Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 31, 1974, Page 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette

December 31, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 4 The Cedir RipMs Guette: Tues., 31, for State Employes Likely Val by the time Ihe "lo provide a ctisl of slow inflation rather than MOINES (AP) passes money increase for all public inflation. are likely to based on the Elizabeth Shaw (K- kind of cost-of-living index the same said individual next year, but no one of the largest companies should be set by the how state market rather than ranged from 5 whi. were -elect Fred Nolting living costs, but "un- percent and more by increases in goes for the some general in- answering an to ten percent funding the is warranted in view of Press representatives through a revised state inflation." legislators inclined to give lax, raising Ihe lax Donald Avenson (D- survey said state in upper disagrees, saying "I receive some kind of pay hike, with no house members were fairly evenly divided feel the stale can ask its employes to accept a loss in saying (here in (he five lo seven power year after no state employe raise increase those who believed Lucas DeKoster Roger Shaff (R-Ca- few, however, said should receive said he feels the says state employes increase would depend of eight to 12 should accept receive increases "to amounl of money representatives is made by Ihe extent thai money is avail- Ihe state employes should system without a general tax in- state senators same increase as the set up the merit in two years." the survey declined to cosl-of-living index. we should use it." Senior Tofte (R-Decor- a specific pay has been running said the percentage of saying they 12 percent in the last Richard Ramsey employe pay hikes is one wait to see how contends the "where no two people is available and Frank Crabb be lower than Ihe ever agree." the cost of living has said he would introduce increase in an 1I I lowu ARKA Education Atfencii-s 1974-75 An-afc I j AJ-JA 5 AEA Administrators Named Iowa Couple's Son Safe After Laos Siege ALGONA Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Johnson, Algona, said Monday they were "greatly relieved" that their son reached safety after a week under siege by Laotian rebels. Wayne Johnson, jr.. 32, was one of 19 American civilians to reach safety at Vientiane, Laos, Monday. The former Drake universi- ty track captain and his wife were flown to Vientiane from Ban Houei Sai, a town 240 miles northwest of the Laotian capital. The 1959 Algona high school graduate has been with the United States agencyfor inter- national development fr sever- al years and has been in Laos for four years. The couple spent two weeks visiting relatives in Algona in October before returning to Laos. Johnson said he had not heard from the state depart- ment or from AID officials about his son's plight or his flight to safety. "He was way out in (he sticks, and all I know about his situation now is what I read in the said. River Crossing At Keokuk To Cost More KEOKUK (AP) Soon it will cost motorists an extra nickle to drive from Keokuk to Illinois, or vice versa. The Keokuk bridge commis- sion has announced plans to institute a five-cent increase in the toll charged for automo- biles and pickup trucks cros- sin the Mississippi river bridge. Commissioners said Mon- day the increase to a 15-cent toll expected lo go into ef- fect later this week is nec- essary to meet increasing costs of operation and mainte- nance. A paint job to refur- bish the bridge accounted for part of this year's defi- cit, a commission spokesman aid. The increase is expected to provide an additional annually. The toll increase will be the first since the early 1910s. New Snag for Historical Unit By Harrison Weter DES MOINES (IDPA) The attorney general's office has cast a legal cloud on ac- tion taken recently by the newly-created state historical board because a quorum has not been present. The board has been caught in the middle of a controversy involving the state hisiuriuai society. In an opinion issued Tues- day, Assistant Attorney Gen- eral Elizabeth A. Nolan, notes there are only six members at present on the department and powers and cction to fill the six open seats ceived a copy of the opinion as __ .1 ,_. Miss Nolan states in the opinion. The general assembly has withdrawn from Ihe state his- torical society most of the au- thority it formerly exercised as a state agency and relegat- on the department board. Tuesday and said he will "The society's officers and have further comment on the board of curators continue to election date after he has read hold office for the remainder theopinion. of the terms lo which they Dr. Russell Ross. Iowa City, were elected. The president past president of the board, (of the society) may appoint a had previously declined to call DES MOlNES-Selection of chief adminis- trators for the newly-organized Area Educa- tion Agency (AEA) boards of directors has been completed throughout the state, accord- ing to David Gilliland, consultant in the de- partment, of public instruction. They will replace the 52 county and joint county superintendents on July 1. 1975. Chief administrators named for Eastern Iowa districts are: Area L. Hansen. Fayelte- Chickasaw superintendent. Area Ploeger, Marshall-Pow- eshiek county superintendent. Area H. Grier, Black Hawk- Buchanan-Grundy county superintendent. Area B. Stout, Muscatine- Scott Joint County school system superin- tendent. Area G. Bode, Linn-Joint County school system superintendent. Area G. Roseberry. Albia Community schools superintendent. ed it to a position under the committee to obtain nomina- a meeting to elect officers be- supervision of the state histor- ical board, she explained. lions for department board cause he had been advised bv !o be elected bv One question now posed is society." Miss Nolan stated. the legality of the action taken by the historical toard on Martion Neely. Iowa City icga! counsel he did not have the authority to do so. In her opinion to Neely, Caution Encouraged; 5 or 6 Deaths Seen lawyer and president pro tern- Miss Nolan said members of Dec. 11 when il approved the pore of the board of curators, the state department board allocation of in feder- said Tuesday he would call a are entitled to MO per diem al funds to preserve historic meeting of the board by the plus expenses terd "VC "f tteek mnmKnn; nf tno hnarrt members of the board were procedures for electing board members to Ihe state depart- ment. The attorney general's opin- ion was requested by Neely. who had declined to call a meeting for this purpose pre- viously because of uncetainly he felt concerning the legal governor. The remaining six are to come from the ranks uf chu state historical society. There has been a reluctance on the part of some officials of the society to put the machi- nery in motion to elect six board 'members for fear it would mean the demise of t e society which dates back to 1856. Powerless The department board is now powerless to take any off- icial action, according lo Miss Nolan, because a quorum (seven members) is impos- sible unless Ihe six state his- torical sociely members are elected. She cites a section of the Io- wa code which provides that a ty-Coralville area experienced the head from behind. present when the action was taken. Assistant Attorney General Nolan said it's obvious such an impasse can be cured by legislation in Ihe nexl general "assembly. Reorganization It's also Ihe opinion of Ihe attorney general's office, she said, thai Ihe state historical society curators have Ihe pow- er lo effect a reorganixalion by providing for a special el- East lowans Are Charged In Fur Thefts RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (AP) Three lowans were ability of the board to act. He being he'd in Richland counly had requested a clarification Jail Monday on charges of pos- of the board's status to deter- session and sale of 415 raccoon mine if the legislation creat- Pp'ts allegedly stolen from a ing (he stale department had Chelsea, Iowa, fur company dissolved the board. Neeley said he had mil' re- Three Service Station Holdups in Iowa City Area IOWA CITY The Iowa Ci- said he was Ihen struck over quorum of a public body is a majority of the number of members fixed by statute. The inlent of the legislature was to merge three depart- ments the historical mu- seum and archives located in DCS the alale liibluri- cal sociely and Ihe state his- toerical preservation board, both located at Iowa City. a rash of service station rob- beries late Monday night and early Tuesday. The first robbery occurred at the Slandard slalion at the corner of Clinton and Burling- ton streets shortly before Muuda> According to the attendent. a ear pulled up, a man re- mained behind the wheel and When he came to he found an undertermined amount of money had been taken from the register. two weeks ago. The three were identified as Schott, 20, Cedar Rapids; David Smith, 19, Cog- gon, and a 17-year-old Cedar Rapids juvenile. Warrants charging the three with larceny have been issued, Tama county, Iowa, authori- ties said. The three were arrested as they were crossing the Missis- sippi river bridge between Prairie du Chien and Mar- quelte, Iowa, Friday. DES MOINES (UPI) Tuesday night is New Year's eve traditionally the most celebrated drinking occasion of the year and state safety officials are urging motorists not to mix "holiday spirits" with driving. Despite the warning about staying off (he road after a night of celebrating. Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Robert Holetz is predicting five or six deaths will occur on Iowa roads during the 30-hour period from 6 p.m. Tuesday to midnight Wednesday. "We base that on the aver- ages of the last ten to 12 Holetz said, "and we certainly hope we- don't have more than that this year." Fatalities Down Traffic accidents in Iowa last New Year's eve and New- Year's day took five lives. However, while the year got off to bloody start on Iowa highways, the number of traff- ic fatalities in the slate dropped markely during 1974, with safety officials crediting reduced speed limits for the big drop in dealhs. Iowa department of public safety records as of Monday morning showed 663 traffic deaths in Iowa during 1974, with lhal figure including only fatalities occurring on public roads. It compares with 811 dying in Iowa accidents during the same period of 1973. Holetz said drinking must be considered when looking at traffic death tolls. He said, "As a general rule, just over one-third of all accidents are alcohol related." Increase Patrols He said state and local pol- ice will increase patrols from idnight to early Wednesday in an effort to keep intoxicated motorisls off the roads. He said the beefed up pa- trols are necessary because, despite warnings, people still drive after drinking alcoholic beverages. "We know that regardless of what we say. people will still drink and Holtez said. "We don't live in a cave. We try to be realistic and ad- vise people not to drink exces- sively and then attempt to drive." LI. Col. Al Chrystal of the Iowa highway patrol said the increased traffic patrols are not only designed to save inno- cent persons' lives but also "lo serve notice on the public that if a driver is intoxicated he or she will be arrested." "We feel like we're doing them the biggest favor we can do in arresting he add- ed. "It's better to have them arresled lhan injured or killed." The problem of merging the a woman entered the station, three departments. Miss No- She was holding her hand in Ian said, is complicated by the her coat as if she were armed fact lhal since 1867 Ihe mem- and demanded money, bership of the historical socie- The atlendent gave her an ty has also operated as a legal undetermined sum from the entity under articles of incor- cash register and the poration. Road Construction in Benton at two Not the Society "The corporation is not dis- ville. One man brandished a solved by the statute which es- sma" caliber aulomatic Plsto1 tablishes the Iowa stale histor- ical department. Nor is it the society which is subject lo re- organizalion in the state his- mately slx .tal1' navin8 torial cepartmenl. Its assets cash register drove off. Al 11 p.m., Iwo men entered the Hudson station in Coral- 5fi leading into Garrison at cost of 824.000; Four bridge repair projects one five miles northeast VINTON Benton county's plans for road construction work in 1H75 will cost about 8384.6011. Among Ihe new county pro- jects slated for the 1975 con- struction season are: Repaving a half mile of L'- a Bank Interest Rates Drop Sharply During December DES MOLNES Inter- est rates Iowa banks are re- quired to pay un deposits of public funds in January' are sharply lower than those set a month ago, State Treasurer Maurice Baringer said Mon- day. On deposits of public money of MOA.OftO "r more. Baringer said, the Iowa rate-setlinc committee has fixed the maxi- mum rate for 30 lo 59 days starting Jan. 1 at 7.5 percent. That is a reduction from Ihe 925 percent maximum the committee set less than 30 days ago, Baringer baid.to 7.50 percent. The reduction is 1.75 percent in less than 30 days. The treasurer said were reduced sharply in iither time- brackets as well, except that deposits for 180 days or -ill eirri tin- same rate month as in December. Speaking for the rate-set- liarinuer said Inwa's rates 'were cnmpeti- lue at the tme wi- set ihem less than a month ago. but they were out of line a short Unit.' after that." lie said treasurers of var- ious government subdivisions reported they had trouble this month putting money in inter- est-bearing accounts in local banks "because bankers felt unable to pay the interest rales we had authorized." The law requires the rate Huff in CrQSn setting committee to meet quarterly and fix the interest rates banks must pay on var- ious types nf deposits of public funds. Baringer said city and coun- ty treasurers may negotiate rates with banks up to one IicrccntaL'c poinl less than !hc maximum set by the rate set- ling committee. Baringer said the commit- tee's goal for January is in make state rates conform more to the over-all downward trtnd that si-ms lo IM- ilcvrltip- im; among all shurt term in- vestment medm while the other tied up Ihe al- lendent. The armed bandil Vinton on road E-16 at a cost was described as approxi- of one south of Luxerne at 11 cost of and Iwn six miles north of Dysart at each. Also three re-grading and resurfacing projects covering five miles at a cost of one project two miles south nf Atkins for two miles of road running west from Io- wa 21H and Ml. Auburn for HOfl. anil ime mile of east-west south of shoulder-length brown hair, and wearing a green parka and blue jeans. The two men left with an undertermined amount of cash. The atlendent described their vehicle as a light blue over dark blue van. Al a.m., a van of the same description pulled into K-fiH ;i mile Ihe Canterbury service stalion on Firsl avenue in Coralville. Again Iwo men entered. A man with blonde hair lold at- Icndenl Mark Davis lo open Ihe safe. Davis refused and Regradlng one mile of nnrlh-souih road in northwest Benton county one mile east of Iowa 21S and ;i mile south of the Benlon-Black Hawk county lines ill a cost of and une box culvert repair on the mirth i-dge nf Belle Plaine at a cost in S4.UOO. A bridge which washed out east of Belle Plaine during last summer's heavy rains will be replaced at a cosl of The bridge is one of three heavily damaged last summer. The others have been lemporarily taken care of one was dynamited and dropped into Little Bear Creek northeast of Newhall lo form a low-water crossing. The wash- out on the other over Dry Creek two miles north of At- kins was re-filled and the structure embargoed to five Ions. The county has received from the federal civil defense fund lo help repair the three bridges, but County En- gineer Gerald Pelermelcr said the whole will go to help re-build the bridge over Stern creek near Belle Plaine. The future of the other two is uncertain, other than they will hopefully remain in use as they now are. In addition to Ihe new coun- ty projects for 1975. has been allotted lo complete wurk begun in prior years but not completed. Train Car Derails; Blocks Intersection IOWA CTTY-One car dc.- railed un the Crandic line be- tween Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning and blocked the interseclion of the Swisher blacktop. No injuries were reported. Officials are investigaling the cause of the accident. CEDAR FALLS Richard Davis, 23, Traer, was admit- ted to a Cedar Falls hospital Monday afternoon following a collision here between his car and a Iruck driven by Jerry Nissen, 34, Cedar Falls. Nis- sen was nol injured, but was charged with failure to slop for a stop sign. Judge To Dismiss Traffic Tickets DES MOINES (UPI) An estimated backlog of overdue parking and traffic tickets will be dismissed, Chief Polk county District Judge Gibson C. Holiday said Monday. Holiday said he plans to meet this week with the clerk of court and Sheriff Dick Clemens to determine which of the 50.- 000 overdrc tickets will be dropped. Sheriff's bailiffs are responsible lor serving warrants for overdue tickets, hot have not had the employes or time to serve them, county officials noted. "The exact program for dismissing the charges has not yet been formulated." Holiday said, adding "A lot of the tick- ets will be dismissed." He said many of those to be dropped are impossible to serve because the Individuals live outside of the Des Molnes area or have since died. He said the backlog of tickets has been accimniating since September, 1973, when mere than traffic charges were dismissed In a move to "clean op" local and coirt dockets. Holiday said about of the tickets are for non- moving violations such as speeding and failure lo obey stop signs, officials said. 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