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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 15, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tho Odar Rapids <»azotto: Tues.. Jan. 15 1974 In Legislature Snowmobile Fees Argued By Charles Roberts DES MOINES (AP) - Dissident Iowa snowmobile interests who believe the state has not done enough to provide recreation facilities for them may complain before a house committee Thursday. But the Iowa conservation commission and other groups have also been invited to appear before the Iowa house natural resources committee, Rep. Dennis Freeman (R-Storm Lake) said Monday. Freeman, the committee chairman, said snowmobile enthusiasts have told him they are curious how money paid in license fees is spent. He said the snowmobile interests maintain that the state has not spent as much for snowmobile trails and other facilities as they thought when they backed legislation several years ago to impose licensing. “We have a misunderstanding that needs to be worked out,’’ Freeman said. The informal hearing will be at IO a.m. Thursday in house committee room I. Stanley Kuhn, chief administration officer of the Iowa conservation commission, estimated in an interview that Iowa spent $198,000 in fiscal 1972-73 on snowmobile related facilities, to pay 5 percent annual interest The state took in $196,430 from on deposits made by renters to licensing the machines that cover damage. In addition, landlords would be required to give renters a written statement of damages to be deducted from the deposit when the tenants move. “There have been a number of complaints that landlords are I not refunding money when the .....    ,    , (tenant leaves and the landlords Hiking trails are also used by | h;lvc not been specifying why,” DeKoster said. DeKoster said the landlords should be required to pay the in-In addition, the snowmobile !*?<?' because "he’s got the use license fee money goes into a 1 mone ^ ‘ general fund list'd by the com-,    *    *    * mission to pay for water, forest Small Town Liquor ry, parks and administration c a / c gj/f Gains activities, as well as snowmobile activities.    Betail    businesses    with    special Kuhn believes there are about I distributorships would be per-350 miles of trails and 48.700 nutted to sell package liquor in acres of frozen lakes available towns where it is not feasible to to snowmobile enthusiasts in the maintain state liquor stores, un- ycar, 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 seasons. horse riders and bicycle riders; before the snow falls, making them into snowmobile tracks, he said. Contractor, R a y. Clit Levy Re W new C a'lNear For 54 Schools winter. * * * Landlords To Pay Interest on Deposits? der a bill approved for passage by the house state government I committee. The bill was sent to the house (calendar on a 14-1 vote Monday, AP Wirephoto CLIFF BURROUGHS, a Reoublican from Greene, became Iowa's fiftieth state senator when he was sworn in Monday during opening of tho legislature in Des Moines. Burroughs was elected in a special election to fill a vacancy created last fall by the death of Sen. Vernon Kyhl, a Parkersburg Republican. in the Iowa senate. The bill, introduced Monday by Sen. Lucas DeKoster (R-Hull), would require landlords Mar-Mac Slates Public Meetings on School Issue Special to The Gazette MCGREGOR In somewhat Landlords would have to pay wbb ,v '° members abstaining, their tenants interest on securityj ^ e P- ^ Tc,rnian Roorda^ t R-Mon-deposits under a bill introduced roc) cas ^ tbe ^ one 4 no votc The measure is designed to enable the Iowa beer and liquor control department to maintain package liquor sales in small towns. It has the endorsement of Gov. Robert Ray. Ray had recommended passage of the bill last year, but it remained bottled up in commit-The board last week notified tee till the last session ended, the fire marshal it did not in-     tilc ,. sess ‘ on * Rol] and of a quandary about how they;-";-    —    *> —    ;*    (Gallagher,    director    of the beer want to proceed the Mar-Mac tend to make the repairs he in- and liquor ^ntroi department, board of education has sched-    sisted on. It also took steps to    announced plans to close state uled two public meetings in an    remove students from the    two    liquor    stores in seven    small attempt to find out.    rooms deemed most unsafe    and    towns    — including What    Cheer The first will be at 7:30 p.m.    to relocate them elsewhere. Thursday in the Marquette cie Kindergarten — to free funds to open eight fine money to all school dis-new stores in larger population tricts on a per pupil basis, he areas which would produce(said mentary building. The second will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Beginning next week kinder- more profit.    *    *    * Jan. 23, in the McGregor school garten classes will meet in the After a storm of protest from Energy Committee lunchroom.    basement of the McGregor a number of rural legislators,    u    a    c    a “We want the voters to come Methodist church.    Gallagher agreed to keep the    not    bpot to these meetings, listen to the And now’ the board’s not quite stores open until the legislature j ovva ] l3USe natural reasons behind what we’ve done sure what voters want it to do had a chance to act on the so far and tell us what they next, said Hammes, who was measure to allow special liquor want us to do now,” Board elected last fall after publicly distributorships w h e r e state Member Norbert Hammes, stating he was definitely against stores do not exist. Marquette, said Sunday night. I the proposed bond issue.    ] The bill would provide for li- Problems    Since taking office, however, censing of existing retail busi- of the Iowa constitution which says all fines collected go to the local school district where they are paid. Rep. David Stanley (R-Musca-tine) said the provision is not equitable because there is wide variation in the amount cf fines collected in different school districts. For example, lie said, truck weight violations produce the greatest 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 neighboring school districts go beg! Other ging, Stanley said. Repeal will make it possible, for the legislature to distribute; n ^* Introduced in Senate SFI OO I, To double the tax credit allowed under the Iowa I income tax for each personal I exemption. Gluba. SF1002, To provide a tax exemption for residential wood-i burning fireplaces during an ! energy crisis. Potter. re-    SFI003, To reduce the state often soar when outside readings are unusually high. “We’re trying for 68 degrees,” said McCausland. “We had this happen all over the place in the fall.” McCausland said that several days ago statehouse engineers turned off the heating system at 7:30 a.m. and comfortable temperatures generated by the steam heat system “coasted” through the day. He said he supposed the system was turned off Monday, but was not sure. * * * Bills IOWA CITY - Hie Iowa City council took a giant step Monday toward finalizing a contract with the Old Capitol Business Center Co. for the development of the city’s downtown urban renewal project. The council reached basic agreement with the proposed developers on parking spaces and land values in the project area. These matters will now come before the council for a final vote next week. The agreement was hammered cut through a lengthy Monday session. Old Capitol is expected to pay about $2.2 million for the 11-acre project area. The city, for its part, lias agreed to provide 1,800 parking spaces. The parking ramp on top of I the proposed two-story university mall is expected to provide 1,200 parking spaces. A decision on a second ramp has not been made. This decision is expected within the next two weeks. The College block building purchase by Old Capitol still has not been settled. The building is not included in the present land for sale. Also, the design of buildings, schedules for demolishing structures and closing of downtown streets to all but emergency traffic, are all points which st'll must be agreed upon. Mayor Ed Czarnecki said he wanted time for “considerable citizen input before any council decision is made.” By Frank Nye Fifty four of Iowa’s 452 school districts would be affected bv the governor’s recommendation to remove from tin* law the IO percent maximum millage reduction that can be made in a single year from the previous year’s levy on property for school taxes. This limit reduction would be phased out in 1975 under the present law, but the governor’s recommendation is to eliminate it one year ahead of schedule. This means an earlier savings in property taxes in the dis- (See Story on Pope One.) tricts affected. In Eastern Iowa, these districts, together with the property tax and the millage that would ne saved are: Allamakee, $39,034, I 610; Oelwein, $80,491, 2.945; Turkey Valley, $20,984. 1.627; Amana, $8,578, 1.077; Iowa City, $528,703, 4.099; Oxford Junction, $23,760, 6.058; Central City, $4,864, .693; Marion. $113,118, 5.647; Decorah, $20,887, .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 $500,000 more than comptroller Marvin Selden’s estimate of $5,458,951 that it will take, based on present knowledge of the number of students in these districts. No Fuel Shortage Foreseen By West Delaware Schools MANCHESTER — The effect; Richard Justice, transpor-of Daylight Saving time was Station director, said he foresees one of the administrative re- no ^ ue j shortage at the schools. ports presented to the W<«t Del-     d aware school board at its rcgu-    ,    ,    u    > lar meeting Monday.     was    used b y the schools “This is our fifth day and I during the cold weather. “We still don’t like it,” said Supt. I are not buying fuel by trans-William Raisch of the daylight port,” said justice, time.    i “We are liking local suppliers The darkness of the early because they seem to have it morning hours that school bus h e sa jd. Price increases in fuel drivers have to pick up students could exceed the school’s heat-and possible bad weather condi- j n g budget from $8,000 to tions at that time were his main $10 000, Raisch said. Bills in the Iowa legislature sources committee, sensitive to indi Yi dual i n , c ° me tax 5 percent (in 19i4 and IO percent thereaf-tor and to reduce the sales tax matters of energy and state’s effort to supply enough to 2.7 percent. Shaw and Tie-of it, met the first time this ses- den. sion in an 82-degree room.     1005,    l f°     al i 0V H     a    C0U11 t0 .    ,    .    .    ;    order    support    and    alimony    pay- An early-arriving secretary men ts b e made directly to the Old Hotel in Iowa Is Gutted by Fire KIMBALLTON (AP) - Fire gutted the interior of the Kimballton hotel early Tuesday. One person escaped serious injury and was rescued bv Fire Chief Tom Flynn and Fireman Leland Kaltoft. The three-story, J 25-room brick structure was built in 1900. It housed six permanent residents. Officials said they had no idea what caused the fire, which ap-j parentlv 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. objections. Neither the school board nor the superintendent had received any direct complaints from anyone about the new time. “Most people don’t like it, but they will put up with it.” Raisch said. Regular school hours used to be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until the districts were reorganized throughout the state, he noted. Certified enrollment in the district for the 1973-74 school year is 2.547 students. Budget for the next vear will be $929 A report on the vocational agriculture department was given by instructor Mahlon Peterson. In the present school year program, 95 students were enrolled in the day classes and 175 in adult farmer classes. Total labor income was $82,659.30 for the student farming program. The project included 917 farm animals and 532 acres of cropland. Peterson said there was a need for a Young Farmer program and more agri-business should be included in the vo-ag Hammes has joined fellowj aesses t° b r aa<de liquor sales for noticed the unusual warmth in person awarded the payments. room Monday Riley-vain, to open ‘a SF ,006 ' To specify that the In the face of an ever-growing “ £UU V ,ca    u    c T the state The    racial distribu nollCCa ine Um 1st of problems with the Mar- ^ ard m ™ b , crs ' Lowell S.egele, ^ sttrte TO*    the committee quette buUdinfTthe'lio'ard 'pro- Maurice Melvin. llax'Abiiirup would be required to sell ^ queue pudding me Doard pro- and Eugen( , Mi|ewsky t0 make 'liquor at the same prices as the posed last fall a bond issue that <wi«ion th    (L a „i'"ujl state stores, and would be reword have allowed closing of    ta    quired    to    buy    their    liquor    from the Marquette building by pro-,..    ..    .    .... viding funds for remodeling the Marquette bultong unan.mous McGregor school buildings, so .. 1 *‘7'* h** 3 ™ a * ar f e . they could absorb the cementa a “ ,he fac,s as a resuU of ob - the state at discounts to be de- j siniply'becMne aware of termln « i >>? th<; “"t™ 1 d<, P art ' ment. .,1    .    ..    taming    additional    information,” ““LL 0 ! 0 Hammes explained. 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, making the proposal fall short of the 60 percent vote required for passage. Since then the state fire marshal has become a bit more insistent that the building if it is to continue to be occupied, must be brought up to fire safety standards. “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. Its a very present spectre. Communities without good buildings are going to lose their kids. How’d you like to drive 20 or more miles And the state highway com- every time you wanted to watch mission has put on its five-year your kids play ball? plan the relocation of highway “If we don't maintain ade-218 from the new Mississippi quate facilities for our children river bridge to the Interstate;in our own community, the state Power sub-station west of Mc- eventually is going to move in Gregor that involves a ramp to and force us to send them some-be built directly in front of the where that does have such facil-school.    ities.” I district court clerk is responsi-, Window.    I ble for reporting deferments of! Arriving moments later, the    judgments.    DeKoster. committee chairman, Rep !     1007,    To appropriate    $7.8 I n ^     c * L, million to construct a state ag-1 Dennis Freeman (IR-Storm> r j cu it ura i building. Curtis and Lake) commented, “The natu- piymat. rat resources committee has thei SFloos, To require retail! hottest room    in    the    cockeyed     dealers display the price per K.iiiairm »»    gallon of gasoline at their place DUiiamg.     0 f business so that it can be I He opened    a    window    and    seen from the street. Robinson, brought relief.    SFI 009, To delete the re- ....  ..........._    ........... Later, state General Services-Quirement that a rape victim’s Monday    unanimously    approved    Director Stanley McCausland    by^thercvidcnc^RUey ^nd a    proposal    to    repeal    a    section    explained that temperatures    Dodcrer. 30 YEARS AGO - ’The German high command reported the Red army had opened a powerful offensive on the Leningrad front. per student plus miscellaneous course carryover funds. “We are in a Teacher Karen Florha pave a low spending district,” Raisch report on the English depart-said.    I    ment    in    which    she sees a need He said that the amount per for more careful pretesting and student could be increased from post-testing in order to evaluate $30 to $37 each if various pro- progress of a student in the posed programs are approved school system. by the state.    Visits    by    the    board and ad- A decrease in the projected ministrators to the junior high enrollment from 1975-76 is ex pected. with only 160 kindergartners beginning school and 206 seniors graduating. school. 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