THE CITY COUNCIL HAS GIVEN FINAL APPROVAL TO A ZONING PLAN FOR A LAND BASED GAMBLING CASINO IN SIOUX CITY.
THE COUNCIL VOTED 5-0 TO APPROVE THE DISTRICTS WHERE A CASINO COULD BE BUILT, WHICH IS MAINLY IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF THE CITY. MAYOR BOB SCOTT SAYS HE'D ALSO LIKE CITY STAFF TO LOOK AT POSSIBLY EXPANDING THE AREA WHERE A CASINO COULD BE BUILT:
THE NON PROFIT LICENSE HOLDER OF THE CURRENT ARGOSY RIVERBOAT CASINO, THE MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, WILL MEET AUGUST 20TH AND DISCUSS THE LAND CASINO ISSUE AND RELATED TOPICS.
High grain prices and high transportation costs have forced Plymouth Oil of Merrill, Iowa to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Dave Hoffman of the Plymouth Oil says the company's board felt this was the best move to pay off their debts. Hoffman says Plymouth Oil had hoped to obtain corn germ from their neighbors next door, Plymouth Energy, but those plans fell through.
He says the plan is to keep operating and paying bills. The plant started operations in February of 2010 and specializes in producing food products from corn, such as corn oil for cooking purposes.
Hoffman says the decision was in the best interest for both the company's investors and creditors.
THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A 28-E AGREEMENT WITH THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CLEAR THE WAY FOR A NEW WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN MORNINGSIDE AT SOUTH MARTHA AND BUSHNELL OFF GLENN AVENUE.
THE COUNCIL HAD DELAYED APPROVING THE AGREEMENT FOR A WEEK AND HAD CONCERNS ABOUT GLENN AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS THAT WOULD BE PUSHED AHEAD TWO YEARS FOR THE PROJECT.
CITY ENGINEERS SAY THEY CAN WORK WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT REGARDING THE STREET PLAN. THE MEASURE PASSED 5-0.
SIOUX CITY FIREFIGHTERS RESPONDED TO TWO SEPARATE FIRES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF TOWN AROUND 9AM MONDAY MORNING.
ONE WAS ON THE CAMPUS OF MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE. CAMPUS SPOKESMAN RICK WOLLMAN SAYS SMOKE ALARMS STARTED IN ROADMAN HALL:
DAMAGE WAS LIMITED TO THAT APARTMENT AND FIREFIGHTERS VENTILATED THE BUILDING WITH FANS. ONLY A FEW STUDENTS HAVE MOVED IN SO FAR AND NO ONE WAS INJURED.
SOME OF THOSE STUDENTS THOUGHT IT WAS A FALSE ALARM AND WERE SUPRISED WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AND ASKED THEM TO LEAVE THE BUILDING.
THE SECOND FIRE WAS AT ARAMARK ON 2700 HAWKEYE DRIVE. FIRE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JESSE PEDERSEN SAYS THAT FIRE STARTED IN SOME DUCTWORK:
EMPLOYEES SAFELY EVACUATED AS THE BUILDING FILLED WITH SMOKE. A DAMAGE ASSESSMENT IS NOT YET AVAILABLE.
SOME PASSERS BY COULD HAVE CREATED A PROBLEM FOR FIREFIGHTERS AS THEY RESPONDED TO THE FIRE AT THE ARAMARK UNIFORM COMPANY. PEDERSEN SAYS CARS LITERALLY DROVE OVER FIRE HOSES AS FIREFIGHTERS WERE TRYING TO PUT OUT THE FIRE:
PEDERSEN SAYS TWO CARS DROVE OVER FIRE HOSES AT THE ARAMARK FIRE, AND A THIRD DRIVER WAS STOPPED BEFORE HE COULD DO THE SAME.