Economic Export area approved

Posted February 14, 2014 at 4:10 am

By Steve Peterson

At the Plymouth County supervisors’ Feb. 4 meeting, County Road Engineer Tom Rohe told supervisors that the proposed Economic Export Development Corridor from Le Mars to the South Dakota border, which will allow SmithCo Manufacturing near Le Mars to transport side dump trailers, has been approved by the Iowa Department of Transportation Division of Enforcement.

“This is the first in the state since the legislation has been passed so it will take some time for the administrative rule process. The side dump trailers will be 81-feet in length as they are pulled. Without the Economic Corridor, they could not pull them together,” said Rohe.

In other county business:

Jake brake update

Supervisor Craig Anderson said that he met with the ethanol plant representatives and the neighbor on C-38 near Le Mars who first complained about the situation. Supervisors said the company will post a notice about not using “jake brake” on trucks and the citizen will continue to keep an eye on the situation for about six months. They said they preferred this approach to a new ordinance banning the use of jake brakes.

“It would be better if it was self-policed,” said Anderson.

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