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KLEM News AM Update June 6, 2011

The agenda for the Council's noon meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) lists recommendations from the Council's Solid Waste Committee and City Staff to leave the plan as is. That means garbage collection is every other week year-round on a rotation with recycling collection.

A report to the Council indicates Le Mars residents recycled 565-thousand pounds in the first five months of this year which is double the amount for the same time a year ago.

The same report states less than 50 complaints about the garbage-recycling rotation have been receive from the 33-hundred households.

The committee is also recommending the Council authorize the Solid Waste Committee to advertise and conduct special citywide pickup as warranted such as Christmas for extra recycling and Thanksgiving for extra garbage. The third recommendation is to authorize a special pick up for individuals. If someone had a special event that generated excess trash, the resident could contact City Hall and Van's Sanitation would make a special pickup for a seven dollar charge.

The agenda item tomorrow is a result of the Council's decision to review the change in six months.

This is from the agenda for the Council meeting Tuesday, June 7, 2011:

June 7, 2011

Solid Waste Committee Recommendations
Item No.


Over the last several years the City of Le Mars has embarked on an all out effort to promote recycling. As of January 1, 2011 the City has gone to alternating weeks between trash pick-up and recycle pick-up. The results have been unbelievable as shown on the attached spreadsheets. In the first five months of 2011 citizens have recycled 565,000 pounds of items that would have been otherwise buried in the landfill. This compares to 275,000 pounds for the first five months of 2010 and 62,000 pounds for the first five months of 2005. The City saves over $43 per ton for items that can be recycled versus buried. We have used $60,000 in DNR State of Iowa grants to help purchase recycle totes and promote recycling. Le Mars is going to be featured in an upcoming DNR publication on recycling. Recycling is working for the City, its' citizens, and the environment.

In October 2010 when Council took its' final vote on alternating pick-up, the Solid Waste Committee was instructed to report back after the first six months of operation. The Committee is happy to report the first five months has been an overwhelming success. We now have 100% of the residential households supplied with the free recycle totes. Out of the 3,300 households we have received a few complaints, all total less than 50 complaints. We have received many more positive comments from residents. This means that we have 98.5% citizens that are either happy about or at least accepting the need to recycle. Complaints received mainly fall into three categories. First, we have too much trash for every other week - most of these are not recycling all that can be recycled. Second, the odor is very bad if only picked up every other week - stating that it is unsanitary and animals will be attracted. We've found that at least two of these smell complaints were from residents operating day cares out of their homes. Smell seems to be an issue only when the lids are opened. We have not been informed of any incidents where animals have been able to tip over and drag trash out of the 95 gallon totes. The third type of complaint is we don't want to recycle and you aren't going to make us. All we can do for this type is to educate them as to the value and ease of recycling.

Solid Waste Committee Recommendation:
The Solid Waste Committee and City Staff are recommending that Council leave the plan as is currently approved. The Committee believes the numbers speak for themselves. The Committee does recognize that there are a few legitimate concerns and is bringing forth a couple of tweaks to the program to ease some concerns and still maintain the integrity of the program. The Committee is recommending:
1) Council endorse the current alternating pickup program on going.
2) Council authorize the Committee to advertise and conduct special Citywide pick ups as warranted. (These could be a few times a year such as Christmas for extra recycling, Thanksgiving for extra trash, etc. The Committee would determine these based on need depending on when the event happens and number of residents effected.)
3) Authorize a special pick-up that individuals could have at their home. If you had a special event at your home that generated excess trash you could call City Hall and Van's would make a special pick up at your home for $7.00.

Financial Impact:
Adopting these recommendations would have little impact financially. Special Citywide pickup would be minimal and for the benefit of all residents. Special individual pickups would be paid for by the resident requesting the extra service.


Motion approving the three (3) Solid Waste Committee recommendations (or as desired).

(No Roll Call)
Source: www.lemarsiowa.com

Tires top first-ever drop off

(LE MARS)--A first-time appliance and tire drop off in Le Mars collected nearly 300 tires and more than 200 appliances.

The city of Le Mars offered the collection at the Public Works Building June 2nd as part of the Spring Clean Up Days with assistance from the Plymouth County Solid Waste Agency.

A report from Le Mars Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole lists 161 customers. In addition to the 292 tires, city residents dropped off 226 appliances ranging from 57 microwaves to two air compressors.

Microwaves were the most popular appliance drop off followed by 52 dehumidifiers, 28 refrigerators, sixteen washers, and 13 air conditioners and 13 dryers.

Donation honors grandmother

(LE MARS)--Gehlen Catholic will celebrate a gift to make a major change in technology.

A 100-thousand dollar donation is being made by Jeffrey and Theresa McDougall in honor of Jeffrey's grandmother, Rose Mary Deegan. The former Rose Mary Groetken is a member of St. Joseph Parish-Struble.


(5th grader and long-time family friend, Daniel Kessenich, shows Rose Mary (Groetken, ’35) Deegan a picture of students using the new SMARTBoards.)

Jeffrey McDougall is the son of Denny and Lynne (Deegan) McDougall of Kansas City and the grandson of the late Chester and Edith McDougall of Le Mars.

Gehlen Catholic President Rev. Kevin Richter says the gift significantly enhances the technology available to students which is essential to their future success. Rev. Richter added a portion of the gift to the spiritual life program helps to strengthen Gehlen's identity as a Catholic school.

Gehlen Catholic Development Director Lisa Niebuhr says the donation to honor Deegan will allow SMART Boards and related technology to finish rooms not funded by Fund-A-Cause during the 2011 Friends of Gehlen Catholic Ball.

(Mrs. Kellie Bollin’s Kindergarten class used the SMART Board donated by HyVee this spring to illustrate patterning.)

iPads will be purchased to be used by all grade levels. Other technology includes wireless cards for the library, wireless mice, as well as some desktop and laptop computers to assist in the use of SMART boards which are similar to chalkboards in size.

The rest of the gift will be used for chapel and liturgical items in memory of Gehlen's first superintendent, Monsignor A-W Behrens.

Deegan and her late husband, John, raised their 12 children at St. Joseph and Gehlen Catholic School. She attributes her family's achievements to a strong foundation in math, science and their faith.

A celebration of the gift is planned August 5th in the Kolker Library and Media Center to honor the families' generosity.  (Photos courtesy Gehlen Catholic School, Lisa Niebuhr, Development Director)

Dordt names Presidential Search Committee

 (SIOUX CENTER)--The chair of the Dordt College Board of Trustees will lead a search for a new college president.

Dr. Carl Zylstra recently announced he'd retire as president at the end of the next school year.

Board chair Randy Kroll who is a C-P-A with a St. Paul, Minnesota firm will complete his term as chair of the Dordt Board in August and lead the Presidential Search Committee.

In addition to Kroll, Presidential Search Committee members include board of trustees, faculty staff and a student.

Board of Trustees members of the committee are Rev. Tim Ouwinga, pastor of Pipestone CRC in Pipestone, Minnesota; Henry Eekhoff, small business owner and specialty craftsman in Manhattan, Montana; Robert Vermeer, chair of the board for Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa; Pam Schmidt, attorney at Target Corp. in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Hessel Kielstra, business executive at Vyefield Enterprises Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta; and incoming Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Lloyd Vander Kwaak, CEO of ChildServe in Johnston, Iowa.

Faculty members on the search committee are Dr. Karen DeMol, professor of music; Dr. Leah Zuidema, assistant professor of English; and Dr. Tim Van Soelen, assistant professor of education. Staff members are Campus Pastor Aaron Baart and Human Resources Director Susan Droog, and the committee’s student member is senior Mark Van Weelden of Brookfield, Wisconsin, an engineering major.

The college has launched a website at www.dordt.edu/presidentialsearch with information about the search and the committee. Regular updates will be added to the site as the search progresses. A survey requesting input can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCpresidentialsearch

Neb., Iowa cities brace for Missouri River flood

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Nebraska and Iowa cities along the Missouri River are inspecting flood walls and piling up sandbags to prepare for a deluge of water that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release later this month.

But it's difficult for anyone to completely confident about their preparations because this year's flooding will likely exceed the 1993 flood and might rival the record 1952 flood. And the flooding is expected to last most of the summer.

The cities of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, will be the next sizeable population centers tested by the river's flood waters.

Iowa using helicopter to drop sandbags on levee

UNDATED (AP) Iowa is using a Blackhawk helicopter to drop 1,000-pound sandbags on a levee leak that threatens to flood a community in the southwestern part of the state.

Gen. Derek Hill of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security says sandbags were being dropped Sunday on a leak in a levee in Atchison County, Mo. He says it was too dangerous to use ground crews for the work.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported Sunday morning there was a breach in a Missouri River levee that could flood Hamburg, Iowa. The city is about five miles north of the leak, and Hill says the land in that area is flat and the leaking water is expected to flow back into Hamburg.

The breach has forced the evacuation of 600 Hamburg residents.

911 service restored after Iowa phone outage

WELLMAN (AP) Phone service has been restored in Wellman.

Washington County 911 supervisor Cara Sorrells says an outage Sunday afternoon affected residents with fiber-optic service for the landlines and left them without the ability to contact 911. Service was restored about 3 p.m.

Iowa man arrested in SD after killing, kidnapping

GREENE, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been arrested in South Dakota after his wife was found dead in their home and their 2-year-old boy went missing.

The Butler County sheriff's office says 39-year-old Thomas Petersen, of Greene, is being held Sunday in Jackson County, S.D. It wasn't immediately clear what charges he faces.

The sheriff's office says Petersen had his son, Jacob, with him when approached by police south of Philip, S.D. The boy wasn't hurt.

An Amber Alert has been issued for the boy just before 1 a.m. Sunday, about the time his mother's body was found. Authorities have not said how 36-year-old Judy Petersen was killed. Her husband has been named a suspect.

The alert was cancelled about 8:20 a.m., when Petersen was arrested.

Iowa City says UI responsible for gameday cleanup

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa City's planning and zoning board says cleanup after Hawkeye football games should fall to the University of Iowa.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the commission is recommending to the City Council that the university has the ``primary responsible'' for cleaning up the ``serious litter, trash and public urination issues'' around Kinnick Stadium.

The commission has submitted its views to the council in advance of Tuesday's meeting.

The board also has endorsed a permitting system for vendors during Iowa football games. In April, the City Council considered banning vendors, but decided instead to develop a permitting system. A public hearing on that issue is set for June 21.

University of Iowa commissions statue of coach Gable

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa will erect a bronze statue in honor of former wrestling coach Dan Gable.

The university says the 7-foot statue will be placed outside the main entrance to the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The installation is planned for next April, when Iowa hosts the Olympic wrestling trials.

The statue will by created by Larry Nowlan, who also created the Nile Kinnick displays in the Krause Family Plaza and inside Kinnick Stadium. It'll be done in the same manner as the Kinnick statue in the plaza.

Gable was head wrestling coach from 1976 to 1997, ending with a 355-21-5 career record. He coached 10 Big Ten champions, 45 national champions and 10 Olympians.

Long putt gives Gilder Champions title

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Bob Gilder rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18, then watched Mark Brooks bogey the hole to escape with a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Principal Charity Classic.

Brooks seemed assured of his first victory in seven starts on the Champions Tour when he led by three strokes with four to play. But he hit into the water on 17 and needed a nifty putt just to make bogey, then three-putted on 18 to hand the title to Gilder, who also won this tournament in 2002.

The 60-year-old Gilder earned his 10th victory on the senior circuit but first since 2006. He closed with a 6-under 65 for a 14-under 199 total.

Brooks, the leader after the first two rounds, shot 68..

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

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