Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on February 25, 1976 · Page 17
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 17

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 25, 1976
Page 17
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I - , Public Power is Issue in Investor-Owned, Muny Utilities Dispute Iowa Dally Press Ass'n. DBS MOINES - A controversy is brewing in Iowa's legislative chambers between investor-owned utilities and some municipal utilities. The issue, according to a spokesman for the investor-owned utilities, is public power. Representatives of the municipal utilities scoff at such a suggestion. The matter is expected to come into sharp focus when the House commerce committee votes on a proposed bill; that vote is scheduled for Thursday. The Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency, which includes 26 municipal utilities in Iowa, is attempting through legislation to get approval to sell revenue bonds to build a mammoth 1,500 megawatt generating facility in Wyoming at the mouth of a coal mine. Iowa's share in this $2 billion undertaking would be 250 megawatts costing about $350 million. Besides the 26 municipal utilities from Iowa, there are 36 others located in South Dakota and Minnesota that belong to the agency which has been in existence since 1966. Revenue bonds sold to finance the project would be supported by energy contracts between the agency and, in this instance, the municipal utilities in Iowa that belong to the organization. Pat Touchae, executive director of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, said the proposed bill "would absolutely change no power that municipal utilties have today except to enable them to work through the agency as a group rather than as individual communities." But representatives of Iowa's investor-owned utilities are wary of the legislation. John Lewis, president of the Iowa Utilities Association, claims the legislation under consideration is very similar to Nebraska's and Nebraska is the only state which has gone totally to public power. "We had an attorney compare the provisions of the joint power agency act and the bill that set up the Nebraska power district in the 1930s and he reported there is no substantial difference except Iowa's proposed legislation goes further than Nebraska's," Lewis said. Lewis was also critical of the proposed bill because "it is outside of all regulation regarding rates." Today, there are 144 municipal utilities in Iowa. The bill, as it presently is written, would apply to those municipal utilities in' Minister Appeals to Young With Puppets IRENE, S.C. (AP) — Pastor Richard Zawistoski is making a part of his ministry "child's play." The 28-year-old minister, known in Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Irene and in Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Menno as "Pastor Rich," will be using hand puppets as part of his duties. Pastor Zawistoski and his wife, Patsy, Maryland natives, met at Towson State College, where they were studying and where she took a course in puppetry. They moved to the Midwest when he attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Puppetry entered the picture while he served at Branden-Split Rock Lutheran Parish and put on a puppet show with borrowed puppets and script. "Patsy said she could make better puppets, and I felt I could write a better script," he said. Four days a week "I 'do all the kind of pastoral duties that have to be done — that's really what I'm called to first!" he said. On two other days it's puppets and other media. "Instead of a puppet ministry, I would rather call it a ministry with media," he said, "because it's not just puppets. You work with tapes and slides — everything. "It's as valid as any other ministry," he added. "It just depends on where your talents are. "I'm a kid at heart, and most of the puppets are geared for children," Pastor Zawistoski said, "but anything that's geared for children, adults listen in too, so you have both audiences at the Same time. 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Night existence on July 1,1976. ,William Sueppel, who represents the Missouri Basin Municipal Power Agency, said the agency was set up for the sole purpose of taking steps to provide the generation and transmission need of its member cities in the future. "Airof these cities in the past have received their power from the Missouri River, they did it through the Bureau of Reclamation. But the bureau has announced that in 1977 it will reach its peak production and has told the Tlmet Herald, Carroll, la. Wedneiday, Feb. 25, 1976 .m I companies to look elsewhere for additional power," Sueppel related. After looking at over 70 sites the agency decided the best site was to build at the mouth of a coal mine in southeast Wyoming, Sueppel added. "Under the present Iowa law," Sueppel continued, "the municipal utilities in Iowa could go out and issue revenue bonds, but they would have to have 62 bond issues, 62 attorneys opinions, 62 engineering studies, and 62 feasibility studies. All the bill does is give the authority to the agency to issue the bonds. You would have one bond issue at a tremendously reduced cost," he said. "The agency is not just for the Missouri Basin. There could be other agencies created in the future," Sueppel added. As a vehicle for financing the electric generating and transmission facilities, the municipal utilities are using a law enacted several years ago which provides for the joint exercise of governmental power. Lewis contends the Legislature never intended for this law to be used in the fashion as proposed by the municipal utilities. He claims the act was originally enacted to expedite intergovernmental agency cooperation, such as allowing for the consolidated purchase of police radios, use of fire equipment and library facilities. 'We are not attempting to avoid competition; we will put our operations up against anyone. But this would allow them (municipal utilities) to enjoy tax free benefits, while we (investor-owned) do not. "I know," Lewis continued, "that the proponents say they will pay taxes like everyone else. But when pressed on this issue they finally admit that they will not pay taxes under the bill. They have another bill, that they would be willing to introduce, or so they say. CARROLL OPEN FRIDAY NIGHTS ERNIE FORD SALES EXCLUSIVE BUY THE PAIR SAVE $QQOO SAVE MORE ON 2 ou own Home Furnishings "Jhie Home of the Sharpest Pencil in Town' OPEN Monday — Tuesday — Thursday.— Saturday 9:00 A^M. to 5 00 P.M. Wednesday & Friday 9;00 to 9;00 P.M. — Sundays 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. '••'";• ; FREE DELIVERY Hiway 71 North, Carroll

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