Le Mars Police Department Submits Annual Report To City Council
(Le Mars) — The Le Mars Police Department submitted its annual report to the city council on Tuesday. Police Chief Kevin Vande Vegte appeared before the council and offered the highlights from the year 2021.
Chief Vande Vegte then covered some of the other highlights from 2021 as it related to the Le Mars Police Department.
Members of the city council asked Chief Vande Vegte about the School Resource Officer position and the success of the program.
Vande Vegte mentioned the police department had received $2,000 from the United Way for the Youth Police Academy. He also thanked the community for its overwhelming support of the police department’s K-9 program, contributing close to $20,000. Vande Vegte offered to the city council the statistics from last year.
In his annual report, Chief Vande Vegte indicated officers made 482 arrests in 2021, including 55 juveniles resulting in 683 charges. There were 247 reported accidents resulting in 28 injuries, and one fatality. Vande Vegte reports the police department had 13,192 calls for service last year. When you break down the calls, Vande Vegte shared a pie-chart graph with city council members. There were 1,134 total calls, of which 13 percent, or 148 were drugs and alcohol related. 120 thefts that represented 11 percent of the total calls. Other categories included motor vehicle thefts at one percent, sexual abuse cases at one percent, domestic assault was listed at two percent, assaults were at 78 calls, or seven percent of the total. Disputes were listed at one percent, and criminal mischief at six percent. The vast majority of the police calls were listed as “other complaints” including death investigations, disturbances, missing people, mental health cases, trespass, search warrants, welfare checks, and abandoned vehicles equaled 486 calls, or 43 percent of the total.
County Supervisors Hear From Energy Companies Regarding Transfer Of Ownership Of Plymouth County Wind Farm
(Le Mars) — During the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors meeting held Tuesday, the county governing board heard from representatives of Invenergy and MidAmerican Energy. The topic of discussion was the transfer of ownership of the wind turbines located on the eastern side of Plymouth County. Harry Finch with Invenergy began the conversation regarding the road use agreement. Plymouth County attorney, Darin Raymond advised the county supervisors to not rush in with signing the road use agreement. Raymond asked the question as to whether the construction with the wind turbines is complete?
Finch admitted there may still be some need for large cranes to return to a few of the wind turbine sites for additional maintenance. In a letter given to the supervisors, Finch requested the release of execution of the road use agreement document. The release of the road use agreement bond and rely on the $500,000 specified in the release against the county can invoice as repairs as they are completed in the spring. The third request was for the county to accept the assignment of entrance points to MidAmerican Energy. Supervisor chairman, Don Kass asked if Invenergy is looking at a deadline date to release their part of the responsibility of the wind turbine farm? Finch says he isn’t concerned as much with a specific ending date, as he was that all parties see the need to begin the transition process.
Supervisors Approve Salary Increase For County Employees Through Collective Bargaining Unit
(Le Mars) — The Board of Supervisors also approved the collective bargaining contract with the county’s secondary road employees association. In that agreement, the county has agreed to increase the salary of county employees by six percent starting with the new fiscal year that begins on July 1st. The county governing board also approved the increase of $1.50 per hour in addition to the six percent of salary pay for the two county mechanics. The county board also set up a salary schedule for newly hired employees. The probationary period for probationary employees is for the first six months of employment, of which they will be paid at 85 percent of the base pay. For the second six months of employment, the new employee will receive 90 percent of base pay, and for the third six months of employment the rate is at 95 percent. After the employee has worked for a duration of 18 months, then the employee will receive 100 percent of the base pay.
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Attorney General Reaches Settlement With Company Over Mailers
(Des Moines, IA) — Iowa’s attorney general has reached a settlement with a Florida company that was accused of sending mailers that appeared to be from government agencies. Attorney General Tom Miller says Centurion Filing Services and its owner Dean Marshlack used the name “I-A Certificate Service” to send out mailers that looked like invoices requesting 67 dollars for an “Iowa Certificate of Existence.” The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office provides them for only five dollars. Centurion has agreed to provide nearly 79-thousand dollars in refunds to more than 12-hundred Iowa business owners and charity operators. It also promises not to send mailer solicitations to Iowans, or form any Iowa location.