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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Kapids Gazette: Tata., Mar 14. 1974 Twisters, Hail Whip Iowa By The Associated Press Severe (large old barn and a damaged or destroyed, i i choH onii. house. j including a i Airs. Slender said she saw ajlalned new shed which farm con- or it it was the result of high winds accompanying storms. thunder- ing several tornado sightings. Early Monday evening, -the ugly cloud" and ran valued the equipment! Henderson conmy. Ill Sheriff 'stairs 10 get the couple's approximately JDarryl Thompson reported wind Wayne Wa.son farm, about a ZL T mile northeast of Grant, report-lhV. of reported by lhe ed a barn, trailer house, tool Mle sald !here .were Publil' ln the shed and chicken house were destroyed and sections of the hogs in the barn, but she didn't! Davenport and Bettendorf think any of Ihem had been' late Monday night. roof of the Watson home were' torn off. No injuries were re- ported. Farm buildings also were damaged on farms operated by Kenneth Sclmler, Dean Schiller and Stanley Hove. A funnel cloud reportedly touched down on the Wesley Slender farm near Jit. Joy about 11 p.m., destroying a (killed. Four large grain bins were Another tornado was al Ihe Lexi ttrisham farm weslj of Davenport a few laler. fc A 300-gallon gasoline lank was; turned over, spilling its contents' were reportedly blown over in Ihe Mediapolis area late Mou- iusts between 40 and 50 miles hour for almost a no immediate reports damage were received. ed to the weather service at 7 p.m. In Ihe Wllliamsburg area. And strong winds and large hail were rrpurlrd near Victor aud Belle Plaine about an hour later. No reports of damage in the areas had been j reported by late Monday. The weather service also said Little Impact Is Seen in First Day of Truck Strike turned over, spuiuig us .7, next to the house. No injuries lwo tornaooes were reported Stearns said the only damage The National Weather up to three inches in diame- said a funnel cloud was sighted five to ten miles northeast of Os- ceola about 8 p.m. Clarke county Sheriff John Stearns said he received a call from a farmer, who reported seeing lhe funnel cloud. However, were reported. 'between 10 and p.m. in the j Burlington area but it was not Outbuildings i m m e d i a t e 1 y known if the Three outbuildings also were! twisters had caused the damage resulting was a few power lines down. A severe Ihundcrstunn with golf hall-sized hail was report- Club Plans Offer on School Site By Mary Helle MANCHESTER- Representa- tives of Ihe Manchester Rotary club informed tlie West Dela- ware school board Monday of Iheir intention to submit a firm offer to purchase the old Central school block site "if and when it would become available." In a letter submitted to the board, the club said if it pur- chased the old Central block, it would keep it for use as a recre- ation area. Josh Fuller, president of the Rotary club here, told board members he would prefer lo "resolve 'the purchase of the property in a few months." Rezoning Denied The Rotary club's offer came after the board's request to re- zone the property to a multiple family dwelling area was denied by the Manchester planning and zoning commission last week. Over signatures on sev- eral petitions were presented to the commission to keep the property from being rezoned at that time. The city_ has been leasing the site from the school district since 1963 and using it for a playground. School Secretary Leslie Gibbs jsaid before the property is ad- vertised for sale, lie wants to check with the school district attorney and see if permission by the voters in the 1962 and 1970 elections to sell the proper- ty is still valid. Gibbs said he also will ask the county school superintendent io have another appraisal made on the property. If permission by voters is needed to sell the property, Fuller said, the Rotary club can ait until after the September school election to submit its bid. An executive session to dis- cuss wages of Donna Smock, head cook at Ryan school, was held by board members. The board then aggreed to raise her salary five cents per hour to bring it in line with salaries of other cooks within the school system. An Oversight This matter "was due to an said Board Pres- ident William Johnson. Resignations from Hosalyn Rulisson and Kathy Houstman, elementary remedial reading teachers, and Charles Renfrow, high school art teacher, were accepted. The board approved (he con- working, because the norm for tract of Frank Hill, vocational agriculture instructor, pending his release from his present job. He will begin his duties July 1 at a salary of Starting with the 1974-75 school year, the board approved adoption of a new report card in grades one through three. A committee of school staff anc parents has been studying dif- ferent types of report cards used in Iowa. Devised Own Plan Because none of these met local requirements, "we devised our said Pam Mason, remedial teacher. Miss Mason and Janet Olson, Greeley sec- ond grade teacher, showed the board the new report card, which features a "plus" sign for excellent progress, "check mark" for satisfactory progress, and an "N" for needs to improve. Miss Olson said the new re- each child is different." Conferences Important Miss Mason said she is "tirec of my kids getting all the Ds and Fs, even though they are Ihe best of their ca- port cards r e progress in terms of the stu- dent's own maturity, not in comparison with other children. "We would like to grade the child for the level at which he is Roofing Problems Aired By Mechanicsville Council MECHANICSVILLE The The council also discussed Mechanicsville city council Monday decided to 'contact the contractor of the four-year-old municipal building, which has developed bubbles on the roof. Another roofing problem also was discussed by the council in connection with the Sievers Me- morial building. A representative from a Marion company told the coun- cil a one-inch layer of foam could be put on the roof at a cost of 75 cents a square foot or for the project. The representative also noted the roof could be patched and coated but his company could only guarantee the work for two years. The council decided to discuss the matter further before mak- ing any decisions. The council approved pur- chase of an electronic siren and lights for the town's new police car at a cost of LAFF-A-.DAY "Terrific speech, boss, building several small buildings in the area without the benefit of building permits, in violation of city ordinance. The council then set a special meeting for May 31 at 6 p.m. Dies in Crash NEW LONDON (AP) Ed- win Lee Brown, 21, .New Lon- don, was killed Monday when the car he was driving collided with a truck on U.S. 34 one-half mile east of New London, au- thorities said. Henry county au- thorities identified the driver of the truck, who was not injured, as Duane Hanson, 42, Madison, Wis. Minimum Wage Coverage To More lowans DES MOINES (AP) An ad-1 ditional lowans now are covered by federal wage and hour laws regulating minimum hourly wages, the U. S. labor department's employment stan- dards administration reported Monday. Recently amendments to the Fair Labor Standards act boost the minimum pay for lowans to an hour, and the minimum pay for other lowans to Paul A. Lynn, who heads the administration's Iowa wage- hour office in Des Moines, said of the state's work force of persons now are cov- ered by Ihe new wage laws, including farmhands working on larger farms who are now en- tilled lo a minimum of an! hour. The amendments, which be- came effective May 1, provide for escalation of wages each Jan. 1 until all covered workers! eventually reach an hour. Those entitled to an hour are persons covered by amendments to the act adopt- ed prior to 1966, and those en- titled to are persons brought under the laws by amendments adopted by congress in 1966, plus those added this month. Lynn said most of the newly- covered Iowa workers are em- ployes of federal, state and local government who had not previously been under the wage- hour act. pability." Parent will be teacher conferences important, said the teachers. They are needed, the> said, to keep the parents aware of Ihe level at which the student is working, especially in cases where the child might not be promoted, even though the re- p o r t cards show excellent progress. In other business, the board: Approved purchase of a new Mercury station wagon, from .1. M. Jones, Manchester, on a lease arrangement, providing none of the other local dealers wishes to submit a comparable offer. Will take bids on purchase of 300 yards of carpet for the high school library. Rejected the purchase of a Burroughs card reader. Cost of the reader is which Supt. William Raisch said he had al- lowed in the 1974-75 budget. No Justification If the present office help can maintain the workload, board members see no justification for :he purchase. Gave a favorable motion for ;he city of Dundee to install a :ennis court on school property. Dundee Cily Councilman Eugene Devlin had informed Board Member John Tegeler that a certain portion of federal reve- nue sharing funds for the com- munity is earmarked for recrea- :ion, and asked board approval OT the tennis court project. Denied a request to use the old gymnasium for political lurid-raising purposes. ler was reported in Ihe Des Moinea area. Lightning Strike A house in Grinnel! struck by lightning but authori- ties said no fire resulted and damage was minimal. The Grinnell college campus was without power for about 45 minutes, but the campus is served by a different substation from Ihe community and the out- age was confined to the cam- pus area. Earlier in the day, high winds accompanied by severe thun- derstorms downed power lines, felled trees and damaged build- ings throughout central Iowa. School Canceled In Johnston, school was can- celed when winds tore a hole in part of the roof of the junior- senior high school and also broke several windows. School officials said winds loppled a chimney al the school about a.m. A short time laler, the Na- tional Weather Service re- ceived unconfirmed reports that a tornado funnel cloud had touched down at nearby Saylorville. Strong winds also raked the Grinnell-Malcom area, where approximately 350 utility cus tomers were without electricity because of downed power lines High winds tore off the top half of a silo and collapsed garage onto a car at the Carrol Smith farm southwest of Mai colm. Fire Levels Home South of Waukon WAUKON Fire destroyed a 24 by 3D foot two-story house six miles south of Waukon during electrical storm Monday night. The house was owned by Dean Beisker and Occupied by his irother, Roger, who was on hi; way home when the fire truck; passed: him. The fire was reported to fire- men at p.m. The firemen were attending their monlhlj meeting at the fire house when the call came in. The 35-year-old house was covered by insurance, Beisker said. Cause of the blaze re- mained under investigation. Of- "icials did say they suspected ei- ther lightning or wiring as the By The Associated Press Truck slop operators across Iowa said Monday they saw no appreciable difference in volume during the first day of a nationwide strike by in- dependent truckers. No violence was reported anywhere in Ihe stale, but spokesmen for truckers and I a M' enforcement agencies conceded it is too early to tell what effects the shutdown will have. However, a telephoned Ihreat was reported by an employe of a truck plaza along 1-80 and 1-35 near Des Moines. No Incident The caller allegedly lold an employe "shut down your pumps or we'll shut them but no incident result- ed. A Quad Cilies area trucker who calls himself "Blue Dog" said the effects "will be felt but authorities in the Quad Cities said there were no disturbances. High winds and heavy rain throughout southwest and cen- tral Jowa also made Ihe im- pact of the shutdown difficult lo assess. Don't Drive An employe at the 1-35 Truck Stop near Ames ex- plained that drivers usually don't drive in such severe weather. While many Iowa indepen- dent truck drivers appeared lo be taking a wait-and-see at- titude, at least one group voted in favor of il. A group af both independent and company truck drivers in the Burlington area had voted Sunday to go on strike Mon- day. 36 Favored Move Orin Amus, a spokesman for the Burlington group, said 36 of the 41 drivers at the meet- ing supported the strike backed by Michael Parhurst, editor of Overdrive magazine. Amus said the group wants higher speed limits, a rollback of fuel prices and a perma- nent price freeze. He said another meeting was scheduled for Tuesday lo determine if the truckers would remain on strike. Urban Renewal Hopes u Hearings bet Grow in Iowa City Bill Molloy We have moved f o a Mew location at 229 Second Ave. SE Come and Visit Usl Muttoy 229 Second Avenue SE 362-3870 OUR SAVINGS STACK UP AS HIGH AS THE LAWALLOWS! 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The city then attempted to fi- nance parking through revenue bonds, which required no voter approval. HUD promptly rejected this plan because the question of revenue bond financing in Iowa City is still before the Iowa supreme court. Under the new plan negotiat- ed Monday, the city's contract with HUD would be amended to exclude requirements for city owned parking. If the plan is accepted, the city's urban renewal project could be declared "financially according to Edgar Czarnecki. j Czarnecki has been conferring! with HUD officials on the proj-j ct. 25 Percent Under the contract with HUD, parking ramp and municipal improve- lowa City must bear 25 Republican party will be .i_ _ ..i _r of project costs, Czarnecki said. If the new plan is allowed, Ihe the subject of public hearings later this month. city would have million in! Sponsored by Ihe Iowa Rule 29 credit from university improve-!