Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 19, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4 The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mon , Aug. IS. 1974
Authority To Subpoena
Will Expedite Process
By William L. Eherline
DES MOINES (AFO -Authority to subpoena records during investigation of discrimination complaints gives the Iowa civil rights commission a new tool which officials say will expedite processing of cases.
The subpoena authority was granted to the commission by the 1974 legislature and the legislative rules review committee approved the rules under which subpoenas can be used
“This will expedite our investigations in several ways and help us keep our case backlog under control,” said Joseph Tate, commission director.
The commission is charged under the Iowa civil rights act with dealing with complaints of discrimination in jobs, housing or public accommodations on the basis of race, treed, color, sex or age
It has broavl powers to seek conciliation of complaints, hold public hearings and take court action if necessary.
Tate says the case load is so heavy that its investigators need all the help they can get to speed up the handling of cases.
At the end of July, he said, the commission had 1,038 cases that were not closed. Of these, 693 were in the “pre-investigative stage.” 270 had
been assigned to investigators, OS were in the process of conciliation and seven were
awaiting public hearing or were in court
How Does It Help'’
Besides that. Tate said, the number of cases filed is growing each year. There were 444 filings in 1972, 531 in 1973 and so far this year. 340.
How does the new subpoena authority help?
“In the first place, the fact that the authority is on the books will bring about more voluntary compliance with investigators’ requests for pertinent records.” Tate said
He explained there also arr
Bond Vote Set Thursday In Mar-Mac School District
MCGREGOR - McGregor and Marquette residents will vote Thursday on two propositions which the Mar-Mac school board feel would allow it to implement a building and remodeling program for the district’s schools.
One item on the bond election ballot would authorize the
school district to issue not more than $458,000 in bonds for the remodeling, furnishing and building project in McGregor.
The second issue in the election would authorize the school board to levy an annual tax between IO and 15 mills.
The measures require 60
/SU, U. of I. Mascots on New Liquor Decanters
DES MOINES (AP)- Loyal supporters of Iowa State university and the University of Iowa will soon be able to buy liquor decanters in the likeness of the schools’ mascots.
ISU’s “Cy the Cyclone” and the U. of !.*§ “Herky the Hawk” will hold a fifth of 100-month-old, 86 proof bourbon and will sell for about SI 7 50
The state is ordering the commemorative decanters because there probably will be a demand for the souvenirs, said Rolland Gallagher, director of the state beer and liquor control department.
He originally had decided to order decanters in the likeness of the Drake university
Ruling Against Stockholders of Elberon Elevator
TOLEDO — Dietnet Judge Clinton E. Shaeffer.has ruled the two sole stockholders of Elberon Elevator. Inc., must surrender possession of the property to Eugene Severson. Belle Plaine.
Severson had filed a suit against the firm, contending a verbal agreement had been made between him and Larry F, Mosebach, Tama, and Robert Blythe. Cedar Rapids. in March, 1973, for Severson’s April I purchase of the elevator at $50,000 When Severson, however notifed the defendents on A it#
3, 1973, that he wished to take possession of the property, Mosebach returned the $5 OOO downpayment on what he said was an agreement to purchase common stock in th? corporation
Judge Shaeffer also ruled that Severson should receive a total $40 OOO credit toward the purchase price. This sum includes insurance monies received by Mosebach and Blythe for fire damage suv tained to the elevator prior to the April I date on which he initially wa* to have taken possesion of the property, and the $5,000 down payment
Bulldog, but that project has been temporarily sidelined.
Gallagher said he received letters from the two state universities stating they had no objections to the project, but Drake President Wilbur Miller said he didn’t send such a letter because he believes there are better ways of getting publicity for the university
Some universities that have approved the program have received royalties from the sales of the decanters, according to McCormick Distillery of Weston. Mo., which produces them.
The McCormick firm’s representative reportedly told U. of I. Athletic Director Bump Elliott there was a possibility of royalties for the school, but did not detail how the school could receive the money.
There are no plans to make decanters depicting mascots of fher Iowa schools, said Gallagher
The decanters are to be delivered by Sept 15 so they can be marketed through the coming football season, he added
35 Apply in Clayton County For Disaster Aid
McGREGOP - A total of 35 Clayton county farmers have applied for flood disaster payments. according to Donald A Wold, Agricultural, Stabilization and Conservation CASC) committee county chairman.
This is about 50 percent of th*- producers eligible to apply for this program.
Additional applications to the ASC committee are expected if an early frost occurs or as farmers determine their allotment crops have already been so stressed that yields acre Likely to be substantially below average, he said
The diasaster payment program was included in the four-year farm legislation passed by congress last year, and can only be made for allotment acreages of wheat, corn, grain sorghum, or barley.
percent voter approval, and district voters Dec’. 4 narrowly defeated the same proposal.
The program which would he funded calls for remodeling portions of the interior of the present McGregor school buildings, including gym and lunchroom, to allow these buildings to accommodate the school's music deparment and all lower elementary grades.
Middle and high school classes are already housed there
A new gymnasium-lunch-room would then be built west of the high school building which would eliminate the need for the Marquette elementary building.
Abandoning of the Marquette building for use as a school was recommended previously in a county-sponsored study.
Keota Schools Develop Career Education Plan
community school district has developed a plan for implementing career education that has been labeled “ Keota s Educational Opportunities to Awareness”.
Parittailly funded through a total of $50.(MHI in grants the school system has received over the last four years, anil with the possibility of supplemental funds from a mill levy to be voted on in September. the program has been designed with three phases
These are career awareness, career alertness and career exploration
Positive use of leisure time is one aim of the program, and to accomplish this three attainments are considered necessary by planners.
These would be acquisition of a hobby, development of an interest that causes one to be socially active, and development of team concept skills.
The program would be carried out one day each week during regular class time in the school
Elderly To Reunion
SIGOURNEY — Seats are now being reserved for
Keokuk county senior citizens wishing to attend the Mt.
Pleasant Old Settlers and
Threshers Reunion, according to Marilyn Andeway, county coordinator A bus will leave Aug. 30 at 8 a rn. from the Senior Citizen Center in Sigourney Persons needing transportation to the center from their home before departure may phone the
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cases when a respondent himself requests that the records he subpoenaed because he is in doubt about the propriety of releasing them
And then. Tate said. there are a few eases when a respondent flatly refuses to provide records requested.
“All we’ve been able to do in such eases so far is try to persuade the respondent to change his mind, and that takes a lot of time,” he said.
The investigator in some cases may conclude after a look at the records that no basis for the complaint exists or that the commission has no in-risdiction, Tate said, and “then we can close that case.’’
Speed I p Process
And if the complaint seems to he justified, he added, the commission can start conciliation or proceed with a public hearing. “In either case the subpoena can speed up the process."
Tate emphasized, however, I that the rules contain “safe- I guards for all concerned” j against indiscriminate use of the subpoenas.
Only the commissioner investigating a complaint — or if he or she isn t available, the commission chairman — can authorize issuance of a subpoena, and then only upon a “showing of relevancy” of the records sought Issuance of a subpoena must be preceded by a written request for the records.
World Peace Tax Favored By Friends
WEST BRANCH (AP) -The concept of a world peace tax fund as embodied in bills sponsored by more than a dozen members of congress, has been endorsed at the Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative).
Such a measure would provide that a taxpayer conscientiously opposed to partie-ipation in war may elect to have his Income, estate or gift tax payments spent for nonmilitary purposes and to create a trust fund, called the world peace tax fund, to receive these tax payments, according to Rep. Henry Helstoski (I) N J) a sponsor of the legislation.
The yearly meeting membership in session at Scat-tergood school here Saturday also urged congress and the President to grant unconditional amnesty to all persons deemed to have broken any U.S. laws through their opposition to the war in Southeast Asia.
In a letter to President Gerald Ford, the group urged him to support drastic cuts in the I S. military budget, which (hey said would balance the budget and be a major blow against inflation
The group also called for U.S. leadership toward peace by sending "ambassadors of life” to bring love and help to struggling peoples rather than by keeping a half-million troops — symbols of power and death — spread throughout many nations of the world.
About 200 persons attended the week-long meeting which ended Sunday.
McGregor Elm Survey:
122 Trees Are Infected
McGregor — Approximately 122 trees infected with Dutch Elm disease have been marked for removal in the McGregor inner-city area following an inspection conducted by an official of the Iowa conservation commission
Dale DeGroot. district forester with the commission, this week checked McGregor elm trees which arc already dead or are severely enough inflicted with the disease to warrant removal.
DeGroot is scheduled to complete his inspection Thursday. which will include hillside and outlying areas.
Removal of 200 DeGroot said that in all he expects 200 trees will require removal This number would riot include ail trees afflicted with the disease, but just those which warrant cutting down.
Among the trees currently hearing a yellow paint marking
are three in downtown Triangle park and about two trees in Artesian park.
McGroot said the Triangle park trees would have had a chance of being saved if they had received early treatment.
Trees were inspected on both city and private property in accordance with a new ordinance passed by the city council which went into effect July 31
The ordinance stipulates that owners of trees which must be removed will be notified by certified letter to do so within 3(1 days
Owners have the option to try to treat the tree, de-bark it. or cut it down. Non-compliance is subject to a $1(M! fine.
The city council has the authority to remove the trees and assess the cost to the property owner when no ac tion is taken by the owners themselves
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13 Iowans Killed in Weekend Road Mishaps
By The Associated Press Thirteen persons, including four members of one family, died over the weekend as a result cf traffic accidents en Iowa highways The latest reported victim was Robert Dean Callahan, one-year-old son of Mr and Mrs Robert F. Callahan, rural Marshalltown The child died Friday night of head injuries received when he was run over by a truck at the Callahan residence The death was not reported until Sunday due to difficulty in contacting next of kin,
A two-car collision Friday night near Storm Uke
claimed the lives of five persons — four of them from the same family.
The victims wore Harold Ohrtman, 47; his mother, Clara Ohrtman. 73; a son. Robert, 12, and a daughter. Barbara, 14. all of rural Fonda Also killed in the accident was Dennis Riesehl, 22, Manning
I. of I. Students
The accident occurred at a county road intersection with iowa 7 east of Storm Uke.
Two University of Iowa students, Russell Gjovig. 20, Glendale, Calif , and Ronald Arndt, 19. Fairfield, were
Weekend Coverage Plan Implemented
INDEPENDENCE -The People’s Memorial hospital board has approved a new weekend physician coverage for emergency room and outpatient treatment.
It also granted pay raises to the administrator and 132 other hospital employes and agreed to organize a new respiratory therapy department at the facility.
Starting Saturday, five resident physicians from the University hospitals at Iowa City began a system of alternate weekend visits to cover emergency medical service at People’s hospital from Saturday until Monday mornings at 6 a.rn
This new service will allow local doctors to have free weekends. However, on request patients will be allowed to see their own personal physician if he is available.
This is a new trend in hospital procedure and People's is the first small hospital in this part of Iowa to initiate the service for the people in the community, according to Administrator Tom McNeal.
McNeal said this action taken by the board will provide an “excellent medical service during the weekends”. He said the new procedure could serve as an excellent
recruiting aid for bringing new doctors to establish permanent practices in the area.
The board authorized a yearly pay raise of $2,000 for McNeal, increasing his present salary to $22,(MMI
Pay raises for 132 hospital employes were approved to keep them ahead of about 40 other employes who recently received raises according to the new minimum wage law which went into effect May I
The board voted 15-eent hourly increases for all department heads, registered nurses and LPN nurses. All others were given 13 cent hourly across the hoard raises. The salary adjustments equalled approximately a 4 4 percent increase. All of the 132 personnel had received 5.4 percent raises in February of this year.
After board members agreed to initiate a respiratory therapy department at the hospital. McNeal was authorized to hire an inhalation therapist to head the department.
McNeal announced that installation of the new X-ray machine at the acute care center will begin Monday X-ray facilities will be shut down for about three weeks except for emergencies, he said
killed Saturday in a two-car crash on U.S. 63 near Oskaloosa.
Mahaska county officials said the car driven by Gjovig and a car driven by James Long, 19. Des Moines, collided
John Curtis, 17, Cedar Rapids, was killed in a three-car collision on a Cedar Rapids street Saturday. Curtis was a passenger in a car driven by Thomas Franks, 21.
Harrison ( aunty
Gerald Hansen, 24. Blair. Neb. was killed Saturday when the car he was driving slammed into the rear of another car on a road about seven miles west of Missouri Valley in Harrison county. Authorities said Hansen was thrown from the car when it overturned in a ditch
Two motorcyclists attending a Hell’s Angels Motorcycle club meeting near Missouri Valley were killed Friday night when their motorcycles collided.
They were Nicholas Defel-ice. ix*xington, Mass, and Lawrence Aiuni, Rochester. Minn
Dennis Howard, 21, Cedar Falls, died Saturday of injuries received July 29 when his car and a police car collided in Cedar Falls.
In a traffic-related death. Dale Haugen, 39. rural Fertile, was killed Saturday while assisting at the scene of an accident near Fertile.
Officers said Haugen was electrocuted when he came in contact with a high voltage wire from a utility pole knocked down in the accident.
Two Announce Board Write-In Campaign
SIGOURNEY - Two Sigourney residents have announced their candidacy for write-in on the board of education election for district five rn the Sept IO election They an-Mrs M. L. McClenahan and Donald Tollensdorf No nomination papers were filed for a candidate in district five. The position is currently being held by Dr Al Cornish, who is not a candidate for reelection
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