Wednesday News, March 19
City Council Hears Comments About Proposed Parking Ordinance
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council held two public hearings on Tuesday asking for comments regarding the proposed new city code ordinances. The council chambers had more than 20 people for both sessions. Most of those gathered spoke about the winter parking restrictions, which if adopted would restrict parking on the streets and alleys,during the winter months, despite whether or not it snowed. Sandy Norby was the first of many Le Mars residents to testify against the proposed parking ordinance.
Norby suggested to the city council that enforcement of the current code would be appropriate.
Vince Kuhn was concerned about the day to day business commerce of parking in the streets.
City Councilman Rex Knapp explained the code is at this point in time only a proposal. Knapp further informed the gathering of people there would be waivers within the code.
Before the city council can approve any measure, there must first be three readings of the ordinance.
Floyd Valley Hospital Issues Resource Directory
(Le Mars, IA)-- Are you searching for health-related services for yourself, a relative or friend? Help is only a click away! A new resource directory has recently been placed on the Floyd Valley Hospital website at FloydValleyHospital.org under “About Us” in the dropdown box labeled Plymouth County Resource Directory.
The Plymouth County Resource Directory was developed by the Plymouth County Safety Net Committee and funded by the Community Transformation Grant through the Iowa Primary Care Association. The 77-page directory contains information for health-related services in all the towns of Plymouth County including primary health care, home care and equipment, mental health, rehabilitative, transportation services
For more information or to add/correct an entry, please contact Deb Steffen at (712)546-3335 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Le Mars Chamber Of Commerce Celebrates Agriculture With Luncheon
(Le Mars) -- National Agriculture Day is designated for next Tuesday, but the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee is recognizing those in the nation's largest industry today. The Chamber Ag Committee is hosting the 20th annual Agri-business luncheon at the Le Mars Convention Center. The event starts with the Chamber coffee at 9:30, hosted by the Plymouth County Farm Bureau Federation. At 10:30, Steven Johnson of Iowa State University Farm Management Specialist will explain the recently passed farm bill legislation. The presentation of the "Outstanding Service to Agriculture award will be presented. The keynote speaker is Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural and Applied Economics of Virgina Tech University. Tickets are selling for $10.
King To Speak At Le Mars Convention Center
(Le Mars) -- Iowa's 4th District Republican Congressman, Steve King has announced he will be in Le Mars at the Le Mars Convention Center on Wednesday morning. Congress is on a spring break recess and King, is scheduled to address the crowd at 10:15 a.m. King will offer an update on legislative issues currently facing Congress. The public is welcome to attend.
Supervisors Approve Loan For Purchases
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution authorizing a loan agreement not to exceed $100,000 for the current fiscal year. The money is to be used by the treasurer's office for capital investments including a vehicle for the Sheriff's Department, a vehicle for the County Conservation Board, and new computers for the I-T department. The Supervisors approved a second resolution directing the County Auditor to levy for collection from the taxable property from the county until said loan is paid in full.
Marble Avenue To Have Weight Restriction
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County engineer Tom Rohe requested from the county supervisors to approve a weight restriction of six tons per axle for Marble Avenue starting at 160th Street and extending south to Highway 3. The supervisors approved the request.
Gehlen Students And Chaperones Travel To Honduras For Mission Trip
(Le Mars) -- 27 Gehlen students and chaperones left this afternoon with the destination of Honduras. The group, split nearly in half with the same number of boys to girls, will be living in the Central American nation for the next ten days. Carolyn Bickford is one of the coordinators of the missionary program. She says in the past Gehlen has assisted with some water projects, bringing fresh water to low-income villages. This year the focus is on building two homes.
Bickford says the planning process for the missionary journey began last year.
Bickford says in order to construct the homes, materials had to be purchased in the U-S and then shipped to Honduras.
The mission trip coordinator says each student had to finance their own way, although fund raisers did take place to help finance the materials needed to build the homes.
Branstad Administration To Investigate Secret Settlements
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad's work group appointed to investigate secret settlements with former state employees plans to meet behind closed doors.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced formation of the work group on Monday. On Tuesday the governor's spokesman, Jimmy Centers, said the meetings would be private but that the findings and any actions would be made public.
Reynolds said she and Branstad did not know about the agreements with six former employees, who were secretly paid a total of more than $282,000 if they agreed to keep quiet. The agreements were signed over the past three years.
Reynolds says she and the governor first learned of the payments and confidentiality agreements in a Register story published Sunday.
House Passes Bill To Have Stricter Rules For Kidnapping Children
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that aims to increase penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors.
Lawmakers approved the measure Tuesday on a 96-3 vote. It now returns to the Senate for final consideration.
The bill as approved by the House would toughen penalties for kidnapping offenders in cases involving victims 17 years old and younger. It also would eliminate earned-time credit that reduces an inmate's sentence for good behavior. The original Senate version maintained the credit.
Democratic Rep. Mary Lynn Wolfe, of Clinton, says the elimination does not abide by recommendations from a task force on the topic. But Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, says the elimination adheres to what the public wants.
House Passes School Radon Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has approved a bill that would require state educators to provide schools with information on radon safety and encourage them to test for the gas.
Lawmakers voted Tuesday 99-1 in favor of the measure. It now returns to the Senate for final consideration.
The bill originally required schools to test for radon and create a mitigation plan if the colorless and odorless gas exceeded recommended safety levels.
The House's bill instead focuses on education about radon safety. Schools would report to the state Department of Education about how they're practicing radon safety.
Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says the legislation is a good first step for schools to understand what the risks might be.
Cruz Speaks To Home Educators
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Long known as a fiery fiscal conservative, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is embracing his religious side for a group of Christian home schooling advocates in Iowa.
The Texan told a crowd of more than 500 home-schoolers in Des Moines on Tuesday that "there is no liberty more important than religious liberty."
And Cruz decried what he called the federal government's attempts to impede it.
Cruz is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. His fourth visit to Iowa since last summer has further fueled that speculation. Iowa is expected to host the first nominating caucuses for the 2016 presidential election.
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