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Ames Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Ames, Iowa >4mes daily Tribune monday Ames Iowa dec. 5, 1977 volume to no. 131 fifteen cent Snow slows Central Iowa a we need Good weather not Good Luck a a Story county Engineer Del Jespersen said monday morning after a caller wished him Luck in getting approximately six inches of Snow off the county roads. While the snowfall was tapering off at noon the 20 to 30-mile per hour w ind was making Snow removal difficult and travel in Central Iowa was discouraged by the Iowa department of Public safety. Almost All roads were Khz percent Snow and ice covered leaving numerous cars scattered in the ditches along them As motorists failed in their attempts to make it to their destinations. The Surprise Winter storm started with freezing rain sleet and ice pellets sunday. Thai Slippery base then was covered with up to six inches of Snow state City and county Crews All were at work Early monday trying to Clear the Snow and ice but the High winds whipped the Snow right Back onto the roads behind the Snow plows in places. The blowing Snow also Cut visibility to near Zero in Many places. The Advent of the bad weather led to a heavy demand on Ames by ride system hut City officials said they hoped to be Able to meet All of the requests for rides. Two area schools Nevada and Gilbert did not open due to the poor Road conditions and two others Nesco and United were scheduled to close shortly after noon to get students Home before conditions became any worse. Even though the removal Crews May finally get the White cover off the Street weather temperature noon 23 High 30, 2 . Sunday Low 22. . Today barometer 30.14, rising precipitation As of to . Today .25 inches. Sunrise 7 25 . Sunset 1 41 . Ames. Boone. Nevada becoming partly Cloudy and very cold tonight and tuesday. Pos tonight 5 to to below. Highs tuesday around to above. Winds North to Miles per hour tonight. Iowa s extended weather Outlook for wednesday through Friday Calls for Clear and very cold weather wednesday. It should be Cloudy and not As cold thursday and Friday is Ith a Chance of Snow Friday. High wednesday should be around 5 to 15 and on thursday and friday15 to 25. L own should be to below to 5 above wednesday and 5 to 15 above thursday and Friday. More cooperation suggested for social service groups in debates meeting in Ames this weekend to discuss funding of social service groups in the county encouraged agencies giving Money to those groups to work together delegates from county and City governments the Ames school District the ish student body. Story county department of social services and United Way met in the Ames City administration building Friday night and saturday to discuss better coordination among agencies allocating funds to various social service groups Steve Veitch one of the conference planners and assistant to the Ames City manager said one recommendation by the delegates was that members of the funding organizations sit in on each Otheir a budget hearings to get a better idea of what Money is going to various social service groups. Delegates also recommended that another conference be held next year preferably earlier in the year before agencies begin budget preparations Veitch said he added delegates encouraged the social service groups to Cut costs by cooperating with each other when it is possible perhaps by sharing facilities or sharing in other areas. The conference the first of its kind in Story county was not without some confusion Friday night and Early saturday As delegates attempted to get their bearings Veitch said however he add d. A by six of clock everyone agreed that it had been a worthwhile experience and that we should keep doing the delegates also came up with recommendations on what percentage of social service allocations should go to 17 broadly defined social service areas such As emergency services health services programs for the elderly and substance abuse that information was not available for publication today. And roads it in t Likely to melt away elsewhere very fast since the forecast Calls Tor the temperatures to dive Well below the Zero Mark there were no major accidents reported in the immediate Ames area although there were numerous property damage accidents and a few that resulted in minor injuries. Other areas were not quite As fortunate. The rain and Snow snarled traffic in several areas of Iowa sunday night. Three semitrailer trucks were reported blocking the Road Between Newton and Des Moines on 1-80, troopers said hundreds of other motorists reported stranded cars in ditches the Jasper county sheriff. Office said a nine car pile up occurred in a ditch on 1-80. Near Newton sunday night West of Avoca on 1-80. A 17 year old Driver of a jeep lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a Semi trailer earlier sunday. All occupants in the vehicles were injured two seriously. Forecasters said the two systems were a Low pressure Center in Western Arkansas that was moving Northeast and a similar system in Southwest Minnesota. The first system expected to move into the Ohio Valley dumped ram and freezing rain in the Southeast. The second system separated the state from very cold Arctic air plunging into the Northern Plains. As the systems established themselves across the state sunday temperatures began to drop Sioux City and Decorah had the highest readings with 31, while Decorah reported Only 20 degrees Iowa was t alone in its weather problems according to i United press International. Colorado braced today for As much As one toot of new Snow and More of the winds that produced avalanches during the weekend while a frigid air mass brought heavy snows across the Northern Plains and Midwest about i to 3 inches of Snow fell Over much of Northern and Central Colorado sunday accompanied by winds gusting to 70 Mph. And More was expected across the state today winds of up to too Mph and 6 to 12 inches of new Snow were expected in the High country of Colorado. Heavy Snow warnings were issued for the Rockies above 9,000 Lect. And a High wind warning was issued for Foothills and canyons in Northern Colorado an Avalanche warning was posted for Northern Colorado mountains North of a line from Leadville to Glenwood Springs three avalanches were reported sunday but no one was injured a cold air mass moved across the Black Hills of South Dakota and Northern Nebraska sunday night bringing More than Lour inches of new Snow in parts of Dawes county neb. Covering up an Iowa state student zips up tightly monday morning on his Way to class from the towers dormitories South of the main Campus. The Snow storm made driving walking and even being outside risky at Best but most classes went on As scheduled at Isi Tribune photo by Cary Clarke at the meats lab gov. Robert Ray inspects a cutaway Model of a hog in a classroom at the new $3.9 million Iowa state University meats Laboratory. Ray was one of a half dozen speakers at dedication ceremonies there saturday morning. Afterwards he toured the facility which . Ewing head of the Isi animal science department said will serve extensive study of biological and economic aspects of meat production. Tribune photo by Gary Clarke inspection process tightened by City is Vickie Lopiccolo stall writer Ames has a new set of building inspection procedures As a result it a recent incident involving an area builder who tailed to secure a building permit inspection personnel had made three inspections before realizing a permit had not let Een obtained Tor a duplex at 4306 Toronto St according to a memo from City manager Terry v Sprenkel. The new measures Are not considered foolproof in preventing the occurrence of a similar situation but they represent Quot an improvement in procedures. In addition to the four procedures Sprenkel outlined in the memo he said he has instructed inspection personnel to be a More inquiring As to the legitimacy of construction activity and while in the Field to assume nothing he noted the inspection personnel do this now and said he has a no reason to by critical of their performance but Only wishes to remind them a the procedural modifications Sprenkel outlined should serve to provide a further safeguards against a recurrence of this incident a Sprenkel said a however the primary responsibility for knowing the requirements soliciting inspections and a playing the game by the rules still lies with the contractor a he concluded in the memo the new procedure includes Advance notice of need for inspection Ahi builders contractors or developers will big required to provide at least 24 hour Advance notice of need for inspection having lot pins visible whenever a footing inspection is called for the builder contractor or Developer has the responsibility to see that All lot pins Are present and not covered with Earth or other material the person must also be sure Earth or other materials do not visually or physically impede Access to Yard or lot line locations when measurements Are made building official orders footing inspections. Footing inspections shall be in ,.,.idc Only by direction or order of the building official no exceptions will be made hosting inspection checklist card All bidders developers or contractors will bi1 required to Post an inspection checklist card near the Entrance of each building timing constructed the card will be provided by the building official when the building permit is issued All inspectors will use the card to note the Date certain inspections Are performed notations will by made on the card and requirements not completed will in listed in general Quot Sprenkel said in the memo i feel the inspection personnel have done an admirable Job considering die High volume of construction in the past two y ears they have been Well coordinated and have carried out their duties with very few hitches meetings scheduled the City of Ames has announced three meetings to Fie held the week of dec 5 planning and zoning commission wednesday. 7 30 . Council hampers. Administration building traffic safety committee thursday 3 . Depot conference room Community development Ommittee thursday 3 . First National Bank conference room fifth Street and Burnett Avenue dec. 13 deadline for water appeals dec. 13 will be the final Date for receiving and hearing appeals on water allocations or Premium charges assigned during the City s water allocation program instituted during last Summers drought City manager Terry v Sprenkel said appeals May be submitted in writing or can be made in person at the dec 13 meeting 7 30 ., administration building when the w Ater program will be concluded

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