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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City Projects on Schedule Tat Cedar Rapids Gazelle: SUB., Nav. 24, 1974 5A Ily Mike Deupree The days arc 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 proj- ects 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 ave- nue 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 SW and an extensive sidewalk reconstruction project. 8 MOSTLY thanks to an'ex- ceptionally season, all will be finished this year. "We had a good 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 0n the Morgan creek project is complete, and the accompany- ing 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. If not, traffic will probably be permitted on the improved street tomorrow or Tuesday. Also due to open tomorrow is the A avenue viaduct, ac- cording 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 certain- ly open the first week in De- cember. If you've been driv- ing in that area recently you know street changes (such as making Fifteenth and Six- teenth avenues one-way) have already been implemented in preparation for the bridge opening. In ail cases, some work will remain after the projects are opened for use. On Sixth street, for exam- ple, 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 tempo- rarily. 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, arc concerned, the work is practi- cally done. Medical Groups Name Fellows Area doctors have been named fellows in two medical societies, after meeting var- ious requirements. Granted fellowship in the American College of Cardiolo- gy, national medical society for specialists in cardiovas- cular diseases, were Drs. David C. Funk and Philip A. Habajc, both of Iowa City, and Dr. David A. Rattier, Cedar Rapids. Named fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians were Drs. John P. Jacobs, William Bennett, Mar- ian Barnes and Charles Schwartz, all of Cedar Rapids. Killian's IF MY LOOKS ALONE DON'T GET YOU CONSIDER MY FEATURES Soft Side Luggage Series 3000 To begin with, I'm covered with an attractively grained expanded vinyl for softness and pliability. Now, feel the flexibility of my handle. Examine my luxurious craftsmanship. I'm reinforced with steel. All this moans is that I have a distinctly Continental look. I'm styled with (lair for the casual minded Traveler. Now, Ihero's a soft pedal on my pricel Save on ma nowl In strawberry, gold or brown. Shoulder Tote 32.50 Carry-on Suitor 37.50 24" Pullman 45.00 Car Bag 2 Suitor 26" Pullman 38.00 55.00 50.00 Downtown Fifth Floor The May's Island work, necessitated by deteriorating walls due to undercutting by the river, Is also on schedule. Work on the west side, which involved ,a new lop and bracing of the wall, Is fin- ished, except for sodding. The east side work involved re- a large wall sec- tion. The new wall is being poured, and everything except cleanup work should lie fin- ished by some time in De- cember. 9 0 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: Police salaries, and those of other employes, will almost certainly be raised Jan. 1, 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. In- terpretations of the state bargaining bill still vary wide- ly; for instance, although po- lice have voted to join the Teamsters and several hundred other employes ap- parently plan to join the American Federation of Stale, County and Municipal Em- ployes, neither group has any official status yel because nei- ther has been recognized by the slate employe relations- board, v In any case, a raise Jan. 1 will be a cost-of-living in- crease. Another could reason- ably he 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 classi- fications, 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 tree- planting project in the city's history has been completed. Forestry department em- ployes have planted 807 trees, more than half the trees scheduled in this fall's plant- ing. If good weather holds, the project should he completed before the ground freezes. The trees are replacements for those destroyed in recent years by Dutch elm disease. About 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 366-7517 and hear one of four tapes explaining some Mike Deupree aspecl of city government. If you want to try the sys- tem, ask for tape number ten, which explains how to use the information service. Other tapes this week ex- plain how to petition the city council, what meetings and activities are scheduled this week and what rules and regu- lations govern snowmobile use In Cedar Rapids. The service, being slarled on an experimental basis, has been considered for sev- eral months. It is the respon- sibility of the social planning team, with technical services supplied by J-Tec Associates, Inc. Amazon Waters Are Among the Purest The waters of the Amazon river are among the purest in the world. Water tested by a joint U.S.-Brazilian expedition were found to have a chemical purity nearly equal to that of distilled water and greater than tap water in the U.S. One reason for the water's purity is that the heavy rainfall in the river basin has almost completely washed the .soil of readily soluble van erica v.-v1. f. CARPET AND IUGGAGE SHOWROOMS -T r l-Lt! Killian's Lindale Plaza, Cedar Rapids and Mall Shopping Center, Iowa City. 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