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" 1.1 City Employes Disagree 503 2, Council Confirms Personnel Change By STAN BROTHERTON Daily News Editor Members of the City Employ­ es Association and the Estherville city council and city manager have bumped heads over the demotion of one employe and the dismissal of another. Demoted from superintendent of the water treatment plant to operator was Frank DeMoss, an employe of the city the past 22 years. The position held by Mrs. Ruby McKee was abolished with the inception of computer utility billing, and this was given as the reason for her dismissal. The action had been taken by City Manager Charles Bernard, in charge of personnel by mandate from the city council. The Employes Association was on hand to appeal both cases with the council last night during the regular meeting of the council. At the end of an hour-long discussion involving both sides of the question, the council upheld the city manager's action. THE DEMOSS action also included elevating Harry Anderson, former assistant superintendent of the treatment plant, to superintendent, and John Egeland to assistant superintendent. Bernard said one of the prime reasons for the demotion of DeMoss was his failure to obtain a certification for operating a "Grade 4" plant, while Anderson has obtained his Grade 4 certification. Bernard said that DeMoss had been advised in 1963 to become certified. He said that DeMoss had told him he was not eligible to take the certification examination, but Bernard stated investigation revealed this to be untrue. There was disagreement from the employe association side. Spokesman Lowell Morris maintained, that DeMoss was not told to take the examination and he maintained that DeMoss' long association with the city should have been more of a determining factor in the decision to demote. In Mrs. McKee's situation there was also disagreement. Mrs. McKee said she had been given to understand there would be other positions open with the city when computer billing replaced her present job. However, Bernard said that Mrs. McKee would have to be retrained and added that she had declined to attend typing courses that would have been part of the retraining. After an hour's discussion the council voted 5-1 to abide by the manager's action. Only Councilman Ken Meadows voted against the motion. IN FURTHER action concerning employes, the council approved an amendment of the Personnel Rules and Regulations in the following manner: "There shall be no discrimination against employes of the city, nor shall eligible employes suffer discrimination because of membership in any organization or association of employes whose purpose includes management- employe relations. "Those management personnel not eligible for membership or participation are all department and division heads and assistant supervisors, superintendents and foremen and the following staff positions: "Deputy finance director-purchasing agent; deputy city clerk- personnel director; finance department office manager; technical services supervisor; executive secretary; administrative assistant." This would mean that some members now in the City Em­ ployes Association are no longer eligible for membership. APPOINTMENTS confirmed on recommendation from Mayor Linn Foderberg: Dr. D. E. Devall and Clyde Sanborn to the recreation advisory board to replace Bill Ridout and Frank Fuss. Louis Obye was reappointed and Eugene (Pete) Nelson and Sister Ruth Marek were appointed to two- year terms on the low rent housing committee. They replace Dr. J. P. Clark and Keith Godfrey. A LIBRARY statistical report submitted by City Librarian Mrs. Christine Anderson was approved by the council. The report showed expenditures of $44,435.49 for 1971. There are now 32,783 volumes in the library, compared with 31,253 at the beginning of the year. There were 4,000 book borrowers with Estherville addresses, and 990 for the county or area. A LITIGATION concerning cast iron pipe purchases was joined by the Estherville council on recommendation of Attorney Dave Fitzgibbons. The State of Iowa and Attorney General Rich­ ard Turner have filed a suit pending in U. S. district court against an association of pipe manufacturers who have been accused of price fixing. If there is any recovery from the action, Estherville will thus join in proceeds. On the other hand, the city must share court costs in the event the case is lost. During the period in question, Estherville has made pipe and fitting purchases totaling $62,000. THE POLICE pension fund has been lacking in contributions for a number of years and Bernard recommended that this be brought up to date by transferring some $13,000 from parking meter and electric utility receipts. The council tabled the matter until further information is obtained from an actuary report. Authorization was given to approve crossings of the state highway for the interconnect of electrical energy with D.E.K., and to acquire the necessary easements for the crossing of the 69KV line from the John Morrell company. A contribution of $2,120 for the Northwest Iowa Alcoholism Treatment Center was approved. The city has already paid $400 for the year and further quarterly payments were advised. Bob Stall of Stall's Farm & Home was granted a permit to move a steel building from his present business site on Central Avenue to his future business location at the Kinnard Dairy building. This is a storage building, 12 by 40 feet. SWINGING BRIDGES will be reconstructed over the river at a cost of $4,103. The suspension foot bridges, which may not be used by any motorized vehicle have been closed for some time after being declared unsafe. Councilman Ken Kollasch voted against the measure, only be­ cause It did not carry an amendment to replace steps with a ramp approach. Additional cost would have been in the neighborhood of $800 to $900. Bid opening for two new police cars was set for March 6, This year the city will do routine maintenance on the police vehicles, it was decided. Francis Evcleth, representing the Estherville Winter Sports Festival, was on hand to commend the city for its aid to the festival success and pointed out that the festival is not a chamber of commerce function, but a community effort regulated by a festival board outside the chamber. A budget was authorized for the city's part in regional planning. Up to $2,000 was authorized for the budget. The new computer billing was discussed. There were many errors in the first billing which are now being ironed out with representatives of the computer firm. Billy Goat Gruff This ice sculpture by the Junior High F.H.A. won a second place in the organizations classification during the Winter Sports Festival. This display may be seen at 515 S. 14th Street. (Daily News photo by Chuck Ostheimer) Legislature Hears Pros, Cons on Tax Exemptions DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Members of the House Ways and Means Committee Monday listened to the pros and cons of removing property tax exemptions currently enjoyed by churches, fraternal organ-, izations and civic groups. Twenty-one speakers testified — some predicting taxpayers might suffer instead of being aided by a bill under consideration. But representatives of taxpayer groups and farm organizations said the measure to remove some exemptions should be acted upon promptly to put as much property back on the tax rolls as possible to relieve the load on property now being taxed. The bill, among other things, would end present exemptions for fraternal, benevolent and veterans groups and subject to taxation church parsonages and family dwellings furnished by educational institutions to their presidents or other officials. It would declare most property used for income producing purposes to be taxable, in, eluding government owned property leased to private profit-making interests, and provide that any organization which holds a liquor or beer sales permit would be taxable unless owned by the government. ; The measure also would redefine charitable organizations that are exempt from taxation and require many retirement homes, custodial homes and the like to pay taxes for municipal services such as fire and police protection while exempting them from other property taxes. Andy, Regis, Des Moines city assessor, told the legislators tax exemptions "have come to be a scandal not only in Iowa but all over the nation" and the time has come to crack down on them. He said a charitable institution to be tax exempt "should be charitable in deed as well as in name." And while certain kinds of homes for the aged should be tax exempt, Regis said, the exemption shouldn't extend to a home "which charges an entry fee of $7,500 to$10,000." The Rev. Allen Wirtz of Estherville, a United Presbyterian The Forecast Extra Copies of this issue have been printed and are available at The News Office— 15 cents each. AILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 89 Estherville, Iowa, 51334, Tuesday, February 8, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c School Elevates Three to WIRTZ minister and Allen Maruyama, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Dubuque, testified it is the view of their denomination that church parsonages should be taxed. Maruyama said Presby­ terians feel churches "shouldn't seek favors from government" such as property tax exemptions for parsonages because "when churches are obligated to the state, the state tends to tell the church what to do." But H. Richard Smith, an attorney who said he was speaking "as a layman of the United Methodist Church," contended the proposal to tax parsonages not only is against public policy but may be downright unconstitutional. He said the U.S. Supreme Court as recently as 1970 held in a New York case that church exemption from taxation is historical. He said the 1st Amendment to the federal constitution prohibits any law-restricting the free exercise of religion. "The only legitimate reason for removing an exemption is that the public purpose for which it was granted no longer exists," Smith said. "Increas- (P lease Turn to Page 8) Backs Meat Prices FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Secretary of Agriculture Earl L. Butz said today recent increases in prices farmers receive, including record highs for cattle, are fully justified regardless of their effects in the supermarket. "Prices are strengthening and in some instances, such as beef cattle prices, are at 20- year highs," Butz said in a speech prepared for the annual Fargo Farm Forum. "And they should be," Butz said, "It's about time things were getting better. Yet I want to remind you that as your prices improve and begin to reflect in markups at retail counters, we may have a fight on our hands. "Some of the newspapers back east have already started commenting on higher food prices," Butz said. "You can expect to see agitation Increase for putting a lid on many agricultural prices." Butz added that he intends "to wage this battle for farmers with everything I've got" and asked for grassroots help and support. Prices of raw farm products are exempted from controls under the administrations's Phase 2 economic plan. Retailers can pass on to consumers added costs of food products. A week ago the Agriculture Department reported that prices farmers got for raw products rose 3 per cent in January, including a record high for beef cattle, shattering the mark set in 1951. Kollasch Opens Ken's Flower Shed Ken Kollasch, well-known Es- thervillite has opened a bloomin' business. It will be called Ken's Flower Shed and is located at 1521 Central Avenue, next to Miner Motors. The new floral shop will carry a wide assortment of cut and potted flowers. Flower arranging is Ken's specialty. His wife, Janice, will be helping with the new venture. BY CAROL HIGGINS Daily News Staff New positions were given Lou Bohnsack, Chris Kjar and Don Hill and three teachers' resignations were approved in the Estherville school board meeting last night. Bohnsack was appointed to fill the position of administrative assistant to the superintendent which was left vacant by the resignation in December of W. C. Hilburn. Bohnsack's post of high school principal is to be filled by the present assistant principal, Kjar. Hill, now serving as business instructor at LL.C.C, will be made assistant high school principal. The appointments were made effective as of Feb. 15. Board president R. N. Lepird read a letter of resignation submitted by Luella Flemmig, junior high school mathematics teacher. He noted that resignations from Ina Tow, Roosevelt School, and Mrs. Frances Helland, special education, had previously been tendered. The board accepted them with high praise for the services given. OTHER items taken up during the two-hour session included the 1972 commencement speaker, Insurance coverage, hiring of substitute bus drivers and permission for use of the football field next weekend. For this year's commencement speaker, the services of Dr. Nicholas Nyaradi, Bradley University, Peoria, 111., have been secured. Dr. Nyaradi, director of the School of International Studies at Bradley, will talk on "Stronger Than the Atom" here at commencement May 30. DR. NYARADI, a native of Hungary, served in the Hungarian government until forced to flee the country under Soviet pressure. In the United States, he is established as an educational and civic leader and has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State on Eastern European and Soviet affairs. John Parsons, of Estherville Independent Agents, appeared before the board to explain a proposed change in insurance coverage. Under the board's present policies, he said, all school buildings are covered for their replacement cost. The policy, written three years ago, does not reflect the increased actual cash values of most of the buildings today. IN AN ANNUAL report made by Stevenson and Edwards Associates, Minneapolis, it was recommended that an increase be made for all but Lincoln and Jackson schools. Parsons pointed out that the insurance would replace a building only If it were To Oust Ghost Contributors WASHINGTON (AP) - The era of the anonymous political financier is ending, and Americans in 1972 will be told more than ever before about the sources and use of the money behind the candidates. Those candidates, for the White House and for Congress, will campaign under new spending ceilings which will curb escalating television expenditures. But disclosure of every campaign contribution over $100, and of the way all the money is spent, is likely to be the major 1972 impact of a campaign- spending law signed by President Nixon Monday. It takes effect in 60 days, providing two months for a final round of fund-raising under the old rules, more loophole than law. The new law limits to 10 cents for each eligible voter the sum a candidate may spend for campaign advertising in any primary or general election contest. No more than 60 per cent of that amount may be used for television and radio campaigning. That translates to an advertising ceiling of $13.9 millionfor each presidential nominee in the final, fall campaign, with no more than $8.4 million of it available for broadcasting. The final figures will be slightly higher because of what amounts to a provision for cost- of-living increases. While the spending limits claimed much of the attention during a long congressional controversy over the bill, their impact may not be evident in the 1972 White House campaign. The measure requires that broadcasters charge political candidates their lowest advertising rate, which is likely to mean there will be at least as much presidential campaign television as there was four years ago. In 1968, Republicans spent about $12.7 million on radio and television in President Nixon's campaign; Democrats say they spent $6.1 million. With the bill's rate provisions (Please Turn to Page 8) to be rebuilt in the same location. In the cases of Lincoln and Jackson schools, it was suggested schools might not be rebuilt in the same locations and the policy should therefore be reduced to an actual cash value representa -J tion. The insurance changes suggested would entail an added $900 per year for the additional coverage. The board tabled the matter for a decision in March. Parsons also explained a new coverage offered on "errors in judgment." The board took it under consideration. APPROVAL was given to appointments of Herb Ruden and Mark Evans as substitute drivers. Ruden, an I.L.C.C. graduate, is to substitute for Ken Mills. Evans of F.F.A. will drive the Vocational Agriculture shuttle bus between the senior and junior high schools dally. Dog Races delegation, Wayne Crim, Bob Hammond and Dr. H. Leonard requested and were granted permission to use the Fourth Street practice field as a parking lot during dog sled races this weekend. Crlm acted as spokesman. Discussion was made of charging rental on school property used as a vocational agriculture test plot for practical learning experience in management. A motion was passed for charging cash rent of $20 per acre for use of the land. Leo Bean, school maintenance head, appeared before the board to give a report on the condition of a boiler at Lincoln School. While there has been a problem with the oil line, he stated that the boiler passed inspection in To Make Car Inspection Rules 'More Realistic' DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) New vehicle inspections rules designed to be ".more realistic" should be available by Wednesday, Public Safety Commissioner Michael Sellers had told The Associated Press. Major safety inspections will remain intact but he said officials found that some inspection checks under the new law were "too minute" and detailed in relation to cost and time available. "We anticipated there would be suggestions from the public, legislators and the attorney general," he said Monday October and has five safety checks in good working order. He believed it could be continued in use without danger. SHIFTING of office space at Roosevelt School was discussed. The proposal considered would make the present art room into the sixth grade science room and the present science room into an administrative office. The room below the Roosevelt stage is being converted into an art facility. Bids from five Iowa firms for furnishing 12-foot tables with attached stools were opened. Three were rejected because of construction design and two were held for further study. Next year's academic calendar with designated dates for various school events was adopted. BOHNSACK night. He said the final draft of the new regulations would be available in about two days. Speaking earlier Monday to the Oskaloosa. Kiwanis Club, Sellers said he would like to see allowance made to give owners of autos that do not pass inspections 30 days to bring their cars up to standards, instead of the two weeks now allowed. He also said antique dealers should be able to purchase autos that would not pass vehicle inspections. Sellers said special licenses could be issued to them. KJAR HILL

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