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KLEM News Update March 15, 2011



Federal and state funds are recovered for the county by Cost Advisory Services. The business is proposing a new contract to continue the services.

Plymouth County General Relief and Central Point of Coordination director Sharon Nieman meets with supervisors at 11 a-m. Nieman is asking the board to approve contracts with Family Solutions and the Synergy Center.

The weekly appointment with Engineer Tom Rohe includes quotes for corrugated metal pipe and a pickup truck.

Tuesday, March 15, 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. Review and approve Cost Advisory Services, Inc. contract (Action)
8. Open public forum
A. Hinton Legion to present check for constitution (Informational)


10: 10 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Tile Crossing Permit-Sec 3 Preston Twp
2.CMP Quotes
3.Pickup Quotes

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects


11:00 AMSharon Nieman, Plymouth Co General Relief & CPC Director
1.Review and approve Family Solutions contract (Action)
2.Review and approve Synergy Center contract (Action)

(LE MARS) The Le Mars City Council today considers a time line for the demolition of remaining unused buildings on the former Westmar University campus.

The proposal also includes a last time notice of the potential for redeveloping Kime Science, Charles Mock Library and the Centennial Dormitory.

The Council considers a request for 35-thousand dollars for the Main Street Facade Program from Local Option Sales Tax. Five thousand dollars is requested for this budget year and the other 30-thousand for the new budget year which begins in July.

The Council hears any comments on two projects--reconstruction of 12th Street Southeast and Lincoln and Lake widening improvements.

The public meeting begins at noon today in the Council Chambers at City Hall.


NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011, 12:00 P.M. AGENDA

A. CALL TO ORDER – MAYOR ROLL CALL – CITY CLERK COUNCILMEMBERS: NELSON_____, KNAPP_____ REXWINKEL_____, LEONARD______, IHRKE_______

B. HEARINGS 1. 12th Street SE Reconstruction - STP Project - 12:00 P.M. 2. Lincoln/Lake Widening Improvements - STP Project - 12:00 P.M.

C. GENERAL DISCUSSION 1. Citizens 2. “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 March 1, 2011 Regular Meeting Minutes 2. List of Bills for Period Ending 3/11/11 3. Monthly Financial Statement for February 2011 4. City Real Estate – Sales Agreement

E. ACTION ITEMS 1. Main Street Façade Program – Local Option Sales 2. Building & Construction Regulations Update 3. Building Demolition

F. DISCUSSION 1. Council/Mayor 2. City Administrator/Public Works Director a. Annual Report – Public Works Department b. Iowa Aviation Conference – April 20 and 21 c. St. Joseph Church Groundbreaking Ceremony – April 3rd at 12:30 PM 3. Assistant City Administrator a. Spring Cleanup Days – June 2, 3, 4 & 18 b. Recycletronics

G.. ADJOURNMENT Next Resolution No. 11-8 Next Ordinance No. 893

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Hearing REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: 12th Street SE Reconstruction - STP Project - 12:00 P.M. Item No. B-1

Information: At its March 1, 2011 meeting, the Council set this as the date and time to hear public comment on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the 12th Street SE Reconstruction STP Project from 7th Avenue E to 14th Avenue E as prepared by DGR. Bids will be received by the IDOT Office of Contracts in Ames on the Project on March 15, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Cost Estimate is $350,000 (with $250,000 STP and $100,000 City)

Staff Recommendation: The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments to the project or to adopting plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed. Remaining Schedule: 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

Financial Impact: Maximum Federal = $250,000 (80/20 split) Estimated City Cost $100,000 + Engineering Costs Road Use Tax fund is eligible for local funding and is recommended

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion adopting Resolution No._____ to adopt plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the 12th Street SE Reconstruction STP Project. (Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Hearing REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: Lincoln/Lake Widening Improvements - STP Project - 12:00 P.M. Item No.

B-2 Information: At its March 1, 2011 meeting, the Council set this as the date and time to hear public comment on the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the Lincoln/Lake Widening Improvements STP Project from 4th Street SW to 24th Street SW as prepared by DGR. Bids will be received by the IDOT Office of Contracts in Ames on the Project on April 19, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Cost Estimate is $300,000 (with $240,000 STP and $60,000 City)

Staff Recommendation: The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments to the project or to adopting plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed. Remaining Schedule: 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

Financial Impact: Maximum Federal = $240,000 (80/20 split) Estimated City Cost $60,000 + Engineering Costs Le Mars Urban Renewal or Joint Urban Renewal are both eligible for local funding. Le Mars Urban Renewal is recommended.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion adopting Resolution No._____ to adopt plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the Lincoln/Lake Widening Improvements STP Project. (Roll Call)

Le Mars City Council Meeting Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 12:00 P.M. Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Nelson, Knapp. Absent: None. NOTE: A hearing was held regarding the proposed FY 2011-2012 Budget and no oral or written objections were received. Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded Resolution No. 11-7 adopting the Annual Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Leonard, Rexwinkel, Knapp, Ihrke, Nelson. Nays: None. NOTE: A hearing was held regarding a proposed Ordinance amending Chapter 155 – Building and Construction Regulations and no oral or written objections were received. Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the first reading of Ordinance No. 892 Amending Chapter 155 - Building and Construction Regulations be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Knapp, Nelson, Leonard. 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 15, 2011. - List of bills for period ending 2/28/11. Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded the City of Le Mars Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2010 be accepted. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None. Knapp moved, Rexwinkel seconded the Convention and Visitor Bureau Advisory Board?s recommendations for FY ?12 project funding in the amount of $93,668.75 be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None. Nelson moved, Leonard seconded March 15, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. be established for a public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 12th Street SE Reconstruction STP Project. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None. Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded March 15, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. be established for a public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the Lincoln/Lake Intersection Improvements STP Project. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None. NOTE: Annual Report was presented by the Code Department. Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded the meeting be adjourned at 1:13 P.M. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None. __________________________ ______________________ Beverly Langel, City Clerk Dick Kirchoff, Mayor

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Consent REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: List of Bills for Period Ending 3/11/11 Item No. D-2 Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 3/11/11 COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Approval of bills for the period ending 3/11/11 (No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Consent REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: Monthly Financial Statement for February 2011 Item No. D-3 Attached is the monthly Financial Statement for February 2011. COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion acknowledging receipt of monthly Financial Statement for February 2011. (No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Consent REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: City Real Estate – Sales Agreement Item No. D-4 Information: Attached is the Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Agreement with Roger G. Athens, Broker, for a fee of 6%. Also attached is a list of the asking prices for the City properties. The current Agreement expires April 1, 2011. Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends continuing with Athens Real Estate, subject to inclusion on MLS. Financial Impact: Additional revenues from sale of assets.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion approving the Listing Agreement with Athens Real Estate for City properties and requiring inclusion on MLS. (No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Action REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: Main Street Façade Program – Local Option Sales Item No. E-1 Information: Attached is a summary of the Main Street Façade Program since it?s inception in 2003. It shows that the Council has awarded $135,000 in Local Option Sales Tax funds to this program since 2003. To date Main Street has paid out $107,085 of these funds leaving a balance as of February 28, 2011 of $27,914.63. Main Street is now requesting an additional $5,000 in funding for the balance of FY „11 and an additional $30,000 in funding for FY „12. Mary Reynolds will be at the Council meeting to explain the need. In addition to the funds described above, on November 2, 2010 Council also approved façade funding in the amount of $25,000 for the Royal 3 Theatre. These funds have not been drawn down yet but will be in the very near future.

Financial Impact: This action would realign the expenditure of Local Option Sales Tax Receipts. It would extend the period of time needed to retire all the debt issued to fund previous LOST projects.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion (approving / denying) the proposed additional use of Local Option Sale Tax funds and re-allocate the future funds as necessary to facilitate this action. (No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Action REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: Building & Construction Regulations Update Item No.

E-2 Information: At its March 1, 2011 meeting the Council held a 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 The proposed Ordinance was included in the March 1, 2011 agenda packet.

Staff Recommendation: Administration, Fire and Code Departments recommend Council proceed with the second reading of the Ordinance, as follows: Public Hearing and First Reading March 1, 2011 Continue Public Comment and Second Reading March 15, 2011 Continue Public Comment and Third Reading/Adopt April 5, 2011 Staff has received no comments.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion approving the second reading of Ordinance No.892 Amending Building and Construction Regulations and amending Chapter 155. (Roll Call) (and, if desired) Motion waiving the third reading of Ordinance No.892 Amending Building and Construction Regulations and amending Chapter 155. (Roll Call) Motion adopting Ordinance No.892 Amending Building and Construction Regulations and amending Chapter 155 on its second reading. (Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA Action REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION Date: March 15, 2011 Description: Building Demolition Item No.

E-3 Information: Council previously approved the following demolition schedule for the former Westmar Campus buildings: 2009 Physical Plant Building 2010 Centennial Dormitory 2011 KIME Science Center 2012 Charles Mock Library Salvage of personal property; relocation of utilities and asbestos removal were coordinated and accomplished in 2009 for the Physical Plant; however; demolition occurred in the Spring of 2010 and site restoration followed thereafter, which included tunnel closure at four (4) locations, straightening of the asphalt parking lot to the north, straightening of the concrete parking to the west and top soiling/seeding.

Staff Recommendation: Staff recommends Council adjust the previously approved schedule, as follows: Centennial Dormitory Salvage and Preparation in 2011 Demolition and Restoration in 2012 KIME Science Center Salvage and Preparation in 2013 Demolition and Restoration in 2014 Charles Mock Library Salvage and Preparation in 2015 Demolition and Restoration in 2016 Staff also recommends Council schedule a walk-through of the Centennial Dorm to get a first hand look at the building. Finally, Staff recommends the City place a “Last Time” notice to prospective buyers and the public at large of the City?s intent to remove the building if it is not SOLD.

Financial Impact: Cost of salvage, preparation, demolition and restoration would be founded through Westmar Urban Renewal/TIF. If sold, these costs are avoided.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED Motion (approving) (denying) the Staff recommendation regrading the remaining three (3) Westmar buildings (with or without amendment). (No Roll Call)

(SERGEANT BLUFF) About 250 Siouxlanders who work at a call center in Sergeant Bluff will lose their jobs in two months.

Stream Global Services on Monday notified 246 employees of the reduction in workforce. There are about 843 employees at the Sergeant Bluff service center. The Sergeant Bluff Center provides customer service and technical support. Clients include technology, online retail and entertainment/media industries.

According to the announcement from the company, the reduction is a result of an overall decline in volume by one of Stream's clients. Stream's announcement of the layoffs did NOT identify the client.

(SIOUX FALLS, SD) Warm temperatures could cause major snow melt and river flooding in the next week.

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls Monday issued information about river levels being above flood stage in northwest Iowa.

Based on numbers going into models used to forecast flooding, the Weather Service predicted many areas could see river levels going above flood stage by late Thursday or Friday. Moderate to major flood levels could be reached by early next week and additional rises are still possible through the last week of March and the first week of April due to snow pack melting.

For the Big Sioux River at Akron, the river is projected to be about three feet above flood stage by early next week.

(SOUTH SIOUX CITY) Federal funds will make it safer for children in South Sioux City to get to class.

A trail will be built using nearly 200-thousand dollars awarded to the city of South Sioux City through the Nebraska Safe Routes to School program.

Mayor Bill McLarty says South Sioux City is extremely excited to add this bicycle path and walkway to the Al Bengston trail system encouraging safe access to and from schools.

Board of Education President Tom Gesell says the grant to improve safety and help enhance the health of youth would not have been possible if it were not for the great partnership that exists between the city and the schools.

(LE MARS)--March jurors in Plymouth County do not need to report for jury duty today (Tuesday, March 15).

Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p-m on Monday, March 21st to find out whether to report on Tuesday, March 22nd

(LE MARS)--The city of Le Mars Water Department will begin flushing water mains in the northeast part of Le Mars today. For details, read the news report on the KLEM News AM Update Monday, March 14, 2011.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) A judge signed a petition Monday giving two Sioux Falls women who were legally married in Iowa the right to use their married names in applying for a South Dakota driver's license.

Jessica and Aundrea Dybing-Jorgensen petitioned for a name change after the Department of Public Safety refused to issue licenses in their married names.

The Argus Leader said Circuit Judge Bill Srstka in Sioux Falls signed the petitions Monday.

The state requires legal documentation of a name change when applying for a license. A marriage certificate works as proof of a name change for heterosexual couples but not for homosexual couples.

The Argus Leader said a similar name change petition for Amy Stabe, of North Sioux City, was signed by another judge in February.


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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill limiting public workers' collective bargaining rights and requiring them to pay more for their health care is over in Iowa, at least for now.

The bill was approved by the Republican-controlled House on Friday after days of debate and protests by pro-union demonstrators.

The bill arrived on Monday in the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority. Senate Labor Committee chairman Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids, says there aren't enough votes to bring it out of the committee. He declared the issue dead for the rest of the session.

In addition to paying toward health care, the bill wouldn't allow workers to negotiate or vote on layoff procedures and would give arbitrators new options when state and union negotiators can't agree.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An Iowa lawmaker says a bill making it easier for energy companies to build new nuclear power plants in the state is dead this session due to increased safety concerns after the earthquake in Japan and the rising threat of a nuclear meltdown.

Sen. Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat, originally supported the bill when it was approved by a Senate committee this month. Now, he says he's undecided, and doesn't see it moving forward this year.

The bill outlines how state regulators should proceed with ratemaking if a utility moves forward with a nuclear plan.

Earlier Monday, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said the damage in Japan shouldn't deter expansion of the nuclear industry in Iowa or elsewhere in the United States.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she favors a competency test before students graduate from high school in Iowa.

Reynolds talked about requiring a test during a news conference on Monday to announce details of an education summit for Iowa this summer. She says states like Massachusetts have such a test and it has been effective in improving student performance.

The summit will be headlined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and will include education experts from Stanford University and Massachusetts. Reynolds says Gov. Terry Branstad will hold a series of meetings across the state in the weeks leading up to the conference in July.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa House has approved a bill that would require teachers at public schools, universities and community colleges on paid leave after being charged with a crime to repay all salary received during the absence if they are later convicted of the offense.

The House voted 90-1 on Monday for the bill, which applies to teachers convicted of a felony, aggravated misdemeanor or serious misdemeanor.

Lawmakers say the bill was spurred by the case of former University of Iowa assistant professor Toshiki Itoh who received more than $200,000 over two years while being prosecuted on assault and sexual abuse charges.

Itoh resigned Feb. 23 following an earlier guilty verdict on two counts of assault. A trial on a third-degree sexual abuse charge is scheduled for April.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) A Dubuque man finished eighth in Alaska's grueling Iditarod bicycle race despite breaking his arm and leg during the 350-mile event.

Lance Andre suffered a stress fracture to his arm early in the race through Alaska's wilderness. He then broke his leg while sliding down a glacier, but went on to finish the race on March 3.

The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports that Andre completed the event in four days and two hours. But he says his pain picked up when he crossed the finish line.

Andre, who could barely walk, visited emergency rooms in Anchorage, Alaska and Dubuque before seeing an orthopedist in Georgia.

Andre says he's already focused on healing in time for his next race in late April.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says a California-based company has agreed to stop marketing deed retrieval services to Iowans.

Homeowners contacted the attorney general's office after receiving official-looking mailings from a company called State Record Retrieval Board. The mailings suggested they needed to obtain copies of their deed. The letters also had an offer to provide a copy of the document for $87.

Miller says officials took a closer look at the company and its owner, Neil Camenker, and that they promptly agreed to stay out of Iowa.

Miller says most homeowners can get certified copies of their deeds from their county recorder's office for around $5. They can also obtain free online copies in many counties.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) The head of Iowa's chapter of Korean War veterans is seeking other Iowans who served in that war to receive a special recognition from South Korea.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that Vilas Morris is looking for fellow vets to receive peace ambassador medals from the Republic of Korea.

The medals are part of an effort by the South Korean government to express gratitude to all Americans who served there in conjunction with the 60th anniversary observance of the war.

The South Korean government is also offering scholarships to descendants of the veterans to study in South Korea.

Morris says he's gathered between 200 and 300 names so far.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A new bridge being built near Council Bluffs is said to be the first in Iowa using a new construction technique.

Iowa Department of Transportation engineer Bruce Flippin says the bridge replacement project on U.S. Highway 6 will utilize an accelerated construction process.

The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports the project will affect motorists for just about two weeks. Most bridge replacements see roughly three months of detours and road construction.

Flippin says most of the bridge will be pre-cast. A key element in the project will be the use of high performance concrete, which is more costly but five times stronger than standard concrete.

A $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration will help pay for the project.

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

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