Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 20, 1974, Page 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette

January 20, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2A Tlle Gazelle: Sun., Jan. 20. 1974 Gas Situation Murky for Both Public, Dealers By Roger Green "Someone's got to he said. Only three breaths later, he lamented, "Nobody knows." Such comments are fairly common among the American populace when discussing thej energy crisis and what or why i! is. Such sentiments are not nor- mally expected from the pres- ident of the Linn County Service Station Dealers Assn. But, the situation is as murky and confusing fur many in the industry as it is for the average man, as Al Dalziel has learned. Allocations and price control measures result in rumors and speculation among many station owners and dealers which strike much closer to home than for the public. Rumors Or Fads? "One of the big problems is Dalziel said. Much of the information station operators get is through the media and is "almost rumor as much as fact." After a frustrated effort t learn how the voluntary alloca lion system works, which calls to both Des Moines am Chicago, Dalziel concluded "Nobody knows. "Nobody would he said "If I asked them anything ex cept a very limited number o questions, they don't have the answers. "I feel like I'm going about it the wrong way, but when I talk to so-called professional con- sumerists, they're not doing the job either." Gilbert Knott, service sta- for Hawkeye Oil Co. (Gulf gasoline distrib- said delays in obtain- ing current information are common for wholesalers, too. "There'll be something in the news. You call Des Moines. They say they don't have the information yet and you can't do that (what you've We get the word" three days or more he said. Admits Delay Ken Peterson, of the Des Moines economic stabilization office, admitted there was a delay in one recent announce- m e n t regarding allowable price hikes. "Federal energy czar William Simon announced 'non-product increases about Dec. 31 or Jan. Peterson said. "As you will recognize, the wheels of the fed- eral register shut down for those two days. "Because of his announce- ment coming when it did, we had no official input other than what we heard on the news media. "It was probably noon, Jan. 2, before we had any input at our office." But, this situation was the exception rather than the rule, he added. On major decisions like this, information is nor- mally more quickly available, he claimed. His office is not involved yet in the allocation system, but he encouraged those with questions about allocations to call the stabilization office and an effort will be made to get information from the fed- eral energy office. "We recognize the newness of the federal energy people probably generates the cause for some of the problems." he said. "This, of course, will be eliminated as they get worn into the job." But. uncertainty about, the allocation and pricing pro- grams has caused rumors and apparent resentment over per- ceived inequities. Gene Sharp, owner of Gene Sharp's Standard. 904 First avenue said his alloca- tion for January is "higher, but I'm not selling gas" be- cause of high prices. Questions Prices ''The cut rates are getting excess amounts of gas so they can sell it cheaper." lie claimed. "They seem to have an unlimited supply." His allocation is slighth higher than the gallons he received in December. He re- ported he'll be returning some of the gas he received because of reduced demand. He complained that the range on regular gasoline prices is as much as six cents per gallon be- tween the major brands and many cut rates and claimed the allocation disparities are unfair. Leidigh Standard, 2824 First avenue NE, has had problems jetting as much gasoline as that station needs. The station was several thou- sand gallons into its January allocation by the end of De- cember. Steve Luker, assistant manager, reported. The situation is somewhat improved for January. "Since we raised the price, business has dropped off quite a he said. "We're holding pretty good, but we will be going into February's allocation pretty soon." Robert Uttley, Standard public relations man from Kansas City, claimed the allo- cation for Standard stations has not improved for' the month that in fact it has de- creased by ten percent. He reported knowing noth- ing of reduced demand be- cause of higher prices. Two of the brands Sharp claimed were receiving unlim- ited supplies at reduced prices were Clark and Gulf. Mack Takton, of the Clark Milwaukee office, denied this is the case. Clark stations in Cedar Rapids ars definitely on allocation, he saiii. Knott of Hawkeye Oil. simi- larly reported Gulf stations have been on a steady alloca- tion of 100 percent of 1972 gaso- line. Today. Gulf stations are sell- ing regular gasoline at a legal price of 44' cents per gallon locally while most Standa-d sta- tions are at about 49 cents, he said. "We can't do anything about this." he said. "Some of the cut rates are near that, other.'! arc below us." I James Curtis, local Skolly Oil Co. jobber, said, "We've got of the lower prices and domain has increased." Skelly stations arc working 01 a smaller percentage of gasoline this month than lasl month, he claimed. A reason for lower prices? (43.9 fnr regular.) "We have- n't had a price increase this he said. "We may get a price raise next month to more than make up for that. "I think with us, we have strictly domestic crude. This is possibly the reason some of the stations have got a cheaper price." Dalziel reported some rumors that are circulating: In one instance, a station reportedly sold a truckload of gasoline through the pumps to another station of a different brand whose prices were seven cents per gallon higher. Such behavior is highly suspi- cious when other stations of the same brand are short gas- oline, he claimed. One school district reported- ly, has limited use of buses because of an allocation cut from the district's dealer. Yet, service stations of' the same brand have received more gasoline for January than De- cember. This seems unusual because'sclwols are supposed- ly a higher priority than ser- vice stations, Dalziel said. Another Rumor Station operators of one brand of gasoline have report- edly been given more than their allocated amount with- o u t affecting their next month's allocation. "You can ask those dealers now if they're getting more and hey'll .say they can't hear you Dalziel said. "If they do, the company will deny it and they will no longer jet extra gas. It's a hell of a way to fight a war. I don't blame them (the sta- tion at all. If they can ;et extra gas, more power to. ,hem. "I hate to see the company holding a lever over them if it is a fact." Dalziel connects many of the rumored actions to moves by oil companies to take over Students Still Can Register in Adult Classes Registrations for winter term community education classes in Cedar Rapids and Marion schools will continue through this week. More than 300 classes began meeting for the ten-week term last week. Some classes enrolled less than the required minimum of eight students and will meet again this week to ac- cept additional registrations. Information about a recrea- companied by at least one tional swimming program meet- parent, ing at Washington high school i The winter program of classes was omitted from promotional j includes a wide range of voca- material by Kirkwood hobby and academic- sub-j nity college. The class will meet jects. from to p.m. each: Persons with questions about Wednesday in the being offered should call pool. Tuition is ?6 per person or the Kirkwood community educa- 510 for a family of any size.jtion office at 398-5547, 398-554G.J [Children under ten must be 398-5548 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you have a chance to save 50% don't miss it! Right in the middle of Holley's traditional semi-annual sale a select group of 'merchandise is marked down to Vz price. You'll find sweaters, dress shirts, sportcoats, slacks, suits, outerwear and unusual gifts priced to make you, your wardrobe and your budget happy. Go On A Shopping Spree at Holley's service station operations with compauY-ovvueil facilities. "1 think directly or indirect- ly they're trying to get the number of stations he said. "They're finding that by (centralized) marketing of gas, Ihoy can sell gal- lons through one unit (in a "They thought that was never possible before. "This results in fewer peo- ple to work with and more profit for the company. "Stations are closing at an average of 200 per week na- i think some of the new regula- tionally, with more than 20 i lions (culling fur mandatory closed locally. "This is obviously by some sort of program and not hap- penstance. If it was, the com- panies would be very upset about how to market their product." Kuott of Hawkeye Oil, said. "We're very suspicious that this is happening, that some companies are giving more to direct stations than others. allocations, which were an- nounced Tuesday) are'going lo take care of some of this." Some, maybe a majority, of stations aren't nearly as con- cerned as Dalziol and Sharp. As ore station representative! said, "We're not loo concerned about it as long as we're fur- uished with what we need." Bill, as Knott said, ''It's no wonder the stations are con- of Hie CAKiNATIONSamM'OMrOISS IN A LOTUS BOWL Srntt I'tnnh from tt K50 willy's 3501 1-lttS T AVE. SE-DKMVKRY Open Monday thru Friday 8-6 Saturday 8-5 "There have been a lot of fused. They get about ten dif- irregularities on this tiling. 1 Iferent stories." To Older Ypui Gaielle VVonl Ad DIAL 398-8234 fl A.M. lo 5 P.M. Monday Him Fiidny. 'lil Noon Sal, WE MAKE THIS STATEMENT ee Perpetual Savings and Loan Association Statement of Condition December 31, 1973 ASSETS Mortgage Loans................... Secured by first Mortgages on improved real estate. Loans on Savings Accounts.......... Real Estate Owned............... NONE Real Estate Contracts.............. Federal Home Loan Bank Stock....... The Association's membership investment in the Federal Home Loan Bank. Cash and U.S. Government Securities Office Buildings and Equipment....... Depreciation. Prepaid FSLIC Premium Deferred Charges and Other Assets Total LIABILITIES Savings Accounts............... Accumulated savings of members with earnings added thereto. Loans in Process.......... Uncollected Interest........ Advance Payments for Taxes and Insurance......... .Other Liabilities Specific Reserves General Reserves and Surplus. reserves represent a further margin of safety lo our members. Total RECORD SIZE AND STRENGHTH Our total resources now exceed which are a measure of additional safety. Reserves have again been substantially increased and continue to be much greater than required by regulatory agencies. Mortgage loans outstanding are at their highest levels and mirror the security of home ownership being attained by thousands of families in ihis area. NEW CONVENIENCES Our downtown office now offers ample free parking just north of our building. And three, new BOARD OF DIRECTORS DUANE ARNOLD Chairman of the Board Chairman of the Board and President, Iowa Electric Light and Power Company WILLIAM W. CRISSMAN Attorney TUDOR WILDER President, Wilder Grain Company BURTON R. IIYNDEN President, Perpetual Savings and Loan Association, Retired WILLIAM C.'FLETCHER Vice President, Rapids Chevrolet Co. E. VICTOR BOCK Manager, J.C.Pcnncy Co., Retired HAL D. IIAINES President ROBERT C. T1LDEN Attorney "Drive-Up" stations have just been opened. This Spring, our new'Lindale Plaza Office will be in use for still greater convenience to many of our customers. INCREASED SAVINGS' RATES Changes by regulatory agencies in 1 973 permit us to pay higher interest'rates on certificate savings. Savers now receive exceptionally high returns with safety of savings insured safe by a federal agency. We believe our's is a pretty "strong statement" and express our thanks to the thousands of savers and home buyers who have helped to make it so. OFFICERS AND STAFF HAL D. HAINES..............President JACKSON T. LONG..........Vice Prcs. Secretary LELAND W. DOTY..........Vice Pros. Treasurer MILDRKD A. LODGE Vicc-President LEO W. WILSON, SRA, Asst. Vice Prcs. Appraiser LEONARD E. B.IELLA........Assistant Secretary DAVID W. LODGE-Loan Dcpt. ROBERT A. DOOLITTLE-Loatl Dcpt. HELEN KRIPPNER-Insurance Dcpt. GENEVIEVEDAVIS-Actg. Dept. Supervisor LaDONNA ANDRESEN Receptionist JANICE KLEIN Stenographer SHARON BUTTEREIELD Stenographer CUSTOMER SERVICE KARYL MILLER CAROLYN EKWALL CONNIE MANGO KATHLEENBRUNDAGE PATTGRAY DIANA ACKLEY JUDY ARNOLD IOWA CITY BRANCH JOHN F. VAN FOSSEN.. Vice President and Branch Manager DAVID A. IllNTZE Assistant Branch Manager DOROTHY CLIME.. Assistant Secretary CUSTOMER SERVICE JANET DR1SCOLL JILL DOUGHTY PERPETUAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 110 Second Ave., S.E. Cedar Rapids, Iowa Telephone 366-1851 Iowa City Branch: 132 East Washington Telephone 338-9751 ;