Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Council keeps every other week garbage


Council member John Rexwinkel tried to pass weekly garbage collection for June through September at a charge of $12 a month,  but failed to get more than Council member Delana Ihrke's vote for the plan.

The move to accept City Staff and Solid Waste Committee recommendations to keep the recycling and garbage rotation was opposed by Rexwinkel and Ihrke. Backers of the motion were John Leonard, Rex Knapp and Ken Nelson.

The other recommendations include the option for what Nelson described as tweaking the pickup when waste is higher such as Thanksgiving or graduation and recycling collection at Christmas time. With the Council action today, residents also have the option of requesting a pick up of garbage due to a high waste event. The cost will be $7.

The Council tabled airport snow removal equipment building bids. Funds are not approved by Congress.

Downtown parking spaces in Le Mars will increase when a new lot is paved. The property is being donated by Side by Side Incorporated at a location where a building along Central Avenue was just demolished. The city's cost estimate is about 30-thousand dollars and the work is to be completed by Ice Cream Days.

Cost estimates and drawings are to be presented to the Council for a solution to damaged street pavers at the intersection of Central Avenue and Plymouth Street.

A flood-affected couple relocated their wedding to the Le Mars Willow Creek Golf Course clubhouse. The last minute change filled nearly two-dozen motel rooms, according to Convention and Visitors Bureau manager Jessica Lingren. Lingren reported at the Council meeting.

Todd Lancaster of the Le Mars Y-M-C-A told the Council more than 600 people went to the outdoor pool during 101 degree temperatures Monday.


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