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Seek two for L.O.S.T. board

Tuesday, April 8, 2003

There are two vacancies on the advisory board for Le Mars' local option sales and service tax.

"It is the purpose of the local option sales tax advisory board to solicit, receive and analyze any and all proposals for community betterment consistent with the local option sales tax ballot and to recommend specific action for city council consideration. This board shall monitor all disbursements of, or applications for, local option sales tax monies collected annually for recommendation to city council and shall establish a means of annual accountability on dollars spent," according to the group's charge from the council.

The local option sales tax funds to be allocated are those remaining from the City's contribution toward construction of the Plymouth County law enforcement center and jail as well as debt service to assist in previously awarded projects.

The board is to consist of five at-large members, each of whom must submit an application to be considered for appointment. Each at-large member must be a resident of the City of Le Mars. Once initial terms expire, terms for at-large members are generally three years. Members have equal and full voting responsibilites.

The rest of the board's nine members include one representative, selected annually, each from the:

* Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce;

* Le Mars Main Street program;

* Le Mars city council; and,

* Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation.

One vacancy results from the term expiration for the at-large position held by Tom Vance, who served as vice-chairman of the board. Mark Moir, whose term is to expire in June 2005, resigned due to his out-of-town work schedule.

Current board members are:

* Carter A. Pitts, the current chairman;

* Wendy Geiger;

* Roy "Red" Messerole;

* Todd Wendt, representing the Chamber;

* Jody Adler, representing Main Street;

* Chuck Soderberg, representing city council; and,

* Bill Bomgaars, representing the LBIC.

Weekly meetings would begin after the Sept. 30 due date for grant proposals.

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