Tuesday Afternoon News, Sept 4
City Council Rejects Bids For IDOT Property
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars City Council took the action today during their regular meeting to reject all of the submitted four bids for the city owned property located on North Business Highway 75. The property in question is the former Iowa Deparment of Transportation maintenance sheds. The city is asking a total of $50,000 for the one-point forty-four acres of property. There was a difference of opinion from council members as to whether the council should sell the property today. Councilman Ken Nelson suggested the city reject all offers and wait for a better offer.
Meanwhile, Rex Knapp and Delana Ihrke both thought the offers were good and asked the city council to consider selling the property.
Nelson believes since the property is of close proximity to the recreation trail and to the Floyd River, it may attract a recreational type business.
Interested buyers had until August 28th to offer the city a bid for the land and buildings. Two of the submitted bids were for $40,000 and a third offer was for $30,000. The fourth bid was for the amount of $7,500. Councilman Knapp made the motion to accept the bid offered by Wayne Kolbeck for $40,000 with a $5,000 down payment, but the council turned thumbs down the motion by a 3 to 2 vote. Shane Sitzmann, representing the Sitzmann Real Estate Company, and acting as a contractual agent for the city, informed the council members that they have had 40 showings of the property. Sitzmann asked the city officials for clarification as to what is next step?
City attorney Joe Flannery informed the city council and Sitzmann that they would be forbidden to make any counter offers.
Gehlen Catholic School Board To Hold Community Information Meeting
(Le Mars) -- The Gehlen Catholic Board of Education is inviting parents, alumni, benefactors, and the community to join them Wednesday evening, September 5th, at 7 p.m. at the Reardon Family Gym for an important public announcement that has come about through the school's Long Range Strategic Plan. The Gehlen Board of Education says the announcement will be short and it will deal with the future of Catholic education in northwest Iowa.
Knights of Columbus To Hold Phone-a-thon On Wednesday
(Le Mars) -- For more than 30 years, the Knights of Columbus clubs of Plymouth County have raised money through the means of a phone-a-thon for the mentally challenged residents living in Plymouth County. On Wednesday, the Knights of Columbus will again be soliciting funds. Dr. Jeremy Bollin is one of the coordinators of the annual event.
Bollin says the local K-C members hope that you will share your cell phone number with the organization so they can ask for your donation.
Bollin says the Knights of Columbus hope to raise at least $48,000 this year.
The phone-a-thon will be coordinated from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Le Mars and will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue for twelve hours until 9:00 p.m.
Judge Approves Libertarian Candidate On November Ballot
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge says Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson should be listed on the Iowa ballot in November.
Polk County District Court Judge Arthur Gamble says in a ruling filed Tuesday that Libertarians fulfilled requirements of Iowa law to get their candidate on the ballot.
Two Iowa voters last week asked Gamble to review the decision of a panel of three state officials that allowed Johnson on the ballot. The panel says in its decision that Iowa's law isn't clear
in its definition of a caucus.
Libertarians say they held a caucus at the Iowa State Fair to get Johnson the ballot. The challengers say there was no caucus.
An appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court is expected but time is running out. Ballots must be printed by Thursday.
Obama To Return To Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - One day after he speaks at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama will headline a rally at the University of Iowa.
Obama's campaign announced Tuesday that Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden will hold the Friday afternoon rally outside Jessup Hall. A time wasn't announced, but the campaign said doors open at 1 p.m.
Jessup Hall houses the university administration and is located in the center of campus.
The rally comes one day after Obama and Biden are scheduled to speak in Charlotte to the national convention, making the case that they deserve for four more years in the White House. It also comes
during a busy weekend in Iowa City, with thousands of fans arriving for the Iowa-Iowa State football game.
Monthly Economic Survey Shows Businesses Struggling
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.
A report released Tuesday says August's Mid-America Business Conditions Index remained below growth neutral for a second month. It rose to 49.7 from 48.7 in July. June's figure was 57.2.
The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says supply managers remain pessimistic about future economic conditions.
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.