Wednesday Afternoon News, October 23
Hospital Trustees Review Contractor Bids For Expansion Project
(Le Mars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees met this morning for a special meeting to review the three bids submitted for the construction of the north addition expansion project. The trustees did not award a contract to any of the bidders, as of yet, that will happen on November 19th. The three contractors included Wiltgen Construction Company from Le Mars with a bid of $15,766,000; L and L Builders from Sioux City submitted the lowest bid at $15,101,000; and Donlar Construction Company, a Minnesota based contractor, submitted a bid of $16,072,600. Daryl Friedenbach, Director of Financial Services for Floyd Valley Hospital explains what course of action was taken by the hospital trustees.
A question was raised during the meeting if the contract stipulates any provisions to have local workers perform the construction project? Friedenbach says since the hospital is getting a loan from the U.S.D.A. the mandate is to accept the lowest bid.
As mentioned, L and L Builders submitted the lowest bid, and Friedenbach says the hospital is comfortable with the contractors, since L and L Builders is working on the new loading dock for the hospital.
Several building projects within the area, including a new fertilizer plant, a new Sioux City downtown casino, and the construction of an elementary school in Sioux City, plus many smaller projects had hospital officials wondering if they would have had enough submitted competitive bids for the hospital expansion.
DCI Agent Found Having An Affair
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An assistant director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation was disciplined for violating department policies by having a personal relationship with a subordinate employee, but moved to a high-profile job months later.
A disciplinary notice shows David Jobes was given a last-chance warning in February after superiors learned of the relationship. It says Jobes discredited the department by having a relationship with an employee within his chain of command and failing to tell his supervisor.
The document was obtained by The Associated Press through the public records law. The subordinate employee was not identified in the notice.
In May, Jobes was transferred to gaming operations, assuming responsibility for overseeing the integrity of Iowa's casinos and other forms of gambling.
Jobes declined comment.
Bomb Threat at Indianola High School
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - Students at a high school in Indianola are returning to class after a bomb threat temporarily evacuated the campus.
Students at Indianola High School were given the clear Wednesday morning.
Indianola Community Schools briefly evacuated students to nearby buses after a bomb threat written on a note was found in a campus bathroom. Authorities say they did a thorough sweep of the building before allowing students to return.
The district said in an email it was taking the bomb threat seriously although it questioned its credibility.
Parents were allowed to dismiss students early.
Iowa Companies Sign Agreements With China
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa companies and organizations have signed 20 cooperative trade
agreements with their counterparts from the Chinese province of Hebei solidifying a 30-year
sister city relationship between Iowa and the province.
The value of business investment involved in each cooperative agreement was not disclosed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, but the agency's officials estimated the total at $1 billion.
Executives from Iowa-based companies including Principal Financial Group and grain bin
manufacturer Sukup Manufacturing say the trade deals will mean jobs and significant business investment for Iowa and the Chinese province.
China is one of Iowa's largest trading partners. The state exported $751 million worth of products to the growing nation last year including machinery, vehicles, processed meat, cereal, and animal feed.
Former Mingo City Clerk Cannot Sue According To Appeals Court
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Court of Appeals says the former city clerk of Mingo cannot sue city and Jasper County officials for malicious prosecution, false arrest or defamation.
Amy Berkey was charged with theft and misconduct in November 2008 after officials investigated allegations missing deposits based on a state audit that found several problems including poor record-keeping. A state prosecutor, citing insufficient evidence, dropped the charges in 2009.
Berkey sued the city, Jasper County and officials but a district court judge dismissed the lawsuit. Berkey appealed.
The appeals court justices on Wednesday upheld dismissal saying there was probable cause for Berkey's arrest, foreclosing the malicious prosecution and false arrest claims. The justices also say the officials did not defame her because statements were made in good faith as part of the investigation.
U of I Teaching Assistant Sends Inappropriate E-mails
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says that a teaching assistant sent an email with files depicting inappropriate sexual content to her students by accident.
University spokesman Tom Moore said the teaching assistant "regrets her actions" and the school is asking those who received the message to delete it and not share the files with anyone.
Moore said the incident was inappropriate, and university officials are investigating. He said the school would "take appropriate actions under our policies and procedures."
No other details were immediately released.