Guthrie County Supervisors ask for more information on departmental overtime

By Rich Wicks | Times Vedette

During the regular meeting of the Guthrie County Supervisors on Feb. 20, Supervisor Mike Dickson asked that the payroll reports approval be considered separately from the other items in the consent agenda.

“I just don’t like all the overtime that’s in the payroll,” said Dickson. “I am going to vote ‘no’ on the payroll reports because I don’t agree with all the overtime in there.”

“One of the things I think we can do, that I would like to see … would be for each department to have an overtime policy,” said Supervisor Maggie Armstrong. “I think it would be beneficial for us, since this is part of our process now, to have an understanding as to what warrants overtime.”

“There can be good reasons for it, which is fine,” Dickson said. “I’d just like to know what they are if you’re asking me to approve it.”

The supervisors voted to approve the payroll reports, on a 3-2 vote, with Armstrong, Brian Johnson and Steve Smith voting to approve and JD Kuster and Dickson opposed.

The supervisors discussed a petition to reclassify 233rd Lane in Section 7 South Cass Township to service level “C.” This would be a service level reduction. The roadway is located southwest of Panora. A public hearing on the topic was set for March 12 at 9:10 a.m.

The supervisors went into closed session to discuss a possible litigation matter, pursuant to Iowa Code 21.5 1 (c), to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent where its disclosure would be likely to prejudice or disadvantage the position of the governmental body in that litigation.

The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be a budget work session meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. The public is welcome. Attendees may participate in person or by calling 323-792-6123 and inputting conference ID 547029216#.

1939 Chevrolet restored to former glory

Kim Lubeck’s teenage car lives on. 

The 1939 Chevrolet sedan features four doors with the two back doors having rear hinges. The designs of early automobiles were borrowed from horse-drawn carriages and coaches. Doors opening backward were more convenient for passengers to get in and out, especially for women wearing long dresses. 

By Susan Thompson | Lake Panorama Times

More than five years after his death, Kim Lubeck’s dream of restoring a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe four-door sedan came true. 

The front of the Lubeck 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe sedan features an original hood ornament for this car model.

Lubeck passed away Sept. 27, 2018, while waterskiing on Lake Panorama. He had been diagnosed with Lyme disease after being bitten by a deer tick. An autopsy stated his death was caused by a sudden cardiac event, with a likely link to Lyme disease.

In May 1973, Lubeck moved to Panora to work at the Panora Oil Company. In February 1974, he purchased the business, which he owned and operated for 42 years before retiring in 2016. His interest in the service station business had strong roots, since his father owned four stations where he worked during high school. 

A rear view of the Lubeck 1939 Chevrolet after restoration was complete in late December.

Kim and his wife, Maureen, were married in November 1974. The couple raised two children, Courtney and Phillip. 

Maureen picks up the story of the 1939 Chevy. 

“Kim’s dad bought the car for him in 1965 as a surprise for his 14th birthday. It was in a hay field in Nebraska and belonged to Kim’s aunt, who bought it new,” she says. “Kim’s dad paid his sister $40 for the car. Kim drove it through high school. He and his buddies had a grand old time in it.”  

The last time the Chevy was licensed was 1968. For 25 years, it was stored in the Lubecks’ boathouse at Lake Panorama. 

“You should have heard the neighbors when Kim used the tow truck to take it down the steep driveway and tuck it into the boathouse,” Maureen says. “It was quite the attraction with several of them shouting, ‘Kim, that thing won’t float!’ But with his usual expertise, he maneuvered it smoothly into place.”  

Maureen says Kim had a dream of restoring the 1939 Chevrolet. 

Kim Lubeck did most of the needed mechanical work on the car including installation of the steering wheel, on-the-floor automatic transmission, windshield wipers, radio, and instrument panel. Sam Mapes of Sam’s Upholstery in Winterset put the finishing touches on the interior.

“I can’t tell you how many car shows and museums we went to over the years,” she says. “He loved talking to other gearheads, and he continued to formulate his restoration plan. I encouraged him to take it into the station where he could begin the process. I told him if it took him as long to restore it as it had been stored, I would never get to ride in it.”  

In 2014, Kim towed the car to the Panora Oil Company. 

“So many of his customers had stories to tell about relatives or friends who had a similar car,” Maureen says. “They were so interested in his plans for restoration. Some of his customers and friends looked at the rust bucket condition and shook their heads, thinking he would never get it done.”  

Kim Lubeck installed bucket seats from an S-10 Chevy truck in the old car. During interior restoration by Sam Mapes, those seats were recovered, plus the rear seats restored and upholstered and floors carpeted.

Yet, when the doubters came back to check on the progress, they were pleasantly surprised. He took the engine and bucket seats from an S-10 Chevrolet truck and installed those in the old car. He did lots of welding work on the chassis and flooring. The original car was equipped with a manual transmission, but Kim installed an automatic on-the-floor transmission. 

“I can’t drive a straight stick,” Maureen says. “He tried to teach me when we were first married, but it was too painful for him to hear the gears moaning. He was looking forward to taking it to car shows and parades. We also had plans to take it on some trips, hence the automatic transmission for my benefit. Several car groups travel from place to place together, and we hoped to join them.”  

While Kim Lubeck was able to do most of the mechanical work on this 1939 Chevy, he died before the exterior and interior restoration could be done. In 2019, the car was loaded onto a trailer and moved to the Panora Service Center, where Dennis Shroyer did the exterior restoration.

Maureen says that Kim worked on the vehicle as much as time allowed.

“One of the benefits of him retiring in 2016 was he had more time to work on the car,” she says. “He researched parts, always thinking about his ultimate goal.” 

Maureen says he even worked on it the morning he died. 

Dennis Shroyer’s last big job before he retired in December was to restore and paint the exterior of Kim Lubeck’s 1939 Chevrolet.

“My memory tells me he said he put the windshield wipers, radio and instrument panel in,” she says. 

After Kim’s death, Maureen thought about what to do with the 1939 Chevy. Kim had done the majority of the mechanical work needed, but the exterior and interior were in rough shape. 

“It was such a special car for Kim,” she says. “If it hadn’t always been in the family, if he didn’t have high school memories in it, and if he didn’t have ambitious plans to restore it, I might not have been anxious to complete the task. Yet I truly felt I had to honor him and do my best to finish the job.”

She contacted Dennis Shroyer, who for many years owned the Panora Service Center. In 2019, when Lubeck’s Panora Oil Company building sold, the 1939 Chevy was towed to Shroyer’s nearby building. 

“Dennis and Kim were good friends,” Maureen says. “He did the bodywork and painting. He told me this would be the last big job he did before retirement, and he did a wonderful job.” Shroyer sold his building and retired this past December. 

In August 2023, the car was moved to Sam’s Upholstery in Winterset, where Sam Mapes did the interior restoration. 

“I am amazed at the quality of his work,” Maureen says. “Both he and Dennis listened to my ideas and supported me. Several of Kim’s gearhead friends helped me with advice. I had joined Kim at enough car events over the years and listened to his dream, so I had a pretty good idea of what he would want.”

Shroyer painted the exterior of the Chevy the original color, a deep maroon. The interior is beige with maroon stitching. The original seats were covered with a horsehair fabric. The rear seat is the original seat, minus the horsehair fabric.  

“One of the fun things Sam did was create a ‘suitcase’ to hide the battery, which is in the trunk behind the back seat,” Maureen says. “With my love of travel, it makes sense.”

Maureen Lubeck was able to bring the car to her Lake Panorama condo a few days before Christmas so family members could enjoy a ride when they visited. Most of the time, the car will be stored in a friend’s garage. 

Lubeck plans to take the Chevy to some car shows and parades. 

“It drives really well. It has some creaks and squeaks, but it is very comfortable. My biggest challenge is that it doesn’t have a backup camera,” she exclaims. 

One final decision needed to be made about the 1939 Chevrolet four-door sedan. What should be used on the car’s vanity license plate? Daughter Courtney wanted the license plate to be Dad’s 39, but that was already in use. Maureen considered Kim’s 39 but didn’t want people to think she was Kim. The final wording is just as perfect as the restored car — His 39.

This photo taken in 2015 shows Kim Lubeck with the car he owned since he was 14 years old. At this point he had moved the 1939 Chevy from his Lake Panorama boathouse to the Panora Oil Company building but had not yet started restoration.

Breakfast in Yale

By Shane Goodman | Times Vedette

The 22nd Annual Yale Fire Department Pancake Breakfast was held Sunday, Feb. 18 from 7-11:30 a.m. in the Yale Community Building. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and biscuits and gravy were served for a free will donation. 

Logan Wolf and Merlin Clark keep each other in line while preparing breakfast.

 

Garret Chase scrambled more than 30 dozen eggs by 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

 

Zach Spencer gets the batter ready for cakes on the griddle.

 

Garret Chase and Merlin Clark move the eggs to the front line to serve customers.

 

Mike Carey is all smiles while helping with the clean-up.

 

Merlin Clark make sure the sausage gravy is ready.

 

The Yale Fire Department members pause for a quick photo during Saturday’s breakfast fundraiser. Pictured are Zach Spencer, Lucas Bilbrey, Craig Little, Logan Wolf, Merlin Clark, Mike Carey and Garret Chase.

 

DNR public meetings recapping hunting, trapping seasons start Feb. 20

From the Iowa Department of Natural Resources 

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff will provide updates on recently completed hunting and trapping seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting and trapping rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested.

“We want people to come out to these meetings, listen to the seasons reviews, ask questions and hear directly from our staff,” said Todd Bishop, chief of the Iowa DNR’s Wildlife Bureau. “Part of the meeting will be devoted to discussing potential rule changes and collecting feedback as we work through the rules process.”

The meetings are open to the public. Comments collected from these public meetings will be considered along with other related comments received by the Iowa DNR prior to proposing changes to hunting rules and regulations. Proposed rules will be presented to the Natural Resource Commission during a regular public meeting for consideration and additional public comment. 

 

Meeting date, time and location

  • Algona, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Waters Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th St.
  • Bloomfield, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Wapello County Conservation Board Pioneer Ridge Nature Center, 1339 Highway 63
  • Boone, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Boone Wildlife Research Station, 1436 255th St.
  • Council Bluffs, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Bass Pro Shops, Green Room, 2901 Bass Pro Drive
  • Des Moines, Feb. 20, 6:45 p.m., Des Moines Izaak Walton League, 4343 George Flagg Parkway
  • Maquoketa, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St.
  • Okoboji, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Maser Monarch Lodge, 22785 Nature Center Road
  • Wapello, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Office, 10728 County Road X61
  • Chariton, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Chariton Community Center, 502 North Main St.
  • Creston, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., PAC 124 Multi-Purpose Room, Southern Prairie Family Fitness Center, 1201 West Townline St.
  • Iowa City, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Johnson County ISU Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy. 218 South
  • Lake View, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Speaker Park Shelter House, 418 North Blossom St.
  • Perry, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Forest Park Museum, Dallas County Conservation Board, 14581 K Ave.
  • Toledo, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Tama County Nature Center, 2283 Park Road
  • Waverly, Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Waverly Civic Center/City Hall, 200 1st St. N.E.
  • Decorah, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Franklin W. Olin Building, Room 102, Luther College, 700 College Drive, next to the Prues Library
  • Onawa, Feb. 22, 5 p.m., Onawa Public Library, 707 Iowa Ave.
  • Ventura, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Iowa DNR Wildlife Office, 15326 Balsam Ave.

Any person attending the public meeting that has special requirements, such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments, should contact the Iowa DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.

GCH Board to meet Feb. 22

The Guthrie County Hospital Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Todd-Neff Conference Room.  The meeting agenda follows. 

Cribbage results from Feb. 19 and Feb. 16

Special to the Times Vedette

The Guthrie Center cribbage players meet at Guthrie Center Library on Mondays at 8 a.m., at the assisted living rec room at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, and at the Guthrie Center Activity Center at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Organizers say there is always room for more, and they will be glad to teach you how to play.

On Feb. 19, a total of 13 players participated. Jim Carico and Kay Phippen each got a 16. Deb Kiefer and Joanne Zieser got a 17, and Rhonda Titus dug up a 20.

On Feb. 16, eight players participated. Rhonda Titus, Judy Klever and Allen Pierce each got a 16. Judy Klever got a 17. Allen Pierce and Robert Klever got to divide the kitty with an 18.

They play for quarters on Wednesday and Friday. For more information, email 58chevy@netins.net.