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KLEM News for Thursday, February 8

LE MARS PARKS MEETINGS

There will be a pair of meetings next week, to find out what Le Mars citizens think is needed in the city parks.

City Economic Development Director Mark Gaul says when planners shaped the city’s Vision 2045 plan, one park in particular was a focusGaul says citizens

 

Now they want to open up and discuss all the city’s park.

 

Le Mars has 15 parks, and discussion will focus on what amenities can be added to them.

 

The city will bring in their consultant to help with the discussion and planning.

 

citizens and other groups will take part

 

Last fall, there was a public viewing of the concept plans for parks in the city of Le Mars. At the time, residents gave many ideas, but now is the time to decide which amenities to place where.

 

Le Mars has 15 parks, open spaces, anywhere from one half acre in size to Willow Creek Golf Course, some 265 acres.

 

Creating parks within new developments is not required, but Gaul says it’s something the city may want to consider.

Park Planning Open House will be on two days: Tuesday Feb 13 4-6 pm, and Wednesday, Feb 14 4.-6 pm, both at well visitor center and ice cream parlor meeting room in Le amrs

 

DECEMBER BUILDING PERMITS
Over 300-thousand dollars in farm and nonfarm construction permits were approved in December in Plymouth County. These included a pair of corn transfer facilities in Fredonia Township and a grain bin in Lincoln township. One permit was approved for a storage building in Hungerford Township.

 

RURAL BRIDGE

The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors were asked to take action on repairs or replacement of a rural bridge outside of Kingsley.  The bridge is on Roosevelt Ave, a mile east of Iowa Highway 140, and was damaged by heavy equipment hauled over it.  The bridge was closed last November.  Jerry Seuntjens came before the board asking for a solution.  Because of the bridge closing, he’s had to haul his farm machinery extra miles around that section.  County engineer Tom Rohe says the 1920s – era bridge will be expensive to replace.  As there are low traffic counts along Roosevelt Ave, aid for bridge replacement is unlikely.  He has no formal estimate for constructing a new bridge, but it could cost up to 1.5 million dollars.

 

CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU RECOMMENDATIONS

The Le Mars Convention and Visitor Bureau submitted recommendations for projects to fund in fiscal year 2025.  The list includes Ice Cream Days, Pioneer Village Christmas Wonderland, a National College Invitation Golf Tournament, the Olson Concert Bash, the Le Mar’s Arts Council art exhibition, electrical work at the Round Barn at the fairgrounds, and the Plymouth County Cyclists’ Tour de Plymouth 2025.  These recommendations total some 34-thousand dollars.  The recommendations also include 85-thousand dollars toward the Convention and Visitor Bureau expenses for the new fiscal year.  The city council took the recommendations for information as they consider a new city budget.

 

BILL WOULD REQUIRE PARENTAL PERMISSION FOR IOWA MINORS TO HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

A bill introduced in the Iowa House would require parental permission before Iowans under the age of 18 could create a social media account on websites or smart phone apps like SnapChat. Tom Chapman, executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, says his church urges parents to actively monitor social media use by their children.

 

The “Social Media Parental Authorization Act” would require platforms like Instagram or TikTok to verify a parent or guardian has granted written and digital permission for a minor to have an account. The bill cleared a House subcommittee Wednesday morning. Representative Sami Scheetz, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, supported it.

 

But Scheetz says the bill needs work because, as written, it would be hard to enforce and likely would be challenged in court. There are other bills in the legislature designed to restrict minor’s access to social media. The governor has proposed requiring people to upload an I-D like a driver’s license to prove they’re an adult before getting access to sites with pornographic content.

 

BILL COULD PROVIDE SOME LIABILITY PROTECTION TO FARM CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS

A bill that’s cleared initial review in the Iowa House could make it harder for Iowans diagnosed with cancer to argue in a lawsuit that the disease is linked to the weed killer known by the brand name Roundup. A lobbyist for Bayer — the company that makes Roundup — says the company spent millions developing the product and the bill provides some liability protection by saying Bayer has fulfilled its duty to warn consumers about Roundup if the warning label meets federal guidelines. Other lawyers told legislators the bill would also provide liability protection to a Chinese-owned company that makes Paraquat, a farm chemical that’s been linked to Parkinson’s disease. Brian Marty, a West Des Moines lawyer, represents farmers and ag workers who’ve been exposed to Paraquat and to Roundup, which Marty says has been linked to non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. One of the Republicans who reluctantly voted to clear the bill through a House subcommittee says it needs significant changes.