Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 4, 1972 · Page 1
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 1

Estherville, Iowa
Issue Date:
Tuesday, January 4, 1972
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Name Attorney, Judge Archlv'es"'" °' B1 '««» * iVeir Council Meets, Names Committees BY CHUCK OSTHEIMER Daily News Staff The last of the old and first of the new was the order of business of a special and regular Estherville city council meeting held Monday with four of the five council posts taking on new faces. Taking oath of office for the first time as council members were Carol Ridout, Wilford Kolpin, and Ed Quillin while Kenneth Meadows returned to the council after resigning in his past term to accept the position of mayor, and Ken Kollasch continuing on as councilman at large. L. M. Brashear, the second carryover from the past council, is currently hospitalized and is unable to be sworn in for another term at the present time. Leaving office were Ivan Summa, Charles Baker, Don Meyers and Jerry Stockdale. THE NEW COUNCIL took im­ mediate steps* following the oath . of office, to appoint Dave Fitzgibbons as the new city Attorney, Marilyn Loebach as the new police court judge, and to reappoint Charles Bernard as city manager and city clerk. Meadows was temporarily appointed to the mayor pro tern position pending the return of Brashear to his duties as a councilman at which time he will reassume the duties of mayor pro tern as well. A recommendation by Bernard that the council abolish the standing Industrial, Finance, Street and Alleys, Band, Public Improvement, and Fire Committees lacked a second and therefore was not voted on. Therefore, the new council took the recommendations of Mayor Linn Foderberg to appoint Meadows, chairman, Quillen, and Kolpin to the Industrial Committee; Ridout, chairman, Meadows, and Kollasch to the Finance Com­ mittee; Quillen, chairman, and Brashear to the Street and Alleys Committee; Kollasch, chairman, to the Band Committee; Brashear, chairman, Ridout, and Kollasch to the Public improvements Committee; and Kolpin, chairman, and Brashear to the Fire Committee. Reappointed to the Police Board were Jim Currell and Francis Shadle and Jim Thdlkes was reappointed to the Airport Commission. The new council also heard a salary schedule of city employes with recommendations of a 4.5 per cent cost of living increase but, without funds allocated in the 1972 budget, tabled until the next council meeting any action on the pay increases. BERNARD told the new council that "unless we get necessary rate increases, he foresees the expenditures in excess of the revenues already for the 1972 budget." Councilman Meadows also stated that "we cannot depend on a rate change to take up slack because of prior commitment* and we have to begin to think of living within our means." It is normal procedure for the city to review the salary schedule of the city employes once yearly and present normal cost of living increases. The council did, however, approve the 1972 budgeted salary schedule for 1972 pending revising in the amount of $611,849.88. The council also approved the funds and revenues of the city in the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 1972, be allocated and appropriated to maintain and operate the city government and its various functions and services in the city. Included were cash on hand totaling $66,726.12 as of Jan. 1, 1972, estimated income other than taxes, $1,507,758.00; estimated receipts from taxes, $412,889.00; and appropriated, $1,934,465.00. Also all incomefrom special taxes for payments of bonds and interest in addition was also approvedforuseassuch special taxes were levied. IN OTHER ACTION, the council was informed that a small portion of the city Christmas decorations will be left up until after the completion of the winter Sports Festival, that Bernard and City Attorney David Fitzgibbons meet to select a consultant to revise the city's municipal code; the sending of Don Barfoot and Dan Elwood to a school in Mason City sponsored by the State Highway Commission; approved a class 'C Commercial' beer and liquor license for the Friendly Tavern, a class 'C beer permit for Mortimore's Grocery; and the treasurer's report. The previous council, before leaving office, approved the min­ utes to date and approved all but three outstanding bills of which the new council was informed. The old council also moved that the Rohlin Construction bill, involving removal of dirt at the city landfill, be reduced by the cost of the second engineer's fee before being paid. The other two outstanding bills from the past council are for Duncan parking meters which has not been received to date and for the city's snowblower which is awaiting the arrival of parts which did not accompany the shipment of the blower. MARILYN LOEBACH AILY NEWS $r 104th YEAR; NO. 64 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Tuesday, January 4, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c Hilburn Cited, School Hires, Okays New Pay Meet the New Council The official family posed following organization Monday. -Seated left; new-city attorney Dave Fitzgibbons; right?^jputy city clerk Sandwt Thompson, and center, Mayor Linn Foderberg. Standing, from the left, City Manager Charles Bernard, Lost & Found Provides By CAROL HIGGINS Daily News Staff W. C. Hilburn, who retired Dec. 31, 1971, after 19 years of service in the school system, was honored at last night's meeting of the Estherville Board of Education. During its business meeting the board approved selection of a teacher for elementary art, ordered a committee study to be made of girls' athletic activities and discussed further cost data for remodeling of the rotunda. Hilburn was presented with a gold watch, engraved "Nineteen Years of Service," and a permanent pass to school activities. He had served as superintendent of schools here 17 years, beginning in 1953, and as business manager the last two years. Dr. R. N. Lepird, president of the board, made the presentation to Hilburn emphasizing that the gifts were in commemoration of "the many good things done" under Hilburn's administration. HILBURN, obviously filled with emotion over the unexpected recognition, sought to summarize councilmen Carol Ridout, Wilford Kolpin, Ed Quillin, Kenneth Meadows and KBft'KottaBBh^ Missing from .pleture is councilman L. M. Brashear. (Daily News photo by Chuck Ostheimer) A Good Listener Someone will listen. And perhaps someone will help. But the listening may be equally as important as any aid that may be desired. That, in a nutshell, might be the purpose of Lost and Found: to provide a confidential— and free—volunteer listening service to residents of the Estherville ILCC area. Although the service has not yet been initiated, it was the original brainchild of ILCC students and their counselor and is geared primarily to the young, yet will be available to people of all ages. Lost and Found will not be in­ itiated until the volunteer listeners have been fully trained. The first training session will be held Monday, Jan. 17. Volunteers are being selected with care, on the basis of common sense, emotional openness, ability to establish rapport and willingness to involve themselves in training and service. It has been emphasized that Lost and Found is not a counseling service. Listeners will be trained to give support and understanding, and will volunteer referral to existing community resources. It is emphasized that all information received over the tele­ phone or by persorvto-person contact will be held in complete confidence. Names will not be requested except in emergency situations. No files on individuals will be kept unless approved by the coordinator and the coordinator will be the only person having access to all files. Problems discussed might concern drugs, pregnancies, alcohol, venereal disease, discipline, school problems, housing. If the problems require counseling, professional or medical attention, a proper referral will be made. Greatest expense of the program will be the telephone in­ stallation and operation. However the Ministerial Association has backedthe program financially as have some individuals. Donations to the program are welcome. Location of Lost and Found will also be held confidential until such time that the organization is able to accept walk-in responsibilities. The unit is currently drawing up articles of incorporation and expects to begin its operation in two or three months. Mr. Hilburn, Left, and Dr. Lepird Even with Tax Relief Bigger Bite From Check Retires after 'Longest Six Weeks' 1 WASHINGTON (AP) - In spite of the tax relief voted by Congress last month, millions of Americans will find their take-home pay reduced after Jan. 16 by a bigger income tax bite out of their checks. Congress has increased sharply the withholding rate, to make the amount of tax withheld by employers come closer to matching the employe's actual tax liability for the year. That will correct the under- withholding which, for many taxpayers, has been a nuisance for years. For 1972 and thereafter, fewer middle-and upper- income taxpayers will have to mail quarterly estimated tax payments or make large lump­ sum payments when they file their income tax returns. This was a particular problem in 1971 for married couples in which both husband and wife work. The old withholding tables were geared to give them one too many low-income allowances; many will have to pay several hundred dollars on April 15 to get right with the Internal Revenue Service. The change in the withholding tables was designed to correct that situation for the new tax year—and to give the Treasury the current use of an estimated $1 billion which for­ merly has been underwithheld in the course of each year. But in correcting the under- withholding of one large group of taxpayers, Congress has complicated the financial problems of another large group by causing overwithholding. Millions of taxpayers— particularly middle-income couples in which only the husband works, and those claiming large amounts of itemized deductions—will find the new withholding tables take too deep a bite. The withholding increase is so large, in fact, that in many cases it will more than offset the paycheck benefits that Congress enacted last month in the form of higher personal exemptions and an increased standard deduction. Taxpayers at the income level of $20,000 to $25,000 who claim itemized deductions of $4,000 to $5,000-fairly ordinary at that income level—may find themselves paying the government upwards of $50 a month more than they owe. For the relief of such taxpayers the IRS has prepared a new form to be distributed by employers, called "Employe's Withholding Exemption Certificate." By filling it out and returning it to his employer, he can adjust his year-long with­ holding to an amount roughly equivalent to his actual tax liability. The new form carries a table showing how many "allowances" the taxpayer should claim—at $750 each, the new amount of the personal exemption— to insure that he is meeting his tax obligations throughout the year but not overpaying along the way. Agnew to Run? WASHINGTON (AP) - Hinting broadly he will seek reelection with Splro T. Agnew as his running mate, President Nixon has given Americans a glimpse at a campaign-year platform built on his moves for peace abroad and a healthier economy at home. In an hour-long nationally televised interview Sunday night, Nixon said he will announce by Jan. 14 his decision. Retiring after one of the longest six weeks on record, Wally Erickson left his position as assistant accounting manager with his one and only employer, John Morrell and Co. Dec. 31, 1971. He was hired in January, 1932, as a delivery boy in the mail department for a temporary six- week term at the Sioux Falls branch of Morrell's. After two weeks he was transferred into the sales distribution department. There his temporary employment stretched out to three years, when he was shifted into the accounting department. "Bookkeeping was my best subject in high school," he says. From 1943 to 1945, he served in the U. S. Army, and afterwards took advantage of the G. L Bill of Rights undertaking an 18-month correspondence course in accounting. Upon completion, he was awarded a diploma from International Accountants Society of Chicago. He had returned to the Morrell accounting department and found the further education invaluable to him there. In August, 1956, he was transferred to John Morrell and Co., at Estherville, to take charge of all departmental accounting and about three years ago was made assistant accounting manager for the plant with over-all charge of the departmental accounting. Of his retirement as of Friday, Wally quipped, "This ends the six weeks." He and his wife, Mary, plan to retain their residence in Estherville, with more time now for golfing, fishing and traveling. In addition to two sons, Jerry and Bob, at home, they have three married daughters, Mrs. Steve (Janice) Lange, Estherville, Mrs. Stephen (Judy) Good, Ottumwa, and Mrs. Dennis (Jovita) Thompson, Minot, N.D. COLD BULLETIN William Charles Bernard, who assumed the duties as Estherville City Manager, August 30, 1971, today submitted his resignation in a memo to Mayor Linn Foderberg, and the City Council. While he did not reveal his future plans, he did indicate he had employment in the Philadelphia area, and intends to depart Estherville shortly after his resignation is effective at the close of business Friday. Bernard came to Estherville from Peoria, 111. "I want to try to solve the past pending problems of the city," he said in an introductory statement upon arrival, and began attacking theseproblema immediately, at times meeting with resistance. He had just been reappointed manager by the new council in its organizational meeting yesterday. Wally Erickson high points of his teaching and administrative career. "As far as compensation goes, teaching has developed wonderfully," he said, comparing salaries of less than $7,000 during his early years with today's requirements. Recalling the austerity of those times, he spoke of one year coaching, in which "the superintendent allowed me one roll of tape for football, basketball and baseball for the entire year." "I had some qC my most plealsant ye^ars In tsthervifle," he stated. He cited'various new buildings and facilities constructed and joshed, "and I am going to get on to the board if you don't keep them up." Steven Schroeder, with a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa was recommended by Supt. Robert Rice and approved by the board to replace Kathleen Holmquest as elementary art teacher. Schroeder, formerly of Dows, is married but has no children. He will begin his teaching assignment Jan. 12. RETROACTIVE PAY on wage increases for teachers which had been held up by the wage-price freeze was also approved in a motion made by Jerry Hendrlck- son, seconded by Dr. Richard Bose and affirmed by vote. The board was assured that the funds for the withheld increases had been set aside and can be promptly processed. Participation in girls' extramural programs was considered. The board decided a committee is to be appointed to study and report on such programs elsewhere, the costs and community opinion. Chris Kjar, assistant principal of the senior high school, was appointed chairman of the committee which is to consist of 12 members. Committee members, to be appointed by the administrative staff, will include six from the school system and five from the community. Superintendent Rice presented and the board approved a form for special education diplomas. According to a board decision two months ago, students are to be awarded the diplomas on completion of the course in secondary study in special education. COSTS of adding to and remodeling the rotunda could be reduced from estimates of the bond issue which was defeated last fall, Rice reported. A pre- engineered building with a 40- year lifetime, with a facade to be developed by the buyer's architect, could be constructed at a cost of $4 per square foot less, he had learned. In his report to the board, Rice also informed the board of the completion of a sound module for the band room and a leaking heating pipe in the high school locker rooms. The sound module is a glass-enclosed sound-proof room for use for small group practice or lessons, installed at a cost of $2,750. On the other side of the ledger, a crack has developed in the 5,000 more or less feet of plastic pipe carrying about 500 gallons of hot water to heat the floor of the high school locker rooms. .Workmen were making holes in the concrete floor enclosing the plastic pipe to discover the point of leakage. CHie leak was reported found and on the way toward repair as of this morning.)

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