Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 —No. 97 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday, April 24, 1974 — Sixteen Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week Single Copy Carroll Tax Ruling Affirmed The Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday upheld a decision of District Court Judge L. E. Plummer, Northwood, on an assessment of $71,690 for property owned in Carroll by Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Wunschel. Judge Plummer ruled in District Court here in February, 1973, that the assessment, made by County Assessor Harold Grundmeier and approved by the Carroll County Board of Review, would remain at $71,690. The assessment was made for taxes collectible in 1972. Wunschel, who claimed the value of the property to be not more than $52.775. appealed the District Court ruling to the Iowa Supreme Court immediately after Judge Plummer had entered his order. The case, brought to trial in District Court under the title of Lois A. Wunschel vs. the Board of Review of Carroll County, was taken to court on an appeal of the $71,000 assessment. The property in question is the Wunschels' home at 2001 North West Street. Judge Plummer said in his ruling on Feb. 12,1973, that the home is situated on a slightly elevated area of about two and quarters acres. The home, he said, was built in 1969 at a cost not less than $67,355 and with a land cost of $18.000 for a total acquisition cost of $85,000. H. E. Stalcup, a professional appraiser from Storm Lake, testified at the District Court trial that he considered the fair and reasonable market value of the property in the year of listing, Jan. 1. 1971, to be $56,700. Louis B. Greteman, a local realtor, told the court he knew of no realty sales in Carroll in the last 22 years of over $50,000, and said he considered the fair and reasonable market value to be $55,000. Stalcup offered four pieces of property into evidence at the District Court proceedings of property in Carroll for comparable sales property. One of those, the Schulz house, sold for $47,250 in 1955. But Judge Plummer said that after appreciation costs, less some extras and land, the basic value of the Schulz house was $44,296. And Judge Plummer continued in his ruling that the Wunschel property had no selling price since it had not been sold. He added that "the comparable sales offered in evidence were not sales of comparable properties in a comparable market." Grundmeier testified in District Court that since he knew of no comparable sales in Carroll, he based his assessment on the replacement cost-depreciation method. The high court's opinion, written by Judge Maurice Rawlings, said the record disclosed that no sales of comparable property had been made in Carroll upon which a fair market value could be determined. The assessor therefore was justified in saying a fair price could not have been established by the willing-buyer, willing-seller method, Judge Rawlings wrote. The judge continued that the assessor was allowed to use the replacement cost-depreciation method of determining the market value. Willard Steward, president of a professional appraisal firm, testified in District Court that he considered the fair market value of the Wunschel property to be House Resolution Calls for Friday Adjournment DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—A resolution calling for final adjournment of the Iowa Legislature at 4 p.m. Friday has been passed by the Iowa House after a heated half-hour debate. Tempers flared as Democrats accused the Republican leadership of trying to sweep under the rug many top issues. The resolution, which was approved on a voice vote Tuesday, was called up by Rep. Edgar Holden, R-Davenport, who said it was designed to "put a little pressure on the Senate to get their work done." The proposal would have to be approved by the Senate be- fore the legislature could actually adjourn. Rep. Harold Fischer, R-Wellsburg, brought the adjournment question to a head Tuesday by filing his own resolution calling for sine die, or final, adjournment at 5 p.m. Friday. Under questioning by Democratic Floor Leader Dale Cochran of Eagle Grove, Holden said he had not consulted Senate Majority Leader Clifton Lamborn, R-Maquoketa, before bringing up the adjournment resolution. Rep. Arthur Small, D-Iowa City, charged that such a unilateral action "symbolizes Landfill Open for Cleanup Campaign The Carroll County sanitary landfill facility will be open from noon until 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, according to H. J. Kienapfel, Region XII director. In addition. Kienapfel said garages and service stations have been asked to make their wreckers available for hire to haul old cars and machinery to the salvage yards which have also been asked to remain open for the weekend. Kienapfel said the steps have been taken to aid the citizens of the area with the spring clean-up campaign now under way. He pointed out that the federal, state, county and local governments spend millions of dollars each year to improve the environment and he hopes the citizens of the area will volunteer their services to clean-up their property as well as the entire area. the breakdown between the Senate and the House and the governor's office that has characterized this session." . He tore into the Republican leadership, saying only a handful of the 44 points in Ray's legislative program have been acted upon. "For the past several months we have wasted hour after hour refusing to grapple with tax reform and many other issues the public has been asking us to deal with," Small said. ' 'Now the leadership is proposing to close down this session without discussion with the Senate. "I think the leaders should sit down with the Senate leaders and the governor and make some hard decisions about what issues are going to be passed and how much of the governor's program is going to be shunted aside." Rep. Tom Higgins, D-Davenport, charged that "the.silly season" had arrived when the House leadership would propose a final adjournment resolution without consulting the Senate. Area Forecast Generally fair and warmer Wednesday night, lows in lower 50s. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Thursday, highs in upper 70s to lower 80s. Golf Project Launched — -Staff Photo With board of directors president Pat Moehn starting the event with the statement "We've Come a long way, baby," ground was broken at the Carroll Country Club Tuesday evening for an additional nine holes. The new nine holes, located to the south of the present course will make the Country Club an 18-hole facility. Plans call for the new area to be ready for play by the spring of 1975. Turning the first shovel of dirt at the ceremony were Moehn, left, and James B. Wilson, secretary of the board. Other directors taking part in thft event, frorn left, were , C. E. Mcllvain, Mrs. Charles Fangman, Ronald Schechtman and Darwin Bunger. Moehn said the addition of nine holes to the course is the first phase of a multi-phase project for the Country Club. $71,700 using the replacement cost-depreciation method. "The theory advanced by the plaintiff appears to be that the luxury residence market in Carroll, Iowa, has a $50,000 limit," Judge Plummer wrote in 1973. "But she asks Grundmeier, in his deposition, to compare the Wunschel home, with the assessor's appraised value of $55,210, with a home referred to as the Wittrock home having a similar appraised value of $63,010. "This is evidence other luxury homes are in existence in Carroll which are not only equal too, but excel the Wunschel home in value, and significantly, there is a demand for such housing in Carroll," Judge Plummer continued. Judge Plummer stated the "defendant established by the clear weight of the evidence Elected — Jerry T. Nichols of Carroll, circulation manager of The Carroll Daily Times Herald, was elected president of the Northern States Circulation Managers Association for a one-year term Tuesday during its four-day convention in Bloomington, Minn. The Association consists of managers from Iowa, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, upper Michigan and portions of southern Canada. Mrs. Nichols accompanied him to the meeting. Cable Television Endorsed by CC The Board of Directors of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a project to bring cable television to Carroll. An election is scheduled Tuesday, April 30. The board has adopted a resolution supporting the efforts of the Carroll Cable Co. to seek a 15-year non-exclusive franchise to provide cable television service to the Carroll Community. The resolution commended the firm "for their efforts to provide a service to the community of Carroll that is not at this time available." Robert Blincow, president of the Chamber, said the Board "will continue to monitor community needs at all levels and will communicate that need to our membership when necessary and recommend positions on issues affecting our membership when appropriate." that the fair market value of plaintiff's property could not readily be established under the buyer-seller test, or under the willing buyer-willing seller formula; but that the assessing officials using the alternative replacement cost-depreciation method, fixed a total valuation of $71,690 upon plaintiff's property..." Judge Plummer said he did not consider the valuation to be excessive, inequitable or capricious, as the Wunschels had claimed, and ordered the assessment to be $71,690. Supreme Court Judge Rawlings said after discussing the methods of fixing market value that the assessment made by Grundmeier should be allowed to stand. In the District Court action, Judge Plummer also charged the costs of the action, $244.77, to the Wunschels. Foreign Aid Bid of $5.18 Billion WASHINGTON (AP) —President Nixon today asked Congress for $5.18 billion in foreign aid money, including $250 million to help Egypt clear the Suez Canal, repair war damage in adjacent cities and restore trade with the United States. At the same time, Nixon asked for $350 million in military support for Israel and $207.5 million for Jordan. He said the United States "can and should play a constructive role in securing a just and durable peace in the Middle East by facilitating increased understanding between the Arab nations and Israel..." The President also requested $939.8 million to assist South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos "in their efforts to shift their economies from war to peace and to accelerate the reconstitution of their societies." Oil Profits Soar NEW YORK (AP) — The oil companies report: Exxon, net income after taxes of $705 million in the first three months of this year. Texaco, after-tax profits of $589.4 million. Occidental, net income for the first quarter up 718 per cent over the same period last year. The gains come after similarly sharp rises for most companies in the last three months of 1973, when the Arab oil embargo and the energy crisis sent prices spiraling. Some percentage increases may be deceptive, however: Occidental's figures are contrasted with a depressed first quarter in 1973. No Gas Shorting URBANDALE, Iowa (AP)— Iowa service stations are getting all the gasoline they are entitled to, says Rudy Simon of the Federal Energy Office. Simon spoke Tuesday to about 25 members of the Iowa Gasoline Dealers Association Inc., which claims a membership of 252 of the estimated 7,000 service station operators in the state. "I don't think any oil company is shorting you for what you are supposed to get," said Simon, who is headquartered in Des Moines, and said he is no relation to former energy czar William Simon. Compromise DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)-A House-Senate conference committee has taken a "sincere" approach in its tentative compromise on a bill to create a state Department of Transportation (DOT), Gov. Robert Ray said Wednesday. Ray said he wanted to review final wording of the bill before he could be certain it was acceptable to him, but he said he is optimistic about the committee's approach. The tentative agreement was reached late Tuesday to allow a new DOT to make rules on the length of trucks to be permitted on Iowa highways. If the proposal is adopted, the department would set the rules that would be presented to the legislature. They would go into effect the following July 1 if the legislature did not disapprove within 60 days. Take Dare Accepting a challenge in the American Lung Association of Iowa walk-a-thon scheduled for May 4 in Carroll, Robert Dorpinghaus, right, instructs Tom Twit in the finer points of walking another way — with crutches. Two Jaycee-Ette 'members, Mrs. Jim •Carroll and Mrs. Greg Stoelk, previously —Staff Photo mam challenged Dorpinghaus in walking further and raising more funds for lung research during the 20-mile hike. Tom Twit will substitute for Dorphinghaus if necessary. Both men are on the committee which organized the walk-a-thon, and Dorpinghaus is the association's county chairman. Home Garden Fad Sweeping Nation ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Out here in the heartland there's a saying that God quit making land some time back. If any turns up these days, it's 10 to 1 someone fed up with food prices will turn it into a tomato, spring onion or carrot patch. Kathy Glawe has two vegetable gardens in the backyard of her home in this Des Moines suburb. She's proud to point out the blooming seeds that will end up on a summer dinner table, but quicker to note: "We were going to expand, but there just isn't any land to rent. Everybody has the same idea." Well, maybe not everybody. But the home gardening fad, which popped up during last year's food price pinch, is sweeping the country. And agriculture agents, seed manufacturers and hardware store operators estimate there are 20 million to 30 million new gardeners in America this spring. When the trend appeared last year, there were comparisons to the Victory Garden days of World War II. But this year the popularity seems even greater than the belt-tightening, beat-the-Axis days of the '40s. And it is not restricted to the picketfenced backyards of small town America. Jc'el Ross might be called an urban farmer. The 24-year-old medical researcher is toiling over a garden 'in the Bronx section of New York City. "It's the beauty of the whole thing. It's fantastic to work directly for your food and not to work for money," he said of his earth work and the concrete and noise of the nation's largest city. But Elbridge Freeman, representative of the H. G. Hast- ings Co., a major nursery in Atlanta, says most vegetable seed shoppers "in our garden centers are either the older retired people, or the young longhairs, the intelligent ones — not the hippies." "It's pretty obvious that the older ones are a little frightened about rising prices, but the younger ones are just concerned. We're selling more garden seed this year than ever before." 149 Girls at Health Clinic A total of 149 girls participated in the 4-H health clinic at the Des Moines Area Community College School of Nursing Tuesday. Complete physicals, including eye and dental examinations, were given. Equipment was furnished by St. Anthony Hospital. Nine doctors from the Carroll County Medical Society gave the physicals. There were Drs. Charles E. Schaefer, Paul D. Anneberg, Walter A. Anneberg, Paul T. Cawley, James E. McGill, David M. McCoy, Josef R. Martin, James Jensen of Glidden, and Charles Fangman. RN's who conducted the eye examinations were Mrs. Dixie Lickteig, Mrs. Rose Marie Rush and Doris Snyder. Drs. Robert Langenfeld and L. B. Westendorf were in charge of the dental checks. The leaders, council and committee of the 4-H assisted with various areas of the program. The results of the examinations will be checked and any defects will be reported ot the member involved and her parents. Senate Approves Watered-down Coal Bill DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The Iowa Senate Tuesday reversed its action of last week and passed 33-17 a watered- down bill to establish a state coal research project, (Voting in favor of the project were Senators Karl Nolin (D-Ralston) and William P. Winkelman (R-Lohrville.) The bill, rewritten by an amendment sponsored by Sens. Gene Glenn, D Ottumwa, and Calvin Hultman, R-Red Oak, would reduce the appropriation for coal research to $3 million from the $5.5 million requested by Gov. Robert Ray. The measure now goes to the House. The governor's request would have allowed the state to purchase coal mine lands and mining equipment as well as research ways to improve the quality of the coal. Ray's proposal also would have served to demonstrate how strip mines could be restored for agricultural use. The approach adopted by the Senate would appropriate the research money directly to Iowa State University instead of to a coal research board, as the governor had proposed. It would not appropriate the $700,000 anticipated to purchase the mine, nor the $2 million for mining equipment. Glenn said the new proposal eliminates emphasis on state ownership of a mine and places it on research. The Ottumwa Democrat added, however, that the state has been offered land for use as a coal mine. Several amendments were filed to the measure to lower the appropriation even more or to further restrict the research involved, but all were handily defeated. The Glenn version, unlike the governor's proposal of a one-time grant, would spread the $3 million for research overa three-year period. Senate Majority Leader Clifton Lamborn, R-Maquoketa, said such projects need to be started because Northern Natural Gas Co.—which serves most of Iowa—has announced it will stop delivering natural gas to interruptable customers within the next four years. Most Iowa industry is on interruptable service. "I understand this is a gamble, but it's a little bit of foresight," Lamborn said. Energy experts estimate that Iowa has enough coal to supply the state's energy needs for 300-500 years. But the coal has such a high sulphur content that it does not meet federal air quality standards when burned alone. Glenn said if Iowa coal can be transformed into a usable commodity, the state could go ahead and develop new mining methods. The bill, as passed, would allow research on restoration of abandoned mine sites.
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