Monday, May 20, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Half-Million Dollar Road Project Approved TOLEDO — Contracts were awarded Thursday by the Tama county board of supervisors for what is thought to be the largest secondary road resurfacing project in Tama county history. It is the largest in Iowa this year. Cost of the nearly 200,000-ton project will be $592,093.04. according to Tama County Engineer Truman Langager. In March, the supervisors turned down bids for asphalt resurfacing that were $112,000 over the budget. A readjusted secondary road budget had allocated $698,000 for the project. With a savings of almost $106,000, Langager said the board made the right decision. To finance the rock resurfacing, funds had to be transferred from construction to maintenance categories in the budget. Much of the money transferred was from the $434,000 budgeted for asphalt caps on roads E-29 and E-43. The board received the approval of the Iowa highway 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, and calls for 149,092 tons of rock costing $468,006.16, or an average of $3.13 per ton. Martin Marietta Corp., Cedar Rapids, will have the next largest portion of 42,900 tons at $124,086.88, an average of $2.89 per ton. The project was broken down into the 21 Tama county townships 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 the tow’nships. Cessford Construction Co., Le Grand, submitted bids for work in three townships 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 I 0987 Weekend Traffic Toll Centers on One Accident By The Associated Press AU six of Iowa’s weekend traffic deaths occurred in a singlecar accident Friday night on j Iowa 103 north of Fort Madison. Six teenagers were killed j when their car apparently w r ent out of control, ran off the high-I way, struck a driveway embankment. flew through the air, landed on its top and caught I fire. Those killed were Joseph S. Klesner, 16, of near Salem; Richard A. Greenwald, 16, Fort Madison; David L. Praise, 18, of near West Point; Michael D. Baxter, 16. Fort Madison; John E. Moothart. 15. Fort Madison, and Richard Lohman, West Point. All but Baxter were dead on arrival at a Fort Madison hospital. Baxter died at the hospital. Authorities did not know who drove the car. percent higher than the cost for similar work last year. Much of the difference in cost between townships is accounted for by the distance the contractor will have to haul the rock. Martin-Marietta received the contract for Geneseo, Buckingham, Grant, Perry and Clark townships. The other 16 townships were awarded to Anderson. House Democrats sought in the 1973 and 1974 legislative sessions to adopt a three-factor formula for collection of corporation income tax. Iowa’s single-factor formula bases the corporation tax solely on sales in Iowa. The proposed three-factor formula would base the tax on a corporal ion’s plant investment and payroll in Iowa as well as sales. Increase Tax Grummert said the three-factor formula would reduce the state tax for many out-of-state corporations which do not have Iowa factories and contribute little to the state’s economy. At the same time, he said, it would increase the tax on firms that have factories and payrolls in Iowa. Those out-of-state corporations now are paying substantial Iowa taxes because of a change in the law three years ago which closed a loophole, Grummert said. An official of the Iowa Fed-Federation of Labor testified Saturday that the legislature’s southwest of here    passage    of the unified consumer Authoritks said Bovd hadl credit code was ••bornan cf gone to the basement of his me puD,lc * house to work on a water pump. Telling Taxpayers Smce the lights were out in the James We t , old , he Dem . basement he took an extension     |atform committee that norH tin th him    I     1 state lawmakers, in passing the Gazette photos bv Date naruuns Home Accident Is Fatal to Rural Tama Man By Alice Witsky TAMA—Charles L. Boyd, jr., 32, rural Tama, was electrocuted about 4 p.m. Sunday at his home on the Tama-Poweshiek county line road about 12 miles Commencement at U. of Iowa cord with him He was electrocuted while working [in the knee-deep water bill, were telling Iowans, “look J you can have consumer protec- j that had accumulated in the tion but only if you take the basement following recent higher interest rates.’’ rains ’    .    ! Wengert’s testimony came in Mrs. Boyd, who was upstairs a day-long public hearing bein the house, discovered hisjf or {he platform committee, body after he failed to return. I which wm decide v<hat issues Dr. C.W. Maplethorpe, Tama county medical examiner ruled the death was accidental, due to electrocution. The body was taken to Estel- should be presented to delegates at the state Democratic convention this summer for inclusion in the party platform. Wengert told the committee Saturday was commencement day at the /University of Iowa, and as usual, the day was for families of graduates, as well as tho scholars themselves. The tassel dangling from a mortar board has more appeal to the little lady in the above photo than the all-important diploma which was awarded. And rain added to the confusion cf graduation day. In photo at right, pictures of the happy day were taken from beneath tho covering umbrellas. Perrin funeral home in Mar- the IFL recommends the gen-shalltown.     era i assembly “should roll back - the consumer interest rates to Van Nostrand Calls For New Fuel Supply DES MOINES (AP) - An alternate fuel must be found' quickly for large consumers of; natural gas in Iowa, a top state 1 energy official warns. Maurice Van Nostrand, chairman of the Iowa commerce commission, said Northern Natural Gas Co. of Omaha, which provides natural gas for 65 percent of the state, will start reducing supplies this winter to its larger customers. “And by 1987, interruptable customers will not be able to get a single cubic foot of natural gas,’’ he said. Supplies Cut Interruptable customers are industrial plants, schools, hospitals and power companies which buy large amounts of gas. In times of heavy demand, such as severe winter weather, their supplies of natural gas are cut off to assure sufficient fuel for home heating. Van Nostrand, addressing the Iowa Associated Press Broad cast Assn., said as far as he can determine, no federal energy officials 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 me,” he said. The federal energy administration appears to be doing nothing to calculate what the effect will be. Van Nostrand said. Van Nostrand said the other two firms supplying natural gas in Iowa—Natural Pipeline Co. of America and Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline Co. — apparently are assured of sufficient supplies to continue serving their larger customers, all in south-1 em Iowa. But they have no fuel for; growth, he said. The outlook for Northern Nat-; ural, he said, should improve by 1981 when the flow of natural gas arrives from Alaska’s north shore. Culver Will Speak At Sigourney Event SIGOURNEY - United States Rep. John C. Culver (D-C.R.) will be guest speaker at Sigourney high school commencement May 28. Commencement exercises will be held at 7 p m. at Glen Shafer athletic field. There are 85 ; seniors in the 1973-74 graduating class. Class night, first of the senior activities, will be held Thursday at 7:30 at the high school (building. | Guest speaker will be Mildred Grove, who started the j class of 1974 out in school as kindergarten teacher. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be presented. , The Rev. dell Wieneke, pastor of the Bible Baptist church, I Sigourney, will give the baccalaureate address. Baccalaureate will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. , at the high school. the 1973-74 levels until a complete and thorough investigation and study of the finance industry in Iowa is made. “The increases were passed with little discussion and. as far as we know, with no basis in fact, for the need for higher consumer interest rates.” Wengert said. She (Ceimr Httptba (Palette Established In 1183 by Th- Gazette Co. and published daily and Sunday at 500 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404. Second Class Postage pa d at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier IS cent* o wee*. By mail: Night edition ond Sunday 4 Issues S2 25 a month, S24 Aft . SO a month, $25 a vee states ond U.S. territories $40 a year year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues S2.5Q a month, $25 a year. Other No moil subscriptions accepted in areas hovlng Gazette carrier service, The Associated Press Is entitled e«du-slveiy to the use for republication of oil the local news printed in this newspaper os well os all AP news dispatches. Weber Named to Duties at Cornell MT. VERNON — Chester R. Weber, Camarillo. Calif., has been appointed at Cornell college as associate director of development in charge of deferred gifts. Weber will assume his new duties in June. Born Aug. 20, 1923. in Saskatchewan, Canada, hr grew up in Osceola. Weber’s appointment is in conjunction with a $20,000 grant j Cornell received this spring I from the Louis W. and Maud Hill Family Foundation of St. Paul, Minn. The two-vear grant provides r unds for the employment ard training of a staff member to w ork specifically in th j area of estate planning and obtaining j 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-i arillo. Monticello Teachers Criticize Proposal Work Fatality IOWA FALLS (UPI) - A construction accident claimed the life of an Iowa Falls man Saturday when he was buried under several tons of sand. An autopsy was to be performed on the body of Glen Bums. 71, who was found by another co-worker at the Concrete Products Co. plant. Victor Seghi, said he found Burns when he saw his feet sticking from the eight to ten tons of sand in a large bin at the plant. MONTICELLO - The Monticello Education Assn. said Monday it is dissatisfied with the financial proposal set by the board of education. “We feel we are deserving of not only a larger portion of the monies provided for teacher salaries by the legislature, but also of more respect from the board of education during negotiations,” a spokesman said. “The MEA voted 52 to seven to express dissatisfaction with the 1974-75 salary schedule adopted by the school board.” Another point of contention was the feeling that salary increases were distributed unfairly. The board increased th© base salary from $7,250 to $7,-900, a 9 percent increase in the base. “Thirty-one teachers out of a staff of 74, however, will be getting even less than the 6.5 percent minimum guideline set up by the governor,” the MEA said. Whether you’re buying or selling, want ads will work for you. XBvngetf For the Finest* in Paints wayne . . . fee’s electric! 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Consider Proposals He urged the Democrats to consider these proposals which I 1 he said have been endorsed by 1 the Iowa Good Roads Assn.: Increase the state tax on gasoline by three cents a gallon and on diesel fuel by four cents a gallon, and reinstate the allocation of ten percent of sales tax revenue to highways. Establish an annual construction level of $150 million for Iowa road and street systems, and increase that amount by $10 million a year until it reaches $200 million and then maintain that level. Use two-third of state construction funds for primary roads with a ceiling of $100 million a year, and the rest for the interstate freeway - expressway system, while keeping road use tax fund allocations to counties and cities at the present level. Permit limited bonding to $250 million to maintain highway construction at the scheduled level, with each bond issue to require legislative approval. Tax Formula M. O. Grummert, director of education and information for the Iowa Taxpayers Assn., urged retention of the singlefactor corporation income tax formula. /