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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - February 9, 1977, Sioux Center, Iowa The Sioux Center news published in Sioux Center Iowa volume 84, number 6 wednesday february 9, 1977 weather report., Date High Low precis. 1-31 19 -06 0 2-1 29 -02 0 2-2 38 13 0 2-3 43 16 0 2-4 42 19 t 2-5 19 10 t 2-6 16 -04 average High for jan., 19 avg Low -4. Total Jan precis. .29 to Des Moines next Friday Sioux Center seeks guard helicopter unit Sioux Center is going for helicopters. Army National guard helicopters. At a committee meeting tuesday night feb. 1members of the so american legion and citizens said that they wished to form the specialized unit of the army National guard. The move culminated As series of meetings that began last october when general Ronald Woodin and a number of vip officers from Des Moines visited Sioux Center and discussed the possibilities of forming a guard unit in Sioux Center. At that time members of the City Council the american legion and a number of citizens met with the guard officers at the so municipal Airport where the latter arrived via helicopter. The group then went on an extensive tour of the Community later having supper at the Holland House. The guard Siad they were impressed with Sioux Center at that time and have lauded the Sioux Center Community since. Our next step american legion commander Les Brommer said at the tuesday meeting is to go to Des Moines and visit with the guard a trip is planned for Friday feb. 18. Five persons will Fly to Des Moines from Sioux Center meeting with generals Joseph May and Ronald Woodin and the Sioux Center group will discuss further plans and assessments concerning the formation of the unit. Why helicopters because Brommer explained we wanted a technical specialized outfit one that promises continuance in the years to he said that they had looked hard into the Many facets of the guard and had assessed the guard s present situation. We just came to the conclusion Brommer continued that to make this important program a Success for both the guard and the Community we needed to offer both parties something substantial and guard discussions Les Brommer left and Wayne Juffer consult other members of the Sioux Center army guard committee at a meeting held last week. Vie group will be going to Des Moines next Friday to discuss further possibilities of a unit being established in the Sioux Center area. Amidst shortages across nation Gas and electric systems holding Well by Dennis Durban the electric and Gas systems Here have held up Well through the extreme cold Winter informs Harold Schiebout superintendent of utilities.  incoming systems capably for Gas and electricity Schiebout told the Sioux Center news on thursday. There has been a substantial increase in Gas usage but we experienced no real problems through the cold spell. The Supply of natural Gas up to our contract limit was readily available to us throughout the period of cold weather Schiebout said. The City supplemented the Gas Supply with its own propane air Lieak shaving Plant. Th6 most notable affect according to Schiebout was Gas customers received very Little natural Gas during the cold period and they were forced to resort to their alternate sources fuel Oil and propane. Your own natural Gas system and Peak shaving Plant held up Well without mechanical failures Schiebout reported. There were no problems in maintaining an adequate incoming Supply of electricity this Winter. The total requirements Are purchased from the Bureau of reclamation. The cold weather increased our Peak requirements by 23% Over last heating season which is the result of cold weather plus the substantial quantities of the electrical heating Load that was added this year. In View of this our own distribution system held up Well with Only a few minor isolated problems occurring Schiebout said. Schiebout also said we be been gearing for heating emergencies All along. This year we added additional propane storage to our Peak shaving Plant which gave us additional Reliance to fall Back the number of Utility customers has been growing Here but the old customers have increased their usage too. In fact the average residential electric customer used an average of slightly less than 170 kilowatt hours of electricity per month in 1956. That figure increased to 335 kilowatt hours per month in 1966, and in 1976, it leaped All the with such a Large increase in Power usage Energy conservation also enters the picture. It s a key Issue As far As we re concerned in a local basis. The key item is getting regional and National attention Schiebout contended. In assessment the Utility system has functioned Well during the extra stress of cold weather and there were no major inconveniences Here As there were in other parts of the country. The unusually cold Winter s most severe Impact Here has been on the substantial increase in Utility Bills. Extra consumption caused by severe cold coupled with a rate increase on both Gas and electricity have had the affect of greatly increasing Utility Bills by a wide margin Over previous heating seasons. In addition. To conserving Energy Cost effectiveness of better insulation and the elimination of heat to secs becomes More and More feasible particularly in View of All indications for even higher Energy costs in the future. Record dry spell acknowledged Northwest Iowa and for that matter the rest of the state remains in the grips of a dry spell that is unmatched in 104 years of record keeping. This and the fact Iowa will this year go Down in the books As having had the windiest Winter Ever is the observation of at least one climatologist Paul Waite of Des Moines. In the Wake of a Winter storm last week in which Snow was Laden with topsoil Waite said he had asked officials to Check their wind record sheets. It s phenomenal he said of the wind and erosion seen across the state this Winter. According to Waite there is Little Farmers can do now but watch their topsoil blow with the wind and Snow. He said there just is not to moisture freeze the dirt in place nor is there enough Snow cover. In a Check with developments around Sioux Center it was generally agreed that although there was a Lack of Snow cover wind variances were not substantial at this time to cause grave concern. Iowa s record dry spell began last May 1, and a number of courties were declared drought disaster areas. Crop observers had hoped there would be enough Snow to break the Cycle. Waite said some weather watches claimed earlier the drought was moving to the North based on dry conditions reported on the Canadian taken foyer precautions and with that acknowledged and satisfied the Council approved the motion. The dates routes and related items will appear in the news beforehand concerning the above in other business the Council was asked to appoint a civil defense coordinator for the county. The City according to City manager Darryl Rensink has a civil defense plan for emergencies. The ordinance relates to the county the mayor in such instances has the Power to Levy sentences to violators at such times. Regarding a coordinator i mayor Mouw said that the so chief of police Paul Adkins was capable of assuming a Deputy coordinator responsibility while Darrel Rensink would act As the City s civil defense the Council approved the motion. Next utilities director Harold Schiebout discussed Mbmeca-n1pco agreement resolutions. In essence the latter related to the setting of a hearing Date on an approval on an amendment to a previous agreement. The amendment inclusive of a 15 City membership has to do with anticipated future electrical loads. The members Are required to report such sex tendencies according to a Umeca nip co guidelines. In the instance of the specific Resolution read by Schiebout the latter entered upon construction of transmission capacities a joint operation with the member communities in a Umeca and nip co All of which must agree to share related expenses. Mayor Mouw afterwards called a Roll vote with All the councilmen voting yes to the Resolution and upcoming hearing. The latter will be posted As a Legal notice in the news. Please see the classified Section for further information the initials a Umeca and nip co stand for Missouri Basin municipal electric cooperative association and Northwest Iowa Power cooperative. The Council also approved another Resolution one which will be submitted to Iowa legislators asking their support for passage of a joint financing action funding Bill in the Iowa legislature this year. The Bill would first of meals program senior citizens of Sioux Center gathered last week wednesday at the new Homestead for the first of planned get together in the congregate meals program. Turnout for the event was called very Good and future social gatherings Are already scheduled. Combined Appeal for West Branch West Branch township will conduct its annual combined Appeal for charitable and health organizations feb. 21-26, the committee announced i organizations which will Benefit from funds collected Are 1 Iowa children s and family services 2 Harmony Home 3 crop 4 Florence Crittenton 5 red Cross. 6 Iowa arthritis foundation 7jhope Haven 8 Sioux county retarded association. A House to House canvass will be made by Volunteer workers. No definite goal has been  set. The combined Appeal committee consists of Robert Rowenhorst president Wilbur Vande Prake vice president mrs al g. Meendering Secretary mrs. Ken Doornink treasurer a a area news in Brief Rock rapids Kyle Steilow 21, has been sentenced to a one year term in the Xyon county jail for his conviction in the robbery at Corner Rexall drug store last october. Steilow pleaded guilty earlier this month and will actually serve his sentence in South Dakota along with a previous jail sentence there. Rock Valley members of the Rock Valley Community school Board met wednesday evening in a special session to discuss teacher salary increases for 1977-78 and drafted a preliminary proposal which will be discussed by officials of the Rock Valley education association this week Alton Over 200 people have signed a petition which will permit a Bond Issue election to be held in the Floyd Valley school District March 14. The Bond proposal suggests needed improvements in the building in Alton and the elementary school building in Hospers the improvements would involve some $985,000. Orange cloy the annual Tulip pageant will tie held at 8 . Tonight and the 37th annual Queen of the annual Tulip festival will be crowned. Judges of the contest Are mrs. Freida Lowry of Worthington minn., mrs. Roma Boyd of be Mars and Jim Henry of Kcal to in Sioux City  be Mars Chris Byfield was reported in Good condition in St. Luke s Hospital in Sioux City last week after the car he was driving crashed into the Iowa liquor store near the curve on Highway 75. The youth 14, suffered an ankle fracture cuts and abrasions while the liquor store s property damage was assessed at $7,450, Byfield is a resident of the i Owa Home for boys in be Mars and was driving a stolen vehicle

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