Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 3, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 03, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4A Oiir Dte. J, Preisser: Eliminate DOT 'Rattles By GwdM HM9W DBS MOINES (AP) Iowa's transaorta- lion network is like a family car with a lot of miles on it says Victor the first director of the states new Department of Transportation. The network has a loose door here, a squeaky window there, even though it runs and serves the family says Preisser, who was named director by the DOT com- mission last month. Preisser 37, hopes to eliminate the rattles after he settles into the driver's seat Jan. 1. ment is probably the best in the U.S. These people knew what they wanted, and they did Weld Agency Busy Mechanic In the meantime he s like a busy mechan- ic commuting weekly from his present job in Chicago to Des Momes and Ames to learn all he can about Iowa s public transportation system He intends to maintain offices in both cities. His days in Iowa arc jammed with brief- ings and conferences "I'm trying to do as much solid planning in getting started as the governor did in setting up the DOT commis- sion he says I m not going to do anything precipitous just accelerated and continuing progress. The legislation for forming this depart- Recommend Creation of Internal Audit DES MOiNES (UPI) In its annual audit of the Iowa employment security commis- sion, the state auditor's office Monday recommended crea- tion of an'internal, audit staff within the commission. State Auditor Loyd Smith said the commission, which handles employment pro- grams throughout the state, should have an internal audit- ing staff to keep its financial records in order. Smit noted, the commission currently' regulates its in- ternal financial affairs only with'a desk review of vouch- ers being processed for pay- ment. He said under the present setup, the commission has "a general ladk of in- ternal auditing procedures." "Last year's audit report recommended that the com- mission study the possibility and desirability of creating an internal audit staff which would report directly1 to the Smith said. The Preisscr, who is divorced, was selected from 327 applicants by the .seven- member DOT commission. His1 job is to weld into one agency by July 1 the highway and aeronautics commissions, the .truck licensing reciprocity -board, the licenslng'function of the department of public safety and the transportation regulation sec- tions of the Iowa commerce "There-isino lowan whose life is not af- fected by he said in an in- terview Monday. He said integration of the agencies "will let us respond more quickly lo needs and: let us balance our expenditures better." He and aides to Gov. Robert Ray were to review the DOT'S proposed budget Tuesday. The proposal will total about million and was reached by combining the budget ask- ings of the agencies forming the DOT. DOT Budget "There will be about people in the he said, "and their salaries and ex- penses alone will, be about million a year. Prcisser acknowledged the need for firm administration In an inflationary era. "The Individual departments always spent their money fairly wisely he said, "but statutprily the money "was restricted in ways; it might bo spent more judiciously. The DOT "can't help but improve the ov- erview" in determining priorities for the various transportation modes and making the commission "free to shuffle things internally the way we for better economy. Board Chairman For the past three years Pricsser has been board chairman of Midwest Management Corp. in Chicago. He is a former vice pres- ident and troubleshooter for the North West- ern Railway! He said the DOT post attracted him "because Iowa is going to" occupy a'pivotal role in the U.S. economy in the next decade. This is because of its vast food producing ca- pacity. "But ways have to be found to move all of that produce." State Audit Questions Keokuk Hospital Payments SIGOURNEY (AP) The Keokuk County hospital paid twice for the same air condi- tioning unit and: one of the payments was to a company owned by the hospital board chairman, State Auditor Lloyd Smith said Monday. Smith detailed the double payment totaling in an audit ''delivered to board members at a public meeting here. The audit report, covering a five-year period, said repairs on the air conditioning system appeared to be excessive. RM( Repair It also questioned a hospital roof repair project which cost the county when done by the company of the chair- man, W. C. Conner, although a Cedar Rapids firm had bid The audit said the Rugglcs Sheet Metal Co., was paid -264 on July 17, 1970, for the air conditioner, although the Confer Bros. Construction Co., of which Conner is1 pres- ident, had been paid for the same job the preceding Dec. 31. Conner resigned from the board ori Nov. 4 after a meet- ing in Smith's office with Keokuk County Atty. Glen Bradley, Conner's attorney, two Bureau of Criminal In- vestigation agents and a rep- resentative of the Iowa at- torney general's office. Offered Payment He offered' a check for Lack Civil Service Applicants By Robin Lee Selvig Drake University Journalism Stndenl DES MOINES (IDPA) Everyone seems to be facing a shortage of some kind these days. The civil service commis- sion here is no exception, but its shortage is a lack of people people contacting the commission about job opportunities with the federal government. According to Carl selected placement corrdinator for the handecapped, only'13 persons have been tested by the civil service commission in the last two years Employment can be obtained with the federal govern- ment without taking an examination through the "accepted" route but it is generally reserved for severely handicapped people, who could handle a particular job. Small Number No figures are available as to how many persons have gone through the "accepted" route, but Brockmeyer estimat- ed the number to be very small. The commission has begun a program to step up interest in federal job opportunities. Brockmeyer has contacted the Iowa commission for the blind, the Iowa employment security commission, the Iowa state vocational rehabilitation center and the fovernor's committee on employment of the handi- capped. All are participating in a handicap referral program for federal employment. Employment for handicapped persons is based on the same criteria as for any other person, regarding placement Where a person is placed' depends on that individual's wants, limitations and educational background brockmever Clerical Positions He stressed that there is not one particular field of employment which employs more handicapped persons, but Brockmeyer did mention that there is "always a turn-over in clerical Throughout the United States, handicapped persons have overcome difficulties, and have found successful careers. For example, featured April awards program for handicapped federal employes were a woman born without arms who programs a computed for the army with her toes; a man who had both legs severed in a train accident who be- came an auditor for the defense contract audit agnecy, and a man who lost his sighe at age eight and is now an attorney for the Small Business Administration. Mobility Factor Brockmeyer said that for any position with the federal government, mobility could be a factor. Because Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa, most of. the jobs are clustered here, he said. The Des Moines area office serves the entire stale and there are testing points in Amers, Atlantic, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Creston, Decdrah, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Spencer, and Waterloo. Brockmeyer said he feels the lack of handicapped people applying for federal employment could be because of "lack of knowledge, fear of the test, or a conglomeration of a number of things." He said a toll-free job information phone number (800) 362-2066 has been added. Few Takers for New Plates; Investigation County Tries fo Delete Them Launched on D-M D'AVENPORT; 41 the Scott -.county.. treasurer's office, it is now apparent that few; if ,'any, .local 'residents to..buy 1975 .Iowa license "plates stamped with the letters "GAY." That means that" the'county is trying to get rid of the "GAY" plates that have been sent by state officials. Mary Ament of the treasur- er's auto license division, said Monday that the division has asked State Auditor Lloyd Smith for permission to delete the plates frorii its offerings. Must Decide But'Smith, in an interview Monday, recalled'that County Treasurer Ken Gaines had visited him about the plates. Smith said, he told Gaines, "You're an elected and it was up to Gaines to decide what to do. Highway Patrol Chief Candidates Narrowed Down DES MOINES (UPI) The number of cnadidates for the post of chief of the Iowa, high- way patrol has been harrowed to three' with a final decision expected .to be announced Wednesday. Public safety officals said 10 candidates had been inter- viewed for the job of succeed- ing former chief Col. Howard Miller, whose resignation took effect Sunday. Officials said the new chief would be picked from the present patrol staff. Assistant Chief Al Chrystal has been promoted temporari- ly to the top post in the de- partment, but sources said he was not among the applicants being considered for the chief's position. Smith sdid he does not care if the plates are offered'for .sale or not. But at audit time, the office must ei- ther have the plates or be able to show that they were sold. Include Letters This is the first year that Iowa has included letters on its plates. Already, state officials have decided to delete such com- binations as "GAG" and and the treasurer's office does not see why it must offer "GAY." Officials said they had the "GAY" plates on hand for about six weeks, but only late- ly realized that the series of plates probably would not be requested. Pin-Ball, Machine Thief Hits Dorms IOWA- CITY A thief specializing in pin-ball ma- chines was active Monday, prying open machines at three University of Iowa dormitories and an Iowa City tavern. An undetermined amount was taken from the machines located at Stanley, Currier, and Burge dormitories. Also broken into some time Sunday night was a pin-ball machine at the Sanctuary tavern in Iowa City where an undetermined amount was taken. Police Conduct DES MOINES The ,Des Moines city manager's office has launched an inves- tigation of alleged misconduct in. the city's police depart- ment, the city council was told Monday night. Councilman Russell LaVine revealed that City Manager Richard Wilkey started the probe after a meeting last week where an unidentified police officer made several allegations about the police operations. Wilkey said the meeting in his office was technically a hearing on a grievance filed by the policeman. He said the meeting was- attended by Councilman Jack Woods, Pol- ice Chief Wendell Nichols, another police officer and a representative of the city legal staff. The city manager did not disclose the full thrust of the investigation but said allega- tions made at the meeting include charges that a stolen tractor was not returned to its owner after it i was recoverc day t at Westminister'Presby- terian church to choose a candidate to succeed Carr. Prospects arc Pat Smith, insurance salesman; Ethel Chcrioli, county employe; Robert Klein, businessman and Joe Sullivan, Loras stu- dent, all of Dubuque. Republicans-haven't set a date to name their candidate from the 20th district. Said to be Interested are Tom Tauke Second district GOP chair- man; Dick Ludwig, former Dubuque mayor and Bruce Mcriwether, all of Dubuque. 747 to the hospital In reim- bursement for the payment to the Rugglcs firm plus seven percent Interest from July 1, 1970 to last Nov< 1. Ho 'also paid the cost of the state audit. Iii his letter of resignation, Connor said he could not continue on the board because "conflicts of Interest which more than likely would con- tinue to arise" because of his enterprises In Sigourney and surrounding communities. He said he hadn't: realized when he requested payment to Ruggles Sheet Metal that it was for the same work his own company had already been paid for. i' Smith recommended that an: engineering firm be hired to review the hospital roofing job to determine "if appropriate value has been received for amounts expended." Proper Bidding In any case, he said, the hospital needs to follow proper bidding procedures more closely. In connection with the roof- ing project. Smith said, Conner told the board the bid of1 the D. C. Taylor Roofing Co. of Cedar Rapids appeared excessive and offered to take the bid paper and study them. Then, "without further proceedings or board approv- workmen employed by Conner started work on the roof, the audit said. It added that when the job was finished in September, 1973, Conner presented a .bill for which was paid. Plans Received For Elderly Housing Project IOWA CITY Iowa City has received three proposals for an elderly housing project. By the Monday deadline, two downtown and a rcsl- dental site had been proposed. The First Christrian church proposed a location at the .west end of Chauncey Swan plaza. Old Capitool Associates proposed a structure at the northeast corner of Dubuque and Court streets. Mid-States Development, Inc., of Sioux City, proposed a site on West Benton street im- mediately east of the Hillsboro apartments. All three developments call for appoximately 62 units. A public meeting is sched- uled on the three sites for Dec. 12 with the city council expected to give a decision on the final site development by Dec. 17. Fish wvori A seafood selection that brings you back to Bishops, When it's fish you're yearning for, Bishops is the place for you. Our ever-changing selection includes Red Snapper, South African Whiting, Filet of Sole, Perch, Haddock, Walleyed Pike and Baked Turbot Amandine. Fish another of the foods that bring you back to Bishops. Stop in soon. YOU'LL FIND WE'RE JUST A LITTLE BUFFET Plaza CAFETERIA Downtown ;