Supervisors allocate LOST grants

Posted April 25, 2013 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

At the April 9 Plymouth County Supervisors’ meeting, Local Option Sales Tax Advisor Board Chairperson Mary Reynolds presented Fiscal Year 2013-2014 tax grant allocation recommendations.

The supervisors approved the recommendations by a 4-0 vote.

A total of $446,833.92 in 39 requests were made for the $200,000 maximum amount.

“We met twice as a LOST Advisory Board, March 18 and 25, and we thank the supervisors who attended and gave input. We ranked the projects and have a good variety,” said Reynolds.

One Akron project which was funded was the Akron Park & Recreation Board’s request for $10,000 to update playground equipment to meet Americans With Disabilities Act requirements at Lefty Swift Field.

Other awardees included: Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office for equipment for Project Lifesaver, which assists law enforcement trackers when requested to help a person who has a medical condition and wanders away, $3,940 (same as requested); Plymouth County Emergency Medical Services, training of new members and recertification of current members, $10,000; Le Mars Fire-Rescue, protective clothing for firefighters, requested $8,000, received, $6,688; Perry Township Board of Trustees, township hall improvements, $7,000; Merrill Fire Department, four air packs, $18,080; Siouxland Paramedics Inc., Life-Pak 12 Cardiac Monitor, $16,914; Oyens Fire Department, personal protective equipment, fire gear, single gas monitor, thermal imaging camera, $13,848. Plymouth County Museum, $20,800 for the following: additional restroom, tuck pointing of Museum building, security alarm for agriculture annex, renovations of the doll room, the township-County Fair Room and the Sports Room; electrical update to four rooms. Also, $3,000 for flag pole repairs at a memorial at the museum. Plymouth County Senior Helpmates received $5,000. Floyd Valley Hospital of Le Mars sought $100,000 for a new loading dock and received $20,000.Remsen Heritage Museum asked for funds for flooring, rear entry door and replacing rear sliding and trim, $5,000 and received $4,358. Gehlen Catholic School of Le Mars, to replace three roofs, requested $40,000, received $13,333. Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence received $10,000 for continuing services to help clients achieve self-sufficiency. Plains Area Mental Health Inc. received $606 for a personal FM 360 system and $1,200 for two laptop computers and accessories for therapy; Le Mars YMCA received $5,900 for gymnasium renovation. Remsen-St. Mary’s High School sought $9,000 for retrofitting light fixtures in the high school building and received $4,700.

The following requests were not funded: Merrill Police asked for $6,000 for a computer for the police department; Le Mars Community Theatre sought $4,800 for updated stage lighting and wiring for Postal Playhouse; Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS) asked for $8,700 for rehabilitative and recreational program for persons with disabilities; Center for Financial Education asked for $1,500 for a community food pantry; Northwest Iowa Genealogical Society and Plymouth County Museum asked for $650 for high speed wireless internet and received zero. City of Brunsville asked for $4,600 to clean out silt in waterway at the city park. City of Merrill requested to replace furnace of the senior room at Kissinger Community Center, $6,000; and to repair room at Kissisnger Community Center, $16,605. City of Remsen, Remsen-Union School, Resmen-St. Mary’s School, ADA work for restroom facilities, wiring and plumbing to restroom and concessions improvements, and field lights, $20,000.

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