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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa r MI H ION H. KHI MHH 216 WtndMX Dr NC Cmkti Roptdt, Iowa fKoaa 377 0077 BUFFET • Lindale Plaza CAFETERIA • Downtown CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY 10 The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Tues., Dec. 17, 1974 Budget Cuts Asked Seek ‘Status Quo5 Situation By Krisielle Petersen DES MOINES (UPI) -State Comptroller Marvin Selden will recommend that state agencies and departments cut back their budget askings some $276 million to “a basic status quo situation” when Gov. Robert D. Ray opens his budget hearings here Thursday and Friday. The 130 state agencies, departments and commissions have requested a record $2 41 billion for the 1975-77 biennium to offset inflation and implement their programs. Stumbling Block Selden’s office has gone over the proposed budgets witha fine tooth comb and pared the total down to $2,134 billion. Inflation is the major stumbling block in figuring the budgets for the next two year, with the department heads and comptroller differing on how much of a cushion is needed to offset spiralling prices. Ray, who has managed to build a $200 million surplus in the state treasury over the last six years, has called on department heads to use “discipline” in making up their budgets and to hold down spending. Under a new budget making procedure, the governor last month accepted initial askings from the department heads and gave them the opportunity to briefly grams. present their pro- The comptroller’s office then looked into those departmental figures and came up with a set of lower proposals to give the governor a balanced budget to present to the 1975 legislature. Art Claus, the assistant state budget director, said, “The main factor we are dealing with is inflation. The departments “have given us an idea of what they need and we have tric'd to determine what they actually need to operate in a basic status quo situation.” Claus explained the comptroller’s office has looked at Found New Life In Escapee Accused of Breakin WATERL(X) (AP)- William Bannister, en children plus caring for three others. 39, who built a new life in Minneapolis after    His wife, Sharon, said his arrest in Wat- eseaping from prison in Alabama eight years erloo was a shock, but said she could “see it ago, has been charged with a breakin here. coming. I think it was the pressure from that Authorities said he was arrested at the Wisconsin thing." General Tire Co. here Saturday night on a    The “VHseensin thing" was a burglary charge of breaking and entering.    charge in Janesville a week after the Ala- Kannister had been in prison several bania warrant was served, to which Bannis-times since his escape but authorities did not ter pled guilty last week, discover he was wanted in Alabama until he Mrs. Bannister said her husband broke a was picked up on a complaint last September window to get into a building in Janesville, in Minneapolis. Since his escape*. Bannister had learned •ji a trade, completed a year of college, married £ and bought a house. He discovered people who would fight his return to Alabama, where he facesthe re-£ maining 47 years of a 50-year sentence for v burglary. The Bannisters are raising their own sev- but thought it over and decided not to risk wrecking the life he had built. Breaking the window, however, set off a silent alarm and he was arrested on the way to his car. Mrs. Bannister said her husband started “acting differently” after being in court. “When he talked he just talked about negative things,” she said. Altered Bills Being Passed in Iowa City Area IOWA CITY — Authorities are warning merchants in the Coralville-Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area to be on the alert for two men attempting to purchase merchandise with $1 bills altered to look like $20 bills. The two men entered the 7-Eleven food store in Coralville and made a purchase* with an altered bill. When the doctored bill was discovered by the manager, the men reportedly apologized profusely and paid for the merchandise. Later, an Iowa City restaurant and department store accepted $1 bills with the number 20 pasted over all four corners on one side. One detective said the alteration has been done "very professionally and will pass unless the bill is scrutinized carefully and on both sides.” ON THIS DATE in 1939, during World war II, the crew of the German pocket battleship, “Graf Spec,” scuttled the ship off Uruguay rather than let it fall into the hands of the British Manchester Garbage Contract Is Awarded MANCHESTER - Terry Houlihan. Masonville, was awarded the garbage collection contract at the second bid letting for the service at the Manchester council meeting Monday Houlihahn's successful bid on Nov. 4 was judged invalid because he was not able to comply with a $59,INN) performance bond specified in the earlier contracts. City officials decided to lower the bond requirement to $20,000 for Monday night’s bidding. Houlihan’s bid was otherwise identical to the one submitted in November at 45 cents a bag to residents for twice-weekly pick up. The only other bidder was Robert Schulte, Delhi, at 50 cents a bag for the service. All of the city and county dumps will be closed officially on Dec. 31., by order of the Delaware county landfill commission and county supervisors. All garbage will then have to bt* hauled to the sanitary landfill on highway 38 between Delhi and Hopkinton No action was taken by the council on bids submitted on a new street sweeper. Bidders were Herman Brown, Cedar Rapids, $15,538; and Elliott Equipment, Davenport, $16,940 Line Troubles, Ice Postpone KSIN Sign-on SIOUX CITY (AP) - The Iowa Educational Broadcasting Network said technical problems compounded by the weather may force a delay of several days in activating Channel 27 KSIN-TV in Sioux City.* IEBN spokesman Mark Douglas said the scheduled sign-on time had been 12:30 pm. Sunday, but problems had developed in a transmission line on top of the 1.000-foot-high tower. That portion of the line was lowered to the ground and repaired. Workers tried to return the line to the top of the tower Saturday morning but were stopped by ice. Bad weather over the weekend continued to hamper the workmen and it wasn’t certain when the line would lie restored. all details of the various budget askings, applied some inflationary factors and considered what might be eliminated. Current Budget He said he uses the current operating budgets of the departments and projects those out, factoring in inflationary trends to determine what a realistic request would be “If we gave them all they wanted there would have to be a tax increase to create a balanced budget,” Claus said. Under Iowa law, the governor must submit a detailed budget proposal for all agencies of the executive branch to the state legislature The proposal, must outline the needs of each individual department, agency and commission. The legislature takes under advisement the governor’s requests and drafts its appropriation bills, based on additional hearings, for the various departments. To give each departmental head an opportunity to explain his office’s needs, four days have been set aside for the budget hearings. They will open Thursday and Friday in the governor’s office here and continue Dec. 26 and 27. Culver Praised By Albert WASHINGTON, DC. -Speaker Carl Albert Monday calk'd Iowa’s Sen. elect John C. Culver "one of most talented and brilliant members” of the house of representatives. Albert praised Culver as the Cedar lipids Democrat and two other former chairmen of the Democratic study group who are leaving the house received plaques of appeciation from the DSG for their service. Rep. Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash ), master of ceremonies at the gathering in the house caucus room, recalled that Culver “instituted the plan to restructure house committees.” He also credited Culver with being a “builder of the Democratic party in Iowa.” In accepting the honor, Culver said he knew what was expected of him, but that he didn’t know if he could live up to it. Culver and his wife, Ann, Tuesday attend the Christmas dinner and dance for congress given by President and Mrs. Ford at the White House. Although Culver has been in the house ten years, this is his first opportunity to attend such a White House* party, he said. Iowa’s Sen. Dick Clark and his wife, Jean, also planned to attend. ON THIS DATE in 1969, the U.S. air force officially closed Project Blue Book, the agency which for 21 years had been investigating unidentified flying objects. A Service Mark By Lloyd Moffltt BURLINGTON - On March ll, 1929, a young man named Uiuis J. (Van) Vandenberg opened a diner in Burlington. He called it Van s Lunch Box. Burlington had two newspapers in those days, and Van took a reporter from each paper with him as he walked out onto MacArthur bridge and threw the keys into the river — “on the south side," he recalled. Black Hawk Jail Probe Cites Assaults WATERLOO (AP)- Sexual assaults upon both men and women prisoners have been cited by a Black Hawk county grand jury in a report about conditions at the county jail. The report, released late Monday by District Judge Peter Van Metre, said the 12-year-old jail was not constructed so jailers from their own office could maintain a proper watchupon prisoners. The grand jury report cited instances of sodomy, attempts by male prisoners to make sexual assaults on women prisoners and various kinds of assaults on young people put into quarters with what the grand jury described s hardened criminals. Black Hawk County Attorney David Dutton, who was among those testifying before the grand jury, said the problem is “an alarming lack of supervision.” Ile wanted to dramatize the fact that Van s would never close. For more than 45b2 years it never closed. But it does now — on Sundays. Don Hallberg, who bought the Lunch Box from Van in 1946, said difficulty in secu ring help and need for him to ease off motivated the Sunday closing, which, he said, he deplores. Although the continuous service sign in the restaurant is dated 1930, it sells the eatery short — the nearly-386.000 hours of continuous service date from that March day in 1929. City Manager Post Offered At Iowa City IOWA CITY - Salary appear* to In* the key to whether a New Hampshire man will accept duties as city manager in Iowa City. Mayor Ed Czarnecki told The Gazette Tuesday that Ned Berlin, 37, town manager at Hanover, N.H.. has been of-fered the Iowa City post. Dartmouth college is located in Hanover, a community of about 10.000 population “The conditions of the offer are still very much up in the air,” Czarnecki said. "Certainly, the matter has not been resolved. We certainly are interested and he seems interested in us.” Czarnecki indicated a decision is expected in the near fu* ture . „ A New England native, Berlin is a University of Missouri graduate and has held the Hanover post six years. He was one of 70 applicants for the Iowa City post. Iowa City has been without a city manager since Sept. 20 when Ray Wells left the community to become city administrator at Lakewood, Colo. Johnson Authorities Probe Rape Report IOWA CITY — The Johnson county sheriff’s department and Iowa City police are conducting a joint investigation into a reported rapt* which occurred west of Iowa City late Monday night. The Iowa City woman said she had accepted a ride home from work with an acquaintance when she was threatened and assaulted. The woman was treated at an Iowa City hospital for cuts and abrasions and released. New Ad Format Devised By /DC to Promote Iowa DES MOINES (AP)—A new format of national advertising to promote Iowa as a place to locate plants is being tried by the Iowa development commission. The commission wants to single out five nationally prominent companies not headquartered in the state that have plants here in its $88,590 magazine campaign. The ads could appear in up to 14 publications, including Forbes and Fortune magazines. Features Sara Lee The first advertisement, in the Dec. 15 issue of Forbes, is a black and white ad featuring Sara Uh* Kitchens. “Sara Lee Likes Iowa. Iowa Likes Sara Uh*," large headlines declare around a picture of a piece of cake. In smaller print, the copy says “And that’s a nice arrangement, any way you slice it. Fact is, 159 of America’s top 599 companies operate 436 plants in low a. ’’ Sara Uh*, with a plant in New Hampton; Zenith Radio Corp., Sioux City, and Eaton, a transmission manufacturer with facilities in Shenandoah and Spencer, have agreed to be part of the national advertising. Indicate Support The other two sought by the development commission. Procter and Gamble Manufacturing Co., with an Iowa City plant, and Breck Shampoo at Fort Madison, have indicated support but have not made a final decision. In the past, the commission has generally relied on advertisements that do not feature specific companies. Development Commissioner Director Del Van Horn said there is no intention to give the five companies an edge over their Iowa-based competitors or to use tax dollars to promote the five firms. Van Horn said the commission isn’t playing favorites, but is just trying to attract new industry. 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