Firefighters Respond To Floyd Valley Apartments For Elevator Equipment Fire
(Le Mars) — Residents living in the Floyd Valley Apartments were awaken this morning at about 1:50 a.m. to the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke. Firefighters responded to find the smoke in the apartment complex was coming from the basement with the origin of the smoke was from the elevator equipment room where the pumps used to help operate the elevator had caught on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and ventilate the smoke, but unfortunately for the residents, once again they are without an elevator for the five-story building.
City Rejects City Employees Collective Bargaining Proposals
(Le Mars) — The city of Le Mars has made its initial counter offer to the city employees for the collective bargaining unit. Most of the proposals by the city employees were rejected by the city. The city employees had wanted only a one-year contract, whereas, the city government indicated they wanted to work with a two-year contract beginning July 1st of 2022 and continuing to June 30th of 2024. City employees had proposed eliminating the base pay from the wage schedule, but the city countered with step one becoming the new base pay. The city’s employee bargaining unit had proposed a wage adjustment of $3.00 an hour increase in the wage schedule for police officers and other city employees. After the wage adjustment is figured, an eight percent increase for police officers and other city employees. The city rejected that proposal, and instead is offering city employees a two-and-a-half percent increase in salary for the first year of the contract, followed with another two-and-a-half percent increase in pay for the second year of the contract. Le Mars city employees proposal of raising the longevity pay by 5.7 percent was rejected by the city, based on the terms are not negotiable per the Iowa Code Chapter 20. Another area that is not negotiable per the Iowa Code was the bargaining unit’s proposal to salary schedule advancement procedure for police employees. The city also rejected the employees’ collective bargaining unit of amending the advancement on the salary schedule. Employees had proposed Step One as the the level at hiring date, with Step 2 as 25 to 36 months of employment, Step 3 with 36 to 48 months of employment, and Step 4 as those employees that have worked for the city at 48 months or more. The city countered with Base Pay at the level at hiring, Step 1 with employment between 25 and 36 months, Step 2 with employment between 36 and 48 months, and Step 3 with employment at 48 months or above. The city proposes to remove several categories of employment from the contract including: Taxi driver, Custodian, Assistant Library Director, Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Draftsperson/Inspector, Draftsperson, Assistant to the City Engineer, Engineering Cad Manager, Engineering Technician, Meter Reader, and Paramedic from the wage schedule. The city proposes to add Firefighter/Paramedic to the wage schedule.
Total Motors Donates Money To Breast Cancer Patients And Area Hospitals
(Le Mars) — The month of October is recognized as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and the auto dealership of Total Motors of Le Mars and Orange City has again raised funds for area individuals suffering from breast cancer and is seeking medical treatment. This marks the fifth consecutive year Total Motors has donated money for breast cancer patients and local hospitals.
For the year 2021, they have officially surpassed $50,000 in local donations which are generated by Total Motors’ commitment to donate $100 for each sold vehicle during October. This year, Total Motors raised $11,000 by the number of vehicles they sold during the entire month. These funds help local families and individuals with their fight against breast cancer. A portion of the money raised goes to locally nominated individuals who either previously had or currently have breast cancer and could use extra assistance to help them in their fight against breast cancer. To help other individuals beyond October, Total Motors donates a portion of the funds to their community hospitals. Of the $11,000 that was raised in 2021, Total Motors donated $2,000 to both Orange City Area Health System and Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars.
Orange City Health Systems
Floyd Valley Healthcare
In addition, Total Motors gifted $7,000 in total donations to four individuals, those named individuals were: Cheri Herbst of Le Mars, Iowa; Natalie Braun Eldred of Gilbert, Iowa; and Teresa Sauer of Le Mars, Iowa. The last individual will be kept private.
Natalie Braun Eldred
Mitch Christoffel, General Manager of Total Motors says, “Total Motors is fortunate to be able to locally support individuals and families in their fight against breast cancer. This disease is something they can’t fight alone. We appreciate those who help give meaning to this important program in our local communities.”
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