Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 14, 1974, Page 7

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November 14, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 Thf Cedar Rapids GatfUf: Thurs., Nov. H. 1974 Progress Made: Obstacles, but Regents Hire More Minorities By Gordon Jackson IOWA CITY (UPI) The hnarcl of regents' equal em- ployment opportunity compliance officer said here Thursday his staff has made "good progress" in securing employment for minorities with companies serving regents' institutions. In his semi-annual report to the hoard, Roger Maxwell said the number of minority group members, women and handicapped employed by firms contracted by the regents has been constantly increasing since the board's "affirmative action" program was started Oct. 1. 1969. Maxwell explained that under the regents' code of prac- tices, a 1973 governor's executive order and state and federal labor laws, companies providing services to state agencies such as mo regents must have an "affirmative action program to hire a proportionate number of minorities. "1 think we're making good progress." Maxwell said. see- females and minorities being employed in increas- ing numbers. I think the regents' program is helping in- crease the number of these people being employed the minorities, females and handicapped." The compliance officer cited an example of two women carpenters and one female painter being employed by a re- gent-contracted firms in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area. He said women also are moving in other of the 13 craft areas including plumbing, electrical and iron workers Maxwell said his office keeps minority hiring files on 1.- Poti vending and service suppliers which have done at least J5.IHKI in business with the regents on an annual basis, with 3S4 construction companies also filing their "affirmative ac- tion" plans with his office. The regents' official said despite progress in the equal employment opportunity program, some obstacles still exist. He said firms have resisted hiring minorities, especially for "real decision-making roles." "1 don't see any major roadblocks, but there are firms still resisting the taking of affirmative action, particularly as far as employing females in management 'while collar' Maxwell said. He said union-management collective bargaining agree ments sometimes "impede" the progress iif promoting mi- norities and women with the contracted firms. Me said the union pacts often require a certain t.....unit of seniority before an employe .can be considered for higher level job positions. j "I don't think there's any overt attempt by the unions to Maxwell said. "However, collective bargaining agreements can some- times impede the progress of females. How can women be in j a position to gain seniority when they were discriminated j against in the first place by not being hired'.'" The regents were scheduled to hold, their November meeting at the University of Iowa here Thursday and Friday, Long Trucks Still An Iowa Issue; Case Is Argued Before DOT By Tom Fraehling AMES The 65-foot truck issue is far from dead in Iowa, despite Gov. Robert Ray's veto last year of a legislative bill authorizing the double- bottom long trucks in Iowa. One of the options the leg- islature gave the newly- formed Department of Trans- portation is to make a recom- mendation on truck lengths. Wednesday. Richard Hile- man of the Iowa Motor Truck Assn. appeared before the DOT and argued in favor the change. And department Chairman Robert Rigler set a public hearing on the contro- versial issue for Nov. 27 at the DOT'S regular meeting. Lost Funds Hileman told the commis- sioners Iowa is the only state west of the Mississippi which does not permit 65-foot twin trailer combinations. Truck- ers with these rigs now have to detour around Iowa. This, said Hileman, has cost the state considerable funds in lost gas tax and registration fees. The ban also puts Iowa shippers at a disadvantage, he noted, since the twin-trailers are much more efficient, espe- cially for loading light and bulky freight. The trucking executive also argued that long trucks are safer, more flexible and use less fuel. And, he claimed, they do not damage the roads any more than conventional vehicles. As to the argument by op- ponents of the double-bottom trucks that an increase in truck traffic would accelerate highway deterioration, Hile- man agreed in part. He said, however, the reve- Damages Asked In Buchanan Crash Suit INDEPENDENCE A suit asking damages of was filed in' Buchanan county district court Wednesday against Eugene Allen Steffen and Albert C. Steffen. both of Winlhrop. Plaintiffs are Alma Kauten and a David Kaulen of Westgale. The petition contends that on Nov. 30, 1972, an accident occurred in Buchanan county south on highway 150 near its intersection with highway 33B. The mishap involved a car driven by Kaulen and a pickup truck operated by Eugene Sleffen and owned by Albert Steffen. According to the suit. Eu- gene Steffen, headed east mi failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed inlo the Kauten car, southbound on 150. Alma Kauten is seeking 5150.000 for injuries and David Kauten nue received from gas tax and registration fees would offset the stepped-up maintenance costs. "We believe the benefits which would accrue to the state of Iowa, in terms of greatly increased trucking efficiency and reduced fuel use. will substantially out- weigh any increase in highway maintenance expense." Hileman added. Rick Howe, executive secre- tary of the Iowa reciprocity board, sustained Hileman's View on increased revenue. One of the major haulers in Iowa. Consolidated Freight- ways, would increase its mi- leage in the stale from SOO.Ouii miles In near 15 million if allowed to use the long trucks, he said. Go Along .Jules Busker, a member of the highway commission and one of three members on the reciprocity board, comment- ed. "I think we're gonna go along with" the double-bottom trucks. He said when Gov. Ray vetoed the measure last year, it was (luring the energy cri- sis. There was fear. Busker said, thai allowing the long trucks would sap the state's gas supply. If recommended by (he DOT and approved by the leg- islature and the governor, the law would go into effect May 1. The DOT must make its position known by five days after the start of the legisla- tive session. Referendum Approved for Building Program advisory council of the Tipton community school district Tuesday night voted in favor of a referendum for a proposed SI .45 million bond issue for a build- ing program. The levy would be mills which would also cover two other bond issues having sev- eral years to run before retirement. A 1957 bond retires in two years and one from 1965 continues for seven years. Preliminary plans for the proposed addi- tions include converting the older of the school's two gymnasiums into a media center. The center would house all library materi- als, books, tapes, and other audio visual aids and would include individual studying and listening areas. New Gymnasium This would help the school meet state requirements for library facilities. A new double-size- gymnasium would be constructed which would give, the school the equivalent of three gym floors to expedite practice schedules. The recent full girls's athletic progrm offered at Tipton has caused the need for more practice area. With the proposed addition, it is believed community use of a gym in the evenings would be possible. Plans also include a new indusrial arts area with space for automotive mechanics and sheet metal classes. It was explained the present shop area is crowded and lacks space required for safe operations of machines. Caused Crowding Increased offerings of vocations courses has caused crowding. The school now rents the Gardner building a mile west of Tipton for the auto mechanics class. The vocal and inslrumental music depart- ment would also have increased quarters to better accommodate increased need. These plans were recommended to the school board by the North Central Accredit- ing Assn. when it evaluated the school in 1971. Preliminary work on the plans has been done by Stenson and Warm architectural firm of Waterloo. The board must now prepare petitions for voter signature which must he equal to 25 percent of the number of persons who voted in the last school board elections for the ref- erendum to come to vote. 3-2 STILL TIME TO REGISTER BY PHONE 398-5411 REGISTER ON CAMPUS p.m. Nov. 20 LINN HALL LOBBY CLASSES BEGIN NOV. 21 For Further Information OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. S.W. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406 or call 398-5517 per credit hour Wednesday College Future College Evening Classes Management Development An opportunity to take classes each quarter for years and receive a year Associate of Arts Degree 3 2 J 1 Production is "Outrageous "Outrageous Fortune" will be presented by Maquoketa Valley high school students Friday and Saurday nights at 8 in the Delhi auditorium. Members of the cast of the comedy include, from left, Mary Beyer, Mary Wiltsee, Susie Grimm, Vicki Salow, Sandy Fischer and Tricia Supple. Mixed Reaction Is Voiced Over Expected Birth Control Measure DES MOIXES Mixed opinions were voiced at a stale health board meeting In a proposal for a law allow- ing minors to gel birth control aid without parental consent. State Health Commissioner Norman Pawlewski said the proposal is almost certain In be introduced in the 1975 leg- islature and the state board likely will be asked for a rec- ommendation. Pawlewski said lhal as the father of a young girl he has some extreme difficulty with the bill but as a professional in public health he can see the need. However, he said lhal al- though lie endorses the con- cept, he hasn't made up his mind on pulling it into state law. Dr. Harry Kasdal. a Spencer optometrist, said lie is concerned that access to contraceptives could encour- age sexual activity among minors while keeping youngs- ters from confiding in par- ents. i Bridge Construction Projects Are Outlined MARENGO County En- gineer Xord S. Sorensen has announced the proposed construction of 12 bridges or culverts, costing about S315.- during the 1975 con- struction season. All the money will be out of local road funds, and with two exceptions will be on local gravel roads. The bridges are among the 220 in the county which are posted for loads under 23 tons. With a new supervisor. Bernard Elwood. just sworn in this week, the board deferred until Nov. 21 a formal decision on the secondary road depart- ment's budget, to give Elwood time to study the question. Sorensen also (old the board of Mipemsors il wiii have lo decide how to spend about in farm-to-market road funds that will be availa- ble next year. He said he now expects a delegation from the Holbrook area to come in shortly after the first of the year to request the immediate paving of the six miles of ihe Black Dia- mond from two miles west of Holbrook through that village to the Johnson county line. Sorensen said this would cost about out of the "Right now. we have no plans for any paving in 1975." Snrensen said, adding that all the money that would normal- ly he used for paving Eastern Iowa's HEADQUARTERS for Communications Name Brands of Scanning Police Monitors Citizens Band Radios Commercial Industrial Communications Marine Communications All popular makes and models In stock and on display Free Demonstrations Free Estimates GRAYBILL ELECTRONICS RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SAKS AND SfRWCf 4 ACCESSORIES '98 [HMOKS IOWA 393-5456 j-----' JUST OFF HIGHWAY 1 SO Daily 8 3 5 00 Thufi. >il 9 Sat. 'til Noon Franklin Koontx of the state hygenic laboratory said de- spite reservations as a parent, he favored the measure tn pre- vent unwanted pregnancies among sexually active minors. The proposal, which would apply to persons tinder IS. provides a physician with minor patients could inform the parent or guardian "if in his medical judgment it is deemed necessary." The was drafted last spring by a 15-member group that advises the state health department on family plan- ning policy. The advisory group is to meet Tuesday to check a re- vised version and decide whether to push for legisla- tion. Third Democrat Joins Majority Leader Race DES MOIXES (UPI) A third Democrat Wednesday tossed his hat in the ring in tin1 race for majority leader nf the Iowa house. Rep. Carl Nielsen (D-A1- said lie will seek the post. He joins Democratic Heps. Jerome Fitzgerald of Fort Dodge and W. R. Mon- roe, jr.. of Burlington in the race. House Democrats are scheduled to meet here Satur- day to select their leaders for the 1975 sessions, which opens Jan. 13. The Democrats won a ma- jority of the Iowa house seats in the Nov. 5 elections, mark- ing the first time the party has taken control of the lower chamber since Iflfia. Court Reverses Conviction on De'corah Assault MOINF.S (UPI) The Iowa supreme court Wednes- day reversed the assault with intent lo commit murder conviction of Dale Leroy Snyder in connection with an assault on a Drairah police- man. The high court sent back Snyder's case hack lo Dela- ware county district court because the defendant was not present in court at the time instructions on a possible verdict was given to the jury. "The defendant himself must be at least afforded the opportunity to be present at all stages of his (rial in an ele- mentary corollary of the constitutional rights of due process and confrontation." said Justice Warren Rees in the majority opinion. Justice K. David Harris dissented. The incident occurred on May 21, 1973. when police Of- ficer Michael D'Antuono chased a car in eastern Iowa and became involved in a Shootout with several persons, ime of which allegedly was Snyder. Snyder was wounded during the shootout. Waterloo Triple-X Closes; No Business WATERLOO dec- line in business has led to the closing of one uf Waterloo's two Triple-X adult nioue theaters. Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Gaylor. managers of the Mid- way Cinema-X theater, said the theater may be relocated in Burlington. The theater was opened in February 1972 tinder manage- ment of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Garcia of Waterloo. The Gaylords have managed the theater the past six months. The Midway Cinema-X Theater was to have shut down at midnight Wednesday. ii PREPARED FOR DEEP SNOWS Self Propelled 26995 Snow Hound FREE SNOW LUGS SINGING CANARIES 352? Guaranteed Singers LimiledSupply U--149.95 21--169.95 Weighs 11 IBs. TROPICAL FISH SPECIALS Tiger Barbl 1.30 Reg. 298 Gold Barbi 3 1.00 keg, 69! OoM Angoli 2.00 Reg. 4 50 While Clouds 3-1.00 Rt.g 49e Olan fllh l.OOCrg I 29 HIMTHY GUABANTffD FISHI FRESH NUTS IN THE SHELL English Walnuts 791 per Ib. Pecans 1.19porlb. Brazil 89< por Ib. Mixed Nuts 894 por Ib. 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