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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2A TO? Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sob.. Ort 27, 1*74 End to“Dead End” Jobs for Police? Camp Good Health By Mike Deapree Whether their salaries rank 17th or not. Cedar Rapids police officers —and other city employes—may he freed from “dead end” jobs in the future. City councilmen are cautious in discussing future revisions to pay scales, a caution due at least in part to the fact they will soon be involved with collective bargaining for the first time Nevertheless, it s apparent councilmen are aware of the “dead end” problem and have assigned a high priority to changing it “It’s terribly difficult for anyone to be 'locked in to a job without chance of advancement,” Cedar Rapids Mayor Don Canney said “I left city employment one time for that reason I know the feeling " Scherling Heads Coe Trustees Richard E Scherling, 3041 Twenty-seventh street drive SE. Friday was elected chairman of the Coe hoard of trustees for a three-year term. Scherling, chairman of the board of Killian’s department store, will succeed .James F. Coquillette. a 1943 Cm 1 graduate who has been a board member since 1961 Coquillette is president of Merchants National bank, and has finished a three-vear term as Coe board chairman Scherling has served on the Coe board since 1965 He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, past president of the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the Linn county chapter. American Red Cross; past director of the YMCA: past vice-president and director. Greater Downtown Assn.; past president. Cedar Rapids Rotary club, and past director and chairman of the merchandising division of the National Retail Merchant s Assn Currently. Scherling is a trustee of St. Luke’s hospital in Cedar Rapids, on the advisory commission of “Stores” magazine, and a vice-president of Frederick Atkins. Inc., in New York City. Vfternoon Sen ires HURST. England (API - A chun Ii in the town of Hurst decided to hold its evening services in the afternoon this winter to save fuel. The decision was made after the church learned its oil bill will go up to $1.2bo this winter from MHO last war The locked-in, dead end complaint exists in nearly every city department, although as in most cases, complaints by police have captured most of the publicity because the police are the most vocal in their criticism • • • WHAT’S THE problem? In the police example, it involves patrolmen, the lowest rank on the force After three years, a patrolman is making as much as he will ever make until he is promoted to sergeant or detective A 25-year-old with three years on the force could spend 20 years doing his job well and. except for cost-of-living raises and longevity pay. never get a pay increase Additionally. promotions depend not only on ability but on vacancies lf no one retires or (lints, no one gets promoted. Mike Deupree Right now, the most a patrolman can make is $815 per month, not counting longevity pay or the value of fringe benefits That figure forms the basis for the claim that Cedar Rapids police rank 15th. or 17th. or whatever the most current figure is. That figure changes almost monthly, but as of Friday. Cedar Rapids police ranked lith among the .state's 20 larg est cities (16th among all cities) when considering the tap end af the patralman's pay range, exclusive af fringe benefits and langevity pay. The ranking is higher in all other grades Other city departments can make similar claims but the police and fire departments are a little worse off, in relation to other cities, because the past two or three years have seen several cities make a special effort to raise public safety employe salaries more than those of other workers • • • ITS DOUBTFUL such a course will be taken in Cedar Rapids. Councilmen are adamant about treating all departments equally, raising all salaries at the same time Safety Commissioner .James Steinbeck thinks a large share of the blame for those dead ••rid jobs, at least in the police and fire departments, should be assigned to the civil service system Walk-a-Thon Nov. 3 Between 4<HI and 500 Coe college students will participate in a Walk-a-Thon to raise money for multiple sclerosis victim. Harry Cummings, a former Coe student, next Sundav. Nov. 3 Members of all Coe social sororities and fraternities, the cross country team and a number of other students are expected to make the 20-mile hike. which will start and finish on the campus Cummings. Waterville, was a member of the football team. Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and the I^ttermen's club while at Coe He was first hospitalized last April just a month before his scheduled graduation He is now hospitalized in Lacrosse, Wis. The funds raised will go directly to Harry and his family to help defray hospitalization costs. Other fund-raising projects over Coe s Homecoming weekend went to the multiple sclerosis organization The Coe students are seeking sponsors for their walk. Any individual or organization willing to pay on a per-milo basis are urged to call Bill Judge. Mike Judge or Tom (irosshans at Coe, 364-1511. ext 356 or 448. or the Coe news bureau, ext 283 Richard E. Scherling Course To Aid Eradication of Racism Planned A course on racism and dtscrmmatinn a ill be offered by the school of social work of the University of Iowa beginning Nov l l in Cedar Rapids The course is primarily designed for members of the helping profession who are interested in learning more about the various methods used in fostering or eradicating racism and discrimination The seven-week course will earn two semester hours credit. Classes will be held at the social work training center. 365 Second avenue SE. from 6 to 9 p rn on Thursday evenings Tuition for the course will be $60 plus books and materials Students will register a* the first class meeting Nov 14 Instructors will be Gar\ Lowe and Diane Whites, fac ulty members of the s< h(*ol of social work Persons wishing more information may contact Harry Mac a . 398-3570. Executives To Hear Dr. Peale Internationally known religious leader and author Dr Norman Vincent Peale will speak at the 6:30 Thursday meeting of the Executives club at the Roosevelt. His topic will be. “Why Positive Thinkers Get Positive Results”. The author of 19 books. Dr Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking'’ has been translated into 33 languages and has sold more than three million copies His television program is shown weekly on 50 stations and reaches an estimated 40 million homes Dr Peale and his wife are also publishers of the mon-fhlv magazine “Guideposts”. which has a circulation of 2 5 million Norman Vincent Peale Dolls Honored The Japanese honor fin* hand-carved dolls, or ningvo, as festival figures Families puss on ceremonial dolls from one generation to another, store them in treasure chests and display them only once a year at the Girls' Festival in March “I think civil service is the biggest enemy the pikeman ever had," he said bluntly, although he conceded the vain? of the system in protect ing the departments (rom political mancuvrrings. Steinbeck believes major revisions are necessary to permit merit raises and promotions lb* also believes employe salaries will have to be raised, especially in the departments under hi$ jurisdiction “I’m going to throw that burden on the public, he said when asked where the money will come from, “lf they want the finest pollee and fire protection. it s going to cost them more and we ll have to cut back somewhere else • • • FINANCE Commissioner Hal Schaefer agrees cutbacks will be necessary eventually if salaries are to be increased while the city stays within the stale-imposed 30-null taxation limit. Three possible areas of cutbacks come immediately to mind. Reducing equipment purchases, reducing services and reducing the number of city employes “We’re not into it yet, hut I think, in all fairness and honesty, we're going to have to start with manpower.” said Schaefer. The latest raise given city employes was in January, when supervisory personnel got 4 percent and all other employes got I i percent Some Iowa cities gave Jan. I raises, then boosted salaries again in July after federal re strictions on wage Increases were lifted. Cedar Rapids did not do that, Schaefer said. because the money wasn’t available The budget, which covers funding through June, 1975. was prepared when the wage restrictions were in effect It didn t include provisions for a mid-year wage increase That doesn’t mean salaries won t change until next June, however. OOO “WE’RE right now at the halfway point (of the budget) and we're studying the situation to see what we can do for ( the employes tietween Jan I and June 30.” Schaefer said But let s get back to those dead end jobs. How is the council going to handle that problem? It depends in large part on the results of a survey now being conducted which is supposed to assign a relative value to each job in the city. Personnel Director Fred Nordengren hopes one result of the survey will be a change to a single pay scale system for all city employes Under sinh a system, each job would be assigned a rating. or grade. Employes of the same grade would receive the same salary, whether they were pollee officers, sewer maintenance workers or parks department secretaries. A switch to a system like that would offer an ideal chance to create extra grades. or steps, within the different lob levels and bring an end to the dead ends Menominee Indians Had 9,500,000 Acres Menominee Indians once controlled some 9.500.000 acres of Wisconsin. National Geographic says. Their holdings were reduced to 275.INN! acres in a treaty between the tribe and the U S in 1854 Today, the Menominees' reservation covers some    230.(NNI acres J hit Week Onlyl Beautiful Bronze and gold Porn Pons! In An Outstanding Centerpiece ArrangementI Free Delivery cFltral Design* ° Jill Ut Ave SE Free Delivery I BankAmericmo Delivery Service—JU 217i-Opea Mm. ibm Sat. 8-5 Previously reported..........................................Ill,MS.77 From Osceola Ledge No 18 Benevolent Assn...................... Ui.U From the Gazette Ce. employees canteen fund .....................................................lU.il In memory of Anna Melsa from Ahart ................................................................*5.1# In memory of Frnest Kaplan from Mr. and Mrs. L G. Muret..............   10    •* In memory of Erma Pldgeen from Velma and Howard Miller ............................   10    00 In loving memory of Grandma Anna WencH's birthday from grandson Steve Dobry .........................................................LH In memory of Margaret Kutchera from Dorothy and Gene................................................ 5    M In memory of Mrs. Robert Kutchera from Jim and Lucy..............................................LH In memory of Erma Pidgeon from Ann  ..........................................................LH In memory of our loved ones and of “Dick” en his birthday. Oct. 27. from the Voungton family............................................LH In memory of Anastasie Strnad from l.umir and Lillian Kriz .........................................UH Total ........................................  $11,148.81 1174 Budget .....................................................$21,500 Oft Yet to be raised ...............................................$10,351.21 Oil Spills Are Fingerprinted STANFORD, Calif. (Ari —Dr. Michael Anbar. head cf the Stanford university’* Mass Spectrometer Research center. claims to have come up with a method of connecting oil spills with the ships from which they probably came A sort of “(Hi fingerprinting.'.’ the key to the method is a machine called a field ionization mass spectrometer which can provide precise mo lecular weight profiles of oil spills, showing exact proportions in the goo “Just as no two fingerprints are exactly alike, no two oil samples are alike.” Antiar said. 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