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KLEM News AM Update August 3, 2010

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County Supervisors today (Tuesday) get an update on construction projects.

Engineer Tom Rohe presents the report at 10:15 this morning.

The board is also to consider approval of a minor subdivision involving the division of land which is recorded in county records. The Grage Homestead will be presented for action at 10 this morning.

The semi-annual financial report of the county will be presented for action at the start of the meeting.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Agenda:

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
7. New Business
A. Approve County Semi Annual report (Action)
B. Open and review mail/correspondence (Discussion)
C. Open public forum (Informational)


10:00 AMCraig Bauerly or Mike Grage, Approval of Grage Homestead, minor sub (Action)


10:15 AMTom Rohe, Plymouth County Engineer
(Action Items)

(Discussion Items)
Questions/Discussion of the Secondary Road Department

(Informational Items)
Update on construction projects

Council considers Ice Cream Public Art project

(LE MARS)--Ice cream art may be used to expand the identity and promotion of Le Mars as the "Ice Cream Capital of the World."

The proposal for 20 fiberglass ice cream cones is before the Le Mars City Council today (Tuesday).

The Le Mars Public Art Project is proposed to be jointly sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce, the Le Mars Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the Le Mars Art Center and the City of Le Mars.

The six-foot tall fiberglass ice cream cone sculptures would be placed throughout the community as public art pieces.

Other agenda items include a water system evaluation and rate study agreement with consultant McClure Engineering. The cost is not to exceed 44-thousand 600 dollars.

A development agreement with ICON Ag Solutions for the businesses relocation to Key Avenue will be considered. The agreement formalizes the city, county and John Deere business plans such as tax rebate payments, utilities to the new ICON Ag site and land purchases.

The city has been awarded a grant of more than 100-thousand dollars for snow removal equipment for the airport. The process and timeline for bids for the equipment will be considered today.

The public meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall begins at noon today.

NOTE: AGENDA ORDER SUBJECT TO CHANGE

LE MARS CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010, 12:00 P.M.
AGENDA

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

B. GENERAL DISCUSSION
1.Citizens
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 July 20, 2010 Regular Meeting Minutes
2.List of Bills for Period Ending 7/31/10
3.Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit (Sweet 16 Lanes and Casey's)

D. ACTION ITEMS
1. Le Mars Public Art Project
2.Reorganization of Fire Department
3.Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study
4.ICON Ag Solutions - Development Agreement
5.Industry Track Agreement
6.Airport Snow Removal Equipment

E.DISCUSSION
1.Council/Mayor
2.City Administrator/Public Works Director
3.Assistant City Administrator

F.ADJOURNMENT
Next Resolution No. 10-35
Next Ordinance No. 888
Le Mars City Council Meeting
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 12:00 P.M.

Minutes

Mayor Kirchoff presided. Present: Ihrke, Nelson, Leonard, Knapp, Rexwinkel. Absent: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded that the following items be approved under the "Consent Agenda." On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.
-Regular meeting minutes of June 29, 2010.
-List of bills for period ending 07/16/10.
-Monthly Financial Statement for June 2010.
-Renewal of Class C Beer Permit to The Truck Stop and Class B Beer Permit to Godfather's.
-Knights of Columbus transfer of Liquor License to Fairgrounds.
-Resolution No. 10-31 certifying rates and/or charges of municipal utility system.
-Resolution No. 10-32 designating no parking spaces on 3rd Avenue SE.
-FY 2010-2011 Fire and Ambulance Personnel salary adjustments.
-The streets and parking lot surrounding the Olson Cultural Event Center be closed August 18, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM for Scoop da Loop.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the Contract for Transportation Services with SRTS for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 at a cost of $7,098.00 be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Rexwinkel moved, Ihrke seconded Resolution No. 10-33 approving the recommended additions to Fire Service Fees effective August 1, 2010 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Knapp, Leonard, Rexwinkel, Ihrke. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Rexwinkel seconded the recommended reorganization of the Fire- Rescue Department be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

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

Rexwinkel moved, Nelson seconded to proceed with the Le Mars Convention Center heating/cooling system Option F + B + C not to exceed $163,000 and that it include conventional cooling in entry ways. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Leonard moved, Ihrke seconded the Council support of LHPC filing for a grant to facilitate the placing of a portion of downtown Le Mars on the National Register of Historic Places be approved and pledging to fund the cash portion of the grant up to $10,000 from Local Option Sales Tax. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Ihrke. Nays: Nelson.

Nelson moved, Rexwinkel seconded the public improvements for Blue Diamond Drive - RISE Project be accepted subject to receipt of Lien Waivers and completion of Punch List items. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the third reading of Ordinance No. 886 Amending Chapter 101.03 - Storm Water Drainage System Rates be approved as amended. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Knapp, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Leonard seconded the second and third readings of the amendment language be waived. On Roll Call: Ayes: Knapp, Ihrke, Rexwinkel, Nelson, Leonard. Nays: None.

Nelson moved, Knapp seconded Ordinance No. 886 Amending Chapter 101.03 - Storm Water Drainage System Rates be adopted as amended on its third reading. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Ihrke, Leonard, Nelson, Knapp. Nays: None.

Knapp moved, Ihrke seconded Resolution No. 10-34 approving Storm Water Fees and Solid Waste Fees effective August 1, 2010 be adopted. On Roll Call: Ayes: Nelson, Rexwinkel, Leonard, Knapp, Ihrke. Nays: None.

NOTE: The Council discussed the need for drainage way improvements on the west side of Business 75 adjacent to Mc Donald's and directed staff to obtain a design and cost estimates.

Nelson moved, Knapp seconded the Master Agreement for Professional Services with Bolton & Menk, Inc. and Work Order No. 1 in the amount of $15,500 and the FAA requested schedule be approved. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Nelson seconded to enter Closed Session under Iowa Code 21.5c concerning a matter that is presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation. On Roll Call: Ayes: Rexwinkel, Knapp, Leonard, Ihrke, Nelson. Nays: None.

Ihrke moved, Rexwinkel seconded to move out of closed session. On Roll Call: Ayes: All present. Nays: None.


Nelson moved, Ihrke seconded the meeting be adjourned at 2:33 P.M.

_________________________________________________
Beverly Langel, City ClerkDick Kirchoff, Mayor


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


ConsentREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010

Description:
List of Bills for Period Ending 7/31/10 Item No.
C-2

Attached is the list of bills for the period ending 7/31/10.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Approval of bills for the period
ending 7/31/10.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Consent
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Renewal of Liquor License/Beer Permit
(Sweet 16 Lanes, Casey's)
Item No.
C-3

Applications have been received from Sweet 16 Lanes for renewal of their Class C Liquor License and from Casey's 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 Sweet 16 Lanes and Class C Beer Permit to Casey's.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Le Mars Public Art Project
Item No.
D-1

Information:

Attached is information provided by Mary Reynolds of the Chamber of Commerce regarding the Public Art Project.

Mary will be available at the meeting to give presentation of the project and to answer questions.

Basically, the art would be placed on public land/right-of-way and is proposed to be owned by the City; therefore, Council approval is necessary.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends approval subject to all first costs being donated.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the concept of the Le Mars Public Art Project as presented and authorizing staff to select specific locations on City sites.

(No Roll Call)


CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Reorganization of Fire Department
Item No.
D-2

Information:

Fire Chief David Schipper is proposing changes to Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department". Attached are copies of the proposed sections. The Council approved the first reading of the Ordinance at their July 20, 2010 meeting.

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Small increase in officer payments which are significantly offset by the planned vacancy of the Assistant Fire Chief position.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the second reading of Ordinance No. 887 amending Chapter 36 "Fire-Rescue Department".

(Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA

ActionREQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study
Item No.

D-3

Information:

Previously on June 1, 2010 Council approved the selection of Mc Clure Engineering to perform the Water System and Rate Study and authorized the Water Committee to negotiate an acceptable contract and fee. That work is now completed.

Attached is an Agreement for Engineering Services - Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study, Le Mars, Iowa 2010.

Staff Recommendation:

Water Committee and staff recommend Council approval.

Financial Impact:

Cost will be taken from Water Utility Fund.

COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) the Agreement for Engineering Services - Water System Facility Evaluation, Cost of Service Analysis and Water Rate Study, Le Mars, Iowa 2010, with a not to exceed fee of $44,600.

(No Roll Call)



CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action

REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION

Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
ICON Ag Solutions, LLC - Development Agreement
Item No.
D-4

Information:

Council approved a draft Development Agreement with ICON Ag Solutions, LLC on May 18, 2010.

City Attorney, County Attorney and ICON have redrafted said document making it all inclusive to the three (3) parties. Therefore, Staff felt it important to bring back to Council for further ratification.

Staff Recommendation:

City, County and ICON are in agreement with the current draft; therefore, recommend Council approval.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion (approving) (denying) the Development Agreement between City of Le Mars, Plymouth County and ICON Ag Solutions, LLC.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Industry Track Agreement
Item No.
D-5

Information:

Attached is a draft of an Industry Track Agreement that would be executed by each industrial firm proposing to use the City's industrial railroad spur.

Staff Recommendation:

City Staff is recommending the approval of this Agreement.

Financial Impact:

After further consideration, Staff is proposing the following tariff be approved.

$10.00 per car for sixty (60) cars per month or greater
$25.00 per car for twenty (20) to fifty-nine (59) cars per month
$50.00 per car for zero (0) to nineteen (19) cars per month
Minimum per month $100
Maximum per month $600


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the Industrial Track Agreement as presented (or as amended).

(No Roll Call)

Motion approving recommended schedule of tariffs for track usage.

(No Roll Call)

CITY OF LE MARS, IOWA


Action
REQUEST FOR COUNCIL ACTION
Date:
August 3, 2010


Description:
Airport Snow Removal Equipment
Item No.
D-6

Information:

Mr. Ron Roetzel of Bolton & Menk has prepared technical specifications for the airport snow removal equipment and will be available by phone at the meeting to answer questions. Attached is email letter and spec cover sheet.

The remaining schedule is as follows:

August 3Council to Authorize Bids
Week of August 2ndPublic Bid Advertisement in Local Paper
August 16Open Bids
August 17Council to Review / Award Bids to Lowest Approved Bidder
Week of August 17thComplete FAA Grant Application

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends Council proceed. Additional notice has been received that City of
Le Mars is a recipient of the FAA grant for this equipment.


COUNCIL ACTION REQUESTED

Motion approving the plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2010 Snow Removal Equipment - Le Mars Municipal Airport and establishing August 16, 2010 as the bid opening date with said bids to be considered on August 17, 2010.

(No Roll Call)

 

(LE MARS)--New courses and classes mark the start of the next school year at Gehlen Catholic School.

According to written information from Gehlen Catholic, work is coming to an end on the new Linda Freking Bouma Wellness Center, concession stand and restrooms. The project is funded by donors, businesses, the Freking and Bouma families, Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County, and Hotel-Motel Sales Tax Fund.

Work will completed soon on the football field. Gehlen Catholic will host junior high football games this fall.

At the high school level, enhanced accounting and economics are being added.

A second Transitional Kindergarten section and third Kindergarten section have been added.

Gehlen Catholic's junior high and high school students begin classes with orientation Wednesday, August 25th at 8:30 a.m. Open house for elementary students is the evening of August 25th from 5-7 p.m. The first full day of classes for all TK-12th grade students will be Thursday, August 26th.

Touchstone fundraiser for children passed 34-thousand dollar total

(SIOUX CITY)--Power partners are supporting children's health care in Siouxland.

Nearly 35-thousand dollars was raised during the 11th annual Touchstone Energy Midwest Golf Invitational.

Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative (NIPCO) of Le Mars and its member cooperatives, along with St. Luke's Health Foundation staff, coordinated the fundraiser.


The tournament at the Dakota Dunes Country Club was attended by about 90 people from five states on July 19th. A total of 34-thousand 615 dollars will be donated to the health care charity, St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network.

Eight northwest Iowa rural electric cooperatives partnered with 27 local, regional and national businesses and organizations to raise money for the regional children's charity.

In its 11-year history, the effort has raised more than 300-thousand dollars for charities, including Children's Miracle Network.

No jury duty today

(LE MARS)--Plymouth County jurors do not need to report for jury duty today (Tuesday). Jurors are asked to call the clerk of court's office after 3 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Teen injured in tubing accident

(SALIX)--A Sioux City teen was injured in a boating accident Sunday night on Brown's Lake, near Salix.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports 16-year-old Nicole Cummings was being pulled in an inner tube by a boat operated by her father, 39-year Brian Corey of Sioux City.

An investigation indicates Cummings collided with a stalled jet ski operated by 36-year-old Amulfo Vega of Sioux City. The collision occured around eight Sunday night.

Cummings was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City by Salix Fire and Rescue.

Both the teen, Cummings, and the jet ski operator, Vega, were wearing lifejackets when the collision occurred .

Suspects in gun store burglary are charged in Minnesota, too

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) Two Minnesota men in federal custody on a bank robbery charge have now also been charged with the theft of more than 40 guns.

Crawford County authorities say 22-year-old Felix Mendez and 19-year-old Jose Osoria-Mendez of Worthington, Minn., have been charged with theft of firearms. They allegedly broke into a gun shop in Vail in May and took pistols and rifles.

Special Agent Steve Warfield of the Minneapolis office of the FBI says the men were arrested July 2 after a bank robbery in Rushmore, Minn. They were charged with bank robbery about two weeks later in federal court. They remained in federal custody Monday.

The guns were found July 20 in a spillway near Worthington.

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

Macy: No more boiling

MACY, Neb. (AP) The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended lifting the boil order that has been in place since last month for the Omaha Indian reservation town of Macy.

The EPA said in a news release Monday that tests had confirmed adequate levels of chlorination and the absence of harmful bacteria.

A boil order had been in place in Macy since July 13. Several small leaks in the town's water supply went unreported for several days in early July after several power surges disrupted Macy's water wells.


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

Shooting probe near Mason City

LATIMER, Iowa (AP) A man died from a gunshot wound in north-central Iowa on Saturday, but the Franklin County sheriff's office has not yet released his name.

Police received an emergency call about 10:35 p.m. Saturday regarding a shooting about three miles east of Latimer. Authorities aren't releasing any more details about the location.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the shooting has been ruled accidental. The death remains under investigation Monday.

Latimer is about 30 miles south of Mason City.

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

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KLEM News PM Update August 2, 2010

(SIOUX FALLS)--THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST IOWA...NORTHEAST NEBRASKA AND SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HEAVY RAIN\ WHICH PRODUCED FLASH FLOODING OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA THIS (MONDAY) MORNING HAS ENDED.

LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN CONTINUES OVE PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST IOWA...BUT THIS AREA OF RAIN IS WEAKENING AND IS EXPECTED TO END EARLY THIS AFTERNOON. FLASH FLOODING IS NO LONGER ANTICIPATED TODAY (MONDAY).

Rainfall varies from 0.2 of an inch in Le Mars to nearly two inches at Sioux Center.

Sheriff's office squad car swept into flooded creek

(BOYDEN)--Flooding from heavy rain swept a Sioux County Sheriff's Deputy and his patrol car into a flood creek early Friday morning.

Written information about the flooding accident was released by the Sioux County Sheriff's office.

Three to six inches of rain fell in about three hours, beginning at three Friday morning, with the heaviest amount in the Boyden area.

Several rural roads were affected by flash flooding causing some road closures and delays on Highway 18. The deputy was patrolling Highway 18

When the patrol car left the highway, the car was submerged, but the deputy was not hurt. The vehicle had extensive damage.

Traffic returned to normal on Highway 18 about seven Friday morning.

Law enforcement issues a caution about continued flooding reminding drivers not to travel through moving water. If a road becomes impassible and it is not barricaded, drivers are asked to contact the Sioux County Communications Center.

Northwest Iowa colleges and universities welcome future students

(SIOUX CITY)--Private colleges and universities in northwest Iowa are rolling out a red-carpet welcome to prospective students and their parents.

Sue Pyburn of Morningside College says Iowa Private College week through Friday is a wonderful opportunity try to visit as many schools as the students and their families can. Pyburn describes the week as a fun way to start a college search.

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Pyburn chairs Iowa Private College Week. Information about the 12th annual week is available from Morningside, Northwestern, or, Buena Vista, St. Luke's, or Dordt Colleges and Universities. www.ThinkIndependently.com

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) Mount Marty College at Yankton is starting a coed club program for students to compete in archery target shooting at a regional and national level.

College officials say it's the first of its kind in South Dakota and one of about 70 such programs nationwide. It will be affiliated with the National Field Archery Association that has its national headquarters in Yankton.

Mount Marty has offered archery classes as part of a recreational degree program. Archery coach M.J. Rogers said he expects those students to form the nucleus of the team.

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

Ottumwa man charged with attempted murder

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) An Ottumwa man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after a pair of stabbings at a motel.

Ottumwa police say they responded to a reported disturbance early Sunday and found two men with stab wounds.

Twenty-one-year-old Christian Deeter of Ottumwa was treated for a stab wound to the face and released from a local hospital. Alexander Collins, also 21, was transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and was treated for multiple stab wounds.

Police arrested 45-year-old Darryl Johnson following an initial investigation.

Johnson is charged with one count of attempted murder for stabbing Collins and willful injury in the stabbing of Deeter.

Johnson is being held in the Wapello County Jail. Bond is set at $60,000.

DNR says 31 Iowa dams have structural issues

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) State records say that 31 dams in Iowa have structural issues or other deficiencies that could cause them to fail unless they're fixed.

A copyright story in the Des Moines Register says the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has labeled six of those dams ``high hazard.'' The classification means their failure could result in a loss of life to people downstream.

The agency says 14 dams pose a moderate hazard. Financial losses and environmental damage could result if any of those dams failed.

Jon Garton, a dam safety engineer with the department, says none of the 31 dams face imminent failure. Garton says state officials are working with each of the dam owners to either bring them into compliance or to remove the dam.

Lawyer says no charges to be filed in Boesen case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A lawyer for Ed Boesen's estate says a criminal investigation into the late Des Moines businessman has been closed without charges being filed.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into how Boesen obtained millions of dollars in loans using a false stock account statement.

Attorney James Monroe says FBI agents told him last week they're not filing criminal charges.

The move indicates that no sufficient evidence was found to implicate anyone had helped Boesen get the loans.

Six banks alleged that Boesen used a fraudulent stock brokerage account statement to obtain almost $16 million starting in November 2007.

Boesen died the following July of an intentional overdose of over-the-counter drugs.

Polk County tightens inmate bus security

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Security measures for transporting inmates in Polk County have been tightened after a man facing murder charges escaped from a jail bus last May.

Polk County Jail deputy Jana Rooker says inmates being shuttled between the jail and the courthouse are now fully restrained with waist chains, handcuffs and leg restraints.

The added security measures came after Richard Mutchler briefly escaped from a sheriff's transport bus on a busy street in Des Moines.

Mutchler was found guilty of first-degree robbery last week while awaiting trial on murder charges for the stabbing deaths of Des Moines women.

Mutchler is also charged with escape and assault on a police officer.

Police arrest pair in gun shop theft

Dueling marriage rallies staged in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate have staged rallies in Des Moines.

The National Organization for Marriage is on a tour of 19 states to show support for traditional marriage. The group rallied at the state capitol Sunday.

One Iowa, an organization supporting same-sex marriage, staged a counter event just down the road.

The National Organization for Marriage is hoping to garner support for a public vote on whether states should sanction gay and lesbian marriages. About 75 people attended the event at the capitol.

One Iowa's event drew roughly 250 people to a downtown park.

Davenport may park free meters

DAVEPORT, Iowa (AP) Davenport might soon start charging people to park downtown again.

The city stopped charging drivers to park downtown eight months ago, and the number of cars visiting the city center jumped eight percent in that time.

Officials say the free passes might have to stop, though, because of an ongoing debt of over $10 million from parking ramps built several years ago.

The city is now debating whether to go back to some paid parking spots or use tax dollars to pay off the debt.

Mayor Bill Gluba prefers using taxes, but several aldermen say they don't want to use tax dollars instead of parking revenue to retire the debt.

Gluba says a final decision won't come until next spring at the earliest.

Clarke College become Clarke University

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Clarke College in Dubuque has changed its name to Clarke University.

The school will celebrate its first day as a university on Monday with the unveiling of a banner displaying its new moniker.

The school's board of trustees voted unanimously in May to change its name to Clarke University.

The school was founded in 1843 and named Clarke College in 1928 to honor founder Mary Frances Clarke.

Clarke president Joanne M. Burrows says the change marks the start of a new era.

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

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