Thursday Afternoon News, May 26
City Closes Streets For Repairs
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars city crews will be closing 6th Avenue southeast between 4th Street and 5th Street southeast for some street repairs. The road work will be done just south of 4th Street southeast, so residents living in the one block area will be able to access their driveway coming in on 6th Avenue southeast from the south by 5th Street. City crews estimate the work will take about ten days to complete.
Preparations Being Made For Water Main Construction
(Le Mars) -- City officials are announcing Vander Pol Construction will be closing down the outside South bound lane between 4th St . S.W. and 2nd St. S.W. sometime Tuesday May 31st in the evening to start construction of the new water main going in on the west side of Business 75, they will also be closing down the S.W part of the intersection at 4th St S.W. and 75 to do some boring underground then within a couple days they will have the S.W. part of the intersection closed at 3rd St. and 75 . The water main replacement is to start at the intersection of 4th St S.W. and continue on all the way up to 4th St N.W. and take approximately 12 weeks, they plan on doing two blocks at a time so there will be other intersections and parts of business 75 that will be affected as they move North, Citizens are being asked to drive with caution and slow down as they drive through the construction zone. We will try to keep everyone updated to what roads will be affected as they move North.
Fire Department Reminds Residents Not To Burn Yard Waste
(Le Mars) -- We have received a lot of rain this spring, which means our lawns have grown fairly quickly, and some people may be tempted to burn that yard waste in their backyard recreational fire pit. However, Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says that is against city code ordinance.
The fire chief reminds people that the city does offer a disposal site located on the west side of town near the Riverview ball parks in which yard waste may be deposited on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays. Schipper says the fire department has responded to a few fire calls in which people were burning their yard waste.
Schipper says burning yard waste creates problems for many people, especially if that yard waste is damp and only smolders.
Judge Bennett To Decide If Iowa's Sexual Offender Laws Are Unconstitutional
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A federal judge is planning a trial to determine whether Iowa's sex offender treatment program is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett said in an order Wednesday that he hopes to set the two-week trial for Nov. 28.
The case concerns sex offenders who completed prison sentences but are locked up at a state institution in Cherokee for treatment, based on findings that they'll likely reoffend.
They've argued the program is unconstitutional because it doesn't give them adequate treatment, and that they're essentially serving life sentences because few offenders complete it. Testimony from employees has confirmed staffing shortages and cutbacks in treatment.
Bennett says the trial will determine whether the program violates constitutional standards, is punitive rather than therapeutic, and is the least restrictive way to treat sex offenders.