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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Baplds Gazette: Thurs., May 30. 1974 Highway U9 Relocation Plans Again Delayed By Tom Fruehling AMES Approval of plans for relocation of Iowa highway 149 near the Amana colonies was delayed again Wednesday fay the Iowa highway commission and, based on a gloomy finan- cial report the commission re- ceived, the future of any new road construction is in doubt. The commission discussed the factors involved in building a new two-lane road near what is now county road W21 (L road) from interstate 80 to U.S. high- way 6. Among the problems faced are the reluctance of Iowa county to take possession of the present highway 149 once the new road is complete; the ar- guments against the project from affected land owners; and disagreement among the com- missioners as to need of the proposed road. Crippling Budget A new wrinkle, which came up when programming and scheduling Engineer G. W. An- derson reported to the commis- sion, is that inflation and other factors are severely crippling the highway budget. Anderson pointed out estimat- ed construction costs for the fis- cal year 1975, beginning July i. will be up 41 percent from the present period. "For the proposed 1975 proj- e c t s re-figured at today's Anderson said, "the cost will be S3 percent more than has been programmed." He added that new road proj- ects may have to be shelved, just as about million in 1974 programs have been de- layed until next year. "We may just have to forget about new he said. The 149 relocation could fall into this category. Two weeks ago the highway commission was set to go ahead with plans for the four-mile stretch of road, but put off ac- tion due to requests by oppo- nents for time to present ar- guments. No Intention Since then, to the surprise of at least two commission members, it was found Iowa county had no intention of tak- ing present highway 149 in its current condition. Commission Chairman Robert Rigler said he had been under impression the county had already agreed to do so, but learned this was a previously- broken agreement based on the construction of a freeway. In a letter sent to the conimis- fion, Iowa County Engineer Xord Sorcnson spelled out the conditions under which the county would accept highway 149. Spend Million One alternative called for the state to spend at least mil- lion to upgrade country road W21. This was rejected out of hand bv the commissioners since primary road funds can not legally be spent for county road improvements. The second alternative in- cludes upgrading 149 and other Iowa county road to primary standards, at a cost to the state of nearly million. Included in this improvement would be the addition of six-foot shoulders on 149 leveling some 13 substandard vertical drops, construction of a new intersec- tion at U.S. highway 6, repaint- ing of a bridge across the Iowa river on highway 411 and resur- facing the stub from highway 149 to Conroy. Unreasonable Commission Vice-chairman Stephen Garst said that, in view of the fact that the stale had al- ready spent rcpaving 149, the county's request was unreasonable. Director of Highways Joseph Coupal added that has already been programmed to improve the intersection of highways 149 and 6. State Committed Garst said that "I think should tell the county that we'll spend about to widen [he shoulders on 149 so that it's a safe road. They can pay for the other things. If the super- visors don't want that, they'll just have to live with a road that is substandard." Commission Chairman Robert Rigler commented he really wasn't in favor of expending any fuiuls for the present 149, since the slate "was committed to building the new 149." Commission members David Shalt and Jules Basker voiced doubts as to whether there was a need for the planned road, since they foil the acquisition of farm land might not be justified due to the expected traffic flow on the proposed road. With so much left in the air, the commission decided to delay action until arguments from op- ponents of the proposed route may be studied; new traffic flow figures of the area are available; upgrading construc- tion cosls are obtained, and re- sponse from the Iowa countv supervisors is made. Youths Named by Ray To Aid in Mapping Cave DBS MOKES (AP) Gov. Robert Ray has selected nine Iowa Scouts and Camp Fire Girls to serve as members of an Iowa geological survey team that will map the Cold Water Cave this summer. Ray is chairman of the Iowa geological board. The mapping team will make a detailed survey of that posi- tion of Cold Water Cave under- lying the Kenneth Flatland property in Winneshiek county. For the last two years, the geological survey has been con- ducting .experiments to deter- mine whether the state should acquire and develop the cave as a recreational site. The Scouts will assist in the mapping program for a month. They are: Richard Bishop, Coral ville; Kathy Thye, Cowrie; Leanne Clark, Fort Dodge; James Skogg, Iowa City; Kenneth Huck, Waverly; Mark Brown, Des Moines; Mike Bolts, Mar- shalltown; Lori Ferguson, Co- ralville, and Ann Dolan, Iowa Citv. Lighting at Intersections A Safety Factor: Study AMES In a survey which Director of Highways Joseph Coupal termed "the first of its kind to my knowledge the the Iowa high- way commission found light- ing at primary road intersec- tions reduces accidents. The report, presented to highway commissioners Wednesday, was ordered in November following lighting cutbacks due to the so-called -energy crisis. An accident comparison was made for 51 selected intersec- tions in the state for the three years prior to their being illu- minated and for three years after. It was found that the ac- cident rate, during hours of darkness, declined 52 percent after lights were installed. Chief Planning Engineer R. L. Kassel said the study was made using only those in- tersections, about 20 percent of the state's total, at which all conditions except lighting were the same for the sis- year period. Kassel added that further study will be made in light of the lower speed limit and re- duced, but not complete, elim- ination of individual intersec- tion lighting. Commission Chairman Rob- ert Rigler said the report con- v i n c e d him "intersection lighting promotes safety" and indicated he would be in favor of an expansion of the pro- gram throughout the state. Court Appearance TOLEDO Susan Irene Palmer, 21, Belle Plaine, charged with drunk driving, ap- peared before Magistrate J. E. Arends Tuesday, waived prelim- inary hearing and was bound to Tama county district court. She was released on her personal recognizance. She was arrested Monday by a state trooper a half mile west of Belle Plaine on highway 212 after her car hit a rural mailbox and went off the road into a ditch, the trooper said. I Fryer Attorney HI, Sentencing Delayed ROCK RAPIDS (AP) The sentencing of Allen Fryer in the slaying of four Iowa teen-agers has been indefinitely postponed because of the illness of his at- torney. Fryer, Sioux Falls, S. D., was to have been sentenced Thurs- day in the shotgun slaying last Nov. 17 of the four youths in Gitchie Manitou state park in extreme northwest Iowa. He was convicted by a Lyon county district court jury May 20 of first degree murder. One of Fryer's brothers. David, 24, has pled guilty to the slayings and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Another brother, James. 21, has been extradited to Iowa from South Dakota after a legal battle and is awaiting trial. 10 YEARS AGO Secretary of .State Rush arrived in Thai- land for talks on Laos, South Vietnam and other Southeast Asia trouble soots. Presidential Scholar WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- ident Nison announced Wednes- day the 121 high school seniors picked as 1974 presidential scholars. As a reward, they will visit Washington for three days to meet government officials and will be honored at a White House ceremony June 18. This year's Presidential scholars in-j eludes Judith C. Scandrett, Iowa City. 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And money can be withdrawn whenever you need it without loss of interest. VAN BUREN ALUMNI Register Here For Homecoming Open Mon. Thru Thurs. 9A.M. til 4 P.M. Friday 9 to 6 DRIVE-UP WINDOWS Mon. thru Thurs. 9 a.m. til p.m. Fri. 9 to 6; Sax. 9 a.m. to 12 UNITED-STATE Courteous Banking Service 1 tith A ve. S W MM-SI1S All Injured at by F.tt.l.C. Machines in Primary DBS MOINES (API Voters in ten Iowa counties will use voting machines for the first time when they go to the polls for Tuesday's pri- mary elections. This brings the number of counties using voting ma- chines to 69, representing 90 percent of the state's popula- tion. Of the 30 counties which will continue to vote by paper bal- lot, 15 are among the 21 coun- ties in the southern two tiers of Iowa counties. Cash Outlay Secretary of State Melvin Synhorst said the reason so many southern counties have not purchased voting ma- chines may be .a lack of money in the county fund. "Land values are generally higher north of Syn- horst said. ''There is that ini- tial cash outlay for the ma- chines." Synhorst said he does not know if counties could save money in the long run by going to voting machine, but "there is the advantage in speed of tabulation." The first voting machines in Iowa were purchased by Franklin county in 1908. Purchases Slowed Polk and Shelby counties got on the bandwagon and purchased voting machines in 1911. By 1921, when Pocahon- tas county purchased the au- tomatic tabulators, 20 counties had stopped using paper bal- lots. But then purchases of the voting machines slowed, with only another eight counties abandoning the paper ballot over the next 34 years, includ- ing a ten-year dry spell from 1945 to 1955 when no county went to voting machines. The remaining 41 counties which abandoned the paper ballot have done so since 1955 when Poweshiek and Dallas counties broke the ice. "There has been a big in- crease in voting machine sales in recent Syn- horst said. "It wasn't many years ago when we talked in terms of 65 percent of Iowa voters using machines now we are ap- proaching 100 Syn- horst said. Since the 1972 general elec- tion, voting machines have been purchased by Washing- t o n Winneshiek, Mitchell, Warren, Guthrie, Cherokee, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Mills counties. All voting machines now in use in Iowa were made by the same company the Automatic Voting Machine Co.. Synhorst said. The state voting machine commission, which must ap- prove voting machines used in Iowa, approved a model man- ufactured by the Shoup Voting Machine Corp. in 1950. "There have been sales rep- resentatives in the state from Shoup, but they just haven't taken in Synhorst said. RAPSD! i w n w, OFFER. NO CHARGE FOR THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. 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