Travel not advised in much of Iowa starting at 8 p.m.; Fairfield’s urban revitalization plan passes through second reading
Travel not advised in much of Iowa starting at 8 p.m.
AMES — In advance of forecasted blizzard conditions in the state, the Iowa Department of Transportation is advising motorists travel across the majority of Iowa is not advised from 8 p.m. today through noon Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning beginning at 6 p.m. today and continuing through 6 p.m. Thursday. In addition to heavy snowfall of 6 to 10 inches, very strong northwest winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts exceeding 45 mph, will produce considerable blowing and drifting of snow and blizzard conditions late tonight through Thursday afternoon.
The heaviest snow axis will be along a line from Atlantic to Dubuque. The lowest amounts are expected near the Missouri border. Snow drifts several feet deep will be possible given the strong winds. Visibility at times will be reduced to one-quarter mile or less to whiteout conditions.
Those who venture out should take a fully charged cell phone and have a full tank of gas. If stranded:
• Call 911 from your cell phone. Guide emergency personnel to your location by observing any exit numbers, mileposts, crossroads or landmarks.
• Pull as far off the road as possible to avoid getting hit by other vehicles. Turn on the warning/flashing lights. Remain with your vehicle. It provides shelter and allows you to be found by rescue personnel.
• Remain calm and be patient. It may take considerable time for someone to reach your vehicle during a storm as emergency personnel typically are assisting multiple persons
• Run your vehicle about 10 minutes every hour to stay warm. Crack a window to avoid carbon monoxide build-up, and clear away any snow from the tailpipe so the exhaust can escape.
• Use your winter survival kit. For details on creating a kit, visit Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website www.ready.gov/winter-weather, and click on “Winterize Your Vehicle.”
For ways to receive 24/7 Iowa traveler information, visit http://511ia.org.
Fairfield’s urban revitalization plan passes through second reading
The Fairfield City Council unanimously approved an urban revitalization plan to extend tax breaks on new development during a second reading Monday night at city hall.
The council received public feedback concerning the plan Nov. 26, which would offer homeowners three years of tax exemption on as much as $75,000 of improvements. The ordinance would extend commercial and industrial abatements, offering a 100 percent break on the total value of improvements for a period of three years. The city would require improvements increase the value of the building by at least 10 percent. Any improvements would qualify on land without any current development.
The third reading for the plan will take place 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at city hall.
If passed, the city will adopt the ordinance by Feb. 1.
Morrissey said those interested in the program can start the process by picking up the application at city hall. If the ordinance passes, residents can submit the completed two-page application for the city council to review.
— Donna Schill Cleveland, Ledger staff writer