Burlington Hawk Eye, October 7, 1982

Burlington Hawk Eye

October 07, 1982

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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - October 7, 1982, Burlington, Iowa The of Burlington, Iowa Eye 146th Year — No. 76 25* Thursdayt< October 7, 1982 (319) 754-8461 40 pages Fruehauf calls 165 off layoff FT. MADISON — The Fruehauf Co., citing an increase in business, said Wednesday 165 workers will be recalled from layoffs dating as far back as June 1981. Frank Powers, industrial relations manager at the plant, said the workers will begin returning to work sometime this month. By Nov. I, he said, the plant will be employing about 300 people. Its most recent layoffs were in December 1981 and last month. Powers told The Hawk Eye Thursday that the company, which assembles truck trailers, will be working two shifts. Fruehauf now is running a single shift. He said it appears there will be no difficulty finding employees ready to be recalled, even those who have been out more than a year. One board takes work seriously By John Stewart Many public boards hold “work sessions” to prepare themselves for regular business. But for the Des Moines County Conservation Board, the REAL work session came afterward. Quickly concluding their regular meeting Wednesday, board members rolled up their sleeves and went to work cleaning up the new Starr’s Cave Park and Nature Center off Irish Ridge Road for its grand opening Sunday, 1-5 p.m. THE TWO-STORY building was originally a barn, then the rustic Sycamore Inn. then idle for some years, and now a nature center. Its interior has a cabin-like appearance with exposed timbers. Staff naturalist Gail George showed board members the exhibits on the second floor — geology, mounted ducks and an eagle, tree samples, fish, turtles, a slide show, natural science experiment packets — and the first floor’s two classrooms for lectures and films. The board’s eight staff members, Conservation Explorer Scout Post 171 and volunteers have handled much of the $41,000 renovation work over the past two years. Groups may reserve the facility by calling 753-5808. The board asked George to draft a policy for groups that may want to meet regularly in the building. EVEN THOUGH the structure is protected by a fire-retardant finish, visitors will be asked to douse their smokes on entering, a ban proposed by board member Dick Lewis Jr. Most of the board members smoke, and chairman Sherman Lun-day observed that “there’s nothing worse than a reformed” smoker. But the board still agreed to adopt the no-smoking rule. Fourth trial under way in slaying FT. MADISON - The first-degree murder trial of the fourth Iowa State Pentitentiary inmate charged with the death of another prisoner is under way in Lee County District Court. Jerry Williams went on trial Wednesday, accused of killing fellow prisoner Gary Tyson during an ISP riot Sept. 2, 1981. So far, two prisoners have been convicted in the murder and one has been acquitted. Prosecutor Bruce McDonald said the state will show Tyson was killed because members of the Almighty and Unknown Vice Lords, a prison gang, suspected he was an informant. Williams, 12 other prisoners and one former inmate have been indicted in Tyson’s murder. His body, stabbed more than 20 times, was found in a kitchen storeroom. Chillybutnice FORECAST: Increasing cloudiness late tonight. Southerly winds around IO mph. Not so cool. High upper 40s. Cloudy Friday with 30% chance of thundershowers. High 70°-75°. Fair Saturday through Monday. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT Irene Eckeraon con-fers with personnel director Jim White — possibly about placing a Ph.D. In the library aide’s job Ecker-son held until Thursday (and will return to Friday). For the day, anyway... Schools have new boss By Jane Sutter Burlington schools Superintendent Irene Eckerson’s desk this morning was adorned with earplugs, Anacin and Maalox. Meanwhile, down in the high school library, aide James Smith, Ph.D., tried to figure out a typewriter. And if associating those names with those titles confuses regular readers, worry not: things will be back to normal Friday. SMITH SPENT Thursday working as a high school library aide as part of a job switch Eckerson won in a raffle a recent employee picnic. For Eckerson, it meant a day of meetings with Jim White, personnel director, to discuss contract negotiations and grievances; Ken Park, business director, to plan the Oct. 18 board meeting agenda; and Chuck Pauly, school board president, to review that agenda. But before those could begin, a more pressing matter was waiting: “My first offical duty was to take the school car and drive Dr. Smith to school,” Eckerson said in an interview at the “White House” — the staff term for the administration building. Although she wasn’t wearing Smith’s usual three-piece suit, Eckerson maintained the executive look quite well. The day also had some light activities planned. Eckerson was to accompany board member Milton Meuler to Kiwanis Club luncheon. “Dr. Smith informed me I’ll probably have some ‘fines,’ so we’ll negotiate that later.” Before her day began, Eckerson’s colleagues had made their requests known. “They all want raises — sizable ones. The custodians want extra vacation days,” and as a member of the clerical department, “we could all use a raise," Eckerson said. But then, remembering she was “management,” she added: "The Jota Grain photo* BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL library aide James Smith, who has a doctorate degree, tries to figure out the typewriter at his new desk. way the country is, we all have to tighten our belt.” BACK AT THE high school, Smith was learning his new duties of processing and checking out books, assembling information and helping teachers in compiling data. His boss, Librarian Lennis Lange, had Smith writing to embassies to learn of social habits of foreign countries. Lange said Smith has “caused me no problems” — but that was before he’d checked on Smith’s typing. Lange said Smith’s skill — or lack thereof — might force him to use “words per hour” to define his performance. Smith was looking forward to coffee with the girls” where he could use his new mug, appropriately labeled “secretary,” and a half-hour lunch break in the faculty lounge. Smith’s presence had not gone unnoticed: students had asked Lange who the new aide was, “some students have given me the eye as they’ve walked by, and some teachers wanted some information I couldn’t supply,” Smith said. He said his only problem was finding the restroom, and he threatened to file a grievance about it. But overall, the aide was happy, saying “I’m pleased to see how well the facilities are used and they’re (students) generally well-behaved.” Stock trade heavy, heady NEW YORK (UPI) — Fueled by a record turnover of 96.06 million shares in the first three hours, Wall Street’s revived summer-fall rally roared into high gear today with prices surging while interest rates began to fall. The Dow Jones industrial average, which soared a near-record 37.07 points Wednesday, was ahead 16.28 points to 960.54 at noon CDT. Wednesday’s rise was second only to the 38.81-point surge on Aug. 17 at the outset of the recent rally. The Dow’s close Wednesday of 944.26 was the highest since it hit 944.35 on Aug. 13, 1981 and put the closely watched barometer 167.34 points in the plus column since skidding to a 27-month low of 776.92 on Aug. 12. NEW YORK STOCK Exchange volume amounted to about 96.06 million shares at noon., up from the previous mark of 84.31 million set on Sept. 3. The 72.17 million traded in the first two hours erased the old record of 65.63 million set Aug. 18. The first-hour 43.66 million shares surpassed the previous standard of 39.94 million set Sept. 3. The NYSE transaction tape was running 36 minutes late because of the heavy trading. WEDNESDAY’S TURNOVER of 93.57 million shares was the ninth busiest on record. The 137.28 million traded Aug. 26 was the heaviest session. Many major stocks were delayed in opening because orders for them were so heavy brokers could not meet them immediately. Activity in brokerages houses and on exchange floors was frantic. Many investors All-Savers accounts that are coming due might were putting their cash into the stock market, some analysts suggested. The blue-chip Dow average soared 23 points in the final 90 minutes of trading Wednesday as the rally snowballed with institutional in-vestoYs who missed out on the August surge bought frantically. TREASURY SECRETARY Donald Regan predicted interest rates would move lower though the course might be rocky at times. And Richard Pratt, Federal Home Loan Bank chairman, forecast as drop in mortgage rates within a matter of months. Chester Pado, vice president at G. Tsai in Los Angeles, said “an article in The New York Times about Morgan Stanley analysts recommending blue-chip stocks triggered a lot of buying.” Pado says Wednesday’s rally might have been the second stage of a bull market. “General Electric’s higher earnings and IBM’s strong showing helped the psychological outlook for the market.” Some foreign investors appeared to be placing money in quality U.S. stocks because of concern about international financial problems. How much their investing counted in the rally was debatable. Big banks cut prime NEW YORK (UPI) - Several major banks, headed by New York's Manufacturers Hanover Trust, today cut their prime lending rate to 13% from 13l/s% amid widespread speculation the Federal Reserve will allow the nation’s money supply to grow to help the ailing economy. Manufacturers Hanover became the second bank to cut its benchmark rate within the past nine days. Until Manufacturers Hanover acted. Bankers Trust had been the only major bank to have a 13% charge. Bankers Trust adopted the 13% rate on Sept. 28. Citibank, Chase Manhattan, Chemical Bank, First National Bank of Chicago and the small Southwest Bank of St. Louis joined Manufacturers Hanover in lowering their rates to 13%. Federal funds rates banks charge one another for overnight loans dropped below 10% Wednesday and triggered rallies both in the stock and bond markets. Those rates opened at 93/«% Thursday. Wall Street was rife with speculation the Federal Reserve’s Open Market committee earlier this week decided to allow the nation’s money supply to expand at a higher-than-planned rate. Hawk Eye digest QUEEN ELIZABETH is said to be angered by Prince Andrew’s choice of vacation partners. See today's LIVING section, page 6. SCC’S LEARNING CENTER offers diverse programs. See page 6. SOUTHERN HIGH SCHOOL of Stronghurst, 111., has switched its football strategy, from former strong offenses, to present rock-ribbed defense. See today’s SPORTS section, page 13. THE 51ST YEAR for the Players Workshop opens tonight with Ah, Wilderness!. For a review, turn to page 17. Today's index Abby.......................... Classified ads.............. ...................7 ..............20-23 Hawk Eye Happenings....... Local News........................ ...........19 .......19.24 Comics........................ ..................23 Living............................... Dr Solomon................. ............'.......8 National/world................... ...........2,3 Crossword................... ..................23 Deaths............................. ............19 Editorial page............. ...................4 Sports.............................. For the record............. ..................24 TV/entertainment.............. .............5 Mayor tries to trim boards, gets splinters By Tom Seery Mayor Jerry Rigdon’s effort to restructure city advisory boards and committees met unanimous opposition Wednesday from Burlington’s other four councilmen. After almost two hours of debate, the Council decided to only trim the seats and service terms on the Plan Commission — something Rigdon had not proposed. THE MAYOR WANTED advisory groups dealing with the riverfront, parks, Memorial Auditorium and Flint Hills Golf Course replaced with temporary groups that would be given specific tasks and timetables. “Some of them are just flat inactive, and with others, citizens put in a great deal of time discussing and planning and there’s a great deal of frustration with things not getting done,” Rigdon said. Rigdon proposed associating the Riverfront Advisory Committee with the Plan Commission, with some Commission membership on the riverfront committee. Councilman Wayne Hogberg replied that “you might just as well do away with the riverfront committee and let the Plan Commission do it” — not the way to go, he said. The other councilmen agreed to leave the riverfront committee intact, although Hogberg admitted it has been in existence two years without forming a master development plan. “I THINK IT’S JUST LEADERSHIP from the Council that’s needed,” Councilman Richard Eckhardt said. "Then, damn it, we’d better give them the tools to do the job,” said Rigdon, complaining that riverfront panel members are concerned about boating activities rather than “the totality of the riverfront and how it integrates into the rest of the community. “I’ve gone to three of their meetings,” Rigdon said, “and ended up getting cussed out about the boat ramps. That’s asinine, it’s stupid.” He and Hogberg did agree that the committee should not be overwhelmed by boaters. Rigdon lost similar battles to disband the parks and golf course committees. He wanted to replace the golf course adviso ry board with an “informal” group, similar to Friends of the Library, that would work with the course manager. BUT DOING THAT, WARNED Councilman Lowell Bauer, would be “asking for a lot of uneasiness and hard feelings.... They’ve beer. working for a number of years and I just don’t think it should be changed at this time.” City Manager W.G. Lawley added that “one of the advantages of a board like this is it does organize public input.” But Rigdon, unconvinced, said “if we’re doing this just to avoid conflict, we’re making a great mistake.” The mayor then moved to the Parks Advisory Committee, saying that panel should be restructured and told to “come up with a master plan for our parks, through the Plan Commission.... I don't want to spend any money in the parks without an approved plan.” When his colleagues balked at that, the mayor said “you guys just don’t want to bite the bullet.... “What I’m trying to do is commit to im proving these areas, and if you have to step on somebody’s toes to do it, so be it. You’re going to have to offend somebody sometime to get something done.” Hogberg insisted the Council had not shied from such matters. “I think when we came in office (Jan. 2) these committees were frustrated.” Hogberg said — “and that’s why we shouldn’t fire them now,” Bauer added. THE ONLY CHANGE to result from the meeting will be reduction of the number of plan commissioners from 15 to nine, and their terms from five years to three with a six-year limit on consecutive service. The new rules will be implemented next year. The Council also delayed consideration of the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board until after the Nov. 2 hotel/motel tax vote. The Council plans to allocate part of the new tax income to the Auditorium and creation of a tourism bureau, which Lawley said could be combined with the advisory board if the tax passes. ;