Arriesgado sworn in

Oskaloosa Police Chief Ben Boeke looks on as Officer Jennifer Arriesgado’s badge is pinned on by her mother, Nora Bellon and her daughter, Zamora.

OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa Police Department officially welcomed Jennifer Arriesgado as a police officer at Tuesday’s Oskaloosa City Council meeting.

Arriesgado has been the department’s Community Service Officer since May. She was born and raised in Ottumwa and enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. Arriesgado served on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln as a weapons elevator technician from 2009-2013.

Arriesgado’s badge was pinned on by her daughter, Zamora, and her mother, Nora Bellon.

Grant agreement

The city council, following a public hearing, approved a resolution regarding an $80,000 grant agreement between Oskaloosa and Mahaska County Recreation Foundation.

Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt said during the creation of the fiscal year 2020 budget, the council authorized budgeting $80,000 for a payment to MCRF to be used for Lacey improvements.

“The funding for Lacey Recreation Complex improvements by the city is in exchange for lighting improvements made by Musco Lighting along Kent Field and Stadium Drives,” he said. “Although agreement does not tie MCRF to specific improvements, it is the city’s understanding that concrete improvements will be made at the Lacey Sports Complex.”

Small wireless resolution

In order to remove redundancies, the small wireless facilities resolution was rescinded. In April of 2019, the council approved resolutions that had been recommended by other municipalities in order to preserve the ability to review and permit authority for local deployment of next-generation 5G networks.

Krutzfeld said since that time, after discussions with Verizon and review of the State of Iowa Cell Citing Act, a committee determined the guidelines were unnecessary and duplicative of much that was provided in the Iowa Cell Citing Act. The committee recommended the resolutions be rescinded.

“The committee determined that the guidelines were unnecessary and duplicative of much of what is provided in the Iowa Cell Citing Act,” he said. “The committee recommended the small wireless facility resolutions be rescinded and staff review of the right-of-way permitting procedures with regard to small wireless facilities. The Small Wireless Facility committee recommends approval of this item.”

Vacancies

Several board and commission vacancies were announced. Applicants must reside in Oskaloosa and be at least 18 years of age.

•Airport Commission – a vacancy for a term ending Dec. 31, 20201

• Board of Adjustment – a vacancy for a term ending Dec. 31, 2020

•Building Code Board of Appeals – a vacancy for an ex officiao member

•Historic Preservation Commission – a vacancy for an alternate member for a three-year term.

Managing Editor Angie Holland can be reached at aholland@oskyherald.com and followed on Twitter @OskyAngie.

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