Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 27, 1976 · Page 1
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Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 107 — No. 83 Carroll, Iowa, Tuesday, April 27, 1976 — Twelve Pages Delivered by Carrier Each Kvening for 60c Per Week Sin*l« Copy Present System Called Inadequate Council Seeks Siren Storm Warning Plan By Myron Williams The City Council Monday evening decided to ask regional Iowa Civil Defense engineers to submit a siren storm warning plan for the city. The council acted after hearing a report by Chief of Police Maurice Dion that the present system is inadequate. City Manager Arthur Gute was instructed to contact the engineers. Dion told the council that a study made by a private siren company indicated that five more sirens should be installed at a cost of about $20,000. Carroll has two sirens operating at the present time Building Code Bill is Passed DBS MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a notable lack of enthusiasm, the Iowa House passed 52-37 Monday a bill to establish a state housing code. The close vote reflected the historic opposition among rural and small town lawmakers to state imposition on their areas of building standards they feel may be needed in cities but not in sparsely settled sections. Rep. Alvin Miller, D-Ventura, said the bill was the product of a study committee charged with "condensing all our building laws and putting them in one place in the Code." Rep. Cooper Evans, R-Grundy Center, said he feared any state building code would result in ever increasing housing costs and would hamper the introduction of new materials and building techniques. He won passage of an amendment to require the state Building Code Council to cdrry on an "imaginative" program of research on new techniques and materials to hold down building costs. • The bill would create a separate state Building Code Department with a council which would draft the detailed state building code. The House wrote in a provision that cities of 15,000 or more population would have to adopt the building code. Smaller cities could adopt it but wouldn't have to and agricultural structures would be exempt. The state would be responsible for enforcement of building standards on factory-built structures, mobile homes and mobile home parks, recreational vehicles and state buildings. Local officials would enforce the code in any community which has adopted the code. The state, however, would retain general Code, See Page 2 Area Forecast Mostly cloudy with chance of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday. Lows Tuesday night lower 40s. Highs- Wednesday low to mid 50s, Rainfall chances 40 per cent. — the main one mounted on the roof of the Carroll County court house for fires, weather warnings and the noon signal and the smaller one on the water tower used for weather warnings. Dion recommended' installation of three smaller sirens, saying they should be located in the southern and northwestern sections of the city. . The former city dump will have to be leveled off, covered and seeded by July 1 or risk a penalty, according to the Department of Environmental Quality. Open dumping grounds will not be permitted after July 1. The council voted to prepare the dump for closing and to make a commitment for the use of the ground. The south boundary of the municipal golf course may be lined with poplar trees in the future. Recently, some persons who have buildings close to the course's south boundary have complained of balls striking their property from the sixth tee. Moving the tee's location had been suggested but the problem would still remain for other property owners. The council decided to review the situation and consider the planting of poplar trees to stop balls. Mayor Ronald Schechtman suggested warning future property owners of the problem and telling them the city would not move the tee before any future building permits are issued. Earl May's proposal of $590 to plant and take care of the flowers on Adams Street for the summer was accepted by the council. The firm took care of the flowers last year. Schechtman requested Dion to instruct the police to write more tickets for littering because he has noticed "an awful lot of litter around the -Staff Pholo Autographs Book — Carl Hamilton of Ames, former Carroll County resident whose, book "In No Time at All" is a best-seller, autographs a copy of his work at the Friends of the Carroll Public Library dinner Monday night at the Elks' Club. Looking on are Mrs. Homer Skinner (left) and Mrs. Vincent Koenig, ticket chairmen for the event at which Hamilton was-featured speaker. Urges Record Kept of Important Things By Jewel Tooley Modestly describing himself as "a country boy who strung together a few essays" rather than as an author, Carl Hamilton told an audience of 220 here Monday night how his best-seller, "In No Time at All," came to be written. Hamilton, who grew up in the Glidden area, was the featured speaker at a dinner sponsored by Friends of the Carroll Public Library at the Elks,' Club. He is vice president for information and development at Iowa State University. "In No Time at AH" evolved from stories his mother told and from his own experiences of life on an American farm during the difficult days between the two World Wars. It was originally "strung together" by the former Washington government worker and Iowa editor-publisher as a Christmas gift for his family and close friends in 1973. In 1974 its first printing by Iowa State University Press produced about 2,500 copies. Since then there have been nine printings of over 30,000 copies. "It's a real satisfaction to know the book has brought pleasure to people, but the greatest satisfaction is that it encourages others," Hamilton stated. Repeatedly he urged his listeners to do what he started out to do — put in writing the things that would be important to those who Hamilton, See Page 2 In Pennsylvania Primary city." To help alleviate part of the problem, a trash can will be placed in the Westgate parking lot. The council requested Gute to make an investigation as tb changing the price and adding another size to grave openings. It was suggested that the charge for a baby's grave be $25, an intermediate size $50 and an adult size $75. Presently, a baby size costs $7.50 and adult grave $75. There is no intermediate size available now. The council also: —Decided to accept last meeting's bid for a three-foot door to be installed in the old Carroll library. A three-fool, six-inch door proposal was considered. — Heard Councilman Norman Schulz's report on the transportation meeting. Carroll could lease three buses from Community Opportunities, Inc. for transporting the elderly and handicapped into and around Carroll, Dr. Schulz said. —Approved the Chamber of Commerce's request to use part of the parking lot for St. Boniface Day, June 1 and 2. —Gave Dennis Waulkow and Dennis Mayer permission to paint house numbers on street curbs for those who request it. —Heard from Dion that he sent 14 letters last week requesting persons to remove junk cars. After receiving a notice, owners have seven days to remove the vehicles before being charged with a misdemeanor. — Set May 4 for the preliminary meeting of Stanley Engineering with city officials to discuss a federal flood insurance program for Carroll. —Approved a cigarette permit for the municipal golf course. —Voted to resurface the Rolling Hills Park entryway and parking lot. This will be for the tennis court and shelter house area. —Decided to study what the city's obligation in services and funding should be for five new subdivisions. —Adopted a federal street classification map for Carroll. The classification will create a priority system and allow the city to receive federal street repair funds. —Referred to the Planning and Zoning Commission James M. Houlihan's request for the rezoning from commercial to industrial for five lots north of Third Street and east of U.S. 71. State to Pay Part of Home, Farm Levies Next Year Ray Vetoes Property Credits for 2 Years DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state will pay part of home and farm property taxes next year, but Gov. Robert Ray Monday vetoed credits for the following two years and told the legislature to try again. "There is always risk in an action such as I am taking," Ray said as he used his item veto power to strip away the second and third years of a three-year package approved by the legislature. "I truly believe that the risk is well worth it when we consider the definite possibility of writing into law next session a far superior plan — one that will be supported by fact and which will help the farmer and the residential dweller." he said. Under the measure, as approved, the state will.pay the property tax on the first $4,500 valuation of all homesteads instead of the existing maximum $62.50 homestead credit. An additional $24 million will be added to the usual $18 million farmland tax credit. Cities with a population of over 750 and counties will have a 9 per cent growth level on most portions of their budgets financed by the property tax. The elderly and handicapped will receive higher rebates than formerly on their property taxes and the annual income maximum to qualify for those rebates- is increased from $8.000 to $9,000. In addition, they may nave up to half of special assessments against their property paid by the state. The act creates a local government task force composed of 16 members directed to conduct a study of local government services and finance. It was the $100,000 budget the bill included to fund that task force that made it an appropriations bill, subject to the governor's item veto under a 1970 Constitutional amendment. The sections vetoed would have increased homestead credits to the first $5.000 of property valuation in fiscal years 1978 and 1979 and would have changed the method of valuing farms. Agriculture land would have been valued at 100 per cent productivity instead of the current half earning power and half cash value. "This item veto should not be construed as opposition on my part to-the establishment of additional productivity for agricultural land or assessment changes for other 'classes of property,' 1 Ray said. "It does mean that there are unknowns contained in this tax package that, if uncorrected, could do more harm than good to many taxpayers who are hoping for some relief," he said. The tax relief package for the coming year is expected to cost the state about $55 million, approximately $7 million more than Ray had proposed to hold down rapidly risipg property taxes. Carter, Jackson, Udall See Success PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Carter, Henry Rackson and Morris Udall each forecast success today in Pennsylvania's presidential primary,' a race that could determine whether there's room for the brokers at the Democratic National Convention. If Carter, the former Georgia governor, wins decisively it could make him t/ougher to stop in the remaining primaries.. Victory by Jackson or Udall, however, would increase the possibility that Minnesota Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey, an. easy winner in Pennsylvania four years ago, will become a candidate after June 8, when all the primaries are over. President Ford was alone on the Republican ballot, unchallenged in Pennsylvania by Ronald.Reagan. The 103 GOP delegates will be' uncommitted, though all are expected to be in Ford's pocket. Statewide, Pennsylvanians nominated candidates for the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Republican Minority Leader Hugh Scott, Two congressmen are among the contestants to succeed Scott, Democrat William Green of Philadelphia and Republican H. John Heinz 3d of Pittsburgh. There were 2,801,649 Democrats and 2,221,639 Republicans eligible to vote. At stake were party nominations for state treasurer, state auditor general, 25 seats in Congress, half of the seats in the 50-member state Senate and all 203 state representative seats. The 9,638 polling places in 67 counties remain open 13 hours, closing at 8 p.m. It's the presidential sweepstakes that offers the glamour; and in Pennsylvania it was a two-part primary — 1. The nonbinding popularity contest, and 2. The election of convention delegates. Carter, claiming his polls in. dicated he was the choice of a majority of the people, said he would win the popularity voting provided the turnout was good. Jackson, the U.S. senator from Washington State, said he would get a majority of the 134 convention delegates to be elected, plus a proportionate share of the 44 others to be selected later by the party's state committee. Udall, who represents Arizona in Congress, predicted he would finish no worse than second in both the popularity and delegate battles. Besides the three top contenders, the Democratic ballot also listed Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, Indiana Sen. Birch Bayh, antiabortion candidate Ellen McCormack, Primary, See Page 2 Ray said the "real spending problem" would have come in the second year, with estimates that credits would cost an additional $21 million. "Even those substantial cost estimates are conservative," Ray said. The governor said the measure would soften the blow of increased property taxes in some areas more than what he had proposed. But he said he is concerned that it provides no relief for lowans who rent. "Since the homestead credit is available only to owner-occupants, renters will receive no benefits under the bill even though their rental payments will reflect increased property taxes." he said. The governor said he was tempted to veto the whole bill, but was afraid the much-divided legislature would be unable to approve a better package. ''While there is no assurance that the legislature would give us an improved bill..., there would be a guarantee of more lost time in the local budgetary process," Ray said. "Should this occur, local units of government would be delayed in their tax collections and would incur extra interest costs of some $2 million a month." He called on the General Assembly to take prompt action to pass a fair and equitable tax program when it convenes next January. Even with the increased state credits, property taxes in most areas will climb next year — but not as much as if the legislature had not acted. The problem arose last fall when the Revenue Department issued its property equalization orders that raised the assessed values of farmland and homes more than 30 per cent statewide. ' In some counties where assessors had not increased valuations in recent years, assessments rose more than 70 per cent. The increased assessments mean higher school taxes under the school aid formula and gave counties and cities additional base. The 9 per cent property tax lid is expected to hold down some of those in- Taxes, See Page 2 Paul VI Names 19 Cardinals Speculation: Next Pope Non-Italian? VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Paul -VI named 19 new cardinals today, including Archbishop William Wakefield Baum of Washington. D.C., further rejuvenating and internationalizing the Church body that elects popes — the Sacred College of Cardinals. The names of two additional new cardinals were kept secret. With Archbishop Baum, there will be 12 Americans in the college, more than any nationality except the Italians, who have 36. Speculation that the next pope might be a non-Italian gained momentum as the new choices showed non-Italians continuing to outnumber Italians in the college. The new elevations increased the college from 117 to 136, falling far short of the record 145 reached three years ago. This was the fifth consistory Pope Paul called in his 13-year-old reign. In addition to naming 19 prelates to the purple, making them princes of the Church, the 78-year-old pontiff held the names of two prelates "in pec- tore" — in his breast. In the past such new cardinals had their names kept secret in this manner because they lived in Ford Calls for Stronger Penalties for Drug Pushers WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford urged Congress today to provide stronger penalties, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug traffickers, to fight the "national tragedy" of drug abuse. In a special message to legislators, the President warned of a "worsening drug situation" and said it is negessary to take stronger action against the drug traffickers. In addition to more severe prison sentences, Ford called for denying bail to previous offenders, cracking down on tax enforcement against big drug traffickers "to take the easy profits out of drug selling" and permitting the Customs Service to search persons suspected of smuggling drug-profit money out of the country. Ford told^Congress "the cost of drug abuse to this nation is staggering." He said more than 5,000 Americans die each year from improper use of Inside Consumers find law often on their side (2nd in series)—Page 12. Women's news—Page 4. Editorials—Page 3. . . Deaths, daily record, markets, late news—Page 2. Sports 11 homers for Schmidt, Detroit holds on, NL votes down expansion, homer lifts Milwaukee—Page 6. drugs and that law enforcement officials estimate "as much as one half of all street crime — robberies, muggings, burglaries — are committed by drug addicts to support their expensive and debilitating habits." "Drug abuse constitutes a clear and present threat to the health and future of our nation," Ford said. Calling for stronger action against "these merchants of death" — the drug traffickers — Ford said he would send Congress legislation this week to require: —Mandatory minimum sentences of at least three years for a first offense conviction of trafficking in heroin and narcotic drugs and at least six years for subsequent offenses or for selling to a minor. Communist countries. The new cardinals will be installed May 24. If tradition holds true, the Pope may announce the names of the "in pectore" cardinals at that time. The new appointments gave cardinals for the first time to the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Uganda and Nigeria. The Vatican said in a statement that the Pope made "a significant choice proceeding with his desire of making the Sacred College of Cardinals a faithful image of the entire Church." The Italians drew three additional posts in the college, making their number 36 — the largest single group. But in keeping with the policy of internationalizing the college, non-Italians have outnumbered Italians, leading to the speculation that the next pope may be a non-Italian. The last non-Italian head of the Roman Catholic Church was Adrian VI, a Dutchman Consistory, See Page 2 Bicentennial Quilt — —Stall Photo Lakota Girl Scout Council Board Member Mrs. M. J. Arts, left, and Mrs. Wendell Stoner, Carroll neighborhood chairwoman, look at a bicentennial quilt made by a Newell Girl Scout troop. They were appointed to their positions at the Lakota Girl Scout Council meeting here Monday. (STORY: Inside.)

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