Hearings will be held on the preliminary and final plats of the Runger’s 4th Addition, rezoning of a parcel of land on the west side of the new Hy-Vee property, and rezoning of the property at 730 Western Avenue.
Also they will consider the sale of property to Evelyn Kats. This is a strip of property two and one-half feet wide along the east edge of the former Pucci’s property which is already occupied by part of the adjacent Kats building.
The Council will also hold a public hearing on refinancing of a loan which helped finance the City’s obligation to the Lewis and Clark Water project.
The refinancing at a lower interest rate will result in a savings of about $l60,000 to the city.
In other business, the council will hear the annual audit report, consider the third reading of the golf cart ordinance, and consider approving the precinct population for Crossroads Industrial Park. With the annexation of that area into the city limits, the population of the first precinct will be increase by one person, and that needs to be reported to the state of Iowa.
Wednesday’s 4:30 meeting will be held in Council Chambers on the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Center.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce motor vehicle injuries by reducing the number of drivers who use electronic devices or engage in other types of distracted driving. The campaign evolved from the Community Health Needs Assessment in Sioux County which revealed Sioux County’s rate of motor vehicle injury rates as an area of concern.
DISTRACTED DRIVING is any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving and increases the risk of crashing. Distractions include: talking or texting on a cell phone, grooming, eating or drinking, changing radio stations, or talking to passengers. Lt. Darin Fratzke of the Iowa State Patrol recalls the tragic examples we’ve had in northwest Iowa; “One fatality accident due to distracted driving is one too many”.
Motor vehicle crashes are the LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH for teens in the United States and drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction related fatal crashes. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Angela Kroeze Visser, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinator for Community Health Partners of Sioux County said, “Public health focuses on prevention and preventing injuries begins with changing behavior. We know that crashes and injuries can be prevented by putting down your phone.”
While cell phone use is not against the law for adult drivers, it is illegal for teen drivers. The Iowa law states that no teen driver holding a restricted driver’s license (GDL instructional permit, GDL intermediate license, minor school license, special restricted license) shall use ANY electronic communication device or electronic entertainment device while driving a motor vehicle including phone calls (even hands free) and texting. A violation of this law can cost up to $127.50. It can also result in additional restrictions or even a suspension of your license. Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena believes distracted driving is one of the most important things parents can model and talk to their teens about. It could be a matter of life and death.
The “Put it Down” campaign will consist of a public education campaign including posters, display boards, PSA’s, in-school presentations, and enforcement of Iowa’s current texting law.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s office, the Iowa State Patrol, and local law enforcement will be giving in school presentations on the dangers of distracted driving at each of the high schools in Sioux County during the week of March 26. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend those presentations. The dates and locations are:
Monday, March 26th
- 2:45 PM — MOC/Floyd Valley
Tuesday, March 27th
- 8:15 AM — Spalding Catholic
- 9:54 AM — Unity Christian
- 1:00 PM — West Sioux
Wednesday, March 28th
- 9:20 AM — Western Christian
- 11:30 AM — Trinity Christian
- 1:30 PM — Sioux Center
Thursday, March 29th
- 2:00 PM — Rock Valley
Friday, March 30th 10:45 AM . Boyden-Hull
- 1:40 PM — Netherlands Reformed
For more information Contact: Angela Kroeze-Visser, MPH
Health Promotion Disease Prevention Coordinator
Deputy Waylon Pollema
Sioux County Sheriff’s Office
Trooper Vince Kurtz, Badge 495
Iowa State Patrol Post 6 Safety Education
By Scott Van Aartsen
A number of northwest Iowa law enforcement agencies will join some 250 law enforcement agencies from around the state and will be out in force beginning March 15 through March 18 for this year’s second special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP) wave.
They will be looking for drunk drivers and safety belt violators as well as all traffic violations. With the record number of traffic fatalities (59) that occurred this January and February, officers will be stepping up their enforcement activity in hopes of slowing down that trend throughout the rest of the year. Of the 59 fatalities in the last two months, 30% or 17 were unbelted and 8 were identified as unknown.
And speaking of enforcement, today (March 6) is another school patrol day. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is focusing on areas known to have a high amount of school traffic.
The four areas of focus today are:
* Highway 75 between Maurice and Sioux Center
* K52 between B30 and 270th Street
* K64 north of Orange City to Highway 18
* Highway 10 from Alton to Highway 75
By Scott Van Aartsen
On Saturday, March 3 at 11:18 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s office investigated a stolen vehicle that was found parked along Highway 60 just southwest of Jackson Avenue, five miles south of Orange City.
The vehicle was a Blue 1986 Jeep Comanche pickup, and was found to have been stolen from Columbus, NE.
It is believed that the vehicle was left along the highway sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 PM March 3. If you saw anyone around the vehicle, helped a motorist or saw someone walking along the highway in this area at that time, please contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office. You may remain anonymous.
By Scott Van Aartsen