Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 6, 1972 · Page 4
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 4

Estherville, Iowa
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Thursday, January 6, 1972
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Editorial ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, THURS., JAN. 6, 1972 Page 4 How Cities are Managed Editor's Note — There is probably no more appropriate time — in view of the events of the past few days in Estherville regarding the city manager — to point out the alternative forms of governments that cities may employ. In the following article, Daily News statistician Chuck Ostheimer explains these forms. In truth, Estherville's government is something of a "hybrid" variety, having a weak-mayor system in which the presiding officer does not have a council vote; yet employing a city manager. Since Estherville's government is not truly a city manager type of government, the term "city manager" is not a true term. Estherville's manager is really more of an executive who operates much as the top executive of a company who must answer to the board — in this case the city council. In order that the Estherville city manager have executive status and control over finances and employes, he is also designated city clerk. A true city manager government would require an election called for by electors themselves. Meanwhile Estherville's quasi manager plan is functioning in a reasonable manner. — SFB Cities throughout the United States have three basic forms of municipal government; the mayor-council plan, the commission plan, and the council-manager plan. The mayor-council plan includes an elected mayor and elected council, including both a weak-mayor plan where the council has direct control of the administration and the strong-mayor plan where the mayor has important duties as chief administrator. The commission plan has a titular mayor, designated by an elected commission from among its members, who serve collectively as a legislative body and individually as administrators of several departments. The council-manager plan with a titular mayor, designated by an elected council from among its members, the employment by the council of an experienced public administratro as manager to have full charge of municipal operations, all administrative officers being appointed by the manager. It may well be that the manager plan will prove to be the answer to the needs of small cities, and the strong-mayor plan will be used by medium and large cities. Whatever the ultimate outcome of the choice faced by large and small cities between the strong-mayor and manager plans, present trends seem to portend the ultimate demise of the commission and weak-mayor forms of municipal governments. An indispensable feature of the manager plan is the development of a corps of competent municipal executives. Although the manager plan has been effective, it has not been without its problems and critics. Administrative supervision by the council has sometimes resulted in improper interference with the day-to-day activities of the manager and his department heads. For his part, the manager in many a city, has found it difficult to remain neutral with respect to policy formation as the spirit of the original plan suggested he should be. A successful manager must walk a narrow tightrope in attempting to provide civic leadership without becoming embroiled in the controversies of the community. It is generally recognized, however, that a successful manager inevitably par­ ticipates in important ways in formulating public policy. In the council-manager form of government, the councilmen and mayor usually receive lower salaries than is the case under the mayor-council and commission forms. In the manager plan city, the mayor usually serves as the ceremonial chief of the city, presides at council meetings, and participates fully in policy discussions to the council. The council appoints the manager, approves the budget, enacts ordinances, and generally supervises the administration of city activities. Activities of the manager are dictated with the council retaining the right to employ and discharge a manager. — C. O. AILY NEWS Around Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. William Tomlin of Moravia recently observed their 65th wedding anniversary with their five children being present. They have 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. A gray-haired woman was seen to enter a bus at a busy street corner; she was large and somewhat crippled. Her arms were loaded with packages. As the bus door opened, a man behind her offered a helping hand. The old woman smiled and shook her head. "I'd best manage alone," she said, "If I get help today, Til want it tomorrow." I realized she had summed up the welfare tragedy. "From the Pen of Gene Wagner," Stacyville Monitor- Review. Mrs. Martha Clark of Perry, was honored at an Open House in celebration of her 100th birthday. She received greetings from the President, many dignitaries, relatives and friends. She has five children, four grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren. We've never tired our hand at planting walnut trees, but we always have a sort of guilty feeling if we take too many away from their native woods; we feel that we are doing something to „ destroy the growth of this particular woodland. "Reflection In the Mirror," Clear Lake Mirror-Reporter. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 1972. There are 360 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1412, Joan of Arc was born. |jiiiiiaiiiiiiii»iiiiiiiiaiiiiiiliiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii>i •iiiitiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiu, An independent newspaper published f "Monday through Friday," except prin- 5 cipal holidays, excluding February 22 and f Veterans Day. Second class postage paid | at Estherville, Iowa. § AILY NEWS Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., ION. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, T e r r i 1, Graettinger and Superior, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; §7.80for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Stan Brotherton, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager; Randy Shierk, Shopper Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. fiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiii On this date: In 1759, Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow, married George Washington. In 1838, Samuel F. B, Morse made the first public demonstration of his telegraph, at Morristown, N.J. In 1878, the poet, Carl Sandburg, was born in Galesburg, m. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. In 1919, former President Theodore Roosevelt died at his Oyster Bay, N.Y., home. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt defined the American goal of "Four Freedom"— Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Ten years ago: The Kennedy administration was planning to ask Congress for a $50-million program to eliminate illiteracy among American adults. Five years ago: Two buses crammed with Roman Catholic pilgrims collided and plunged into a gorge near Manila in the Philippines, killing 83. One year ago: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird said the U.S. combat role in Vietnam would end after the middle of the summer. Photo Album., .of the Past... In Lincoln Township This rural school, two miles north of Dolliver, was not called the Bagan School for nothing. There are five Bagans in the picture, one of them Dennis Bagan, (far left), father of Estherville's Earl Bagan. It might well have been called the Moltzen School, since there are four Moltzens pictured. One of them is Clara Moltzen who lives at 817 N. 8th St., Estherville, the person who supplied this old picture. She is pictured third from the right The picture was taken about 1900. No one ever owned up to breaking that glass over the door. By Hal Boyle Don't Miss Opening the Mail 1 1 g 1 NEW YORK (AP) - Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: Science has found that hippies with long curly hair have one advantage over their bald critics — they suffer fewer noise problems. Their curls soften the din of many annoying sounds, such as jet planes, garbage trucks, sirens and telephones.- You have eyelids — but a snake doesn't. This is ^particular handicap to it, however. Its'" eyes "are covered by hard, transparent, plastic-like caps so it can burrow into the ground without damage to its vision. Warning to the ladies: If you don't get kissed under a mistletoe bough by Christmas, you'll remain unwed all through the upcoming Leap Year. Legend saysthatthe boy who kisses you should pluck and give to you a berry from the mistletoe. The mistletoe loses its magic when all its berries are gone. Like the United States, the Soviet Union is engaged in a massive campaign to control spreading venereal disease, but the Soviets are going about it in a tougher manner. There, a person who knowingly infects another is subject to a possible prison sentence of up to three years. Feeling a bit older? So are a lot of other people. As a matter of fact, by 1980 it is estimated that the U.S. population will include 33 million people over the age of 60. Quotable notables: "Men have brought their powers of subduing nature to such a pitch that by using them they could easily exterminate one another to the last man." — Sigmund Freud. Snowy peril: Skiing is becoming ever more-popular, but it has its penalties , for the awkward beginner or the careless expert.-Each year some 100,000 skiers are injured, of whom 50,000 suffer frac- the small society tures. They sure do get the breaks. Feathered mimic: The mocking bird is one of nature's greatest impersonator's. It can imitate the songs of at least 32 other types of birds. Crossing over: Ever wonder why the Pope is called the pontiff? It is a word which can be translated as "bridge build- ,er.^'.The title was applied earlier to pagan priests who performed rites designed to appease .the River Tiber's wrath at being spanned by man. ' " by Brickman ftf& A LoTtfF ?eo ?l&. Wo FE&L Washington Star 5yn«jicai* l 'P TA% I2&FUMP- 1 -6 HI AND LOIS RIP KIRBY ( THEY JUST TAKE f~ OFF AND GO V ANYWHERE THE/ 'O WANT TO/ THE/RE KINDA DUMB THO,,,/ ARCHIE I CAN HARDLY WAIT FOR LUNCH/ NOW WAIT i FOR THE BELL / l-fe BEETLE BAILEY Y I HAP NO IPEA THEPA / WAS SUCH A FINE ACTRES5. SHE WILL SOON HAVE OUR V GUESTS Dome EXACTLY •Y AS I WISH THEM TO VO 1 . AULT IS PLEASE P WITH THE SEANCE SESSION. LAFF - A - DAY TRUDY C K !ri|[ realurn Syndicate, 1971. U'oild righls iciervcd. "Dear, you know those slightly irregular pants you bought me—" "Try to find a gas station that gives away glassware or trading stamps." 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