Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jobless Rate Up
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The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Dec. 20, 1974
Iowa’s unemployment rat**, previously the lowest in the nation, rose to 3 percent in November, up 9 percent from October’s 2.1 percent figure.
Th** November figure means al>out 31,(MHI Iowans are out of work and state officials blame most of the jump on seasonal cutbacks. The national jobless rat** presently stands at 6 5 percent
One state official, Walt ( rede of th** Iowa employment security commission, said about 20 percent of the 31,000 figure were not related to seasonal jobs such as agriculture, construction and recreation-related industries
< rede said no one knows exactly why those people are out of work Another state official
said Iowa may be showing the effects of recession that is hitting other parts of the country.
Ralph Hoksbergen, assistant chief of research and statistics for the commission, said some employers appear to bo trying to reduce their salary costs by attrition, which is not hiring anyone to replace workers who resign or retire
Contracts Are Awarded for Parnell School Remodeling Work
WILLIAMSBURG - The Williamsburg school board has let contracts for remodeling of the Parnell elementary center.
The total to be spent is $50,565.55 on the general contractor, the electrical contract, a now roof for the gym and a new playground surface.
The Mel Schmidt Construction Co. of Williamsburg was the only bidder on the general
McGregor Delays Decision on Flood Ordinance
MCGREGOR — Concern over the effect that passage of a new flood control ordinance would have on property value, remodeling and rebuilding has led the McGregor city council to delay adoption of the ordinance.
The federal insurance administration requires the ordinance if residents are to con tinue to be eligible to purchase flood insurance.
The council voted to delay any action pending further study and to inform the department of housing and urban development of its action and reason
Several council men felt passage of the ordinance would lower property values in areas designated as having special flood hazards.
City officials noted McGregor probably faces greater danger of flood damage from the drainage ditch than from the Mississippi.
City Attorney Tom Miller said the city should be most concerned about flood damage to the light plant, due to its vulnerable location and the large amount of expensive equipment located below ground level.
a price of
contract ' at $28,ISH.25.
This includes $987 in extra work added by the school board for removal of the old gym floor in the lower level of the building and replacing it with a cement floor. This will provide storage space under the classrooms that will be built in that area
The Parnell building is being remodeled to add four new classrooms. Als*) to be added will in* a new kitchen and a new second-floor restroom.
The money for the project comes from the $35,IMH) sale recently of the Conroy elementary building, which is being closed, and from $20,(KHI th** board had set aside for the work in this year’s budget.
Mayberry Electric was the low bidder on the electrical work in connection with the remodeling. This bid, which totals $9,340, not only will wire the new areas of the building but also rewire the old parts to bring them up to federal safety standards.
These standards include a requirement to install grounded electrical circuits throughout the building.
Ron’s Plumbing and Heating of Williamsburg submitted the only proposal on the plumbing work A bid was submitted of $3,219 for one urinal, two lavatories, two water heaters and a commercial dishwasher. Doehrmann agreed to do the installation work at “time and materials.” based on $12 an hour for two men.
Iowa Road Builders of Cedar Rapids got the contract for installation of the playground surface, which will be asphalt, at a bid of $1,350
Pointer Roofing Service of Williamsburg was the low bidder on reroofing the gymna*
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slum mid the breezeway be-tween the gym and the main building, at a cost of $4,455.
In other action, the board approved the hiring of Marilea Schmidt as board secretary and business manager of the district, replacing Don Lang-las, who resigned last month to become deputy county assessor
Mrs. Schmidt has been Pierce’s personal secretary, and has assisted Imnglas with bookkeeping duties. Charles Kleinmeyer was hired to take on extra duties of transportation director of the district.
Imnglas was also transportation director. Kleinmeyer will continue as school bus mechanic, but will give up his bus mute
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