Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 14, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 14, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thura., Mar. 14, 1974 Independence Cuts Water Project Cost INDEPENDENCE-Ia a move to cut the cost of a city-wid water improvement project ex pected to run over the city council Wednesday nigh took action to accept a slightly modified plan. The council dropped the cos of the project by elim- inating a stretch of new water main acros? the Wapsipinicon river. Except for a small fraction cost oS the project will come through the sale of revenue bonds. The sale of about in water revenue bonds will take place March 28, at which time contracts will be awardec for the new water tower and water maul construction. Rate Increase .A 62 percent increase in water rates tor residents and busi- nesses will go into effect May 1 as voted by the council in Feb- ruary. At the Wednesday night meeting, Councilman Jack Ronan continude to vote against any phase of the water improvement project because he has questioned the need for a third tower in the city. Independence now has just one tower, but as one phase of the program, the water tower at the Baccalaureate Canceled by Center "Point CENTER POINT schoo board has concurred with the graduating seniors that there will be no baccalaureate ser 'vices this May, Supt. John Schweibert told the board Wednesday night that the seniors had voted on having the services, resulting in 14 yes votes, 24 no votes and eight ab- stentions. Schweibert cited decreasing attendance and lack of interest for the cancellation of this year's services, and the board also voted that its. decision would riot be binding on next year's seniors. .Local churches will.be en- couraged to honor their own se- niors during regular services. In other action, the board postponed any action on a school district study until after the an- nual kindergarten roundup has been 'held on April 19, and es- timated' enrollment for next year can be determined. The board has been thinking of hiring a consultant to study building" needs because of in- creasing enrollment in the dis- trict. The board also: Approved the 1974-75 teacher contract calendar with teachers' work days scheduled from Aug. 19 through May 31, and classes from Aug. 22 through May 30. Approved the retirement at the the school year, of Mrs. Wilma Andrews, who will retire after 26 years at the Center. .Point school and .45 years as a public education teacher. A special meeting of the board will be held at p.m. Wednesday, March 27, to dis- cuss teachers' salary contracts for next year. mental health institute will be connected to the city's water system. Paving Project The council started action on the 1974 street program by au- thorizing the city clerk to adver- tise notice of a public hearing on the proposed project for April 9 at 6 p.m. The 1974 street project will include 19 blocks of street pav- asphaltic concrete mat for Ter- race drive in the southeast por- 'ion of the city. Rezoning Recommended Another public hearing was also set for April 9 at 7 p.m. on he proposed rezoning of proper- dependence owned by Commu- nity Housing, Inc., for the con- struction of low-rent housing. The planning and zoning commission has recommended state {rom {orced the properties be rezoned from Class A residential to Class B business. The first reading of a new or- First street West between Third and Fourth avenues was read and approved. Bert B. Hanson and Assoc., Inc., engineering firm, was ing and feet of two-inch hired by the city to conduct a study of a sanitary sewer infil- tration inflow. The council authorized a room of the basement of city hall to used as an office to provide a manpower service in the com- munity by the Iowa Employ- ment Securities Commission. :y in southeast and northeast In- There will be no charge for use of the facility. Gasoline Dealers Bill Voted to Senate Floor By Randy Minkoft DBS MOINES (UPI) Th senate energy commute Wednesday passed legisiajio designed to protect gasoline d! tributors and dealers in tl major oil companies wilhou prppgr cause. On an 8-1 vote, the commute sent the measure to the sena dinance to remove parking on floor after heated exchanges be- tween senators and oil compan representatives. Under the bill, an oil compan that has entered into an agre ment with a distributor o dealer must give 30 days' notic aefore terminating the ment. In addition, the proposi allows the distributor or deale :o request a hearing before th towa commerce commission 'orce the franchiser to sho "good cause" for terminatin the agreement. Forced Out Committee members said ser vice stations in several sma communities were forced out o business by the oil companies leaving (he area without any means of obtaining gas supplies Sen. Roger Shaft, (R Camanche) said that two rura areas in his district have re- ceived notices for cancellatio of contracts and "this leave that area helpless." Shaft said that in the bill, th commerce commission woul have to receive assqrances from the oil companies that their can cellations would not "disrup the public welfare" and wouli take into account the "per- manency of investment" mad by the local service station op perator. Marv Houchin, a national distributor relations official with Mobil Oil Co., criticized the measure as not being in the best Interest of the dealer, distributor or customer. He charged that the major oil companies were not making any "wholesale effort" to close down stations in Iowa. Houchin also charged that the bill is "removing control of ser vice stations away from the companies" and was unneces- sary since there are enough safeguards to protec ocal owners. However, Sen. Mi- chael Blouin (D-Dubuque) said hat having a hearing would be the fairest way to determine whether a cancellation was jus- ified. "People on the commerce commission are not concernec with profit like the oil compa- nies and I think we need this tc irotect everyone aid Blouin. Harlan Nelson, a division manager for Phillips Petroleum, trongly objected to the nearing irovisibh, contending that corn- lie r c e commission officials vould not be acquainted, with he problems involved in the o m p any- distributor :rela- ionship. "Create Problems" Candidates Meet Second district Congressman John Culver visited the Iowa legislature earlier this week and met briefly with one of two Republican candidates for the U. S. David Stanley of Muscatine. Culver, a Democrat, also is seeking the U. S. senate seat. Also in the picture, at right, is House Democratic .Leader Dale Cochran of Eagle Grove. George Mil- ligan of Des' Moines is the other Republican candidate seeking the senate seat. UIC Science Fair Schedule Is Listed FAYETTE Dr. Norman Dlson, co-ordinator of the first Northeast Iowa Science and En- gineering fair to be held at Upper Iowa college in Fayette this Friday and Saturday has announced a schedule of events. 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, Upper Iowa's Colgrove-Walker auditorium will be open to ex- libitors for assembling their Mrojects, from 7 to 9 p.m, pre- iminary judging within ca- and divisions done. On Saturday from 9 until a.m., final judging- of all ca- egories within divisions will be linished. The Science and Engi- neering fair will be open to the public at 11 a.m. for the awards )resentations ceremony. Upper !owa College President, Dr. .Al- drich K. Paul, will officiate. lanes and all available "ground units" will be tised on at east one day of each to control the situation. Speed Reports The patrol chief said reports lave been received of truckers mostly from out of Iowa going as fast as 10 to 15 miles an hour over the new speed limit which went into effect March 1. "This is a cleanup operation and we definitely don't have any crackdown or vendetta in Miller said. "We will use as much equipment as we have available lo spare the pa- trol in our efforts on the inter- state." Miller said the tenforcement policy would continue "possibly until the end of summer" unless the situation is resolved. He said the truckers would not be aware of what day the increased enforcement would occur and that the unan- nounced day would offset the reported use iof citizens' band radiop used by truckers to warn of radar checks. Miller said present plans do not call for added efforts on other roads hi the state, but ad- Abandoned Vehisle Bill to Senate Floor DES.MOINES Iowa eiiate judiciary committee Vednesday approved the chairman of the subcommit- ee, studying the measure he had a personal reason for wanting it passed. The committee, with one dis- enting vote, sent the bill to allow property owners to re- move abandoned cars from lieu: property to the senate for lebate. Sen. Ralph Potter, R-Marion, aidie had held that his esk drawer "for some until the need for it his ttention a few weeks ago when someone left a stolen ruck' in my driveway.'' "Local authorities wouldn't move Potter'said., "And I ouldn't move it without :being eld'liable for Sen. Gene Glenn, D-Ottumwa, said the bill wasn't needed be- cause common law permits bill after moving unauthorized cars off private-property as long as rea- said sonable care is taken to see that they are not damaged. Calamus Man Dies CALAMUS; (AP) Robert Rose, 46, rural Calamus was killed and his wife was serious- ly injured in a.car-truck crash on highway 30 about Vk miles west of.-Calamus in Clinton county Wednesday night. The car Rose was driving collided with a truck driven by Jimmy Loeb, La Porte City, who was not injured. J YEARS AGO Russia refused to accept Finnish counter-proposals to the armis- liceterms she offered at Fin- land's request. ded that "that is a possibility in the future." Larson, who Wet with Gov. Robert D. Ray about the situa- tion earlier in the 'week, said there was a general consensus at Wednesday's meeting that a problem exists and that some type of policy would have to be adopted. 'We gave some recommenda- tions, but the commanders made the decision after we left the ;Larson said. Mil-, ler confirmed Larson's earlier statement that there have been. many complaints from motor- ists about truckers exceeding the speed limit in the past three weeks. He said, "We would have to say that we are getting more' complaints about this than 'we have had in the past. I am con- fident however, that the truck- ers will now comply once they know what we are doing about it." Safety Factor Miller and Larson agreed that iere is "somewhat of a safety actor" involved when truckers pass passenger vehicles during stormy weather. "When a truck passes a mo- torist and a spray covers his windshield there is that prob- Miller said. Miller also agreed with Larson's evaluation that operators of other motor vehicles are cooperating with the new 55 mile an hour speed limit. toat JSajrite (fetztfte Establish ed In 1813 ublished da Co7 and publlahed dally and Sunday o( 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids; Iowa. Subscription rales by carrier IS a week. By mall: Night edition and Sunday 1" issues a mon. 5 a year. er stoles and U.S. territories S40 a year. 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