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City of Independence Special Election
Posted:  02/17/2017
The Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, Cindy Gosse, has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Independence Special Election on March 7, 2017, will be available to be voted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Opening for Legal Assistant & Crime Victim/Witness Coordinator
Posted 01/25/2017
The Buchanan County Attorney's Office will be accepting applications for a Legal Assistant & Crime Victim/Witness Coordinator through February 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Opening for Buchanan County Deputy Sheriff
Posted: 12/14/2016
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office has an opening for the position of Deputy Sheriff.  To be eligible to take the Civil Service test, an application must be submitted to the Civil Services Commission by January 6, 2017.
Friendly Reminder to County Residents on Snow Removal
Posted:  12/12/2016
Buchanan County Secondary Road Department would like to remind county residents that pushing snow onto or across the county right of way is prohibited per Iowa Code.  Please click here for more details.

Opening for Full-Time Public Health Nurse
Buchanan County Public Health will be accepting applications for a full-time Public Health Nurse until 12/16/2016 at 3:00 PM.
General Election - November 8, 2016
Posted 09/29/2016
The General Election is November 8, 2016.  If you have any questions or need assistance on finding the precinct to cast your vote you may call the Auditor's office at 319-334-4109.
Snow Removal Bid Proposals
Posted 10/14/2016
Buchanan County Board of Supervisors will accept bids for a contract for snow removal for the Buchanan County Courthouse/Jail complex, Buchanan County Human Services/Public Health building, and Buchanan County Senior Center building.  Bids will need to be submitted by 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2016. 
DEA's Fall 2016 Drug Take-Back Day
Posted 10/11/2016
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office is hosting a collection site at the Sheriff's Office, 210 5th Ave. N.E., Independence, IA for the DEA's Fall 2016 Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Opening for Full-time Dispatcher

Posted 09/14/2016
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department will be accepting applications for a full-time Dispatcher through October 21, 2016 until 4:00 p.m..  To view the job description and qualifications required for this position, please click here.

Flooding in Buchanan County

For more information please click here.

Information included:
Press Releases 
Independence Flood History.
Flood Cleanup Resources

Farm Land for Rent by Buchanan County Posted 09/13/2016
Buchanan County is accepting sealed bid proposals at the Buchanan County Auditor's Office until 9:30 a.m., Monday, October 3, 2016 for the rent of farm land.
Even Healthy People Need a Flu Vaccine.

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Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. Even healthy people can get sick enough to miss work or school for a significant amount of time or even be hospitalized. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease are at increased risk of serious flu-related complications, so getting a yearly flu vaccine is especially important for them.  Please see your Healthcare Provider for more information. 

City of Independence Special Election
Posted:  08/09/2016
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Independence Special Election on August 30, 2016, will be available to be voted on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Opening for Correctional Officer - Jailer
Posted: 08/09/2016
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office will be accepting applications for a Correctional Officer/Jailer through August 26, 2016.
The Facts about Kids and the Danger of Drowning

Since July 5, 2016, two 2-year-olds and one 6-year-old have died from drowning. Adults losing track of the children for several minutes appears to be a major factor in these drownings. Drowning is the leading cause of death by unintentional injury in children between the ages of 1 and 5.

Parents and caregivers need to provide direct supervision to all young children and non-swimmers, even when lifeguards are provided.

Infographic:  The Facts about Kids and the Danger of Drowning

Opening for Part-time Case Manager/Social Worker
Posted:  07/15/2016
Buchanan County Community Services will be accepting applications for a part-time Case Manager/Social Worker until July 29, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Opening for Magistrate & Compensation Commissions
Posted:  07/05/2016
Buchanan County will be accepting applications for the Magistrate & Compensation Commissions until August 1, 2016.
Preventing Bug Bites

What to know before you go. Bugs can spread diseases.

Travelers to tropical and other destinations should take steps to prevent bug bites.

Auditor & Treasurer's Offices Closing
Posted: 06/01/2016
The Offices of Auditor and Treasurer will be closing at noon to the public on Thursday, June 30, 2016 to close the books for the end of the fiscal year.

Driver's license renewals will stop at 11:00 a.m. & testing will stop at 10:30 a.m. on June 30th.
Primary Election
Posted: 05/12/2016
For results information from the Primary Election that was held on June 7, 2016 click here.
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Drug Take Back Initiative
Posted: 04/14/2016
drugs1  The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department will be holding their Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Buchanan County Health Center. For more information please click on the above title.
Household Hazardous Waste Center
Posted: 04/08/2016
 recycle     Buchanan County's Household Hazardous Waste
  Center will be open May 1st. All residents of
  Buchanan County can use this facility, with no
  charge to residential customers. An appointment
  can be made by calling: (319) 334-6312.
  Click here to learn more.
Seasonal Mower Technician
Posted: 04/07/2016
Buchanan County is accepting applications for a Seasonal Mower Technician at the Buchanan County Engineer's Department through April 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Seasonal Roadside Technician
Posted: 02/18/2016
Buchanan County is accepting applications for a Seasonal Roadside Technician at the Buchanan County Roadside Road Department through March 4, 2016 or until an eligible candidate is located.
Weather Spotters Training
Posted: 02/12/2016
Emergency Management will be hosting a Weather Spotters Training on Monday, February 22, 2016 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Mental Health Institute Auditorium, main entrance.
RADON:  A Silent Threat in Iowa
Posted: 02/09/2016
Protect your family's heath by attending a FREE Public Workshop on Monday, February 22nd from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Heartland Acres-Theater on Radon: A Silent Threat in Iowa.
Opening for Assistant County Attorney
Posted 01/26/2016
Buchanan County is accepting applications for an Assistant County Attorney in the County Attorney's office through February 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.
Opening for Secondary Roads Operator 1 Position
Posted:  01/22/2016
Buchanan County is accepting applications for a Operator 1 at the Secondary Roads Department through February 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Opening for Case Manager/Social Worker
Posted:  01/19/2016
Buchanan County is accepting applications for a Case Manager/Social Worker for the Community Services Department through February 3, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

New County Emergency Notification System Launched

AlertIowa

Effective Jan 20, 2016, Buchanan County will no longer be using CodeRED to issue emergency alerts. To continue receiving emergency alerts from Buchanan County, please register for our new system, Alert Iowa, by clicking here.

If you are currently enrolled in CodeRED, you still need to register for this new system if you wish to continue receiving emergency alerts.
Seasons Greetings
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From Buchanan County Employees 
Opening for Mental Health Advocate
Posted 11/05/2015
Buchanan County is accepting applications for a Mental Health Advocate.  The position is part-time non-exempt with the salary based on experience and qualifications.

County Wide Burn Ban Lifted
burn ban lifted                               Posted 10/30/2015
The open burning ban for Buchanan County was lifted by the State Fire Marshal, effective October 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM.
Opening for Information Technology Support Specialist
Posted 10/19/2015
Buchanan County is accepting applications for an Information Technology Support Specialist.  The position is full-time non-exempt with the hourly wage based on experience and qualifications.

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City Elections
Posted/Updated 10/13/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections has announced that absentee ballots for the City Elections on November 3, 2015, will be available to be voted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.  To view the list of candidates, news release and sample ballots click here.
Opening for Perry Township Trustee
Posted: 09/29/2015
Buchanan County will be accepting applications for a Perry Township Trustee through October 16, 2015.  For more information and application, please click here.
DEA National Take Back Initiative 2015
Posted 09/09/2015
In a collaborative effort, Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Buchanan County Health Center and Pathways Behavioral Services will be hosting a drop-off site for the DEA's 2015 National Take Back Day.  This event is conducted in an effort to have patients and their families dispose of unwanted or expired medications.  The National Take Back program is anonymous, and every effort will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medication.  The drop-off location will be at Buchanan County Health Center, Meeting Room "A", 1600 First Street E., Independence, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Please click here to view more information.
Buchanan County Sheriff's Office K9 Fundraiser
Posted 07/28/2015

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office K9 Fundraiser golf tournament is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Three Elms Golf Course located at 2074 Three Elms Park Rd, Independence. The format is four person best shot and entry fee is $40 per person, which includes green fees and lunch (cart is separate). This tournament is open to the public and registration forms are available at the Sheriff's Office or online at http://www.buchanancountyiowa.org/sheriff. Registration deadline is Saturday, September 12, 2015. Join us for a good time and a good cause!

School Elections
Posted 08/13/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the School Elections on September 8, 2015, will be available to be voted on Friday, August 14, 2015.

To view the official results of the election click here.
City of Hazleton Special Election
Posted 08/03/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Hazleton Special Election on August 18, 2015, will be available to be voted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

To view a sample ballot click here.
Opening for Deputy Sheriff
Posted 07/20/2015
The Buchanan County Civil Service Commission will be testing for a Deputy Sheriff's position.  To be eligible to take the Civil Service test, an application must be submitted to the Civil Services commission prior to the testing.  For more information and application , please click here.

Boil Water Advisory - LIFTED
Posted: 08/07/2015
NOTICE: Boil Water Advisory has been LIFTED
 for the residents of Independence,  west of the Wapsipinicon River per the City of Independence. 

Please contact Independence City Hall (319-334-2780) or Mark L. (319-334-3750) for more information. 

FAQ about Boil Water Advisory from IDPH & IDNR

NOTICE: Boil Water Advisory

Posted:  08/05/2015
A Boil Water Advisory is in effect for the residents of Independence,  west of the Wapsipinicon River until further notice, per the City of Independence. 

Please contact Independence City Hall (319-334-2780) or Mark L. (319-334-3750) for more information. 

FAQ about Boil Water Advisory from IDPH & IDNR

City of Independence Special Election
Date Posted: 07/28/2015
Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Independence Special Election on August 4, 2015, will be available to be voted on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

If you have any questions, concerns or need more information on the Special Election, please contact City Hall at 319-334-2780, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

To view a sample ballot click here.
Health of Buchanan County

Date Posted:  6/9/2015

The Buchanan County Public Health Department recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, with subsequent Health Improvement Plan (HIP). The CHNA-HIP was approved by the Buchanan County Board of Health in April and will be submitted to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in July. The Buchanan County CHNA-HIP is a “road map” for the Public Health Department service priorities to increase the health of Buchanan County residents.  (click on article to read more)

Preventing Melanoma

Date Posted:  6/5/2015

GRAPHIC PressRelease


Click on the link above for more information on preventing Melanoma.

 

National CPR Week

Date Posted:  5/29/2015

June 1- 7, 2015 is National CPR Week. 

With funding from the Anthem Foundation, the American Heart Association is debuting a new Hands-Only™CPR music-based training video, designed to showcase the simplicity and lifesaving benefits of Hands-Only CPR. The video features the unique sounds of the wildly-talented acapella group, Street Corner Symphony, and is available at www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.

Iowa Concern Hotline Available to Address Avian Influenza Questions

Date Posted: 5/15/2015

Concerned residents both within and outside the areas affected by avian influenza are encouraged to use the Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-477-1985 if they have questions or need disaster counseling.  The Iowa Concern Hotline is available 24 hours a day.  All calls are free and confidential, and the operators are willing to assist wherever possible.  For more information - click here

 

Warnings Issued on Reemerging Synthetic Drugs

Date Posted:  5/15/2015

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) warned April 23 that a group of dangerous new synthetic cannabinoids have led to a dramatic spike in poison center exposure calls in the U.S. 
Click link to read more.

City of Jesup Special Election

Date Posted:  5/12/2015

Buchanan County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Cindy Gosse has announced that absentee ballots for the City of Jesup Special Election on June 2, 2015, will be available to be voted on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

For more information and to view a sample ballot click here.

Opening for Veterans Affairs Commission
Date Posted:  5/7/2015

Buchanan County will be accepting applications for the Veterans Affairs Commission through June 1, 2015.  For more information and application, please click here.
Tick Season Underway in Iowa

Date Posted: 5/7/2015

194 cases of Lyme disease reported in Iowa in 2014.  Spring in Iowa means planting fields and gardens, outdoor recreation, warm days, cool nights and, as a reminder from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), it also means the start of tick season.  IDPH encourages Iowans to enjoy the many opportunities to be active outdoors, while remembering to protect against ticks. Ticks can carry the organisms that cause Lyme disease (the most common tick-borne disease), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. In 2014, there were 194 confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease in Iowa; so far this year, there have been two cases. To read more click here

Canine Influenza - H3N8 and H3N2
Date Posted: 4/30/2015

  • Dog flu is a disease of dogs. No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported.
  • There are two different influenza A dog flu viruses: an H3N8 virus and an H3N2 virus.
    • Canine influenza H3N8 virus has been known to exist for more than 40 years.
      • H3N8 originated in horses.
      • H3N8 first recognized in dogs in 2004.

For more information on Canine Influenza click here.
H5N2 - Avian Influenza

Date Posted: 4/29/2015

A high pathogenic strain of avian influenza (H5N2) has been identified in commercial poultry flocks in Iowa and other Midwestern states, and is being spread by waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds as they migrate. Click here for more information

 

Garage Sale - Sat 4/25/15 8:00 to Noon

Date Posted:  4/23/2015

Buchanan County Courthouse will be having a garage sale on Saturday, April 25, 2015 8:00 AM to NOON.  Items for sale include but not limited to:  office furniture,  large wooden tables, a variety of office chairs and miscellaneous items. 

Location:  Buchanan County Courthouse Parking Lot 210 5th AVE NE, Independence, Iowa  50644

 

Open Burning Ban Lifted

Date Posted:  4/13/2015

The burn ban for Buchanan County, Iowa will be lifted, effective April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

For more information: click here.

Healthiest Nation 2030

Date Posted: 4/6/2015

National Public Health Week is April 6-12th, 2015.   For more information, please go to the Public Health Department's Press Release page

Open Burning Prohibited in Buchanan County

Date Posted:  4/6/2015

**Open Burning Ban Lifted at 11:00 AM on 4/13/2015**

    On April 6, 2015, the Office of the State Fire Marshal received a request from Rick Wulfekuhle that the State Fire Marshal prohibit open burning in Buchanan County.  Upon investigation the Fire Marshal finds that conditions in Buchanan County are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.
     It is therefore ordered that no person shall engage in open burning in Buchanan County, effective April 6, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.  For more information, please click here.

Opening for Sumner Township Clerk

Date Posted:  4/2/2015

Buchanan County will be accepting applications for a Sumner Township Clerk through May 31, 2015.  For more information and application, please click here.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Date Posted:  3/11/2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Iowans are working to get 80% screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. 

City of Hazleton Special Election
Date Posted:  4/1/2015

City of Hazleton Special Election was held on March 31, 2015.  To view the Unofficial Results please click here.
Set Your Clocks, Check Your Stocks

Date Posted: 3/5/2015

Daylight saving times begins Sunday, March 8, 2015.  Is your emergency preparedness stockpile up to date?
GetReadyStocksInfographic

For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, go to our Emergency Management Page.

Protect Buchanan County from Measles!

Date:  3/6/2015

Are you protected?

Click the title to read more.

Proposed County Budget Date Posted: 2/25/2015

The public hearing for the FY16 Buchanan County Budget will be held March 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors' chambers of the Courthouse.  To review the proposed budget please click on the link:
FY16 Proposed Budget for Buchanan County
Measles Prevention in Buchanan County

Date:  2/5/2015

The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. More than 100 people from 14 states in the U.S. (AZ, CA, CO, IL, MI, MN, NE, NY, OR, PA, SD, TX, UT, WA) have been confirmed as having measles. As of 2/5/2015 there are no confirmed measles cases in Iowa

“This national measles outbreak has brought the protection provided by vaccinations back into the spotlight,” said Buchanan County Public Health Director Amy Marlow.  “It’s always important to keep your vaccinations up-to-date, but during times like this, when we know a virus is circulating in many states, it’s especially critical to check with your health care provider to be sure you and your family’s vaccinations are current.” The best way to prevent measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called MMR). Two doses of MMR will provide more than 99 percent of people lifelong protection against measles.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Every year in the United States, hundreds of people are killed and thousands injured because of the weather. Dangerous weather can take many forms, ranging from violent tornadoes to crippling winter storms. With the notable exception of hurricanes, Iowa can experience any of these dangerous phenomena.

While there is nothing we can do to stop dangerous weather from affecting us, there are things we can do to stay safe when the weather turns nasty. Weather safety and survival - no matter what the hazard - depends on the following key items:

          1. KNOW THE HAZARDS - Be aware of the hazards that you might face during a weather event.

          2. KNOW WHEN TO EXPECT DANGEROUS WEATHER - Monitor forecasts and information from your local National Weather Service Forecast Office.

          3. PAY ATTENTION - Be aware of all watches, warnings, and advisories affecting you.

          4. HAVE A PLAN TO STAY SAFE - Think about it before it happens and be ready to act to survive.

20 Weeks to Preparedness - Do you have a kit in the event of an emergency?  Why not start today - one week at a time.   Download the printable booklet here



January is Radon Month

Date Posted: 1/26/2015
Radon Gas Test
kits can be purchased from the Buchanan County Environmental & Health Department.

For more information on Radon Gas, please visit the EPA's website:
www.epa.gov/radon
www.epa.gov/radon/pubs

Or you can call this number:  1-800-767-7236

Still Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Date Posted:  1/28/2015

The Director of Buchanan County Public Health encourages the residents of Buchanan County to (1) get a flu shot if they have not already done so, (2) stay home until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications, and (3) Practice the 3 C’s.

Cover Your Cough.  Use a tissue or your elbow.
Clean Your Hands.  Use soap and water or hand sanitizer.
Contain Germs.  Stay home when sick. 

You can contact your family health care provider for a flu shot or our webpage lists where flu shots are still available in our community. 

Influenza - get the 'Facts'. 

Influenza Activity Increasing in Buchanan County

Date Posted:  12/30/2014

Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Buchanan County Public Health, and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity is increasing. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. “If you have flu symptoms, help out your family, friends and co-workers by staying home to avoid spreading the virus,” said Buchanan  County Public Health Director Amy Marlow “It’s also important to remember to cover your coughs and sneezes and clean your hands frequently to help yourself and others say healthy.”

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