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KLEM News AM Update June 28, 2011


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Board considers refunding bonds

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Supervisors today are expected to set a hearing to save money.

The county plans to refund bonds issued to finance the Wells Corporate Campus in 2005. A time for public comment is to be set during the "old business" portion of today's meeting agenda.

Also during the public meeting at the Courthouse, supervisors will be asked to approve the Emergency Management Director's salary and a purchase of property for 27th Street which is in the southwest part of the city in the industrial area.

Treasurer Linda Dobson meets with the board today to request approval of tax abatements on mobile homes and buildings on leased land. The Board's weekly meeting with Engineer Tom Rohe is at 10:20 this morning.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

9:30 AMDon Kass, Plymouth County Board Vice - 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
A. Set public hearing for refunding 2005 G.O.Bonds (Action)
B. Approve EMA Director salary increase for FY 11-12 (Action)
C. Approve City of Le Mars purchase for 27th St. in Jt. Urban Renewal Area (Action)
7. New Business
A. Approval Beverly Anfinson fire works display permit (Action)
B. Approval of change order proposal for Courthouse Annex (Action)
8. Open public forum

10:10 AMLinda Dobson, Plymouth County Treasurer - Approval of tax abatements on mobile homes & buildings on
leased land (Action)

10:20 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permit-MidAmerican Energy-Section 5/8 Lincoln Twp on C-60
2.Final Plan Review and Approval - Project LC-062610, LC-270907

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

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Recorder's Passport service adds appointment process

(LE MARS)--Traveling with a passport begins with an appointment at the Plymouth County Recorder's Office in Le Mars.

Recorder Jolynn Goodchild's office provides the service using U-S Department of State Regulations for passport services. Goodchild explains those regulations changed this spring.

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The main change, Goodchild says, is Deputy Recorder Shonden Frederes helps passport customers by appointment.

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The Recorder's phone number is 712.546.4020 and is also on the county's website.

If someone plans to apply for a passport they may call that day or make an appointment at another date in advance of their passport application. Hours for passports are between eight and five Monday through Friday.

Frederes handles passport work with customers on the main floor of the Courthouse in an office area that was set up recently to separate the duties from the Recorder's office birth record work and passport and provide security. The separation is a federal requirement to continue to offer the service.  However, those requesting a passport start the process by going to the Recorder's office.

Fire-Rescue fund drive enhances training, equipment

(LE MARS)--A fund drive is underway to help keep the Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department well-trained and equipped.

Donation letters have been mailed for the annual fund drive.

With this year's drive, the fire-rescue department plans to purchase new ventilation saws, uniform additions, self-contained breathing equipment, loose tools and other equipment for trucks, emergency lights and more training. The cost of these items combined is more than 15-thousand dollars.

The Le Mars Department is expected to respond to more than 250 calls for service this year...more than 20 calls a month.

Support from the fund drive a year ago helped several firefighters attend valuable training and supplemented needed equipment on fire trucks purchased by the City of Le Mars.

Those who didn't receive a donation letter may mail contributions to fire-rescue training and equipment to Le Mars Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department at P-O Box 35, Le Mars.

 Feenstra on Pawlenty's Legislative Committee

(HULL)--A northwest Iowa lawmaker is a member of a Presidential candidate's Legislative Steering Committee.

Former Minnesota Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty Monday announced membership for the committee.

Those who are serving include Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull. Feenstra has been in the Senate since 2009. Feenstra has experience in business with a Hull firm, as a city administrator and Sioux County officer.

According to Pawlenty, the lawmakers experience and knowledge combined with their eagerness to restore prosperity bolsters his Iowa campaign's work to build coalitions in Iowa .

Disturbance leads to arrest in Storm Lake

(STORM LAKE)--A Le Mars man was charged with child endangerment after he was arrested in Storm Lake Saturday night.

According to information released by Storm Lake Police, 40-year-old Patrick Gigaroa was arrested after police investigated a disturbance at a restaurant.

Storm Lake Police reported Gigaroa had driven his two children from Le Mars to Storm Lake against the wishes of the mother of the children who are three and six years old.

Gigaroa was arrested on two charges of child endangerment and public intoxication. The children were with their father when he was arrested and were later returned to their mother. (Joel Herman, KAYL, Storm Lake)

President Obama approves disaster declaration for western Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) President Barack Obama has issued a federal disaster declaration for six  Iowa counties hit by severe flooding.

Obama approved the declaration Monday for the counties of Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Pottawattamie, Mills and Fremont.

It will allow the federal government to pick up roughly 80 percent of the costs of damage to public facilities due to flooding.

Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says the declaration comes in the nick of time and will bring an urgent financial shot in the arm to recovery efforts.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad had requested a federal disaster declaration. Branstad has said he planned to press Obama on the issue during the president's visit to Bettendorf Tuesday.

Romney: lawsuit may threaten jobs

NEW YORK (AP) Republican Mitt Romney says a federal agency's lawsuit against Boeing could threaten jobs at an Iowa plant President Barack Obama is planning to visit.

The former Massachusetts governor said Monday that the National Labor Relations Board's lawsuit threatens jobs at Alcoa in Iowa, where Obama is scheduled to discuss the manufacturing sector Tuesday.

The agency accuses Boeing of building a second jetliner plant in South Carolina as retaliation against union workers in Washington for striking and to dissuade future strikes. Romney has made job growth the focus of his second bid for president.

Alcoa's eastern Iowa plants make aluminum used to build the jet. Alcoa has added 240 jobs in eastern Iowa since December, with 60 more hires expected by August.

OPPD reiterates Fort Calhoun nuclear plant is safe

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) The Omaha Public Power District is going to great lengths to show that its Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant remains safe even though the main buildings are surrounded by floodwater from the Missouri River.

OPPD offered tours of the plant Monday to the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, members of Congress and the media to show off the measures they've taken to keep the plant dry inside.

Workers use an elevated catwalk to access Fort Calhoun because the parking lot is covered with at least 2 feet of floodwater.

Plant manager Tim Nellenbach says there is little chance of a serious problem at Fort Calhoun because the plant still has all of its electrical power sources and it remains shut down.

ISU presidential search committee to meet

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State University presidential search committee is scheduled to meet for the first time this week.

The Des Moines Register says the committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon in the Gerdin business building on the Iowa State campus.

The state Board of Regents chose the final members of the 18-member committee last week. It includes members from the Iowa State Foundation and alumni association, faculty, staff and students, citizens and business leaders from the community.

Current president Gregory Geoffrey has said he will retire by the end of July 2012.

The regents also chose Parker Executive Search of Atlanta to recruit candidates, citing the firm's experience in selecting several top ISU administrators over the past five years.

Iowa man charged with 1st-degree murder

ALLISON, Iowa (AP) An Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his wife.

Thirty-six-year-old Judy Petersen of Greene, Iowa was found dead in her home on June 4.

Authorities tracked her husband, Thomas Petersen, to South Dakota the following day. Petersen fled, and police say he rammed two police vehicles before being taken into custody on charges related to the pursuit.

The couple's two-year-old son, who was in the company of Thomas Petersen, was recovered unharmed.

Officers recovered knives consistent with Judy Peterson's wounds and bloody clothing that belonged to Thomas Peterson. Investigators also learned the couple had a history of conflict.

Thomas Petersen's bail is set at $500,000.

It's unclear if Petersen has an attorney.

3rd man arrested in death of Omaha man

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A third suspect in the shooting death of an Omaha man has been arrested in Iowa.

Police say Omar Martinez was found in a Council Bluffs hotel Monday.

KETV says Martinez faces charges of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony in connection with the death of Blaise Benscoter.

Benscoter was found wounded Thursday in an apartment and died a short time later at a hospital.

Twenty-year-old Sean Collins and 38-year-old Donald Bridgeford have also been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Police say they're still looking for a fourth man, 48-year-old, Donald Krisor, 48, in connection with the case.

Linn County sheriff's deputy resigns

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A Linn County sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident has resigned.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that 50-year-old James Crawford of Anamosa resigned Thursday.

Crawford was a deputy in Linn County for 27 years. He was off duty on May 9 when he rear-ended a motorcycle in Marion. Nobody was injured in the accident, but Crawford left the scene before officers arrived.

Marion police say Crawford went to their station for questioning after witnesses gave them a description of his vehicle and license plate number.

Crawford pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and for failure to stop on May 26.

Crawford was on paid administrative leave since the crash, and authorities are investigating the incident.

Des Moines officer on leave after arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines police officer has been charged with domestic assault with injury and placed on paid administrative leave.

Forty-four-year-old Stewart Drake was arrested around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

The Des Moines Register says the police report of Drake's arrest indicated the incident began on Friday night.

Forty-five-year-old Melissa Winter told officers she had recently moved back in with Drake. She told officers she had questioned Drake about an ex-girlfriend, and police say the discussion became physical.

The police report says Drake denied any physical altercation with Winter. He was arrested without incident and later released on $1,000 bond.

The Polk County Clerk of Court says there's no attorney listed for Drake.

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

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