Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday Afternoon News, October 6

October Recognized As National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(Le Mars) -- October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Cathy Van Mannen of the Council of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence presented a report to the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors.  Van Mannen says domestic violence not only hurts a family, but it hurts the community.  She says woman is domestically assaulted every nine seconds in the United States.  As Van Mannen offered her report to the supervisors, a bell can be heard in the background, indicating the time interval between assaults.

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Van Mannen says domestic violence affects everyone.  She reports that 13 Iowa women died in 2014 as a result of domestic violence.

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Van Mannen reports the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence serves 19 counties in Iowa, as well as Union county South Dakota, and Dakota and Thurston counties in Nebraska.  Each year the organization serves an average of 1800 individuals.  Last year 650 women and families were sheltered by CSADV, of that number approximately 340 of them were children.

Van Mannen handed out purple ties to the board of supervisors, asking them to wear the tie in honor of the October Domestic Violence month.


Tuesday News, October 6

Supervisors To Hear Report On Domestic Violence

(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have a full agenda for today's meeting.  The county supervisors are expected to appoint Kate Harris as the clerk for Portland township.  They are also expected to approve a financial appropriation from the Plymouth County Historical Museum to the Siouxland Community Foundation.  The supervisors will be reviewing the financial requests from each of the libraries, and more than likely will approve the allocation.  The county board will approve a county debt decertification reconciliation and joint urban renewal state report.  Cathy Van Mannan from the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is scheduled to appear before the county supervisors to offer a report, and to request a proclamation designating October as being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Rob Bixenman of Bixenman Insurance will review the county's liability insurance policies, and County Recorder, JoLynn Goodchild will deliver a quarterly report.  County engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the county board to update construction projects.





City Council To Hear Ordinance Change Proposal

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Council will hold a meeting today beginning at 12:00 noon from the city council chambers.  The council will hold a hearing regarding the CDBG downtown revitalization project.  The council will hear from Rich Ziettlow representing the city's Historical Preservation Commission, as he submits a proposed ordinance change.  The city council will also hear about an ATV ordinance.  The city council is expected to take action on the 14th Avenue Southeast Infrastructure project, as well as the old public works facility lease, and the council will discuss the conversion of street lighting.





Police Department Submits Quarterly Report

(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Police Department has submitted its quarterly report to city officials.  During this last quarter, the Le Mars Police investigated 363 complaints, responded to 1667 calls, issued 223 traffic citations along with 562 warnings, and responded to 67 accidents.




Remsen And Le Mars To Flush Hydrants

(Le Mars) -- Both Le Mars and Remsen will begin flushing their hydrants beginning today.  In Le Mars, city work crews will start at 8:00 a.m. in the northwest portion of town and will continue until noon on Wednesday.  Afternoon on Wednesday the water department will start flushing the NW part of town through Thursday and finishing Friday if needed.  Remsen will be flushing both today and tomorrow.  Residents in both communities may experience some discolored water during the time of the hydrant flushing.





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