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For the Record June 4, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

City council to decide on offer to buy Westmar dorm

The Le Mars City Council may decide whether to accept an offer to purchase Centennial Dormitory, one of the few remaining unused buildings on the former Westmar College campus in Le Mars.

The offer to buy the dorm comes from Carver Design, of Sioux City, for $10,000.

A public hearing on the offer is set for noon Tuesday at the start of the council meeting.

After that hearing, the council will either sell based on the offer, reject all bids or extend the hearing and continue to negotiate the offer.

The plan for the building if purchased by Carver Design would be to use it for a type of clothing print shop and as an airsoft course for training and games.

Also during the council meeting, the council will discuss asbestos pre-demolition surveys on the remaining unused Westmar College buildings and potentially take action on demolition bids.

The council will also have a noon public hearing on the solid waste recycling ordinance that calls for all commercial entities in Le Mars to recycle, either through the city's free program or a program of the owners' choice.

The council will decide whether to set a public hearing for an offer from Myles and Roberta Kass and Tom Kurth and Josh Peterson to purchase the 20-foot-wide alley adjacent to their property on the Bob's Drive Inn block.

Also on the council's agenda is the proposed connection of Willow Run Development's sewer to the city system. This would impact 22 residential lots north of the golf course.

In addition, the city council will decide whether to purchase 43.43 acres south of the city's wastewater treatment plant for $238,865.

That price averages about $5,500 per acre.

Currently the land is owned by Wells Enterprises. Originally, the city and Wells each purchased about 43 acres around the plant to protect the city's need to operate the plant and expand it as needed. Wells would now like the city to buy the 43 acres and own all 86 acres around the plant. The city would pay for the purchase out of Le Mars Urban Renewal/Tax Increment Financing dollars.

The council will decide whether to act on a request from St. Joseph Parish and Gehlen Catholic School to help with sidewalk, curb, gutter and parking repairs, then the council will go into closed session for a performance review of City Administrator Scott Langel and Assistant City Administrator Bill Cole and well as a closed session for pending/imminent litigation.

Supervisors to discuss housing assessments

The Plymouth County Supervisors will talk about everything from housing assessments to a hazard mitigation plan Tuesday.

The supervisors will hold a public hearing to review an ordinance regarding housing development assessments at 10:15 a.m.

The ordinance reflects one already passed by the Le Mars City Council to give housing developers a tax break on undeveloped lots in subdivisions.

Following that hearing, at 10:30 a.m. the supervisors will amend the county's hazard mitigation plan with Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council.

Then at 10:40 a.m. the supervisors will consider approving an extension for Gerald Kessenich for filing G & J Kessenich Home Rule Split in Section 22 of Stanton Township.

Prior to those agenda items, at 10 a.m. the supervisors will hold a public hearing for budget amendment 2011-12.

After those discussions, at 10:45 a.m. Tom Rohe, county engineer, will give a report from the secondary road department.

Then at 11 a.m. bids will be opened for replacements of several culverts throughout the county.

The supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in their board room in the lower level of the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 Fourth Ave. S.E., Le Mars.

Fire log

JUNE 1 -- Le Mars Fire-Rescue responded at 11:56 p.m. to a carbon monoxide detector call from Jeannie Nemmers at 115 Sixth St. S.E.

The battery was replaced in the detector.

The call was completed at 12:14 a.m. June 2.


MAY 25 -- Officers were called to the Hi-Lite, 10 Central Ave. S.E., for a report of a fight in progress at 12:30 a.m.

Jonothan Lariviere, 36, of Le Mars, was in an intoxicated state and arguing with several patrons, the police press release stated.

Lariviere was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.

MAY 25 -- At 11:20 p.m. Luis Lopez, 43, of Le Mars, was charged with driving while his driver's license was barred for being a habitual offender and failing to have insurance.

The vehicle Lopez was driving was stopped because it had broken taillight, the police press release stated.

He was taken to the Plymouth County Jail.

MAY 26 -- Officers receive a report at 9:05 p.m. that people in a back yard at 35 Fourth St. S.E. were smoking marijuana.

As a result of an investigation LeRoy McFarland, of Le Mars, and Kelly Surs, of Manhattan, Kansas, were arrested.

McFarland was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.

Surs was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

MAY 29 -- Jack Walker, 44, of Le Mars was arrested in the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast at 9 a.m.

As a result of a traffic stop, Walker was found to have a revoked driver's license in the state of Iowa for OWI, police reported in a press release.

Walker was taken to the Plymouth County Jail and charged with driving while revoked, a serious misdemeanor.

Plymouth County District Court

Traffic fines and judgments

The following traffic fines and judgments have been issued in the Third District Court for Plymouth County*:

City of Hinton vs. Robert E. Joyce, Omaha, Neb., speeding $114.

City of Hinton vs. Ralph Raymond Conyers, Sergeant Bluff, contempt - refusal/failure to pay fine or costs $957.

City of Le Mars vs. Christopher Dean Cramer, Sioux City, speeding $100 judgment.

City of Le Mars vs. Abdulhakim Kadir Asaba, Le Mars, speeding $87.

City of Le Mars vs. Joshua Paul Farmer, Le Mars, speeding $87.

City of Le Mars vs. Kenneth Lee Jacobsen, Le Mars, speeding $87.

City of Le Mars vs. Ronald E. Coenen, Jr., Eddyville, contempt-refusal/failure to pay fine or costs $113.

City of Merrill vs. Joshua A. Meyermann, Sioux City, failure to have valid license/permit while operating motor vehicle $465 judgment.

*Fine amounts listed do not include cents.

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