Franklin County News
Open Burning Ordinance
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors passed an Open Burning Ordinance on June 1, 2015. This ordinance provides for the safety and welfare of residence and property in the county during a controlled open burning. It also outlines the provisions and procedures for implementing penalties for non-compliance.
Any person who intentionally ignites a fire shall provide fire suppression sufficient to control the fire from spreading out of control. The fire supervision and suppression method shall be in place prior to ignition of the fire. Other than the supervised use of outdoor fireplaces, barbeque grills, properly supervised landfills, or the burning of trash incinerators or trash burners made of metal, concrete, masonry, or heavy one inch mesh with no opening greater than one inch square, or according to other local ordinances, all persons engaging in open burning shall be required to give notification to the Franklin County Non-Emergency/Sheriff’s Department number (641-456-2731), whom will notify Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department personnel prior to the ignition of the controlled open burn.
No burning shall be allowed during Red Flag warning periods. Notification shall be given as to the name, address, location and time when the controlled burn is to take place and the fire suppression methods to be utilized. Any person who fails to give proper notification to the proper authorities prior to the controlled open burn may be found in non-compliance with this ordinance.
In the event additional help is requested or required from the jurisdictional fire department to extinguish a controlled open burn, an officer of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or the Fire Department Chief of the fire District or his designated representative, shall be dispatched to the scene of the fire to file a report of the incident. If after investigation and finding that fire suppression was not sufficiently provided prior to the ignition of the fire, or the fire was out of control, or entered upon other person’s property, the person responsible for the fire may be cited for non-compliance with this ordinance.
Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Program
The goal of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) program is to prevent oil spills into waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines. A key element of this program calls for farmer and other oil storage and handling facilities to have an oil spill prevention plan, called an SPCC Plan. These Plans can help farmers prevent oil spills which can damage water resources needed for farming operations.
Is my farm covered by SPPC?
SPCC applies to a farm that:
If your farm meets all these criteria, then your farm is covered by SPCC. Use the fact sheet at the link below to determine the kind of Plan you need.
Military Veteran Employment Resource
Col. Robert King, head of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, announces the iHeartRadio's Show Your Stripes website resource for veterans seeking jobs and employers looking to hire military veterans. iHeartRadio's Show Your Stripes is a community initiative launched by iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company in America with the largest reach, to generate awareness around the issue of veteran unemployment, encourage businesses to hire skilled veterans and help those transitioning out of the military find jobs. Through partnerships with groups like Monster.com and Military.com, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others, iHeartRadio's ShowYourStripes.org provides users with a variety of the most valuable resources available in one centralized, easy-to-use destination. Click on the links below to hear Col. King spread the message about this program.
Military Retirement Benefits Exemption
Franklin County Veterans Affairs wants to make sure veterans are aware of Senate File 303, which was signed by Governor Branstad last spring. This provides for the exclusion of military retirement benefits from Iowa individual income tax retroactive to the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
The exclusion also applies to military survivor benefits received under 10 U.S.C. 1447. The exemption is available to both residents and nonresidents of Iowa. Because the change is retroactive to January 1, 2014, individuals receiving military retirement benefits may immediately change or eliminate the amount of Iowa tax being withheld or their military pension. They may also leave their withholdings as they are and receive a refund when their taxes are filed.
There are several methods that may be used to accomplish this.
View this article and other VA news in Iowa by checking out the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Newsletter (.pdf). If you have any questions, please contact Tom Berry, VA Executive Director, at or 641-456-5670.