Monday, April 22, 2013
Craig Block will replace District Associate Probate Judge Ruth Klotz in Iowa's 5th Judicial District.
Craig Block, a lawyer from Ankeny and a former city council member, has been appointed a probate judge in Iowa's 5th Judicial District, the Des Moines Register reports. A nominating commission selected Block to replace District Associate Probate Judge Ruth Klotz, the article said. Block currently is an attorney at Block, Lamberti & Gocke in Ankeny. Block is a well-known face in Ankeny. He has served on the Ankeny school board, and was re-elected to the city council for a fourth term in November 2011. However, he resigned from his seat in May 2012, citing increased personal and professional commitments.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Here are a couple options for Ankeny residents as a few of our readers have made themselves accessible to local residents.
If you've been following the coverage the past couple days circling around Craig Block's soon-to-be vacant seat on the Ankeny City Council, you know many of our readers are interested in seeing a special election held to fill the spot. If you're not able to start a petition yourself, a few of our readers are circulating petitions and have made themselves accessible to Ankeny residents. One of those readers is Nick Berry: "I will be out and about Sunday getting signatures. If (anyone) would like to hunt me down, they can call me at 515-867-8111 and we can meetup then. Or e-mail me your address and I will swing by Sunday afternoon. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org." Then there's Mollie: "I will be at the Simon Hatlewick Benefit and Silent …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Some Ankeny Patch readers are up in arms about the decision made by the City Council to fill Craig Block's vacated seat by appointment. Despite the decision, though, residents could still call for a special election.
Following the announcement that the Ankeny City Council plans to fill a vacant seat by appointment, some residents took to the Ankeny Patch comment boards to make it loud and clear that is not what they want. "At no point is it okay for the city council to appoint people to elected seats. Spend the $12,000. After all if giving the City Manager nearly half a million dollars they can afford fair and legal elections." - Nick Berry The Ankeny City Council voted unanimously during its regular meeting Monday night to appoint a replacement to fill the council seat vacated by Craig Block. The council is recommending the spot be filled by Denny Rafdal, who served 13 years on the city's Plan and Zoning Commission. According to a press release issued…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In a unanimous decision, the Ankeny City Council voted Monday night to recommend the appointment of former Planning and Zoning Commissioner Denny Rafdal to fill the council seat that will be vacated by Craig Block at the end of this month.
The Ankeny City Council is considering a local business owner and former Planning and Zoning Commissioner to join the council at the beginning of next month. The Ankeny City Council voted unanimously during its regular meeting Monday night to appoint a replacement to fill the council seat vacated by Craig Block. The council is recommending the spot be filled by Denny Rafdal, who served 13 years on the city's Plan and Zoning Commission. According to a press release issued by the city of Ankeny, the council made the decision to avoid the costs associated with holding a special election. Do you agree with the council's decision? Do you think Rafdal is a good choice to fill Block's seat? Tell us in the comments. "We are fortunate that a well-…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ankeny City Council members could name a resident to fill the seat being vacated by Craig Block, or the public can petition the council to hold a special election to choose a replacement.
Several Ankeny City Council members Monday said they are aware that a petition is circulating among residents to call for a special election to fill an expected vacancy on the council. The council is looking for a replacement for Craig Block, who earlier this month tendered his resignation. The council could appoint someone to temporarily served on the council until a special election is held. Once they receive a petition, officials anticipate the special election will be held in August. How should the city proceed with filling the council vacancy: appointment or special election? Tell us in comments below. Block, who wouldn’t have a say on his replacement, said Monday that the public would have more confidence in selecting an appointee …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Block resigned during Monday night's City Council meeting, citing growing responsibilities in both his personal and professional life. May 31 will be his last day on the council.
An Ankeny City Council member has resigned from his position, citing personal priorities as the reason. According to a story reported by the Des Moines Register, council member Craig Block announced his resignation during Monday night's council meeting. In the story, Block said increased personal and professional responsibilities played a role in the decision. “It’s time to close this chapter and move on,” Block said in the Register's story. “I feel I’ve been able to help the city accomplish many things, and the school board before that. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve Ankeny.” Block's last day as a council member will be May 31. Block recently was re-elected to the city council to serve his fourth term. Block garnered the most…
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Three council members took the oath of office at the Ankeny City Council's regular meeting on Jan. 4. Two members are starting their first term while the other is starting his fourth.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Re-elected Ankeny City Council member Craig Block and new council members Mark Holm and Jim McKenna took the oath of office at the regular meeting of the Ankeny City Council Tuesday night. Mayor Steven Van Oort administered the oath of office and welcomed the two new members to the city council. Block is starting his fourth term on the city council. Holm, a compliance officer in the office of right-of-way at the Iowa Department of Transportation, previously served on the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment. McKenna, property manager at Maplewood Village Condominum Association in Ankeny, was employed by the city of Ankeny for 39 years before he retired in December 2010.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The Ankeny City Council voted Monday night to start the process of withdrawing from the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. It also approved a construction contract to complete renovations on City Hall.
The Ankeny City Council is considering withdrawal from the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau in an effort to trim expenses. The council voted 5-0 this week to start the 18-month withdrawal process from the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Council members said the decision comes down to fiscal priorities and has nothing to do with the organization’s performance. “With the last couple years and the economy, voters have said we need to look at every expense,” said council member Craig Block. “We have to figure out where we’re getting the most bang for our buck. It’s a necessary evil to have to do this.” If the city withdraws from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, it will save about $7,000. Despite Monday night’s vote, the …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Each day this week, Ankeny Patch will introduce you to one of the five candidates running for three seats on the Ankeny City Council.
The Ankeny City Council election is less than a month away and five candidates have launched their campaigns. Three incumbents and two newcomers are vying for three seats on the council. Incumbents include Tom Strait, Gary Welch and Craig Block. The challengers are Mark Holm and Jim McKenna. The council election is Nov. 8. Ankeny Patch recently asked each city council candidate to fill out and return a questionnaire, posing a series of questions ranging from basic information to their takes on specific issues within the city. We will publish one questionnaire daily this week. Today, we introduce Craig Block, an Ankeny resident seeking his fourth term on the Ankeny City Council. CRAIG BLOCK Age: 54 Address: 803 SE Michael Dr. Occupation: …