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Le Mars Daily Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 27, 1985, Le Mars, Iowa * Department of History Archives 7222 Des la 50319 Iowa's only completely local daily newspaper Sentinel Wednesday Le Iowa - February 27,1985 113th No. 42 25 Cents Murs Daily Sentinel Ask rejection of Le Mars Water price increases By Deborah Simon Citing a string the Iowa Office of Consumer Advocate has asked the Iowa Commerce Commission to reject a rate increase filing by Le Mars Water Co. In a motion to reject a defective filing dated Feb. 19, the consumer office noted errors in the percentages of the rate increase notice mailed to Le Mars Water Co. Cited as errors are computing residential averages as monthly while city and school district averages are incorrectly computed as quarterly and fire department averages are computed as yearly Le Mars residential customers pay The office contends the letter also wrongly stated the total annual percentage increase was 38.9 percent when it was actually 30.9 In the office noted Le Mars Water Co. has failed to file eight documents requested by the commission last At that time Le Mars Water Co. filed for a waiver of a number of commerce commission rules in anticipation of requesting the rate Among the documents which the office said the water company did not file with its rate increase a depreciation reserve computed on 12-month ending a capital structure calculated on a 12-month average of month ending information on 1983 Iowa Income taxes and amendments and details of 1983 federal income A schedule of monthly Iowa tional expense account for the test a schedule of monthly consumption units support for the rate design changes in its interim and general rate an interest rate and backup for their pro forma known and measurable changes being requested in costs and Attorney Daniel J. who filed the motion asking the Le Mars Water Co. rate filing be said if the motion is granted by the commerce commission the company will have to begin over again on its rate increase If the office motion is the Le Mars Water Co. request will continue through the commerce commission hearing process. Fey said Le Mars Water Co. may also submit the documents missing from the filing before the commission makes a decision of the advocate office's Fey said the office does not often ask that rate filings be rejected on the grounds of defective because most systems are owned by large companies which are familiar with commerce commission Le Mars Water Co. is one of only a handful of small privately owned water systems in Iowa which fall under commerce commission Most water systems the size of Le Mars are municipally owned and do not come under Iowa Commerce Commission Fey The Iowa Commerce Commission rules do not cover water systems with under 2,000 Fey Le Mars Water Co. has 2,821 Public hearing tonight on clean-up of 6 Iowa hazardous waste sites By Harrison Weber Iowa Newspaper Assn. Iowa lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday evening to give federal officials an opportunity to discuss the status of funding and clean-up of the six superfund hazardous waste sites in Morris regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in Kansas City has been invited to appear at the said Rep. Ralph chair of the house Energy and Environmental Protection is some concern that both the funding and clean-up efforts are going to Rosenberg Recently the Iowa Citizen Action Network said at the present time the EPA only has plans to complete the clean-up at the site in Council is one of three sites that has been listed on the priority The other two are the Dico plant in Des Update Hunger epidemic Despite the economic millions of Americans regularly do not get enough to and cuts in social programs have left more people hungry than at any time since the 1930s. is a problem of epidemic proportions across the said the report by the Physician Task Force on fer in no one nows the precise number of hungry available evidence indicates that up to 20 million citizens may be hungry at least some period of time each Rape speaker Sister Jean Berringer will speak on the topic of rape at 9 p.m. Thursday ui the third floor study room at Bonebrake Women's Dormitory on the Westmar and the Salsbury Laboratories landfill at Charles Three other sites have been proposed for Nameplate in Mount in Clinton and Vogel Paint in Orange Don a spokesman for the National Campaign Against Toxic said the record on clean up in Iowa and the nation is He said the number of superfund sites is increasing at a rate faster than they are being cleaned Iowa alone there be five more sites that could qualify Tor money when EPA studies are Wiener Rosenberg said the second half of the hearing will be devoted to discussing the amendment adopted last year by Congress to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The federal among other requires the EPA to draft rules to regulate underground gasoline storage Gasoline tanks tend to begin leaking two to 20 years after they are buried in the according to Tim director of the regional office of ground water Amsden estimated there are up to 2 million storage tanks buried underground at gasoline stations across the Rep. Rosenberg said it's estimated there may be as many as 40,000 commercial tanks in Photos Deborah Simon had no indication at all I was going to have a said Eldon whose movements have been circumscribed by a wheelchair since a stroke three years Silent crippler forces quiet suffering with hard work in therapy By Deborah Simon The evening began as a joint birthday celebration for Eldon Oliver and Linda both of Le The Olivers and Vogels were on their way to dinner in Sioux City when Eldon suddenly lost control of the a car coming up Ellen Oliver warned her husband as the car started to drift into the left hand When Eldon didn't respond Dwight Vogel grabbed the wheel of the car and managed to steer into a nearby parking Eldon fully directed the Vogels to the He had suffered a was the worst birthday present I ever he says today three years Oliver is one of an estimated 750,000 Americans who suffer strokes each Stroke is the leading cause of death in the United falling behind heart disease and A third of stroke victims are younger than 65 Those who do not lose their lives to a stroke almost always lose a part of sight or the ability to walk or lift an had no indication at all I was to have a Oliver iut Oliver suffered from persistant high blood pressure since his late 20s and even with medication his blood pressure reading was well above the normal Oliver said none of his doctors ever mentioned stroke as a possible side effect of his high blood There are four main types of a blood clot forms in an artery carrying blood to part of the and blocks the These blockages usually occur in vessels clogged by a buildup of fatty A wandering clot wedges into an artery or smaller vessel and chokes off blood A defective artery the brain breaks and spills blood into surrounding tissue depriving surrounding cells of A weak spot in an artery wall balloons out into an aneurysm which breaks causing Aneurysms are often associated with high blood The severity of the stroke depends on how long the brain is deprived of oxygen and how much of the surrounding tissue is was a very severe Oliver didn't know because I could talk and I thought if you could talk it wasn't too They didn't think I was going to live for the first few Oliver spent over three weeks in the then another 80 days in therapy learning to get in and out of now to roll button his Stroke p. 10 Washington crosses support rally As Washington's attention focused on the farm Cong. Berkley Bedell met Tuesday with congressmen and legislators to discuss emergency farm credit aid legislation scheduled for a House vote on been a flurry of activity in Washington week on farm Bedell from Iowa and South Dakota nave met with me and other congressmen to discuss ways the federal government can help farmers who are struggling to keep their farms in Senate has been pushing for action on emergency the House is scheduled to debate and vote on emergency aid and farmers will be gathering for the National Crisis Action Rally in Bedell nation's attention has really been focused on the farm Bedell had hoped to attend the Ames rally but decided to stay in Washington and help push for House approval of the emergency aid He sent a letter Monday to the rally's expressing his have been working as I'm sure you've to convince the and particularly the Reagan that farmers need credit help now if severe disruptions are to be Bedell rally will send a message to the It will confirm and add new strength to the message we have been trying to send to In a show of support for the Bedell joined U.S. Sen. Tom and other congressmen Wednesday morning to place white crosses in Lafayette Park across from the White The crosses have been used in Iowa to symbolize farm The congressmen will place more than 200 representing the more than 200 farms that fail every far from Bedell will continue to work in the Congress to get help for our rural economy and to convince the Administration that the health of the Heartland of our country is just as important as Chrysler Corporation or New York Busloads travel to farm crisis Ames rally At least nine buses of farmers coordinated by Northwest Iowa Mental Health Center at Spencer made the trip Wednesday to the National Farm Crisis Rally at About 360 people signed up for the bus trip from Spencer and Ocheyedan to form a Others joined at Pocahontas and One chartered bus left from Hinton for Ames where busloads of farmers from as far away at Colorado began arriving Crowd estimates have ranged from 20,000 to 40,000, with an overflow anticipated at the 15,000-seat Hilton Busloads are expected from Ohio and the coliseum was not filled until A National Farmers Organization meeting Aug. 16,1967, at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines which drew 35,400 is thought to be the largest farm crowd on record in the United NFO leaders at that rally called for an all-out holding action on farm commodities unless prices The Ames rally called for government credit measures to help farmers facing a financial crunch in planting this There were no political On the morning program were a Missouri dairy Kansas Iowa farmer Dean Kleckner who is president of Iowa Farm Illinois factory Wisconsin small businessman and an Iowa Extension specialist on Afternoon speakers were an Iowa Catholic Colorado rancher and wheat head of the National Consumer League from and a Minnesota State University Also taking part were presidents of six national farm and rural organizations in an unprecedented display of The entire program was broadcast live on Iowa Public Undecided about bond forfeit No decision has been made by the Plymouth County Attorney's office whether or not for forfeiture of bond posted for Michael J. of Le failed to Feb. 19 in Plymouth County District Court for Brian assistant county said decision on revocation of is up to the county attorney's office as If bond money is it goes into distinct court funds after a hearing at which a time for forfeiture is Bench warrant for arrest was issued Feb. 19 with cash bond set at is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to also was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Union County Circuit Court at Elk and to appear on cocaine related charges in that No bench warrant was House speaker predicts next crisis will be in cities By Harrison Weber Iowa Newspaper Assn. While lawmakers are still searching for a solution to the farm Speaker of the Iowa House Don is predicting that the next crisis will be in the Tins is a revaluation year for property tax in an predicted that real estate valuations in Iowa's cities will decline by 15 to 20 percent tills The taxes on those valuations will be paid a year and a half probably will be some slight increases in rural valuations year because of the productivity for But you'll start to see valuations start to go down in rural areas in another he He said Iowa stands to get a double whammy because of a possible cutback in federal aid to local Reagan said he we should drop federal revenue sharing programs because local and state governments across the country have surpluses federal government the budget has been saying all along that it is counterproductive for the federal government to provide federal revenue sharing programs to local Avenson the Oelwein Democrat may be true in 40 states but disastrous iii the other 10 states including Speaker Avenson said it is not critical of what the federal government is doing with its The he is whether Iowa will have the and to deal with the lost are we going to lose fire and other important services in our As a result of this set of Avenson said it's possible that many cities in Iowa will not be able to the same police and lire protection levels they nave will not be able to have urban mass transit at affordable Many of our older Iowans depend upon mass transit systems to get to buy their Avenson said property taxpayers mav see relief in some is how do you deliver lose same services that people expect and demand without the revenues being available to pay for Local option taxes may be a partial Another possible revenue measure for cities would be the pooling of public fluids to get a higher rate of needs to be done so that under the new federalism program local governments will be able to pick up those lost revenues from the valuation reductions and federal budget Avenson
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