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IOV\a a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 —No. 102 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll, Iowa Tuesday, April 30, 1974 — Ten Pages Delivered by Carrinr Boy Each Evening for 60c Per Week 15c Single Copy Seek State Okay for Street Beautification Mayor William S. Farner told the Carroll City Council Monday evening that steps are being taken to receive formal acceptance of the Highway 30 segment of the city's central business district beautification project from the Iowa Highway Commission. Monday's special meeting was held primarily to consider a rezoning request, but at the meeting the mayor said some confusion concerning the Sixth Street segment of the beautification project had arisen. The plan in that area calls for the removal of some parking spaces on the highway for the installation of tree planters and trees. Mayor Farner said that at the time the project was being discussed, a representative of the engineering firm of Henningson, Durham and Richardson of Omaha who were preparing the plans, had contacted a commission official in Sioux City and a letter had been received indicating that official's approval of the project. But the highway commission later received a letter complaining about the project, that it was removing parking spaces but not providing for a like number of replacements. In checking into the matter, apparently no formal acceptance of that portion of the plan had been given by the commission despite the informal ok. The mayor told the council that city officials had met with a representative of the Highway Commission Monday who reviewed the project and said he felt the new parking arrangement provides for easier maneuvering for vehicles, and while the commission would actually like to see no parking on the street, he will recommend approval of the project. Mayor Farner told the council he has written a letter to Commission Director Joseph Coupal asking that swift commission approval be given and noting that the entire urban renewal project is scheduled to be closed out this summer. A request for the highway commission to conduct a traffic engineering study in Carroll also arose out of Monday's discussion with the commission official. The official told Mayor Farner the commission conducts 10 such studies each year, and the council passed a resolution at Monday evening's meeting requesting such a study be conducted in Carroll, primarily in the downtwon area to determine the new traffic patterns that have resulted from the urban renewal project. The rezoning request for the north part of Parkway Plaza from R-l (residential) to multi-family was approved by the council. But formal action on the proposed development for the area will not be taken until the council receives detailed plans and specifications from the developer. In other action, the council tabled a recommendation from the city's electrical board that the city's electrical code calling for the use of conduit in apartments over two dwelling units remain unchanged. The board had been in receipt of a petition signed by nine general contractors in the city requesting that the code be changed to permit multi-family housing buildings of wood frame construction in the city to be wired for electricity with approved service entrance cable and non-metallic Romex instead of the metal conduit pipe. The letter from the electrical board did not give any reasons why the recommendation was made, and some councilmen said they would like to have those answers before they take formal action on the request. Mayor Farner reported that the Highway Commission did not want Quint Qvenue in front of its maintenance garage between Sixth Street and Highway 30 included in the city's paving program, nor did they want the city to abandon the street, but will instead submit plant for the area for council consideration in the future. Council approval was given for the expenditure of $8.50 per tree for the treatment of elm trees on city property. The program was started last year, and it is estimated there are about 300 such trees on city property. Council approval was also given for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company to construct a small structure noar the city's water tower. A resolution authorizing the Nixon: Transcripts Proof of Innocence WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon, in sending to the House Judiciary Committee edited transcripts of many of his Watergate-related conversations, said through his lawyers today that the tapes do not once make it "appear that the President of the United States was engaged in a criminal plot to obstruct justice." A 50-page submission to the panel considering possible impeachment, prepared by defense counsel James D. St. Clair, also concluded that "the raw material of these recorded confidential conversations establishes that the President had no prior knowledge of the break-in" at Democratic National Committee headquarters ''and that he had no knowledge of any cover-up prior to March 21,1973." The 1,200 pages of edited tapes were to be made public later in the day but the St. Clair document repeatedly quoted from the tape transcripts. And at points comparisons were made between the content of the transcripts and sworn testimony by ousted White House counsel John W. Dean III who has been the President's chief public accuser. The transcripts were delivered earlier to an apparently skeptical House Judiciary Committee in a black station wagon. There were stacks of papers for each member. An hour before the committee's 10 a.m. deadline, White House aides had loaded 38 manila folders and four large black briefcases into the station wagon and headed for Capitol Hill. The White House submission concluded by referring directly tp the acquittal Sunday of former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans in a Watergate-related case tried in New York. It said the acquittals "demonstrate the wisdom of the President's actions in insisting that the orderly process of the judicial system be utilized to determine the guilt or innocence of individuals charged with crimes, rather than participating in trials in the public media " The President said Monday night, in a national radio and television address, he would deliver the transcripts, "blemishes and all," and expected the American public to find in them proof of his innocence. In announcing Monday night his plans to release the edited transcripts, Nixon said: "lam placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people." Nixon is not turning over the Voting Under Way on Cable TV Issue Carroll voters began going to the polls under sunny skies Tuesday morning to decide whether the City of Carroll will grant a cable television franchise to the Carroll Cable Company. Although the voter turnout in the morning was light, as forecast Monday by Carroll County Auditor William C. Arts. Jr.. county election commissioner, it was a steady turnout. By 8:40 a.m., an hour and 40 minutes after the.polls opened. 57 persons had voted with Steve Garbier being the first to vote. The polling center for the special election is located in the meeting room of the Carroll County Court House and will remain open until 8 p.m. All voting in the yes or no- election is being done on voting machines. Endorsed by both the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the cable television question needs a majority (50 per cent) of favorable votes to pass. Arts said 49 absentee ballots for the special election have been mailed from his office and said Tuesday morning that 44 absentee ballots have been voted and returned. By 9:30 a.m. 96 persons had voted and' by 10:30 a.m. the count had reached 154 ballots cast at the polling center. Since there is only one polling center for the cable television election, it is difficult to compare the morning turnout with other elections in the city in which up to four polling centers are used. But Arts said he considered the turnout by 10:30 a.m. to be light, and estimated a total turnout of between 650 and 700 voters. In promoting the cable television issue, the Carroll Cable Company has stressed that the special election is not a bond issue or a money-spending project, but rather, one only to decide Vote, See Page 2 Cl eanup Donation Holly Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Evans, Carroll, president of the Carroll junior high student council, presented a $9.10 check to Bob Rogers, local co-chairman of the American Lung Association Walk-a-tnon, Monday. The money was raised by the Carroll junior high school pupils during a spring clean-a-thon last week. All aluminum cans collected during the .cleanup were taken to Quandt Auto Salvage here and turned in for recycling. The $9.10, the amount paid for the cans and was donated to the walk-a-thon. Standing with Miss Evans and Rogers is Steve Schechtman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Schechtman, Carroll, vice president of the student council. tape recordings the committee has subpoenaed, drawing complaints from Democrats and at least one Republican. A committee briefing sessions scheduled for this morning was abruptly canceled and committee aides said Chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J., would refuse to comment on Nixon's offer at this time. The aide said committee acceptance of the transcripts New Role — Enjoying his new role as an author, former United States Vice-President Spiro Agnew has sold the British and Japanese publishing rights to his first novel to be released soon. Price Curbs End Tonight WASHINGTON (AP) Price controls will end over steel, health and a few other industries at midnight tonight when the administration's 2'/2- year-old wage and price control program dies an unceremonious death. Despite high hopes when the controls program was imposed by President Nixon in August 1971, controls have been the clear loser in the battle with inflation. Prices, which increased at a 3.6 per cent annual rate then, now are rising at a 14.5 per cent rate. Besides steel and health, controls also will end at midnight over all wages, the copper industry, construction, food processors and retail auto sales. The only exception is the . Controls, See Page 8 does not bind the committee to Nixon's terms of response to the subpoena. The subpoena called for delivery of the tapes at 10 a.m. Rodino is planning to convene the committee Wednesday and try to determine its response to Nixon. Rodino has been offered free television time to make his own presentation tonight and some committee members were urging him to accept it. Tax Aid Approved by Senate DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)—A measure to grant lowans sales, income and inheritance tax relief was approved 35-13 Monday by the Senate and sent to the House. The approval came after the Senate had voted 28-20 to accept the compromise package worked out by a Senate-House conference committee. . The bill would exempt food, prescription drugs, diabetic supplies, artificial limbs and prescription orthopedic devices from the 3 per cent sales tax. The compromise worked out by the conference committee also would double the current optional standard deduction on state income tax from 5 per cent and a maximum $250 to 10 per cent and a maximum $500. It would double the inheritance tax exemption for a surviving spouse from $40,000 to $80,000. It would also assume, for tax purposes, that the sur- v i v i n g spouse contributed equally to the estate unless the survivor could prove he or she contributed the largest portior.. Some fiscal experts estimate the tax package could cost the state up to $42.6 million a year in lost revenue. Several senators, noting the latest state income projections by State Comptroller Marvin Selden. said the full tax package would place the state in the red by 1977. Sen. Roger Shaff, R-Camanche, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, said the report would cost about $10 million more per year in lost revenue than Gov. Robert Ray had originally recommended in tax relief. Schaben Here — Sen. James Schaben of Dunlap, center. Democratic candidate for nomination for Iowa governor, outlined his political views at a meeting of the Carroll Rotary Club Monday night at Tony's Restaurant. Shown with him after the meeting are Dr. Lynn Curry (left) president of the club, and Tom Chase, who arranged the program. Merit Scholarship to Youth at Auburn Paul G. Fyfe, son of the Rev. and Mrs. James Fyfe of Auburn, will receive a Luther College Merit Scholarship, Edward C. Smith, president of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced. Fyfe, a senior at Lake View-Auburn High School, will attend Luther College, a liberal arts college affiliated with the American Lutheran Church in Decorah. The college is sponsoring seven other four-year renewable scholarships in the Merit Program this year. Selection of the Merit applicant to the college was decided by Luther College. The amount, also determined by college officials, is not publicized since it is based on financial needs of the student according to his parents' confidential statement filed. The 19th annual Merit Scholarship Program began in October, 1972 when over one million high school juniors from over 17,000 schools took the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test-National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists, representing less than one-half of one percent of the nation's graduating seniors, were announced last September. About 14,000 semifinalists advanced to finalist. Fyfe has the highest grade point average of his class at Lake View-Auburn. He is undecided on his field of study. He has been chosen as a Boys' State delegate and the high school's Bowl Quiz team captain. In sports, Fyfe was named All-Conference in baseball and football and lettered in baseball, football, .basketball and track. He has also served as band president and was a member of the Northwest Iowa Honor Band. He has held class offices of treasurer and president. Traffics Deaths DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa highway death count through midnight Monday as prepared by the Iowa Department of Public Safety: This year to date—166. Last year to date—225. expenditure of revenue sharing funds for use in maintenance costs for the municipal swimming pool. The council also directed public works director Leo Clark to resurface areas around the pool to cut down the dust problem. Mayor Farner appointed a committee of Councilman Lou Galetich, City Manager Arthur Gute, and Public Works Director Clark to secure bicycle storage racks and waste receptacle containers for the downtown area. The next council meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, May 6 at the City Hall. Credit Bill Debated in the Senate DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)— The Senate was to debate on Tuesday a measure to rewrite Iowa's credit laws. The bill would increase maximum credit interest charges. The measure was approved for debate by the Commerce Committee Monday as legislators expressed hope to end the 1974 session this week. The bill would set the open end maximum credit charge at 18 per cent for the first $500 and 15 per cent in excess of that. Open end accounts are those such as those held be credit card users. A maximum for closed end accounts would be 15 per cent. Closed end accounts are those usually opened for the purchase of only one item such as a major appliance. As the result of an Iowa Supreme Court ruling last fall, maximum interest rates in Iowa currently are 9 per cent on all charge accounts. Previously, many retailers had charged 18 per cent on credit accounts, but the court ruled that charge accounts were subject to the state usury law, the same as real estate sales, with a maximum 9 per cent interest rate. The new measure, rewritten by the Commerce Committee after the Senate bogged down earlier in an attempt to rewrite the credit laws, would retain the 9 per cent usury limit for home mortgages. It would keep much of the consumer protection provisions included in the original bill. One difference is that the new bill would do away with the controversial "Rule of 78" which allows lenders to charge penalties for early repayment of loans. The new measure would eliminate the governmental reorganization contained in the earlier bill and would place credit enforcement under the attorney general's office. Area Forecast Fair and cool Tuesday- night becoming partly cloudy and warmer Wednesday. Winds light northwesterly five to ten miles per hour becoming southwest eight to 12 miles per hour Tuesday- night. Lows Tuesday night 45 to 50. Highs Wednesday upper 70s. Iowa Looks into 'Flattening 9 Utility Rates DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP)—Iowa households may benefit from a potential restructuring of natural gas and electric rates. The Iowa Commerce Commission plans to triple its rate- design staff, reflecting a nationwide clamor for the first rethinking of rate structures in half a centQry, said Commission Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand. He said such an overhaul, which may take place in Iowa within 18 months, might change traditions which give the cheapest units of power to the biggest users, such as industry. Theoretically, such a restructuring would reward customers who conserve energy, while ret a i n i n g utilities' financial strength and flexibility, Van Nostrand said. Other states, such as Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and California also are investigating this "flattening" of utility rates. "Flattening" rates means charging small users and large users the same rate per unit of energy. Historically, large users have received cheaper rates because they are easiest to serve and because utility growth was believed to benefit everyone. But now conservation, rather than growth, is being promoted, Van Nostrand said. Under the flattening system Iowa is investigating, every customer would be charged a fixed monthly rate that would cover the cost of such things as pipelines, wires and meters— the items that bring energy to the household. Added to the fixed rate would be a charge for the actual power used. This would be a flat rate, Van Nostrand said, with large customers having no particular advantage. John Donovan, an official of the California Public Utilities Department, said "there is so much public pressure coming from people who conserved energy and then saw their rates go up, that this (demand for) flattening will continue." Donovan is head of a committee studying the flattening issue for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Designing rates is so complex and can be tied to so many variables, that it is impossible to guarantee that residential rates would drop if all rates were partially or fully flattened, Van Nostrand said. Iowa soon will employ five people on its rate-design staff, up from the one full-time and one part-time employes. Van Nostrand said he hopes preliminary proposals for restructuring can be written by late summer. Utilities then would be asked to comment on the feasibility of staff proposals before any final decisions would be made, he said. "It would be easier with natural gas (rates) than with electricity," Van Nostrand said. "But if we move with wisdom. I think the companies might be willing to try it."