City’s burial records go on internet

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal NewsCity’s burial records go on internetBy admin – June 4, 2009 585 LIMERICK CITY Council become the first local authority in the country to place its burial registers online when it launched the new service on its website this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Burial records for the city’s largest cemetery, Mount Saint Lawrence, dating back more than 150 years, are now available for the public to view over the internet.Medrex Systems a microfilm business owned by Anton O’Carroll were given the task to microfilm the records and then to convert them into digital format.It is now possible to access a copy of the original handwritten entries of burials in Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery from 1855 onwards on Limerick City Council’s website www.limerick.iePhotographed are Flan Haskett, superintendent Cemeteries, Jackie Hayes, City archivist and Cllr John Gilligan, Mayor of Limerick at the launch of the online register at Mount St Lawrence cemetery. Linkedin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Print Facebook Email Previous articleTeen charged with Crawford murderNext articleCall to end revolving door system adminlast_img read more

Legislators ponder renovating, rebuilding or moving State Historical Building

first_imgDES MOINES — Lawmakers are considering the future of the State Historical Building which sits two blocks west of the State Capitol. Republican Representative Gary Mohr of Bettendorf said the building is in disrepair and the tab for renovating it is a staggering $30-to-$50 million.“I just think that’s a travesty to have to spend that kind of money on a 30-year-old building,” Mohr said earlier today, “so I think it’s important we look at other options.”Mohr said no decisions have been made, but a bill pending in the legislature calls for assembling a group that would evaluate relocating the State Historical Building. One idea is to move it to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.“Perhaps more people would go through the State Historical Building during the 10 days of the State Fair than go through it all year round at the current location,” Mohr said.The building today sits in what’s become known as the “East Village” of Des Moines. It’s a bustling district between the Des Moines River and the State Capitol that features restaurants and bars, retail shops and new housing. Mohr said there’s been no evaluation yet of what the state might gain by selling the property.“I’ve been coming to the capitol since 1967 when I worked down here as a high school kid,” Mohr said. “The value of that block is probably more today than it has been any time in the last 52 years I’ve been coming to the capitol and I think we need to take that into account.”Thunderstorms have invaded the State Historical Building for years. One long-time Democratic lawmaker recalls there were buckets inside, catching water, during the building’s grand opening. Three years ago, museum officials touted an $80 million plan to upgrade the facility and protect the 200 million artifacts on display and in storage, but legislators balked at the price tag.Mohr said it’s time to quit kicking the can down the road and start making some long-term plans.“Instead of plugging the same holes, we need to be a little bit more creative and look at what other options are out there that make sense,” Mohr said. “The history of Iowa is too important.”A budget bill that cleared a House committee this evening sets aside a million dollars for a 10-member task force to begin considering what’s next for the State Historical Building.last_img read more

New pandemic relief bill includes another round of $1,200 checks

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republicans in the U.S. Senate are considering yet another incarnation of the CARES Act which Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says is designed to address continuing problems with the public health crisis.Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says he was directly involved in several key elements of the coronavirus pandemic relief legislation.“That includes updated tax relief to help get folks back to work and help businesses safely open,” Grassley says, “updates in our approach to the unemployment benefits, to provide another round of economic impact payments.” That part of the plan provides for another round of $1,200 payments for most Americans, with an additional $500 for each dependent.The measure would also lift restrictions on federal assistance that’s already been sent to state and local governments, so it could be used to fill revenue shortfalls. “In other words, originally it was just supposed to be used to fight the virus,” Grassley says, “but if states have money left over, we’ll give them flexibility on spending it.”He says the package contains a new credit for expenses, like for personal protective equipment and cleaning, which is needed to maintain a safe workplace for employees and customers. Grassley, a Republican, says the proposal sets a “responsible path forward” to address the problems our country is facing due to COVID-19.“We put forth the bill and we’ve got to negotiate with the House,” Grassley says. “I hope my Democrat colleagues will work with us in good faith. They’d better be open to compromise and keep the best interests of the American people in mind.”The package would help nursing home patients and workers, Grassley says, in addition to freezing Medicare premiums at 2020 levels to head off a predicted spike next year.last_img read more