By Steve Peterson
Plymouth County Supervisors appointed Brad Harvey of rural Akron as Westfield Township Clerk to replace John Ziniel at their regular Oct. 8 meeting.
In other agenda items, Plymouth County Recorder Jolynn Goodchild presented her quarterly report for July 1 through Sept. 30. The report was approved by a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Jack Guenthner was absent.
“Despite the government shut down we’re still processing passports as business-as-usual,” said Goodchild. A total of 66 passports were processed with most taking four to six weeks.
The supervisors, at the suggestion of Supervisor Craig Anderson, by a 4-0 vote, a Memorandum-Of-Understanding regarding a previously approved street vacation request by Le Mars company, SmithCo.
County Attorney Darin Raymond was directed to set up the memorandum by a 4-0 supervisors’ vote.
The firm must pay the county $35,000 to cover the county’s costs in vacating a portion of 212th Street near Le Mars for possible expansion of the firm which builds side dump trailers.
A public hearing will be held for the street vacation.
The finances discussion with Plymouth County Libraries is expected to be Oct. 15.
Supervisor Don Kass explained he attended an economic development meeting hosted by Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SMPCO) staff in Le Mars, with representatives from Le Mars and Kingsley.
“We discussed a wide range of topics including the need for jobs at the coming CF Industries plant in Sioux City, the casino and the demand for housing. I suggested it would be a good time to tweak any rental requirements,” said Kass.
Kingsley will become a member again in SIMPCO, he said, explaining the problem between the two was an earlier SIMPCO attempt for a Nuisance Abatement Ordinance in its towns.
Citing the county’s $25,000 cost, Kass criticized the Northwest Iowa Developers Association and its website for not having anything on Plymouth County cities.
Plymouth County supervisors meet each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the first floor boardroom of Plymouth County Courthouse, 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars. Oct. 22 is the next meeting. Meetings are open to the public.