Friday Afternoon News, October 31
Le Mars Officials Remind Residents Of Odd/Even Parking
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city officials want to remind residents about the ordinance involving the odd/even parking through the winter months. The city council approved the ordinance this past summer. The Le Mars Police Department has already started issuing warning citations, and according to Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga, tickets will be issued to violators of the ordinance after November 1st. Dekkenga says the ordinance calls for vehicles are to be parked on the correct side of the street regardless whether or not there is snow. Dekkenga admits there has been confusion with the old ordinance. He says residents should park their cars for the following calendar day, with enforcement to begin after midnight. Violators of the parking ordinance will face a fine of $25. The odd/even parking ordinance is effective beginning November 1st and continues through April 1st.
Ernst Bus Hits Deer
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst had to send her campaign bus for repairs this week after it hit a deer in southeast Iowa.
At a campaign stop Friday in West Des Moines, Ernst said the bus hit the deer Wednesday night as they were driving into Bloomfield. Sen. John McCain was on the bus as well as Ernst.
No one riding on the bus was hurt, but the vehicle was damaged. Ernst said she hopes to get it back on the road soon.
Ernst said she immediately knew what had happened, noting she had "hit a deer before."
Ernst has been touring the state in the bus as she competes with Democrat Bruce Braley for Iowa's open Senate seat.
Niederbach Speaks To KLEM News About Running For State Auditor
(Le Mars) -- KLEM news was contacted by Jon Niederbach, the democratic candidate seeking the office of state Auditor. Niederbach says he has a real passion for trying to improve state government. He has been involved with state government for nearly 15 years and explains his background and reasons why he is seeking the position of state auditor.
Mary Moisman, the current state auditor who is a Republican, claims in her political ads, that she is the only candidate for state auditor who is a certified public accountant. But Niederbach says having a CPA is not a requirement of the state auditor's position.
Niederbach says there is a huge difference in philosophies between himself and his opponent when discussing the role of the state auditor.
Prior to being appointed to the State Auditor's position, Moisman was the deputy Secretary of State under Matt Schultz. Niederbach says there have been issues from that office that have raised eyebrows as to the accountability of her performance.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A class-action lawsuit has been filed accusing the city of Des Moines of not properly handling an extended bedbug infestation at a housing complex.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday. It claims the city's public housing agency put Royal View Manor residents in bad living conditions by not eradicating the bugs or warning residents about them. The suit says the pests were found in 2007 and were reported several times to the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency.
A message was left with the Des Moines city attorney on Friday. He told the newspaper on Thursday that he couldn't comment on the case because he hadn't received the lawsuit yet.
The suit involves 55 current and former residents. The apartment complex has 200 units for low-income elderly and disabled people.