Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 30, 1974, Page 8

Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 30, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa '' -Iff* '■ " f * .. ; Highway 149 Relocation Plans Again Delayed By Tora Fruehling AMES — Approval of plans for relocation of Iowa highway 149 near the Amana colonies was delayed again Wednesday by the Iowa highway commission and. based on a gloomy financial report the commission received. 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 W2I (L road) from interstate 80 to U.S. highway 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 arguments against the project from affected land owners; and disagreement among tho commissioners as to tile need of the proposed road. Crippling Budget A new wrinkle, which came up when programming and scheduling Engineer G. W. Anderson reported to the commission, is that inflation and other factors are severely crippling the highway budget. Anderson pointed out estimated construction costs for the fiscal year 1975, beginning July I, will be up 41 percent from the present period. “For the proposed 1975 prodeo ts re-figured at todays costs/* Anderson said, “the cost will be 33 percent more than has been programmed.*’ He added that new road projects may have to be shelved, just as about $12-15 million in 1974 programs have been debased until next year. “We may just have to forget about new programs,” 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 action due to request by opponents for time to present arguments No Intention brace 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 Bigler said he had been under the Impression the county had already agreed to do so, but loamed this was a previously-broken agreement based on the construction of a freeway. In a letter sent to the commission, Iowa County Engineer .Nord Sorenson spelled out the conditions under which the county would accept highway 149. Spend SI.5 .Million One alternative called for the state to spend at least $1.5 million 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 includes upgrading 149 and other Iowa county road to primary standards, at a cost to the state of nearly $1 million Included in this improvement would be the addition of six-foot shoulders on 149 leveling some 13 substandard vertical drops, conduction of a new intersection at U S. highway 6. repainting of a bridge acro&s the Iowa river on highway 411 and resurfacing the stub from highway 149 to Conroy. Unreasonable Commission Vice-chairman Stephen Gars* said that, in view of the fact that the state had already spent $300JKX) repaving 149, the county’s request was unreasonable. Director of Highways Joseph Coupal added that $148,000 has already been programmed to improve the intersection of highways 149 and 6. State Committed Garst &aid that “I think we should tell the county that we’ll spend about $225,000 to widen the shoulders on 149 so that ifs a safe road. They can pay for the other things. If the supervisors don't want that, they'll just have to live with a road that is substandard ’’ Commission Chairman Robert Bigler commented he really wasn’t in favor of expending any funds for the present 149, since the state “was committed to building the new 149.” Commission members David Shaff and Jules Basker voiced doubts as to whether there was a need for the planned road. since they tell the acquisition of farm land might not lie 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 opponents of the proposed route may be studied; new traffic tlow figures of the area are available; upgrading construction costs are obtained, and response from the Iowa county supervisors is made. i Youths Named by Ray To Aid in Mapping Cave Fryer Attorney III, Sentencing Delayed ROCK RAPIDS (API - The, sentencing of Allen Fryer in the slaying of four Iowa teen-agers DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. lying the Kenneth Flatland Richard Bishop. Coralville;, has been indefinitely postponed Robert Ray has selected nine    property in Winneshiek county    Kathy    Thve,    Gowrie:    Leanne    because    of the    illness of    his at- Iowa Scouts and Camp Fire    For the last two years, the    Clark.    Fort    Dodge;    James    torney. Girls to serve as members of    geological survey has been con-    Skogg,    Iowa    City; Kenneth    Fryer,    Sioux    Falls. S. D.. was an Iowa geological survey team    ducting experiments to deter-    Huck,    Waverly; Mark    Brown,    to have    been    sentenced    Thurs- that will map the Co.d Water m|ne whether the state should Des Moines; Mike Botts, Mar- day in the shotgun slaying last’ acquire and develop the cave 'shalltown; Lori Ferguson. Co-1 Nov. 17 of the four youths in I More Voting Machines in Primary Cave this summer. Ray is chairman of the Iowa geological board    as    a    recreational    site. The mapping team will make The Scouts will assist in the a detailed survey of that posi* mapping program for a month, tion of Cold Water Cave under- Thev are ralVille, and Ann Dolan, Iowa Gitchie Manitou state park in City.    extreme northwest Iowa. - He    was convicted by a Lyon Court Appearance    county    district court jury May Light ing 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 — in the country,” the Iowa highway commission found lighting at primary road intersections reduces accidents. The report, presented to i highway commissioners Wednesday, was ordered in November following lighting cutbacks due to the so-called I energy crisis. .An accident comparison was made for 51 selected intersections in the state for the three years prior to their being illuminated and for three years after. It was found that the accident 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 Intersections. about 20 percent cf the state’s total, at which all conditions except lighting were the same for the six-year period. Kassel added that further study will be made in light of the iower speed limit and reduced, but not complete, elimination of individual intersection lighting TOLEDO - Susan Irene 20 of fins! degree murder. Palmer. 21, Belle Plaine.! One of Fryers brothers, charged with drunk driving, ap- David. 24. has pled guilty to the peared before Magistrate J. EJ slayings and was sentenced to | Arends Tuesday, waived prelim- life imprisonment. mary hearing and was bound to Another brother. James. 21/ Tama county district court. She ^35 been extradited to Iowa was released on her personal from South Dakota after a legal ert Rigler said the report con- recognizance. She was arrested battle and is awaiting trial. vi need him “intersection |Monday by a state trooper a    - lighting promotes safety” and hal' ™ile "f‘ °/ B?Ue pla‘ne M YEARS AGO - Secretary indicated he would be in favor H1 hlShwa>' 212 * her car h“ of State Rush arrived in That-lndc d he wo Id be in r rura, mailbox and wcm off ,land for ta|ks on Uos South of an expansion of the pro- the road into a ditch, the vietnam and other Southeast gram throughout the state. I trooper said.    .Asia trouble soots. Commission Chairman Rob- DES MOINES (AP) -Voters in ten Iowa counties will use voting machines for the first time when they go to the polls for Tuesday's primary elections. This brings the number of counties using voting machines to 69, representing 90 percent of the state’s population. Of the 30 counties which will continue to vote by paper ballot. 15 are among the 21 counties 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 machines may be a lack of money in the countv fund. “Land values arc generally higher north of there.” Synhorst said. “There is that initial cash outlay for the machines.” 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 Noting machines in 1911. By 1921, when Pocahontas county purchased the automatic tabulators. 20 counties had stopped using paper ballots. But then purchases of the voting machines slowed, with only another eight counties abandoning thr‘ paper ballot over the next 34 years, including 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 countless broke the ice. “There has been a big increase in voting machine sales in recent years,” Synhorst said. “It wasn't many years ago when we talked in terms of 65 percent of Iowa voters using machines — now we are approaching IOO percent.” Synhorst said. Since the 1972 general election, voting machines have been purchased by VVaehing-t o n . Winneshiek, Mitchell, Warren, Guthrie, Cherokee, Monona. Plymouth, Sioux and Mills counties. All 3.938 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 approve voting machines used in Iowa, approved a model manufactured by the Shoup Voting Machine Corp. in 1950 “There have been sales representatives in the state from Shoup. but they just haven’t taken in Iowa,” Synhorst said. Presidential Scholar WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon announced Wednesday 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 includes Judith C. Scandrett, Iowa City. IN CEDAR RAPIDS THE DODGE BOYS m RK*f - TARGET. (the (Tfdtir iRnpitta 6i»oe    Tlt3'byTh«~GoiV***    Cl o«8    «oi>v 0*4 Stmdov ot SOO Th.rd ovr SE. C*0Or Pool«» lowo 5J404 Second clast oot'cge co 8 ot CtCer Rop flt. io**o. 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