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January 15, 2003 OURT/ Sioux County Index-Reporter -- B3 LE(IA N()TI('I! ge license: Christoffel. 19, Granville, and Jennifer 22, Orange City. 22, Orange City'. and Molly K. 1, Orange City. iA. Gaylord. 23, Apple Valley, Minn.. and Blezien. 20, Orange City,. Bahrke, 24, Iowa Falls, and Lyndsay 22, Norfolk, Neb. D. Van Marel, 23, Orange City', and Huizenga, 22, Fremont. Neb. Walgenbach, 23, Hospers. and Joell J. 23, Hospers. T. Slager, 18, Sioux Center, and Juli 19, Maurice. probate cases: Kruid. Postma. L. Ten Haken. Roetman. Van Buskirk. and conservatorship of Katherine J. Dibbet. Schwiesow. Stienstra. E. Klay. H. Stoehr. was entered Small Claims against: and Sara Vink, Hull, defendants, in favor Adjustment Service, plaintiff, in the 955.55, interest and court costs. Cheri Vander Linden, Alton. defen- in favor of Foreman Tire Service, Inc.. Alton. plaintiff, in the amount of $655.53, inter- est and court costs. Grant Nelson, Alton, defendant, in favor of Foreman Tire Service, Inc., Alton, plaintiff, in the amount of $50.48, interest and court costs. Mike and Deb Steckebert, Ireton, defendants, in favor of Foreman Tire Service, Alton, plain- tiff, in the amount of $59.70, interest and court cOStS. Betty J. and John L. Riddle, Hospers, defen- dants, in favor of L.F. Noll, Inc., Sioux City, plaintiff, in the amount of $297.99, interest and court costs. Larry' Moffatt, Akron, defendant, in favor of Foreman Tire Service, Inc., Alton, plaintiff, in the amount of $198.62, interest and court costs. Kelli J. Den Hartog, Orange City, defendant, in favor of Phillips 66, Orange City, plaintiff, in the amount of $128.10, interest and court costs. Marj Wichers, Sioux Center. in favor of Phyllis Hulstein, Sioux Center, plaintiff, in the amount of $92.58, interest and court costs. Terry Henderson, Paullina, defendant, in favor of Dutch Mart Inc., Orange City, plaintiff, in the amount of $45.56, interest and court costs. Civil cases closed: Ruth A. Koob vs. Douglas J. Koob; dissolution of marriage granted. Information was filed in District Court on: Darwin L. Tiedeman, Hull, aggravated assault. Huy T. Tran, Fort Smith, Ark., possession of methamphetamine. Jeffery A. Schleis, Rock Valley, OMVUI, sec- ond offense. Sangvang Mekdara, Sgt. Bluff, possession of methamphetamine. Duane L. Kooistra, Sheldon, OMVU1, first offense. Florentine Juarez-Cabrera, Sioux Center, leav- ing scene of persona! injury accident. Tina Stofferan, Alton, burglary in the third degree; theft in the fifth degree. Robert Thompson, Everly, escape. Criminal cases closed: State of Iowa vs. James L. Villegas, Elisworth AFB, S.D., defendant. Defendant pleads guilty to supplying alcohol to person under legal age and is fined $500, surcharge and court costs. State of Iowa vs. Charles L. Kaehn, Cedar, Minn., defendant. Defendant pleads guilty to possession of methamphetamine and is sen- tenced to serve 180 days in the Sioux County Jail with all but 48 hours suspended; fined $250, sur- charge and court costs; one year probation; shall follow a treatment program as directed. State of Iowa vs. Joshua J. Leth, Hartley, defen- dant. Defendant pleads guilty to OMVUI, second offense, and is sentenced to serve 180 days in the Sioux County Jail with all but seven days sus- pended; fined $1,500, surcharge and court costs; one year probation; shall follow a treatment pro- gram as directed. State of Iowa vs. James K. Kroll, defendant. Defendant has violated the terms of his probation and the deferred judgment entered by the court is revoked. Defendant shall serve 14 days in the Sioux County Jail with credit for time already served. Defendant shall be allowed release to attend substance abuse treatment program; two years probation; $500 restitution; $750 fine, sur- charge and court costs. NOTE: Three jurors from the November- December Petit Jury Pool were cited into court on Jan. 6, 2003, before Judge James D. Scott for failing to appear for jury duty. All three were deferred to other sessions in 2003. The District Court of Sioux County reminds the public that failing to appear for jury duty as ordered may result in being found in contempt and persons may receive a fine or a jail term. L. Rock Valley, 1". Visser, Orange City, sign violation. M. Van Veldhuizen, speeding. Terry L. Huitink, lreton, speeding. Jorge Cervantez, Hull, speeding; failure to have valid license. Brent K. Haarsma, Maurice, seat belt violation. Carrie A. Vander Schaaf, Sioux E. Mora, Hawarden, speed- ~Ce_ nter, speeding. Melanie R. Wichers, Rock Valley, J. Kooistra, Rock Valley, seat belt violation. M. Kooiker, Boyden, L. Schaap, Sioux Center, J. Dibber, Sioux Center, Blom, Hospers, failure to siow-mov- J. Pollema, Hull, speed- T. Duenas, Hawarden, to have valid license. J. Van Ravenswaay, Ireton, Hansmann, Boyden, seat H. Reinders, Orange City, Topete, Hawarden, fail- valid license. R. Cote, Hawarden, permit- person to drive. Ramirez, Hawarden, no M. Weide, Boyden, 3n. S. Curiel. Boyden, dark win- K. Dolphin, Rock Valley, K. Peterson, Orange City, Steven A. Busch, Hawarden, seat belt violation; operate w/o registra- tion. Harlan I~. Van Voorst, Sioux Center, speeding. Traci L. Sanow, lreton, speeding. Michael L. Altena, Sioux Center, speeding. Christopher J. Eade, Orange City, speeding. Joseph T. Salazar, Hull, seat belt violation. William J. Reimers, Boyden, seat belt violation. Travis L. Grevengoed, Orange City, seat belt violation. Jose L. Gutierrez, Alton, speed- ing. Scott A. Boon, Alton, speeding. Matthew J. Penning, Alton, dark window/windshield. Stephanie A. Bunkers, Granville, seat belt violation. Khim Sunnarith, Alton, seat belt violation; violate restricted license. Nicole L. Fink, Hull, speeding. Brett L. Vanden Bosch, Rock Valley, speeding. Heather L. Struve, Granville, speeding. Adam N. Droegmiller, Orange City, seat belt violation; operate w/o registration. ~ James D. Ryan, Orange City, seat belt violation. Gregory D. Van Beck, Rock Valley, seat belt ,giolation. Casey V. Faber, Rock Valley, speeding. Steve C. Relxder, Hawarden, speeding. Roger D. Negaard, Rock Valley, seat belt violation. Jessica A. Tubergen, Sioux Center, speeding. Ryan L. Maxwell, Rock Valley, stop/yield sign violation. Justin A. Heronemus, Orange City, speeding. Kent R. Overweg, Rock Valley, dark window/windshield. Brady L. Ryks, Sioux Center, dark window/windshield. Philip J. Van Maanen, Rock Valley, speeding. James A. Smit, Orange City, speeding. Faith Monen, Hospers, seat belt violation. Dennis M. Huishof, Ireton, speed- ing. Roger L. Fedders, Ireton, speed- ing. Joshua J. Breugem, Hawarden, speeding. Henry A. Zomermaand, Maurice, failure to comply with safety regu- lations. Todd L. Rowenhorst, Orange City, stop/yield sign violation. Daniel Barrera, Orange City, fail- ure to have valid license. Ann M. Kordick, Hospers, operate w/o registration. Jacob L. Cline, Hawarden, operate w/o valid registration. Jose R. Topete, Hawarden, oper- ate w/o valid license. Aaron Johnson, Hawarden, speed- ing. Sandra L. Nielsen, Hull, speeding. Michael J. Steffes, Granville, speeding. Amy N. Vande Vegte, Orange City, failure to secure child. Daniel J. Pfeil, Sioux Center, speeding. Rose M. Vande Brake, Alton, stop sign violation. Marlene P. Kuiper, Granville, speeding. Sandra Van Batavia, Boyden, speeding. Leon D. Ver Steeg, Orange City, speeding. Jessica B. Meissner, Orange City, speeding. Paul A. Sneller, Sioux Center, speeding. Nathan P. Huisman, Alton, failure to maintain control. Austin L. Janssen, Orange City, expired drivers license. R|chel Bleeker, Sioux Center, speeding. Said Ben Saida, Orange City, speeding. Douglas D. Houlton, Ireton, speeding. Jonathan A. Mouw, Sioux Center, speeding. Cheryl L. Martinez, Rock Valley, speeding. Lynn R. De Boef, Hull, speeding. Wang Wenshan, Rock Valley, speeding. Jeremy D. Lamfers, Sioux Center, driving while license suspended. 10 3" Reprints for " 10 8x10 4" Reprints for H II Pharmacy ,! (712}439- 1611 your favorite 35ram color degative onl). excludes panoramic. A P.S,. and premium. Offer Valid Jan. 15-21 Sioux Center Hospital ADMISSIONS: Dec. 27: Mrs. Steve (Melinda) Vander Zwaag and girl (Alexis), Orange City. Dec. 30: Mrs. Matthew (Lisa) Hilbrands and girl (Alexis), Rock Valley; Elaine DeLeeuw, Sioux Center. Dec. 31: Debra Van Beck, Rock Valley. Jan. 1: Mrs. Brandon (Jami) Pollema and boy, Hull; Staci Reekers and boy, Hull. Jan. 2: Jenna Sullivan and boy, Hull; Mrs. Lyle (Stephanie) Hulsbof and girl, lreton. DISMISSALS: Dec. 29: Mrs. Steve Vander Zwaag and girl, Orange City; Lisa Johnson, Rock Valley. Jan. 2: Mrs. Matthew Hilbrands and girl, Rock Valley. Hegg Memorial Health Center ADMISSIONS: Dee. 20: Donald Plueger, Rock Valley; Bernice DeGrGot, Rock Valley. Dec. 24: Christine Van Tol, Rock Valley; Jennie Van Voorst, Rock Valley. Dec. 27: Edward Kragt, Rock Valley. Jan, 2: Valerie Mouw, Rock Valley. Jan, 3: "'Judd" Vander Velde, Rock Valley. Jan. 6: Sue Noteboom, Rock Valley. Jan. 7: Edward Kragt, Rock Valley. DISMISSALS: Dec. 20: John DeBoer, Rock Valley; Esther Bauder, Rock Valley, Jacinda Zoet and girl, Hull. Dec. 24: Donald Plueger, Rock Valley. Dec. 27: Christine VanTol, Rock Valley. Dec. 31: Edward Kragt, Rock Valley; Jennie Van Voorst, Rock "Valley. Jan. 3: Valerie Mouw, Rock Valley. Jan. 4: "Pudd" Vander Velde, Rock Valley. Jan. 7: Sue Noteboom, Rock Valley. A NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING GOVERNMENTAL BODY: Planning and Zoning Commission DATE OF MEETING: Thursday, January 23rd 2OO3 TIME OF MEETING: 6:00 o'clock p.m. PLACE OF MEETING: Hull City Council ChamOers 1133 Maple Street, Hull, Iowa PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above mentioned governmental body will meet at the date, time and place mentioned above. At that time and place, the Commiss*on will hold a public hearing to receive comments on three re-zoning proposals initiated by the City Legislators will gavel-in the Eightieth General Assembly on Monday, Jan. 13. The 2003 legislative session offi- cially begins at 10 a.m. Shortly after thegavel falls, a swearing-in ceremony will be held for all sena- tors. Familyand guests are wel- come to attend the event. Seat selection will follow the swearing- in ceremony. Senate President Mary Kramer will host a light lunch in her office for Republican members and their families at 11:45 am. Following lunch, members of the House and Senate will meet in a joint session at 1:30 p.m. to canvass votes for the governor and lieutenant governor. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Vilsack will deliver the State of the State Address. The governor has said that his budget proposal will not be ready at that time. He is expected to release his budget rec- ommendations by the end of this month. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Louis Lavorato will deliver the State of the Judiciary Address on Wednesday at 10 a.m. * For your information, sta- tionery and business cards will be ordered on Monday with the Secretary of the Senate's office. State Continues Salary Negotiations with Union Employees Salary negotiations are again underway between the state and its union employees. Mandatory subjects under collec- tive bargaining include wages, hours, vacations, insurance and other employment benefits. Currently, the state has more than 16,000 union employees, the major- ity of whom are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). AFSCME representa- tives have proposed a 5 percent pay raise for the upcoming year. State negotiators, led by Governor "Ibm Vilsack and Iowa Department of Personnel Director Mollie Anderson, have proposed a 1 per- cent increase in pay. Early in the collective bargaining process, the Governor and Iowa Department of Management consult in order to develop a clear under- standing of the state's economic picture. The idea is for the state to communicate its economic outlook to union representatives so that the union has a clear understanding of where the state's proposal is coming from. It's interesting to note that while the state holds informal ad hoc orientation sessions on the state budget, there is no formal process for educating state employees on the budget issues. While it's clear that the state bud- get has an impact on salary negotia- tions, state officials also say the fol- lowing key issues affect the collec- tive bargaining process: Health insurance premiums continue to rise for all plans.The total increase charged by carriers to the state has increased from $97.5 million in Plan Year 1991 to an esti- mated $226.6 million tbr Plan Year 2003. Increases in the cost of employee prescription drug cover- age. While prescription drug cover- age is an issue, it's currently less " than 20 percent of the State's over- all claims. Reductions in the state workforce. Layofl in fiscal 2002 totaled more than 500 executive branch employees. Continuation of furloughs. Furloughs are temporary decreases of hours within a twenty day period, Contracted employees were fur- ioughed for the first time in fiscal 2002. AFSCME's current proposal calls for no furloughs. Bumping. The process Council. Comments will be pertinent if directed toward the consistency of the proposals with the objectives of the Zoning ordinance and the development policies of the city. Following the close of the hearing,-the Commis~on will make recommenda~ on the re-zoning proposals to the City Council. The proposed re-zoning actions to be conald- ered are as follows: 1. Re-zone from R-1 Residential to R-2 Residential the area bounded on the west by Edith Street, on the south by Center Street, on the east by Division Street and on the north by Fifth Street. 2. Re-zone from R-1 Residential to R-2 Residential" the area bounded on the west by Chestnut Street, on the east by Okey Street, on the South by Third Street and on the north by a line running parallel to and 207 feet north of Third Street. 3. Re-zone from Industrial to Highway Commeroal the area bounded on the south by U.S. Highway 18, on the north by the center line of the abandoned railroad right-of-way, on the east by Division Street and on the west by Brown Street. NOTE: Additional information can be obtained from the office of the Zoning Administrator at 1133 Maple Streef, Hull, Iowa. (Telephone 439- Is21.) Randy Feenstra Zoning Administrator (#6528 Jan, 15, 2003) Session Begins Monday allows a laid-off employee to "bump" to a position in a previous- ly held class or a lower class in the same series based on seniority. The AFSCME contract proposal calls for no bumping by those in man- agement. Sick Leave use. Most peo- ple agree that Iowa has one of the most generous sick leave programs in the country. Average sick leave used by employees in fiscal 2002 was 9.5 days. Usage among cov- ered employees is higher than for non-covered employees. Negotiations between the state and unions are scheduled to take place through January. If an agree- ment isn't reached, a mediator will be appointed to work with both par- ties on a compromise. If an impasse still exists, the process could result in arbitration. The arbitrator is appointed to consider ability to pay, bargaining history and outcomes of similar negotia- tions in other comparable cities and states. Arbitration of the AFSCME agreement, if necessary, will take place Feb. 17-21. The final dead- line for a negotiated agreement or arbitrated settlement is March 15. A "Frequently Asked Questions" document will be distributed to leg- islators when they return to Des Moines for the 2003 session. The document contains specific details regarding the entire process. Iowa Taxpayers Association Recommends Principles for Sound Budgeting With the state facing an estimat- ed $400 million budget shortfall in the upcoming year, lawmakers will again face the daunting task of bal- ancing the state budget as they begin the 2003 legislative session next week. The Iowa Taxpayers Association, a nonlSartisan business-sponsored organization designed to help appointed officials develop sound tax policy, is offering its help. The association has formed a committee on accountable government that has put together guidelines for creating a responsible budget. Following are seven principles for sound budgeting, according to the Iowa Taxpayers Association: Avoid the use of one-time or time-limited sources for ongoing expenses. When a non-recurring source of revenue is used, to fund an ongoing expense, an "automatic increase" is built into the budget for the follow- ing year. This is because with the original source gone, another way must be found to fill the gap, plus provide for any growth that may occur. If a budget is already stressed in being able to fund annual growth with the annual increase in revenue, this can cause considerable additional pres- sure. Avoid implementing new pro- grams for a partial fiscal year. In tight budget years, it is difficult to find funding for new programs. Sometimes, if the full amount of funding cannot be found, a program will be initiated in the middle of the upcoming year and funded at half the annual amount in the budget. This makes it appear that the pro- gram costs less than it really does, and yet when it comes back for funding the following year its need will at least double. Once the pro- gram has started, it has a con- stituency; plus it is much harder to take something away than to say "no" up front. So, the result is another "built-in increase" in the budget in order to annualize its cost. Avoid multi-year accelerating commitments. Iowa's budget is stretched to accommodate basic inflationary growth in any given year. There is no flexibility to do much beyond paying for current service levels; cuts in other areas must be made to finance new initia- tives. In making multi-year accelerat- ing commitments, decisions arc being made without knowing what the trade-offs will be. Plus, finan- cial conditions can change dramati- cally over time. Multi-year acceler- ating commitments create more "built-in increases." Avoid new automating, or "standing" appropri- ations. Standing appropriations reside in the Iowa Coe and authorize spending to occur each year without any annual legislative action. Once such an appropriation is created, the Legislature never needs to revisit it again--the spending will occur automatically. Initially, standing appropriations were intended to give the executive branch flexibility to finance certain unavoidable expenses that are difficult to esti- mate. For example, there is a stand- ing appropriation for expenses relating to natural disasters. Over time, standing appropriations have been created for certain high-priori- ty items that officials wished to pro- tect from the competition that occurs in the annual budgeting process. In other words, these items are effectively "off the table" and spending the entire amount request- ed is automatically authorized. The problem with standing appropriations is that they are extremely difficult to cut or elimi- nate. Unlike a regular appropria- tion where a gubernatorial veto can eliminate the spending, a veto of standing appropriation language in a bill means the law reverts to the pre-existing Code language. Restricting leg- islative authority to reduce spend- ing through the use of standing appropriations is a practice that should be avoided. Accurately determine revenue and expenses. Iowa's Revenue Estimating Conference and associ- ated laws are a model in the nation for solid estimating performance. Iowa's method effectively neutral- izes any pressure to inflate revenue estimates to cope with budgeting pressures. There is no such neutral- izing force on the spending side. however. Expenses can be deliber- ately underestimated as a means to cope with budget pressure. Of course, the result is a need for sup- plemental (mid-year) appropria- tions. Therefore, the measure of accuracy in estimating expenses is the presence or absence of supple- mental appropriations, though sometimes it is obvious even before the fiscal year begins. Align expenses and revenue in the same fiscal year. Spending that occurs in a given fiscal year should be financed with revenue generated in that fiscal year, and not in a prior fiscal year. Using a supplemental appropriation (from unspent funds in the current year) to finance a pro- gram that will not begin until a sut- sequent fiscal year creates another "built-in increase" in the future, it is not unlike the idea of using one- time funding for ongoing expenses. Avoid shifting program funding to property taxes or fees. Typically, budget pressure exists in the State General Fund. One way to find money for spending is to shift the source of funding from the General Fund to property taxes or fees. Sometimes these shifts are referred to as "hidden property tax increas- es." They are tax increases. nonetheless, unless the money saved in the General Fund is rebat- ed back to the taxpayers (which has never happened).