by Steve Peterson
Plymouth County Supervisors approved county employees’ salary increase for Fiscal Year 2013 -2014 during the Jan. 15 regular meeting.
The supervisors voted 3-0 for a 3 percent raise for the following positions: Veterans Affairs director; General Relief and Central Point of Contact director; IT-GIS director; IT-GIS technician; Maintenance supervisor; Zoning personnel; Environmental Health personnel; Driver’s License personnel; Sheriff’s administrative assistant; engineer; assistant engineer; Engineer’s superintendent; Engineer’s administrative assistant; Victim Witness coordinator; paralegals; and County Attorney’s Office manager.
“These are the non-elected officials,” said Supervisor Jim Henrich.
Supervisors Craig Anderson and Mark Loutsch were absent.
In other county business:
• Supervisors, by a 3-0 vote, approved a Resolution of Agreement between the county and the City of Le Mars regarding transfer of the interest in Crescent Ridge.
“The resolution is an agreement between Plymouth County and the City of Le Mars assigning all interest in Crescent Ridge property to the city for the amount of $297,500,” stated the agreement.
“In exchange the county hereby transfers to the city and any and all of its interests and other obligations due from the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation to the county, except annual real estate taxes and any other real estate assessments made by the county against the property.
Crescent Ridge is comprised of 59.5 acres.
“In an effort to facilitate and continue the economic development of Crescent Ridge, the parties’ desire to have the county assign to the City of Le Mars the county’s interest in the obligation payable by the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation to the county.”
The parties also agreed “the remaining balance of $227,500 originally contributed by the county to the Le Mars Business Initiative Corporation for Crescent Ridge shall remain as certified debt to be repaid from incremental property tax revenue generated in the joint urban renewal area.”
• Approved the 2012 Family Farm applications for a tax break program as presented.
• Unanimously approved a detour revocation and compensation agreement with Iowa Department of Transportation for approval regarding railroad work on Iowa Highway 3 in West Le Mars on Sept. 18 – 20 for $335.22, as presented by Plymouth County Engineer Tom Rohe. County Roads K-22 and C-16 were used near Brunsville.
“DOT calculates for that volume of traffic how much gas tax that would produce and they give us that amount of money,” said Rohe.
• On right-of-way contracts for a bridge project at 160th Street near Le Mars, Bids will be let in March, said Rohe. One right-of-way is for 1.63 acres, another is 0.78 acres.
Another bridge replacement project, at Fawn Avenue west of Iowa Highway 3, will also let in March.
• Rohe explained 320th Street at South Ridge Road and East Loop Road had to be closed Jan. 11 due to icy conditions but the road was reopened later on Jan. 12.
“The top of the hill makes it so icy, it was dangerous for people; four-wheel drive vehicles could make it. We closed it down Friday night, and Saturday morning we re-bladed it with about six loads of material. We did add some more material (Jan. 14) in the area,” said Rohe.
• Tree work continues on County Road K-22 South near the Sioux County line, said Rohe.
• Plymouth County supervisors meet each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars. Meetings are open to the public.