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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Itaplds Gazelle: Wed., Nov 27, 1071 Road Builders Howard Miller Miller Resigns As Patrol Chief By William Ebcrlinc DES MOINES Iowa Highway Patrol Chief Howard Miller will head a special project to strengthen drunk driver law enforcment and rehabilitation, Gov. Robert Ray said Wednesday. Col. Miller, a veteran of 32 years with the patrol, will take the new assignment Dec. 1. The new program, which Ray called "an alcohol counter measure project will be federally funded. Miller; 59, will retire as patrol chief when he takes the new job. Ray said he asked Miller to take the job. Miller has been eligible to retire at half pay since 1970. He has been patrol chief eight-and-a-half years. At 59, Miller is four years beyond the age at which state troopers are eligible to retire at half pay. A highway patrol source pointed out troopers are not covered by provisions of the federal social security act. "In effect, the colonel has been working the last four years at half said the source. Miller could transfer to another department in state government, "earn a good salary and be eligible For social se- while still receiving half pay as a retired state trooper, explained the source. Also, the source said the chief probably would not have the "day-to-day pressures he may experience now." The usual tenure of patrol chiefs has been only seven or eight years "and is going said the source. Employment Outlook Is Bleak By Tom FruehlitiK AMES Till' pri'sitli-nt (if the Associated General Contractors of Iowa Tuesday told the Iowa highway coin- mission the state's road-build- ing industry may have almost half uf its workers unem- ployed next year due to the drastic cul in highway work. M.G. Morris of Ottiima said the industry faces "a real se- rious depression area actually we call it a disaster." As a result, he predicted 8.- 000 (if the people di- rectly involved in road construction will be out of work next year. This, he added, would mean a million drop in payroll. And Morris contended the un- employment would extend into areas Indirectly involved in road work, such as the truck- ing industry. The major problem, accord- ing In Morris, is the "UMJI- plelely unbalanced" five-year program tentatively approved two weeks ago by the commis- sion. 1976 Work Ray llenely, executive man- ager of AGC, pointed out that in 1976 there is scheduled to be HO miles of grading in the state and just 70 miles of pav- ing. Thi! following year, howev- er, the trend switches; there will be 62 miles of grading accomplished and 144 miles of paving. Another major rev- ersal is planned for "How." asked llenely, "can this industry look np for a bonanza one year and face famine the The road builders did not lay the blame for the problem on commission planning. llenely and Morris agreed there was no choice consider- ing the dismal economic state. Besides facing a 50 percent increase in construction cost due to inflation, the state next year will bo forced into spend- ing about million fin- bridge repair and replace- ment. Bridge Standards A 1970 federal law required states to adopt a lough bridge standards program. The re- sult in Iowa is the inclusion of 70 bridge projects into next year's accomplished! program. And, lleneley pointed out, the counties are pulling most of their money into bridge repair, with only a small portllon of (lie funds to be used for road work. Both the contractors and (he highway commissioners expressed hope the Iowa leg- islature would help bail out lliu contractors and the high- way program in general. Commission member Stephen Garsl has proposed a loan from the stale's surplus, but such a transaction re- quires legislative approval. llenely said his group has recommended to the gover- nor's office that a bill be pas- sed within the first month of the next session to free the needed funds. Warning on Student Offering Cancer Exams IOWA CITY -The Johnson county attorney's office Wednesday issued a warning to women in the Iowa Cily- Coralville -vicinity (hat a man is posing as a medical student offering lo give women "cancer examinations." Asst. Cty. Atty. Thomas Skewes said the man has approached a number of housewives ansd asked if he could enter their homes to conduct a "survey on cancer research." He has also offered to give a "free physical ex- amination for cancer if the woman desires one." Police are advising thai any man approaching a home witii such an offer should be report- ed to authorities. Corn Spilled in Truck Accident DECORAH Twenty tons of shelled corn were spilled over the Pole Line road at 111: 30 a.m. Tuesday about a quarter-mile'west of Decorah. Authorities said a semi- trailer truck driven by Vernon Walker, rural Lime Springs, overturned. Damage lo the trailer was placed at Walker was not injured. The corn which was strewn over a wide area after the incident, look more than 24 hours lo reload. Trustees Approve Sale of Bonds INDEPENDENCE The board of trustees at the In- dependence Municipal light plant Tuesday afternoon approved the sale of in electric revenue bonds to the low bidder Channer New- man Securities Co., Chicago, at an interesl rale of 5.61 percent, amounting to 300. High bidder oul of five bids opened was Becker and C'ownie, DOS Moines, al a rate of 6.14 percent costing 485.85. The revenue bonds were sold by the light plant truslees to help pay for additional costs necessary to complete a major tie in with Interstate Power Co. plus oilier impiov- emenls at the plant according to Supt. Gene Williamson Officials Investigate Possible Arson Case IOWA CITY The Johnson county sheriff's department and Iowa City fire department are investigating the possibili- ty of arson in the case of two trash containers which caught fire outside the county jail building Monday evening. No damage was done to the building itself, but sheriff's deputies say they are proceed- ing on the assumption that the fire were set. ON THIS DATE in 1964, in the Congo, the evacuation of Belgian troops and American planes began after a mission to rescue hostages. The U.S. said more than persons from 17 countries had been evacuat- ed. Can t Prevent Movie r, ._. snowmgs at Local Drive-m Proposed Ordinance to Decriminalize Intoxication Farm Fire SP1LLVILLE A barn, a quantity of hay and about 80 feeder pigs were destroyed by fire on the Lawrence Sabelka farm four miles west of here Monday night. Firemen from Protivin, Fort Atkinson and Calmar battled the blaze. About 200 feeder pigs were rescued. Ditch Cave-in Is Fatal To Keota Man KALONA Schindler, 20, Keola, died Tuesday when dirt piled be- side a 12-foot-deep ditch near a Kaiona housing project caved in on him. Authorities said Schindler was alone in the dilch on a project being carried out by Lynn Wagman Excavating Co. of Washington when friends noted his absence. They concluded he was buried and began a search for him. The slide apparently oc- curred late Tuesday morning, and searchers found the body about mid-afternoon. Schindler was born Aug. 18, 1954, at Bloomfield. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lloyd Bodkins, four sis- ters and three brothers, all al home; his grandparents, Laura Schindler, Bloomfield, and Ernest Dorson, Malcom, Mo., and his great-grand- mother, Ratio Riley, Bucklin Mo. Services arc pending at Powell's, Keola. Services for Schindler will be held Friday al 1 at Powell's in Keota. Burial: Milton ceme- tery. IOWA CITY A departing city councilman has proposed a new city ordinance which would make intoxication no longer a criminal offense in Iowa City. Councilman .1. Patrick While introduced the ordi- nance at Tuesday night's council meeting. The council promptly di- rected the city attorney to review the ordinance which will come before the council in some form for first reading Dec. 10. White referred (he council loward action by the Iowa legislature which directed al- coholics to treatment with criminal prosecution being held to a minimum. Fill Vacancy The council also discussed means of filling the council vacancy created by the resig- nation of White. White resigned to become an assistant Johnson county attorney effective Jan. I, 1975. He also indicated city pol- icemen have received base pay increases ranging from III to 27 percent. He compared this to five percent increases lie said Cedar Rapids policemen have received. The council decided to seek nominations from the public for the vacancy. Such nomina- tions must be received by Dec. 13. Both interviews and a publ- ic hearing arc expected lo be held before the council ap- poinls a new member. Cily Attorney John Hayek has told the council a new member must be approved by a 3-1 vole. Hayek also said a special el- ection to choose a new council member is "not in order." In oilier business, acting Ci- ly Manager Dennis Kraft con- tradicted earlier reports that police salaries had not kepi up wilh inflation. He said the ci- ty salaries for patrol officers had increased over five per- cent during (he las! few monlhs. State Votes Purchase of Linn Land AMES The Iowa highway commission Tuesday approved the purchase of 53.8 acres of land in Linn county for road right-of-way at a price of The property, lo be used for right-of-way for U.S. highway 30 reconstruction, is owned by R.W. Rinderknecht Co. Other right-of-way acquisi- tions approved by the commis- sion included the following in Eastern Iowa: Clayton county Emil Thise, and for two parcels, and Casper Schulte, All land is for U.S. highway 52 construction. Keokuk county Roy Downey, for land to be used for Iowa highway 78 work. The commission Tuesday also approved the following relocation assistance claims: Linn county V. Nina Uiwler, and Harvey Stewart, Both actions involve interstate 380 con- struction. Keokuk county Mark Kighrny, for Iowa high- way 78 construction, and Port- er's Standard Service, for Iowa highway 149. CORALVILLE The Coral- villc city council was told Tuesday night it is "power- less" to prevent a local drive- in movie theater from showing "R" rated movies. A number of residents in neighborhoods surorounding the theater have complained about films their children can see from their front lawns and a nearby park. City Atty. Donald Diehl said the slate's new obscenity law made il "extremely difficult for separate communitities .to shield minors from such al- leged sex movies." Diehl advised the council to submit citizen .complaints concerning the drive-in lo stale .legislators. There were no citizens al Ihe council meeting to object to the screen showings. Council woman Julia Lynn advised the citizens lo person- ally contact the movie owners with their objections. The council directed Diehl to draft a resolution outlining the problem to be sent to area legislators. Novels Banned GR1NNELL (UPI) Three best selling novels were or- dered removed Tuesday night from the shelves of the Grinnell-Ncwburg high school library pending an investiga- tion of a parents complaint thai the works arc obscene. By unanimous vote, Ihe school board here decided to use a standard procedure adopted more than one year ago but never before used lo study charges Ihat "The Godfath- "The Exorcist" and "The Summer of '42" are obscene and have no educational val- ues. Extension of Milk Checkoff Is Defeated ANKENY proposal to extend the mandatory checkoff on milk produced and sold in Iowa has been defeated. With results in from 95 counties Tuesday, the vole was opposed to the checkoff and 760 in favor. The proposal would have made mandatory a three-cent per hundredweight checkoff during ten months of the year. Currently, the checkoff is voluntary. The present mandatory four-cent checkoff during May and June would have re- mained in force. Funds from the checkoff are used by the commission for research, advertising and ed- ucation. ON THIS DATE in 1973, the senate voted 92 to three to con- lirni Gerald Ford as vice- president. Million Contract for TOT Rail Improvement Signed DES MOINES (AP) A contract for a million improvement project of the Milwaukee road's Spencer to Hcrndon branch line was signed in the office of Gov. Robert Ray Tuesday. The 101-mile project is the largest approved by the Iowa energy policy council under the state's new railroad as- sistance program. Participating in the signing ceremony were Gov. Ray, Worthington L. Smith, pres- ident of the Milwaukee road, participating shippers along the branch line and Iowa ener- gy policy council members. The council and railroad are each contributing In- ward the project and 12 shippers When completed, the branch line will be able to carry hopper cars. At present, the 02 miles of the line from Albert City lo Jefferson is limited to pound loads. The money provided by the shippers is to be paid back, interesl free.al the rate of per each boxcar shipped, for each jumbo hopper car and for each hopper car shipped to Ihe West Coast on Milwaukee lines. The .EPC said the Spencer lo Herndon line now produces about 100 revenue cars per mile. Under the agreement, the railroad will set aside funds usuing the same for- mula as repayment of the shippers, on all cars over 100 and the funds will be used lu upgrade ils oilier Iowa branch lines. The slate money also will he "rolled over" as shipping rev- enues increase and will be used mi oilier Milwaukee branchs.