Tagged with 'government'

Mayor, Council strongly support City Manager pay raise despite social media flak

Mayor, Council strongly support City Manager pay raise despite social media flak

Mayor Matt Pina By Jack Mayne City Manager Michael Matthias’s pay raise got unanimous Des Moines City Council approval Thursday night (April 11) as Mayor Matt Pina defended the action after a minor storm... [Read more]

Unanimous approval of raise for City Manager sparks online opposition

Unanimous approval of raise for City Manager sparks online opposition

By Jack Mayne Lots of citizen complaints filled social media on Friday (April 5), following the Des Moines City Council increasing City Manager Michale Matthias’ annual salary to $199,000 a year, plus... [Read more]

Once in financial danger, City Council hears city trending in right direction

Once in financial danger, City Council hears city trending in right direction

By Jack Mayne A few years ago, Des Moines was on the brink of financial ruin with borrowing rates heading upward, but what a difference a few years makes. The City Council was told at its meeting Thursday... [Read more]

Des Moines Council upgrades zoning to better control mental health facilities

Des Moines Council upgrades zoning to better control mental health facilities

By Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council has unanimously approved changes in the city’s ordinance that would allow them to control any potential “enhanced service facilities” (ESF) or mental health... [Read more]

Des Moines Council told ’Snowmageddon’ met & tamed, leaving lessons for future

Des Moines Council told ’Snowmageddon’ met & tamed, leaving lessons for future

By Jack Mayne The February snow storm cost thousands but the Des Moines City Council was told on Thursday night (Feb. 21) that the city was well prepared but it needs to be “more self-reliant” for... [Read more]

Public can meet/talk with Des Moines City Council, Staff starting May 26

Public can meet/talk with Des Moines City Council, Staff starting May 26

Beginning on Thursday, May 26, 2016, the public will have an opportunity to discuss issues and items of concern with available City Council and City Staff, the city announced Wednesday. These informal... [Read more]

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

by Jack Mayne Despite a warning that it was unconstitutional to infringe on freedom of religion, the Des Moines City Council effectively banned most of the city’s churches from housing homeless encampments... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Yesterday . . . I went to Olympia to engage my government…’

LETTER: ‘Yesterday . . . I went to Olympia to engage my government…’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Yesterday, my first time, I went to... [Read more]