Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 13, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 13, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedar Rapids Gazelle; Frl., Dec. 13, 1874 Merit Poy Plan Regents Ponder Complaints By Charles Kttwrts DES MOINES The state board of regents weighed charges Friday that its proposed merit pay plan for nona- cademic workers discriminates against some women. The pian, developed by Robert H. Hayes Associates, a Chicago management consulting firm, would make adjust- ments in job descriptions and pay rates for employes. A stormy hearing on the plan was held several months New Regents' Stand On Medical School ago in Ames, and a considerably calmer session took place there last Friday. Among critics of the proposed plan is the University of Iowa Employes' union, local 12 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes. Major Issue DES MOINES The state board of regents scrapped a long held position Thursday that opposes estab- lishment of a second college of medicine in Iowa. But a substitute position to be relayed to the legislature says that if lawmakers think there will be extra money for services education, the board would like to expand its own existing family practice program. Since 1968 the board has opposed use of state tax mon- ey to support a second medi- cal school. The controversial position held that the University of Iowa college of medicine "is meeting the needs of the state." Difficult Time Last month, Regent Stanley Barber of Wellman took issue with that contention, saying many small towns have a difficult time attracting doc- tors. The new statement says the of I. college "is a leader in the U.S. in attacking the problems of physician dis- tribution and in emphasizing need for primary health care physicians. "These programs appear to be succeeding, with the aver- age net loss of physicians from Iowa per year having been reversed and a net gain now reported." First Payment Made For Flood Damages MCGREGOR-McGregor has received its first federal payment for damage sus- lained by the town in a June 20 flood. A check for was presented to City Clerk I Francis Wcipert by Clayton County Civil Defense Director Adolph W. Elvers. The state civil defense off- r ice administers the federal disaster relief program. The check represents, Weipert said, an advance of approximately 50 percent of the amount for which the city applied and recievcd prclimi- nary approval. The city owes F.A. Moser and Associates approximately for the more than in repairs the firm has 'already completed on the damaged drainage ditch. The statement promises that the college "will con- stantly strive to meet the medical needs of the state of Iowa." Funds Limited The earlier position, abandoned in favor of the new document, said that "since funds for medical education are limited, any allocation of state funds to a second medi- cal school would be a dilution of the state's commitment to the Iowa college of medicine program." It is likely there will be more reductions in federal funding for health care educa- tion, the new paper says. "Therefore, it is essential there be adequate financial support to maintain, expand and initiate programs, in the college of medicine which are directed at providing educa- tional opportunities and meet- ing the medical needs of the says the new position. There is no mention of a second medical school in the new statement. Marilyn Blake, local president, said in a statement Thursday that "a real and equitable cost of living increase for regent employes is the major issue before the regents this month." The local supports a flat dollar raise to cover cost of liv- ing increases, instead of a percentage advance that the Hayes firm proposes. The union said it would be present Friday when the board took up the pay plan. On Thursday, the regents approved a hike in the operating budget at University Hospitals, Iowa City, bringing the 1974-75 total to 138.6 million. (See story on rate increase for University Hospitals else- where in The Gazette today.) Hospitals Director John Colloton said more than two- thirds of the budget increase will be offset by a 3 percent rise in bed patients and 6 percent in clinic patients. "There is a tremendous amount of service that goes on in this said Mary Louise Petersen, regent president. The regents also supported Iowa State university in deny- ing a promotion to Dr. Thora'Runyan. The home economics teacher had complained that her husband, Dr. William Runyan, was promoted ahead of her to associate professor, even though she was qualified for the promotion. Mrs. Runyan's department head, university officials and the equal opportunity compliance officer rejected her claim. She said denial of her request constituted sex discrimina- tion. The board earlier voted to reduce by its original legislative askings for tuition replace- ment funds designed to replace money from students that has gone to retire capital improvement bonds. The tuition fund replacement request will now be million for the biennium beginning next year. Expensive Span UPI Telephoto Work continues on the new Missouri river bridge between Sioux City and South Sioux City, Neb. Described as the most elaborate and expensive construction in the state, the bridge will cost some million. It consists of a main span and five smaller bridges. The project is receiving 90 percent federal funding. Independence Sells Bonds For Paving Program Dinner Held for Senior Citizens Regents Set Funding Aid For Clinic DES MOINES The state board of regents have decided to help the failing budget of the child develop- ment clinic at University of Iowa hospitals. Dr. Fred Smith, head of pediatrics at the hospitals, said Thursday that most of the clinic's funding is about to be undercut by two state agen- cies and their interpretation of federal rules. He said the state health department and state services for crippled children think federal rules no longer allow them to fund the clinic, as they had done since 1957. To replace the fund loss, the regents agreed to ask the leg- islature for to supple- ment the 1975-76 budget and to help pay for opera- tions the following year. This year's budget is 000. The clinic estimates that its budget will be next year and at the end of the coming biennium. Iowa OSHA Program Is Catalyst in Nation By Kristelle DES MOINES (UPI) Iowa won strong praise from state and national labor offi- cials here Thursday leading the country in its Occupational Safety and Health act educa- tional program. Harold L. Smith, a U. S. labor department regional director, said Iowa's OSHA training classes at the 15 community colleges for busi- ness and industry managers, employes and the public have provided the "catalyst" for other programs around the na- tion. "The people in Washington are very pleased with the indepth and detailed approach and whole concept of the unique Iowa Smith said. "As a result, a million grant has just been estab- lished for 20 other community colleges in the country to adopt the Iowa model." Majtr Breakthrragh State Labor Commissioner Jerry Addy, who conceived the project for Iowa's com- munity colleges to research and develop OSHA training courses, said they have been "a major breakthrough" in gaining understanding and immediate compliance with the law." Addy, who noted the program has been funded by in state and federal grants since its July, 1973, in- ception, said the courses have cut the state's compliance time from one year to about one week. 12 Modules Dean Airy, the OSHA program director.at the Des Moines Area Community college, said the key to the success of the courses is their flexibility. The Des Moines college has developed eight OSHA train- ing modules explaining compliance requirements in construction and industry and the Kirkwood Community college in Cedar Rapids has developed four modules on hygenic standards. All 12 modules are now available through the state's 15 area community colleges. ON THIS DATE in 1973, the Nixon Administration pro- posed new energy-saving measures as the President expressed guarded hope that voluntary conservation would make gasoline rationing un- necessary. INDEPENDENCE The Independence city council Tuesday night sold bonds to fi- nance the city's 1974 paving which included 17 blocks. General obligation bonds, amounting to were sold to Carleton D. Beh Co., Des Moines, at a net interest rate of 5.3 percent over a ten- year period. The in special as- sessment bonds went to Da in Kalman and Quail, Inc., at an interest rate of 6.8414 percent. No objectors appeared at a public hearing on the pro- posed rezoning of the Glen Martin property on Third street NW from Class A resi- dential to E commercial. Jack Bickcnbach, represent- ing the Mental Health Insti- tute here, discussed with the council water rates for the institution. On the basis of being the city's largest con- sumer of water, officials at the institute requested the wa- ter rales for the institution be lowered. No action on the request was taken. The matter will be reviewed at some future date. With the current bonded in- debtedness, councilmen felt to change the water revenue rates now might not be advis- able as the city could be liable for a lawsuit from purchasers of the water revenue bonds. The council voted to include in the 1975 paving program an additional two blocks on Eighth avenue NE Tenth street to Twelfth street. This .brings to date a total of 20 blocks for next year's paving project. Several property owners liv- ing on Twelfth street and Eighth avenue in northeast Independence attended the council meeting and indicated they would be willing to pay one-fourth of the cost of pav- ing the seven blocks on Twelfth street, proposed for 1975 paving, if the city would agree to share any federal monies received for the pro- ject. The city has applied for toward paving the street through the federal aid of urban system. Final ap- proval on the project has not yet been received. ON THIS DATE in 1808, the Spanish city of Madrid fell to the French under Napoleon. SIGOURNEY All Kcokuk county senior citizens can make reservations for the free Kiwanis sponsored dinner on Sunday by calling the Senior Citizen center in Sigourney. The dinner will be held at the Sigourney high school gymnasiuum with a program Superintendent Quits After Bond Defeat GRINNELL (UPI) The superintendent of the Grin- nell-Newburg Community school district resigned Thurs- day, saying he has become "ineffective as an educational leader of the district." The resignation of Buford W. Garner followed the defeat of a million school bond issue Wednesday. Garner said the dcvisiveness of the cam- paign on the issue was a fac- tor in his decision. to be presented before the meal. The Senior center is deco- rated in holiday finery, compliments of the American Craft club of Sigourney. Airport Post To Anderlik DECORAH Robert An- derlik, Cresco, has been ap- pointed director of mainte- nance at the Decorah airport. Anderlik, who will start work sometime after the first of the year, will be working in the new maintenance building which is slated for completion in January. An FAA-approved air frame and engine inspector, he has formerly been associated with Dwyer Aviation in Mason City and most recently has operat- ed his own aircraft mainten- ance shop in Crescn. 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