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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa IO The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tri.. April 19, 1971 Paving Project Bid Accepted at Marion Bv Larry Tanner Marion’s council Thursday night accepted the bid of the E and F Cement and Asphaltic Concrete Co., Inc., Cedar Rapids, for the 1974 paving project No. I. The bid was $284,770.29. This was about five percent over the engineer's estimate or $271,110.23. City Engineer Terry Chew said the price of concrete rose about that figure last week, making the difference between the estimate and the low bid. One other bidder, Cedar Valley Corporation of Waterloo, presented a bid of $289,766.20. No objectors appeared at a hearing on the plans, specifications and form of contract for the paving project. Turned Auctioneer Mayor William J. Grundy turned auctioneer during the meeting, but his efforts were not highly successful. The city auctioned off, or tried to auction, two police squad cars. One of the 1971 models was sold to Kenneth Millsap, 1020 Fourteenth street, for $450. The other car had a bid of $425 which the council turned down. The council voted 4-2 to follow Grundy's recommendation to not sell the car for the $425 bid. A vote of 3-3 resulted on the $450 bid which Grundy recommended the council reject. However, Grundy had a change of mind and voted to break the tie and approve the sale. Disposition of the other car was turned over to City Manager Fred L. Day to ponder. Bidding Reset Receipt of bids for a new police car was reset from May 2 to May 16 by the council. Paul Rote. chairman of the Marion water board, read a statement to the council. He urged the city not to isolate the water department from other city departments. He asked the city to keep the water department informed about proposed new developments within t h e city. The water board has instituted a new policy, Rose said, in that developers now' must bear Bids Accepted on Bonds For Vernon School Work By Pat Kress At their Thursday night meeting, the Marion Independent board of education opened bids for sale of $1,375,000 in bonds to be used to finance construction of the addition and renovation of C.B. Vernon junior high school. Harris Trust and Savings Bank, LaSalle National Bank, and White Phillips Co. of Chicago were the low bidders, with a net interest of $861,093.50 and a net interest rate of 5.1439 percent. This bid was accepted by the board. Other bids were: Becker and Cownie, Inc., Iowa Des Moines National Bank, of Des Moines, and First National Bank of Marion, $874,949.25 net interest, 5 2267 percent net interest rate:1 Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust and First Mid-America Corp. of Chicago, $882,539.35 net interest, 5.272039 percent net interest rate. Other Bidders Northern Trust Co., Dam., Kalman, and Quail, Inc., Shaw, McDermott and Co., Central National Bank and Trust Co., all; of Chicago, and Farmers State Bank. Marion, $871,681 net interest, 5.20717 percent net interest rate. First National Bank, Blair A. Phillips Co., and William Blair and Co., of Chicago, $884,122.44 net interest, 5.28149 percent net interest rate; and Carleton D. Beh Co., Des Moines, an oral bid of $878,499.13 net interest and 5.2479 percent net interest rate. Superintendent Dr. Richard Sorensen told the board the architect was “pretty much on schedule’’ and would submit final plans to the board the middle of May. Bids would be opened around the third week in June. According to the new federal! rn i n i pi u rn wage guidelines,1 school districts are among those , who must rise to the minimum wage, Dr. Sorensen said. Raises Required About 28 people employed by the school, mostly cooks, must buJloanewhomP! ON YOUR LOT be raised to $1.90 per hour by May I. This will cost the district about $969.60. The board voted to approve these pay raises. After investigating various methods of purchasing or leasing a new accounting machine system. Business Manager Daune Datisman told the board he felt the cheapest method would be to buy such a system. The board voted to advertise for bids on such a machine and will open these bids at a special meeting May 16. Director Robert French suggested the board attend the high school swing choir concert on the evening of May 2, the regular board meeting. Tentative plans are to meet at 7 that night in the high school library, adjourn for the concert, and reconvene after the concert. Following the open meeting,) the board went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. the cost of water main extension In the past, the department has shared in the extern! sion cost. Developers must pay! in advance for the water main extensions. No Objectors No objectors appeared at pub-; lie hearings to change zoning on two properties. Involved were the Finley-Fay properties on Blairs Ferry road and land; owned by Jan Burg on which he desires to build an addition to the Willow Gardens nursing home. Fifth avenue and Thirty-first street. The Finley-Fay property, being developed by Robert Toussaint, has been under consideration as a possible location for a liquor store. Other sites also are being considered by the Iowa state liquor commission. Grundy said the council will meet next Wednesday morning with the liquor commission to discuss a possible site for the store. The former store site on Seventh avenue and Seventh street has been abandoned. Four Ordinances Third reading and final adop-: tion was approved for four ordinances. These were: An ordinance rezoning lots 72 through 77 of Linnwood Acres first addition from R-2 to R-4 residential; an ordinance prohibiting horseback riding on unimproved portions of city streets; An ordinance establishing the position of “park foreman” with other civil service positions as requested by the city’s civil service commission, and an ordinance amending the code concerning garbage and refuse collection to extend the 50 percent rate reduction for tenants over 65 years of age. First reading was approved for an ordinance vacating a por-j tion of Fifth avenue and Thirty-: first street due to the re-location of the intersection of the two streets. Also approved was an ordinance making park board rules violations a misdemeanor. Peiper’s Addition The preliminary plat of Peiper’s first addition was approved by the council. Approval was given to the final plats of these! additions, Peiper's, Valley Park and Becwar’s. The latter plat is outside the city limits, but within the two-mile limit which requires council approval. The plan of improvements for Bowman Woods VHI addition also was approved. This addition also is outside the city limits. Two partial and one final payments were made on three city projects. These are (with amounts paid); Welsh and Welsh Construction, Inc., of Marion, $224.24, final payment on jail project; B.A. Westbrock, $9,936 and $1,665 for library and swimming pool projects. Paving project No. 2, asphaltic re-surfacing contract, was awarded to Bituminous Materials, Co. Inc., of Marion. The firm bid $132,570 for the project at the April 4 meeting. Presented Petition Residents in the area of Thirteenth street between Eleventh and Thirteenth avenues presented a petition to the council seeking removal of all “no parking’’ signs from the two block area of the street. The petition was received and filed. Day told the council that April 29 is the starting date for the annual city cleanup week. He said the city would not pick up junked care. Cigaret and dance permits were approved for Zodiac No-Sauce Inn, Inc., 5185 Eighth avenue. The business will be a nonalcohol bar, city officials said. The council adjourned the meeting until next Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. when it expects to take action on matters pertaining to the library project, south side electric transmission line and rezoning requests. * * * We would like to thank the Reverand J. A. Miller, and all, for cards, flowers, and prayers. The Cleo Zachmeyer family, and The Wayne Sutcliffe family. —Adv. Marion Man, 23, Is Hurt in Crash James M. Ketchum, 23, of 599 Seventh street, was injured Thursday night in a car-motor-cycle accident at the intersection of Fourth avenue and Seventh street. Ketchum was kept for observation overnight in the St. Luke’s hospital intensive care unit. He was released from the hospital Friday morning. He suffered head lacerations in the crash. Police said his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Virgil L. Ashley, 28, of 220 Sixth avenue. Investigation into the accident continued Friday. Police indicated charges would be filed. * * * Set Recital — Mobel Kearns will present her piano students in recital Saturday at 2 p.m. at her home, 344 Ninth street. Students taking part are Cindy Wheeler, Heidi Boettcher, Laurie and JoLynn Brown, David Burkhart, Sue Halvorson, Julie Adams, Tammy Carter, Jodi, Becky and Robin Brown, Peggy Hopson, Margaret Cosey, Patty Blin, Pamela Herrington and Marion Carson. *    *    * YMCA — Saturday’s activity schedule at the Marion branch YMCA is: Non-aquatic — grade school open gym 9 a.m.; junior high    open gym    10:30,    senior high and adult open gym noon, family gym 3; gym closed 4 to 7; teenager night 7; pool — preschool working mothers swim 9 i a.m.. *    *    * Ready your Air Conditioner for the hot summer days ahead. I ; Foster Heating and Air Condi-1 tioning    Inc.    790    lith    Street. : 377-6323.-Adv. * * * Marion Rainbow Assembly 124 will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Masonic temple. Initiation has been set. * * * I wish to thank friends and relatives for cards, flowers and gifts while I was hospitalized. Mrs. Harold Munier.—Adv. * * * Marion Barber Service closed' April 22nd thru 29th. Vacation.—' Adv. Predict Poorest Big Three Auto Profits in Decade DETROIT (AP) — Stock mar-ket analysts predict the big three auto makers collectively will report their worst first-quarter profits in more than a decade. The analysts say January-through-March earnings for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler will range from very poor to terrible because of a severe sales slump coming on the heels of a banner year in 1973. “Stinking sales,” said auto analyst Robert Williams of Argus Research Corp. in New York. Down 27 Percent Sales are down more than 27 percent from last year, and production has fallen 34 percent,! forcing layoff of more than 107,000 workers. General Motors, is expected, to be the biggest loser. Its sales during the quarter plummeted nearly 38 percent because big cars, the mainstay of its previous success, aren't selling. GM attributes the slump to consumer uncertainty over the economy and fuel availability. The stock experts say Ford is in the best position profitwise because of its early invasion of the small car market with a variety of compacts and subcompacts, even though its sales were off 24 percent from the! first three months of 1973. $1.35 a Share If the analysts are correct, big three first-quarter profits will total as little as $1.35 a share, lowest since 1961, when the auto makers returned an aggregate 75 cents a share. Williams said earnings would look especially poor in contrast to the first quarter of 1973 when the companies reported record total earnings of $8.14 a share. Flag Is Raised . . .by the Photo-Cell's Early Light IOWA CITY — Someone in Iowa City is in for a horrible shock. On, or about, June I this unknown person will be passing the new $3.8 million federal building presently under construction. If it happens to be the exact moment of sunrise, that person will be startled to see the American flag pop out of a container half way up the federal building flag pole. The flag will then merrily dash to the top of the flag pole without human assistance. Although this may look somewhat strange, when and if it happens, there is a logical explanation. According to Calvin W. Foster, 38, resident construction manager at the building site, “The whole thing works off of a photo-cell activator. What happens is when the sun comes up the sun hits the photo cell and the flag automatically runs up the flag pole. “Of course the process is reversed at night.'’ Foster is quick to explain “There is a manual override if some one dies and you want to fly the flag at half mast.” Foster denied rumors that a lightening flash at night would activate the photo-cell and run the flag up the pole. He said firmly “A momentary flash flicker of light won't do it.” Foster estimated the cost of the flag pole of $2,500 plus “another $500 for the electrical equipment.” 30 YEARS AGO - British bombers sowed explosives in the Danube river, forcing the Nazis to abandon all traffic. Magnavox - Motorola Sony Records & Tapes Current Hits and over 1,000 oldies MARION TV and RECORDS 1175 Seventh Ave. 377-0471 Marion Excellent ••taction of records A topos. 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