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KLEM News AM Update May 18, 2010

(LE MARS)--A building project will be discussed by Plymouth County Supervisors today (Tuesday).The agenda for the weekly meeting includes the Plymouth County Courthouse Annex building for discussion and possible action at 11:15 this morning.

The Annex office building would serve as offices, storage space and an emergency shelter. The proposed location is east of the Courthouse in an area that was the site of the sheriff's office and jail.

Supervisors will discuss and possibly take action on a development agreement between the county and ICON Ag Solutions. Owners of the John Deere business are making plans to relocate to an area west of Le Mars on Key Avenue.

The board will approve the paperwork for steps needed to authorize early redemption of outstanding Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) Revenue bonds that financed the Law Enforcement Center. General Obligation bonds paid with Local Option Sales Tax Revenue (LOST) will replace the financing to reduce the cost of the borrowed money. The savings will be for both the county and cities in the county. A General Obligation bond purchase agreement for $3,355,000 is also on the agenda.

Agenda for Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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)
A. Discuss Jt. Urban Renewal Board meeting and the development agreements between ICON and
the City and ICON and Plymouth County (Discussion and possible Action) .6. Old Business
7. New Business
A. Approve the Conservation transfer resolution (Action)
B. Approve the FY 09-10 and FY 10-11budgetary transfer resolutions (Action)
C. Approve the FY 10-11 budget appropriation resolution (Action)Story
D. Approve the FY 10-11 deputies salaries (Action)
E. Approve liquor license for Mike's Saloon (Action)
F. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
G. Open public forum (Informational)

10:15 AMBoard of Supervisors
1.Approve resolution for the general obligation bond purchase agreement and authorize the use of
the preliminary official statement (Action)
2.Approve the amended and restated local option tax agreement between Plymouth County and the
cities of Plymouth County (Action)
3.Approve resolution authorizing and approving a Bond Purchase Agreement and
providing for the issuance of $3,355,000 General Obligation Local Option Sales Tax
Refunding Bonds, Series 2010 and authorizing the early redemption of outstanding
Local Option Sales and Services Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2002


10:30 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
1.Permits- CT Communications for Quest Communications
Sec 14 Hancock Twp on Dove Ave
Sec 25/26 Perry Twp on Hedge Ave
Sec 36 Johnson Twp on 220th St.

Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

11:00 AMCraig Bauerly, Attorney - Seeking an extension on Maddens Minor Addition, a minor subdivision
in Section 4 of Liberty Township (Action)

11:15 AMBoard of Supervisors - Continued discussion on Plymouth County Courthouse Annex final plans
(Discussion and possible Action)

(Source: Plymouth County Auditor's office   www.co.plymouth.ia.us)

 

(LE MARS)--An appointment to the Floyd Valley Hospital Board is to be made today (Tuesday) by the Le Mars City Council.

Former state representative and school board member Ralph Klemme of Le Mars has been recommended for the vacancy created when Jim Ryan resigned.

The Council will consider a development agreement for the planned relocation of ICON Ag Solutions to 15 acres west of Le Mars. The agreement authorizes incentives, sewer and water utilities and a one-acre land purchase from the John Deere business for a recreational trail head end.

The Council will also be asked to authorize a detour of Highway Three for railroad crossing repairs just east of the downtown area.

Agreements for engineering services for the Airport, Energy Efficiency projects, wastewater treatment plant and street projects will be considered.

The opening time on the agenda is slated for comments from the public on plans to amend the current budget to reflect additional income and expenses. The curb and gutter project on Highway 75 from Highway Three North to the Floyd River Bridge is also slated for public comments.

The public meeting of the council begins at noon in the council chambers at city hall.

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
AGENDA

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

B. HEARINGS
1. FY 2009-2010 Budget Amendment
2. US 75 North STP Project

C.GENERAL DISCUSSION
1Citizens
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 May 4, 2010 Regular Meeting Minutes
2.List of Bills for Period Ending 5/14/10
3.Monthly Financial Statement for April 2010
4.Hospital Board Vacancy Appointment

E. ACTION ITEMS
1. On Street Parking - 3rd Avenue SE
2. Wastewater Treatment Plant - Facility Plan
3. ICON Ag Solutions LLC - Development Agreement
4. 2010 Water Main Extension Project - C38
5. 2010 Water Main Project - Key Avenue
6. 2010 Sanitary Sewer Project - Key Avenue
7. IA 3 Detour for Rail Crossing Repair Project
8. Engineering Services for Energy Efficiency Projects
9. Engineering Contracts for STP Street Projects
10. Airport Engineering Services
11. Financing -Advance Refunding Previous Bond Issues
12. Vacate Street Right-of-Way

F.DISCUSSION
1.Council/Mayor
2.City Administrator/Public Works Director
3.Assistant City Administrator

G.ADJOURNMENT
Next Resolution No. 10-16
Next Ordinance No. 886

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Hearing
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010
Description:
FY 2009-2010 Budget Amendment - 12:00 P.M.
Item No.
B-1

Information

At its last meeting the Council established this as the date and time for a public hearing regarding an amendment to the City's 2009-2010 adopted budget. Notice has been published. A detailed explanation and a State required Resolution are attached.

Staff Recommendation

The Mayor opens the hearing and asks for written or oral objections or comments to the proposal. After hearing all comments, the Mayor announces the time for receiving objections is closed. Administration recommends Council approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No.______ amending the 2009-2010 adopted budget.

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Hearing
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
US 75 North STP Project - 12:00 P.M.
Item No.
B-2

Information:

At its May 4, 2010 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 US 75 North STP Project, PCC Curb & Gutter, from IA 3 North to Floyd River Bridge as prepared by DGR.

Bids will be received by the IDOT Office of Contracts in Ames on the Project on May 18, 2010 at 10:00 A.M.

Cost Estimate is $395,000.

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 May 18, 2010 (12:00 PM) Reg Mtg
Bid Letting by IDOT May 18, 2010 (10:00 AM @ IDOT)
Award Construction Contract June 1 or June 15, 2010 depending on DOT
Begin Construction Late start date on or before July 19, 2010
End Construction 50 working days

Financial Impact:

Maximum Federal = $200,000
Estimated City Cost $200,000 + Engineering Costs
Le Mars Urban Renewal or Joint Urban Renewal are both eligible for local funding

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED
Motion adopting Resolution No._____ to adopt plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the US 75 North STP Project.

(Roll Call)


Le Mars City Council Meeting
Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Nelson, Leonard, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Absent: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.
-Regular meeting minutes of April 20, 2010.
-List of bills for period ending 04/30/10.
-Tom Kurth and Jan Wagner be appointed to Planning and Zoning Commission.
- Issuance of Outdoor Service Area to Mr. P's Pizza and Sports Grill.
-Renewal of Class E Liquor License and Class B Wine Permit to HyVee.
-Street closings as requested by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce for Ice Cream Days event.
-May 18, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. be established as the date and time to hear public comment regarding amendments to the FY 2009-2010 Budget and the City Clerk be instructed to publish notice thereof.
-Five year lease with Midwest Turf for the purchase of a Reelmaster 6700-D Fairway Mower funded through US Bank.
-Resolution No. 10-13 providing for no parking on K49 (7th Avenue SE) from 12th Street S. to South Corporate Limits.
-Establishing Council's intent to fill vacancy on Floyd Valley Hospital Board of Trustees by appointment on May 18, 2010.
-Acknowledge receipt of property acquired from Northern Natural Gas Co. and construction of a detention basin.

Leonard moved, Rexwinkel seconded Resolution No. 10-14 approving the Bond Purchase Agreement and Preliminary Official Statement be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Ihrke, Knapp, Nelson, Leonard, Rexwinkel. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved that the alley be paved and two (2) handicap parking spaces be added by the Postal Playhouse. The motion died for lack of a second.

Knapp moved, Leonard seconded Resolution No. 10-15 designating one (1) handicap parking space on 1st Avenue NE by the Postal Playhouse be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Ihrke, Knapp, Leonard. Nays: Rexwinkel.

Knapp moved, Ihrke seconded that an additional $25,000 of Local Option Sales Tax funds be approved for the Main Street Façade Program for FY '11 with emphasis to bring back enhanced program criteria outlining a payback if businesses fail or are sold and that a new program be considered for businesses outside of the Mainstreet District. On Roll Call: Ayes: Leonard, Rexwinkel, Knapp, Ihrke. Nays: Nelson.

Leonard moved, Ihrke seconded May 18, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. be established as the date and time for public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the US 75 North STP Project. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

NOTE: The Council discussed a storm water drainage rate change.

Knapp moved, Nelson seconded setting up a PayPal "Standard" account to allow credit/debit card payments online for City provided services be authorized. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Rexwinkel seconded the meeting be adjourned at 2:20 P.M.

_________________________________________________
Beverly Langel, City ClerkDick Kirchoff, Mayor

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
List of Bills for Period Ending 5/14/10
Item No.
D-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 5/14/10.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period
ending 5/14/10.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Monthly Financial Statement for April 2010
Item No.
D-3

Attached is the monthly Financial Statement for April 2010.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion acknowledging receipt of monthly Financial Statement for April 2010.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Hospital Board Vacancy Appointment
Item No.
D-4

At its May 4, 2010 meeting, the Council stated its intent to fill the vacancy on the Hospital Board of Trustees by appointment. Notice has been published.

The Hospital Board of Trustees discussed seven (7) candidates and is recommending that Ralph Klemme be appointed to fill the vacancy.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion appointing Ralph Klemme to fill the vacancy on the Hospital Board of Trustees.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
On Street Parking - 3rd Avenue SE
Item No.
E-1

Information:

Within the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue SE diagonal parking is currently allowed on both sides of the street. In Westmar University times, 3rd Avenue was one-way southbound only. The current street width is 51 feet and is two-way traffic, north and southbound.

51 foot wide works for one way (18'/15'/18')
60 foot wide needed for two way (18'/12'/12'/18')
Since purely "local" street alternative designs (17'/10'/10'/17')
Checked with Le Mars Police Dept - No significant accident history
Checked with Le Mars Day Care - "No complaints" or issues
Checked with Rich Schultz - "No problems to date"
Checked with Don Law - "No concerns"
Existing curb/gutter section, west side has settled two (2) inches - currently needs to be fixed

Options:
1)Do nothing - no changes
2)Change west side parking to parallel (18'/12'/12'/8') - 29 stalls reduces to 20 stalls (min. painting cost)
3)Fix existing curb/gutter and widening at same time to 54 foot min/60 ft preferred $18,000 to $25,000 (depends on width)

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

As desired.

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA



REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Wastewater Treatment Plant - Facility Plan
Item No.
E-2

Information:

Mr. Greg Sindt of Bolton & Menk, Inc. has completed a Facility Status Review of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Industry Agreements for Dean Foods and Wells' Dairy have also been reviewed including "future" projected loadings. City's NPDES Discharge Permit has been submitted to IDNR for renewal. Expected new permit conditions are:
-Disinfection Requirement
-Chloride Limits
-TDS/Sulfate Limits (but unlikely)
New draft permit expected in mid 2010 from IDNR.

We now need an Engineering Report to evaluate the technical options available to meet future demands:
1)Increase capacity due to project loads
2)Undersized equipment & tankage
3)IDNR conditions (disinfection, chloride, sulfates)
4)Bio-Solids Treatment Storage & Handling
5)Activated Sludge Process
6)Costs & Financing

Attached is a proposal from Bolton & Menk, Inc. to perform a "Facility Plan" at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Staff Recommendation:

Wastewater Committee and Staff recommend proceeding with said Facility Plans.

Financial Impact:

Cost of $55,000 will be funded by the improvements budget within Wastewater Department.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving Engineering Agreement with Bolton & Menk, Inc. to perform a Facility Plan for the Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost of not to exceed $55,000.

(No Roll Call)


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
ICON Ag Solutions LLC - Development Agreement
Item No.
E-3

Information:

Attached is a draft of a Development Agreement between the City of Le Mars and ICON Ag Solutions LLC.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Recreational Trail Head End
- Land Cost$20,000
- Improvement Cost EstimateUnknown at this time

Water Main Extension Cost Estimate Available at the meeting

Sanitary Sewer Extension Cost Estimate Available at the meeting

Industrial Property Tax Exemptions (75, 60, 45, 30, 15%) based on actual taxable value determined by County Assessor

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the Development Agreement with ICON Ag Solutions, LLC (with or without amendment).

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
2010 Water Main Extension Project - C38
Item No.
E-4

Information:

The final plans are done for the 2010 Water Main Extension Project - C38 from Key Avenue to the east side of the Floyd River Bridge as prepared by PSS, Inc. of Le Mars, Iowa.

Cost Estimate will be available at the meeting.

Proposed Schedule:

Introduce Plans & Establish Public Hearing May 18, 2010 Reg Meeting
Public Hearing June 1, 2010 (12:00 PM) Reg Mtg
Bid Letting June 10, 2010 (1:30 PM)
Award Construction Contract June 15, 2010
Begin ConstructionJune 28, 2010
End ConstructionJuly 15, 2010

Staff Recommendation:

PSS recommends approval. City Staff recommends approval to proceed to public hearing.

Financial Impact:

Joint Urban Renewal will be used for local funding of this project.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing June 1, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. as the date and time for public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2010 Water Main Extension Project - C38, and establishing June 10, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. as the date and time to receive bids, with said bid to be considered at the June 15, 2010 Council meeting.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
2010 Water Main Project - Key Avenue
Item No.
E-5

Information:

The final plans are done for the 2010 Water Main Project - Key Avenue from 200th Street to the former 195th Street as prepared by PSS, Inc. of Le Mars, Iowa.

Cost Estimate will be available at the meeting.

Staff Recommendation:

PSS and City Staff recommend approval.

Financial Impact:

Joint Urban Renewal will be used for local funding of this project.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion authorizing staff proceed with the 2010 Water Main Project - Key Avenue as prepared by PSS, Inc.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
2010 Sanitary Sewer Project - Key Avenue
Item No.
E-6

Information:

The final plans are done for the 2010 Sanitary Sewer Project - Key Avenue from 200th Street to the former 195th Street as prepared by PSS, Inc. of Le Mars, Iowa.

Cost Estimate will be available at the meeting.

Proposed Schedule:

Introduce Plans & Establish Public Hearing May 18, 2010 Reg Meeting
Public Hearing June 1, 2010 (12:00 PM) Reg Mtg
Bid Letting June 10, 2010 (1:30 PM)
Award Construction Contract June 15, 2010
Begin ConstructionJune 28, 2010
End ConstructionJuly 15, 2010

Staff Recommendation:

PSS recommends approval. City Staff recommends approval to proceed to public hearing.

Financial Impact:

Joint Urban Renewal will be used for local funding of this project.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion establishing June 1, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. as the date and time for public hearing on plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2010 Sanitary Sewer Project - Key Avenue, and establishing June 10, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. as the date and time to receive bids, with said bid to be considered at the June 15, 2010 Council meeting.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
IA 3 Detour for Rail Crossing Repair Project
Item No.
E-7

Information:

Attached is May 11, 2010 letter and IDOT Agreement for use of Local Agency Roads as Detour regarding the repair of the Rail Crossing on IA 3 (Plymouth Street). The project is tentatively scheduled for the week of July 19, 2010 and will take approximately five days to complete.

Roxanne Seward of IDOT is fully aware of the City's special events, i.e. Ice Cream Days, July 4th, Plymouth County Fair, Music Festival.


Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving IDOT Agreement for Use of Local Agency Roads as Detour for IA 3 Rail Crossing Repair Project and authorizing Mayor and City Clerk to execute same.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Engineering Services for Energy Efficiency Projects
Item No.
E-8

Information:

Attached is an proposal for Engineering Services with Synergy Energy Engineering LLC, Karl Seggerman, for the energy efficiency projects that were awarded under the EECBG Grant.

Staff Recommendation:

Administration recommends approval.

Financial Impact:

Cost of Engineering is eligible for reimbursement under the EECBG Grant.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to proceed with Engineering Proposal with Synergy Energy Engineering LLC for the energy efficiency projects

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Professional Services Agreements for IDOT/STP Projects
Item No.
E-9

Information:

Attached are four (4) separate Professional Services Agreements; one (1) for each of the following federally assisted STP projects:

NAMELOCATIONPROPOSED FEEFEDERAL YEARTOTAL COSTFEDERAL STP FUNDS
Le Mars, IA 3 West Widening16th Ave NW to E. of 9th Ave NW$61,600FY 2012$450,000$315,000
Le Mars, IA 3 West Trail16th Ave NW to East Side of Floyd River$52,480FY 2012$200,000$160,000
Le Mars, 12th St. Reconstruction8th Ave E. to
12th Ave E.$41,900FY 2013$350,000$162,000
Le Mars, Lincoln St SW/Lake Ave Intersection Improvements4th St SW to
24th St SW$56,000FY 2013$300,000$240,000

IDOT will be combining a 3R-(Resurfacing and Shoulder Paving) project with our first project. Previously Council authorized $20,000 for conceptual planning and topographical surveys of the first two projects along IA 3 West. That work is now completed and DGR will be available to share the conclusions with the Council at this meeting.

Several reasons to begin design process early:
1)Coordination with IDOT is critical on these federally assisted projects.
2)Additional Federal Stimulus Funding may come available.
3)Easements may be needed.
4)Certain permits are necessary before construction.
5)Impacts to private property and their needs.

Staff Recommendation:

Administration recommends to proceed with all four (4) projects.

Financial Impact:
#1, #2 and #4 - Cost of Engineering would be paid with TIF Revenues and certified on each December 1st and subsequently reimbursed each June under Joint Urban Renewal upon concurrence with the Joint Advisory Board, Plymouth County and City Council.
#3 - Cost of Engineering would be paid with RUT.



COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to proceed with Engineering Proposal with DGR and Associates Co. for the four (4) STP Projects as stated and Scope of Service.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Airport Engineering Services
Item No.
E-10

Information:

An RFP was sent out to Engineering firms for Airport Engineering Services. Four (4) proposals were returned by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. March 30, 2010. The process is necessary and required to continue to receive Federal Funds for Airport Improvements from FAA.

The Airport Committee met, reviewed and is prepared to recommend Bolton & Menk, Inc. as the City's Engineering Consultant for the Municipal Airport.

Staff Recommendation:

Committee and Staff recommend Council approval of Bolton & Menk, Inc.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving Bolton & Menk, Inc. as the Engineering Consultant and authorizing committee to negotiate mutually agreeable fee structure.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

Action REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Financing -Advance Refunding Previous Bond Issues
Item No.
E-11

Information:

City Council has held the public hearing on the refunding of the 2002 and 2003 GO Bond Issues and has approved the Bond Purchase Agreement with Ruan Securities. The City now needs to take the final step to provide for the issuance of the bonds.

Recommendation:

Recommendation is to approve.

Financial Impact:

Based on proposed rates, interest savings is now $87,053 (originally estimated at $91,000).

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No. ______ providing for the issuance of $2,095,000 GO Refunding Bonds, Series 2010, levy of taxes and authorizing the early redemption of outstanding obligations.

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

ActionREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTIONDate:
May 18, 2010


Description:
Vacate Street Right-of-Way
Item No.
E-12

Information:

Attorney Mark Hemmingson has contacted City Staff regarding City Council action taken in 1967 vacating street right-of-way in Southeast Le Mars that may not have been properly conveyed to the adjoining property owners. The City Attorney and staff are researching the issue and will have more information at the meeting.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED
As Desired.
 

(Source: City of Le Mars   www.lemarsiowa.com)

(SIOUX CITY---IT WAS A BIG DAY FOR WOODBURY COUNTY AND SIOUX CITY MONDAY.

THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND THE CITY COUNCIL SIGNED RESOLUTIONS REQUESTING IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDING FOR A POTENTIAL PROJECT IN THE SOUTH RIDGE INDUSTRIAL AREA. WOODBURY COUNTY SUPERVISOR GEORGE BOYKIN IS OPTIMISTIC.

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TPI IS A FIRM THAT MANUFACTURES THE CARBON TECHNOLOGY BLADES USED ON WIND TURBINES. MAYOR MIKE HOBART SAYS STATE APPROVAL WILL BE CONSIDERED SOON.

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SIOUX CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR MARTY DOUGHERTY SAYS THE POTENTIAL FOR 500 JOBS EXISTS WITH THE 40 MILLION DOLLAR PLUS PROJECT. IF SUCCESFUL IN ITS BID FOR THE PLANT, IT WOULD BE LOCATED ON 30 TO 40 ACRES OF THE SOUTHRIDGE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

(JOSIE COOPER, KSCJ/POWELL BROADCASTING, SIOUX CITY)

(SIOUX CITY)--Sioux City Police have charged a Sioux City man after a hit-and-run accident Saturday on the city's north side.

Two male juveniles who police have not identified were injured when the bicycle they were on was struck by a pickup truck. The driver did not stop after the accident in Leeds at 43rd and Van Buren Streets.

Police asked for and received information from the public about a possible vehicle involved in the accident.

Eighteen-year-old Thomas Varvais of Sioux City was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated. 

 ORANGE CITY)--A Le Mars woman was arrested by the Sioux County sheriff's office K-9 unit early Friday morning.

Authorities charged 25-year-old Brandi Thillen with operating while intoxicated as a sixth offense, eluding law enforcement, careless driving, violating a one-way traffic designation and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

According to written information released about the arrest, a sheriff's deputy tried to stop a vehicle east of Hospers because the driver was traveling north in the southbound lane. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and the vehicle was found in a ditch just into O'Brien County. The driver was not in the vehicle.

The Sioux County K-9 unit responded and tracked Thillen about 3/8 of a mile into the field where she was arrested and taken to the O'Brien County jail. Sheldon Police and the O'Brien County Sheriff's office assisted the Sioux County sheriff's office staff.

(BOYDEN)--Three people were injured in a collision with a car and mini-van on Highway 18 one mile east of Boyden Saturday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff's office reports a mini-van driven by 63-year-old Edwin Baartman of Boyden crossed the center line into the path of a car driven by 85-year-old Adriana Boender of Sheldon.

According to the sheriff's office, Baartman had minor injuries but refused treatment. Boender and her passenger, 90-year-old Lucretia Boender of Sheldon were taken to the hospital in Sheldon to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Boyden Fire and Ambulance and Sheldon ambulance

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Jurors do not need to report for jury duty today (Tuesday, May 18th). Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office after 3p.m on Monday, May 24th to find out whether to report on Tuesday, May 25th.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa Gov. Chet Culver has formally announced his plans to seek a second term in office, saying voters will have their clearest choice in decades in the November election.

Culver launched his re-election bid Monday at a Des Moines high school. He planned a week of events to kick off the race.

He pointed to his efforts to increase the minimum wage and expand preschool and health care coverage as accomplishments during his first term.

Culver says Republicans want to turn back the clock, singling out former Gov. Terry Branstad, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor in the June 8 primary. Businessman Bob Vander Plaats and state Rep. Rod Roberts also are seeking the Republican nomination.

BROOKS, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State Patrol says a sheriff's deputy and a homeowner were shot in a standoff southeast of the unincorporated community of Brooks in Adams County.

Troopers say the man allegedly behind the standoff and shootings surrendered peacefully to authorities about 8:30 p.m. Monday, more than three hours after the standoff began.

Authorities say the deputy had minor injuries and was treated and released. Homeowner Matt Herring was flown to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, where was reported in fair condition.

Herring reportedly walked to a neighbor's house about a quarter-mile away after he was shot after finding a burglar in his house.

Several local police departments and sheriff's police then surrounded Herring's house.

Authorities say the suspect surrendered after talking over the phone with an Iowa State Patrol negotiator.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) Attorneys have begun their opening statements in the Linn County attempted murder trial of 23-year-old Derrick Roberts.

The Chicago resident is also charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury for allegedly shooting 50-year-old Delores Smith of Cedar Rapids while she was in a parked van with other family members a year ago.

Prosecutors say Roberts riddled the van with gunfire because a relative of Smith's had earlier struck him in the leg with a powdered sugar doughnut she was throwing away.

Roberts' attorney, Mike Lahammer, said in Monday's opening statements that his client didn't intentionally shoot at Smith and a doughnut wasn't the reason he fired at the family's van.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) The trial for a former manager of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse has been delayed because of health reasons and a Jewish holiday.

Sholom Rubashkin's attorneys say he remained hospitalized Monday with a skin infection and will be unavailable for court Tuesday. A judge last week granted Rubashkin's request to take Wednesday and Thursday off because of the Jewish holiday Shavuot.

The trial, in its second week, is to resume Friday.

Rubashkin is charged with 83 counts of state child labor law violations at the former Agriprocessors plant in Postville. He also is awaiting sentencing on federal financial fraud charges.

Rubashkin's wife, Leah, says he complained about a bite on his arm last week and was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital Sunday after his arm became swollen.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) A former labor executive in Iowa has pleaded guilty to three fraud counts.

Former Hawkeye Labor Council president Alan Bernard entered the guilty pleas Monday in federal court to charges he misappropriated more than $11,000.

The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to one count each of access device fraud, forged securities and aggravated identity theft as part of a plea agreement.

Bernard was accused of using another person's credit card from July 26, 2006, to July 26, 2007. He allegedly obtained $6,511 worth of merchandise and forged a check on the council's account for $5,000.

Bernard was originally charged with 41 fraud counts. The government will dismiss the other charges at the time of sentencing.

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles told Bernard the aggravated identity theft sentence would run consecutively to other charges. The judge didn't set a sentencing date.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An investigation by Iowa's auditor has determined about $6,500 in cash paid by accused criminals in Tama County as bail bonds was not deposited.

According to the audit, at least three bond payments made between Feb. 23 and June 5, 2009, were received by the Tama sheriff's office and should have been given to the clerk's office for deposit. Auditors determined the deposits were not recorded on a receipt log.

The audit was unable to determine if the cash payments were received by the clerk and not deposited or weren't passed on from the sheriff's office.

The report was sent to the Iowa Attorney General's office and the Tama County attorney.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A Des Moines-based group with strategists who helped produce some of the most effective political ads against Democrats in decades is in the middle of Republican family feuds in Kentucky and California.

The three-year-old American Future Fund spent $1 million to aid Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, and it's now active in at least 30 states.

The group can't advocate for candidates but has been critical of Republican Senate candidates Rand Paul in Kentucky and Tom Campbell in California. Kentucky's primary is Tuesday and California's is June 8.

Among those working for the group are media strategist Larry McCarthy, who produced the Willie Horton commercials in 1988, and Ben Ginsberg, who was involved with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.

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