Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Progress BeingObstacles, but Regents Hire More Minorities
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IOWA (TTY (I PI) — Th*' board of regents' equal employment opportunity compliance officer said here Thursday his staff has made “good progress” in securing employment for minorities with companies serving regertts’ institutions In his semi-annual report to the board, Roger Maxwell said the number of minority group members, women and handicapped employed by firms contracted by the regents has been constantly increasing since the board s ‘ affirmative action" program was started Oct. I. IIM)
Maxwell explained that under the regents code of practices. a 1973 governor’s executive order and state and federal labor laws. companies providing services to state agencies
such as the regents must have an 'affirmative action program to hire a proportionate number of minorities
"I think we're making good progress,” Maxwell said “We see females and minorities being employed in increasing number^ I think the regents' program is helping increase the number of these people being employed — the minorities, females and handicapped ’
The compliance officer cited an example of two women carpenters and one female painter being employed by a regent -contraded firms in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area He said women also are moving in other of the IS craft areas including plumbing, electrical and iron workers
Maxwell said hi" office keeps minority hiring files on I.-958 vending and service suppliers which have done at least
15 000 m business with the regents on an annual basis, with AM construction companies also filing their “affirmative action" plans with his office
The regents official said despite progress in the equal employment opportunity program, some obstacles still exist He said firms have resisted hiring minorities, especially for “real decision-making Hiles
“I don’t see any major roadblocks, but there are firms still resisting the laking of affirmative action, particularly as far as employing females in management white collar’ Hiles,” Maxwell said
He said union-management collective bargaining agree
ments sometimes “impede" the progress of promoting minorities and women with the contracted firms He said the union pacts often require a certain amount of seniority before an employe can lie considered for higher level job positions.
T don’t think there s any overt attempt by the unions to discriminate," Maxwell said.
However, collective bargaining agreements can sometimes impede the progress of females How can women tie in a position to gain seniority when they were discriminated against in the first place by not being hired *
The regents were scheduled to hold their November meeting at the University of Iowa here Thursday and Friday.
Long Trucks Still An Iowa Issue, Case Is Argued Before DOT
By Tam Frirhling
AMES — The 85-foot truck issue is far from dead in Iowa. despite Gov Robert Ray s veto last year of a legislative bill authorizing the doublebottom long trucks in Iowa One of the options the legislature gave the newly, formed Department of Transportation is to make a recommendation on truck lengths Wednesday. Richard Hile-man of the Iowa Motor Truck Attn. appeared before the DOT and argued in favor the change And department Chairman Robert Rigler set a public hearing on the controversial issue for Nov 27 at tho DOT’s regular meeting I>est Funds
Hileman told the commissioners Iowa is the only state west of the Mississippi which does not permit 85-foot twin
trailer combinations Truckers with these rigs now have to detour aniund Iowa
This. said Hileman has cost the state considerable funds in lost gas tax and registration fees The ban also puts Iowa shippers at a disadvantage, he noted since the tw in-trailers are much more efficient, especially for loading light and bulky freight.
The trucking executive also argued that long trucks are safer, more flexible and use le>s fuel And. he claimed, they do not damage the roads any more than conventional vehicles
As to the argument by opponents of the double-bottom trucks that an increase in truck traffic would accelerate highway deterioration, Hileman agreed in part
He said. however, the reve-
$ 175,000 Damages Asked In Buchanan Crash Suit
INDEPENDENCE - A suit asking damages of $175.mm was filed in Buchanan county district court Wednesday against Eugene Allen Steffen and Albert C. Steffen, both of Winthrop Plaintiffs are Alma Kauten and a David Kauten of Westgate The petition contends that on Nov. 30, 1972. an accident occurred in Buchanan county south on highway 150 near its intersection with highway 338
The mishap involved a tar driven by Kauten and a pickup truck operated by Eugene Steffen and owned by Albert Steffen
According to the suit. Eugene Steffen, headed east on 338. failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into the Kauten car. southbound on 150,
Alma Kauten is seeking $150,000 for injuries and David Kauten $25.non
nue received from gas tax and registration fees would offset the stepped-up maintenance costs
“We believe the benefits which would accrue to the state of Iowa, in terms of greatly increased trucking efficiency and reduced fuel use. will substantially outweigh any increase in highway maintenance expense."
Rick Howe. executive secretary of the Iowa reciprocity board, sustained Hileman s View on increased revenue. One of the major haulers in Iowa. Consolidated Freight-ways. would increase its mileage in the state from 990.000 miles to near 15 million if allowed to use the long trucks. he said.
Tules Busker, a member of the highway commission and one of three members on the reciprocity board, commented. “I think we're gonna go along with” the double-bottom trucks.
He said when Gov Ray vetoed the measure last year. it was during the energy crisis There was fear. Busker said. that allowing the long trucks would sap the state's gas supply
If recommended by the DOT and approx ed by the legislate and the governor, the law would go into effect May I. The DOT must make its position known by five days after the start of the legislative session
Referendum Approved for Tipton Building Program
TIPTON—The advisory council of the Tipton community school district Tuesday night voted in favor of a referendum for a proposed SI 45 million bond issue for a building program
The levy would be 19 mills which would also cover two other bond issues having several years to run before retirement
A 1957 bond retires in two years and one from 1985 continues for seven years
Preliminary plans for the proposed additions include converting the older of the school’s two gymnasiums into a media center.
The center would house all library materials. books, tapes, and other audio visual aids and would include individual studying and listening areas.
This would help the school meet state requirements for library facilities
A new double-size gymnasium would be constructed which would givf the school the equivalent of three gym floors to expedite practice schedules
The recent full girls'* athletic progrm offered at Tipton has caused the need for more practice area
With the proposed addition, it is believed
community use of a gym in the evenings would be possible.
Plans also include a new mdusnal arts area with space for automotive mechanics and sheet metal classes
It was explained the present shop area is crowded and lacks space required for *afe operations of machines
Increased offerings of vocations courses has caused crowding. The school now rents the Gardner building a mile west of Tipton for the auto mechanic's class
The vocal and instrumental music department would also have increased quarters to better accommodate increased need
These plans were recommended to the school board by the North Central Accrediting Assn when it evaluated the school rn 1971
Preliminary work on the plans has been done by Stenson and Warm architectural firm of Waterloo
The board must now prepare petitions for voter signature which must be equal to 25 percent of the number of persons who voted in the last school board elections for the referendum to come to vote
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“Outrageous Fortune will be presented by Maquoketa Valley high school students Friday and Saurday nights at 8 in the Delhi auditorium. Members of the cast of the comedy include, from left, Mary Beyer, Mary Wiltsee, Susie Grimm, Vicki Salow, Sandy Fischer and Tricia Supple.
Mixed Reaction Is Voiced Over Expected Birth Control Measure
DES MOINES (AP)— Mixed opinions wen* voiced at a state health board meeting to a proposal fur a law allowing minors to get birth control aid without parental consent State Health Commissioner Norman Paw lew ski said the pr<>|msal is almost certain to in* introduced in the 1975 legislature and the state board likely will be asked for a recommendation Paw lew ski said that as the father of a young girl he has Mime extreme difficulty with
the bill but as a professional in public health he can see the need
However, he said that although he endorses the concept he hasn t made up his mind on putting it into state law
Dr Harry Rasdal. a Spencer optometrist, said he is concerned that access to contraceptives could encourage sexual activity among minors while keeping youngsters from confiding in parents.
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Franklin Ku»ntz of the state hygenic laboratory said despite reservations a> a parent. he favored the measure to prevent unwanted pregnancies among sexually active minors
The proposal, which would apply to persons under 18. provides a physician with minor patients could inform the parent or guardian "if in his medical judgment it is deemed necessary ."
The bill was drafted last spring by a 15-member group that advises the state health department on family planning policy.
The advisory group is to meet Tuesday to check a revised version and decide whether to push for legislation.
Third Democrat Joins Majority Leader Race
DES MOINES (IPI) - \ third Democrat Wednesday tossed his hat in the ring in the race for majority leader of the Iowa house.
Rep Carl Nielsen (D-Altoona). said he will seek the post He joins Democratic Reps Jerome Fitzgerald of Fort Dodge and W R Mon-me. jr.. of Burlington in the race.
House* Democrats are scheduled to meet here Saturday to select their leaders for the 1975 legislative sessions, which opens Jan. 13
The Democrats won a majority of the Iowa house seats in the Nov 5 elections, marking the* first time the party has taken control of the lower chamber since 1983
Court Reverses Conviction on Decorah Assault
DES MOINES (I PI) — The Iowa supreme court Wednesday reversed tin* assault with intent to commit murder conviction of Dale Leroy Snyder in connection with an assault on a Decorah policeman.
The high court sent back Snyder’s case back to Delaware county district court because the defendant was not present in court at the time instructions on a possible
verdict was given to the jury.
“The defendant himself
must fie at least afforded the opportunity to bt* present at all stages of his trial in an elementary corollary of the
constitutional rights of due process and confrontation." said Justice Warren Recs in the majority opinion Justice K David Harris dissented.
The incident occurred on May 21. 1973. when police Officer Michael D’Antuono chased a car in eastern Iowa and became involved in a shootout with several persons. nm* of which allegedly was Snyder Snyder was wounded during the shootout.
Waterloo Triple-X Closes; No Business
WATERLOO (AP)—A delime in business has led to the dosing of one of Waterloo s two Tnple-X adult movie theaters
Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Gay lor. managers of the Midway Cinema-X theater, said the theater may be relocated in Burlington
The theater was opened in February 1972 under management of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Garcia of Waterloo. The Gaylords have managed the theater the past six months
The Midway Cinema-X Theater was to have shut down at midnight Wednesdav
MARENGO — County Engineer Nord S Sorensen has announced the proposed construction of 12 bridges or culverts, costing about $315.-999, during the 1975 construction season All the money will bt* out of local road funds, and with two exceptions will bi* on lim al gravel roads The bridges are among the 220 in the county which are posted for loads under 23 tons With a new supervisor Bernard Elwood just sworn in this week, the board deferred until Nov 21 a formal decision on the secondary road department s budget, to give Elwood time to study the question Sorensen also told the buard
of -upervisors it will have to decide how to spend about Ison (NMI in farin-to-market road funds that will be available next year He said he now expects a delegation from the Holbrook area to come in shortly after the first of the year to request the immediate paving of the six miles of the Black Diamond from two miles west of Holbrook through that village to the Johnson county line Sorensen said this would cost about $5(Ni (NNI out of the INNI.IMNI
"Right now, we have no plans for any paving in 1975.” S**rensen said. adding that all the money that would normally be used for paving
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