Wednesday News, September 11
Branstad Orders Flags At Half Staff
(Des Moines) -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags fly at half staff today in remembrance of those Americans that died as a result of the terrorists attacks twelve years ago. Flags are to be flown at half staff from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Flags will be at half staff on the state capitol grounds and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state.
School Board Election Results
(Le Mars) -- In last evening's school board election, Chris Collins was able to retain his seat on the Le Mars Community Board of Education by defeating Mark Hemmingson. The final vote tally was 345 for Collins to Hemmingson's 242. Both candidates were incumbents and seeking the district 3 director's position. Collins has been a school board director for 15 years and Hemmingson was on the school board for 5 years. Collins says he is pleased with the victory, but feels bad that the re-districting had to
place two incumbents against each other.
Collins reiterated his goals to have more industrial technology as part of the Le Mars Community educational program.
The other seats for the Le Mars Community School District were unopposed. Todd Lancaster will join the school board. He was able to win with 514 votes. Scott Kommes ran unopposed in District 2. Kommes was able to secure 507 votes. Brenda Phelan was re-elected to the Le Mars Community School Board. She also was unopposed and had received 505 votes.
Kingsley-Pierson voters had one name on the ballot but there were two candidates that had organized a write-in campaign. Scott Bohle won with 66 votes, and Blake Laddusaw was the other winner with 31 votes. Shari Suentjens was the other write-in candidate and received 25 votes.
Hinton voters had to decide two positions with three candidates. John Reintzel had the most votes with 91 and James Binneboese is the other winner with 81 votes. Robert Held
had 69 votes.
Akron-Westfield had three candidates but were each unopposed. Nicholas Schoenfelder will serve the district 1. He earned 59 votes. District 2 will be represented by Phillip Parks who had 57 votes, and district 3 will be represented by Bobby Walrod who had 59 votes.
Remsen-Union voters had to decide among six at-large candidates for three positions. The top three were Micheal Sparr with 222 votes, and there was a tie for the other two positions. Theresa Van Dam and Robin Weiler both received 176 votes. Travis Tentinger got 138 votes, Melissa Harnack received 131 votes and Cheri Nitzschke had 97 votes.
Proposition J also was approved by a margin of 89 percent in favor to 11 percent opposed.
The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn school district elected four people to serve on it's school board. Danae Dreckman had 250 votes for district 1, Jeff Goth received 263 votes to win District 2, Nancy Hohbach was able to win district 3 seat with 205 votes, and Luke Olson won the at-large position by defeating Kathy Jochims with a margin of victory of 216 to 59.
New Assessment Program To Begin In 2014
(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors approved a tax rebate program for Van's Sanitation and they approved the Local Options Sales Tax ordinance, during their weekly board meeting. The county governing board heard a report from Plymouth County Assessor Bob Heyderhoff as he explained a new method of assessing property is being introduced by state officials.
Heyderhoff says the taxpayer may not notice any difference, but to the county, and specifically his office, it will mean a new way of calculating assessed property.
The Plymouth County assessor says the new program is scheduled to begin in 2014, and it is estimated to cost the county $48,000 in start-up costs, followed by a $1000 per year annual fee. Heyderhoff says the county may also be required to conduct more aerial photos for plat maps because of the new assessment program.
City "Fall Clean Up" Program Scheduled For Next Week
(Le Mars) -- Beginning next week, the city of Le Mars is offering an amnesty to its citizens regarding landfill disposal fees. It's part of the city-wide fall clean up. Residents can throw away up to 1000 pounds of material per household delivered to the landfill. The city is picking up the fee normally charged. The city will not be picking up the items at curb side. Only residential properties can participate, not commercial or industrial. Each household must make their own arrangements for hauling waste to the Plymouth County Landfill during this amnesty period. Items included in the amnesty include: furniture, construction and demolition items that include wooden fence posts,
scrap lumber, furniture such as couches, chairs, mattresses, carpet padding, garden hose,
television sets, humidifiers, computers and monitors. Metal items can be thrown away
include: bikes, mowers, metal fence posts, wire, swings, gutters, bed springs, and bed
frames. White goods will also be accepted during the fall clean up week. However, the
customer must pay a $10 per item demanufacturing charge at the the time of drop off.
Items that do not fall within the amnesty include: normal household garbage, tires, and
hazardous waste products.
Le Mars To Host Chalk Art Festival
(Le Mars) -- This weekend, the downtown sidewalks and the Olson Cultural Events center will be featuring some colorful art as the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will host the fourth annual Chalk Art Festival. The event is sponsored by Greg and Pam Wells, and Mary Reynolds of the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce office says the event should provide a wide variety of chalk art.
The hours for the chalk art festival is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reynolds says the chalk art festival will attract artists of all ages.