Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 8, 1974, Page 9

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Young Mayor Gets Cash Despite Veto AUYSIIIUE (UPI) his first veto since taking office as he nation's youngest mayor two years ago, Jody Smith slashed down a ?12.50 monthly expense ac- cowit for himself. In its first attempt to override a mayor's veto since Sjmitli took office, (lie Aryshirc city council decided that tlu. 21-year-old mayor-student deserved the extra cash to supplement his ?20 a month salary. Smith, who won re-election last fall to a second term and is a junior at Buena Vista college in Storm Lake, .fought efforts by his council to establish the expense account. He said he "loves government work so much that any expenses I have are just incidental." But Roger Schmidt, a councilman and banker, said tlio elder members of the council decided the young mayor should have the extra money "because lie earns every bit of his He said Smith, who was elected mayor of Uiis northwest Iowa hamlet at age 19, attends more than 30 meetings a year and that the is not enough to compensate him for his time and expenses." "Our action was all in good sport, but we thought might help pay for a little gas when lie travels or Schmidt said. Smith used to commute to a nearby community col- lege during his first two years in office, but he now com- miUes weekly from Storm Lake A 00-mile trip to conduct the Aryshire affairs. Iowa Landlord Deposit Target of Two Bills By Randy Minkoff DBS MOINES (UPI) Con- sumer legislation under study by a legislative committee would crack down on unscrupu- lous landlords who refuse to re- turn deposit fees. Two bills, one by Sen. Min- nette Doderer (D-Iowa City) and tha other by Sen. Lucas DeKoster (R-Hull) would re- quire landlords to prepare a list of damages done by a tenant and indicate what amount of the deposit was being withheld. DeKoster's bill would also force the landlords to pay a 5 percent interest fee each year that the deposit is withheld. Mrs. Doderer said the bills are aimed at the "25 percent" of the unscrupulous landlords in the state that bilk the renters out of money. She said most of the reported cases of unfair withholdings occur in larger cities in the state and in college towns like Ames, Iowa City, Cedar Falls and Des Moines. "Most Are Honest" "That's where the landlord with a few buildings tends to Innocent Pleas To Drug Count Entered at Tama TOLEDO A couple who rent a farmhouse north of Traer pled innocent Wednesday in Tama county district court to posses- sion of controlled substances with intent to deliver. Merlin Frank, 28, and. his wife, Vicky, 26, waived their rights to a speedy trial within 60 days and Judge John L. Hyland set the time of their jury trials for April 29. Motions to suppress evidence must be filed by March 27 and hearing on any such motions will be April 3. They were released on personal recognizance. In county attorney informa- tions the Franks were each charged with possession with in- tent to deliver Schedule I con- trolled substances, namely ha- shish or hashish oil and-or mari- juana; also possession with in- tent to deliver Schedule II con- trolled substances, namely am- phetamine, dexcdrinc or secon- al tablets. The Franks were being held in the Black Hawk county jail in December charged with con- spiracy and sale of drugs when a search warrant was issued, according to Tama County At- torney Jared 0. Bauch's infor- mation. Tama County Sheriff Milo Quiglcy and a Waterloo police officer, Sgt. Hclgescn, searched the Franks' premises in Tama county and allegedly found a large variety of pre- scription drugs. Charges against the Franks in Black Hawk county arc slill pending. They reportedly operate n psychedelic shop in Waterloo and live at Ihc rural Traer home. take advantage of the young marrieds and the college-age she said. "Most of the landlords in this state are honest and won't withhold de- posits without a very good rea- son." She explained that younger people have a more difficult time in obtaining legal counsel and "don't have the money to find a lawyer to fight their bat- tles." But under both proposals, the renter would have the pro- tection of knowing exactly what, if any, damage was done and how much the dam- ages cost. "It's definitely a good piece of consumer legislation, and I think one of our bills will come out of committee." In Committees At present, Mrs. Doderer's bill is in the senate commerce committee while DeKoster's proposal is in the senate judici- ary committee. Mrs. Doderer said most land- lords will keep the deposit in an escrow fund or use it in a build- mg account. She said no law sets a ceiling on the amount of deposit a landlord can charge. "The limit is that you don't have to rent from a particular landlord if you don't want she said. New Policeman Is. Appointed to Tama Department TAMA Ronald G. McClel- land, 49, Tama, has been chosen by Mayor Jim Sorensen and approved by the Tama city council to fill a vacancy on the Tama police force at per month salary. McClelland, formerly of the Newton area, was at one time a teacher and coach at the state juvenile home in Toledo. He was employed before coming to Tama to reside five years ago as salesman for Whiting As- sociates of Minneapolis, Minn. McClelland is married and has four children in the South Tama schools. The Tama city police depart- ment now includes Francis "Bert" Reedcr, chief, per month; Bill Steics, assistant chief, per month; James Brewer and Leonard Jantzen, patrolmen, each; and Mc- Clelland, new patrolman, Other men employed for extra police duty or during vacations or sickness receive per hour. Police officers get a clothing allowance of per year. Advertisement The Best Carpet Buys Are At Carpetland U.S.A. Valentino Kissing Fish (Medium 2 For 1 Large Zebra Danios. 2 For 1 Tiger Barbs (Medium 69c oa. Assorted Cobra Guppy... 59 ea. Silver Angels. .3 For Albino Lyra tail Mollios .99 Now Digital Ihormomolors for your aquarium HARDI-GARDENS 3901 First Avo.SE 366-1567 Opon 5-9 Mon.-Thun.) frl-Snl. H Sun. 11 -4 Speaks at Iowa U. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frl., Feb. 8, 1974 5 Labor Leader Sees Recession By Ford Clark ..IOWA CITY Jerry international president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Em- ployes spoke on the U. of 1. campus Thursday evening, lashing out at President Nixon and forecasting a major re- cession. Wurf constantly referred to President Nixon's State of the Union message. "The President's statement that we wouldn't have a reces- sion is a downright lie and lie knows it. He makes political decisions for political reasons rather than what he knows is good for the country." Wurl Raid the President's remarks on gas rationing are "completely irresponsible. He talks about not having gas rationing at the same time a citizen of New York is lined- up for two hours to try to get worth gas." Wurf's name was prominent on Nixon'6 enemies list dis- closed during the Watergate hearings. He also has been labeled "the maverick of or- ganized labor" by Time mag- azine. r'air Share In addition to attacking Nix- on's policies, he also stressed the importance of the labor movement as "the only insti- tution capable of dealing with the well-being of the poor, the black, the brown, the discrim- inated agaiast, who haven't gotten their fair share in our society." He hammered at the theme that the American labor movement is "still an effec- tive political force, lobbying force and social force." He acknowledged there were problems within the labor movement itself hut said, "You'll find the most influenti- al unions today (lie public employe unions." Wurf was first elected to AFSCME presidency in 1964. Since then the union has more than tripled its member- ship to In answers to questions, lie conceded he would be confer- ring with employes of the city of Iowa City and U. of Iowa employes on their current ef- forts to organize under the AFSCME banner. Racial Problems In response to a question concerning racism in AFL- CIO, Wurf quickly replied, "Of course we have racial problems within the union. But the federation as a whole, and most of its membership, have consistently supported civil rights." He bitterly attacked ClO's neutral position in the last presidential election. "Our union committed something (hat was entirely irresponsible. When we re- fused, as an institution, to sup- port George McGovern in the last campaign, it was tan- tamount to committing sui- cide. "Richard Nixon's whole po- litical life has been committed to totally destroying the well- being of American workers." Earlier Wurf noted, "Just look at the number of major American corporations with severe labor problems which contributed large, illegal sums of money to the Nixon cam- paign." He praised the American labor movement. "At least the federation has been trying to get some change in dealing with political responsibility at least to the extent of trying to persuade Mr. Nixon to go away." Officials Seek Central State Gun Depository By Kristclle Peterson DBS MOINES (UPI) Two top Iowa law enforcement of- ficials Thursday urged creation of a central state gun depository to provide tho framework for rapid apprehension of criminals. Public Safety Commissioner Charles Larson and Craig Beek, director of the Iowa bureau of criminal investigation, said the central depository could give firearms specialists in the state crime laboratory some indica- tion of the exact type weapon used in a specific crime. Beck told a subcommittee of the house judiciary committee that the shotgun slayings of four Sioux Falls, S. D., youths last fall in northwest Iowa could have been solved quicker if authorities could have determined the type of weapon used. Beek said if the "exotic gun" used in the mass murders could have been immediately iden- tified, the suspects probably could have been apprehended sooner. He said a shell casing from the murder weapon could have been compared with simi- lar casings from guns placed in the proposed depository. In the northwest Iowa murders, he said no gun was and authorities spentj valuable time talking with gun' dealers in the area trying to identify the murder weapon. Burned at Stove, Iowa Woman Dies GREENE (UPI) -A northern Iowa woman died late Thursday after she was severely burned in a cooking accident in her apartment here. Authorities identified the vic- tim as Ruth Overholt, in her upper 60s, of Greene, who suf- fered burns over nearly her en- tire body. Investigators said the woman's dress caught afire while she was cooking. The woman died about three hours after the accident Thurs- day at a Charles City hospital. Officials said damage to the apartment building was minor. Legislative Notes by Frank Nye Varley Drew Daily in Interim for Total T-vES MOINES If House Speaker Andrew Varley (R-Stuart) U had been paid per day for committee work between sessions, instead of the ?40 he got, he would have received a total of in salaries and expenses for the year ending Jan. 14. In a story last Tuesday it was incorrectly set out that Varley received ?80 a same as his predecessor who is now Chief Clerk William Harbor. But the fact is Varley got only per day. Turns out the a day reduction in Varley's pay was due to a difference in in- terpretation of the law that went into effect in 1971 putting legislators on an annual a year salary instead of per day while in session. Harbor interpreted it to mean he was en- titled to a day, the same as the lieutenant governor. Varley interpreted it to mean he was entitled only to a day, the same as other legislators. VARLEY Varley actually was paid for the January- January year. The extra a day for the 62 interim days lie worked would have raised his pay to n n n Boo-Boos WHILE on the subject of boo-boos, let it be known that Rep. H. G. Miller (D-Rockwell City) has been referred to in this column as a high school coach on several He was. But as he is affectionately known, also was a college coach for several Simpson college and at the Uni- versity of Dubuqu'e.- And another thing, Rep. Keith Dunton (D-Thornburg) also gave up his statehouse parking stall for Winnebago to show its new tms to legislators with Rep. Elmer Den Herder and Senators James Briles (R-Corn- ing) and Joseph Coleman DES MOINES (AP) Gov. Robert Ray said Friday that he has no intention of letting a bill to permit 65-foot trucks on Iowa highways become law without his signature. Some supporters of the bill have said Ray, although oppos- ing the measure, would not veto it, but would let it become law without his signature. If a bill passes both houses and the governor does not sign it in a certain number of days, it automatically becomes law. Ray noted he has never let a bill become law without his sig- nature before, and feels that the governor should always either sign or veto a bill. Ray has opposed the long trucks bill that was reported to the floor of the senate Thurs day. He believes it would unnec- essarily increase truck traffic through Iowa. A senate slate governmenl committee amendment to the house-passed bill would restrici the trucks to four-lane high- ways, and would take away from the Iowa highway commis- sion the authority to designate some two-lane roads for long truck use. But Ray said the amendment does not "make a lot of dif- ference" to him. Mo Layoffs at Tama Meat Yet Due to Strike TAMA As of Wednesday, no mployes of the Tama Meat 'acking Corp. here had been aid off work because of the ruckers' strike. Approximately 00 men are employed. The Tama plant is on a day- o-day program due to the trike, Fred Shover, plant of- icial said. Workers in the beef till department are finishing heir work at noon rather than he usual 4 p.m. Work begins at a.m. The beef kill has been reduced o 600 animals from beef >er day this week. Only as many beef as can be moved out ;ach day are being slaughtered, ihover said. The meat cooler las a capacity of beef car- casses and the quality of the neat will be off-grade if the )eef is held too long. Getting truckers to come in and haul out the beef is the main problem, Shover indicat- ed. The usual number of trucks iauling meat out daily is 14 delivering to the Tama plant's customers in Chicago, Milwau- kee, Minneapolis and St. Paul. Only seven trucks left Tuesday Shover said it was impossible to get truckers to leave for Michi gan and Ohio. The truckers are all Iowa-based haulers. They drive their tractors in and hook up to trailers which are parkei in the meat packing plant' parking lot. The truckers hauling livestock to the plant have less fear o running into trouble on the road and are consequently less of problem than the meat haulers. Feed the Birds the Home of the Free! Free Checking for business and personal accounts with no gimmicks. GUARANTY BANK TRUST CO. MtMIIUI r.O.l.C. 3rd SI. 3rd Avo. Downtown 1819 42nd St. NE 191 Jacolyn Dr. NW PHONE 362-2115 Suspended Term INDEPENDENCE Ivan Kloft, Waterloo, was given a 60- day suspended jail sentence Thursday in district court aftei pleading guilty to drunk driving on March 16, 1973. He was paroled for one year, his license suspended for 120 days and he was ordered to associate with :he Northeast Iowa Coucil on Al- coholism. Union Leader Jerry Wurf Chiropractic Bill Is Stalled in Senate DES MOINES jon expanding the scope of )ractice of chiropractors in the state failed to receive 'approval from the senate state govern- ment committee Thursday. The committee's action possi- bly killed the bill for the ses- sion. The vote in the committee was 5-5, but a majority vote was needed for the measure to he sent to the floor. Under the measure, cRiroprac- tors would he allowed to engage in treatments beyond their pres- ent limitation of simple adjust- ments of the spine. Fire Destroys Shed On Luther Campus DECORAH A fire in a con slruction shed at Luther college at p.m. Thursday was quickly brought under contro by Decorah firemen. The fire, which started when a line on an LP gas tank broke was confined to the construction shed located near the nev speech and theater building now under construction. According to the Decorah fire department, firemen spen about an hour at the fire which destroyed the shed. Rain or shine, Classified Ads will get you results. Place your ad today! Rasmussen Hits Politics in Iowa Employe Setup DES MOINES (UPI) In a jlistering attack on the current Republican administration, Democratic gubernatorial hope- u 1 Clark Rasmussen said Thursday one of his top priori- ties if elected would be to im- mediately "depoliticize" state government employment prac- ;ices. Rasmussea, addressing members of the State Employes Assn. here, .said that despite the "adoption the Merit Employ- ment System in Iowa in 1907, the last five years have seen employment and promotion in state government based on po- litical affiliation and 'who you rather than qualifica- tions for a particular job." The West Des Moines Demo- crat charged that Republican Gov. Robert Ray engineered a "return to the spoils system" when he insisted on expanding the Merit Employment Commis- sion "so his party could gain control of the agency." "This return to the spoils sys- tem has had an adverse effect on the morale of state employes and results in less qualified peo- ple being promoted or given job opportunities in place of long- time, loyal and trusted em- Rasmussen said. ViTiRANS- HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION PLUS PER MONTH CALL KEN KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE PANTY HOSE PAIR FOR Regularly 2.00 pair Save on two of Belle Sharmeer's most pop- ular panty liose. Choice of sheer to the waist sandalfoot or the sheer stretch demi toe sandal-heel panty hose. Sizes small through tall in exciting fashionable shades. Belle Sharmeer is-the panty hose with a measured stitch waistband that allows even distribution of fabric around waist and hipline. Cedar Rapids: Downtown Street Floor and Undalo Plaza Iowa City: Mall Shopping Center on Six at Sycamore Don't Miss This Weekend Saturday Downtown Saturday and Sunday at Undala Plain and Mall Shopping Cantor, Iowa City ;