Tuesday News, April 19
Supervisors To Decide On Sub-divisions During Weekly Meeting
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will decide on two separate minor subdivisions today when they convene at the County Courthouse Board Room. The supervisors will also hold a public hearing regarding the loan indebtedness followed by expected action to approve the resolution. County Engineer Tom Rohe will appear before the county board of supervisors with permits from Frontier Communications and Western Iowa Telephone Company. Rohe will also ask the supervisors to approve a right-of-way purchase for a bridge repair project.
Primary Election Scheduled For June 7th
(Le Mars) -- The Primary Election is June 7, 2016. The final day to register to vote for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election is Friday, May 27th 2016 by 5 pm in the Plymouth County Courthouse in the Auditor’s office. If you are not a registered voter before Friday, May 27th, 2016, then you will be required to complete the Election Day Registration (EDR) process by showing proof of identity
and proof of residence in order to vote for the Primary Election.
Registration forms can be obtained in person from the Plymouth County Auditor’s office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, or the Voter registration form can be downloaded at www.co.plymouth.ia.us under Online Services and then County Forms and mailed to the Auditor’s office.
If you wish to have a voter registration form mailed to you, please contact the Auditor’s Office or if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Election and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.
City Council To Announce Another Donation To Community Betterment Project
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars City Council will announce another contribution to the Community Betterment Project during the start of today's city council meeting to be held at the council chambers. The city council will also hold public hearings regarding the asphalt overlay project, the water main improvement project, airport hanger leases, and easements for the new police station site. In action items, the city council is expected to approve the Dogwood second addition final plat and rezoning. The council will also discuss the final plat and rezoning of the G.A. addition. The council will discuss a special assessment for Crescent Ridge. The city council will also consider a request to rezone property owned by Nor-Am Cold Storage at 401 9th Avenue Southwest. The request is to change the classification from Residential R-1 to General Business B-2.
Argosy Casino Wants To Take Case To Supreme Court
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for the operator of the former Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino have asked the Iowa Supreme Court to consider their lawsuit against state regulators and other parties.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the Belle of Sioux City last week filed its request for the high court to review the Iowa Appeals Court ruling that upheld lower court decisions that led to the casino's closure.
The Appeals Court concluded the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission acted properly in 2013 when it decided to grant a gambling license to the land-based Hard Rock casino and reject an application by the Argosy's owners. It was owned by the Belle of Sioux City, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming Co.
Legislators Want To Renovate State Buildings But Don't Have The Money
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The leaders of a legislative budget group say lawmakers are at odds over how to pay for some proposed renovation projects in Iowa, including upgrades to the state's flagship history museum and a deteriorating building that houses some state agencies.
Senate Democrats and House Republicans on the subcommittee that approves infrastructure and transportation funding said Monday they can't agree on whether to borrow money through bonding to pay for renovations to the state historical museum, another building near the Capitol and a facility maintained by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.
Sen. Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat and subcommittee co-chairman, says there's no money available to fund the infrastructure projects. A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says the governor doesn't support the bonding proposal to renovate state facilities.
Iowa State Patrol Warns Motorists To Watch For Farm Equipment, Motorcycles, And Bicycles
(Le Mars) -- Now that spring is here, bringing with it warmer temperatures, the Iowa State Patrol wants to remind motorists to watch out for slower moving farm equipment, as well as motorcycles and bicycles. Trooper Vince Kurtz says this time of year many farmers are using the county roads to transport their tillage and planting equipment from field to field. He says motorist needs to be aware of the those tractors and other farm equipment when traveling on roadways.
Kurtz says every year collisions occur between vehicles and farm equipment simply because many times drivers are not prepared to see slower moving farm equipment.
Likewise, the Iowa State Patrol trooper reminds motorists that the warmer temperatures also means motorcycles and bicycles will be sharing the roads. He says northwest Iowa has already encountered a motorcycle fatality accident within the past few days.
Although Iowa does not have a helmet law, Kurtz reminds motorcycle riders to always wear a helmet and to wear bright colored clothing to make themselves as visible as possible. As for bicyclists, he offers similar advice.
Kinze Manufacturing To Lay Off Workers
WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 121 workers as low grain prices have slowed farmer purchases.
The Williamsburg-based company announced Monday that office and factory worker cuts will be effective June 18. The eastern Iowa company makes planters and grain carts.
The company released a statement Monday that says it implemented a 30-hour work week last year and started "aggressive marketing campaigns" to address market conditions, but the current demand for farming equipment doesn't support the company's staff size.
Kinze also cut 215 workers last June also citing slowed business and the farm downturn.