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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Frl., June 14, 1974 Fire Safety Law Impact on Nursing Homes Cited Rv Ranrtu Minlf.fr By Randy Minkoff Kire Marshal Wilbur Johnson predicted Thursday that at least one-third of the state's nursing and custodial care fa- cilities may dose down by tin- end of next year because of tougher safely laws. Johnson said the new regu- lations have forced the facili- ty's operators lo report that they will likely close down by December or 1373 Utdiut: uf the inability to meet (he new rules. Slart Inspections The state and federal in- spection teams will begin in- spections of the nursing arid custodial care homes July 1, and Johnson said many opera- tors have told him that they will "hold on until ni-xl year and ll'.cii doic up." One of the key requirements passed by the federal) govern- ment is the need for sprinkler systems to be installed in the facilities. i Smaller Johnson said the nuw care facilities in the staid should have little trouble complying with the sprinkler -require- t and other safely rcgula- mm.s. but tiiai tin? oioer noinc.s in tin- state "will in real trouble." Johnson said the smaller homes with capacities of 50 beds or less have .smaller bud- ind ford to remodel their struc- tures to comply with Hie new, tough federal regulations. "The court has given all homes uniil December of 1975 to meet regulations and tin- smaller Isomcs have the cost factor which is always u Johnson said. Additional Help To avoid duplication of ef- fort, Johnson said stale and federal inspectors will work together this year in inspect- ing (he state's nursing and custodial care homes. "We, of coursf. could iw the additional manpower to the 900 homes we have to Johnson said. "We plan on hiring addi- summer to help out with the inspections to help ease the workload." Johnson said the stale has the right U> close down any home that does no! meet with Iowa health or fire standards and that some ordered clos- ings are expected. "We had a tremendous amount of closings last "We don't know what the situation will be until we get out in the field and begin the inspections, however." No Campaign Reports From 40 Auditors By Kristelle Peterson DES MOINES (UP1, Forty of Iowa's 99 county au- ditors have failed to file the required organizational re- ports on political committees and candidates, the state campaign, finance disclosure commission revealed Thurs- day. The commission said three of the reports submitted by the other 59 counties were "unreliable" and expressed concern at the large number failing to comply with the state election law; filing of reports by political commit- tees and candidates had to be in by the May 24 deadline. More than 45 percent of the state's 629 listed candidates did not file the mandatory fi- nancial disclosure reports and more than 20 percent of the registered political commit- tees did not file financial re- ports by Thursday, the com- mission said. 79.8 Percent Compliance Commission Chairman Charles Rehling said only 54.3 percent of the candidales had filed financial reports by Thursday, and 79.8 percent of the political committees had complied with the state law. Rehling, who said the com- mission will 'beef up its efforts to get compliance from the auditors, added if counties do not file reports civil suits can be filed against them. The chairman, who said it is not possible to educate all 99 auditors and the 629. can- didates to the regulations in only one year, said the com- mission has gained almost complete cooperation from state candidales. Major Task He said the major task now is to get the principal can- didates and their committees, used to filing reports. He said the commission, which has not been policing the financial reports, plans to begin distribution of manuals outlining the ac- counting procedures required under state law. In response lo a Common Cause complaint of "inconsis- tent figures" in the financial reports of several legislative candidales, Rehling said the commission has not attempted to audit any of the reports, but is primarily concerned at this point with just getting people to file. Uniform Standards He said, "We are just trying to get some rules laid down and manuals out so we'll have some uniform standards and hopefully be next year this time we'll be able to check the funds." The "real test" for can- didates or committees who fail to file or improperly list their receipts and expenses will come when their oppo- nents publicly challenge their accounting, Rehling said. At this point, he added, the commission must rely on "public interest" and the press lo police the reiwrts and reveal any discrepancies. On Their Back However, once it is dis- closed a candidate or organi- zation didn't file or filed a false report, Kehling said, "then it's our job to get on their back." The commission ruled that political organizations which hold fund raisers for Congres- sional office must file reports with the secretary of state and that all statutory commit- tees, including district con- ventions, must disclose their funds. Among the counties which failed to file reports are: B e n t o n Cedar, Clayton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Keo- kuk, Lee, Linn and Powesh- iek. Wahlert Exceeds Million Goal DUBUQUE (AP) A Dubu- que Wahlert high school fund drive has exceeded its goal ol million, according to the Most Rev. Francis Dunn, auxil- iary bishop of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He said has been raised in cash and pledges and more funds arc expected. The will be invested and the proceeds used lo defray operating costs. Wahlert is the largest private high school in Iowa with an en- rollment of students. It was founded in 1959. Expand Des Moines Airport: Consultant DES MOINES (UPI) A consultant firm's report re- leased Thursday indicated the Des Moines municipal airport should be expanded, improved and should continue to be cen- tral Iowa's major airport. The firm, R. Dixon Speas Associates of Minneapolis, said in its report that the Cen- tral Iowa Airport Authority should begin discussions re- sulting in takeover of owner- ship and operation of the air- port from the city. In addition, the report rec- ommended that the authority should evolve a long-range plan for taking over and operating other public air- ports in central Iowa. The report said the most practical plan for expanding the Des Moines facility would cost million. The Des Moines city council will consider the question of turning responsibility of the airport over to the authority next Monday. Your Friday Night Bank open until 8 pm. C First National Motor Bank Avonuo nnd 3rd Qliool In Mm Ion Oelwein To Get New, Self-Serve Liquor Store OELWEIN A new self-serve liquor store will open in Oelwein before the Christmas season, ac- cording to state liquor control officials. The modern air-conditioned facility will be located next to the new Gibson center on high- way 150 south. The store will be designed to handle in sales yearly. The present store handles about annually. Pamida, Inc., Omaha, will build the 40 by 100 foot building and lease it to the state at a month. Pamida is the fran- chiser for the Gibson chain. Iowa currently has 203 liquor stores including 62 self-serve outlets. Treatment After Crash: Showers ROCK FALLS, III. (DPI) A bus carrying 40 members of the Oskaloosa, Iowa high school band collided Thursday with a truck loaded with rendering waste, dousing both drivers and some musicians with lard but injuring nobody. The hand was enroute to com- pete int the Midwest National high school band contest at Rock Flails high school at the time of Che accident. Police said the bus driver, truck drBver and three members of the band were taken to the hospital for a shower and re- leased. Platform Feud Faces Demos liv William 1-. libertine AMKS The Iowa Dem- ocrat i c battle was iriggerod wheniplatform's expression of what courage and tenacity of the of 2l'! tommillee! the average party members! Iowa Federation of Labor, the platform fllod.a. l'cporl: believe in and what some State Education Assn. and meets here Friday night in and other office seekcrs'all groups who waged this 25- effort to settle a simmering majority document. lllcy can Bartel year battle" for public employe over its proposed Marijuana Use 'Silid' Collective bargaining, the. ma- platform. I '''he minority's proposed sub-! report says. It calls, among some 500 nlnoc 8't3istilutc rapes and; Despite the omissions in the items, for legalizing the T ihe. [ecW! from thejminority report, Barbara .sonal use of marijuana, versal and unconditional am- amnesty" for or military service during the Vietnam war, and "complete termination" of U. S. military aid to Southeast Asia. war-era draft and military ser- vices evaders and stops short of JKoerbcr of Ames, a committee Both reports applaud passage member, said there isn't a lot of nesty" for evasion of the draft i cutoff of mmarv iby the last leg'slature the two pro- ni- lYlilifdrw CGIMMPA HlirinfT Ihp C nlvinlnlrnt. U.I.. rWlQPfl nlatfdrmC Sigourney School Board Adopts Amended Budget SIGOUKNEY The board of education here approved its amended budget for the 1973-74 school year at its regular meet- ing this week. The general fund was in- creased to and the schoolhouse fund budget was upped to The increase in the ceiling for the general fund was made on the recommendation of .the state department of public in- struction and :the state comp- troller's office to allow the school district :to meet the in- creasing cost of education. The board also approved sale of of school bonds to the First Trust and Union Savings bank and the Keokuk County State bank.at 4.75 percent inter- est from 1975 through 1978. The Delta school building and playgrounds will be sold to the town of Delta for according to a resolution approved by the board. Contracts for new instructors also were approved. Gaylen Pick and Thomas Reed were hired as middle school instruc tors, David Beaty as high schoo English instructor and Donald Baldus as high school mathe- matics instructor. A construction bid of was approved for construction of the track from Manatt's of Brooklyn. A special meeting of the board will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in the high school build- ing. majority report includes. Stand In Awe "We stand in awe of aid to Southeast Asia. Adoption of the 1974 platform: version ,eavcs is the major item of business for the delegates to the slate1 convention which opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at Iowa State; university's Hilton coliseum. Backers of the minority report! say it isn't really much different: in philosophy from the majori-i ty's platform. j Minority Version i The two reports are "ideologi- cally in said Joseph Da-! mian of Cedar Rapids, but minority version is shorter and easier to understand. That's not true, contended Richard Bartcl of Iowa City, the platform committee chairman. He said the committee's ma- jority report is a "grassroots" [Public employes collective bar-! gaining law, but the minority! platforms. "If you compare the two doc- a pat on i Iowa Federation of and the Iowa State Edu- cation Association which the which Fve think you'll find that much dif- she said. But she criticized the minority report for sidestepping the issue jof legalizing personal use of marijuana, and the majority re- the' port for being too bulky. 1901 Graduate of Cornell Leaves to School Two Escapees from Marion County Caught] platform because it is a compi- i r. JatiOn cf what rank and file KNOXVILLE (UP1) Marion Dernocrats across tne slate be. county authorities Thursday ap- prehended two prisoners who es- caped from the Marion county jail here early Thursday and re- turned them to the facility. Officials said Pat McGinnis, 20, Pella, and Martin Baker, 17, Creston, were apprehended at! the Pleasantville bus depot. minority report lieve in. He said Ihe reflects the views of Democratic State Chairman Tom Whitney, other party leaders and some candidates but not party members as a whole. The Conflict MT. VERNON Cornell college has received a gift of from the estate of a 1901 graduate, the late Delia Simpson Buck, who was a na- tive of Epworth. Announcement of the be- quest was made by Cornell's acting president, Charles M. Cochran. The money will be used to establish the Delia Simpson Buck scholarship fund to aid worthy Cornell students. Cochran stated, "Not only will this endowed scholarship help the college assist a greater number of deserving students, but also it will help The conflict is between the ensure the continued ex- cellence of Cornell's educa- tional program." Mrs. Buck died Sept. 20, 1972, at the age of 95. The Widow of Col. Charles S. Buck, a retired U. S. army of- ficer, she had lived at Winter Park, Fla., for several years. She took her freshman year of college at Epworth semi- nary, then transferred to Cor- nell to earn a bachelor of phi- losophy degree. Mrs. Buck was a member of the United Methodist church. 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