Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Plans for $1,6 Million Raised Walkway Aired
Tho Greater Downtown Cedar Rapids Assn. Thursday morning released plans for a second-level covered pedestrian walkway connecting 16 2 blocks of downtown buildings. Major east-west trunks of the walkway system would run above alleys between A and Fourth avenues. The major north-south trunk would bo above the alleyway between First and Second streets east, with another trunk along the Fourth street railroad tracks. Dark areas and dashed lines in the map indicate existing and proposed parking ramps. Included in the map are the proposed downtown civic center and the Cedar tower now under construction. The dashed-line part of the walkway is proposed should the civic center be constructed.
Supervisors Okay County Pay Hikes Averaging 5.5
Linn supervisors Thursday announced pay raises for employes will be within the 5.5 per-cen* federal guideline, with some employes receiving more and others less than that percentage.
Raises in the sheriff's office will average 9 6 percent as bud geted by the sheriff, rather than a larger amount sought by deputies.
Supervisors said the raises tor all employes except road crew workers will become effective on the anniversaries of the date of hiring.
The increases for road crew members will be effective immediately because they arc in the form of changes in job classification. No percentage figure was presented, but an entering worker will receive Si.49 an hour compared to S3.20 an hour previously.
There was some indication
sheriff’s deputies will be dissatisfied with the failure to make their increases effect ive immediately.
Supervisors said greater raises for deputies were not possible because of tberamount of money approved in the budget.
They said they were interested in hearing more details from the deputies and the civil service commission before making up the next budget.
They said raises were granted after an analysis of the total payroll “in regard to comparable salaries in the city, other large counties and private industry.”
That analysis led them to feel “it was necessary to make these pay adjustments in order to continue the high level of ser-v i c e these employes have brought to the citizens of Linn county.”
The secretarial staff will re-
ceive raises of less than 5.5 percent because of a “large increase” received last year supervisors said.
Not included in the wage pro gram are the elected officials and their deputies. Their salaries are set by the state legislature.
Woman Claims Man Struck H er
Velma C. Marti. 715 Quass street. Hiawatha, told police she received a black eye Thursday when a man with whom she had quarreled earlier in a tavern struck her.
She said the man approached her on the sidewalk in the vicinity of B street and Sixteenth avenue SVV at I;45 a.m.
After hitting her the man fired an unknown type of weapon in the air. she said.
I>\ Roger Green
Plans for a $1.6 to $1 8 million elevated pedestrian passageway iii downtown Cedar Rapids were released Thursday morning by the Greater Doyvntown Cedar Rapids Assn.
Scott Olson, designer for Leo Peiffer and Associates, described the proposed second-story walkway system which would link 161 'j blocks of downtown buildings between First and Fifth streets and A and Fourth avenues.
The walkways would have a concrete floor ten feet wide, laid between two steel L-beams. They yvould be closed on the top with bronze-tinted, acrylic plastic dome structures.
Pre-cast beams running between buildings yvould support the walkways except where they are not adjacent to buildings. Column supports yvould be used in such instances.
“The walkways would enable a person to walk from any parking facility in doyvntoyvn Cedar Rapids in a covered walkyvay at the second level to almost any major building.” Olson said.
"They yvould be owned by the city and financed by some sort of tax assessment on property owners in the downtoyvn business district.
“This system yvould be unique because the Cedar Rapids down
town’.'' compactness would allow it to link the whole downtown.
“It would also be open 21 hours per day lei the come nience of those coming to downtown Cedar Rapids It can be easily patrolled by walking foot p a t r 0 I s or camera surveillance.”
The system has been formally studied by the Greater Doyvntown Assn. for about tyvo months and is still subject to minor modifications, he said.
“Several alternate financing procedures are being studied by the association.”
The plan yvill be presented to
Anamosa Rites Set For Harold Kirchen
ANAMOSA - Harold Kirchen, a substation foreman for Iowa Electric Light and Power Co. here for 34 years, died Wednes day.
A veteran of World yvar tyvo, he is survived by his wife, Carma Lee; a daughter, Diane; a son, Douglas; a stepdaughter, Dixie Hubbard, all at home; two brothers, Ralph of Dubuque; the Rev. Paul Kirchen of Helena, Mont.
Services will be Saturday at 9:30 at St. Patrick's Catholic church. Wake service at 8 Friday at Goettsch’s.
the city council in the near Iii ture, Olson said, as soon as minor changes can be made “It is hoped portions of the system can be completed by
late this year,” he said William Pchorsky, association executive director, said such a system has been “looked at as far back as two to three years ago.
“We feel it gives the citizen a way to get wherever he wants without a conflict between vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the street land) without facing tin elements of weather
"We don’t think it will do anything to the first floor levels. There yvill still be sufficient traffic and easy access between the first and second levels.”
“Anytime you increase the convenience for the people, you mcrcn e the number of people present
Olson said st airways and elevators are planned between the two levels.
Access areas of eight, 16 or 21 feel would be available for the j second-1door stores, so entire storefronts could be exposed to pedestrians using the passageway.
The passageways yvill be live feet away from store building structures iii most cases, permitting retention of existing Pre escapes and other store features.
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