Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 26, 1976 · Page 17
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 17

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, March 26, 1976
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,066,800 in Permits Issued in '75 Home, Commercial Construction Booms Construction in Carroll soared in 1975 as permits totaling $4,066,800 were issued by the city, compared with $2,434,820 in 1974. Permits were issued for 90 new dwelling units — 50 apartments and 40 homes. New home construction rose from 32 in 1974. Home construction values rose from the 1974 figure of $880,600 to the 1975 value of $1,185,500 — the largest category of permits issued. The average home cost, according to building permits, was $29,637.50 last year. That includes just the cost of the basic structure, as with all building permit figures. Wiring, plumbing and mechanical work is not included. Commercial and industrial permits made up the second largest group dollar-wise. Nine permits totalled '$1,128,145. The largest commercial permit was issued to C and W Manhattan Associates for the K-Mart building near the U.S. 71-30 junction. Number-wise, the second largest group of permits was granted to garage builders — 38, totaling $95,255. That is almost double the number of permits issued in 1974 and more than double the dollar value. Duplex and apartment permits remained the same as in 1974 — seven. The dollar value rose$l,000 to $557,000. Addition and remodeling permits for commercial and industrial work totaled $89,000 in 1975, an increase from $57,800 in 1974. Addition and remodeling permits for dwellings totaled $41,900. Permits for institutions totalled $970,000. Included was the largest single permit issued — to the Carroll Community School District for an addition to Fairview Elementary School for Times Herald, Carroll, la. Friday, March 26, 1976 $800,000. The Carroll Health Center built a $170,000 addition. Second to the K-Mart building in the commercial and industrial permits was Dolezal, Inc., for an office building at Eighth Street and Simon Avenue. They were the only two to top the $100,000 mark. Next on the list is $60,000 for the Production Credit Association building on Heires Avenue in West Carroll. B and J Investment Co. and Juergen's 'Produce and Feed Co. were each issued permits for $50,000 — B and J for the Pringle office building at U.S. 30 and East Street; Juergen's for a grain bin. Robert McDonald was issued a $30.000 permit to rebuild Ann's Flower Shop on U.S. 30 east in Carroll after a fire destroyed the old building. Comes-McKone's mini-warehouse was issued a $25,000 permit for the building on Whitney Street. Bliss Tire Service was given a $9,422 permit and Carroll Auto Salvage one for $4.000. Commercial and industrial additions and remodeling permits were issued to five companies. The largest went to the Pizza Hut for $48,000 for an addition. Kraus, Coppack and Danner was given a $30,000 permit to remodel the former Herman Ford-Mercury building into the Gamble Store. The Five Fifty-Six.Co. was issued a $6,500 permit to remodel the Greteman Agency. The Murphy and Walz building south of the business district received a $3.000 remodeling permit and Teut Service was issued a $1,500 permit for a small addition. Denny Bierl and Roman Steffes were building the largest apartment complexes in 1975. Each was working on a 16-unit building. Bierl's is near Fairview Elementary School and Steffes' in Rolling Hills. The Steffes' complex was issued a $200.000 permit and Bierl a $170,000 permit. All told. 50 units will be added via apartment construction. Olher permits were Harold Bierl, $46,000; Steve Sander $25,000; Baumhover Construction. $35,000; Harold Bierl, $36.000. and L. H. Comes. $45.000. Baumhover's was lor a duplex, the rest for four units. K-Mart Store Under Construction Here The K-Mart department store at the southwest corner of the U.S. 30-71 intersection could be open by the middle of the year. The $1.2 million store was the topic of controversy in April, May and June of last year because of the way the construction was to be financed. The city council voted to lend its name to the project so the S.S. Kresge Co. could receive low-interest loans. It took an Iowa Attorney General's opinion to make sure the action was legal, but Carroll became one of several Iowa cities to issue the industrial development revenue bonds to retail firms. Since then, the practice has become illegal. The bonds were designed to attract new industries to cities, but some Iowa cities received statewide publicity when they okayed the use of the bonds for retail businesses. The 40,000 square foot Carroll K-Mart building is nearing completion. A large parking lot is in front of the building and an automobile service center is in the rear. S.S. Kresge, the parent company of K-Mart, estimated that between 50 and 60 persons will be employed at the business, with an annual payroll of about $300.000. It has been estimated that the store will pay about $25.000 annually in real estate taxes. Type New Homes Garages Additions, Remodelings to dwellings Duplexes, Apartments Commercial, Industrial construction Commercial, Industrial additions & remodelings Institutions Total 1975 Building Permits Permits 40 38 11 7 Type New Homes Garages Additions, Remodelings to dwellings Duplexes. Apartments Commercial. Industrial construction Commercial. Industrial additions & remodelings Institutions Total 5 2 112 1974 Building Permits Permits 32 20 8 7 10 86 Cost $1.185.500 95.255 41.900 557.000 1.128.145 89.000 970.000 $4,066,800 Cost $ 880.600 38.400 72.000 576.000 777.020 57.800 33.000 $2.434,820 -Slaff Photo THIS IS WHAT THE K-MART building looked like from the air this winter before its big sign went up on the front of the building. The $1.2 million discount-department store could open in early June. It was the subject of some controversy in the spring of last year because of the way it is being financed through city-sponsored bonds. The bonds will cost Carroll nothing, but "lend" the city's name to the project so interest rates arc lower. ' Six Modern Motels, Hotel Serve Travelers Here The motel and hotel business in Carroll has been instrumental in the city's economic development. Six motels and a hotel serve the needs of the motoring public. Located on U.S. 30, about a half-mile west of the junction of U.S. 30 and 71, is the Holiday Best Western Motel. The 40-room facility has been operated by Dorothy Agnew since Sept. 1,1975. All units in the Holiday facility are carpeted and have individually-controlled air conditioning and heating, color television, telephones and soft water. Parking space is available in front of each room and electrical outlets are available for car heaters. The motel offers a basement meeting room that will seat 40 persons. The room is suitable for wedding parties, family reunions or area meetings for salesmen. A honeymoon suite at the Holiday features deluxe interior decorating and a large, round bed. Six persons are on Miss Agnew's staff to assist her in the operation of the motel. The Holiday, which has been in operation' for eight years, is affiliated with the Best Western chain and offers free reservation service to any one of the 1,300 motels in the chain. * * * Motel 71-30, at tAe intersection of the two highways, is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. M.J. (Mike) Arts and is affiliated with Friendship Inns, a national referral chain. Arts is executive vice president of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and an Iowa area governor of Friendship Inns. Each of the 28 units at Motel 71-30, which is of brick construction, is carpeted and equipped with in-room coffee and an automatic phone system enabling guests to dial outside the motel without ringing through the office. New color television sets installed in 1974 now are hooked up to cable television. During the past year new extra-size beds have been placed in some of the rooms and all units now'have at least one double bed. Several of the rooms are connected for family units. The waterbed in one of the rooms continues to Elks' Lodge is One of Most Outstanding in State of Iowa I With more than 875 members, the Carroll B.P.O. Elks Lodge is of the most \6utstanding in the State of Iowa. The lodge has been enhanced by many improvements during the past several years. Recently completed have been fireside rooms adding seating and dining space. The most recent improvement is installation of air purifying equipment. When complete, the system will make the building smoke-free for meetings, dancing and dining. Some of the top bands in the country have been playing for Elks eyents. Among the most recent have been the Jimmy Dorsey and Eddy Howard bands. Social, charitable and civic functions make the Elks Lodge a center of community activity. Present officers of the Lodge are: Myrpn Johnson, exalted ruler; Henry Schoenjahn, esteemed leading knight; Ronald Eich, esteemed loyal knight; Tom Gaffney, esteemed lecturing knight; Alfred J. Klocke, "secretary; Jerry Rolfes; treasurer; Hans Ulveling, tiler; Msgr. Leo Lenz, chaplain; Art Ricke, inner guard; Jack Fleskes, esquire; Lyle Thelen, organist; John Wagner, manager arid Howard Heisterkamp, Bob Badding and Bill Hammen, trustees. *' The state convention of the Iowa Elks Association will be held this year at Waterloo in May. The national convention will be held in July at Dallas, Tex. The Carroll Elks Lodge No. 1637, in addition to many fraternal activities, carries out charitable and civic projects during the year. The money used to finance these projects comes from the proceeds of numerous social and fund-raising events conducted at the local lodge. Major fund-raising event and one of the top social events in the Carroll area is the annual charity purple ball. Proceeds of this and other projects are donated to various organizations, groups and individuals throughout the Carroll area. Needy families are helped throughout the year in a variety of ways. For instance, this year a number of families were provided with funds to help defray expenses of needed dental or optical work. Food baskets were distributed at Christmastime. New Hope Village, United Way and St. Anthony Regional Hospital were also recipients offunds. In conjunction with the Easter Seal Society of.Iowa, the Carroll Elks Lodge sponsors the annual homebound handicraft sale for crippled adults and children of Iowa. This sale is conducted in Westgate Mall. Items displayed and sold at this event are produced by homebound men and women who are unable to be gainfully employed due to their handicaps. The local lodge officers, their wives and other lodge members' wives who help in the sale turn over to the Easter Seal Society 100 per cent of the proceeds of the 'sale. •' Another primary project of the lodge is the awarding of scholarships to deserving young people of the immediate area. Also, through the Elks National Foundation, a perpetual fund with assets of over $8 million, the order provides over $400,000 each year for scholarships and outright grants for advanced training of technicians in Cerebral Palsy therapy and other research and development. The Carroll Elks Lodge is also involved in all types of recreational and leadership programs. The lodge sponsors both a Minor and Senior Little League baseball team. For the second year in a row they have sponsored the Elks free throw contest. Hundreds of boys and girls from the surrounding area have taken part in this exciting competition. New Hope Project of Sorority The Xi Gamma Pi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority has submitted New Hope Village as its state project for the year. The members plan to contribute to the village. The sorority programs this year are based on the theme "Heritage and the Woman." The overall objective is to. awaken an interest within the woman. The programs strive to provide the woman with a knowledge of her heritage. The primary fund raising effort of the year was the making and selling of about 400 pounds of peanut brittle for the holidays. The main service project for the year consists of stuffing, addressing and mailing of Easter Seals for Carroll County. This year's letters were mailed March 9. The sorority supplied a needy family at Christmas with a basket of food, gifts and be a popular item and there is rarely a night when it isn't used, according to Mrs. Arts. Some of the rooms have been newly decorated during the past year. The motel staff does all of the laundry for the facility and during 1975, new laundry equipment was installed. Motel 71-30 became affiliated with Friendship Inns in 1971 and can offer free reservation service to any of the 1,200 motels in the chain. * * * The Villa Motel, owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hilsabeck, is located at 220 W. Seventh St.. just off the downtown business district. The converted Hoyt mansion consists of 12 units, four of which have fireplaces. The spacious units feature Trophies were awarded to the winner in each group locally. The competition extends to the • district, state and national levels. Over a million boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 competed this year. Another facet of the Carroll Elks Lodge is its widely known and respected Elks Chorus. Under the direction of Roger Hansen, this group entertains frequently at service and fraternal organizations and also at numerous church conclaves throughout the state. An Elks Memorial Service is conducted at the lodge each December in remembrance of all departed Elks. Individual services are also conducted upon the death of any Lodge member. color cable television, direct-dial phones, radios and alarms, in-room coffee and individually-controlled heating and air conditioning. Several rooms, the lobby and stairway were recarpeted and redecorated in 1975. Shortly after purchasing the Villa in September. 1972. the Hilsabecks opened the former mansion living room as-a lounge, preserving the original tapestry wall covering, molded ceiling, coat of arms and Italian marble fireplace. * # * The Carroll Courts Motel features 14 separate units with individual garages. It is located west on U.S. 30. about a mile from the court house, and since 1973 has been managed by Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne (Curly) Feltner. Owners are Louis and Monica Prenger. All rooms at the Carroll Courts are equipped with telephones, air conditioning, television, showers and furnace heat. Off-the-road parking space for trucks also is available. Some repair work was being done at Carroll Courts early this year, the Feltners reported. * * * A major remodeling project at the City Hotel. 224 N. Main St., has been completed within the past year. It involved construction of a new apartment and remodeling of three rooms and a portion of the lobby. The only hotel in Carroll is owned by Mr. and Mrs. George Kruse. The new apartment, Kruse said, consists of a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and closet. The hotel now has 32 rooms and five apartments, including the Kruses' living quarters. The Kruses purchased the hotel about ten years ago and had managed it prior to that time. * * * The Poplar Motel, built in 1951 east of Carroll on U.S. 30, consists of 14 units and a rental apartment. Within recent months all units have been recarpeted and electric heat has been installed. The units are equipped with television, air conditioning, telephones and soft water and there are electrical outlets for car heaters in front of each unit. * * * The Elms Motel Apartments, 725 N. Carroll St.. are leased and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Foley. Six frame units are separated from the main house and the two upstairs apartments in the house are available for rental by the month. All units are equipped with stoves, refrigerators and television sets, and space is available for off-street parking. Traffic Up at Carroll Airport "The people of Carroll got good value for their dollar" in the Arthur N. Neu Municipal Airport remodeling project which was completed in 1975. Airport Commission Chairman Norman Hutcheson said. A $77,000 hangar-shop building was finished in 1975 and leased to Fisher Aviation. The 80 by 100 foot building is the last part of a three-year expansion project at the airport. Enlargement of a ramp also was completed in 1975 in a project which included building a turn-around area for planes and aircraft parking spaces. The building just finished has three stalls for repair and other places to store planes. Hutcheson said between 2.200 and 2.800 planes land each month. That is up a little from 1974. This includes two to four business jet landings a month. Airport activity has picked up in the past two years since a runway was extended and landing aids added. Hutcheson said. That enabled jets to land. Few vacancies are available in hangars, he added. No large projects are planned for the near future, the chairman said. Early this year it was announced that the Carroll airport "impressed" an Iowa Department of Transportation inspector who visited the facility. In a - letter to Hutcheson. Michael E. Palmer, director of the department's aeronautics division, said. "We found the Carroll airport to be an excellent facility." Carroll is listed as one of 12 "emergency airports" in Iowa to be used in case a storm or other situation closes a major airport such as the Des Moines Municipal Airport. The commission, although appointed by the city council, has a free hand in operating the airport. After the council appropriates monies to the commission, the commission takes over. Much of the operating revenue comes from farmland rented out in the vicinity of the airport, Hutcheson said. Other commissioners are Robert Langenfeld. John Gnam, Archie Gietz and William Kurth. Robert Fisher is airport manager. GUIDING STAR MINNEAPOLIS (AP> — The fastest computer in the world today, the Star, can perform up to 100 million results per second, according to its manufacturer. Control Data corp.. here. Computers in the 1950s were capable of only tens of thousands of instructrons per second, during the 1960s speeds of a few computers increased to 12 to 15 million per second. The new super-scale computers are currently supporting vital U.S. aerospace and energy research programs. Future applications for the machine include guiding world weather forecasting, petroleum research and even education and medical research. Control Data engineers report. toys. Mrs. Mike Maystadt is the service chairwoman. A social is usually planned each month. In the fall the group, along with the members' husbands, attended the production at C.Y. Stephens, Ames, entitled the "Spirit of 1776." A "Pilgrims Progress" (progressive dinner) was in September. Other meetings included the "Gold Rush" in October, "Women's Lib" in November, a Christmas "Peace Party" in December. .: A "Barn Raising Party" is planned for May and a "Girl of the Year" party is scheduled for June. The sorority is currently "rushing" new members. The gfoup presently has 18 active members and two on leave. The officers are: Mrs. Kenneth Grouse, president; Mrs. Robert Boell, vice president; Mrs. Don Derner. recording secretary; Mrs. Charles Aylor, corresponding secretary, and Mrs. Bernard •Wells, treasurer. Two business meetings are each month, usually on the first and third Mondays of the month. -Slatf Photo THE PERRY PRODUCTION Credit Association Carroll office moved into this new building in late July of last year. The colonial-styled building, befitting the bicentennial, also houses the Federal Land Bank Association of Harlan office. The building is located on Heires Avenue just east of the U.S. Department of Agriculture building. Carl Stukenholtz is first vice president and Carroll office manager of the credit association

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