Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 20, 1974, Page 7

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May 20, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., Hay 20, 1974 Iowa Democrats Increased Road Funding Urged By Ciullt Ltucd Wilts DES MOINES The Iowa Democratic platform commit- tee has urged a million an- nual increase in funding for highway construction in Iowa and retention of the state's single-factor corporation income tax. Those proposals were set forth by the Iowa Good Roads Assn. and the Iowa Taxpayers Assn. as the committee began a series of hearings Saturday to [formulate the party's 1974 state platform. C. W. Sloan, president of the roads association, said money designated for roads has been diverted to other uses at both state and federal levels, and Iowa highways are rapidly wearing out. Consider He urged the Democrats to consider these proposals which he said have been endorsed by the Iowa Good Roads Assn.: Increase the state fax on gasoline by three cents a ga Ion and on diesel fuel by four cents a gallon, and reinstal the allocation of ten percent o sales tax revenue to highway: Establish an annual construi lion level of million fo Iowa road and street system and increase that amount b million a year until reaches 5200 million and the maintain that level. Use two-third of state con struction funds for primar roads with a ceiling of mi lion a year, and the rest for tli Half-Million Dollar Road Project Approved TOLEDO Contracts wen awarded Thursday by the Tanu county board of supervisors foi what is thought to be the larges secondary road resurfacing project in Tama county history It is the largest in Iowa this year. Cost of the nearly project will be ac cording to Tama County Engi- neer Truman Langager. In March, the supervisors turned down bids for asphal resurfacing that were over the budget. A readjustee secondary road budget had allo- cated for the project With a savings of almos Langager said the board made the right decision. To finance the rock resurfac- ing, funds had to be transferred from construction to mainte- nance categories in the budget. Much of the money transferred was from the budgeted for asphalt caps on roads E-29 and E-43. The board received the approval of the Iowa high- way commission of the transfer of the funds the day before the awarding of contracts. C. R. Firms The bulk of the work was awarded to B. L. Anderson, Inc., Cedar Rapids, for tons of rock costing or an average of per ton. Martin Marietta Corp., Cedar Rapids, will have the next largest portion of tons at an average of per ton. The project was broken down into the 21 Tama county town- ships and the lowest bid for each township was accepted for work in that area. B. L. Ander- son will re-rock roads in 16 of percent the townships. Cessford Con- struction Co., Le Grand, submit- ted bids for work in three town- ships but was under-bid in each. Hauling Distance Acceptance of the asphalt bids would have meant accepting cost. 30 percent higher than those for similar work in 1973. The rock project is only 1.0987 higher than the cost fo similar work last year. Much of the difference in cos between townships is accounte for by the distance the contrac tor will have to haul the rock. Martin-Marietta received th contract for Geneseo, Bucking ham, Grant, Perry and Clarl townships. The other 16 town ships were awarded to Ander son. By The Associated Press All six of Iowa's weekend traf fie deaths occurred in a single car accident Friday hight on Iowa 103 north .of Fort Madison Six teenagers were killed when their car apparently went out of control, ran off the high- way, struck a driveway em- bankment, flew through the air, anded on its top and caught ire. Those killed were Joseph S. Klesner, 16, of near Salem; Sichard A. Greenwald, 16, Fort Madison; David L. Fraise, 18, of near West Point; Michael D. Jaxter, 16, Fort Madison; John 2. Moothart, 15, Fort Madison, and Richard Lohman, West Point. All but Baxter were dead on arrival at a Fort Madison hos- pital. Baxter died at the hospital. Authorities did not know who Irove the car. Home Accident Is Fatal to Rural Tama Man By Alice Witsky L. Boyd, jr. 32, rural Tama, was electrocut ed about 4 p.m. Sunday at his home on the Tama-Poweshiek county line road about 12 miles southwest of here. Authorities said Boyd hac ;one fo the basement of his louse to work on a water pump iince the lights were out in the )asement, he took an extension cord with him. He was electrocuted while working 6n the knee-deep water hat had accumulated in the j a s e m e n t following recenl 'Mrs. Boyd, who'Vwas upstairs n the -house, discovered his )ody after he failed to return.- Dr. C.W. Maplethorpe, Tama county medical examiner ruled he death was accidental, due to electrocution. The body was taken to Estel- Derrin funeral home in Mar- ihalltown. Van Nosfrand Calls For New Fuel Supply DES MOINES (AP) An al- ternate fuel must be found quickly for large consumers of natural gas in Iowa, a top state energy official warns. Maurice Van Nostrand, chair- man of the Iowa commerce commission, said Northern Nat- ural Gas Co. of Omaha, which provides natural gas for 65 per- cent of the state, will start re- ducing supplies this winter to its larger customers. "And by 1987, interruptable .customers will not be able to get a single cubic foot of natural he said. Supplies Cut Interruptable customers are industrial plants, schools, hospi- tals and power companies which buy large amounts of gas. In limes of heavy demand, such as severe winter weather, their supplies of natural gas are cut off to assure sufficient fuel for home heating. cast Assn., said as far as he can determine, no federal energy of- ficials have given any thought to developing an alternate source of fuel for customers who will be denied natural gas. Doing Nothing "This is the cause of deep concern to he said. The federal energy adminis- tration appears to be doing nothing to calculate what the ef- fect will be, Van Nosirand said. Van Nostrand said the other two firms supplying natural gas in Pipeline Co. of America and Michigan Wiscon- sin Pipeline Co. apparently are assured of sufficient sup- plies to continue serving their larger customers, all in south- ern Iowa. But they have no fuel for he said. The outlook for Northern Nat- ural, he said, should improve by 1981 when the flow of natural Van Nostrand, addressing the i gas arrives from Alaska's north Iowa Associated Press Broad-1 shore. Culver Will Speak At Sigourney Event SIGOURNEY United States Rep. John C. Culver vill be guest speaker at Sigour- ney high school commencement May 28. Commencement exercises will be held at 7 p.m. at Glen Shafer .thletic field. There are 85 seniors in the 1973-74 gradu- ating class. Class night, first of the 'senior activities, will be held Thurs- day at at the high school luilding. Guest speaker will be Mil- dred Grove, who started the lass of 1974 out in school as iindergarten teacher. The vale- ictorian and salutatorian will )e presented. The Rev. Clell Wieneke, pas- or of the Bible Baptist church, ligourney, will give the bacca- aureate address. Baccalaureate vill be held Sunday at p.m. t the high school. interstate freeway expresswa system, while keeping road us lax fund allocations to countie and cities at the present leve Permit limited bonding I million to maintain high way construction at the schw uled level, with each bond issu to require legislative approval. Tax Formula M. 0. Grummert, director o education and information fo the Iowa Taxpayers Assn urged retention of the single factor corporation income ta formula. House Democrats sought i the 1973 and 1974 legislativ sessions to adopt a three-facto formula for collection of corpo- ration income tax. Iowa's single-factor formul bases the corporation tax solel; on sales in Iowa. The three-factor formula would has !he tax on a corporation's plan investment and payroll in Iowaturday that the legislature': assage of the unified consumer redit code was "blackmail of he Telling Taxpayers James .Wengert told the Dem- cratic platform committee that late lawmakers, in passing the ill, were telling lowans, "look ou can have consumer protec- on but only if you take the u'gher interest rates." Wengert's testimony came in day-long public hearing be- ir the platform committee, fhich will decide issues lould be presented to dele- ates at the state Democratic invention this summer for in- usion in the party platform. Wengert told the committee le IFL recommends the gen- ral assembly "should roll back m consumer interest rates to lie 1973-74 levels until a com- ete and thorough investigation nd study of the finance indus- ry in Iowa is made. "The increases were passed ith little discussion and, as far s we know, with no basis in act, for the need for higher onsumer interest Wen- ert said. 'Ite OJfJmr Itajrita fe? fie Established In 1883 by Th- Gazette .0. and published daily and Sunday at 00 Third Ave. SE, Cedar 2406. Second Class Postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents week. By mail: Night edition and un-Jay 6 Issues a month, S24 a 'ear: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 ssues 52.50 a month, a year. Other lates and U.S. territories 540 a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas avlng Gaiette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclu- vety to the use (or republlcatfon of II the local news printed in this newspa- is welf os all AP news dUpalches. Saturday Vas commence- ment day at the (University of Iowa, and as usual, the day was for -families of graduates, as well the scholars themselves. The tassel dangling from a mortar board has more appeal to the little lady in the above photo than all-important diploma which was awarded. And rain added to the confusion of graduation day. In photo at right, pictures of the happy day were taken from beneath the cov- ering umbrellas. i Weber Named to Duties at Cornell MT. VERNON Chester R. 'eber, Camarillo, Calif., has een appointed at Cornell col- ge as associate director of de- elopment in charge of de- wed gifts. Weber will assume his new uties in June. Born iAug. 20, 923, in Saskatchewan, Canada, grew up in Osceola. Weber's appointment is in con- mction with a 'grant oinell received this spring om ,the Louis W. and Maud Family Foundation of St. aul, Minn. The two-year 'grant provides mds for the employment and aining of a staff member to ork specifically in tha area of estate planning and obtaining deferred gifts for the college. Weber has been in the field of counseling for more than 20 years. Since 1970, he has had a private practice in marriage and family counseling in Cam- arillo. Work Fatality IOWA FALLS (UPI) A con- struction accident claimed the life of an Iowa Falls man Satur- day when he was 'buried under several tons of sand. An autopsy was to be performed on the body of Glen Burns, 71, who was found by another co-worker at the Concrete Products Co. plant. Victor Seghi, said he found Burns when he saw his feel sticking, from the eight to ten tons of sand in a large bin at the plant. For the! Finest' wayne he's electric! 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