A new year comes with some new rules. Beginning January 3rd, people will no longer be able to throw away computer monitors or televisions at the Iowa City Landfill. The City has offered recycling of those electronics since 2003, but hadn’t enacted a ban at the landfill until now. The electronics contain many hazardous and toxic chemicals, which is why the ban was put in place. The move is expected to keep 340 to 360 tons of electronic waste out of the landfill.

The Johnson County Minimum Wage is set to go up again on January 3rd. This will be the third wage increase, which was put in place when the Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance to raise wages in 2015. This final set hike will bring hourly wage to $10.10. The Johnson County Minimum Wage is currently higher than both the federal and state minimum wage.

The start of 2017 also has the City of Iowa City looking towards the 2018 fiscal budget. The proposed budget has now been released to the public. You may read the budget on the City’s website, or you can pick up a printed copy at the Iowa City Public Library. The City Council will hold a work session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, in Emma J. Harvat Hall at City Hall during which staff will present the proposed budget and the proposed five-year Capital Improvement Program. An additional budget work session is scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 from 1 to 7 p.m., also in Emma Harvat Hall. These meetings are open for the public to attend and observe.

The Iowa City Better Bridges Institute is offering a free event to educate business owners and managers enhance strategies about diversity and to form a more inclusive workplace. This free one-and-a-half event will be held January 10th and 11th at the Iowa City Public Library. You must register to attend.

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Date of publication

Saturday, December 31, 2016