Gov. & Lt. Gov. visit Pocahontas, talk Rock Island and roads
POCAHONTAS, Iowa (KTIV) -
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds made a commitment even before their term started to visit every single county in Iowa, every single year.
"I think it's a great way to stay in touch with people and to find out what their concerns are," Branstad said.
Today's stop: Pocahontas County. They discussed goals for the future, as well as accomplishments.
"The one that's been around the longest is property tax relief. It's been around for 30 years. We finally got something significant started on that this year, and people are going to see a reduction," Branstad said.
The community members did have some concerns to address, specifically dealing with the road conditions of highways 3 and 4, as well as the ever controversial Rock Island Clean Line energy project.
"It's 750 feet from where I feed my cattle and where my daughter and I play together every day. We'll have to farm around it. We really weren't asked whether we wanted this or not" Paul Swanson, area farmer said.
While no concrete resolution was reached on any one issue, Branstad gave his word to make the Pocahontas County voice heard.
"Obviously we heard a lot of concerns about infrastructure and the roads here in Pocahontas county in particular. I guess I can't imagine that people wouldn't be concerned about that, considering how rough that road is, so hopefully we can get something done on that end," Branstad said.
Branstad is poised for a potential re-election run in 2014. He's got cash on hand and campaign staff in place but has stopped short of formally announcing whether he'll seek a 6th term.