Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Three DOT Divisions Working
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DKS MOINES (ITI) - The Iowa legislative council Wednesday accepted the first quarterly report of the newly created Department of Transportation as required by law
In a report submitted by Robert Bigler, chairman'of the DOT commission, the council was told that since the DOT was created by the 1974 legislature three of the depart-merit’s eight divisions have become operative. Bigler said those three divisions were administration, planning and general counsel.
The rejrort also said that considerable ‘time has been
Johnson Board To Use Funds for Bridge Repairs
IOWA CITY — Tin Johnson county board of supervisors Wednesday agreed to use $50,000 in federal disaster funds for bridge repairs in the county.
The board heard County Engineer O.J. (’.ode recommend repairing Ludwig bridge, which was damaged in flooding earlier this year.
Code noted federal regulations require a decision on funding use before necessary paperwork can Im1 completed.
WICHITA - A state 4-H leader who served the Northeast Iowa district, Ramona Esbec k of Ames, was cited for 25 years’ service at a meeting here of the National Assn. of Extension 4-H Agents
devoted to the “threshold” stage of operation; “recruiting the DOT director, budgeting for the next biennium, getting various studies under way, discussing legislative needs, analyzing organization programs and manpower needs and implementing other statutory duties such as locating the DOT headquarters. ’’
The fruits of the recruitment drive for a director were announced Wednesday by tin1 DOT commission in Ames. The new director is Victor Hreisser, 27, Chn ago.
Cnder the provisions of the legislation creating the umbrella agency, the duties of the Iowa reciprouty board, the Iowa highway commission, Iowa aeronautics commission and certain regulatory functions of the Iowa commerce commission and the Iowa public safety commission will be combined into one agency overswing the state’s transportation policy
The report said the commission is now in the information gathering stage and has scheduled a public1 hearing for Nov 22 on proposed transportation policy for the state
Policy and Plans
In addition, Bigler said meetings have been held between tin' DOT and legislators, private organizations, pubic agencies and local governments, to get their views, ideas and suggestions on developing a state transportation policy and plan.
“Their input has been very useful and will aid in tin* establishment of organization goals and objectives." Bigler said
Ile also said that plans call for completing a draft policy by the end of this month and having the finished policy in the hands of the governor and members of the HHth general assembly by the time the legislature convenes in January, 1975
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WKST UNION - The West I Ilion Chamber of Commerce has set the Christmas store hour schedule, beginning with an appearance by Santa Nov 29 at 7.30 p rn Santa will fie giving free candy to youngsters.
On Dec I from 1:30 to 4 p in., free color photos will fie taken of the children and Santa Location will be1 announced later. Santa will appear again on Dec 8 around I p.m.
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Night openings will include Dec 19-29 and Dec. 22 until 9 p.m.
ON THIS DATE in 1575, Queen Elizabeth the* First of England refused to accept sovereignty of the* Netherlands.
Iowa City Votes To Extend Bid Deadline
IOW A CITY - The Iowa Ci-ty council Wednesday agreed by a 2-1 vote to extend the- bidding deadline on purchase of city property to use as a site* for construction of 92 housing units for the elderly.
The decision to extend the deadline to Doc. 2 came at a special meeting, prompted by a late bid from the- Rev, Robert Welsh cif First Christian church, who offered to buy Chauncey Swan Plaza for construction of the* units
The counc il had discussed the* Welsh bid at its meeting Tuesday, but deferred action until department of housing and urban development officials could be contacted
The council had expressed concern that extension of the bid deadline from the original Nov. 29 would require that the
entire project be resubmitted for bids.
Duly Councilman Tim Brandt voted against extending the1 bid deadline. He- said he did not believe “council members are seriously considering selling this parking lot I can’t see any point in extending the- deadline.”
Only one other bid has been submitted for construction of the units. Old (’aj)itol Asse*, elates is proposing to erect the federally-assisted housing units on a similar city parking lot cm Dubuque street.
In other business, the council met with the Johnson county board of supervisors and representatives of the county regional planning commission to discuss the feasibility and possible design of a joint law enforcement center
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Board Considers Building Purchase to End Crowding
By Alice Witosky
TAMA — After considering the need to alleviate crowded conditions for students in career education programs, the South Tama school board has authorized school Supt. Jerry Nichols to investigate the possibility of acquiring the Garrett-Wheeler building on highway 63 in Toledo.
Nichols was directed to have an appraisal made of the
Opening Ceremonies Friday for Freeway
By Mary Melle
MANCHESTER - Opening ceremonies for the 16.5-mile stretch of freeway 529 from county road 187 in Buchanan county to Delaware is scheduled for Friday at noon at the intersection of the freeway and highway 13 southwest of Manchester.
Motorists have been using the portion of the freeway west of Manchester for several years. The 7.2-mile four-lane freeway south of Manchester to Delaware was just completed last week.
The Manchester area chandler of commerce.
sponsors of the event, have invited dignitaries of the state highway commission, department of transportation and the Freeway 529 association to attend the opening, along with the general public.
Eventual plans of the highway commission are to construct the east-west Freeway across the state of Iowa, according to William Crawford. resident engineer of Delaware county.
In 1975, construction is expected to begin on highway 13 from Central City to freeway 529 south of Manchester, according to Crawford
property and ascertain terms of an option if the owners, Billy Garrett and Terry Wheeler, Tama, should desire to give the South Tama school district an option to buy.
The board will then consider whether to approve a bond issue to submit to voters of the district.
The property has been leased to Telephone Communications and Electronics, Inc., of which (iarrett is the major stockholder. He has bought the Springer Lumber Co. building in Toledo. He and Wheeler, his brother-in-law will move their business there.
If the building is acquired by the South Tama district, it would permit expansion and improvement of the career education program Besides industrial shop and vocational agriculture facilities, other aspects of career education could lie included.
A bond issue for jin addition to the high school building failed last year. There are more than 266 students in industrial arts this year, with more than 86 in vocational agriculture. Many sophomores have been turned away because there is not room for more students.
All classroom work in vo-ag is now in a portable building west of the South Tama high school building
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