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i,/12/9a $ $ KALONA, WASHINGTON COUNTY, IOWA 52247 , THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1993 50 NO. 54 importance of and community new management Plastics seeks to the plant, its unity. by the community the plant opened Roszell, named August, stressed manager in to build on a team spirit and in Kalona eCtS. regrets that "fallen down" Vement in the since it took effort to bring show that we are ty by 'aagement and Participating in CUSIOM INJECTION MOLDING KALONA PLASTICS, INC. Philosophy All KALONA PLASTICS, INC. employees are team members. KAI.ONA PLASTICS, INC. is a parmership of team members :qually committed to the highest standards of quality and )erformance. Relationships among team members are based upon trust, open communication and mutual respect. Team members have well defined, shared goals that enable them to cooperate with each other and to work together effectively. Team members initiate actions to achieve world class quality and performance. Team members accept responsibility for improving their own performance and managing their own career development. Team members understand the business sufficiently to become inspired to learn. Team members satisfy all customers. community projects," Wessels stated. Wessels also pointed out that Kalona Plastics wants to become involved with schools of the area so students become more aware of the "tremendous future" in the technical side of plastics industry. "The plastic industry is growing so fast that we are having a hard time finding trained technical people," Wessels said, noting they recently had to hire two people from the Wichita, Kansas area. He noted the firm would like to have area teachers accompany him to a plastics engineering workshop ,October 19, at new plastics technical center near Waverly, Iowa. "We feel su'ongly that we need to get the younger generation involved in the plastics industry." Wessels added. Assistant manager since the plant was opened by Victor Plastics, RoszeU noted that the approach already is paying dividends in employee efficiency and attitude. "We are getting a lot of employee input and we invite their opinions and suggestions," Roszell said, noting that with improved production efficiency Kalona Plastics leadership focus on involvement Assistant manager, Gerald Wessels (left) and Dennis Rosz.ell, plant manager (right) agree to focus on teamwork within the company and with the community of Kaiona. Kalona Plastics is looking to potential facility and employee expansion. "We don't want to dictate to the employees. We want them to be active participants in the decision making process and the growth of the company," he said. He added that a training program and the team concepL already in place, are beginning to harvest dividends. There are team Kalona Plastics continued on page 11 nderson airie ent recently elected on the Mid-Prairie was elected at by a 4-2 vote in a held in the high Monday evening, by Bob Huber was tee Berger. Huber, acting president deadlocked 3-3 ,nderson at last received 2 Was elected board 4-2. She was rteider while Huber Doug Powell. DOyle Geyer was Schlabaugh of office to the that an attorney added to the list negotiators for the negotiations with Lnced that Grant Agency does on a at no cost to the curred. Would prepare on the "I Care" week as a Wo( l AEA. about the shift to heavy WOuld mean a for most Iowa or Tom Harkin the Clinton proposal, but to comc up n 1993 Mid.Prairie homecoming king and queen candidates Mid-Prairie is in the midst of Homecoming 1993 this week. As it always happens, four young men and women were chosen as candidates fl)r the king and queen which will be announced at hairline of the Golden Hawk football game with Solon Friday night. The candidates are front: Chrissy Murphy and Joe Roth; second row: Nikki Miller and Anthony Kos; third row: Charts Pratt and Chris Larsen; fourth row: Patsy Patterson and Jeremy Peck. The homecoming dance will be held Saturday night. Showalter in'j in crash near Douglas Showalter, 39, of Wellman, was severely injured in a traffic accident three miles north of Coralville Sunday, October 3, near the junction of County Road W66 and North Liberty Road, reported the Iowa State Patrol. Taken to University Hospitals by president Air Care, Showalter initially was of the Mid- District Voter 14. Other reg,strauon Tindal, vice deadline noted )tty, treasurer, Last day to register in person for on the y, were Fisher. Other John D. Corine the November 2 municipal elections is Friday, October 22. It is also the last day which postcard registrations can be received by the county auditor. Postcards received after October 22 must be postmarked by October 18 to be eligiOle for the election. Anyone who is not registered, who has moved, or who has not voted in the past four years, may register at the county auditor's office or in the offices of the city clerk in Ainsworth, Brighton, Kalona, Riverside, Washington or Wellman. Persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot may do so in the Washington County Aduitor's office weekdays (except election day) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or by sending a signed request to the auditor, Box 889, Washington, Iowa 52353, indicating voting residence and the address to which the ballot should be mailed. Fcr further information call the office, Yen the Laura to be used to arts programs Will have two unity College to 1994 Mid- meets Mid-Prairie regular at 7:30 library. the 1994-95 STP chorus trip, fees, the reading of reported in critical condition with head injuries. His condition was upgraded to "serious" Tuesday, reported UI officials. According to the police, Showalter was a passenger in a 1987 Dodge Caravan driven by his wife, Judy, 39, also of Wellman. The vehicle was eastbound on W66 and failed to stop at a stop sign, striking a car driven by Grant Nelson, 66, of North Liberty that was northbound on North Liberty Road. According to the police, the vehicle rolled over in a ditch, ejecting Showalter who was a backseat passenger. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt. Other passengers in the van, Chad Showalter, 12, and Josh Showalter, 4, were listed in fair and good condition, respectively, at the by Ron Slechta The Kalona City Council Monday, October 4, voted to initiate franchise talk renewal and other concerns, and to pursue the possibility of city manager form of city government. The council named Jenelle Bender and Jean Gustafson to a committee to meet with a Mid- Prairie School Board committee to discussion about fixing the drainage problem at the Junior High. SChool. City Attorney Mike west of Highway 22 will be developed next spring. She suggested that the city inighl consider t'rossint~ Hi.hw ays I ;.ll|tl 22 Io also serve their developmenl. Concefn was expressed about spending $60.000 to cross highway 22 cam of the Mid-Prairie fire to conce By Mary Zielinski For former Mid-Prairie Board of , nneman announced that the Education member Max Lewis, school board was willing to discuss concern for the district did not end the ditch problem and to see if the when his term expired. two governmental bodies can work together. He noted that the situation has changed since the city doesn't have a bond issue pending to which they could add the additional cost of the project. There is now some question about how the project can he funded. Council members agreed the city should re-enter the discussions with a fresh viewpoint and openness since they are dealing with a new school board. The special meeting with city and school representatives was scheduled for 6 p.m., October 5. Sub.division sewer Bender and Gustafson were to meet at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, with representatives of Brookside Estates, Pleasantview Home, Keith Y(xler and engineer Dave Nelson of Garden & Associates of Oskaloosa to discuss plans for sewer installation and financing of the sewer to serve new housing developments. Mayor pro- tern J. Claude Miller said he would like to see the city attorney also present at that meeting. Brenneman said he would attend at no expense to the city after several other council members expressed reluctance aixmt the cost of him attending as a city representative. Brenneman noted that Nelson and the developers want to get some kind of feel about how the city wishes to finance the sewer project and what direction the sewer mains should run in. Bender noted that a local realtor told her that there is a strong possibility that the land immediately The Wellman resident said he has kept an "eye" on things and two years ago was concerned about possible fire safety areas. tie believes his efforts (and telephone calls to the State Fire Marshal's office) led to the inspection in May The report that followed cited the district for a a loan at 4.20152% interest, with total interest cost of $20,780, Security Savings Bank's bid was $527 lower than Dane Bosworth. Wellman council accepted the lower bid. Mayor Ivan Redlinger told Terry Johnson, vice-president and branch manager of the Wellman bank, "we appreciate your bid. It shows us that your bank has an interest in the local community." set of bids hospital. Annie Showalter, 13, was treated and released. Judy Showaiter by Monlca Miller was not injured, police said. Security Savings Bank, Wellman Nelson and his wife, Neva, 60, a front seat passenger in the Nelson branch, was the lowest bidder for an $85,000 capital loan needed by the car, were taken to University City of Wellman as their share of: Hospitals where they were treated Daytonville sewer project. Offering and released. Police said charges are pending. Education page The Classroom Chronicle, the education page of The News, debuts this week on page 12. The weekly page will cover all aspects of education in the area. For more information or to arrange coverage, call Mary Zielinski, page editor, at the news office, 656-2273. the inotion to have the mayor pro- tern sign the letter of invitation, noted that it would be a good time to discuss "all the running into a dead Kalona Council continued on page I 1 y check number of items, ranging from replacing plugs to providing better ventilation. Last mon school officiala that they have rectified than percent of the problems cited in May, and were ready for reinspection. One of the more serious problems was at the junior high school where doors of the multi-purpose room should be kept closed at all times. M-P Fire safety continued on page 11 ............. MCC project begins in lowa City Wendell Nisly (left) and Gene Nissley (right), Iowa MCC executive committee members show the billboard advertising MCC newest venture, home construction. (See story page 10.) gas purchase agreements, was reviewed by engineer, Bill Buss. At the last meeting Buss recommended Wellman council enter into a contract with Enron, llouston, Texas. In the interim, all bidders have contacted Buss with price reductions or alteration of their original terms. Buss reviewed for the council each bid and then recommended that Wellman council sign a three year contract with Industrial Energy Applications (IEA), Cedar Rapids, effective December 1. lEA is the natural gas distributing subsidiary of Iowa Electric. After renegotiating, IEA's bid came in $4,600 lower than Enron. Voting to accept IEA at Welhnan's gas supplier, council member Ivan Ulin said, "I'd rather see the city have that $4,600 to spend." Fire Chief Jim Seward met with the council to clarify the status of insurance for the fire department. tie asked if firefighters were still covered by insurance even if the contract with the city is declared illegal. "I am responsible for 30 lu , I won't send them in tea fire and fltal out later, if someone gets hurt, Wellman coundl continued on page 11