Monday, December 2, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa A tegUOaitve Interim study mlMeeN recommending some major changcs'lnMinty budgeting.'' The committee has approved a bill consolidating the present 43 .county funds Into six major categories: general, debt service, secondary roads, human resources, court ex- pense and agency funds. The'bill, approved last week by the committee on u 7-0 vote, also creates a county budget review committee com- prised of five members, the state comptroller, two elected county officials and two lay people. The committee, besides reviewing budgets, would also establish a modified allowable growth factor somewhat similar to that used1 for the state's school foundation program. Modify Draft After receiving a report from Donald Cleveland, execu- tive secretary of the State Assn of Counties, the committee modified its draft. One of the changes approved by the committee was'to authorize counties to take a special census. Currently munici- palities arc the only general purpose units of government authorized by statute to conduct a special census. Basically, the six funds will cover the following' The general fund will include all revenues tor pay for the general operating expenses of the county, conservaton, histor- ic and recreational expenses; election and voting machine expenses, public safety expenses; animal care; health and certain disease eradication expenses', agricultural promotion, fairground and related expenses, insurance expenses; plan- ning, zoning and building code expenses and expenses relat- ing to the acquisition, maintenance, and repair of county buildings. Human Resources The human resources fund will include all revenue to pay for expenses relating to assistance to the poor and indigent, Dubuque Yacht Cindy-Man Launched on World Cruise Recommends Changes in Tin Cctor tiiirtte: MM.. Itec. 1114 nn, treatment and education the mentally retarded or nwntally and physically handicapped; health care facilities and care and education of delinquent or dependent children, and other health and welfare programs. The secondary road fund will Include all revenue to pay for expenses relating to the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of secondary roads, roud clearing, and the erad- ication of. weeds. DUBUQUE (UPI) The yacht Cindy-Marie'purred into life amid a chorus of cheers, ringing bells, and boat whis- tles as William and Marie Bodisch started the engine of the 58-foot steel-hulled craft Iwo other persons on the global trip The craft took six years for Bodisch to .build'am edged through the floodgates into the Mississippi river The couple sold the familj farm 814 miles away before Sunday and began a three- (launching the boat, named aft- year around-the-world cruise, er a granddaughter, in ember. After clearing up number of problems which their departure, the Bodisches planned to navigate the Mississippi to New Orle- ans, La., on the trip's first Bodisch, 69, and his 65-year- old wife are being joined by Music School Holds Concerts IOWA ClTY-The Universi- ty of Iowa school of music is holding two concerts especial- ly for the holiday season. The annual Christmas concert by the Oratiorio .chorus, choUy Kantorci and symphone orchestra will be held Wednesday. Con Moses, professor and head of the JU. of I. choral department, will 8 p.m. concert in Handier auditorium. Organ and choral music for the season will be presented in 4 a Dec. 8 concert-at 8 p.m. in J Clapp recital hall. Prof. Gerhard Krapf will be organ- ist. for the program, which will include four of his own composition. Krapf head the 5 U. of I. organ department. 5 Admission to both concerts if free, with no tickets re- quired. Critically Injured In Hunting Accident U CORALVILLE Gary Mechtensimer, 19, of Coral- ville, was listed in critical 4 condition at University hos- pitais following a hunting 1 accident 'early Sunday 'nior'n- Jing. The accident occurred on the Russell' Lackender farm, six miles west of Iowa City, 2 where Mechtensimer had been 3 hunting with friends. f The Johnson county- sher- J iff's department has listed the shooting as accidental, but said a further report on the circumstances of the shooting would be forthcoming. 2! Mechtensinser. suffered leg. Then it'll be through Panama canal and into Pacific ocean. Dubuque GOP Will Choose House Candidate DUBUQUE It. will be a big night tonight for Du- buque county Republicans as they were to choose a 19th district Iowa house candidate for the coming special Dec. 30 election. the election is being held to determine who will1' replace the late Rep. Joseph Clark (D- The Republican chosen for the race will face Tom Jochuni. for the special election.. And the resignation of state Rep! Robert, Carr (D-Du- buquc) from his Iowa house seat, became effec- tive today. Carr is facing James Esmoil, a Dubuque Republican, for the Tenth district Iowa senate seat being vacated by iRep. Michael Blouin who was elected Nov. 5 to represent Iowa's Second1 district in congress, Both the Democrats and1 the will choose their 20th District house candidates later this week. DesMoines Nurse Drowns Scuba Diving BULL SHOALS, Ark. (UPI) The search for the body of a Des Moincs, Iowa, nurse who drowned while scuba div- ing here Friday with a group shotgun wound 'to the lower Of delayed by offi- cials Sunday.! The nurse, Marcia Mathias, was employed at Blank Memo- rial hospital'and frjends said she was on her first diving adventure since1 completing a course about two weeks ago. Her instructor, Matthew Lcydens, operator of a DCS Moines scuba shop, had taken the group to Bull Shoals for the diving. The Chicago native drowned Friday afternoon in what authorities have labeled u "mysterious accident." portion of his back. ij Langlas Resigns 3 From School Post fl Langlas, business manager and board secretary Williamsburg Community schools, has submitted his res- ignation to. accept a position i' as Iowa county deputy as- scssor. Langlas, who also is a form- or member of ,lhe Williams- burg school board, will go to work for the county on Dec. .The .Vyilllamsburg' school dss board met in ctoscd door exec- d c J utlve session Monday to dis- cuss the .resignation and moves to. find a replacement. Pierce said the board took no action on finding a" rcplacc- mcnt for Langlas, but the district will bo seeking some- one to fill the job as soon as ON THIS DATE in 196-1, Pope Paul XI flew to Bombay, India to attend the International' million.1 DR.CRMEN NNfWT fRACTICCltMITIOTO MNTURI WORK The court expense fund will Include all1 revenue to pay expenses relating to the general operation of the district court, the office of clerk of court, bailiffs, employees of the clerk of court and district.court, as well as covering the costs their sheriffs' departments encounter in serving all notices, subpoenas, writs and papers for the courts. The debt service fund will Include all revenue to pay for sthc interest and principal county bonds, court house Reject Move for Road Closure i' MARENGO The" Iowa1 county board of supervisors, after, more than a three-year hiatus, Tuesday rejected a move to close a county road north of Marengo to the old river birdge The move at the supervisors meeting Tuesday afternoon came as met with Marengo city attorney Harold Swift, who wondered what the supervisors might decide on Hallett Construction Co's request that, the road be abandoned while a Marengo citizen group's demands that it be retained in the county system. The supervisors had been pressuring the Marengo city council to annex the area and take over the road so that the county board would be out of the "middle" on the question between Hallett and the citi- zens. The supervisors also direct- ed county engineer 'Nord S. Sorensen to move ahead with plans to, raze the old county bridge over the Iowa river. The road and bridge in 'ques- are directly north of Court avenue in Marengo and were the mam link-to the north side of the river before the state built highway 411 north off Eastern avenue some years ago Supervisors met with a citi- zens group last week and with the Marengo city council ear- lier on the question of the road i The supervisors had stated no particular desire to keep the road which is dirt and is in very "poor doncition in the county system The bridge has been abandoned for a number of years and is con- sidered quite dangerous now. However, the supervisors wanted the Marengo city council to deal with the problem, since it apparently concerns Marengoans specifi- cally, and has little bearing on the county generally said the city council wanted a decision on forcing the city to take over the road delayed until i at least after the first of the year. At first, Supervisor Bernard Elwood moved to table the issue until January. Then, at Sot-onsen's urging, ;the b'ba'rd decided to make the decision immediately The road is .13 miles long. The road 50 feet south of the bridge already had been abandoned, Sorensen said he will .have to have at least the county attorney's opinion on the own ership of the bridge since its abandonment before he ,de- cides, on further.moves on Ink-. ing it out. However, the en- gineer and supervisors have expressed some concern about liability of the bridge should fall. bonds, memorial hill bonds and other Indebtedness author- ized by law. r i i i i', v r ,i) Restricted Trust, v; The restricted trust and agency fund will Include all rev- enue collected or taxes or. other aoUrccUtor particular, restricted purposes such as gifts, money or prop- erty received by the county trustee or custodian and money Collected, or specific property, Aor from particular (axlrtgf'districts within the county, to be used for'particular'purposes such''M library serviois arid and erosion'control, bovine and swine brucellosis and tuberculosis eradlcaton, and the plan- ning and maintenance of sanitary disposal projects. A separate bill approved by the local services committee would delay for one .year the effective date of any law enacted by the legislature which increases the expenses of counties or cities a combined total of or more. Instead !of a law going into effect on July 1 of ihe year a bill is enacted, the normal effective date, laws in this new category would not take effect until July 1 of the following year of their approval The theory behind this change is to allow local officials sufficient time to budget for the new legislation. ,t Home Rule The study committee also agreed to submit two home'rule'fc" counties to the regular legislative standing committees for their consideration. One plan, drafted by the legislative service bureau, would give home rule authority to counties subject to existing state laws and future laws enacted by the.general assembly. It would restrict a county's taxing authority, except when expressly authorized by the legislature The second plan, a proposal from the advisory commis- sion on intergovernmental relations in Washington) D. C., would give counties all powers not denied or limited by state law or by the Iowa constitution. I I Now! 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