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Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times t Cood but the best we have, erald Vol. 105 —No. 84 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Tuesday, April 9, 1974 — Eight Pages Delivered by Carriet Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week 15c Single Copy Widened From West Lim The Carroll city council went on record Monday evening requesting the Iowa Highway Commission to widen Highway 30 in Carroll from its intersection with 10th Street to the west city limits. Mayor William S. Farner told the council he felt the widening project was needed because of the heavy traffic generated by the many businesses located in the area. Several new businesses, including the General Electirc Co. plant, have opened in the last few years, and some of those established earlier have expanded greatly. The council was informed the Highway Commission hopes to let bids in July for a project to improve the traffic flow^ and safety on the highway at tne entrance to the General Electric plant. That project had been requested by the city quite some time ago. In action pertaining to the proposed 1974 paving program, the council decided to reinstate a segment of 13th Street extending 198 feet west of Court Street and voted to include 8th Street between Salinger Avenue and Highway 30. Quint Avenue, between 6th Street and Highway 30 which runs past the Iowa State Highway Commission maintenance garage, was left in the program at the request of the commission. All preliminary action on the proposed project is scheduled to be completed this week and it is expected a date for a public hearing on the proposals will be set at next Monday's council meeting. The council decided against petitioning Carroll County Sanitary Landfill officials to change the hours of operation of the facility. Several requests have been received to have the landfill open on Saturday afternoons. At the same time, the council directed city manager Arthur Gute to impose a get tough policy against those persons who are illegally dumping refuse in the former city dump grounds, which was closed when the sanitary landfill facility was opened. Reports indicate numerous persons having ignored the closing and are continuing to illegally dump refuse. Gute pointed out that the former city dump facility is only for the disposal and burning of trees. He said he will ask the Carroll police department to step up surveilance of the grounds and to arrest the violators. Council approval was given for Mayor Farner and city clerk Leon Oswald to execute a lease between the city and the Carroll County Historical Society, whereby the society will take possession, rent free, of the present public library building for use as a museum. The three year lease will take effect on the first day of the month following the date the building is vacated by the Library Board. The library Parochial Busing is Approved by House DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— .Public school districts would be required to provide transportation for nonpublic school pupils under a bill which the House has passed and sent to the Senate. The measure was approved 65-23 by the House Monday despite statements by opponents that it probably is unconstitutional, like another bill to help parochial schools passed last year. The bill now goes to the Senate, where the appropriations education subcommittee has set a public hearing on it Tuesday at 5 p.m. It would require school districts to provide transportation for nonpublic school pupils on as nearly as possible the same basis as for .public school youngsters. They could do this by letting them ride public school buses, contracting with private busi- To Build Terminal for Grain DENISON, Iowa (AP)—Cook Industries, Memphis, Tenn., has taken an option to buy about 34 acres of land near Denison to construct a grain terminal. Willard Sparks, director of the company's grain division, said Monday the high-speed, fully-automated facility will receive grain primarily from elevators in western Iowa. The company, a major exporter with offices in 11 countries, plans to build other terminals at Hartley and Worthington, Minn. Cook ga,ve no date for the start of construction or completion of the terminal. ness to transport them, or paying parents to take youngsters to school. The bill would appropriate $2.2 million to reimburse school districts for the cost, plus another $2.2 million for "start-up" costs such as buying necessary new school buses. Rep. Delwyn Stromer, R-Garner, said the bill passed last year appropriated $4.5 million and mandated local school districts to provide auxiliary educational services such as psychological testing, hearing and speech therapy and other s e r v i c e s for handicapped youngsters. But he said the 'money couldn't be spent because the law was challenged in a federal court suit which is still pending. He said the U.S. Supreme Court since has struck down a similar auxiliary services law in another state, and the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional an almost identical bill. Several members stated Atty. Gen. Richard Turner's office has cast doubt on constitutionality of the bill, which brought this retort from Rep. Richard Norpel, D-Bellevue: "Let me tell you about the attorney general. As far as I'm concerned, his opinion is no better than if my wife gave me her opinion." Norpel said that in his heavily Roman Catholic district, public school buses often travel for several miles, carrying no more than one or two students and "there's no reason why they can't pick up parochial school kids." Rep. David Stanley, R-Muscatine, told Norpel that "I personally value my wife's opinion much higher than any attorney general's. She has Busing, See Page 2 Trees Available — -Staff Photo Most of the varieties of trees ordered during Operation Green Tree are available at the Carroll Nursery and Earl May Garden Center. From left, Mike Pudenz, assistant manager, and Gilbert Klindt, manager, put tags on the sugar maples. Delivery of the Little Leaf Linden and Redmond Linden trees is expected around April 15, Klindt said. The trees may be picked up at the nurseries or will be delivered to the homes of persons who placed orders. Field Work Gets Good Start in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— Iowa crop land has been slow in drying this spring for sustained field work, but in drier areas around the state farmers have been able to work their land faster than normal, the Iowa Weekly Weather and Crop Reporting Service said Monday. Fall and spring plowing was 62 per cent complete for the week ending Friday, the service said. . This compares with 28 per cent completion a year ago, and with 51 per cent for the period 1968 through 1972. Oat seeding was 20 per cent complete, compared with i4 per cent in 1973 and 24 per cent for the previous five-year period. "Small grain seeding is the furthest ahead in the west-central and central areas," the reporting service said. Temperatures for the week ending Friday averaged from normal in central and southwest Iowa to "a couple of degrees below normal elsewhere," the service said. There was considerable wind, some heavy rainfall amounts in central and north-central sections, and one to three inches of snow in the northwest during the week. The season's first hail fell across the southeast edge of the state on April 3. will move into new facilities in the Carroll Community Center, now under construction. The council also approved paying the cost of repairing the building, with a ceiling of $8,000 set on the costs. When the Historical Society takes possession of the building, they will pay for the maintenance, upkeep and utilities, and must provide adequate insurance. The lease may be terminated by either party with six months written notice. Mayor Farner also reported that the 8MB Stage Lines who had investigated the possibility of supplying Carroll with daily air passenger service to Des REAP to Get Full Allocation WASHINGTON (AP) — A rejuvenated federal conservation program called REAP, once terminated by a budget-conscious Nixon administration, will pump $225.5 million back into rural areas as payments to farmers for projects they carried out last year. The Agriculture Department announced Monday that REAP — the Rural Environmental Assistance Program — will be opened to the full $225.5 million authorized by Congress. Officials conceded that the full REAP allocation was the result of a U.S. District Court decision late last year which ordered the 1973 plan be put back into effect. The conservation payments were set up by Congress in 1936 under the title, Agricultural Conservation Program (ACP), and continued basically unchanged for many years. Over the years many attempts were made to reduce or change the popular program, but each time Congress intervened to restore funds and keep the basic cost-sharing goals intact. Congress set the 1973 program — by then changed to REAP —^at $225.5 million, but the USDA announced it would be held to $140 million. Then, in December 1972, the department suspended REAP entirely for 1973 after spending or committing only $12 million to $15 million of its announced budget. The court decision overturned the termination order, and last month USDA announced the program would be reopened so farmers could be paid for undertaking approved projects last year. At the time, officials indicated the $140 million originally set by the department would be spent. However, in Monday's announcement officials noted the court decision and added that it was interpreted to mean the full $225.5 million authorized by Congress for 1973 REAP operations. Thus, $85.5 million more than the original spending level will be available to farmers. Moines have indicated they are not interested in such a project at this time. The company is currently providing the service for Spencer, and local officials had been investigating the possibility of the planes making intermediate stops in Carroll. But company officails told Mayor Farner that since most flights between Des Moines and Spencer are full, it would not be possible to take on more passengers here. Bids were opened by the council for the purchase of three pieces of equipment. Herman Ford Mercury was awarded two contracts, one on a low bid of $3,168.39 for a %-ton truck and the second on a bid of $4,461 for a 2-ton truck. The unsuccessful bidders on the first truck were Reuter, Inc., Wittrock Motor Co. and John Whaley Chevrolet, Inc. The Whaley bid was only 61 cents higher than the Herman bid. The only other bidder on the 2-ton truck was Reuter, Inc., who did submit the low bid of $1,420.17 for a riding mower. Schenkelberg Implement Co. submitted the only other bid on the mower. The council voted approval of paying for the light poles used in the central business district urban renewal beautification project from Federal revenue sharing funds. The poles were purchased from Interstate Electric Co. of Carroll at a cost of $7,343.50. Council approval was also given to removing three parking stalls on the east side of Carroll Street between 6th and 7th Streets to permit an entrance to the new Commercial Savings Bank parking lot. The new lot provided by the bank will have 30 parking spaces. Mayor Farner appointed councilman Lew Voyles to serve as liaison between the council and the city's park board. A public hearing on a request for a rezoning change in an area of Parkway Plaza, originally scheduled for Monday evening, was reset for Monday, April 29. Plan Artists' Tea Friends of the Library will sponsor an artist's tea on April 24 for Mrs. Horace Strong, a rosemaler from Des Moines. Helping to plan the event are, from left, seated: Mrs. John Fortune, Mrs. Bill Comito, Mrs. Vincent Koenig, Mrs. Jim Kerwin and Mrs. John Malett; standing: Mrs. Homer Skinner, club president, and Gordon S. Wade, head librarian. The tea will be held from 24 -Staff Photo p.m. at the ballroom in the Elks building. Mrs. Strong will demonstrate and exhibit rosemaling, which is painting stylized flowers of old Norwegian patterns on wood. House Panel Waits for Reply to Request for 42 Nixon Tapes WASHINGTON (AP) -The House Judiciary Committee is waiting for a promised reply from the White House to its request for tapes of 42 presidential conversations. Chairman Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., has scheduled a committee meeting for Wednesday or Thursday to deal with the question of a subpoena if today's reply is unsatisfactory. In a letter-released by Rodin^pnctay,'James D. St. Clairj 'President Nixon's chief irripeachmejat lawyer, said that despite progress in recent weeks the dispute has not been resolved. He indicated the White House is not prepared to surrender all 42 presidential conversations the committee wants and requested Feb. 25. The committee last week set a deadline of today for a yes or no answer from the White House as to whether it will give up the tapes. There is a possibility that partial compliance by the White House will be sufficient to head off the confrontation a subpoena would produce. Committee Counsel John Doar disclosed last week that the committee is willing to accept initially only those tapes St. Clair says are relevant to the impeachment inquiry. But the committee would retain the right to demand all the tapes it originally requested. Rodino is also being put under pressure by some Republican members to permit a vote this week on the procedures the committee will follow in handling the evidence gathered by the impeachment staff. Rodino and Doar would like to keep the procedure flexible until the documentary evidence has been presented, but Republicans are demanding that the right of St. Clair to be present during the presentation be settled now. Rodino said the staff is having a hard time drafting the procedures and that they would not be ready for consideration until the second week after the Easter recess. A major problem, he said, is devising a means of protecting the confidentiality of the evidence during its presentation. At Monday's committee session Doar said he was "very, very fearful of the possibility of leaks." Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Thomas P. O'Neill said in Boston that if the House Judiciary Committee, recommends Nixon's impeachment, the House would vote overwhelmingly to impeach. AREA FORECAST Fair and not as cold Tuesday night, lows 40 to 45. Partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday, highs around 70. Lack Votes to Keep Truck Rider on Bill Style Show Models Among the models in the annual style show of the St. Lawrence Ladies Guild, held Monday night at Vender Auditorium, were (from left) Mrs. Paul Handles, Mrs. L. A. Perschau, Mrs. Carl Stukenholtz and daughter Jeanie. The mother-daughter ensembles were made by Mrs. Stukenholtz; the pantsuit and long dress worn by Mrs. Handles and Mrs. Perschau were -Staff Photo provided by Carroll merchants. They are shown with a bubbling water fountain which added to the spring setting of the event that drew an audience of 300. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A bill to establish a state Department of Transportation was on the House agenda again Tuesday afternoon, amid indications that Gov. Robert Ray's efforts to keep off of it a rider to permit 65-foot double bottom trucks have borne fruit. Democrats' said it now seems doubtful the votes are there to attach the long truck proposal to the bill. The House voted twice last week in favor of the long truck amendment being pushed by Rep. Carl Nielsen, D-Altoona. Each time, however, it was fastened onto another amendment which was voted down, taking Nielsen's rider along with it. It appeared likely last week that Nielsen's would be successful when he offered the amendment Tuesday to the bill itself. But a weekend of what Democrats called "legislative arm twisting" by the governor's aides apparently has changed the picture, Nielsen said. The DOT bill is Ray's No. 1 legislative priority. But he already has vetoed a bill for 65- foot trucks and he said last week he probably would veto the DOT bill too if it carries the long truck rider. "I don't think we have the votes now," said Rep. Jerome Fitzgerald, D-Fort Dodge. Nielsen said the main difficulty is that it takes a suspension of the rules to consider his amendment each time it comes up because House Speaker Andrew Varley, R-Stuart, has ruled it isn't germane to the bill. The rule suspension motion , received the bare 51-vote majority for passage the first two times it came up. Nielsen said he had talked with several of the approximately 25 supporters of the amendment called to the governor's office last week and it appears four of those who voted to suspend the rules will switch sides. "We don't know how many will get mad enough about the pressure to change from 'no' •to 'yes'," Nielsen said. "But with one of our people out sick, it looks like it's going to be tough to suspend the rules. That makes at least five votes we need." Nielsen referred to Rep. Harold Fischer, R-Wellsburg. It was announced on the House floor Monday that Fischer would be out indefinitely for treatment of a slipped disc in his back. House Minority Floor Leader Dale Cochran, D-Eagle Grove, charged on the floor Monday that Ray was practicing "dirty, rotten backroom politics" in the tactics he was using, and accused Rep. David Stanley, R-Muscatine, of "carrying water "for him. "In so doing, they may very well lose the DOT which some of us want very badly," Cochran said.