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KLEM News Update March 1, 2011



The board's time for comments on the county budget proposal to begin in July is at 10 this morning. The proposed 22-million dollar budget includes seven-and-a-half million dollars in revenue from taxes on property. 

The tax rate is about $4.10 for urban property and about $8.05 for rural property.

The board will meet with Dan Janssen of North West Iowa Development (NWID) and Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Neal Adler at 10:15 this morning. membership in the coalition will be discussed with possible action.

The building permit fee for the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (S.T.A.R.S.) will be reviewed with Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken at 10:30 this morning. A resolution to place annual temporary weight restrictions on a portion of Marble Avenue, northeast of Le Mars, is slated for consideration at 10:50 this morning with Engineer Tom Rohe.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


9:30 AMJim Henrich, Plymouth County Board Chairman
1.Call meeting to order
2.Approve this agenda (Action)
3.Approval of prior Board meeting minutes (Action)
4.Approval of claims and payroll (Signatures)
5.Committee Reports (Discussion)
6. Old Business
7. New Business
A. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
B. Open public forum (Informational)


10:00 AMPlymouth County Board of Supervisors - Plymouth County Budget Hearing FY 11-12 (Action)


10:15 AMNeal Adler, Le Mars Chamber and Dan Janssen, North West Iowa Developers Coalition - Review and
discuss membership (Discussion & possible action)


10:30 AMAlan Lucken, Plymouth County Zoning Administrator - Discuss S.T.A.R.S (Special Troopers Adaptive
Riding School Inc.) Building permit fee (Discussion and possible action)


10:40 AMDavid Wilberding, Surveyor - Review and approve a minor subdivision, Five - Fifth's Addition in Section 27
of Preston Township (Action)

10: 50 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Resolution-Embargo Marble Ave

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

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(LE MARS)--A report on City of Le Mars finances is part of the City Council agenda today.

The Council opens the public meeting at noon in the Council Chambers with a time for comments on the city budget proposal.

The revenue and spending plan to begin July 1st includes the current property tax rate of $13.75 for a four year in a row. The property tax amount is three-point-three million dollars. Total expenses are proposed at about 16-million dollars.

The Council will consider approving the recommendations for the use of Hotel Motel Tax beginning July 1st. The total is 93-thousand 668 dollars. Community marketing and operation of the Convention Visitors Bureau could receive the most funds--60-thousand dollars. Some of the other projects to receive support could also include Ice Cream Days, the Plymouth County Fair, the start of replacing holiday lighting and a B-M-X Skateboard Exhibition.

Reports on Northwest Iowa Development, Code Enforcement and Ambulance operations are also on the agenda.

The Council is slated to discuss plans for the 12th Street Southeast reconstruction from 8th Avenue East to 12th Avenue East and The Lincoln/Lake intersection from 4th Street Southwest to 24th Street Southwest.

The Council is expected to close its meeting to the public to discuss employment conditions for workers who are not part of the Le Mars City Employees bargaining group. This session is exempt from the open meetings law.

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2011, 12:00 P.M.

AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER – MAYOR

ROLL CALL – CITY CLERK

COUNCILMEMBERS: NELSON_____, KNAPP_____ REXWINKEL_____,

LEONARD______, IHRKE_______

B. HEARINGS

1. FY 2011-12 Budget - 12:00 P.M.

2. Building & Construction Regulations Update

C. GENERAL DISCUSSION

1. Northwest Iowa Development Update – Neal Adler

2. Ambulance Operations – Bill Rosacker

3. Citizens

4. "Thumbs Up" Award

D. CONSENT ITEMS

All items listed under "Consent" Agenda will be enacted by one motion. There will be no separate discussion on those items unless a request is made prior to the time the Council votes on the motion.

1. Approval of February 15, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes
2. List of Bills for Period Ending 2/28/11
E. ACTION ITEMS

1. FYE 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

2. Funding Recommendations by CVB Advisory Board

3. 12th Street SE Reconstruction - STP Project

4. Lincoln/Lake Intersection Improvements - STP Project

F. DISCUSSION

1. Council/Mayor

2. City Administrator/Public Works Director

a. Annual Report - Code Department

3. Assistant City Administrator
G. ADJOURNMENT

Employment Conditions (Per Iowa Code 21.9)

The City Council will closed its meeting to the public to discuss matters relating to employment conditions of employees of the governmental body who are not covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement. This session is exempt from the open meetings law.

Next Resolution No. 11-7

Next Ordinance No. 892

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Hearing
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

FY 2011-12 Budget - 12:00 P.M.
Item No.

B-1


Information:

At its February 15, 2011 meeting, the Council accepted the proposed FY 2011-12 Budget and established this date and time to hear public comment regarding said Budget. The required notice has been published. .

Staff Recommendation:

The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments on the Budget. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed.

Administration recommends Council approval with or without amendment as we are required to submit an approved Budget to the State by March 15, 2011.

Please bring your budget information to the meeting.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No. _____ adopting the Annual Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Hearing
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

Building & Construction Regulations Update
Item No.

B-2


Information:

The Council set this as the date and time for public hearing on a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 155 – Building and Construction Regulations. The Ordinance will update said Chapter to mirror the State of Iowa’s adoption of building standards.

Staff Recommendation:

The Mayor opens the hearing and asks if there are any written or oral objections or comments to the amendment. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the hearing is closed.

Staff has received no comments in the last month.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the first reading of Ordinance No._______ Amending Building and Construction Regulations and amending Chapter 155.

(Roll Call)

Le Mars City Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 12:00 P.M.

Minutes

Mayor Pro Tem Knapp presided. Present: Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Nelson, Knapp. Absent: None.

NOTE: A hearing was held regarding the proposal to vacate City right-of-way in the One Hundred (100) Block of both 1st Street SE and 1st Avenue SE and to verify any uncertainty regarding previously vacated alleys and easements relative to both the North Ice Cream Plant and South Ice Cream Plant and no oral or written objections were received.

Rexwinkel moved, Nelson seconded Resolution No. 11-6 authorizing the vacation and sale of City Right-of-Way of both 1st Street SE and 1st Avenue SE adjacent to the North Ice Cream Plant and modify the previously vacated alleys and easements, as stated to Wells’ Dairy, Inc. be adopted, and that the Legal Committee be authorized to finalize the transactions. On Roll Call: Ayes: Leonard, Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Nelson. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

- Regular meeting minutes of February 1, 2011 and Special Meeting Minutes of February 7, 2011.
- List of bills for period ending 2/11/11.
- Receipt of January 2011 Financial Statement.
Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded receipt of the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board’s recommendation for FY ’12 project funding be acknowledged; however, table action until the March 1, 2011 Council Meeting to allow citizen input. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded the proposed 2011-2012 Annual Budget be accepted and that March 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM be established for public hearing regarding adoption of the FY 2011-2012 Budget. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Rexwinkel seconded the Agreement with GIS Workshop, Inc. be approved in the amount of $29,685 to design and develop a GIS database for both Water and Wastewater Departments. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded the Engineering Agreement with Bolton & Menk entitled Work Order No. 2 in the amount of $42,600 for the Airport Snow Removal Equipment Building be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Knapp moved, Rexwinkel seconded Staff negotiate a new contract with the Airport Manager to be effective July 1, 2011. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

NOTE: Annual Reports were presented by Police and Wastewater Departments.

Ihrke moved, Rexwinkel seconded to enter Closed Session under Iowa Code 21.5c concerning a matter that is presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation. On Roll Call: Ayes: Leonard, Nelson, Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded to move out of Closed Session. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Rexwinkel seconded the meeting be adjourned at 1:45 P.M.

__________________________ ______________________

Beverly Langel, City Clerk Rex E. Knapp, Mayor Pro Tem

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

List of Bills for Period Ending 2/28/11
Item No.

D-2


Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 2/28/11.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period

ending 2/28/11

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

FYE 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Item No.

E-1


Information:

The Council has received a copy of the FYE 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. A Representative of Williams and Company will be at the meeting to discuss the report.

Staff Recommendation:

Administration has reviewed the Audit and recommends Council acceptance.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion accepting the City of Le Mars Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2010.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

Funding Recommendations by CVB Advisory Board
Item No.

E-2


Information:

At its February 15, 2011 meeting the Council acknowledged receipt of the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board’s recommendations for FY ’12 project funding and tabled action to this meeting to allow citizen input.

As of the preparation of the Agenda, no comments had been received.

Staff Recommendation:

The Mayor should ask for public input.

Financial Impact:

In accordance with annual appropriations.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board’s recommendations (or as amended) for FY ’12 project funding in the amount of $_________.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

12th Street SE Reconstruction - STP Project
Item No.

E-3


Information:

DGR has prepared the final plan and profile sheets for the 12th Street SE Reconstruction STP Project from 8th Avenue E to 12th Avenue E (attached).

Cost Estimate will be available at the public hearing.

Proposed Schedule:

Introduce Plans & Establish Public Hearing March 1, 2011 Reg Meeting

Public Hearing March 15, 2011 (12:00 PM) Reg Mtg

Bid Letting by IDOT March 15, 2011 (10:00 AM @ IDOT)

Award Construction Contract April 5 (or April 19, 2011 Mtg)

Begin Construction August 15, 2011 – Late Start Date

End Construction 30 working days

Staff Recommendation:

DGR recommends approval. City Staff recommends approval to proceed to public hearing and bid letting.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing March 15, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. as the date and time for public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 12th Street SE Reconstruction STP Project.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:

March 1, 2011

Description:

Lincoln/Lake Intersection Improvements - STP Project
Item No.

E-4


Information:

DGR has prepared the final plan and profile sheets for the Lincoln/Lake Intersection Improvements STP Project from 4th Street SW to 24th Street SW (attached).

Cost Estimate will be available at the public hearing.

Proposed Schedule:

Introduce Plans & Establish Public Hearing March 1, 2011 Reg Meeting

Public Hearing March 15, 2011 (12:00 PM) Reg Mtg

Bid Letting by IDOT April 19, 2011 (10:00 AM @ IDOT)

Award Construction Contract April 19 (or May 3, 2011 Mtg)

Begin Construction Unknown at this time

End Construction Unknown at this time

Staff Recommendation:

DGR recommends approval. City Staff recommends approval to proceed to public hearing and bid letting.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing March 15, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. as the date and time for public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Lincoln/Lake Intersection Improvements STP Project.

(No Roll Call)

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(LE MARS)--One recreational opportunity that's on a needs list for those who responded to a Le Mars survey is in progress.

The survey completed by about one-thousand adults and young people included questions about Le Mars compared to an ideal community Le Mars' size.

Micah Lang is president of the young professionals group known as HYPER. Lang sees an opportunity to attract young people to Le Mars in the survey results for the variety of choices for family entertainment.

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Lang describes the survey results as strongly positive overall.

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Recreation and housing are areas of opportunity cited by City Administrator Scott Langel.

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The survey was available on-line and in paper form until September of last year.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A federal judge has refused to expand a lawsuit beyond the seven Siouxland people who are suing a South Dakota urology clinic and its owners.

The plaintiffs sought to make it a class action suit representing more than 6,000 patients.

The lawsuit against Siouxland Urology Center in Dakota Dunes and doctors alleges that the former patients could have been exposed to blood-borne infections because medical equipment that was intended for single-patient use was reused at the clinic.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ruled that the complaint did not meet all the requirements for class action status.

The plaintiffs, identified as northwest Iowa residents, seek more than $5 million on allegations that include negligence, medical malpractice, and emotional distress.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa House committee is expected to take up a bill calling for uniform rules for traffic cameras around the state.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the Transportation Committee on Tuesday is likely to approve the bill that would set rules for cameras monitoring highways and streets for speeders and red-light violators. The cameras are in use in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Clive and Council Bluffs.

Rep. Dave Tjepkes, a Gowrie Republican, chairs the Transportation Committee. He says the rules need to be uniform so the traveling public knows the law.

Tjepkes, a former state trooper, says his proposal is due in part to complaints about the accuracy of the citations, the difficulty in appealing them and their cost.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A legal agreement released to The Associated Press shows the University of Iowa allowed one of its doctors to resign to work for Planned Parenthood as long as she continued training students at the group's Iowa City clinic.

Anti-abortion activists are denouncing the university's agreement with Dr. Jill Meadows. But one national group that advocates for the training of abortion doctors says the agreement makes sense given a shortage of learning opportunities for medical residents.

Meadows told the university last year she was resigning to become medical director for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, which serves Iowa and Nebraska.

The university said that would violate a non-compete agreement, but agreed not to block her employment as long as she would provide training to medical residents and students through Planned Parenthood.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Health advocates and athletes are supporting a measure in the Iowa Legislature designed to protect student athletes from serious head injuries.

Former Iowa State and Minnesota Viking football player Matt Blair urged lawmakers on Monday to approve the measure, saying athletes won't voluntarily sit out of competition unless required by law to do so.

The Legislature is considering requirements that a student-athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion be removed from competition until cleared by a medical professional. Parents and guardians would be required to sign a fact sheet about the dangers of concussions before a youngster could compete.

Blair, who played for 12 seasons with the Vikings, says he suffered two concussions but remained in games because of his competitive nature. He says student-athletes shouldn't take that chance.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids has hired a former state economic development official for a three-year appointment as its director of flood recovery and reinvestment.

Joe O'Hern started the position Monday. He replaces Greg Eyerly, who resigned to return to the private sector after 20 months on the job.

O'Hern will be responsible for coordinating all projects and programs the city is using to recover from 2008 flooding that displaced 10,000 residents and ruined thousands of homes and buildings.

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz says O'Hern is known throughout the state, and his ``experience and expertise will be valuable to our flood recovery success.''

O'Hern has worked as the executive director of the Iowa Finance Authority, interim deputy director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and in several other government jobs.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Cedar Rapids renters who suffered losses or damage in the 2008 flooding have been given more time to apply for aid.

The application deadline for the Renters Personal Possessions Replacement Program was Monday. It's been extended to 5 p.m. on March 31.

The city says nearly 780 renters have applied for the help, and the city has disbursed $1.3 million.

The program can provide up to $4,000 for eligible rental households to replace personal possessions.

More program information is available at 319-540-4819. Application and more details are available on the city's website, www.Cedar-Rapids.org.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Davenport police say a man found dead along the shore of the Mississippi River in Davenport committed suicide.

WQAD-TV says police released the information on Monday. A police spokesman says the man's name isn't being released.

The body was found by a passer-by on Feb. 17. Police say it appears the body was in river for at least several days.

A family acquaintance identified the man after police issued a description, including tattoos.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) A dog whose attack on a friend of its owner was apparently triggered by a cell phone ring tone has been given another chance to stay in Mount Pleasant.

The City Council tied 3-3 on a motion to support a police department order that the dog was dangerous and so had to leave the southeast Iowa town. That tie vote meant the motion failed, so the department decision was effectively overruled and the dog can stay.

Amber Waller told the council last week that her dog, Tank, had never been aggressive to anyone.

She says that when Tank heard the ring tone, he thought something was wrong.

The Mount Pleasant News says the ring tone was played for the council, and the tone sounded like a dog in distress.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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