’s Marches
         Last week was filled with pink hats, as Women’s Marches took place in cities around the world. Turnout was beyond belief – three quarters of a million people in DC; ten thousand in Des Moines; perhaps three thousand in Iowa City. Clearly, people feel the need to stand up and be counted!

         Melissa was in DC – and was featured in Salon! I had many friends travel to Des Moines. Marie and I marched here in Iowa City. It was exhilarating!

         I am thrilled with this effort and this energy. I have heard a lot of people ask, “What next?” While this is a fair question, I’m not certain anyone needs to have the answer just yet. It is good to gather. It is good to speak out. It is good to commiserate. That can be enough for now.

         The point is a good one, however. How can we harness all this energy? How can we use it to improve the lives of those who need our help?

*DVIP Souper Bowl
The 20th Annual Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) Souper Bowl will be held on Thursday, February 2 at The Clarion Highlander Hotel from 5:30-7:30 pm. There are soups from scads of local restaurants, attractive bowls, and Kevin B.F. Burt will be providing entertainment once again!

         More importantly, this is the single biggest fundraiser for DVIP. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students, and can be purchased at the door or online at

*County Budget
         The Board of Supervisors is putting the final touches on the FY18 budget. Frankly, it is pretty tight. There are many things I would like to do that we simply can’t afford. If you want to blame someone, blame every Iowa Legislator who voted for the Commercial Property Tax cut of a few years ago.

The Public Hearing on the County Budget is Thursday, February 23 at 5:30 PM in the Boardroom at the County Administration Building. There probably isn’t a lot to see this year, but the public is always welcome.

*Composting Help
         Our household has composted for years. It used to be a bit of a rarity; we were always explaining it to others. The last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of households that compost. This is a great thing for the environment! I give credit to several local initiatives that have helped promote composting in Johnson County.

North Liberty residents have had curbside composting since late 2014! Residents can pay a refundable deposit for a curbside collection bin, which they line with a yard waste bag, available for $1.65 at a variety of stores in North Liberty. The compost will be collected with their recycling and trash each week.

Iowa City made composting easier last year when they handed out free tabletop compost bins. I have to tell you, I LOVE this little unit! It used to be that unless you ran out to the compost pile a couple times every day, you had stinky compost sitting around in your kitchen. Iowa City’s little green buckets have a snap-tight lids and allow you to delay those trips.

Composting is a great thing, being made simpler by your local governments!

*Comprehensive Plan
Johnson County is developing a Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan will do several important things. It will articulate how residents expect development to occur in Johnson County’s unincorporated areas, including balancing competing interests of development and preservation. The plan also will document county residents’ interests and desires; allow for a predicable future; and provide a firm basis for the policies, ordinances and decisions made by the county Board of Supervisors. In fact, the state requires development ordinances be based on an adopted comprehensive plan.

Creating a comprehensive plan is especially important for Johnson County because our county has transformed in the last 10 years and continues to change. We are the second fastest growing county in Iowa, with 18 percent population growth compared to 10 percent nationally and 4 percent statewide (U.S. Census data). As cities grow, development pressures in unincorporated areas increase.

Come help us set a vision, define goals and sustain success in Johnson County for the next decade and beyond. We need your participation. This is just the beginning of the process; there will be other public gatherings, including sessions to discuss the draft plan. You may also visit online at to stay informed and participate in future input opportunities. The entire process will take at least one year. The Board of Supervisors encourages you to participate and values your ideas.

Public input sessions for the Johnson County Comprehensive Plan:

               Feb. 7: 6-8 p.m., Lone Tree Community Center
               Feb. 16: 6-8 p.m., Kent Park Education Center
               Feb. 22: 6-8 p.m., Solon High School, Media Room
               Feb. 28: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., String Town Produce Barn
               March 6: 6-8 p.m., Iowa City Public Library

*Highway 22 and Utah Intersection
         Just got word from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) that the intersection of Highway 22 and Utah Avenue is going to become a 4 way stop.

         This decision is interesting. The intersection, just north of the city of Lone Tree, has been one of the most deadly in Johnson County – but no one can figure out why.

         Drivers can see every direction; there are no obstacles; the road is straight and flat. But for whatever reason, we get a lot of accidents there. Hopefully, this change will be for the better.

*DID YOU KNOW?  There were Women’s Marches all across the globe. Over 5 million marchers took to the streets worldwide, including 30 people in Antarctica!

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website-

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