ACCESS announced new Executive Director during its quarterly report


The Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) announced that it had finally found a new executive director in Tess Cody. According to ACCESS Administrator Virginia Griesheimer, this past year has been a”year of transition” for the organization, and she is glad that the search for a new executive director is over.


Cody has been with ACCESS just over a month now, after previously serving as a prevention program manager at Drake University, and according to Griesheimer, she comes with nearly a decade of “broad experience in victim services,” ranging from “direct client work to violence prevention program management.”


Approval of Iowa Nature Trail Paving Improvement agreement between Story County Conservation Board and Snyder & Associates


The first paving project between Slater and Huxley is estimated to cost $46,500, but according to Story County Conservation Director Mike Cox, the project was budgeted and approved for $25,000 in the fiscal year 18 conservation budget, leaving a shortage of $21,500.


The board approved Cox’s request to spend the additional $21,500 from Story County’s Energy Transfer Fund, with Board Chair Rick Sanders calling it a “completely appropriate” use of the energy transfer money.


Approval of Rassmusson-Bacon Funeral Home vehicle lights and signage, as well as county ID badges when assisting the county medical examiner


As a way to help law enforcement and other vehicles identify the Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home van when it is called out to assist the Story County Medical Examiner, the board approved the home’s request to help pay for identifying lights and signage on the van, as well as an official Story County ID badge to help identify representatives from the funeral home arriving at the scene of an accident.


Rasmusson-Bacon Funeral Home Owner and Funeral Director Justin Rasmusson said that he encountered a miscommunication last week when he responded to a fatal vehicle accident north of Gilbert. Currently, Rasmusson said the van is all black with the funeral home logo on the sign, but he said that having flashing lights and an ID badge to show law enforcement would speed up the process when these officers or deputies are redirecting traffic.


Rasmusson said that the funeral home already has the lights and signage, but needs financial help installing them on the vehicle, in which the board agreed to pay half of the $1,160.55. However, Sanders that if the funeral home were to purchase another van, or need to replace the current one, the cost to reinstall the lights and signage would completely fall on the home.