Flood of 2008

June 7, 2009

Today’s Gazette includes a special section on the 2008 flood, with a lot of stories, first-person accounts and photos from throughout Eastern Iowa. Much of that information, along with videos and much more, can be found here. For those of you in Johnson County, click here for a story on that area.

Also, look for more stories in The Gazette and at GazetteOnline throughout this week, including one from me, which I’ll also post on this blog, on whether Coralville Lake should be dredged.


Tiffin, county disagree on law enforcement coverage

June 4, 2009

By Gregg Hennigan

IOWA CITY – The city of Tiffin is weighing its public safety needs against its bottom line.

Tiffin, which is a few miles west of Coralville and has a population of about 1,700, has no police force, so it contracts with Johnson County to have sheriff’s deputies patrol the town.

The contract is up for renewal July 1. Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, citing the growth of the town — its population has nearly doubled this decade — and the opening of a new high school in the fall, recommended the town increase its hours from the current 1,300 a year to 1,560 in the new contract.

The City Council, however, originally said it wanted to decrease its hours to 1,170. View a breakdown of the proposal, provided by Pulkrabek, at the end of this story.

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