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Tuesday News, February 9th


Plymouth County To Sell Residential Care Facility

(Le Mars) — This afternoon, (Tuesday) the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will auction the Residential Care Facility located on the east edge of Le Mars at 1240 Lincoln Street Northeast. The actual auction will occur at the Courthouse Annex Building at approximately 1:30 p.m. with Brock Auction
Company of Le Mars serving as the auctioneer. Don Kass is the chairman of the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors. He says Pride Group, the current operator of the Residential Care Facility, approached the County Board of Supervisors with the idea to sell the building and facilities. Kass says the reason for the sale is because Pride Group wishes to make a transition from an institutional complex to more of a home assisted living facility.

Kass says several potential buyers of the building have approached the county board of supervisors indicating interest in buying the facility.

The county supervisor chairman says following the sale of the facility, Pride Group will have up to a year to assist with the relocation of its residents.

Kass says he is hopeful the buyer will convert the property into something of a better community service and value to the county.

The complex was constructed during the early 1950’s and is a 43-bed facility.




County Supervisors To Convene Today

(Le Mars) — Prior to the auction of the Residential Care Facility, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors will hold its regular weekly meeting that is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at the County Courthouse Board Room.
The county board of supervisors are expected to approve Iowa Secretary of State Cybersecurity grant agreement, as well as approve the 2020 salary wages that have been paid for publication. The supervisors are also expected to approve the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority Lease Agreement. The county governing board will review and approve the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget amendment and set a date for the public hearing. Surveyor Dave Wilberding is scheduled to appear before the county board seeking approval of a subdivision in Marion Township. He will also ask for approval of Heien’s minor subdivision in Grant Township. Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann will appear before the board to ask for approval of depository resolution. Sheriff Jeff TeBrink will appear to discuss the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Law Enforcement Center budget for additional budget adjustments.
County Engineer Tom Rohe will also appear before the supervisors to discuss items of interest to the Secondary Road Department.




Jeneary Pushes Two Bills Through Iowa House

(DES MOINES) — On Monday, Rep. Tom Jeneary (R-Le Mars) of House District 5 successfully floor managed two pieces of legislation as they passed through the Iowa House. One of the bills, House File 263, limits the amount a person can be charged out of pocket for insulin to $100 a month.

Jeneary says, “We’re always conscious of the cost of medications for people and I feel that this is a good step to help insulin dependent Iowans get access to affordable healthcare. I look forward to seeing this bipartisan piece of legislation on the Governor’s desk soon.”

HF 263 passed the Iowa House with a vote of 89-2.

Additionally, House File 234 creates a lifetime trout fishing license for residents who are 65 years of age or older. This license would be provided for a fee determined by the Department of Natural Resources.

HF 234 passed the House with a vote of 90-0




School Aid Bills Advancing In House And Senate

(Des Moines, IA) — A plan that would increase state aid for schools by two-point-two percent is advancing in the Iowa Senate — while a plan in the Iowa House would boost school aid by two-point-five percent. The percentage increase is similar to last year — but the dollar amount of the increase is smaller. Republican Representative Cecil Dolecheck, of Mount Ayr, says that’s because enrollment has declined during the pandemic. The House and Senate bills would each trigger the budget guarantee for districts with declining enrollment. Under the Senate bill, the budget guarantee would allow 145 districts to collect additional property taxes worth around 31 million dollars.




Bill Would End Front License Plates

(Des Moines, IA) — A bill that would end the requirement for license plates on the front of passenger vehicles is in the works in the Senate. The owners of sports cars and vehicles with large front grills complain that license plates ruin the appearance of the vehicle. Iowa Automobile Dealers Association lobbyist, Brad Epperly (EHP-er-lee) says most brackets on front bumpers are aftermarket and installed by the dealer. Iowa law enforcement
agencies oppose the move. State Patrol Captain Mark Stein says having a front plate to identify a vehicle is critical in hit and runs, Amber Alerts, and other investigations. Twenty states have passed a law getting rid of a front-plate requirement for cars, S-U-Vs, and other passenger vehicles.
Plates are still required in all states on the front of commercial vehicles, like semi tractors.




Iowa House: 6th Person Tests Positive For COVID-19

(Des Moines, IA) — An email the chief clerk of the Iowa House sent to lawmakers and staff Monday said a sixth person associated with the Iowa House of Representatives has tested positive for COVID-19. The email says this person was last in the statehouse last Tuesday and tested positive Monday.
It’s the fifth case reported in the past two weeks related to the Iowa Capitol, and the sixth since the legislative session started January 11th.
Republican House Speaker Pat Grassley said last week he won’t consider virtual options for lawmakers to participate in the session. The Iowa Senate hasn’t reported any positive cases this session. The Senate conducts subcommittees over Zoom. Republican leaders aren’t requiring lawmakers to report positive tests and they’re not requiring masks.




Citibank Giving Refund To Some Cardholders

(Des Moines, IA) — A major credit card company has reached a settlement to resolve a claim it overcharged interest. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Citibank will pay refunds of 216-thousand dollars to around 14-hundred Iowa customers. Iowa and four other states alleged Citibank failed to properly reevaluate and reduce the annual percentage rate, or A-P-R, for
certain consumer credit card accounts consistent according to federal law from February 2011 to August 2017. The attorney general will be distributing refunds and those eligible do not need to take any action to receive their refunds Those who have questions can call toll free: 855-914-4657. Four other
states are also getting refunds with the total payout by Citibank of four-point-two million dollars.




Convicted Double Murderer Dies In Prison

(Alamosa, IA) — The man at the center of a complex double murder case in Muscatine County in February of 1979 has died in prison. The Iowa Department of Corrections says 69-year-old Bryan Kirby Barrett died after an “unexpected medical emergency” at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. Barrett was serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of Cindy Walker of Muscatine and Carol Willits of Illinois. Walker’s body was found in the middle of a county road — and Willits’ body was found nearby in a car. Willits was blindfolded and left what appeared to be a suicide note. Investigators found a 100-thousand dollar insurance policy for Walker with Barrett as the beneficiary — and
then convinced a jury he staged the murder-suicide scene involving the two women.




Name Released For Man Shot By Bettendorf Police

(Bettendorf, IA) — The Iowa D-C-I has released the name of the man who was shot to death by a Bettendorf police officer Sunday. The man has been identified as 49-year-old Brian Gregory Scott of Bettendorf. Police say a woman in a car with Scott told them he had threatened to kill her. They say
Scott pulled a handgun after refusing to get out of the car and an officer fired and hit and killed him. Scott and the woman were found in the car after officers initially were called to a domestic disturbance and found no one at the address they were given. An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s office. The officer’s name will be released following an
interview with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.