Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1971 · Page 14
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Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa · Page 14

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FAST START THIS YEAR 1970 City •'Considering the reduction In construction In most areas ol our country, Algona has shown a large Increase In building, and including the urban area; had a very good year In 1970." This was the concluding statement of the 1970 building permit summary Issued by Bob Engstrom, Algona's Assistant Superintendent of Public Improvement (City Clerk Dave Smith is Superintendent). "Most people call me the building inspector," Bob explained, seeming to prefer the shorter identity. Engstrom's duties include the issuance of building permits, the inspection of what's built and the official recording of build- Ing progress within the city limits. - BUILDING OUTSIDE CITY"Permits are issued for the City of Algona and do not include what we may refer to as our urban area," Engstrom explains. "Hormel's new plant is not in the citv limits, so it doesn't show in the 1969 records. At least two new houses, a new 26-unit motel, a mobile home court, the new Druggist Mutual building, an addition to Charlie's Supper Club, an addition to the Weidenhoff Manufacturing Plant, an addition to Ernie Williams John Deere, a mobile home factory, and probably other construction We are unaware of was either started or completed in 1970.*' - 147% INCREASE • How did recorded city building compare with previous years? Engstrom's figures show a 147 per cent increase - from $693,000 in 1969, when construction costs soared along with interest rates on loans, to $1,328,547 in 1970. He noted that 1968's total was even higher at $1,931,776 with the inclusion of the new high school. "The school was to cost $942,000," Engstrom said, "but it ended up a lot more than that." Excluding the high school total, however, the 1968 construction total was $989,776. Then the cost-interest bomb hit the Industry. -. BUILDING STARTS- Housing starts, in Algona reflected the economic factors through the growth, decline and recovery: *1 J* T T ildingUp 1960 1961 .1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 Single Family ' 17 18 21 24 19 26 .26 29 - • 24 14 • 18 9 Multi- Family 1 o- 0 0 1 1 1 5 2 2 .3 . 0 Comme 9 6 .2 . 12 .. 7 3 2 3 9 7' ,, • 7 7 (41/2mos.) • -'70 STARTED SLOW - ' ; : 0: ; "1970 started slow," Engstrom said, "Housing didn't get started until about the, first of June. It normally picks up in May ofeachyear." / ; . : New commercial construction in the city in 1970 included Schultz Bros, .grocery C$14,400), Pioneer's office and laboratory on McGregor-street ($25,000), a steel tank for Bituminous Mai'"? ?* SuPPty Co - ($50,000), a CarglU, Inc., grain dryer (142,000), Sportsman's Corner ($12,000), a steel truck garage for Ed Mino ($6,000), and an office building now occupied by Seeley Realty Co. and Dr. M. R. Baldwin ($15,000). . The dollar figures are the anticipated costs as filed for public record on the building permits and do not necessarily reflect the final cost. .,..; . . - REMODELING The largest 1970 remodeling project was the $43,274 remodeling of the Middle School, now. renamed otto B. Laing School. Listed among commercial remodeling projects were: Jerry's Recreation ($1,000), Jack's OK Tire ($2,000), van Ladder, Inc. ($3,2001 Diamond's ($4,500), Sid's Cafe ($1,200), North Iowa Sewtag Mai cWne ^ ( f± ) 1 se ($500) ' toe *** Room ^ 2 » 50 °Xbr.Harold Brick-, son ($10,000), Henderorfs, Shoes ($1,800), Algona Greenhouse Johnson's Flowers, North Central public Service Co. ($800) and The Hub ($2,200), • . I YOUR FAMILY IN SOFT WATER Bob Engstrom City'. Building .Inspoctor . v - GETTING APPROVAL Not all building permits are approved the way they appear on the initial application. For example, the office building at 121 E. Call Street was to be'used as a tavern until it was noted that it- would not comply to a city ordinance banning taverns fr>m location close to schools (Bryant) or churches (St. Thomas Episcopal! The application was approved after the tenant-to-be changed. The most common kinds of home Improvement included the addition or remodeling of rooms, patios or porches, sidewalks, driveways, steps, siding,; garages, .shingles or basements/ "Almost any kind of construction needs a permit," Engstrom said. "Some of this is Just record for toe assessor ... " - PERMIT COST ftPENALTVi- >; •hA achwge for '**• ** mli « the-biiilding cost^is over $100, with the exception of sidewalk and driveway construction, which is free up to $500 worth. Construction between $100 and $500 requires the purchase of a building permit at a $2 ciiargt. There's a $4 charge on a permit for construction costing $501 toil.OOO, plus an additional $2 charge per $1,000 in costs up to $50,000 in . total construction cost, .. • " And what can .happen to somebody who forgets to or fails to file an application for a building permit with the building inspector? Technically, the person could be fined $100 or sentenced to 30 days in Jail. But Engstrom said it hasn't happened yet in Algona. .• ,- „ THE BEST CONDITIONING « WATM ANAIYKS • COMPUTIRUSTIIMOVM AND LINDSAY IS HERE TO « SALTOMIVIRY GIVE IT. I I I I HINT OR IUY WITH CONTIMNCI PROM ONI OP AMMICA'I UROMT MANUPACTUMRf • ' _ _. __ —nininfMn— •-.;.•:• •. .• • SOL LINDSAY SOFT WATER ^^ffj^T' . • IIEIIT tti UIV WITII ttAIMilllMlllC • ; ' ' •" r ". ~ ' : - .iiSiiii-wH, IHrf/'-Wllp.-. UMwrlinMUB : ; :'.-. • : ,'..»-. • . I I "Wtttr ConmUMln, U Our BtlilDW" , MOM ONI or IMI. '8 LARtCIT HANUFAOTUREn Www tf S47IS I —J From 1969 1970 HOUSING STARTS 2 -• Kotiutft County Advane* Monday, May 24, *********************************** HOUSING STARTS IN CITY 1. Single family dwelling by Hankihs-Wibben 1715 E. Linden. 2. Single family dwelling by Rudy Tietz, 611 So. St. 3. Single family dwelling by Howard Seeley, 210 Riverview Dr. 4. Single family dwelling by Ray Johnson, 1708 E. Oak 5. Duplex by Bob Winter* 1919 E. Maple 6. Single family FHA dwelling by Build-A-Rarria, 521 W. Over- meydr Dr. . 7. Single family FHA dwelling by Build-A-Rama, 602 S. Smith 8. Single family FHA dwelling by Build-A-Rama, 527 W.OVer- meyerDr. ...- . ,. 9. Single family FHA'dwelling" by Build-A-Rama, 515 wi Ovor- meyer Dr. 10. Single family FHA dwelling by Build-A-Rama, 509 W. Overmeyer Dr, ' 11. .Single family, dwelling by Ray Johnson, 41 Oak Ridge Dr. 12. Single family dwelling by Rudy Tietz, 603 So. St. 13. single family dwelling by Alden Me Adams, 1620 E. Linden 14. Duplexby Build- A»Ratna, 308 E.Lucas 15. Single family dwelling.by Jerre BroseUe, 1708 E. Nebraska 16. Single family dwelling by Hanktas-Wibben, 614 W. state 17. Single family dwelling by Hanklns-Wibben, 104 N. Lowe 18. Single family dwelling by Vic Fisher, 1426 E. Elm 19. Eight-plex by John Hjelmeland, 515 S. Hall St. 1971 HOUSING STARTS 1. Single family dwelling by John Groen, 1708 E. State 2. Single family dwelling by Rudy Tietz, 1603 E. Linden 3. Single family dwelling by Ray Johnson,' 21 oak Ridge o'r. 4. Single family dwelling by Kyle Keith, 318 W. Overmeyer Dr. 5. Single family dwelling by Kyle Keith, 406 W. Overmeyer Dr. 6. Single family duelling by Rudy Tietz, 109 W. McGregor 7. Single family dwelling by John Hjelmeland, 1620 F Nebr. 8. Single family dwelling by Dave Shumway, 110 E. Elm 9. Single family dwelling by Dave Shumway, 102 E. Elm Fixtures In Stock , -••• / •• •••••'• » v . 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