Herald Columnists

October 11, 2012

Where to find the satellite voting station

OSKALOOSA — It definitely feels like Fall. Temperatures have remained steadily in the 50s over the past week. This next week looks to have temperatures warm up to the 70s. There’s also a chance of thunderstorms this next week, with a possibility of severe thunderstorms. When’s the last time we heard that in the forecast?

Question: Do you have any details regarding the satellite voting location in Mahaska County?

I received something about this in my Penn e-mail not too long ago, but I also noticed an announcement regarding this item on the county Web site. According to the Mahaska County Web site, “The satellite voting station will be located in the Dana M. Atkins Memorial Union, Chief Mahaska Room, 1401 North Market on the William Penn University campus and is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Absentee ballots will be available as well as registration forms for those who need to change name and / or addressor to register for the first time in Mahaska County. Deadline to early register to vote for this election is Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 5 p.m.” As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Mahaska County Auditor’s Office at (641) 673-7148.

Source: Mahaska County Auditor’s Office Web site

With the severe weather that is forecast, I feel the need to remind everyone of the storm siren policy in Oskaloosa.

Question: What is the ordinance for the storm sirens in Oskaloosa? Do they only sound for tornadoes now?

In 2009, the Oskaloosa City Council changed the Storm Siren Ordinance in Oskaloosa. The move came after concerns were expressed that the Oskaloosa storm sirens were being sounded too often. According to the new policy, the sirens will only be sounded if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Mahaska County and the storm is on a track that would affect Oskaloosa. The other option for the sirens being sounded is if a trained storm spotter indicates that a severe thunderstorm is producing damaging winds or hail, they may have the sirens sounded. Regardless, you should be taking cover if you hear the Oskaloosa Storm Sirens.

Source: city of Oskaloosa

If you have a question about anything that is occurring in the community, or about an upcoming event, please feel free to send them to me. I will do my best to find an answer for you. Please e-mail them to me at oskyquestions@gmail.com.

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