Safety solutions considered for Plymouth Life area

(LE MARS)–Lighting, lower speeds and sidewalks are possible solutions to improve safety near the Plymouth Life Care Facility.


A resident of the county-owned property leased for residental care services died last week. Police indicated the person intentionally walked onto Highway Three east from the Plymouth Life property.

Parents of teens who were in a vehicle involved in the accident asked for help Tuesday when they met with the Board of Supervisors.

Cheri Nitzschke of Remsen asked about ways to protect those on the highway and at Plymouth Life.

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Supervisor Don Kass described the teens as innocent victims.


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Another parent, Mark Kunkel of Remsen, suggested ways to alert drivers.


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Mike Porter administers the residential care facility and said he looks to ways to provide a safe environment. He pointed out that one in 10 individuals with the illness that the resident who died last week had commits suicide. Porter on Monday was successful in relocating a mailbox away from the highway to prevent residents from walking to the highway mailbox or hiding near it.


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County officials will ask the Iowa Department of Transportation to lower the speed limits. The lighting issue involves the City of Le Mars.