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BY DI STAFF | MAY 06, 2015 5:00 AM

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UISG City Council liaison approved

The Iowa City City Council accepted a motion approving the appointment of Nicole Neal as the City Council liaison from the University of Iowa Student Government.

The appointment will last until May 1, 2016.

City staff compensation plan approved

The City Council has approved a resolution providing compensation for various city staff.

The city manager’s salary will stay at $173,409, with the addition of five days of vacation and five additional days of personal leave.

The city attorney's salary remains at $139,068 plus five additional days of vacation.

The city clerk will receive a 2 percent raise to $109,720.

Windsor West improvement plan moves forward

The City Council has declared several public improvements for Windsor West completed and open to the public.

Improvements to the storm sewer, water main, sidewalk, and trails are included. City engineer Jason Havel recommended the improvements for council’s approval.

Public hearing set for Chauncey site

The City Council has set a public hearing for May 19 on an ordinance rezoning approximately 27,200 square feet of property on the intersection of Gilbert and College Streets.

The location is the site of the proposed Chauncey Tower.

At its April 16 meeting — with a vote of 3-3 — the Iowa City Planning and Zoning Commission failed to recommend approval of the rezoning. Approval of the rezoning would allow the development of a mixed-use building up to 15 stories in height.

Public hearing set for recreation area agreement

The City Council has set a public hearing for May 19 on a two-year concession agreement with camping store Fin and Feather for Terry Trueblood Recreation area.

The current three-year agreement allows Fin and Feather to provide rental recreational equipment and food services at the area and expires Aug. 31. Fin & Feather requested an additional two-year agreement on the same terms.

Because the total terms of both agreements exceed 3 years, state law requires a public hearing.

— by Bill Cooney

Iowa City man accused of assault

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of assaulting a person.

Dominic Fosco, 20, was charged with willful injury causing bodily injury on April 19.

According to online court documents, Fosco was outside DCs bar talking to a person when the person placed his hand on Fosco’s shoulder.

Fosco responded by punching the person in the face three times.

The person did not attempt to fight back and was unable to defend himself after being punched the third time.

Fosco then lifted the person and threw him over a railing. As a result, the person fell 5 feet to the concrete below.

The person had both eyes bruised, a swollen nose, and stitches above both eyes. He was unable to stand until someone came and helped him.

Willful injury causing bodily injury is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

AIB athletics over

Athletics at AIB are no more.

The Des Moines business college, which is due to close June 2016, recently finished out its 2015 athletics season. The institution will not have a sports program during its final school year. 

AIB had 14 varsity sports and hundreds of athletes participating in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics competition.

The University of Iowa plans to take over AIB and covert it into a regional regents center. Under the proposal, which still requires state Board of Regents’ approval, the UI would own and operate the campus and offer space to other institutions interesting in offering courses.

Officials have indicated athletics facilities could be used for club and intramural sports.

Last week, AIB announced its Bill Reichardt Clothes Closet would stop accepting donations May 8. The service, which will operate until further notice, affords AIB students business attire for interviews, fairs, and jobs for free.

AIB enrollment has dropped by nearly a quarter in 2015.

— by Chris Higgins

Democrats to debate

Iowa will host one of six primary debates sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, officials announced Tuesday.

The debates between Democratic presidential candidates will take place beginning this fall, and early states such as New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina will each host a debate in addition to Iowa.

"We've always believed that we would have a competitive primary process and that debates would be an important part of that process," DNC Chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a release. "Our debate schedule will not only give Democratic voters numerous opportunities to size up the candidates for the nomination side-by-side, it will give all Americans a chance to see a unified Democratic vision of economic opportunity and progress — no matter who our nominee may be."

At present, the Democratic field only has two contenders: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton announced her run last month after much anticipation. Sanders announced his last week, adding that he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination despite serving in Congress as an independent.

More Democrats — including the likes of former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb — are expected to make their decisions within the next month.

The Republican National Committee came forward with its own plan for the debate season earlier this year.

The RNC sanctioned nine debates between August and March 1, 2016. Iowa will be host to a debate televised by Fox News in January 2016, less than a month before the Iowa caucuses are expected to take place.

"It is exciting that Republicans will have such a large bench of candidates to choose from, and the sanctioned debate process ensures voters will have a chance to gain a chance to hear from them," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said when the schedule was released. "The American people are tired of President Obama's policies, and I am confident the debate process will enable candidates to communicate their ideas and ultimately help us elect a Republican president in 2016 to get our country back on track."

As of this writing, six Republicans have announced their intentions to run for president, with three of those announcements happening this week: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

— by Kristen East

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