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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                ]0 The Cedar .Rapids Gazelle: Wed., Feb. G. 1971 Three-Year Road Light Study Set Robert Rigler AMES An outline for a study on the effect of lighting on safety of highway intersec- tions was presented to the Iowa highway commission Tuesday. Tho commission reduced the lighting level at intersections throughout the state as an energy conservation move. Staff members said in De- cember that reduced lighting makes the intersection less safe. The commission request- ed that a study be prepared. R. L. Kassel, deputy chief of commission planning, present- ed the research outline for the three year study. Commission Chairman Rob- ert Rigler of New Hampton was somewhat taken a-back when Kassel presented the ten page summary on project pro- cedure. The commission had asked for a "simple study" relating safety to lighting, Rigler said. Kassel said the study would be completed by commission staff and would not be very expensive. Commissioner S t e p h e n Garst of Coon Rapids said the commission needs a compre- hensive study. If someone has an accident and complains of reduced lighting, the study would provide information to back up the commission's claim that reduced lighting does not make an intersection less safe. The study will compare ac- cident records for a represent- ative group of state intersec- tions before and after reduced lighting. A three year period before lighting reduction will be compared with a three year period after.with allow- ances made for variables such as increased traffic flow and reduced speed limits. S. E. Roberts of the commis- sion research staff told of three studies that have al- ready been made in other areas of the country and Eng- land. A California study of 26 in- tersections found that lighting reduced the total accident rate by 39 perceut. The night rate alone at the intersections was 64 percent less for lighted than non-lighted. A study of intersec- tions along freeways in Toron- to, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix and Denver found lighted freeways had a night- to-day accident ratio of 1.43 compared with a similar ratio of 2.37 for non-lighted. The third study, on 43 inter- sections in England, found lighting reduced accidents about 50 percent during the nighttime in 70 mph speed limit areas, but produced non- significant reductions in areas where the speed limit was 30, 40 or 50 mph. i 'Great Place', But Residents Want Out MCGREGOR quette property Eight Mar- owners have filed suit in Clayton county dis- trict court in Elkader, to have their land severed from the town of Marquette. But most of the Bickel's Addi- tion to Ridgewood, residents who are plaintiff in the court ac- tion, say they harbor no ill feel- ings toward the town. In fact they think it's a great place. The problem is one of geog- raphy. Bickel's Addition to Ridgewood located on the bluff above McGregor, while it may technically belong to Marquette, is not connected to the town in any way. In fact the only road leading up to the additoirr is an exten- tion of A street in McGregor. Hence in order to. render any services such as police and fire- protection, trash (collection and street maintenance .to Ridge- wood, Marquette employes have to 'drive all the way to and through McGregor, climb the hill to the hights and head tack the way they came. Under- standably Marquette has not made the round trip of more than 3 miles to provide the ten property owners with these ser- vices very often. Actually, up until last sum- m e r, just about everyone thought that most of the land up on the bluff was Ridgewood, a notable exception belonged to Clayton county. But then a 1916 ordinance was unearthed which showed that some 40 acres, of what had been considered Nen- Lowden Council Debates School Stop Sign Need LOWDEN The Lowden city council at the regular February meeting here Monday decided to increase the salary of City Clerk Ruth Kruckenberg to per year. This represents a raise of ?60 a year. Council members approved the sale of an old road grader to George Clark of Lowden for a purchase price of A discussion was held on the possible purchase of a school stop isign to be placed at the corner of Washington avenue and Eighth street in Lowden. This is a busy intersection used by buses and pupils of the Clarence-Lowden Community school and Trinity Lutheran school. Although the council was in agreement that a stop sign is needed, funds for an electric au- tomatic traffic signal are not available. Mavor Carl Wcnndt told the council that he had dis- cusfscd the matter with the Cedar county board of super- visors who suggested that a pos- sible solution might he to have a portable sign made by students of the high school industrial arts class. The council decided to inves- tigate the possibility. Other matters discussed by the council include: Plans, to. obtain local es- timates for needed repairs for the city's pickup truck. Plans to hire a certified water nnd waste water treatment op- erator by December. 1974. The need for ambulance and first aid service for Lowden and the surrounding area. Possible, rale, increases, for garbage collection service be- cause of increased costs. don Township, actually belonged to McGregor. Starting Jan. 1, taxes from this land were iassigned to Mc- Gregor rather than to the coun- ty. At its January meeting the McGregor Town Council in- structed city employes to start maintaining roads 5n the area and to provide it with other city services. Bickel's Addition to Ridge- wood, however, was not af- fected by the ordinance and continues to belong, as it had all along, to Marquette as do lots 1 and 3 of lot 91 of the Basil Giard Land Claim, which are also included in the suit. Lead by Bill Gruver, a group of the property owners first pe- titioned the Marquette town council in November to sever them. The Marquette council tabled the request. Subsequently, it was learned that only through a law suit could any severance be made. "Once land is annexed it can not be severed from a town except by court Tom Miller, attorney for the plaintiff, explained. Plaintiff in the law suit in- clude Gruver and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Bender, Mildred Willard, Neil D. Gruver, Robert Livin, John P. Bickel, Florence Johnson and J.B. Weimer. Two property owners have not joined in the suit. Another, Wendell Schroeder, whose lots are in the Giard Land Claim, would be cut off from Marquette if Bickel's Addition to Ridgewood should win its severence action, has not yet indicated whether he will participate. "This has happened in the state of Iowa Miller said, that citizens have wanted to disassociate themselves from a city, but not under exactly the same circumstances. The key question here of course is the providing of city services to an area of the town. The Ridge- wood residents were not receiv- ing these services from, the town of Marquette, but no one could really blame Marquette either for not driving over to and through McGregor to service half a dozen homes." The town of Marquette has approximately 30 days in which to file an answer to the suit. C-L Board Gives Okay to Teacher Mileage Proposal LOWDEN The Clarence Lowden board of education Monday decided to approve the payment of mileage to teachers who must travel between the Clarence center and the Lowden center and also between the two centers in Lowden. The board accepted a propos- al of the Clarence-Lowden Edu-j cation Assn. with only one change. The teachers had asked that the proposal be made retroac- tive to the beginning of the 1973- 74 school year, but the board approved beginning payments retroactive to the start of the second semester. It now re- mains for members of the Clarcnce-L o w d e n Education to approve or reject the amended proposal. It will cost the district about per semester to pay the seven teachers who would be el- igible for the payment in addi- tion to their regular salary. The points approved by the board in addition to a starting date at the beginning of the sec- ond semester in January are as follows: 1. If a teacher drives to a unit and stays all day, no mileage will be paid. 2.. Teachers, who. drive, be- tween the Clarence center and one of the Lowden centers ivould be paid per day. 3. If two or more teachers ride in the same car only the Iriver will be paid. 4.. Teachers, who drive be- tween leaching assignmenls in he same town will he paid at the rate of 50 cents per day. Each individual affected would be responsible for report- liif, mileage record !o his building principal at the end of each month. Payment for the mileage would be made the fol- lowing month. Board members adopted a resolution opposing the passage of senate file 531 during the present session of the general assembly as now written and ivould favor amendments to imit negotiations to salaries and fringe benefits as they apply to the school district only. Senate file 531 concerns collec- tive bargaining for all public employes. High School Principal Allen Whitlatch discussed the possible procedures for students to raise more money for a trip for the senior class of 1974. No decision was reached on the matter and Whitlatch said he will discuss it further with the seniors at a class meeting to be held soon. The possibility of a summer driver education program was considered by the board but no decision was reached. Committees on Energy Named In Legislature DES MOINES (AP) The Iowa legislature has appointed standing energy committees to sponsor action to alleviate the energy crisis. The senate committee was appointed Tuesday. The committee will be chair- ed by Sen. George Milligan (R-Des Moines) and will in- clude Sens. Irvin Bergman (R- Calvin Hultman (R- Red Ralph Potter (It- Roger Shaff (R-Ca- Michael Blouin (D- James Gallagher Lowell Junkins (D- and Beryl Priebe Hep. Richard Wcldon (R- lowa was named chair- man of the house committee on energy. Other members are Reps. Brice Oakley R. G. Miller (D-Rockwell Don Avenson Glenn Brockett Dennis Butler (It-Council Dale Cochran (D-Eaglc Gregory Cusack (D- Norman Dunlap William Ewing (It- C. Raymond Fisher (R-Grand and Rus- sell Wyckoft In Legislature Three Girders To No-Vote School Surtax Go on New Span By William Eberline DES M01NES "That's the way it came outischool administrators about los- Local committee, but f doubt that it school districts could levy an in-jwill stay that said Com- come surtax without a vote of the people under a bill which will be debated Thursday in the Iowa house. But don't make any bets that the proposal wilt pass. It is included in a bill do signed to pump about mil- lion from the state treasury sur- plus into school support through lie foundation aid program to give teachers a cost-of-living lay raise and case the bit of inflation on school districts. Tho income surtax provision was written into the bill by the louse education committee. It vould allow a school board to evy the surtax simply by adopt- ng a resolution instead of get- ing voter approval as the law low requires. Other Bills Bills in the Iowa legislature Tuesday: Passed by Senate IIF272, To extend the trollinc on inland water to border waters. 43-3. To gov- ernor. HF282, To provide a defini- ion of boat "wakes." 46-0. To ;ovcrnor. Introduced in Senate SF109G, To allow persons to lave both Class B and Class C beer permits. Griffin and three others. SF1097, To permit the Iowa beer and liquor control depart- ment to move its offices and varehouses outside Des Moines. riff in and four others. SF1098, To permit a minority of the Iowa beer and liquor control council to be made up of persons who have a working "knowledge of the industry. Iriffin and five others. SF1099, To repeal the 15 per- :ent tax which liquor retailers must pay when they purchase o resell. Griffin and four ithers. SF1100, To prohibit discrimi- nation in education. Kelly. SF1101, To delay final imple- mentation of the home rule act until July 1, 1975. Cities and owns. i I'assefl by House IIF1106, To require school juses to stop at railroad cross- ngs whether carrying passcn- 'ers or not, and use stop arm and flashing lights in cities and owns as well as on rural high- vays. 96-1. To senate. HF1111, To provide that a vehicle passing 'another n a rural highway must return 0 its own traffic lane 200 in- tead of the present 100 feet ahead of oncoming traffic. 77- 4. To senate. SF1047, To exempt athletic and sports contests, leagues and ournaments from the Iowa gambling laws. 94-0. Returns to senate for action on amend- ments. Introduced in House HF1122, To exempt from axation an Sntrastate branch ine railroad less than 100 miles ong if Iowa residents own at east 60 percent of the railroad company stock. Krause and Miller of Rockwell City. HF1123, To require the sec- retary of state to send each county attorney a copy of any new law affecting county gov- ernment as soon as it is enact- ed. Miller of Independence and "our others. HF1124, To increase'the pay of soybean promotion board members from to 540 pel- day spent on official board "unctions. Cochran. HF1125, To require the state :o contract with Amtrak for passenger service between )avenport and Council Bluffs. Hiegins and Jo others. HF1126, To repeal the provi- iion permitting shooting of un- icensecl dogs and require that be caught and delivered to 1 dog pound instead. Cusack and Carr. HF1127, To require the board of parole to review the cases of persons sentenced to life im- prisonment every five years in- itsad of the present 15 years. HF1128, To permit trucks ex- ceeding Iowa's legal length to operate in border cities if they comply with length restrictions of the adjoining state from vhich they entered Iowa as hey existed on Dec. 31, 1973. Transportation committee. IIFI129, To increase from to the value of the properly received by the surviving spouse ot a decedent who dies intestate. Freeman. HF1130, To postpone for one year the dates when the home rule act becomes mandatory for all cities. Cities and towns com- mittee. IIFII3I, To require the Iowa highway commission to offer any unused property ac- quired for highway purposes to the person from whom it was acquired before putting it up for public sale. Weldcn and Lippold. IIFJJ32, To amend (he Iowa business corporation act to con- form to changes in the model act. Hill and three others IIF1133, To exempt' from sales tax prosthetic devices and medical equipment sold to nat- ural persons. Cusack. IIF1134, To repeal the Iowa chain store tax. Knokc. HF1135, To Rive railroads a sales tax exemption for fuel and materials used to maintain, repair or improve railroad property. Fischer and 19 others, in i 11 c c Chairman Delwyn Stromer He said amendments are being pre- pared to delete the plan. Rep. Donald Doyle (D-Simix City) said the provision "doesn't have the chance of a snowball in the hot place" of getting through the house. "I think the committee put it in as a joke to bug the chair- said Doyle. "It's going to come out. You can bet on that." Whether it was a joke to the committee or not, however, number of lawmakers are find- ing it's no joke to their constitu- ents. Several said they've been get- ting mail and telephone calls from concerned citizens as word got around that the provision was in the bill, most of them liotly opposed. There is much less opposition to the other provisions, many of which are designed to help dis- tricts with declining enroll- ments. That includes most of Iowa's 952 school districts. The bill would declare -1'ie al- lowable growth in per pupil ex- penditures to be 8 percent for the 1974-75 and 1975-76 school years. On a statewide average, that amounts to per pupil. The measure also takes a step toward meeting complaints of ing part of the state aid every time one student leaves school. It says a school can lose up to 2 percent of its total enrollment before it starts to lose state aid. Other provisions would end the so-called "buy out" by which every district has been guaranteed at least per pupil state aid no matter how the formula works out, and re- peal the present 10 percent year limit on millage reduction any school district can have. Gambling Law Legislation to close a loophole in the state's new gambling law was returned to the senate Tuesday after the house tacked on an amendment to expand the type of athletic events covered under the proposal. On a 94-0 vote, the house approved the measure sought by Attorney General Richard Turner to legalize major sports events such as golf and bowling tournaments which have entry fees and offer cash awards. Rapid action on the legislation was taken by the senate last week to clear the way for a statewide bowling tournament in Waterloo this Saturday, and the house concurred Tuesday. The amendment, offered by Rep. Russell Wyehoff (D-Vin- ton) would legalize rifle, pistol, musketry and archery contests. It was approved on a voice vote. McGIiEGOR "We have set by the U.S. army three more girders to worry about." Wisconsin department of transportation engineers said Monday. They were referring to the 1C main girders that will span the main channel on the Iowa side of the new Mississippi river bridge now under con- struction between Marquetle and Prairie du Chien. The last three girders are ei- ther enroute from the plant in Hammond, Ind., or are ready (or shipment. "We expect them all to arrive in Marquette well before the end of the engineers continued. Two weeks ago one of the 49 ton 115-foot girders was involved in a Milwaukee Railroad derail- ment near Speck's Ferry. Had the girder been damaged an 8- to 12-month delay in completion in :he bridge may have resulted. However, except for the re- placement of a closure plate at we end the girder received a clean bill of health from Wiscon- sin bridge engineers. A joint agreement between Iowa and Wisconsin department of transportation engineers puts Wisconsin in complete charge of work on the bridge. Virtually all of it lies in the state of Wiscon- in. Only the extreme west end of :he bridge technically is in engineers explained. As of Monday six of the 1C luge girders were in place. The corps of engineers and the coast guard, for contractors to have the main channel clear, so that river traffic will not be ham- pered by construction work, is March 1. Thirty-five men are now working 6 days a week, weather permitting, to complete the largest span of the new bridge, which stretches 462 feet across the main river channel, at the edge of Marquette. It takes a full day to get one of the giant girders ready to place but only half an hour to actually put it into position, with a 150 foot loading power and barge cranes. Engineers said work is on schedule and the deadline should be met without difficulty. AH concrete is poured and piers are in on the main chan- nel. Concrete work is not yet done on the cast side but should proceed quickly now since the eastern side is closer to the Prairie du Chien con- crete supplier than was the western side. Allied Structural Steel of Hammond, 111., has the super structure contract for the west channel and U.S. Steel of Gary, Ind., has the contract for the east channel. Engineers said this side of the bridge should be completed by an Oct. 1 target dale. Official opening of the entire structure is Dec. 1, 1975. 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