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KLEM News AM Update Sept. 8, 2010

 

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County department heads may choose to contract their fuel purchases with Gasrite of Omaha and Sioux City.

Plymouth County supervisors, on a motion by Don Kass, Tuesday authorized department heads to utilize Gasrite.

 Kass said he wanted to make one thing clear to the public.

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Gasrite issues cards similar to credit cards to fuel users that trigger payments to fuel businesses and monthly bills to the county.

During a meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Craig Anderson talked with Tim Johnson of Gasrite about the way the program works and county purchases.

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Supervisor Gordon Greene saw the issue as up to department heads comparing it to the annual purchase of a motorgrader for the Secondary Road Department.

New business's request gets Council backing

(LE MARS)--A new business may make a decision about locating in Le Mars this month.

The City Council Tuesday agreed to apply for funds from a state program and state tax credits for North American Co-Pack Iowa L-L-C. 

Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Neal Adler Adler said the requests were not new to the Council. Adler told the Council said the request for the business had been done a number of times over the years for other businesses.

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The Council approved a request to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for Value Added Ag Program loan funding and state tax credits.

Adler said the city would probably know within the next couple of weeks whether Le Mars is where the firm is going to locate.

Specifics about the products North American Co-Pack Iowa L-L-C would make and employment numbers were not discussed at the Council meeting.  

Two accidents, two injuries Tueday afternoon in Le Mars

(LE MARS)--Two people were injured in related traffic accidents in southwest Le Mars Tuesday afternoon.

A preliminary report from Le Mars Police indicates a moped driven by 14-year-old Nicole Orban of Le Mars was traveling north on Sixth Avenue Southwest. Orban stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of Fourth Street Southwest and crossed Fourth Street.

Police report the moped was struck by a car being driven west on Fourth Street by 81-year-old Marjorie Loutsch of Le Mars.

Another accident was reported when Loutsch was struck after she got out of her car to help Orban. The driver of the car, 87-year-old Vincent Roeser of Le Mars, was driving east on Fourth Street Southwest and began to make a left turn onto Sixth Avenue Southwest. Police say Roeser did not see Loutsch because he was distracted by the first accident. His car struck Loutsch from behind and she was thrown to the ground from the impact.

Le Mars Ambulance took Loutsch and Orban to Floyd Valley Hospital. Le Mars Ambulance and Le Mars Fire assisted police.

Fire fighters respond to two electrical fires

(LE MARS)--Stop signs replaced traffic signals at two downtown Le Mars intersections after a street light was reported on fire early this (Wednesday) morning.

The Le Mars Fire Department was called to 18 Plymouth Street Southwest about one this morning and completed the call about 45 minutes later.

Two, four-way stop signs were placed at the intersection of Plymouth Street and First Avenue Southwest and Plymouth Street and Central Avenue.

Le Mars Fire also responded to a report of a small electrical fire at 41 Prospect Street Southwest about eight Tuesday night. According to the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office fire log, the call was completed in about 45 minutes.

Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the electrical fire was in a counter top mounted range stove. After the stove had been used to prepare the evening meal, the Van Wyne family noticed a noise. Schipper says there was electrical arcing under the knobs controlling the stove burners. Power was shut off to the applicance. There was no smoke or fire damage.

Endowment receives its largest gift

(LE MARS)--Gehlen Catholic Schools Endowment Fund is marking its 23rd anniversary with an announcement about the largest gift in its history.

The Endowment hosts the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee this (Wednesday) morning from 9:30 to 10:30 in the school library.

According to information released by the endowment board, an investment of 184-thousand dollars was added to the Eva Waite Tuition Assistance Fund by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The endowment fund is restricted and the income is used only to assist families attending Gehlen Catholic School with their Transitional Kindergarten through 12th Grade School tuition. The money is for tuition that is not covered by the Monsignor Lafferty Tuition Foundation.

During an annual meeting in August, the board noted the largest total donations in one year were received and invested. The total was 238-thousand dollars. Donations are not spent--only the earnings from the invested principal. The earnings support Gehlen Catholic's operating budget and K-12 student assistance.

Investment earnings of more than 70-thousand dollars were transferred to Gehlen Catholic during the last year.

The board announced a new scholarship opportunity for graduates. A recent substantial donation will restrict its earnings to fund an annual award to help Gehlen Catholic high school seniors with tuition for a technical or trade school.

Michael Ruhland of Le Mars was elected to a three-year term on the endowment board replacing retiring trustee Dr. Wayne Meylor who served 12 years. Ruhland is a certified financial planner and a 1976 graduate of Gehlen Catholic.

Chuck Kellen of Le Mars was re-elected to a three-year term. Board officers re-elected to another year include chairperson Dick Ahlers; Kellen as vice chairperson; and Joe Kessenich as secretary-treasurer.

Little Sioux makes energy improvements

(LE MARS)--Energy efficiency is growing just like the production at a Cherokee County renewable fuels plant.

Daryl Haack is a Primghar corn grower who helped organize ethanol maker Little Sioux Corn Processors of rural Marcus.

Haack says the ethanol plant was built to produce 40 million gallons of ethanol a year and has been expanded twice, with production exceeding the design and using energy more efficiently.

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Haack explains more work to make the Little Sioux operation efficient is planned.

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Energy conservation improvements have been made by Little Sioux staff as well as outside engineers. 

Storm Lake man found after search


(STORM LAKE)--A search for a missing Storm Lake man Saturday was a success.

Sixty-two-year-old James Sheplear had been kayaking on the Little Sioux River with friends and became separated from the group.

After he'd been missing for about an hour, the Buena Vista County Sheriff's office was contacted. A search began in the Blue Bird Creek Access area upstream from the Linn Grove Dam at around 9:45 p-m.

The sheriff's office, the Sioux Rapids Fire Department and First Responders set up for a search of the river along with two people from Sioux Rapids who volunteered boats.

Sheplear was found about a mile upstream from the access in some backwater off the main river.

Authorities say he'd become disoriented and lost his way, but was not injured.

The search and returning Sheplear to the access took about two hours.

Crop report: corn harvest ahead of average

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Iowa's corn harvest is already under way as corn development continue well ahead of average.

In its weekly crop report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that chopping corn for silage and harvesting seed corn are in full swing in Iowa, while harvesting for grain is starting in fields that were planted early.

Corn development in Iowa in all three stages is at least nine days ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Forty-five percent of Iowa's soybean acres have turned color. That's ahead of last year's 26 percent and the average of 39 percent.

Some hay producers continued their third cutting last week while some started a fourth cutting.

Last week's light rains and lower humidity also relieved stress on Iowa livestock.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will speak on judicial retention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A coalition of legal, business and labor advocates is working to support three Iowa Supreme Court justices under fire for a decision last year legalizing gay marriage.

The coalition plans a panel discussion Wednesday featuring retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She has been outspoken about what she sees as an effort to politicize the judicial process, something supporters of the Iowa Supreme Court justices say is happening in the state.

Backers of the justices oppose a campaign led by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats to oust the judges in November's retention election.

Vander Plaats says the justices should be replaced because their ruling reflected judicial activism.

Celebration Iowa suspended

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) Luther College is suspending its Celebration Iowa summer music program for 2011 while the school evaluates the program.

The college made the announcement Tuesday. A Luther College project for high school students, Celebration Iowa completed its 28th year this summer.

Rob Larson, who oversees the program, says increased costs and declining philanthropic support are among reasons why the college decided to assess the program for the coming year.

About three-dozen high school students are selected each year to take part in Celebration Iowa. Since 1983, more than 700 students from about 250 Iowa communities have participated.

Celebration Iowa features an eight-week performing tour that provides entertainment at festivals, fairs and concerts statewide.

Grassley will debate Conlin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) An aide to Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley says he's agreed to a radio debate with Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin less than a week before the Nov. 2 election.

Grassley spokesman Eric Woolson announced Tuesday that the five-term senator accepted the Oct. 28 debate on WHO-AM. The debate will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Conlin spokesman Mark Daley says the Democrat is checking her schedule to see if she can accept the proposed debate.

Daley says Conlin also has accepted debate invitations from TV stations that have offered to broadcast the events statewide. Daley called upon Grassley to join Conlin in those debates.

The two have agreed to one joint appearance Friday on the Iowa Public Television program, ``Iowa Press.''

Sexual assault investigated by U of Iowa police

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) University of Iowa police say a woman reported an attempted sexual assault on campus.

The woman says she was crossing the Finkbine Golf Course driving range about 2 p.m. Saturday to return to her car when she passed two men. The woman says one of the men pushed her to the ground and attempts were made to remove her clothes.

Police say the woman fought off her attacker, ran to her car and escaped. She did not report any physical injuries.

Both men are described as college-age white men. The main suspect is short and stocky with a dark beard; he was wearing a black fleece jacket, cargo shorts and a white athletic hat. The other man also wore cargo shorts and is taller and thinner than the main suspect.

Romney returns to Iowa for Branstad campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will return to Iowa next month to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad.

Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht says the 2008 Republican presidential candidate will visit Iowa on Oct. 26.

It's Romney's second visit to the state since his disappointing showing in the state's 2008 caucuses. Romney finished a distant second to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee despite campaigning heavily in Iowa.

Romney is frequently mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2012. His trip to the state will follow planned September stops in Iowa by two others mentioned as possible presidential candidates former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

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KLEM News Update Sept. 7, 2010

(LE MARS)--A potential new business for Le Mars will ask for state assistance through the city of Le Mars.

North American Co-Pack Iowa L-L-C was registered by a Sheldon agent for organizer Bret Petersen last year.

According to the Council agenda for a meeting at noon today, North American Co-Pack Iowa is proposing start up of its business operations and creation of jobs in Le Mars.

The firm is asking approval from the city of Le Mars to submit applications to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for Value Added Ag Program funding and state tax credits

The business was awarded federal stimulus funds earlier this year when an announcement was made by Governor Chet Culver. The funds were for pork-related products and were a U-S-D-A program.

Farm Bureau  annual meeting is at a new location

(LE MARS)--The 92nd annual meeting of Plymouth County's Farm Bureau is tonight (Tuesday).

The guest speaker at the meeting will be Iowa Farm Bureau Director of Research and Commodity Service Dave Miller.

The meeting agenda includes adoption of the 2010 resolutions on local, state and national issues.

The 92nd annual meeting is at Century Hall at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars.

Fuel contracting discussion expected at Board of Supervisors meeting
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(LE MARS)--The idea of contracting with a firm for Plymouth County fuel is back before the Board of Supervisors today.

Ken Hoefling (HO-fling) and Tim Johnson of Gasrite of Sioux City and Omaha are on the board's agenda for 10:30 this morning to have a continued discussion on contracting fuel.

A development agreement with ICON Ag Solutions for a new John Deere dealership on Key Avenue is on the board's agenda at the start of the meeting. Tax abatements for buildings on leased land-mobile homes and assignment of a county held tax certificate will also be considered.

The agenda ends with the weekly appointment with Engineer Tom Rohe at 11:15 this morning

Agenda: Tuesday, September 7, 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)
6. Old Business
A. Approve the ICON development agreement (Action)
7. New Business
A. Approve tax suspension for Robert Dimmitt for FY 10-11 taxes (Action)
B. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
C. Open public forum (Informational)

10:00 AMLinda Dobson - Approval for 2 tax abatements for buildings on leased land-mobile homes (Action)


10:15 AMTerry and Melinda Mosser - Assignment of County held certificate 2010-10500 (Action)


10:30 AMKen Hoefling and Tim Johnson, Gasrite - Continued discussion on contracting fuel for Plymouth
County (Action)


11:15 AM Tom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)
www.co.plymouth.ia.us

Council considers fuel contracting

(LE MARS)--A move to trim fuel costs is projected to save the city of Le Mars between 10-thousand and 15-thousand dollars a year.

Contracting for fuel through Gasrite of Omaha and Sioux City is to be considered at the Le Mars City Council meeting this afternoon.

The city spends 130-thousand dollars a year on fuel. The estimated savings from contracting is eight to 10 percent over the course of a one-year contract.

According to the council agenda, all fuel is purchased locally and the local vendors are reimbursed at the pump price at the time of the fill similar to a credit card purchase. The city will settle up with Gasrite on a monthly basis with the contracted gallons pre-set per month.

City staff and the Council Finance Committee are recommending approval of a one-year contract for diesel and gasoline.

The Council meeting is at city hall beginning at noon in the Council Chamber.

In other business today the council will consider an agreement for engineering and management services for energy improvements to the Le Mars Convention Center. The firm is Synergy Energy Engineering and Karl Seggerman of rural Kingsley. Seggerman has been under contract for the project since June. The project was recently expanded. Park Committee recommendations for sidewalks and rules for tennis courts will also be considered.

The council is expected to close its meeting to the public to discuss the purchase of real estate.

Agenda Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE



LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
AGENDA



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

B. GENERAL DISCUSSION
1Citizens
2. "Thumbs Up" Award

C.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 August 17, 2010 Regular Meeting Minutes
2.List of Bills for Period Ending 8/31/10
3.Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit (The Bar, Knights of Columbus, Cargo Express 2)
4.YMCA Request for Street Closure
5.FAA Grant Agreement

D. ACTION ITEMS
1.Fuel Contract
2. Engineering and Management Services - Convention Center HVAC System Upgrades
3.Park Committee Recommendations
4.North American Co-Pack Iowa LLC - VAAP Application and Tax Credits
5.Liquified Petroleum Gases Requirements

E.DISCUSSION
1.Council/Mayor
2.City Administrator/Public Works Director
3.Assistant City Administrator
a. Hazardous Waste Clean Up Days - Oct. 6, 2010 (10 am - 5 pm) at PWD
b. 2010 Fall Clean Up Days - Sept. 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18

F.CLOSED SESSION
1. Purchase of Real Estate

G.ADJOURNMENT

Next Resolution No. 10-36
Next Ordinance No. 888

Le Mars City Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Absent: Nelson, Leonard.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.
-Regular meeting minutes of August 3, 2010.
-List of bills for period ending 08/13/10.
-Monthly Financial Statement for July 2010.
-Issuance of Class C Liquor License to Hugo's.
-Issuance of a Liquor License/Wine Permit for Cork It! LLC, subject to final approval of Police and Fire Departments.
-Issuance of a Cigarette Permit for Cork It! LLC, subject to final approval of Police and Fire Departments.
-Reappoint Linda Mayrose to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for a five year term.
-Parking lots and various streets be closed for the Chalk Art Festival on September 18 & 19, 2010.

Knapp moved, Ihrke seconded the Scope of Work and Upgrades to the Le Mars Convention Center HVAC System as recommended by Karl Seggerman, Synergy Energy Engineering, at an estimated cost of $240,523.00 be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Knapp moved, Rexwinkel seconded Resolution No. 10-35 awarding the contract for the 2010 Snow Removal Equipment - Le Mars Municipal Airport to Holcomb Freightliner, Inc., Sioux City, IA, in the amount of $109,296.00 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Ihrke, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded the third reading of Ordinance No. 887 amending Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department" be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded Ordinance No. 887 amending Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department" be adopted on its third reading. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded that staff decisions after further research for safety improvements at the intersection of 18th Street SW and Business 75 railroad crossing be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: Knapp.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded the meeting be adjourned at 1:40 P.M.

_________________________________________________
Beverly Langel, City ClerkDick Kirchoff, Mayor

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010

Description:
List of Bills for Period Ending 8/31/10 Item No.
C-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 8/31/10.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period
ending 8/31/10.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit
(The Bar, Knights of Columbus, Cargo Express 2)
Item No.
C-3

Applications have been received from The Bar and Knights of Columbus for renewal of their Class C Liquor License and Cargo Express 2 for renewal of their Class C Beer Permit. Papers are in order. Approved by Police and Fire Departments.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) renewal of Class C Liquor License to The Bar and Knights of Columbus and Class C Beer Permit to Cargo Express 2.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
YMCA Request for Street Closure
Item No.
C-4

Information:

The YMCA has requested to close two (2) blocks of 12th Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE for the Le Mars Sprint Triathlon on September 11, 2010.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion authorizing closure of 12th Street SE from 2nd Avenue SE to 4th Avenue SE for the Le Mars Sprint Triathlon on September 11, 2010.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
FAA Grant Agreement
Item No.
C-5

Information:

Attached is a Grant Agreement through FAA as follows:

$112,376Acquire Snow Removal Equipment

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval.

Financial Impact:

Federal funds to assist with purchase of equipment for City's Airport.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving FAA Grant Agreement for $112,376 Project No. 3-19-0127-07-2010, for snow removal equipment.

(No Roll Call)


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Fuel Contract
Item No.
D-1

Information:

Fuel, gasoline and diesel are one of our greatest variable expenses. It normally costs this City $130,000 per year. The peak year for fuel expense was FY '08 when fuel shot over the $4 per gallon cost. That year this City spent $160,000 on fuel. In an effort to stabilize and better predict our fuel costs, we have been exploring the concept of fuel contracts. After several meetings with staff and the Finance Committee we are now bringing forth a proposal to enter into contracts with GASRITE to contract out our gasoline and diesel purchases. Attached is a copy of the sample agreement as well as an analysis of our fuel usage by month for the last two years. Those documents show we use an average of 20,000 gallons of gasoline and 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel. GasRite, Inc. is an energy marketing & risk management firm with offices throughout the Midwest including Omaha and Sioux City. Their representatives will be at the Council meeting to answer questions.

All fuel is still purchased locally and the local vendors are reimbursed at the pump price at the time of the fill. It is handled like a credit card purchase. The City will settle up with GASRITE on a monthly basis; therefore, the contracted gallons are preset per month. Fuel contracts can be for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months; however, the price contracted must be locked in for the entire contract period.

Staff Recommendation:

City staff, as well as the Finance Committee, is recommending the approval of entering into contracts with GasRite, Inc. for fuel purchases. Also recommended is that gallons locked in monthly would be based on the 80% level and for a twelve (12) month contract. The price locked in will need to be established by Council.

Financial Impact:

Based on GasRite Inc. historical data from other similar venues we can expect to see an 8 to 10% savings over the course of a one year contract. In our case that could be in the range of $10,000 to $15,000 depending on actual fuel prices over the course of the year.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving fuel contracts with GasRite, Inc. for a period of not more than one (1) year and at a locked in price of _______ for gasoline and _______for diesel.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Engineering and Management Services - Convention Center HVAC System Upgrades
Item No.

D-2

Information:

Attached is an Agreement for Engineering and Project Management Services with Synergy Energy Engineering LLC, Karl Seggerman, for the Convention Center HVAC System Upgrades.

Staff Recommendation:

Administration recommends approval.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to approve Engineering and Management Agreement with Synergy Energy Engineering LLC for the Convention Center HVAC system Upgrades.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Park Committee Recommendations
Item No.
D-3

Information:

Park Committee has met and discussed the following:

1.Need for Sidewalks - City Park Properties
a.Outdoor Pool along 2nd Avenue SE
b.West Floyd Park along 9th Avenue SW
c.Schafer park along 16th Street and Schafer Drive
d.Westmar Memorial Park along 10th Street SE
e.Tennis Courts along 11th Street SE

NOTE: Adler Park recently received sidewalks and Cleveland Park will soon receive an access walk to Shelterhouse.

2.Need enforceable rules at both Tennis Courts.


Staff Recommendation:

Park Committee recommends Council proceed with sidewalks and allocate adequate funding to do so with one-half within FY '11 and one-half in FY '12. Park Committee also recommends Council establish rules (as determined by Park Committee) for various parks and tennis courts enforceable by "By Order of City Council."


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving Park Committee recommendation for sidewalks and rules.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
North American Co-Pack Iowa LLC - VAAP Application and Tax Credits
Item No.
D-4

Information:

North American Co-Pack Iowa LLC is proposing start up of its business operations and creation of jobs in Le Mars, Iowa. North American Co-Pack Iowa LLC is pursuing financial assistance for a portion of the costs of this project; and as such, is requesting approval from the City of Le Mars to submit applications to the Iowa Department of Economic Development for Value Added Ag Program funding and State tax credits.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion adopting Resolution No. ______ approving the VAAP Loan Application and Tax Credit Application to Iowa Department of Economic Development for the North American Co-Pack Iowa LLC project.

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Liquified Petroleum Gases Requirements
Item No.
D-5

Information:

Fire Chief David Schipper is proposing changes to Chapter 156, "Fire Prevention Code." The changes will clarify size limitations and requirements for the use of LP Gas tanks in the City.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff is recommending Council approval.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the first reading of Ordinance No. _______ amending Chapter 156, "Fire Prevention Code."

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA




REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
September 7, 2010


Description:
Closed Session - Purchase of Real Estate
Item No.
F-1

It is recommended that the Council enter Closed Session to discuss the purchase of real estate.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion to enter Closed Session
under Iowa Code Section 21.5j
where the disclosure of the
discussion to purchase real estate
would be to the disadvantage
of the City.

(Roll Call)

Motion to move out of Closed Session.

(No Roll Call)

Visitors guide and business directory cover will feature local child

(LE MARS)--A search for the local child to be featured on the cover of the new Le Mars Visitors Guide and Business Directory is underway.

Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce says the Chamber works with the Daily Sentinel to put together a magazine about Le Mars every two years.

About three-thousand magazines are distributed to visitor bureaus in the western half of Iowa. Reynolds says the magazine is also used as a recruitment tool for many area industries and visitors or potential new neighbors.

A color, five-by-seven photo is accepted as a cover photo contest entry. The child must be between the ages of 4 and 7, must be a resident of Le Mars or the surrounding rural area; and attend a Le Mars-based school or pre-school.

Entries are to be submitted to the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce by September 30th. The 12 semi-finalists will be announced Oct. 4. They'll serve as the chamber's Little Ambassadors. Voting in a Daily Sentinel ballot will take place from Oct. 13th through Oct. 22. Ballots will be accepted by the Chamber and newspaper. The winner will be announced Oct. 26th.

Culvert project closes area on Quartz Avenue

(LE MARS)--A culvert project will close a portion of a Plymouth County Road south of Remsen, beginning today.

Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe reports 240th Street, between Quartz Avenue and Quest Avenue, will be closed to replace the bridge with a culvert.

The project is expected to be completed in 10 days, weather permitting. If the culvert work is on schedule, the road would reopen the afternoon of September 17th.

 

Council Bluffs standoff ends peacefully

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) A standoff in Council Bluffs ended peacefully, with the suspect surrendering after an emergency services team and negotiating unit arrived.

Police responded to a domestic assault just after 9 a.m. Monday. They arrived to find a possibly intoxicated man was inside the house with weapons.

They say the man refused to come out, so the emergency services team and negotiating unit were called.

He surrendered without incident shortly after those teams showed up.

Police identified the man as 41-year-old Tracy Hougeison (HOW'-guh-son). He was taken to the Pottawattamie County jail and remained in custody Monday afternoon.

Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Iowa judge Goode dies of cancer

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) Iowa District Court Judge Allan Goode has died at age 69.

The Fort Dodge Messenger is reporting that Goode died of cancer Saturday at the Paula J. Baber Hospice House in Fort Dodge.

Goode graduated from the University of Iowa in 1963 and worked in private practice and as an assistant Webster County attorney until he was appointed as an associate district court judge in 1986. He was named a district court judge for the 2nd Judicial District in 1988 and served as a senior judge until his death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge.

Divers find body of missing Iowa boater

CHARITON, Iowa (AP) Officials have found the body of a man who went missing after the boat he was in capsized on a pond in southern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says divers found the body of 25-year-old Jessie Tate of Melcher late Monday morning at Williamson Pond in Lucas County.

Tate disappeared after the boat he was in capsized about 1 a.m. Monday. The DNR says he was fishing with three other people when one of them stood up in the small aluminum boat causing it to capsize.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the other three boaters were able to swim to shore. No lifejackets were in the boat.

Man dies in Fort Dodge parachute accident

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) A man has died after his parachute collapsed on itself during a demonstration at the Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports that 27-year-old Julio Cesar Velez Correa of Puerto Rico was preparing to land during a skydive with eight other divers Sunday when a gust of wind caused his parachute to collapse in on itself.

Steve Lawyer, a representative for the Des Moines Skydivers, says Correa fell 100 feet to the ground.

Lawyer says Correa's gear and safety equipment were working properly and that nothing unusual had occurred before the incident. He says the winds at the time were within the margin of safety for skydiving.

Lawyer says Correa had been skydiving for about four years and had made 346 jumps.

12-yr-old boy injured in river accident

GREENE, Iowa (AP) A 12-year-old boy has been injured in a personal watercraft accident on the Shell Rock River in northeast Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Devon Wells of Dunkerton was a passenger on the watercraft operated by his mother, 37-year-old Dawn Wells, of Dunkerton, when it struck a bridge column near Greene Sunday evening.

Wells and his mother were thrown into the water. They were helped to shore by people at the scene. Both were wearing life jackets.

Devon Wells was taken to a Charles City hospital for treatment. The DNR says his injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.

Police ticket nearly 150 Iowa tailgaters

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Police have ticketed nearly 150 people for various alcohol-related violations as part of a crackdown to reduce problems during tailgating at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that 146 tickets have been written but only seven people have gone to jail.

The University of Iowa started the ``Think Before You Drink'' campaign last month to cut down on incidents at Kinnick Stadium on game day.

The restrictions are aimed at stopping all alcohol consumption in university parking lots one hour after the end of the game and stopping all tailgating two hours after the game ends.

Some fans say they don't think the restrictions will last and that enforcing the new rules will be challenging considering the large number of people who attend the games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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