Tuesday News, October 27
Supervisors To Convene Today
(Le Mars) -- Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will convene today at the County Courthouse Board Room. The supervisors are expected to approve redemption notice and proceedings for general obligation Local Options Sales Tax refunding bonds. The county governing board is also expected to approve the Homestead and military tax credit applications for 2015. Attorney Scott Bixenmann will appear before the supervisors to ask for an extension to file the Lar Addition subdivision. The county board will also hear from County Engineer, Tom Rohe as he offers some permit requests and discusses the latest developments with road construction projects.
Williams And Company Submits Audit Of Le Mars Community School District
(Le Mars) -- At last evening's Le Mars Community School Board meeting, Graham Forbes of the Williams and Company Accounting firm spoke before the board of education to share the results of the annual audit conducted from the past fiscal year. Forbes indicated the audit numbers showed the general fund revenues increased nearly two million dollars from $19,673,274 in fiscal year 2014 to $21,014,078 in fiscal year 2015. Expenditures also rose from $19,683,282 to $21,011,966. The school district's general fund balance increased from $3,068,572 in fiscal year 2014 to $3,099,705 in fiscal year 2015. That represents a 1.01 percent increase. The unassigned amount of the general fund balance was listed at $2,866,370. Forbes had indicated the school district's finances are in order.
Wendt Offers Results Of Vision Statement For Le Mars Community School At Lunch And Learn
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars Community School was the topic of discussion as Dr. Todd Wendt, the school superintendent delivered a presentation report during Monday's Lunch and Learn Session. Wendt informed the gathering that nearly 15 years ago the school board at that time, along with a collaboration of administrators, faculty, staff, parents and community leaders set forth a vision statement that would encourage the development of new facilities, the integration of computer technology, and the improvement of student assessments. Wendt says all those things have happened since the vision statement was created.
Wendt says upgraded facilities was an important factor as part of the consideration of student achievement.
The school superintendent admitted that the Le Mars Community school district is fortunate to receive such support from various organizations including the Elementary PTO, LEEP, the Athletic, Music, and T & I Booster clubs, and even the Le Mars Community School District Foundation.
Wendt concluded his presentation indicating that Le Mars Community Students have tested well with academic achievement compared to other students from across the state in assessments and with the A-C-T college entrance exams.
Wick Wants To Be A Write-in Candidate For City Council
(Le Mars) -- City elections are scheduled for next Tuesday, November 3rd and although there will not be a candidate's name for Ward 2 on the ballot. One person has emerged wanting to have voters consider him as a write-in candidate. Steve Wick, a retired teacher with the Le Mars Community School District, is wanting to pursue the position being vacated by current councilwoman Delana Irhke. Wick says he was approached by others to consider running for the open council seat.
Wick recently retired as a fifth grade teacher from Kluckhohn. He taught for 27 years in the Le Mars Community School District and 37 years total. Most of Ward 2 consists of the southern portion of the city, and Wick believes his years teaching at Kluckhohn will better prepare him to represent the resident's interest on the city council.
As for personal goals or issues of interests, Wick says he simply wants to represent the people of the Ward 2 district as best he can, and to help the city of Le Mars continue to grow.
Mayor Dick Kirchoff is seeking re-election, as is councilman John Rexwinkle from the city's At Large position. Both are running unopposed.
Chamber Holiday Dollars Go On Sale November 7th
(Le Mars) -- It won't be long until the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce will be selling Chamber Holiday Dollars. The sale of Chamber Holiday Dollars is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 7th, at the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce offices located at 50 Central Avenue, Southeast. A total of $125,000 Chamber Holiday Dollars will be available for sale. Le Mars Main Street Manager, Mary Reynolds, says there are a few changes for this year's Chamber Dollars. In the past, there were three categories. This year the Chamber have five different categories. The major change is with the participating grocery supermarkets of Fareway, HyVee, and Wal-mart. In past years, the grocery chamber dollars could work at any of the three supermarkets. However, this year, people will need to decide which of the three retail supermarkets they wish to use. Each of the participating supermarket stores will have its own set of Chamber Dollars, and are not exchangeable with the other two grocery stores. Residents who choose to purchase grocery holiday chamber dollars will receive a ten percent discount. A maximum of $300 can be purchased at one time. Allotments will be distributed in $100 increments.
The other two categories include retail businesses and restaurants. Reynolds says with those categories, people will save 20 percent on the purchases. She says if you spend $80, you will get $100 worth of Chamber dollars. Again, there is a $300 maximum limit on both the retail and restaurant categories. This year the holiday dollars will be 10 dollar bills. All Chamber Holiday dollars must be spent by December 24th, 2015. Accepted payment options are cash and personal checks from the Siouxland area. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted.
Remember, Chamber Holiday dollars will be sold on Saturday, November 7th beginning at 9:00 a.m. from the Chamber of Commerce offices.
Nominations For Business Of The Year and Citizen Of The Year Being Accepted
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for “Business of the Year”.
All Chamber Member businesses are eligible regardless of size or type. Recognition will be awarded based on one or more of the following criteria: community involvement, job creation, innovative practices, employee benefits, major expansion or overcoming an adversity. Businesses can self nominate or be nominated.
Nomination forms are available on line and at the Chamber Office, 50 Central Avenue SE. They must be filled out and returned no later than December 4th at 5:00 P.M.
The award presentation will take place at the Chamber Annual Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper commons. Make plans to attend this special evening.
Do you know someone who exemplifies dedication and service through personal involvement in the community? If so, nominate him/her for the Citizen of the Year. Nominations are being sought and accepted at the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce office. Letters of nomination must be submitted to the Chamber by 5:00 P.M., December 4th.
Any information that would acquaint the committee with the nominee’s qualifications is confidential. The Citizen of the Year will be selected by a committee from the Chamber and will be based on the individual’s record of dedication and service to the community.
The award will be presented during the Chamber Annual Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper commons. Make plans to attend this special evening.
Chamber Halloween Trick Or Treat Scheduled For Saturday
(Le Mars) -- The Le Mars Chamber of Commerce Halloween Trick or Treat program is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 31st at the Olson Cultural Events Center. Trick or Treating will begin at 11:00am at the Olson Cultural Event Center and at downtown Le Mars stores
The line will begin at the Olson Center. There is no charge for this family friendly event.
The Le Mars Public Library will hand out gently used books.
Free trick or treat bags will be handed out by KLEM radio station
The event is sponsored by the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program and the Le Mars Public Library.