Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 29, 1974, Page 8

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette November 29, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tile Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri.. Nev. 29. 1974 Professor Richard Handy, right, and Paul Peterson ISU engineer, examine bore hole shear tester. Rock Tester to Aid Safety AMES — A portable rock strength tester, which provides safety advantages to underground mining operations, has been developed at Iowa State university. The device enables a quick, on-the-spot, evaluation of rock strength properties. Under development for three years at the ISU engineering research institute, it is the invention of Richard L. Handy, professor of civil engineering. Known as the “Bore-Hole Shear Tester", the instrument was recently given its first public showing at the Denver Federal center. U.S. bureau of mines. Funds from the bureau have assisted in its development. Danger Areas Paul VV. Peterson, director of the engineering research institute, said "The new rock tester should bt* a bixin to underground mine safety by allowing a quick, in-place evaluation of rock strength properties before something falls in, thus jeopardizing lives of miners or laborers. Where potential danger areas are found, the instrument also can Ik* used in the design of protective measures.” Coal Chunks One such method, Peterson said, is increasing the rock strength by “rock bolting" whereby rock exposed in an opening is held in place with bolts which penetrate to deeper rock. The new instrument is unique in that it also allows a prediction of the strength after bolting. Handy said the Denver demonstration, as well as most of Consulting Firm Chosen To Study County Salaries DES MOINES (IDPA) - A special legislative committee has selected a Kansas City management consulting firm to conduct a study of the salaries of Iowa’s elected county officials. Legislators hope* to use the study next year in setting salaries for county officials. The study, which stems from a resolution adopted by the house, has become entwined in politics. When the* local services committee sought approval from the legislative council to award the contract to Ernst and Ernst for >44,(MNI there were cries of politics because* Jerry Perpich, a managing partner in the CPA firm, is also the Republican state finance chairman Three Kids Three bids were submitted originally. A special    six    member committee was appointed by the legislative council to re- Grievance Group Recommends Law License Suspension DES MOINES (IDEA) - A grievance commission of the Iowa supreme court has recommended to the court that the law license (if a Grund Center attorney, T C. Strack, be suspended for 34 months Last year Strack pleaded guilty in federal court at Des Moines to income tax evasion charges and received a six month sentence from Federal Judge William < Stuart. Strack was accused of "willfully and knowingly" attempting to avoid paying a large part of income tax due on his 1966 and 1967 federal income tax returns Records show that he paid >1,249 53 in federal tax for 1966, while the government claimed he owed >3.419 55. Strack paid income tax of >1,-135.14 for 1967 and the government said he owed >2,-732.70 The recommendation to suspend Strack’s license to practice law for 36 months is the longest yet recommended by any grievance commission The previus high was 18 months in the case of former Congressman James Brom-well of Cedar Rapids The commission filed its report with the supreme court on Wednesday. view the situation and empowered to select a firm. It was decidt*d to expand the scope of the study to include “cost efficiency." The Laurence Letter firm in Kansas City, which has an office in West Des Moines, was selected by the special committee headed by Rep Delwyn Stromer (R-Garner). The loiter firm, one of 12 to submit bids, has a bid of >46.-500. Ernst and Ernst submitted a bid of >79.1100 for the revised study. The cost efficiency aspect of the study is expectd to cover such areas as improving service and citing ways that county expenditures can be reduced. County Home Rule Clears First Hurdle DES MOINES (UPI) - A constitutional amendment granting home to rule to counties has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The proposal, patterned after one that broadened the powers of municipalities, would allo v counties new freedom of a tion except in areas where specific prohibitions are written into state law The proposal was passed by a legislative committee here Wednesday. Donald Cleveland, executive director of the Iowa Assn. of Counties, said counties now are expected to conform to imaginary norms although counties have greatly differing needs, often depending on population. Keokuk County Offices Moved SIGOURNEY—Offices    arc being moved in the Keokuk county court house The county superintendent 's office, which has been located on the northeast corner on the first floor, have been moved across the street to the court house annex on the northeast corner of the square TIU* country assessor’s office and possibly the soldiers relief offices will move from the third floor of the court house to the vacated superintendent's office on the first With more room needed for the magistrate’s office, it will move to the vacated assessor’s office. tho developmental testing, was conducted in coal chunks brought into the Iowa State laboratory. However, field tests have been conducted by Handy and three students. John Pitt. Larry Engle and Bruce Roorda. Most of these* tests were done in the Star mine, a coal strip mine near Bussey, owned by Art Huyser. The device will bt* tested in underground coal mines in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. “The principle of the test is so simple one wonders why it hasn’t been tried before,” says its inventor. “We simply drill a hole, put in the device and push two plates against opposite sides of the hole. The pressure on the plates is adjusted to any desired value from IOO up to 12,006 psi, and the device is then pulled or pushed to cause sliding or shearing of material in the sides of the hole. Measure Force “We measure the force which causes shearing and then we know the strength under that particular value of applied contact pressure. By repeating the test, which is very fast, we can predict the strength under any existing or anticipated load. “Underground mining increases the load by removing supporting rock; hopefully now , one will be able to predict how much rock can Ik* removed without sacrifice of safety.” A similar test for soils was developed by Handy and his co-workers at Iowa State some years ago. The soil tester is now sold commercially and used by consulting engineers, federal agencies, and universities. Shear Plates “One of the biggest problems in adapting the soil tester to coal turned out to be the shear plates,” Handy said. “Dan Klockow, while a graduate student at Iowa State, found that the soil-type shear plates were not giving the right answers in coal and other rocks because the plates were slipping. So we had to change the plates so they would bite into the coal without destroying its strength, which is what we wanted to measure. ” Handy remarked that much of the credit for the new plates goes to Pitt, a former graduate student, now a U.S. army captain teaching at Ft. Belvoir, Va. Because of the high stresses involved, special steels arc required, as well as special machining and heat-treating techniques. Future plans for the device include adaptation of an automated data acquisition unit for better portability and more rapid processing of data, and devleopment of a production model for use either in the mine or in deep holes drilled from the ground surface prior to mining. Vinton Residents Object to City Rezoning Proposal VINTON - The Vinton city council held a public hearing at the its Wednesday night meeting to rezone property in northwest Vinton south of the Sale Barn road to the north line of the Terrace Hill mobile home park from R2 to MI. Steve and Rosemary Boisen and their attorney were present to object to the rezoning They stated that rezoning would decrease the value of their home and property and a proposed Benton county mamtananee facility to be built immediately south and west of their property would impure the appearance of their home site and would “ruin" the quiet residential atmosphere. Gary Thudium spoke for Vathpeda, Inc., the present owners of the property, and stated the area would best serve the city of Vinton as an industrial area. It was pointed out that when the city recently annexed the property, it was intended as an industrial area although the property was annexed as R2 which is required by law . He also said that in October 1973, the planning and zoning committee recommended the property be zoned MI. After discussion, the council No Losses DES MOINES IAI’)— Nu Iowans had lost their jobs or been idled in layoffs as a result of the two-week old nationwide coal mines strike as of Nov. 22, an official of the Iowa division of employment security said Tuesday. “There are several industries in Iowa that are dependent on coal, but we have had no reports” that any are cutting back on manpower or priMiuction. Mini-Convention May Consider Stands By Harris.. Weber DES MOINES (IDPA) - When the Democrats hold their mini-convention in Kansas City next week. the big controversy may be something no one contemplated several months ago. The question at hand may well be whether to take a stand on this country’s national priorities, such as energy and the economy. Purpose of the mini-convention as approved by delegates attending the 1972 Democratic national convention was to resolve, if possible, policy and organization issues. But some Democratic leaders believe that many of the party reform issues do not have the intensity that they had two years ago and therefore say the conference should be devoted to national questions. Moof Points One of those leaders is Democratic State Chairman Tom Whitney of Des Moines. “The reform issues are less heated and less emotional today; things that were open to serious debate in 1972 are practically moot today,” Whitney declared. “Proportionate repreentation, for example, was a great controversy, but now it has become an accepted fact within the party,” Whitney said. About half of the 38 member Iowa delegation met in Des Moines last week and a straw vote was taken as to whether the delegation favored moving into non-organizational questions at the Kansas City meeting. Dec. 6-8. Whitney said there was “overwhelming support" among these* delegates to move into this area. The original purpose of the Democratic mini-convention, Whitney added, was to “fundamentally guarantee and ensure through the organizational structure that every citizen will have equal opportunity and equal access to the Democratic party's political processes. Reform Oriented “Although the Republican party is running somewhat behind us in reforms, both the Republican and Democratic parties in Iowa have been reform oriented. “The processes we have in Iowa today are what a great many people are going to Kansas City to fight for and many of the issues are very real say to someone from Georgia or Texas or somewhere else where they are old hat here. We fought those fights a long time ago. ” Ultimately, Whitney said, the make-up of the various delegations will determine what direction the convention will take." Whether the issues or reform are going to be the center of controversy at the convention depends to a large extent on the unidentifiable delegates, whether they are conservative, moderate or liberal. If the major advocates of party reform, the liberals, are in control of the convention, then several significant issues dealing with reform within the party will be the center of controversy.’’ Whitney surmised. The Iowa delegation is viewed nationally as being in the forefront of the pro-reform effort. Delegates attending from the First district will be Elliot Anderson, Burlington; Doris Kolvoord, Davenport; and David Perret, Iowa City. Second district delegates are Suki Cell, Mt. Vernon; Janet Fraser, Monticello; Kurt Meyer, St. Ansgar; and Bob Rundy, Dubuque. Delgates from the Third district are Willie O’Neal, Waterloo; Mary O’Halloran, Cedar Falls; and Betty McCarthy. Osage. Regional Centers Streamline Health Care tabled a decision until the Dee. 12 council meeting and recommended negotiations Ik* worked out before that time between Vathpeda and the Boisens. Hospital to Build HO Million Addition DES MOINES (AP)— Mercy hospital offieals have announced plans for a $10 million addition, including $500,000 earmarked for architect and consultant fees. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in the fall of 1976, hospital administrator Sister Mary Gervase said. However, detailed planning of the proposed two-story. 190,000 square foot addition is expected to take 18 months, officials said. State Officials Face Lawsuit DES MOINES (AH)—A fur-mer stele computer operator has filed a lawsuit against two state officials claiming a section of the Iowa code is unconstitutional. I Miry U*e Lawton of Hartford filed the suit in Polk county district court. He Claimed the section of the Iowa ((Hie that allows probationary state employes to be dismissed without a hearing is unconstitutional Lawton worked for the state’s data pr<K*essing division from Feb. I to July I as a probationary employe. Ile filed the suit against State Comptroller Marvin Selden and Verne ll. Tanner, a data processing administrator By Larry Murphy Droke University Journalism Student DES MOINES (IDPA) - If you are an emergency patient, the Iowa Community Emergency Planning program wants to streamline your medical care. The program is in the process of establishing 16 regional centers in the state to coordinate counties’ handling of emergencies. The first center will go into operation next summer in Region IO, consisting of seven counties around Cedar Rapids, and Region ll, eight counties around Des Moines. Region 8. centered around Dubuque, and Region 12, around Carroll, are tentatively scheduled for operation in the summer of 1976. The Community Emergency Planning program, which is federally funded, started as an autonomous unit in September, 1971. Originally, it seemed from the highway safety act of 1966 as an advisory’ group for the funding of county ambulances and medical equipment. Program Expands But it expanded after discovering training, technical and planning needs in the Iowa Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations throughout the state. EMS covers all county emergencies, from care of the man who collapses of a heart arrest while mowing the lawn. to the coordination of medical services in times of disaster. "There has never been any state coordination.” said Al Hunter, administrative and planning head for the Emergency Planning program. “This has been one of our problems. “This is why we end up with one ambulance serving a county of 56.000-60.000 population and then wind up with six or seven ambulances in a county of 7,000 population . . . because there hasn ’t been any planning or coordination, it becomes extremely expensive. " Assist Services The program’s staff consists of three professionals and two secretaries. They assist hospitals, ambulance services, community law enforcement agencies and Civil Defense nits in coordinating all phases of emergency planning. For example, 38 percent of Iowa hospitals in 1971 didn’t meet federal guidelines for emergency units (this survey evalated only the emergency departments of the hospitals, not the over-all operation ). As a result, the EEP set up a four-class categorisation of Iowa hospitals, ranging from University hosptal in Iowa City on top as a complete emergency facility, to the lowest class of minimal or no emergency medical facilities available. This information will be available to the regional headquarters for reference in times of emergency. The program has no power of enforcement, but evaluates county programs and attempts, through disaster drills and staged emergencies, to show a community the value of its emergency plans. lntrod.ee Bill Several Iowa legislators are considering introduction of a bill in the 1975 session to require licensing of ambulance services and set minimal personnel standards. This would give the EPP some legal clout to enforce parts of federal standards on ambulance services. Hunter explained how, for example. Region ll, with its center in Des Moines, would act in an emergency. Telephone calls for ambulances in the region would be channeled through one number to Des Moines The dispatcher, who would be trained in analyzing emergency needs, would send the nearest and most appropriate ambulance crew(s) to the scene He would also alert law enforcement agencies of any traffic hazards resulting from the situation and notify the appropriate hospital. Depending on the size of the emergency, other regions might be notified for further aid. Help Counties But the EPP’s short-term plans a.*e to help counties develop systems with at least one medically-trained assistant on each ambulance and to create rescue squads trained and equipped to meet federal regulations. Hunter told of one Iowa doctor’s experience. The doctor lived in a small community with medically-trained assistants on the ambulance. In his last year there, four men treated for cardiac arrests were successfully cared for and revived by the emergency system. But he moved to a new commun.ty which had no trained technicians on the ambulantes. No one at the hospital or any of the doctor’s associates could remember anyone, in the same situation as the previous county, being saved if they din’t reach the hospital conscious, Hunter said. Fear Expense “There was a lot of initial resistance and misunderstanding because of fear of expense,” said Hunter. “But once we are able to explain what it is all about, then we’ve had little resistance.” A new ambulance can range from >19,000 with minimal equipment and a few accessories, to >50.000 with many types of medical machines (respirator, heart machine, etc). Hunter concluded; “We have had a great number of ambulances purchased in the last year . . . the picture is changing No longer do counties rely on funeral homes to provide ambulance services, because many of them are getting out of the business . . . It’s become apparent the only way is to go countywide and to cor-dmate that service.” Budgets Would Create Deficits DEO May Seek Extension DES MOINES (AP)- Gov. Robert Ray and State Comptroller Marvin Selden told state agency heads that they bandit Robs Card Players FORT DODGE (UPI) - Po-lice here today were looking for a ski-masked bandit who robb«*d four men of about >900 while thfy were playing cards in a tavern in the downtown area of the city late Wednesday. Police said the men — Clay Gordon, Dean Treloar, Dave Rhoades and James Gentile — said they were forced to turn over their billfolds, the money on the table and take off their clothes. The hold-up here is the third such card game robbery in the state in the past month have submitted proposed budgets that would throw the state treasury into a $287.8 million deficit in two years. The state currently is >200 million in the black Ray and Selden made the fig ures public W'wlnesday as they briefed 130 state agency heads on the budget-making proem for this year. Although neither said so explicitly, Ray and Selden strongly indicated the requests are in for substantial trimming before being submitted to the Iowa legislature Selden said if the budget requests were submitted as proposed, the Ray administration is required by law to propose legislation for a tax increase to offset the deficit. DES MOINES (AP)—A state official says the Iowa Department of Environmental Quality (DKQ) may have to ask the Iowa legislature to extend its deadlines on applications for pollution control tax exemptions, The legislature passed a law this year that grants exemptions from property tax on equipment used to ahute air and water pollution. Hearings Officer J. Edward Brown told a committee Wednesday that under the deadlines, applications for the exemption must be on file with the DEQ by Jan. IO, and the department must present its certification to the state revenue department by Feb I Committee Chairman Robert truckmaster of Waterloo said it is almost “a physical impossibility for the department to complete its certification within 20 days of the filing deadline.” Read the want ads. DR. RONALD S. HOYLE CHIROPRACTOR 1S30 IST. AVK. N.I. OFFICE HOURS    TELEPHONE: BY APPOINTMENT    362-2689 WEAVER'S FINE MEATS 806 34th St. S.S. 365-8828 DOBSON'S FINE MEATS 1944 42nd St. N.I. 393-3007 LOCATED IN THI PDQ STORES MEAT DEPARTMENTS OPEN TILL 7PM | Now taking orders for Froth HOLIDAY POULTRY Trtnkltr Old Fashioned    a    j HOT DOGS....:1, Tenderized Minute STEAKS. • • • e e e PDQ SPiCIALI - *1 LB. 39 LB. OLD MILWAUKEE ‘r* *119 ;

  • Al Hunter
  • Betty Mccarthy
  • Bob Rundy
  • Bruce Roorda
  • C. Strack
  • Clay Gordon
  • Dan Klockow
  • Dave Rhoades
  • David Perret
  • Dean Treloar
  • Delwyn Stromer
  • Donald Cleveland
  • Doris Kolvoord
  • Elliot Anderson
  • Gary Thudium
  • J. Edward Brown
  • James Gentile
  • Janet Fraser
  • Jerry Perpich
  • John Pitt
  • Kurt Meyer
  • Larry Engle
  • Laurence Letter
  • Marvin Selden
  • Mary Gervase
  • Paul Peterson
  • Paul Vv
  • Richard Handy
  • Richard L. Handy
  • Robert Ray
  • Ronald S. Hoyle
  • Rosemary Boisen
  • Suki Cell
  • Tom Whitney

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: November 29, 1974

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