Thursday, May 26, 2016
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City Council Approves New Water Meters


 City administrator, Scott Langel told the council that such a move would ultimately save the city at least $95,000 a year.  Langel says at the city has nearly 4000 water meters that are at least 12 years old or older.  He believes the older water meters don't always calculate correctly the amount of water being used, particularly with those consumers with low flow water usage.  Langel told the city council that according to some independent engineering firms' studies of LeMars water usage, up to 16 percent of the water consumed may not be accurately recorded.  Another advantage of the new meters is that it will be easier for city staff to record the data.   Langel says the old method proved to be time-consuming for a city employees.  He believes the new water meters will eliminate many staff headaches in terms of general maintenance.


(LeMars) -- The LeMars Chamber of Commerce has selected its Employee of the Month.  She is Shirley Traufler.  Shirley has been employed at the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor since it opened over 10 years ago and has served as a supervisor most of those years.  Gary Susemihl submitted the nomination, and here's what he has to say about Shirley.  "Her positive attitude and friendly personality make Shirley well respected by all the parlor employees.  Shirley is extremely dependable and is such a joy to be around.  She is very caring and that shows in how she treats ice cream parlor customers.  She is hardworking and committed to her work.  She puts lots of energy and effort into getting various tasks done at the parlor.  Shirley is mother to seven children.  She volunteers her time at The Abbey and serves on the decorating committee at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family and friends, cooking and traveling.  It is our pleasure to honor Shirley as the LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Month.  It is one small way we can show her how much she is appreciated".  Our congratulations to Shirley Traufler, the chamber employee of the month.


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