Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sewage Treatment Plant . Bill Is Sent To Governor
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DES MOINES (AP)-A bill to appropriate more than $2.9 million for sewage treatment works plants has received final legislative approval by the Iowa house.
The house passed the bill 82-10 and sent it to the governor Wednesday after soundly defeating a move by conservative legislators to cut off any future state grants for sewage treatment works construction.
Rep. Richard Weldon (R-Iowa Falls) proposed amending the bill to pay only $778,430 in sewage works construction projects in the cities of Davenport, Bettendorf, Riverdale and Panorama Park.
The amendment, which was sponsored by the house appro-p r i a t i 0 n s committee, would
Bv Frank Nye
Te said the money in the mu- DES M0|NES _ A d for
mcipal assistance fund could be, f, deb b ,he ^ „ouse
used by local communities for; . .. J ... , ,
J I appropriations committee late
Wednesday were bills putting up
$7,750 million for conservation
almost any public purpose, eluding sewage works.
He said determining every year which cities are going to
projects and $400,000 for the College of Osteopathic Medicine
get sewage works grants is like and Surgery in Des Moines. a gambling game. 0 .... .
The conservation bill, which
includes a $1.5 million allotment for the Volga lake project in
have placed $2 million in the state’s municipal assistance fund to be distributed on a per capita basis to all Iowa cities in lieu of sewage works construction grants.
Welden called the bill “pork barrel legislation” and said that without the amendment there will be no end to the continuing grants in future years.
“If the state is going to continue distributing a subsidy year after year, it should be distributed equally to all,” Welden said. “I’d rather buy the annuity with $2 million a year passed out through the municipal assistance fund than roll the dice.” But Rep. John Clark (R-Keokuk) said the bill would send the sewer works money to
Fayette county, made it through the committee, 23 to 7, with only one change.
State Rep. Arthur Small (D-Iowa City) was successful, 20 to IO, in striking from the bill a provision that would have prohibited the state from acquiring1 abandoned railroad rights-of-! way.
Abortion Bill "Conscience" Clause Voted by House Unit
DES MOINES — In a sudden burst of activity with adjournment in sight, the Iowa house appropriations committee late Wednesday approved a two-way consience clause” abortion bill that docs not include an appropriation.
Only Rep. Richard Welden (R-Iowa Falls) voted “no” on the motion to send the bill to the house floor for debate and no one raised a question what the appropriations committee was doing with an appropriation-less bill.
Twenty-two committee members Noted for the bill and a number of others passed or voted “present”.
The bill was the work of the
Man Sentenced for Damage to Tower
Spacial to The Gazette
MARENGO—A Williamsburg man, Ronald L. Wiebold, Friday received two years probation in connection with the shooting of a hole in the Williamsburg water tower last year.
Wiebold, 24, must also set up a plan of restitution for the damage with the city within 60 days under a court order signed Friday by Judge I/iuis VV Schultz.
Schultz sentenced Wiebold to five years in the state reformatory at Anamosa, then suspended the sentence and placed him on two years probation Wiebold pled guilty to a charge of injury to a utility earlier after being arrested by Williamsburg police in the fall for firing his hunting rifle at the water tower. A hole and a substantial leak resulted from the gunshot.
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In other court action, Schultz
revoked the bond of a Minneapolis, Minn., man in a drunk driving charge filed in February.
The action came after Sheriff William J. Spurrier was unsuccessful in serving official papers on John Steve Smith, who was arrested Jan. 25 for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
Bid Is Submitted On Sugar Bottom Resurfacing Work
IOWA CITY _ I,. PelllnR
Co. of Iowa City, submitted the apparent low bid of $50,260 to the Rock Island district, corps of engineers, this week to resurface access roads from the north and east into the Sugar Bottom public use area at Coralville.
The government estimate for this work was $48,040.
One access road extends west into the public use area from a Johnson county road between! Iowa City and Solon. The second access road extends south into the public use arca from the east side of the Mehaffey bridge, which crosses Coralville! south of Lake Macbride state park. One of the two access' roads will remain open for traffic at all times during the resurfacing.
This work will begin within 15 days after the successful bidder receives notice to proceed and the road resurfacing is to be completed 60 days after notice to proceed is received by the contractor.
committee itself and bypassed two other bills with conscience clauses that have been in the possession of the human resources committee.
The committee bill is a bit different in that it not only mandates that no individual may be required to participate in an abortion against his religious beliefs or moral convictions, but it also provides there can be no discrimination against an individual who does participate in performing an abortion.
Hospitals would not be required to permit abortions, unless they are supported with public funds. The only exception for private hospitals not wishing to permit abortions would l>e in instances where the procedure would save the life of the mother.
One section of the bill makes it clear officials of hospitals where abortions are permitted cannot be prohibited from inquiring of employes, prospective employes or persons with staff privileges or who might be given staff privileges, whether they would refuse to participate in an abortion.
The bill does not provide penalties for violations of its provisions. .
the places where it is needed. ,
Communities have applied for Dredging Item
the funds and already budgeted Rep. Frank Crabb (R-it, he said. Denison) tried to get the
The allocation through the $500,000 item for dredging lakes municipal assistance fund, 1 into the bill raised to $1.5 Clark said, would amount to i million but failed on a 13-13 tie only a little more than $1 per vote.
capita, which wouldn’t be The bill calls for $250,000 enough to build any kind of a more than was recommended municipal sewage system. The by Gov. Robert Ray for the amendment was defeated 76-16. 1974-75 conservation capital im-
The grant swould go to municipalities which are eligible for 75 percent sewage work construction grants under the federal water pollution control act.
In addition to Volga lake, for which the governor had recommended only $250,000, and the dredging item, for which the governor had recommended
rru on im jju *u nothing, the bill also allocates $1 The $2,931,350 provided by the! . .. ^ ,
Kin ™ ,1 j , 1 ^ * ii million each to the Bill Creek bill would supplement the . , D Moines and for $3,226,520 approved for the gra-|P “ I “ ,,,
grants last year. Each project is to receive 5 percent 0 fthe eligible project cost, as determined by the Iowa water quality commission.
The bill includes these amounts for these communities:
Amana Sanitary district,
$16,470; Clinton, $335,000; Clutier, $3,050; Davenport, $789,320:
Greeley, $1,890; Hopkinton,
$25,750; Ladora, $4,110; Tama,
$9,500; Urbana, $4,480; Williamsburg, $11,940.
a land purchase project on Rathbun lake in southern Iowa; $1,450 million for the Pleasant Creek project near Palo; $1,250 million for the Brushy Creek project near Fort Dodge; $500,000 for the open spaces program and $550,000 for miscellaneous items.
The $400,000 for the osteopathic college actually was appropriated to the state execu
tive council 10 pass along 10 me. school if its 1974-75 freshman class is made up of at least 30 percent Iowans.
The committee voted 26 to 5 to send the bill to the calendar but only after defeating an amendment by Rep. Joan Lipsky (R-Cedar Rapids).
Rep. Lipsky’s amendment would have channeled the $400,000 to the students in the form of tuition grants rather than to the school by way of the executive council.
Her amendment was defeated, 23 to 7, with the “yes” votes in addition to her own coming from Reps. Donald Avenson (D-Oelwein), James Caffrey (floes Moines), Wally Horn (D-Cedar Rapids), James Middles-wart (D-Indianola), Joe Rinas (D-Marion) and Arthur Small (D-Iowa City).
Voting to give the money to the school, a privately-operated college, instead of the students were: Reps. Charles Grasslcy ( R - N e w Hartford), Adrian Brinck (D-West Point), Glenn B r 0 c k e 11 (R-Marshalltown), Frank Crabb (R-Denison), Elmer Den Herder (R-Sioux Center), Norman Dunlap (R-Ames), Keith Dunton (D-Thorn-burg), C. Ray Fisher (R-Grand Junction).
Also, W’illiam Griffee (D-Nashua), Greg Cusack (D-Dav-enport), Norman Jesse iD-Des Moines), E. Jean Kiser (R-Dav-enport), Donald Lippold (R-VVat-erloo), Lester Menke (R-Calu-met), Richard Norpel (D-Bellc-vue), Brice Oakley (R-Clinton), Louis Peterson (R-Lawton), Laverne Schroedcr (R-McClel-land), Delwyn Stromer (R-Gar-ner), Clarence Strothman (II-New London), Richard Welden (R-Iowa Falls) and Russell Wyckoff (D-Vinton).
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