Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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City Projects on Schedule
By Mike Druprtf
The days are shorter, the thermometer is lower and we’ve already had a taste of snow
Besides warning youngsters to mail their letters to Santa, those signs mean the end of the construction season is near.
And that, in turn, means it’s a good time to check up on a few large construction projects scheduled for completion before winter shuts down work until next spring.
This year saw more such large projects than usual. Construction of the Morgan creek sewer, the A avenue viaduct and the Twelfth avenue bridge were scheduled for completion this year, as was a major renovation project on the May s island river walls, the widening of Sixth street SIV and an extensive sidewalk reconstruction project.
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MOSTLY thanks to an exceptionally good season, all will be finished this year
"We had a good July,” said City Engineer Jon Janda “There was some rain in
August that slowed things up. but we’ve had a really fine fall.”
The pipe work on the
Morgan creek project is complete, and the accompanying pumping station should be finished by the first of the year, Janda said.
After the sewer project
began, an additional job was added to the contract, and that job — raising Ellis road to control flooding — is nearly done
Six inches of asphalt base has been installed on the road, Janda said. and a two-inch
coating will be added next spring
Sixth street may be open by the time this is printed. When contacted Thursday, Janda said he thought traffic signals might be in place so the busy thoroughfare could be opened on Friday.
lf not, traffic will probably
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In* permitted on the improved street tomorrow or Tuesday
Also due to open tomorrow is the A avenue viaduct, according to a state highway commission spokesman The viaduct is a state project.
The new Twelfth avenue bridge could possibly be open this week, too, Janda said, and if not will almost certainly open the first week in December. If you’ve been driving in that area recently you know street changes (such as making Fifteenth and Sixteenth avenues one-way) have already been implemented in preparation for the bridge opening.
In all cases, some work will remain after the projects are opened for use
On Sixth street, for example, Janda said traffic signals may not all be operating when traffic is put on the street, in which case four-way stop signs will be installed temporarily.
Guard rails still have to be installed on Ellis road, and some finishing work remains to be done on the A avenue viaduct and Twelfth avenue bridge projects.
But as far as most people, particularly motorists, are concerned, the work is practically done.
Medical Groups Name Fellows
Area doctors have been named fellows in two medical societies, after meeting various requirements.
Granted fellowship in the American College of Cardiology. national medical society tor specialists in cardiovascular diseases, were Ors.
David C. Funk and Philip A.
Habajv. both of Iowa City, and Dr. David A. Ratner, Cedar Rapids
Named fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians were Drs. John P. Jacobs, William Bennett. Marian Barnes and Charles Schwartz, all of Cedar Rapids.
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Tkf May’s island wark, necessitated by deteriorating walls due ie undercutting by
the river, is als* on schedule.
Work on the west side, which involved,a new top and bracing of the wall, is finished, except for sodding. The east side work involved replacement of a large wall section The new wall is being poured, and everything except cleanup work should be finisher! by some time in December.
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CONSTRUCTION projects aren’t the only things usually scheduled for final action this time of year. Here’s a brief status report on some other matters that were discussed in this space .recently ;
Palier salaries, and those of other employes, will almost certainly br* raised Jan I, but how much the raise will be is still a matter for conjecture City council members aren’t talking, except to say rumored figures ranging from four to ten percent did not originate with them
The whole salary picture is a little confused because, starting next July, public employes will have the right to bargain collectively. Interpretations of the state bargaining bill still vary widely; for instance, although police have voted to join the Teamsters and several hundred other employes ap
parently plan to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes, neither group has any official status yet because neither has been recognized by the state employe relations* Ixia rd
In any case, a raise Jan I will be a cost-of-living increase. Another could reasonably be expected July I, when the new fiscal year starts and the city moves into a new budget.
A proposed consolidation of pay systems and job classifications, presented to the council in rough form last week, would have an effect, too, if it or something like it is adopted.
The most ambitious trer-pianting project in the city’s history has been completed
Forestry department employes have planted H67 trees, more than half the 1,522 trees scheduled in this fall’s planting. If good weather holds, the project should be completed before the ground freezes
The trees are replacements for those destroyed in recent years by Dutch elm disease. About 5.(100 more will be planted in the next few years until all the ones lost have been replaced
A new “audio information
service” will go into operation tomorrow morning Citizens can call 566-7517 and hear one of four tapes explaining some
aspect of city government.
If you want to try the system, ask for tape number ten, which explains how to use the information service.
Other tapes this week ex-1 plain how to petition the city council, what meetings and activities are scheduled this week and what rules and regulations govern snowmobile use in Cedar Rapids
The service, being started on an experimental basis, has been considered for several months It is the responsibility of the social planning team, with technical services supplied by J-Tec Associates, Inc
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