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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - November 16, 1977, Sioux Center, Iowa A Northwest binding co 7 xxx Box 244? a a Lincoln neb 68506 Northwest Iowa senior planner urges downtown development City manager meets the press City manager barrel Rensink of Sioux Center answers inquiries made by Kcal to s Debbie Ely last week while cameraman Phil Vanos captures the action. Channel 9 was in Sioux Center to record the events leading up to the Federal recognition ceremony held last Friday at the Dort College auditorium. Council hears finance report holds hearing a phased by last week s election which produced no contests Here Sioux Center s City councilmen busied themselves with financial zoning dept. Of transportation and county agreements vehicles fencing contracts and Concrete dump Sites. Monday wading into a sea of finance reports. A a Eldon Westra City office manager delivered the budget report and the capital improvement report. Profit and loss statements for the electric fund and the Gas fund closely paralleled their Levels of a year earlier while the retained earning of the water fund doubled this year in comparison to last year. Review of Community Center operations unveiled a profit of just Over $1,900, and it was reported that rental dates for the Center by High schools and several other organizations Are picking up. The municipal swimming Pool operating report showed a file year High in family season ticket sales and All time highs in adult general admission sales and student general admission sales during the past year. Total income for the period from sept. 1, 1976 to August 30, 1977 increased 9.1% Over the previous year to a new High of $52,446.20. Total expenses reached its High also $41,722.67, but a profit of $10,723.53 was still achieved. Discussion led to the belief that the new indoor Pool which Sheldon will construct is not expected to affect business at the Sioux Center Pool. Capital improvement. Projects those undertaken and proposed inclusive of Community Denter softball Field Airport various Utility and other areas of improvement projects reached estimated costs of $1,100,500 for the fiscal car 1977-78 and-$940,000 for the fiscal year 1978-79. Following those two reports the Council retired to the City Hall basement for a hearing Over a zoning topic. Peter l. Schouten had requested a change in zoning status on a parcel of land directly East of the a & w drive in. The request sought a change of the Highway commercial status but there was a catch. Everett Franken the City s code enforcement officer discovered at 5 . That same Day that the property in question had always been Highway commercial zoned. There had previously been an error made in recognizing the proper zoning status of that property. Mayor Bill Mouw remarked this is an embarrassing moment for the City attempt to re zone something that s always been Highway commercial to Highway moving ahead the Council focused on the audit report submitted by Williams and company of Lemars. The auditors made the following recommendations to the City Council separate general ledgers for each of the Utility funds to serve As a permanent posting source for All Cash and accrual entries reports to the Council and to City management for All Utility items should be prepared on a full accrual basis and be presented As frequently As possible establish a vehicle cleaving account for proper allocation of vehicle costs continue property records for All plants in service establish a perpetual inventory system based on average unit costs consider establishing a Central warehouse for inventory storage and control. I Ross Vernon commented we should set a track record for our rates. It s inevitable the sooner we get started the better mayor Mouw evaluated the recommendations As fairly reasonable and the Council consented for Westra and other sky officials to pursue Many of the recommendations some of which have already been instituted including the maintenance of records on accrual basis. Heading the list of other Agenda topics was an agreement with the dept. Of transportation. City manager Darrel Ren sink has been working on this the last few months. Sioux Center earlier received a Grant offer to pay $7,160, or 70% of the total Cost for the state s share of an Airport development plan study. Otto & Culver of storm Lake an engineering and architectural firm has already conducted a study regarding the local Airport for future development and expansion plans. Sioux Center is Only required to Supply 30% of the funding toward the total Cost of $10,230 the councilmen approved a Resolution to accept. Next up was the matter of receiving word from the county Board of supervisors on their plan to appropriate $80,000--$2o,o0o each to hospitals in Sioux Center Orange City Rock Valley and Hawarden to county hospitals for improvements. A provision Calls for each of the four cities involved to match $5,000 to make each contribution $25,000 total each Hospital must apply the funds to priority areas. Rensink informed that $5,000 had previously been set aside by the c6u"ftfcilhns#atwpatory a nov a he now will be applied to the Matching sharing Grant. the Council then heard of development director Paul Clousing s informal quotations on the Cost of Chain length fencing for the new softball Fields at the old Fairgrounds. The Fields will be lined with 1,515 feet of six foot High Fence and 165 feet of 14-foot High Backstop fencing along with the various Gates. The Bureau of outdoor recreation is funding fifty percent of the project. Among the four quotation taken by Clousing John Foster s bid of $9,324 through Sioux land Trico was the lowest received. Dakota fencing of Sioux Falls Frontier of Des Moines and Montgomery wards of Sioux City were the other three businesses which submitted prices. The Council moved to act on Foster s offer. The decision was next made to Purchase a new patrol car for the City police dept. The condition of the police Force s second car a 1975 Buick Century has deteriorated badly enough to Merit the necessity of replacing it. It has 120,000 Miles registered and is in very poor condition. The number one vehicle purchased ten months ago is a Pontiac Catalina which is in excellent condition and will become the second car upon the new car s arrival. The new vehicle will be purchased from Vos motor and will maintain the Standard Blue color with White doors. Final discussion entered on finding a new dump site for Concrete. Sandy hollow s dumping site is As full As it should be according to Harold Schiebout utilities director. Several locations and the possibility of recycling Concrete were suggested but nothing definite was decided a yet. A Beer permit was approved for the by Vee grocery store and the Council was also informed that advertising is currently underway for Airport residence construction bids and a letting for that will take place on tuesday nov. 22. Bedell labels hew proposals Nrec distil the senior planner for the Northwest Iowa area 3 regional Council of governments strongly urged Sioux Center s planning and zoning commission to develop the downtown business District. Steve Cosel of the Spencer organization made the suggestion at tuesday night s planning and zoning meeting at City Hall. We strongly urge that you develop at All possible costs a downtown business District a Eosel said. Put the downtown businesses downtown. You might look Al a mall concept and make it a focal Point for people to look at. You should avoid stringing out. Look at streets Light patterns beautification Flower boxes and indented curbs. There Are a lot of things you can do. Walk ways and Over hangs arc some things you can use to break the the local zoning and planning commission organized in 1967, has been updating comprehensive plans for a Little Over a year and these plans arc now fairly Complete. Plans and regulations Are nearing the Point where they Are nearly ready to be finalized. The commission s Complete updating of City planning will eventually go to the City Council. Along with a Eosel the commission reviewed three volumes of drafts in its by Wayne v. Doll Nowski sixth District congressman Berkley Bedell in Sioux Center last week Friday said that Public concern by residents Here and elsewhere regarding the possible closing of their hospitals resulted in his meeting with hew health education and welfare Secretary Joseph Califano 1  Bedell met with Califano briefly he said to show him a Sample of the mail he is  persons in Sioux Center and. Other Northwest Lowans the said thai he emphasized to the Secretary that the latter letters. Into cons id ration before any Finai decision existing Small town hospitals Bedell said. The threat of possible loss of Community hospitals brought a Shock wave to Many Here in Sioux Center. The immediate reaction was that of a letter writing Campaign which apparently stopped any Early action on the Issue in Vasington Hospital administrator Bobbi Colon cautioned however that Sioux Center residents continue the written appeals. In speaking of the guidelines Bedell said that the hew i v admitted their guidelines Are unrealistic in some regard particularly the pne which would require 500. Deliveries a a annually Ineich obstetric Bedell said he was hopeful 1thc How would alter the guidelines tit Tuke into account the problems of a to e Aell Sofii if luring Titis visit Here that he recent meeting. We re getting to the limit of what we can do the Spencer official stated. We can t be specialists we must make general recommendations. A City should he contiguous in any the planning drafts As a Eosel pointed out in his presentation revealed that Sioux Center is dominated by retail and professional businesses but manufacturing and Industry Are on the Rise. Since 1960, there has been a 486% increase in the number of people working in professional and related services a bigger increase than most towns in this area. You re becoming a Center for lawyers and dentists and professional me pointed out. The Northwest lows Council recommended doing a water plan in the near future creating enough Parks so that everyone is within a half mile or walking distance of a Park while still maintaining the existing Parks with a few improvements. The City was advised to develop three neighbourhood Parks in the East West and South sections of town. The final conclusion deducted from volume 1, background elements was the direct relationship Between Industry and airports. Many Eastern corporations Are coming into the Small towns to get away from unions and they like to have direct plane routes with their Lear jets which require Good volume 2, the plan contained More goals objectives and policies. The Over All goal listed was to establish and maintain a comprehensive planning and controlling system. Some of the More pertinent of the remainder of the goals were to provide for orderly growth and development of the City while maintaining diversity among its parts allocate the land to be reserved for designated future uses minimize conflicts among land use areas reflecting local traditions and aspirations and which Are adaptable to and accepted by residents of the Community. This second volume claimed that Kinsey elementary school is nearing its capacity and an addition is possible within the next five to ten years. Also the acquisition of a major retail store downtown is essential As a Center for downtown re development something which could be built around. After these three drafts Are finalized there will Likely be some hearings on the adoption of the plan. The zoning and planning commission s next meeting will take place on monday december 5 when it Hopes to open a joint session with the City Council. The Sioux Center news i. Be less than four Beds per thousand population the provision that there be at least 500 deliveries annually in each obstetric unit and that hospitals achieve an average occupancy rate of 80 percent. In making his comments Bedell said that he was particularly concerned that some of these proposals May not be realistic for Rural areas and might place an unjustifiable Burden on Rural hospitals. What we have Here is a classic Case of a Federal bureaucracy writing rules and regulations from Washington without knowing what Impact they will have in the Rural areas of the puntry.",/ i rhe congressman has been an open critic iof the bureaucracy a in Washington. He therefore praised the Fetter writing Campaign waged by area residents. That has helped bring ,the., peple he Roble a to the attention of the right people he said. Published in Sioux Center Iowa volume 84, number 47 wednesday november 16,1977 fire destroys Van Kley Home not Snow and ice nov. 9. The Bill Van Kley Home was Cal to fire and ashes after an afternoon Blaze during the blizzard. The Van Kley family was not at Home when the fire broke out and the building was totally destroyed. Strong winds snowstorm Buffet area though Many Here would rather not be reminded of it hat snowstorm which swept through the greater Sioux Center area the Middle of last week has left Early Winter scars in its Wake. I there was at least three inches recorded in the first Early wednesday morning wave of White stuff. The worst part of the storm however was t the Snow winds which galed and crested at a recorded 60 Mph velocity caused the most consternation to residents and motorists alike. Strong Western winds caused immediate drifts across streets and Over driveways. Slippery walks and roadways were made exceedingly hazardous by a rain that had begun tuesday late afternoon. This precipitation of course froze and was covered by the incoming Snow. Unsuspecting Early risers forgetting to give their vehicles an ample Chance to warm up found the going rough when their cars stalled at intersections. Others hitting huge drifts simply abandoned their autos and braved the biting ice crystals that pelted their faces As they made their Way either Back Home or to their place of work. Fortunately there were no major accidents. Main Street Sioux Center was virtually deserted aside from an occasional emergency vehicle or passing trailor truck there was t much activity. Many stores were closed downtown. Grocery stores As is there custom were open. So was. The Post office although postmaster Basil Vander Helm reported that. Rural mail did not get through and that the letter carriers were deeply hampered by the Strong winds and blowing snows brom Mer s sanitary collection momentarily interrupted began later in the morning. Les Bror Narner said the a collection traffic had to go on ".otherwise, ital Only pile up there was one major fire reported that at the Bill Van Kley farm Home. According to reports the Van Kley residents were not at Home when the fire struck., building was totally 1 the City Maint Cenence Crews were out in Force throughout the storm Clearing passage through arterial lanes and elsewhere. According to officials the storm did not Handicap Progress. Out in the farm Are Aalbert Van Wye of Ireton reported that Over 100 cattle had gotten away broken out through fences and wandered off. There were. Other such reports but none quite similar in enormity of Stock lost. The weather Bureau in Sioux City said that last week s storm was unusual for this time of year. Asked if this was an indication of things to come the Bureau reported that possibility existed. Area news in Brief Silsley ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Here thursday to dedicate the construction of new sidewalks and part of a new surface in the. Downtown business District. The $265,000 renovation project began last Spring and was completed in october. Kristine a welmers. Little miss Iowa from Sibley and various members of City government spoke during the ceremonies. Rock rapids a Lyon county grand jury returned indictment and larceny charges against James Mccarty of Inwood. Mccarty posted a 10 percent Deposit on a $15,000 Bond to gain his release. The indictments relate to a barn fire at the John Van Ommen farm near Alvord on sept. 12, 1976 and the alleged theft of a steer belonging to Wallace and Jerry Ter wee last March. Hull Bill Brock has resigned As Public relations and fund Raiser at Western Christian High school for health reasons.,the school s finance that the school utilize their committee rather than replace Broek. Western is holding a fund raising dinner nov. 21 at 7 . Which Dort president Rev. . Haan and Rev. Davis smile will address. Lemars Liu Jurics by teen agers at two Auto business outlets Here has stimulated an investigation by the Lemars police dept. Be Mars Auto parts and super America have reported incidents of kids attempting to Purchase freon and rumours have it that they Are sniffing it on the streets. Chief Wilbur Peterson said it was t Clear How the teen agers plan to use the freon but reported that any use is dangerous and potentially fatal. Future Ireon sales Here will be partially controlled. Orange cily the City. Council officially acted to Purchase land formerly owned by Lor development of recreational facilities. With All the proper approval attained the City will put Forth $30,750 and will receive a Matching Grant for the construction of four Tennis courts and recreational facilities for campers a it

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