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Wednesday Afternoon News, October 4th


Successful “Coffee With A Cop” Event

(Le Mars) — Several people took advantage of sharing a cup of coffee with a Le Mars Police officer Wednesday morning during the “National Coffee With A Cop” event.  Le Mars Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte, along with Officers Dan Plueger and Jeff Kramer shared conversation and filled coffee mugs for the customers at Bellissimo Coffee Works.



Two Vehicles Collide During Lunch Hour At Bus. Hwy 75 and 4th Street Southwest

(Le Mars) — An accident occurred this afternoon during the lunch hour at the intersection of Business Highway 75 and 4th Street Southwest. The Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and the Le Mars Police along with the Le Mars Ambulance
Service were dispatched to the scene. Two vehicles had collided at the intersection, causing some damage to both vehicles, but it appeared any sustained injuries were minor.



Eagles Club Donates $1,000 To Community Betterment Fund

(Le Mars) — During the Le Mars City Council meeting held Tuesday, the Le Mars Eagles Club contributed $1,000 to the Le Mars Area Community Betterment Project.
Accepting the check were Le Mars Mayor, Dick Kirchoff and Mike Donlin, President of the Le Mars Area Community Betterment Foundation.  Eagles members
present for the donation presentation included Tom Burnett, Dennis Toel, and Christopher Langel.

Donlin briefed the city council as to the amount of money
that has been raised to date.

He says the brick campaign has garnered over $5,000.

Donlin says the Betterment Foundation has turned over to the city more than $240,000 dollars for the Community Betterment Municipal Park renovations, which are nearing completion.



City Council Approves First Reading Of New Proposed Ordinances for Animal Control and Dog Licenses

(Le Mars) — The Le Mars City Council approved the first reading of the animal control and protection revised ordinance, as well as the first reading of the revised dog license ordinance. Owners of dogs are required to obtain a license for each dog they own. All dog tag licenses can now be purchased at the city hall offices. The city council also approved the first reading of the proposed
airport zoning ordinances. Le Mars residents are reminded the city council will still need to approve the proposed rules with two additional readings. City residents are encouraged to offer comments to the city council.



Homeowners Urged To Trim Their Trees

(Le Mars) — More than 180 homeowners of Le Mars will soon receive a letter from city code and ordinance enforcement officer, Greg Smidt reminding them that it is the responsibility of the homeowner to trim trees that hang too low over the
street, or over a sidewalk area.  Smidt informed the city council during its meeting on Tuesday, that a second round of letters will be mailed within the next few days.  Smidt reminds people of the height requirements for trees.

Smidt says many people have the mistaken idea believeing it is the city’s responsibility if the tree is located within the parking area, or the area between the street and the sidewalk.  However, Smidt says it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain and trim the trees, even in the alleys.

Smidt says city residents have 30 days to take action, but he says that timetable can be flexible, as long as the city is made aware of the property owner’s intentions to correct the problem.

The city code enforcement officer reminds people that it is also the property owners responsibility to dispose the tree limbs to the city disposal site located on the west side of town.  Smidt says it is illegal in Le Mars to burn any tree limbs or leaves.