By Steve Peterson
Plymouth County supervisors approved an embargo on certain vehicles for Marble Avenue near Le Mars.
The embargo restricts vehicles to those under 6,000 pounds per axel. Supervisors approved the embargo by a 4-0 vote at the March 12 meeting.
“It is done the first week of March each year because of the type of asphalt that was used. It is for Marble Avenue from 160th Street to the end of the concrete,” said County Engineer Tom Rohe. The embargo is typically lifted in late May.
In other county business:
• The timetable for the renewal of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) ballot was discussed.
A public meeting of Plymouth County mayors is expected to be held at 7:00 p.m. April 4 at the Plymouth County Courthouse annex in Le Mars. Mayors or their representatives may bring project suggestions.
The LOST renewal question issue is expected to be on the November ballot.
“Each town can still have a choice to do LOST (tax),” said Supervisor Jim Henrich.
“The important thing is to inform the taxpayer of what it is going to be for,” said Supervisor Craig Anderson.
Le Mars councilors requested that the renewal be voted on at this time as opposed to 2016. It would not take effect until 2016 if approved by county voters on the November ballot.
In other action:
• Approved submitted applications for impoundment structure property tax exemptions. Only an impoundment structure which has a storage capacity of at least 18 acre feet of water or sediment at the time of construction, which is located outside an incorporated city and is not developed or used directly or indirectly for non-agricultural income-producing purposes is eligible.
Each application must have a recommendation for approval from the Soil and Water Conservation District commissioners attesting to the fact the impoundment is maintained in a satisfactory condition, and the application must be submitted to the county assessor who forwards them on to the supervisors. Sites were in five Hinton, Le Mars, Kingsley, and Westfield,
• Plymouth County Supervisor Jack Guenthner gave an update on the Mental Health region of Plymouth, Sioux, Cherokee and Woodbury counties. That region will be known as Sioux Rivers Region. Ida County has submitted a letter to join the Sioux Rivers Region and will be considered at the next Mental Health region meeting.
In other business at the March 5 meeting:
• Thomas Kruse was appointed Grant Township clerk to replace Devin Kruse.
• Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve the renewal of Hidden Acres Golf Course’s liquor license.
• Plymouth County supervisors meet each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the first floor board room of the Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE in Le Mars. Meetings are open to the public.