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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 <i vacancy created last fall by the death of Sen. Vernon Kyhl, a Parkersburg Republican. Fines to School District Change? The house schools committee Monday unanimously approved a proposal to repeal a section of the Iowa constitution which says all fines collected go to the ocal school district where they are paid. Rep. David Stanley (R-Musca- ine) said the provision is not equitable because there is wide variation in the amount of fines collected in different school dis- ;ricts. For example, he said, truck veight violations produce the [reatest amount of fine money. If a school district is lucky enough to have a truck weigh station within its borders it 'reaps a bonanza" while neigh- joring school districts go beg- ging, Stanley said. Repeal will make it possible 'or the legislature to distribute 3ne money to all school dis- :ricts on a per pupil basis, he 1 Energy Commiffee Has Hot Spot The Iowa house natural re- sources committee, sensitive to matters of energy and the state's effort to supply enough of it, met the first time this ses- sion in an 82-degree.room. An early-arriving secretary noticed the unusual warmth in the committee room Monday and tried, in vain, to open a window. Arriving moments later, the committee chairman, Rep. Dennis Freeman Lake) commented, "The natu- ral resources committee has the hottest room in the cockeyet building." He opened a window anc brought relief. Later, state General Services Director Stanley McCauslanc explained that temperatures often soar when outside read- ngs are unusually high. "We're trying for 68 said McCausland. "We had this lappen all over the place in the all." McCausland said that several days ago statehouse engineers .urned off the heating system at a.m. and comfortable tem- peratures generated by the steam heat system "coasted" :hrough the day. He said he supposed the sys- :em was turned off Monday, but was not sure. Other Bills Bills in the Iowa legislature Monday: Introduced in Senate SF1001, To double the tax credit allowed under the Iowa income tax for each exemption. Gluba. SF1002, To provide a lax ex- emption for residential wood- burning fireplaces during an energy crisis. Potter. SF1003, To reduce the state individual income tax 5 percent in 1974 and 10 percent thereaf- ter and to reduce the sales tax to 2.7 percent. Shaw and Tie- den. SF 1005, To allow a court to order support and alimony pay- merits be made directly to the person awarded the payments. Hiley. SF 1006, To specify that the district court clerk is responsi- ble for reporting deferments of judgments. DeKoster. SF 11007, To appropriate million to construct a. state ag- ricultural building. Curtis anc Plymat. SF1008, To require retail dealers to display the price per gallon pi gasoline at their place of business so that it can be seen from the street. Robinson. SF1009, To delete the re- quirement that a rape victim's testimony must be substantiat- ed by other evidence. Hiley and Doderer. Contract on Iowa City's Renewal Near IOWA CITY The Iowa City council took a giant step Mon- Jay toward finalizing a contract ivitli the Old Capitol Business L'cntcr Co. for the development of the city's downtown urban renewal project. The council reached basic igreement with the proposed deveiopers on parking spaces tnd land values in the project area. These matters will now come jefore the council for a final vote next week. The agreement was ham- mered .cut through a lengthy Monday session. Old Capitol is expected to pay about mil- lion for the 11-acre project area. The city, for its part, has agreed to provide parking :paces. The parking ramp on top of Ihc proposed two-story universi- ,y mall is expected to provide parking spaces. A decision on a second ramp las not been made. This deci- ;ion is expected within the next .wo weeks. The College block building jurchase by Old Capitol still has not been settled. The building is not included in :he present land for sale. Also, :he design of buildings, sched- ules for demolishing structures and closing of downtown streets to all but emergency traffic, are all points which still must be agreed upon. Mayor Ed Czarnecki said he wanted time for "considerable citizen input before any council decision is made." There's always Take salads, for example. You'll choose from a selection of fifteen or more every day... lettuce salads, fruit salads, jello salads and vegetable salads all different and all delicious. A wide and ever-changing variety of reasonably priced foods is one of the many reasons people eat at Bishops Next time your family eats out, try the variety of good food at Bishops. YOU'LL FIND WE'RE JUST A LITTLE CAFETERIA 321 First Ave. S.E. BUFFET 4444 First Ave. N.E. Old Hotel in Iowa Is Gutted by Fire KIMBALLTON (AP) Fire jutted the interior of the Kim- jallton hotel early Tuesday. One person escaped serious injury and was rescued by Fire Ihief Tom Flynn and Fireman Leland Kaltoft. The three-story, 25-room brick structure was built in 1900. It housed six per- manent residents. Officials said they had no idea what caused the fire, which ap- parently started in a first floor bedroom. Firemen from Kimballton, Elk Horn and Audubon were at the scene. Kimballton is in Audubon county in west Iowa. YEARS AGO The Ger- man high command reported the Red army had opened powerful offensive on the Lenin- grad front. Ray: Cut Levy For 54 Schools By Frank Nyc Fifty-four of Iowa's -152 school districts would be affected by the governor's recommendation to remove from the law the 10 percent maximum millage reduction thai can be made in a single year from the previous year's levy on property tor school taxes. This limit reduction would be phased out in 1975 under the present law, but the governor's recommendation is to elimi- nate it one year ahead of schedule. This means an earlier savings in property taxes in the dis- tricts affected. In Eastern Iowa, these districts, together with the property tax and the millage that would be saved are: Allamakee, 1.610; Oelwein, 2.945; Turkey Valley 1.627; Amana, 1.077; Iowa City, 4.099; Oxford Junction, 6.058; Central City, .693; Marion, 5.647; Decorah, .946 The governor set aside ?6 million in his revised budget to replace the property taxes that normally would have to be paid if the millage reduction stayed in effect, or about more than comptroller Marvin Selden's estimate of that it will take, based on present knowledge of the number of students in these districts. Fuel Shortage Foreseen By West Delaware Schools MANCHESTER The effect of Daylight Saving time was one of the administrative re- ports presented to the West Del- aware school board at its regu- lar meeting Monday. This is our fifth day and I still don't like said Supt. William Raisch of the daylight time. The darkness of the early morning hours that school bus drivers have to pick up students and possible bad weather condi- tions at that time wore his main objections. Neither the school board nor the superintendent had received any direct complaints from any- one about the new time. "Most people don't like it, but they will put up with Raisch said. Regular school hours used to be from 9 a.m. to p.m. until the districts were reorganized throughout the state, he noted. Certified enrollment in the district for the 1973-74 school year is students. Budget for the next year will be per student plus miscellaneous carryover funds. "We are in a low spending Raisch said. He said that the amount per student could be increased from to each if various pro- posed programs are approved by the state. A decrease in the projected enrollment from 1975-7G is ex- pected, with only 160 kin- dergartners beginning school and 20G seniors graduating. Richard Justice, transpor- tation director, said he foresees no fuel shortage at the schools. About gallons of fuel a day was being used by the schools during the cold weather. "We are not buying fuel by trans- said Justice. "We are using local suppliers because they seem to have he said. Price increases in fuel could exceed the school's heat- ing budget from to Raisch said. A report on the vocational ag- riculture department was given by instructor Mahlon Peterson. In the present school year pro- gram, 95 students were enrolled in the day classes and 175 in adult farmer classes. Total labor income was for the student farming program. The project included 917 farm animals and 532 acres of crop-, land. Peterson said there was a need for a Young Farmer pro- gram and more agri-business should be included in the vo-ag course. Teacher Karen Florha Rave a report on the English depart- ment in which she sees a need for more careful pretesting and post-testing in order to evaluate progress of a. student ,in the school system. Visits by the board and ad- ministrators to the junior high school, Lambert, Dundee, Gree- ley and Ryan elementary schools are scheduled for the first three weeks of February. The United State Bank is doing its share to help solve the Energy Crunch! 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