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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Tues., Jan. 15 1974 In Legislature Snowmobile Fees Argued By Cbarles Roberts DBS MOINES (AP) Dis- sident Iowa snowmobile inter- ests who believe the state has not done enough to provide rec- reation facilities for them may complain before a house com- mittee Thursday. But the Iowa conservation commission and other groups have also been invited to appeal- before the Iowa house natural resources committee, Rep. Dennis Freeman (R-Storm Lake) said Monday. Freeman, the committee chairman, said snowmobile en- thusiasts have told him they are curious how money paid in li- cense fees is spent. He said the snowmobile in- terests maintain tSiat the state has not spent as much for snowmobile trails and other facilities as they thought when they backed legislation sever- al years ago to impose licens- ing. "We have a misunderstanding that needs to be worked Freeman said. The informal hearing will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in house committee room 1. Stanley Kuhn, chief adminis- tration officer of the Iowa conservation commission, esti- mated in an interview that Iowa spent in fiscal 1972-73 on snowmobile-related facilities. The state took in from licensing the machines that year, he said. Kuhn said it is difficult to determine how much money is expended only for snow- mobile activities because some facilities, such as trails, have varied uses in other sea- sons. Hiking trails are also used by horse riders and bicycle riders before the snow falls, making them into snowmobile tracks, he aid. In addition, the snowmobile license fee money goes into a general fund used by the com- mission to pay for water, forest- ry, parks and administration activities, as well as snowmobile activities. Kuhn believes there are about 350 miles of trails and acres of frozen lakes available to snowmobile enthusiasts in the winter. Landlords To Pay Interest on Deposits? Landlords would have to pay their tenants interest on security deposits under a bill introduced in the Iowa senate. The bill, introduced Monday by Sen. Lucas DeKoster (R- would require landlords Mar-Mac Slates Public Meetings on School Issue Special to The Gazette McGREGOR t- In somewhat of a quandary about how they want to proceed the Mar-Mac board of education has sched- uled two public meeitings in an attempt to find out. The first will be at p.m. Thursday in the Marquette ele- mentary building. The second will be at p.m. Wednesday Jan. 23, in the McGregor school lunchroom. "We want the voters to come to these meetings, listen to the reasons behind what we've done so far and tell us what they want us to do Board Member Norbert Hammes, Marquette, said Sunday night. Problems In the face of an ever-growing list of problems with the Mar- quette building the board pro- posed last fall a bond issue that would have allowed closing of the Marquette building by pro- viding funds for remodeling the McGregor school buildings, so they could absorb the elementa- ry students who now go to Mar- quette and for .constructing a new gymnasium-lunchroom to the west of the present high school in McGregor. At the polls Dec. 4, however, while McGregor voters gave the idea about 63 percent approval, Marquette residents were only about 22 percent in favor, mak- ing the proposal fall short of the 60 percent vote required for pas- sage. Since then the state fire marshal has become a bit more insistent that the build- ing if it is to continue to be oc- cupied, must be brought up to fire safety standards. And the state highway com- mission has put on its five-year plan the relocation of highway 218 from the new Mississippi river bridge to the Interstate Power sub-station west of Mc- Gregor that involves a ramp to be built directly in front of the school. The board last week notified the fire marshal it did not in- tend to make the repairs he in- sisted on. It also took steps to remove students from the two rooms deemed most unsafe and to relocate them.elsewhere. Kindergarten Beginning next week kinder- garten classes will meet in the basement of the McGregor Methodist church. And now the board's not quite sure what voters want it to do next, said Hammes, who was elected last fall after publicly stating he was definitely against ;he proposed bond issue. Since taking office, however, Hammes has joined fellow board members, Lowell Siegele, Maurice Melvin, Max Abiltrup and Eugene Milewsky to make every decision the board has made in connection with the Mdi'quette building unanimous. "I simply became aware of all the facts as a result of ob- taining additional Hammes explained. "I feel the people will change their minds also, if they just come to the meetings and look at this information themselves." He cited as an example of the information a 1969 state board of education survey that strongly recommended closing the Marquette building because it was sub-standard in virtually every respect. "Another thing to consider is consolidation. It's a very present spectre. Communities without good buildings are going to lose their kids. How'd you like to drive 20 or more miles every time you wanted to watch your kids play ball? "If we don't maintain ade- quate facilities for our children in our own community, the state eventually is going to move in and force us to send them some- where that does have such facil- ities." Crabby in the morning? Feel like punching the clock radio when you wake up? Does the cat bolt from the foot of the bed in terror? Moybe the old bed isn't providing the old bod with the proper support. Slumberlond salespeople are wide awake lo your need for a good night's sleep. If you don't believe us, ask any reformed crab. Chances are, he or she is a Slumberland customer. OPEN SUNDAY 1-5PM Monday-Friday PM Saturday PM 201 1st Avenue S.E. 363-0245 to pay 5 percent annual interest on deposits made by renters to cover damage. In addition, landlords would lie required to give renters a written statement of damages to be deducted from the de- posit when the tenants move. "There have been a number of complaints that landlords are not refunding money when the tenant leaves and the landlords have not been specifying DeKoster said. DeKoster said the landlords should be required to pay the in- terest because "he's got the use of that money." Small Town Liquor Sale Bill Gains Retail businesses with special distributorships would be per- mitted to sell package liquor in towns where it Js not feasible to maintain state liquor stores, un- der a bill approved for passage jy the house state government committee. The bill was sent to the house calendar on a 14-1 vote Monday, with two members abstaining. Jep. Norman Roorda (R-Mon- roe) cast the lone "no" vote. The measure is designed to enable the Iowa beer and li- quor control department to maintain package liquor sales in small towns. It has the en- dorsement of Gov. Robert Ray. Ray had recommended pas- sage of the bill last year, but it remained bottled up In commit- tee till the last session ended. After the session, Holland Gallagher, director of the beer and liquor control department, announced plans to close state liquor stores in seven small :owns including What Cheer to free funds to open eight new stores in larger population areas which would produce more profit. After a storm of protest from a number of rural legislators, allagher agreed to keep the stores open until the legislature lad a chance to act on the measure to allow special liquor distributorships where state stores do not exist. The bill would provide for li- censing of existing retail busi- nesses to handle liquor sales for he state. The special distribu- tors would be required to sell iquor at the same prices as the state stores, and would be re- quired to buy their liquor from ;he state at discounts to be de- termined by the control depart- ment. WIrcphoto CLIFF BURROUGHS, a Republican from Greene, be- came Iowa's fiftieth state senator when he was sworn in Monday during opening of the legislature in Des Moines. Burroughs was elected in a special election to 
                            

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