Le Mars Fire Chief Wayne Schipper Tuesday requested and received a change in residency requirements for officers within the local department.
City council members have agreed to the requested change in Fire-Rescue Department by-laws that will now make it possible for departmental members to live within two miles of the city limits of Le Mars. Members have previously been required to be residents of the city of Le Mars.
The change, effectively immediately, Schipper said is seen in aiding departmental recruitment efforts as well as in allowing members to live in the new sub-divisions developing within the two mile radius of the city.
Also approved Tuesday by the council was an "on call" agreement with McClure Engineering Company, Fort Dodge, and PSS Inc, Le Mars, for nine general engineering service areas. Members emphasized the agreements were non exclusive: adding that use of local resources is a "first priority choice" at any time. The agreements members added are seen as negotiable and with the city being assured it is not charged for mark-up"of out-of-pocket costs. Mileage costs are to be those set by the IRS.
Eleven local residents, meanwhile, received approval for appointment or reappointment to city commissions or boards prior to council adjournment. Included were:
Dennis Bollin and Clark Goodchild, reappointment. five year terms, Planning and Zoning Commission; Audra Moir, reappointment, six year term, Library Board and Derrick Bird, new six year term, Library Board; Dave Ruden, Gary Landsness and Bruce Ludwig, reappointment, five year terms, Broadband Telecommunications Commission; Linda Mayrose and Wanda Wichers, reappointment, three year terms, Historical Preservation Commission; and Matt Ahlers and Darrel Lancaster, reappointment four year terms, Housing Review Board..