Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 19, 1974, Page 8

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July 19, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri.. July 19. 1974 EPC Sets Allocation Criteria By (Jordon Jackson DES MOINES (UPI)—In an attempt to head off future widespread rail line abandonments in Iowa, the state Energy Policy Council (EPC) Thursday set objectives and criteria for allocating state money to improve railroad branchjines. The EPC received $3 million from the 1974 Iowa legislature with the money to be used to upgrade the branch rail lines, but the council first had to ret guidelines for distributing the money before alloting funds to specific projects. The EPC also was created by the legislature to set policies for dealing with Iowa’s future energy needs. Mid-August State Energy Director John Millhone said it will be mid-August before the EPC selects specific projects to receive the $3 million in aid to railroads. He said the council presently is hearing proposals from various railroads which want a part of the money to upgrade branch lines which carry Iowa’s precious farm products. Under the guidelines set Thursday, priority would be given to rail improvement projects that could be completed by Nov. 30, with second highest 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 addition, the criteria requires that the railroad involved must “demonstrate its commitment to the continued operation of a branch line receiving state assistance by investing funds in the improvement project.” lf the companies cannot invest funds, “suitable arrangements must be made between the firm and the council to dem onstrate the necessary commitment,” according to the adopted guidelines. Proposal Deadline The criteria also requires that all project proposals must be received by the EPC by Aug. 15, with proposals received after that date considered only if assistance funds are still available. Another guideline requires that the EPC and the railroad involved maintain “surveillance of the project’s progress and also evaluate tile project after it is completed. Millhone said the railroad assistance program has three major goals, including “slowing the rapid abandonment of railroad branch lines and improving the railroads’ capaci ty to transport Iowa grain harvest.” Gain Experience In addition, he said the program is aimed at “the gaining of experience in a railroad assistance program that would be used by the new state department of transportation policy.” The state energy director noted that more than 500 miles of branch rail lines were abandoned in Iowa from 1970 through 1973, with an additional 612 miles slated to be abandoned this year. The railroads also list hundreds of miles of other branch lines as “losers” or of “declining potential” or as likely to be abandoned during the next five years, Millhone said. Ruling: Low Provides for "Christmas in Norway” will be the subject of papercutting demonstrations during the Decorah Nordic Fest. Busing Across Distiici Line':    Yule    Art    at    Nordic    Fest DES MOINES (UPI) - The Iowa attorney general’s office ruled Thursday that a new state law providing auxiliary services to nonpublic schools Garrett Admits Problems In Enforcing Credit Code DES MOINES (UPI) - The director of the consumer protection division of the Iowa attorney general’s office admitted Thursday that his office was having some difficulty with the enforcement of newly enacted unified consumer credit code. Julian B. Garrett said probably 95 percent of the people who have to deal with the provisions of the new code are not familiar with its terms. “I would venture to say since the bill went into effect on July I, there have been numerous technical violations of the code,” Garrett said. > Garrett, who participated in a consumer interest panel at Drake university’s institute in state and local government, said the office was having problems with enforcement because of the complicated nature and its length. The consumer credit code not only increased the maximum interest rates that can be charged on credit accounts, but offers numerous consumer protections. Garrett, who along with three other consumer experts spoke on consumer 'problems, also commented on the possible dangers of regulatory boards that oversee and license various professions. “We have to make sure these boards don’t create a monopoly of certain professions by making the standards so stringent that it limits the number of people in1 the profession,” he said. The director said that is why lawmakers should separate the various professions and determine the need for regulating and licensing.' provides for transportation of n o n p u b I i c school students across district lines. Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Nolan wrote the opinion, which interpreted the auxiliary services legislation enacted by tile 1974 Iowa legislature. Educational Services The measure requires the state to provide various special educational services such as library facilities to nonpublic school pupils. Nolan said the new law prohibits public school buses from crossing district lines but authorizes nonpublic school students to be transported across district lines by other types of transportation. Nolan also ruled that the law allows a public school district to provide nonpublic school students with bus service for educational field trips and other activity trips not directly related to everyday school functions. Fully Contract In addition, the ruling held that public school districts must fully contract for trans portation services for nonpublic school students. However, the opinion said, if the state 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 reimbursed up to $80 a year for transportation costs, with a $40 reimbursement ceiling for transportation of nonpublic elementary school students. State School Superintendent Dr. Robert Benton requested the opinion. DECORAH - Maiming Augustine, retired Cedar Rapids art instructor, will demonstrate Victorian silhouette papercutting at “Christmas in Norway”, a special attraction during the Decorah Nordic Fest, July 26, 27 and 28. Mrs. Augustine is among several Midwestern craftsmen wrho will demonstrate the oldfashioned arts of making ornaments 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 the 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 descendants perpetuate the traditional crafts of tree ornamentation. Christmas in Norway Was a time of celebration and festivity. 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, the women baking and making candles, while the children designed ornaments. Extra Christmas porridge was prepared to appease the mythological underground elves or “nisser” and avert their holiday mischief. No Admission “Christmas in Norway” will be open from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. during the three Nordic Fest Record Electrical Consumption Levels Hit During Heat Wave North Winneshiek Hearing Is Aug. 12 DECORAH - A public hear- Bike Trail Approved, Access To Reservoir Area Discussed Property By United Press International Predictions by state energy officials and utility companies that the Iowa heat wave would cause record consumption of electricity Thursday came true. The Iowa Power and Light Co. said it reached an all-time record of 395,000 kilowatts set last week. Iowa Commerce Commis- By Ford Clark IOWA CITY - How people get to and from the Coralville reservoir was the day-long concern of the Johnson county board of supervisors Thursday. By a two-to-nothing vote Thursday morning, the supervisors 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'peared $17,000 in federal revenue sharing funds for the project. Favored Project Voting for the bike trail were Supervisors Richard Bartel and Lorada Cilek. Supervisor Bob Bums voiced approval of the project, but abstained from voting, saying the increased cost “merits additional discussion.” Originally, the county had agreed to allocate $5,000 for a sion Chairman Maurice Van Nostrand said the heat wave is putting record level demands on Iowa utilities due to the thousands of air conditioners running throughout the state. Van Nostrand said that by 9 a m. Thursday, “Every utility company in the state predicted that today would be the heaviest usage of electricity In Photo in the utilities’history.” U_ ,    .    _    .    Record    Highs Privafp v flwnpH □anon tor a WY,Sumrall.    rrHHWIf    UHIICH    Iewa continued to swelter Project GREEN'S plan ad- MARQUETTE - Confusion under the searing 100-degree vocated surfacing the south half surrounding ownership of prop- heat *or t"e day °* 0*e of the trail with crushed rock erty along the Mississippi river; and the north portion with con- in Clayton county was illustrated Thursday in conjunction with1 a photograph carried in The^ Gazette. The photo, showing several crete. Boosted Share A local citizen group, Project GREEN has boosted its share of mobile home' and cottagcs ad. the project cost to $10,500. P>'v‘jl jacent to the highway, involved City’s contribution is expected bike trail. However, Project to remain at $5,000. Children Being Placed As Wittenmyer Closes one of the few stretches of ri-1 nnnr,»    ™    ...    ...    ,    ..    i    verfront    in    the    area which is; GREEN representatives ap- The three-mile-long bike trail before the supervisors is the first major trail of its,P ll    ^ °    ’ - kind in the state, and is expect- .    *!!\a    rece deci-j ed to receive national attention. SM)n’    occupants of month when temperatures hit 90 or above. The high was recorded at Council Bluffs where the mercury hit 104, with Des Moines, and Sioux City right behind at 103. But despite the heat, energy officials said they did not anticipate any brownouts by investor-owned utilities, which can expect continued peak demand 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 spokesman said the record number of days for any month of temperatures 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 Commission, said there have been no shortages at power companies so far. “Theres always a possibility of a brownout but at this point we do not anticipate it,” he said. “But this heat does put a heavy demand on the utilities.” days. There is no admission charge. Demonstrators in paper cutouts are Mrs. Augustine, Cedar Rapids and Jeanne Aurelius, Decorah. Straw and woodshaving ornaments will be made by Sue Ruiz, Higginsville, Mo., and Mrs. Wallace Esgate, Mankato, Minn. Marty D i s r u d, Madison, Wis.. will demonstrate troll making. A special display of trolls by Odvar Klovrud, Norwegian designer now living in Madison, will also be shown Saturday. Keokuk County Fair Is Open ing on the proposed school bud-    CHEER—The 36th an- get for North Winneshiek Com- nua^ Keokuk county fair got munity school, Decorah, was set under way this week at the for 8 p.m. Aug. 12.    fairgrounds here. Proposed expenditures for Exhibitors of all open class en-1974-75 are $678,486 in the gener- tries and 4-H exhibits were to be a1 fund and $39,390 in the school in place Thursday noon. J01** *3i    T^e gates opened Friday with $717,876. Of this total, $324,424 Swine judging at 8 a.m. Judging will be raised through property m girls 4_H jects b at 9 taxes and the remainder from with sh jud ■ at J0 The state and federa aid plus mis- carniyal midw“y \ith Richs cellarous receipts.    Amusement    rides    opened    at A special meeting is set for 8 noon p m Monday for the board to    The    beef    b jf    Jud i    m receive bids for a roof repair    .    J0 * 6    . , oroiect This Droieet consists of    ^    Saturday at    8 a.m.,    fol- p™ ec'' ln's.Pr°Je« consists of,,    d    b (h    Market B f j    d putting a built-up roof apphca- ■    , tion on the gymnasium section of the building plus an asphalt Uarness racing will start at 2 and gravel final coat to be ap- P-m;» Saturday and the Larry plied to the entire roof area of Robinson show will be held in the school.    fron* the grandstand at 8. __Sunday will mark the closing of the fair, with harness racing „,    ^    “    Senator    at 2 and the Boresi Accordion Williams (R-Del.) charged that sbow at 7.30, people with underworld connec-_____*_ tions were placed in defense posts without FBI clearance and won Korean war contracts during the Truman administration. By Gordon Jackson DES MOINES (UPI) - State Social Services Commissioner Kevin Bums 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 the children, who are mentally and emotionally handicapped, 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 murder for a stay of continuation in criminal proceedings. In addition, Chief Justice C. Edwin Moore said the youths, 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 Ottumwa, Jan. 26. Put your message where it will be seen. Want ad columns are read regularly. are being placed in homes around the state on an “individual plan” basis. He said most of the youngsters are being placed in group homes operated by volunteer agencies such as the Lutheran Social Services of Iowa. Future Plans Burns outlined the phasing out of the Davenport facility at a meeting of the Legislative Mental Health and Juvenile Institutions study committee. He said one of the major obstacles in closing the Annie Wittenmyer home was guaranteeing job security for the home’s HO staff members. He said the staff employes are being offered jobs in other divisions of the social services department whenever possible. Leased to Agency In addition Burns said it is likely that most of the Annie Wittenmyer facilities will be leased to the Davenport Children and Family Services, a voluntary, private agency. He said about 40 to 45 of the homes’ present staff members probably cixiid find employment with the private agency. However, Bums admitted that some of the Annie Witten-mycr employes may lose state employment if they cannot leave Davenport to take a state social services post elsewhere in Iowa. 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 conservation commission and highway officials. cottages and mobile homes situated on state-owned land will I not be able to renew their leases. L.A. Luxinger, Marquette, however, is the legal owner of the specific area illustrated in The meeting was called to dis-The Gazette Thursday and will cuss another means of access to not be affected by the state conche reservoir area . . . the: sensation commission ruling. county road system. The supervisors Luxinger said he has held title and the 1 to the property a number of years and, consequently, retains jurisdiction over access to the river at that point. S. Tama To Have One Board Opening TAMA — There will be one I county engineer had been pressing state and federal agencies j concerning what they consider I an increasing problem due to I heavy traffic flows into state and federal recreation areas. Traffic Counts Road maintenance is based on traffic counts. This has led to!vacancy on the South Tama complaints from the supervisors school board this fall. The term and farmers that a dispropor- of Jay Paxton, Montour, will ex-tionate amount of money is pire and he will not be a can-being t>pent on recreational    didate    for    re-election. Paxton roads, rather than farm-to- has served three years, market roads.    Nomination    papers    may    be Responding to the possibility    obtained    now and    are to be of vacating a number of roads    turned    in    to A. J.    Ziskovsky, in the reservoir area by the school district secretary, in To-board of supervisors, corps of ledo by 5 p.m. July 31. engineers representatives - Thursday said a revised operating plan for the area will be, ready for public review this! I year. The corps’ unexpected an-! nouncement said a massive, study of the area from the f Coralville dam to Columbus Junction will be ready for pub-! lie hearings as soon as possible. The evironmental impact section of the study is expected to be ready by December. The supervisors pressed representatives of the other agencies concerning financial help for roads in the Coralville reservoir area. CORRECTION Our Ridiculous Days advertisement should have read Damaged Candles Yi Price instead of Damaged Candies. KIRLIN’S Lindale Plaza also: Mall Shopping Center in Iowa City BARGAIN BAYS SAVE Saturday on hundreds of items for the whole family throughout the store . . . priced for quick    clearancBe here when the doors open at 9:30! ;

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