OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa Police Department Senior Officer Nathan Johnson has been named Officer of the year for 2019.
Johnson joined the Oskaloosa Police Department Jan. 22, 2019. He grew up in Oskaloosa and graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 2006. He graduated from the Indian Hills Community College Criminal Justice program in 2008.
After 10 years of service in Bloomfield, Johnson returned to Oskaloosa. Due to his training and experience, he was named Senior Officer during his first year with the department, and also acts as a field training officer.
Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt said Johnson enjoys the fact that no two days are the same and he enjoys the camaraderie within the department. He likes to fish, travel and spend time with his family.
“We congratulate him for this and encourage him to keep striving for excellence in everything that he does,” Krutzfeldt said.
Longevity certificates were given to Oskaloosa Police Officers Gary Kutcher for 30 years’ service, John Plumb for 25 years and Gary McClun for 20 years.
Oskaloosa Firefighters Adam Haroldson and Daniel Hoy have been with the department for 10 years.
Nancy Hall has been with the Oskaloosa Public Library for 10 years.
Public Works Director Akhilesh Pal and Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock, Jr. have both been with the city for 10 years.
Krutzfeldt expressed appreciation for the longtime city employees
“It’s fitting that it comes after thanksgiving that we do this recognition, we remember the amount of institutional knowledge that they carry around and the opportunity that that provides for preventing mistakes, leadership, teaching the folks that are younger on staff than they are the way to do things right,” he said. “And through that, they have the effect then of making a safer environment that we’ve all experienced through our insurance rates and also just the knowledge of doing things right.”
Early Childhood Education and Recreation Center
Vitus Bering presented an overview regarding the design and development phase of the education and recreation project.
The site plan process is moving along very well, Bering said.
“We have already been through a board of adjustment and conditional use process, that was approved. The site plan drawings have been submitted to the city staff for review,” he said. “The city staff have had their review comments and we’re in the process of finalizing that.”
The land transfer process is underway as well. Garden and Associates is aiding with the platting of the land as well as with the process itself
Bering said the designs include separate parking lots for the recreation section of the building and the childhood education section. There will also be a public street improvement on the north side of the building.
Everything is a work in progress, Bering said. The building as it is currently laid out is approximately 88,400 square feet.
“Again we are tracking pretty close to where we were in schematic design,” he said. “There have been some very minor adjustments in areas where we needed some more support space and mechanical space. But all in all the floor plan, I think, has been pretty well solidified and the entire group is on board with the amount of space that’s provided.”
Cost estimates, Bering said, are also tracking very close to where they were at the schematic design stage. Construction costs are estimated to be $27,264,446 and an overall project cost is about $31.8 million.
Bering said construction is expected to start in April.
Other council business
• A resolution approving an agreement with Fox Engineering Associates, Inc, for Phase 2 of the Wastewater Facility Plan short-term improvements was approved.
• Conveyances of city-owned property including 1327 Ninth Ave. E, 610 D Ave. W. and 703 A Ave. E were approved.
• The council approved a lease agreement for a postage meter system, following a public hearing.
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