Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 19, 1974, Page 7

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July 19, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids GazetU: Fri., July 19, 1974 EPC Sets Allocation Criteria By Gordon Jackson MOliNES In all attempt to head off future widespread rail line abandon- ments in Iowa, the slate Kn- ergy Policy Council tEPC) Thursday set objectives and criteria for allocating stale money to improve railroad branch.lines. The EPC received S3 million from the 1974 Iowa legislature with the money to be used to upgrade the branch rail lines, but the council first had to set guidelines for distributing the money before alloting funds to specific projects. The EPC also was created by the legis- lature to set policies for deal- ing with Iowa's future energy needs. Mid-August Slate Energy Director John Millhone said it will be mid-August before the EPC selects specific projects to re- ceive the million in aid to railroads. He said the council present- ly is hearing proposals from various railroads which want a part of the money to up- grade branch lines which carry Iowa's precious farm products. Under the guidelines set Thursday, priority would be yivcn to vail improvement projects that could be com- pleted by Nov. 30, with second iugnest priority to proposals that could be finished by next June 30. 1975. Also, only branch lines and not main railroad routes are eligible for state aid. Criteria In adc-iiion. the criteria re- quires that the railroad in- volved must "demonstrate its commitment to the continued operation of a branch line receiving state assistance by investing funds in the im- provement project." If ihe companies c a n n o t invest funds, "suitable arrangements must be made between the firm and the council to dem- onstrate the necessary com- according to the adopted guidelines. Proposal Deadline The criteria also require; tiiat all project proposals must be received by the KPC by Aug. 15, wiiSi proposals received after that date con- sidered only if assistance funds are s'i" available. Another guideline requires that the EPC and the railroad involved maintain "sur- veillance of the project's progress and also evaluate the project after it is completed. Millhone said the railroad assistance program has three major goals, including "slow- ing the rapid abandonment of railroad branch lines and im- proving the railroads' capaci- ty to transport Iowa grain j harvest Gain Experience In addition, he said (he pro- i grain is aimed at "the gaining of experience in a railroad as- i sistauce program that would j be used by the new state i department of transportation policy." Thi? energy director noted that more than 500 miles of branch rail lines were j abandoned in Iowa from 1970 i through 1973. with an addi- j tional 612 miles slated to be abandoned this year. The railroads also list hundreds of miles of other branch lines as j "Icscr.s" or of "declining po- j teutial" or as likely to be i abandoned during the next five years, Millhone said. "Christmas in Norway" will be the subject of papercutting demonstrations during the Decorah Nordic Fest. Ruling: Low Provides for Busing Across District Lines] yule Art at Nordic Fest ATOTNES ItlPn _ nrnvulae fm- Irancnnvf alinn nf nnrlatinn fnr nnn-i I VJ I Vrf I DBS MOINES (UPI) The Iowa attorney general's office ruled Thursday that a new state law providing auxiliary services to nonpublic schools Garretf Admits Problems In Enforcing Credit Code DES MOINES (UPI) The director bf the consumer pro- tection division of the Iowa at- torney general's office admittec Thursday that his office was having some difficulty with the enforcement of newly enacted unified consumer 'credit code. Julian B. Garrett said prob- ably 95 percent the people who have to deal with" the pro- visions of the taew code are not familiar with its terms. "I would venture to say since the bill "went into effect on July 1, there have been numerous technical violations of the Garrett said.> Garreft, who [participated in a consumer interest panel at Drake university's institute in state and local government, said the office was having prob- lems with 'enforcement 'because of the complicated nature anc its length. The consumer credit code not only increased the maximum interest rates that can be charged bn credit accounts, but offers numerous consumer pro- tections. Garrett, who along with three other consumer experts spoke on consumer 'problems, also commented on the possible dan- gers of regulatory boards that oversee and license various pro- fessions. "We have to make sure these :oards don't create a monopoly of certain professions by mak- ng the standards so stringent that it limits the number of peo- ple in1 the he said. The director said that is why awmakers should separate the various professions and deter- mine the Heed for regulating and licensing.' provides for transportation of nonpublic school students across district lines. Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Nolan wrote the opinion, which interpreted the auxiliary services legislation enacted by the 1974 Iowa legis- lature. Educational Services The measure requires the slate to provide various spe- cial educational services such as library facilities to non- public school pupils. Nolan said the new law pro- hibits public school buses from crossing district lines but authorizes nonpublic school students to be tran- sported across district lines by other types of transpor- tation. Nolan also ruled that the law allows a public school dis- trict to provide nonpublic school students with bus ser- vice for educational field trips other activity trips not di- rectly related to everyday school functions. Fully Contract In addition, the ruling held that public school districts must fully contract for trans- portation services for public school students. However, the opinion said, if the stale reimbursement is prorated, then the public school districts must collect the unpaid transportation cost from the nonpublic students' parents. Nolan also ruled that parents of nonpublic high school students can be reim- bursed up to a year for transportation costs, with a reimbursement ceiling for transportation of nonpublic el- ementary school students. State School Superintendent Dr. Robert Benton requested the opinion. DECORAH Mauring Au- gustine, retired Cedar Rapids art instructor, will demon- strate Victorian silhouette pa- percutting at "Christmas in a special attrac- tion during the Decorah Nor- dic Fest, July 26, 27 and 28. Mrs. Augustine is among several Midwestern craftsmen who will demonstrate the old- fashioned arts of making orna- ments from straw, woodshav- ings and paper. Sponsored by the Norwe- gian-American Museum, the demonstrations are part of the craft displays 'at the festival. A traditional Scandinavian Christmas tree arrayed with tlie handcrafted ornaments is the focus of the display. Craftsmen will be located around the tree to answer questions on the techniques employed. Special Reverence Norwegian immigrants brought with them a special reverence for Christmas and at the Nordic Fest their de- scendants perpetuate the tra- ditional crafts of tree orna- mentation. Christmas in Norway was a time of celebration and fes- tivity. Coming in the middle of a long and dark winter, it signified that light would again return. The long evenings were used in preparation for the season, tlie women baking and mak- ing candles, while the children designed ornaments. Extra Christmas porridge was pre- pared to appease the mytho- logical underground elves or "nisser" and avert their holi- day mischief. No Admission "Christmas in Norway" will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the three Nordic Fest days. There is no admission charge. Demonstrators in paper cut- outs are Mrs. Augustine, Ce- dar Rapids and Jeanne Ati- relius, Decorah. Straw and woodshaving or- naments will be made by Sue Ruiz, Higginsville, Mo., 'and Mrs. Wallace Esgale, Man- kato, Minn. Marty D i s r u d, Madison, will demonstrate troll making. A special display of trolls by Odvar Klovrud, Norwegian designer now living in Madi- son, will also be shown Satur- day. Bike Trail Approved, Access To Reservoir Area Discussed By Ford Clark IOWA CITY How people get to and from the Coralville reservoir was the day-long con- cern of the Johnson county board of supervisors Thursday. By a two-to-nothing vote Thursday morning, the super- visors approved a bicycle trail which will parallel old highway 218 from the north edge of Iowa City to the Coralville reservoir area. The supervisors allocated in federal revenue shar- ing funds for the project. Favored Project Voting for the bike trail were Supervisors Richard Bartel and Lorada Cilek. Supervisor Bob Burns voiced approval of the project, but abstained from vot- ing, saying the increased cost "merits additional discussion." Originally, the county had agreed to allocate for a bike trail. However, Project GREEN representatives ap- peared before the supervisors Children Being Placed As Wittenmyer Closes By Gordon Jackson DES MOINES (UPI) Slate Social Services Commissioner Kevin Burns said Thursday the mandated phasing out of the Annie Wittenmyer home in Davenport is progressing "reasonably well" despite some problems. Burns said there are now only about 38 children at the century-old facility, which was ordered to be phased out during fiscal 1975 by the Iowa legislature. He said there had been 62 children in the home in May. The commissioner said tiic children, who are mentally and emotionally handicapped, are being placed in homes around the state on an "in- dividual plan" basis. He said most of the youngsters are being placed in group homes operated by volunteer agen- cies such as the Lutheran So- cial Services of Iowa. Future Plans Thursday with a recommen- dation for a trail. Project GREEN'S plan ad- vocated surfacing the south half of the trail with crushed rock and the north portion with con- crete. Boosted Share A local citizen group, Project GREEN has boosted its share of the project cost to Iowa City's contribution is expected to remain at The three-mile-long bike 'trail is the first major trail of its kind in the state, and is expect- ed to receive national attention. Following approval of the bike trail, the board promptly went into a special session with rep- resentatives of the U.S. army corps of engineers, Iowa conser- vation commission and highway officials. The meeting was called to dis- cuss another means of access to the reservoir area county road system. The supervisors the and the Record Electrical Consumption Levels Hit During Heat Wave By United Press International Predictions by state energy officials and utility companies that the Iowa heat wave would cause record consump- tion of electricity Thursday came true. The Iowa Power and Light Co. said it reached -an all-time record of kilowatts set last week. Iowa Commerce Commis- Property in Photo Is Privately Owned MARQUETTE Confusion surrounding ownership of prop- erty along the Mississippi river in Clayton county was illustrat- ed Thursday in conjunction with photograph carried in The lazette. The photo, showing several county engineer had been press- ing state and federal agencies concerning what they consider an increasing problem due to heavy traffic flows into stale Stay of Continuation Denied by Moore DES MOINES (UPI) The Iowa supreme court Thursday denied a request by attorneys for two Ottumwa teenagers charged with first degree mur- der for a stay of continuation in criminal proceedings. In addition, Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore said the said Burns outlined the phasing out of the Davenport facility andYederai'recr'eaUon areas, at a meeting of the Legisla- live Mental Health and Juve- nile Institutions study commit- tee. He said one of the major ob- stacles in closing the Annie Wittenmyer home was guaranteeing job security for the home's 110 staff members. He said the staff employes are being offered jobs in other mobile homes and cottages ad- jacent to the highway, involved one of the few stretches of ri- verfront in the area which is privately owned. The state, in a recent deci- sion, ruled that occupants of ullages and mobile homes situ- ated on state-owned land will not be able to renew their eases. L.A. Luxinger, Marquette. wwever, is the legal owner of he specific area illustrated in The Gazette Thursday and will not be affected by the state con-! servation commission ruling. Luxinger said he has held title to the property a number of years and, consequently, retains jurisdiction over access to the river at that point. sion Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand said the heat wave is putting record level de- mands on Iowa utilities due to the thousands of air condi- tioners running throughout the state. Van Nostrand said that by 9 a.m. Thursday, "Every utility company in the state predict- ed that today would be the heaviest usage of electricity in the utilities'history." Record Highs Iowa continued to swelter under the searing 100-degree heat for the 13th day of the month when temperatures hit 90 or above. The high was recorded, at Council Bluffs where the mercury hit 104, with Dea Moines, and Sioux City right behind at 103. But despite the heat, energy officials said they did not an- ticipate any brownouts by in- vestor-owned utilities, which can expect continued peak de- mand for electricity. Little Relief Wheather officials offered little hope for relief, saying temperatures would be a little cooler Friday but still would be in the upper 80s and 90s. A weather service spokes- man said the record number ol.days for any month of tem- peratures 90 degrees or higher was in July of 1963, when 26 days equalled or exceeded 90 degrees. The heat has caused peak demand for electricity usage in Iowa, but Ray Vawter, head of the utilities division of the Iowa Commerce Commis- sion, said there have been no shortages at power companies so far. "There's always a possibili- ty of a brownout but at this point we do not anticipate he said. "But this heat does put a heavy demand on the utilities." North Winneshiek Hearing Is Aug. 12 DECORAH A public hear- ing on the proposed school bud- get for North Winneshiek Com- munity school, Decorah, was set for 8 p.m. Aug. 12. Proposed expenditures for 1974-75 are in the gener- Keokuk County Fair Is Open WHAT CHEER-The 36th an- nual Keokuk county fair got under way this week at the fairgrounds here. Exhibitors of all open class en- tries and 4-IT exhibits were to be al fund and in the school j in place Thursday noon, house fund, for a total of1 Of this total, will be raised through property taxes and -the remainder from state and federal aid plus mis- cellaneous receipts. A special meeting is set for 8 p.m. Monday for the board to receive bids for a roof repair project. This project consists of putting a built-up roof applica- tion on the gymnasium section of the building plus an asphalt The gates opened Friday with swine judging at 8 a.m. Judging in girls 4-H projects began at 9, with sheep judging at 10. The carnival midway with Richs Amusement rides opened at noon. The beef heifer judging will begin Saturday at 8 .a.m., fol- lowed by the Market Beef judg- ing at a.m. Harness racing will start at 2 and gravel final coat to be ap-l'P-m-> and the Larry plied to the entire roof area 0fjRobinson snow will be held in the school. jfront 'he grandstand at 8. Sunday will mark the closing 20 YEARS AGO Senator Williams (R-Del.) charged that people with underworld connec- tions were placed in defense) posts without FBI clearance andj won Korean war contracts dur- ing the Truman administration. of the fair, with harness racing at 2 and the Boresi Accordion show at Traffic Counts Road maintenance is based on traffic counts. This has led to complaints from the supervisors farmers that a dispropor- jtionate amount of money is i being spent on recreational S. Tamo To Have One Board Opening TAMA There will be one vacancy on the South Tama school board this fall. The term of Jay Paxton, Montour, will ex- pire and he will not be a can- didate for re-election. Paxlon roads, rather than f arm-to- has served three years, market roads. Nomination papers may be Responding to the possibility i obtained now and arc to be divisions of the social services vacating a number of roads j turned in to A. J. Ziskovsky, department ble. whenever possi- for public review Douglas Burton, 14, and Robert Williams, 16, will be tried as adults in Wapello county court in the murder-strangulation of Mrs. Ada Caldwell, 65, of Ot- tumwa, Jan. 26. LCased to Agency In addition Burns said it is ,ing plan for (hc arca likely that most of the Annie Wittenmyer facilities will be leased to the Davenport Thc unexpected drcn and Family Services, a !nouncement said voluntary, private agency. He sludv of lhc about 40 to 45 of the in the reservoir area by the'school district secretary, in To- board of supervisors, corps ofjledoby 5p.m. July 31. engineers representatives j Thursday said a revised operaf- ready iyear. this: Put your message where will be seen. Want ad columns are read regularly. homes' present staff members probably could find employ- ment with the private agency. However, Burns admitted that some of the Annie Witten- i mycr employes may lose i state employment if they can- 'lj not leave Davenport to take a stale social services post else- where in Iowa. a massive! area from thei Coralville dam to Columbus Junction will be ready for pub- lie hearings as soon as possible. The cvironmcntal impact sec-; lion of the, study is expected to be ready by December. The supervisors pressed rep-' rcscntalivcs of the other agen-; cies concerning financial help for roads in the Cornlville reser- voir area. CORRECTION Our Ridiculous Days advertisement should have read Damaged Candles Vl Price instead of Damaged Candies. KIRLIN'S Lindale Plaza also: Mall Shopping Center in Iowa City BARGAIN DAYS SAVE Saturday on hundreds of items for the whole family throughout the store priced for quick clearance! Be here when the doors open at ;