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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., Mar. 14, 1974 Independence Cuts Water Project Cost INDEPENDENCE—In a move to cut the cost of a city-wide water improvement project expected to run over $900,000, the city council Wednesday night took action to accept a slightly modified plan. The council dropped the cost of the project $103,639.54 by eliminating a stretch of new water main across the Wapsipinicon river. Except for a small fraction, cost of the project will come through the sale of revenue bonds. The sale of about $800,000 in water revenue bonds will take place March 28, at which time contracts will be awarded for the new water tower and water main construction. Rate Increase .. A 62 percent increase in water rates for residents and businesses will go into effect May I as voted by the council in February. 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 — The school board has concurred with the graduating seniors that there will be no baccalaureate services 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 abstentions. 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 not be binding on next year’s seniors. Local churches will be encouraged to honor their own seniors during regular services. In other action, the board postponed any action on a school district study until after the annual kindergarten roundup has been held on April 19, and estimated enrollment for next year can be determined. The board has been thinking of hiring a consultant to study building needs because of increasing enrollment in the district. 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 end of 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 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, to discuss 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 authorizing the city clerk to advertise 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 paving and 1,400 feet of two-inch asphaltic concrete mat for Terrace drive in the southeast portion of the city. Rezoning Recommended Another public hearing was also set for April 9 at 7 p.m. on the proposed rezoning of property in southeast and northeast Independence owned by Commu- Gasoline Dealers Bill Voted to Senate Floor sma By Randy Minkoff    I    vice    stations    in    several DES MOINES (UPI) — The'communities were forced out of nity Housing, Inc., for the construction of low-rent housing. The planning and zoning commission has recommended the properties be rezoned from Class A residential to Class B business. The first reading of a new ordinance to remove parking on First street West between Third and Fourth avenues was read and approved. Bert B. Hanson and Assoc., Inc., engineering firm, was hired by the city to conduct al dealer must give 30 days’ notice study of a sanitary sewer infil- before terminating the agree-tration inflow.    ment.    In    addition,    the    proposa allows the distributor or dealer to request a hearing before the Iowa commerce commission to senate energy committee Wednesday parsed legislation designed to protect gasoline dis tributors and dealers in the state from forced closings by major oil companies without proper cause. On an 8-1 vote, the committee sent the measure to the senate floor after heated exchanges between senators and oil company representatives. Under the bill, an oil company that has entered into an agree ment with a distributor or The council authorized a room of the basement of city hall to be used as an office to provide a manpower service in the community by the Iowa Employment Securities Commission. There will be no charge for use of the facility. force the franchiser to show “good cause” for terminating the agreement. Forced Out Committee members said ser 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. senate, 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 Milligan of Des Moines is the other Republican candidate seeking the senate seat. UIC Science Fair Schedule Is Listed des MOINES (UPI) - The FAYETTE — Dr. Norman senate judiciary committee W T ednesday approved legislation Rape Corroboration Repeal to House Floor cleaning up the Iowa statutes Olson, co-ordinator of the first Northeast Iowa Science and Engineering fair to be held at Upper Iowa college in Fayette this Friday and Saturday has announced a schedule of events. From 12 to 7 p.m. Friday, Upper Iowa’s Colgrove-Walker auditorium will be open to exhibitors for assembling their projects, from 7 to 9 p.m. preliminary judging within categories and divisions will be done. On Saturday from 9 until 10:30 a.m., final judging of all categories within divisions will be finished. The Science and Engineering fair will be open to the public at ll a.m. for the awards presentations ceremony. Upper Iowa College President, Dr. Aldrich K. Paul, will officiate. From 12 until I p.m. the fair will be closed for lunch, but from I until 3 p.m. exhibits will again be available for the public to view. repealing the requirement of corroboration of a victim’s testimony in rape cases. Sen. Minnette Doderer (D-Iowa City), who co-sponsored the legislation, said the repeal of the requirement would be a major breakthrough in conviction of rape offenders in Iowa. She said the passage of the Wait! Don’t    store    it...    sell    it measure, which was sent to the : fast with a    low-cost    Classified floor, was the first step in ; Ad. 398-8234. regarding rape. At present, a rape victim’s testimony must be substantiated by other evidence in a court proceeding. The corroboration provision has been a target of several feminist groups who contend that the requirement places an unusual burden on women to convict the offender. business by the oil companias leaving the area without any means of obtaining gas supplies Sen. Roger S h a f f, (R Camanche) said that two rura areas in his district have re ceived notices for cancellation of contracts and “this leaves that area helpless.” Shaff said that in the bill, the commerce commission wou have to receive assurances from the oil companies that their can collations would not “disrupt the public welfare” and wouk take into account the “per manency of investment” made by the iocal service station op-perator. Mary Maudlin, 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 service stations away from the companies” and was unnecessary since there are currently enough safeguards to protect ocal owners. However, Sen. Michael Blouin (D-Dubuque) said that having a hearing would be the fairest way to determine whether a cancellation was justified. “People on the commerce commission are not concerned with profit like the oil companies and I think we need this to >rotect everyone concerned,” said Blouin. Harlan Nelson, a division manager for Phillips Petroleum, strongly objected to the hearing jrovision, contending that cornin e r c e commission officials would not be acquainted with the problems involved in the c o rn p a n y - distributor relationship. “Create Problems” Bob Schulz, an official of the owa petroleum council, claimed that the bill was “un-ike any in the nation” and said it could “create more problems ban it solves.” Committee Chairman Sen. George Milligan (R-Des Moines) who cast the lone dissenting vote, questioned the constitutionality of the measure and ww the proposal would be enforced. /•Ut Through Iowa Truckers Are IHP Speeding Targets DES MOINES (UPI) - State public safety officials decided Wednesday to increase enforcement efforts along Interstate 80 to curtail the number of alleged speeding violations by truckers traveling through Iowa. The announcement of the stepped-up activity came after a meeting of patrol commanders from across the state, Public Safety Commissioner Charles Larson and Col. Howard Miller, chief of the state patrol. Miller said the use of “selective enforcement” follows numerous reports that truckers have been violating the state’s new 55 mile an hour speed limit. He said as many as five patrol lianes and all available “ground •adar units” will be used on at east one day of each Week to control the situation. Speed Reports    ,    ^jjjj er    p resefl t    plans    do The patrol chief said reports!not call for added efforts on have been received of truckers 1 other roads in the state, but ad- — mostly from out of Iowa going as fast as IO to 15 miles an hour over the new speed limit which went into effect March I. “This is a cleanup operation and we definitely don’t have any crackdown or vendetta in mind,” Miller said. “We will use as much equipment as we have available to spare the patrol in our efforts on the interstate.” Miller said the &iforce<ment 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 unannounced day would offset the reported use of citizens’ band radios used bv truckers to warn of radar checks. Abandoned Vehicle Bill to Senate Floor DES MOINES (AP)—-The Iowa senate judiciary committee Wednesday approved a bill after the chairman of the subcommittee studying the measure said ie had a personal reason for wanting it passed. The committee, with one dissenting vote, sent the bill to allow property owners to remove abandoned cars from their property to the senate for debate. Sen. Ralph Potter, R-Marion, said he had held that bill in his desk drawer “for some time” until the need for it came to his attention a few weeks ago when someone left a stolen truck in my driveway.” “Local authorities wouldn’t move it,” Potter said. “And I couldn’t move it without being beld liable for damage.” Sen. Gene Glenn, D-Ottumwa, said the bill wasn’t needed because common law permits moving unauthorized cars off private property as long as reasonable 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 seriously injured in a car-truck crash on highway 30 about Hi 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. ded that “that is a possibility in the future.” Larson, who met with Gov. Robert D. Ray about the situation 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 recommendations, but the commanders made the decision after we left the meeting,” Larson said. Miller confirmed Larson’s earlier statement that there have been many complaints from motorists 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 confident however, that the truckers will now comply once they know what we are doing about it.” Safety Factor Miller and Larson agreed that there is “somewhat of a safety factor” involved when truckers pass passenger vehicles during stormy weather. “When a truck passes a motorist and a spray covers his windshield there is that problem,” 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. Stye (Erimr Uajriba (fcazettr Established In IMS I Co. and published dally 500 Third Ave. SE. Cede 52404. Second Class P Established In 1M3 by Th; Gazette I' '» and Sunday at ar Rapids. Iowa Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier •$ Rents ~ week. By mall: Night edition and 30 YEARS AGO — Russia refused to accept Finnish counter-proposals to the armis-ticeterms she offered at Finland’s request. Sunday A Issues $2.25 a month, $24 year: Afternoon editions and Sunday year. 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