Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa Transportation Commission to meet Oct. 8 and 9 in Okoboji

Posted on: October 05, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 5, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold its next business meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Highway 71 N in Okoboji. Following the business meeting, the Commission will host a public input meeting at the same location. Four such meetings are held around the state each year.

On Monday, Oct. 8, the Commission will meet informally during a workshop session and participate in a tour.  

Business meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 9





8 a.m.

*Approve Minutes of the Sept. 11, 2012, Commission Meeting

Connie Page,
Commission secretary,


Commission Comments



Staff Comments


8:05 a.m.

*Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Application – Spirit Lake (delegation)

Craig Markley, director,
Office of Systems Planning,

8:10 a.m.

*State Recreational Trails Program Funding Recommendations

Craig Markley, director,
Office of Systems Planning,

8:15 a.m.


*Action item

 Public input meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 9




8:20 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Charese Yanney,
Commission vice chair

8:25 a.m.

City of Rock Valley

Craig Lauritzen

8:35 a.m.

City of Sioux City

Councilmember Tom Padgett

8:50 a.m.

Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council

Kellee Van Bruggen

9:05 a.m.

Iowa Public Transit Association

Sheri Kyras, Hugh Lively

9:20 a.m.

Meet and Greet


9:40 a.m.

Iowa’s Living Roadways

Shannon Ramsay, Julia Badenhope

10 a.m.

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

Kathy Evert, Herman Richter

10:15 a.m.

Webster County

Bob Singer

10:25 a.m.

Ida County

Marlo Schoer

10:35 a.m.

Schuster Trucking

Steve Schuster

10:45 a.m.

City of Storm Lake

Mayor Jon Kruse

10:55 a.m.

U.S. 20 Association

Shirley Philips

11:05 a.m.

Unscheduled Delegations


Transportation tour – Monday, Oct. 8
The Commission and Iowa Department of Transportation staff will tour transportation projects in northwest Iowa on Monday, starting at 10 a.m. at the Iowa DOT maintenance facility, 2770 Norridge Ave., Rockwell City, and ending around 3 p.m. at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, 1405 Highway 71 N, Okoboji.

Informal workshop session – Monday, Oct. 8
The Commission will meet informally with Iowa DOT staff starting at 3:30 p.m. at the conference center in Okoboji. The following transportation-related matters may be discussed, but no action will be taken during the workshop. The items are listed in no particular order and may be discussed at any point during the workshop.

  • 2013 Highway Program balance report
  • Highway Program amendment
  • RISE
    • Spirit Lake, local development project
    • Mills County
    • RISE County Fund transfer
  • State Recreational Trails Program recommendation
  • Railroad programs
    • Highway-Railroad Crossing Surface Repair Program recommendations
    • Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Program recommendations
  • Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)


Editor’s note: Live audio streaming of the Iowa Transportation Commission’s workshop and business meeting will be available at The audio feed will be active 15 minutes prior to each session and discontinued immediately after adjournment.

Iowa highway in the evening