Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 11, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

April 11, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Thurs., April 11, 1974 Alternate Tax Relief Eyed islathlTadSf aTLTirS 'f1 and n0t 3Ct 0" We fd toTO to Wait and on the sales and "that ssysspff.ss "r DBS MOJNES (UPI) islaiive leaders are considering dumping a proposa to lift the sales tax on food anroposal had much of a chance his year." Neu said the sales ;tax credit and the Curtis plan could aid arsons earning up to Iowa County Posts Bridges Report Excludes Campus Crime By Ford Clark IOWA CITY It appears figures are of little value to the FBI if they are attempting to evaluate the true crime pic- ture in Iowa City. Crime statistics reported in the Uniform Crime Report is- sued by the FBI are minus one major crime in Iowa City for the year ended Dec. 31. Statistics in many other crime categories also are down. The major crime not shown on the statistics, which are compiled by the Iowa City police department for the FBI report, is the March 13 murder of U. of I. coed Sarah Ann Ottens. Iowa City, which reported a drop in crime in 1973 over 1972, does not include crimes in its report which occurred ion the University of Iowa campus, such as the murder Miss Ottens. i Separate Entity Campus authorities, on the other hand, do not send crime statistics to the FBI. There- fore, no crimes show up in any form on the FBI report if they were committed on campus. Iowa City Public Safety Director David Epstein said university crime statistics are not included in Iowa City sta- tistics "because the campus is a separate jurisdiction. It has its own 'police force and we have absolutely nothing to do with patrolling university property." U. of I. Director of Parking and Security John Dooley said the university "has never given crime statistics to the FBI, but we've been talking with the city about the possi- bility of including our crime figures in its annual report." 'Too Complicated' Epstein said the subject "is too complicated to answer ei- ther yes or no on whether including university statistics in the city report is the proper thing to do. "We are in the process of holding conferences with uni- versity personnel to determine if including the statistics would be a proper procedure and how to go about it." He said the current practice has been followed in Iowa City "for many years. I have no idea who started the policy." Exact crime figures for 1973 are not readily available be- cause the university is operat- ing on a fiscal year and the city is operating on a calendar year. 611 Larcenies Iowa City reported 611 lar- cenies of over in 1973 while university reports, not sent to the FBI, indicate 221 over in the July-June 1972- 73 fiscal year. There were 141 forcible en- tries reported to Iowa City police in 1973. University re- ports show 50 such crimes on campus. However, this number in- cludes such crimes as break- ing into university vending machines which fit into an- other category in Iowa City reports. There were three rapes and five attempted rapes reported in the Iowa City statistics in 1973 compared with seven rapes and 18 attempted rapes reported in 1972. No rapes have been report- ed on the U. of Iowa campus during the last two years. Off Campus This is despite the fact that a large number of rapes and attempted rapes are commit- ted against university coeds adjacent to university proper- ty. Out of the 13 categories in the city's report, rates were down in nine categories, two were approximately even and two showed increases. The largest increase was in the larceny over clas- sification which increased from 359 reported in 1972 to 534 in 1973. There also was a slight in- crease in aggravated assaults from 52 to 55. Aggravated as- sault statistics have not been completed by the university. M A R E N G 0 The Iowa county board of supervisor: voted Tuesday to give the county engineer blanket author! ty to post 50 bridges in thi county for lighter than norma loads. The load zone signs are ex peeled to go up on the bridges in all 16 townships in the count} this week. County workmen hat already begun the job of sinking the posts for the signs. The signs will restrict loads on the various bridges from a high of 17 tons on one bridge on old highway 6 between Ladora and Victor to a low of five tons on a number of bridges. School Impact The most immediate impac of the decision, which the super- visors said they deeply regret- ted having to make, is to the six school districts in the county. Bus routes will have to be re- drawn so school buses don't go over bridges that aren't strong enough to safely carry them. This will not be over all 50 of the bridges, however. A fully loaded 54-passenger school bus weighs about ten tons including vehicle, so any bridge rated for ten tons or more will be ade- quate for a bus of this size. However, some districts in the county have a few 60-passenger buses, which weigh somewhat more when fully loaded. Assistant County Engineer Ray Tomplins contacted school superintendents and adminis- :rators Tuesday and Wednesday :o inform them of the new jridge ratings and asked them Auto thefts remained the I to redraw their bus routes to same over the last two years 99 were reported stolen each year. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY National Fast-Food Restaurant with family dining will be opening soon in the Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas WE ore o ranpony with 30 yeors cxpmicm with proven mas and ore looking lor o tmtmtrally responsrblt owneMperalor or investor to join our fionthm Mem Restaurant includes o lower lor parties, tonlerentes ond ell low Cash Investment excellent Kate of Return We have a complete training program to secure your success Confacf: VILLAGERS RESTAURANT, INTERNATIONAL 9 A.M.-5 P.M. (MON.-FRI.) (309) 755-5057 conform with them. A map is available in the county engi- neer's office along with a list of the 50 bridges, their locations and their tonnage. Tompkins said he wants the school administrations to sub- mit to the county engineer as soon as possible their pro- posed alternate routes taking into consideration the 50 re- stricted bridges. "Then we'll go out and inspecl the bridges on the alternate routes so we can tell whether they are safe, whether they'l have to be shored up or whether the schools will have to pick some other Tompkins said. Supervisors Chan-man Laurel J. Haas said he is afraid there is considerable danger that school buses may go over worse bridges on their alternate routes than on the bridges zoned this ,veek for h'ghter loads. He pointed out the bridges rated and posted this week are only on "farm to market" roads, which are considered the >etter rural roads in the county. However, when school buses ake to the other roads, these mdges may actually be in worse shape than the ones on he farm-to-market roads. How- ever, they haven't been inspect- ed yet, he said. All Counties The 50 bridge postings this veek follow on the heels of six 'ridge closings last month for similar reasons. All these iridges flunked the bridge in- ipection that is now under' way ly the county engineer's office. This is a procedure that all counties in the nation are hav- ng to conduct now, along with lighway commissions on state lighways. Neighboring counties also have closed or posted for ligh loads a number of bridges. The posting of the bridge for a light load does not assure that a farmer in the area won't cross it with a heavier load. However it does relieve the county of a certain legal liability if the bridge collapses when a heavier load than the posted one ii carried over the bridge. The supervisors have not stated how or when they will attempt to restore these bridges to unrated status. They have assured several citizens groups that several of the closed bridges will be re- paired or replaced this year. Tfois includes one north of Marengo and the bridge be- tween Conroy and the C-road in Hilton township. However, other bridges that are out will not be replaced in :he immediate future., The problem of bridge re- placement and construction vanes )ridge with as to the cost, indivudual complexity and even need based on the xaffic count on the road. Smoke Damage In Farm Fire large amount of smoke damage occurred dur- ng a chimney fire at the Walter Bidne farm in Highland town- ship Wednesday. The Decorah fire department vas called to the Bidne farm 12 miles northeast of town at 6 p.m. By the time firemen ar- rived, the fire had spread from he chimney into a false ceiling and the walls of the kitchen. Firemen spent three hours ighting the blaze. No estimate if damage was given. up the challenge and the Iowa development comission is working with the U.S. depart- ment of agriculture in putting together a program for about 25 consumer leaders. Tentative plans tall for the consumer advocates to arrive in Des Moines on July 14 where they will be taken to Living His- tory Farms west of Des Moines to see a farm which represents conditions back in the 1880s. After a barbecue with a group of farmers, each consumer ad- vocate will be assigned to a farm couple and will go to the couple's farm. For the next day or so, the consumer advocate will live with the couple and have ample opportunity to ask questions about farming, such as the cost of machinery, fluctuations in the market, and how much prof- it they are making. The con- sumer leaders may even be called upon to help with the chores. It's hoped the consumer lead- ers will have a chance to visit a grain elevator, a farm equip- ment retail store or a livestock marketing outlet. The agenda calls for the farmers' neighbors ;o drop 5n on the couple on the evening of July 15 for a discus- sion of the farm scene "with the consumer advocate. The following day the farm- :r-hosts and the consumer lead- :rs will meet at Iowa State uni- versity to learn about current agriculture research. Sponsors of the program are lopeful that this one-on-one ap- proach result im some meaningful dialogue On a na- lonal level between Iowa fann- ers and consumer advocates. Appointed IOWA CITY The appoint- ment of Prof. Margaret N. Keyes, Iowa City, to the board of advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, vas announced today by Trust 'resident James Biddle. She oins William J. Wagner, Des Moines, as the state's two rep- resentatives on the board. Pro- essor Keyes is on the board of curators of the Iowa Society for he Preservation of Historic Landmarks and was appointed Gov. Ray to the Terrace Hill ommission for the state. not all banks are alike THEY SHOULD BE SHOPPED FOR LIKE ANY OTHER FAMILY NEED... You need the variety we offer savings and checking ac- counts loans for any good need and much more! 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