The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa on January 19, 1974 · Page 3
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The Humboldt Independent from Humboldt, Iowa · Page 3

Humboldt, Iowa
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Saturday, January 19, 1974
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Zlon Lutheran officers Members of Humboldt's Zlon Lutheran Church Council and Committees took time on a recent Sunday morning for a group photo. The men are, from left: first row—Harold Kropf, trustee; Duane Dreyer, elder; Gary Kuehnast, secretary; Marvin Kuehnast, vice president; Paul Meyer, president; Dr. Phillip Lonning, elder; Kay Lenaburg, elder; Ron Stolle, trustee; Don Kuehnast, trustee; Farrill Cooper, elder. Second row—Richard Moench, trustee; Wayne Lehman, board of education; LeRoy Jorgenson, stewardship committee; Bruce Gunderson, treasurer; Vernon Schulze, head usher and cemetery committee; Arlin Specketer, elder; Grant Joy, stewardship committee; Carroll Ernst, auditing committee; Gerald Christensen, board of education; Leonard Kirchoff, board of education.—Independent Photo. MIDAS considers operation change study for the new sanitary landfill and has created a study of police protection in the county for the consideration of a county-wide system. "MIDAS is faced with the potential of b*ttef defining its fole in the planning for And implementation of needed set vices 1ft Region five," said Jim Abfanaffisen, Fort Dodge, planning director. "We have ptifsued many approaches in olir shoft duration and most have then have turned otit to b« rather worthwhile ventures." Naming a few, MIDAS has taken a definite regional planning approach and has continually attempted to define the future roles in regard to general or specific planning functions. .the association has experimented with several planning studies to determine whether or not it should be Involved in direct community planning or development. The Eagle Grove downtown project was one of those. MIDAS has built a strong working relationship with various area agencies such as the Health Planning Council, YOUR Inc., the Soil Conservation Service and other groups. It is now reaching out into such endeavors as historic preservation, health planning and manpower planning. "It is slowly becoming a viable service and technical assistance agency for the county boards of supervisors," Abrahamson said. "With two years of pride to reflect on," he continued, "we now feel much more capable of redefining our role in the future. We have discovered that MIDAS cannot and should not provide many direct community planning services to its member communities. To accomplish this task, we would soon need much more staff and more local funds. A new bureaucracy would certainly find its roots. Rather we have learned that MIDAS can play a vltil tote for its communities in the function of ,'advise and consent' or advise aftd review." He explained MIDAS can easily act as a channel of Information of a resource bate for advising local communities. Due to its objectivity on an area wide basis, MIDAS has an important role in consent or review. "MIDAS should have an active review capacity throughout the development of a project and at the completion of it," Abrahamson said. "Our local elected officials need MIDAS to objectively review all proposals." Another role that is becoming more important to the citizens in the region is the role of management. The MIDAS professional staff wants to ensure that as new regional services are warranted the group is properly prepared to assume the sometimes needed function of management. The Executive Committee feels that MIDAS is currently ill-equipped to handle management of funds, services and staff due to staff backgrounds and restrictive legislation. Therefore the Executive Committee has proposed a redefinition of the MIDAS Regional Planning Commission. To accomplish the task it has proposed a smooth transition from MIDAS into MIDACOG or the Mid Iowa Development Area Council of Governments for Region Five. MIDACOG would formulate a large regional citizens body charged with the function of reviewing all MIDACOG projects. Membership would be sought from local elected officials, local and area appointed boards along The request fron-vMftg ad hd« representation front specific resource groups at all levels of government and would request these special reps to attend all meetings. The new council would be governed by a 24-member board of directors, these directors would, according to the proposal, be appointed by each county board which would appoint four persons to represent the entire county. At least three of the four should be elected officials according to the proposed concept, MIDACOG would also develop an open-ended committee structure to allow broader input into the development of goals and strategies. Existing organizations would be called on to become MIDACOG committees in such issues as health, manpower, housing education, human resources and the like. Committee recommendations would then be carried on to the board. The Executive Director would be the "figurehead" of regionalism in Region Five. He would be responsible for coordinating the entire structure and will need to administer funds, supervise specialists, work through a committee structure, its ideas generated at the citizen level, the city level or the county, state, or federal levels into the regional structure. Under the Executive Director would be highly- trained staff specialists who would be responsible for assisting various committees in defining the needs, goals and strategies. The proposal indicated "this structured system would _ the rtft!rj> tiSfifai t9n. 1fo*m ftttraf AhUWci; ftfiS9..',K provides for a systematic approach to planning, advice, implementation that MIDAS lacks at this tiMe. A strong council of gDvefnmttfits can ready us for the issues that we must confront durifig 1SW and future years. 1 * the ExeCtltiVie Committee has given the MIDACOG report to the general MIDAS members for their consideration. the association is preparing for a Feb. 20 meeting in Fort Dodge to either adopt or reject the concept of the change and hopefully adopt new Articles of Agreement between the agency and governmental bodies. From there the Resolutions of Intent to Join and Articles of Agreement would be discussed with the six county boards and with the 61 city and town councils in the area. The appointment of county! representatives would be made with the Executive! Committee to be elected and' committees appointed later. Thor Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Neuberger and Melissa, Ames, were weekend visitors, in the Martin Larson home. Mrs. Helen Thul, Eagle Grove, was an additional visitor Sunday. Melissa Neuberger remained for a week's stay with her grandparents. Pastor and Mrs. Marlin Ingebretson drove to Waverly Monday to bring their daughter, Karen, home for a few days sick leave. MIDAS or MIDACOG? The decision will be left up to MIDAS members when they meet in special session, next month in Fort Dodge. The group met in Humboldt, Wednesday evening, for a dinner meeting and regular business session at the Hillcrest. Not many Humboldt County or area residents, are familiar with the acronym MIDAS, let alone MIDACOG which will be , . explained. MIDAS -.tls-* the*"- Mid 'Iowa Development Association Regional Planning Commission organized in 1971 under the authority of the State of Iowa. It is a non-profit public agency created to assist local governments in identifying and solving problems. Any local government within the geographic area of Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster and Wright Counties are eligible to participate. Voting membership in the organization is appointed by the local legislative bodies such'as the town councils and the county board of supervisors. Currently 31 municipalities and four counties are actively participating in the administration and carrying out of MIDAS planning. Overall, the group represents about 100,000 persons on a voluntary basis. The financing for the association comes from member governments on a per capita basis. For example during 1972, each participating county agreed to pay for the entire incorporated and unincorporated population on an allocation of five cents per person. In 1973, the participants agreed to double the per capita allocation to 10 cents. The association also receives two-thirds of its funds from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As it stands now, MIDAS has seven goals and purposes for its existence. The first is to identify and gather information on problems and issues common to the local governments within the region. The second goal and purpose is to communicate the issues and alternatives so local government officials may discuss, decide and act to solve these problems and resolve the issues. The third is to make modern effective planning services available on a continuous basis while the fourth is to provide a source of continuing technical assistance for public officials. MIDAS also assists in the establishment of better methods for coordinating programs • aimed at the development of local resources and sixth, aids in improving the implementation of locally-developed policies and plans. The other goal and purpose is to strengthen local govern- ment units and. reduce the overall per unit cost of government in problem areas of a regional nature as well as retaining local control over governmental decisions and actions. The only power MIDAS has is that invested in the organization by the member municipalities and counties. At the instruction of the members, MIDAS develops studies and reports which can be adopted, revised or even rejected by the member. For Humboldt County, for example, MIDAS aided in the with A Wagon-full of Money-Savers! 0 The Church with o Worm Welcome . . . Oak Hill Baptist Highway 169 South Henry B. Nelson, Pastor Sunday, January 20 9:15 a.m. Sunday Bible School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship. Message: "The Living Word" 7:30 p.m. Evening Praise Service Slides: "The Holy Land." Tune in to "SPIRITUAL FOOTNOTES" each Saturday at5:55p.m.KHBT-FM And now the movie... 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