Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Thf Odar Rapids Gazette: Wed.. Nov 27. 1971
Miller Resigns As Patrol Chief
By William ^berline
DKS MOINES (AP)— Iowa Highway Patrol Chief Howard Miller will head a special project to strengthen drunk driver law enforcement and rehabilitation, Gov Robert Ray said Wednesday.
Col. Miller, a veteran of 32 years with the patrol, will take the new assignment Dec. I. The new program, which Ray called “an alcohol counter measure project.” will be federally funded
Miller, 59, will retire as patrol chief when he takes the new job. Ray said he asked Miller to take the job. Miller has been eligible to retire — at half pay — since 19711 He has been patrol chief eight-and-a-half years.
At 59. Miller is four years beyond the age at which state troopers are eligible to retire at half pay. A highway patrol source pointed out troopers are not covered by provisions of the federal social security act.
“In effect, the colonel has been working the last four years at half pay,” said the source.
Miller could transfer to another department in state government, “earn a good salary and In* eligible for social security," while still receiving half pay as a retired state trooper, explained the source.
Also, the source said the chief probably would not have the “day-to-day pressures he may experience now."
The usual tenure of patrol chiefs has been only seven or eight years "and is going down." said the source.
Trustees Approve Sale of Bonds
Council Can ’t Prevent Movie Showings at Local Drive-in
Warning on Student Offering Cancer Exams
IOWA (TTY —The Johnson county attorney’s office Wednesday issued a warning to women in the Iowa City* Coralville vicinity that a man is posing as a medical student offering to give women
Asst. Cty. Atty Thomas
Skewes said the man has
approached a number of housewives ansd asked if he could enter their homes to conduct a "survey on cancer research.” He has also offered to give a "free physical examination for cancer if the
woman desires one.”
Police are advising that any man approaching a home with such an offer should be* reported to authorities
SPILLVILLE - A bam. a quantity of hay and about Mi feeder pigs were destroyed by fire on the Lawrence Sabelka farm four miles west of here Monday night. Firemen from Protivin, Fort Atkinson and Calmar batth*d the blaze. About 288 feeder pigs were rescued
Ditch Cave-in Is Fatal To Keota Man
Schindler, 21), Keota, died Tuesday when dirt piled beside a 12-foot-deep ditch near a Kalona housing project caved in on him.
Authorities said Schindler was alone in the ditch on a project tieing carried out by Lynn Wagnian Excavating Co. of Washington when friends noted his absence They concluded he was buried and began a search for him.
The slide apparently occurred late Tuesday morning, and searchers found the body about mid-afternoon
Schindler was born Aug 18, 1954. at Bloomfield.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs Lloyd Bodkins, four sisters and three brothers, all at home, his grandparents, l^aura Schindler, Bloomfield, and Ernest Dorson, Malcom, Mo., and his great-grandmother, Katie Riley, Bucklin, Mo.
Services are pending at Powell's, Keota.
Services for Schindler will be held Friday at I at Powell’s in Keota Burial: Milton cemetery
Corn Spilled in Truck Accident
DECORAH — Twenty tons of shelled corn were spilled over the Pole Line road at Hi: 30 a rn. Tuesday about a quarter-mile west of Decorah.
Authorities said a semitrailer truck driven by Vernon Walker, rural Lime Springs, overturned.
Damage to the trailer was placed at $14.IMN! Walker was not injured.
The corn which was strewn over a wide area after the incident, took more than 24 hours to reload
board of trustees at the Independence Municipal light plant Tuesday afternoon approved the sale of $3!KI,INH! in electric revenue bonds to the low bidder Channer Newman Securities Co., Chicago, at an interest rate of 5.61 percent, amounting to $168.-300.
High bidder out of five bids opened was Becker and Cawnie, Des Moines, at a rate of 8.14 percent costing $184.-485.85
The revenue bonds were sold by the light plant trustees to help pay for additional costs necessary to complete a major tie in with Interstate Power Co. plus other improvements at the plant according to Supt Gene Williamson
Officials Investigate Possible Arson Case
IOWA CITY - The Johnson county sheriff’s department and Iowa City fire department are investigating the possibility of arson in the case of two trash containers which caught fire outside the county jail building Monday evening
No damage was done to the building Itself, but sheriff’s deputies say they are proceeding on the assumption that the fire were set.
ON THIS DATE in 1984. in the Congo, the evacuation of Belgian troops and American plant's began after a mission to rescue hostages. The U.S. said more than 1.808 persons from 17 countries had been evacuated
Proposed Ordinance to Decriminalize Intoxication
IOW A CITY — A departing city councilman has proposed a new city ordinance which would make intoxication no longer a criminal offense in Iowa City.
Councilman J. Patrick White introduced the ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting
The council promptly directed the city attorney to review the ordinance which will come before the council in some form for first reading Dec. IU.
White referred the council toward action by the Iowa legislature which directed alcoholics to treatment with criminal prosecution being held to a minimum
The council also discussed means of filling the council vacancy created by the resignation of W hite.
White resigned to become an assistant Johnson county attorney effective Jan I. 1975.
The council decided to seek nominations from the public for the vacancy. Such nominations must Ik* received by Dec 13.
Both interviews and a public hearing are expected to Ik* held before the council appoints a new member.
City Attorney John Hayek has told the council a new member must Ik* approved by a 3-1 vote
Hayek also said a special election to choose a new council member is "not in order."
In other business, acting City Manager Dennis Kraft contradicted earlier reports that police salaries had riot kept up with inflation He said the city salaries for patrol officers had increased over five percent during the last few months.
CORALVILLE - The Coralville city council was told Tuesday night it is “powerless" to prevent a local drive-in movie theater from showing “R" rated movies
A number of residents in neighborhoods surorounding the theater have complained about films their children can see from their front lawns and a nearby park .
City Atty. Donald Diehl said the state’s new obscenity law made it “extremely difficult for separate communltities to shield minors from such alleged sex mov ies. ’’
Diehl advised the council to submit citizen complaints concerning the drive-in to state legislators.
There were no citizens at the council meeting to object to the screen showings. “
Council woman Julia Lyon advised the citizens to person
ally contact the movie owners with their objections The council directed Diehl to draft a resolution outlining the problem tit be sent to area legislators.
(HUNNELL (EPI) - Three best selling novels were ordered removed Tuesday night from the shelves of the Grinnell-Nevvburg high school library pending an investigation of a parents complaint that the works are obscene. By unanimous vote, the school board here decided to use a standard procedure adopted more than one year ago but never before used to study charges that “The Godfather", "The Exorcist" and “The Summer of ’42” are obscene and have no educational values.
Extension of Milk Checkoff Is Defeated
ANKENY (AP)—A proposal to extend the mandatory checkoff on milk produced and sold in Iowa has been defeated.
With results in front 95 counties Tuesday, the vote was 2.822 opposed to the checkoff and 788 in favor.
The proposal would have made mandatory a three-cent per hundredweight checkoff during ten months of the year Currently, the checkoff is voluntary.
The present mandatory four-cent checkoff during May and June would have remained in force.
Funds from the checkoff are used by the commission for research, advertising and education
ON THIS DATE in 1973, the senate voted 92 to three to conima Gerald Ford as vice-president.
$2 Million Contract for Rail Improvement Signed
DES MOINES (AP) - A contract for a $2 million improvement project of the Milwaukee road’s Spencer to Herndon branch line was signed in the office of Gov. Robert Ray Tuesday.
The 181-mile project is the largest approved by the Iowa energy policy council under the state’s new $3 railroad assistance program.
Participating in the signing ceremony were Gov. Ray, Worthington L. Smith, president of the Milwaukee road, participating shippers along the branch line and Iowa energy policy council members.
The council and railroad are each contributing $887,308 toward the project and 12 shippers $385,888.
When completed. the branch line will bt* able to carry 283,000-pound hopper cars At present, the 62 miles of the line from Albert City to
Jefferson is limited to 220,008-pound loads.
The money provided by the shippers is to bt* paid back, interest free,at the rate of $25 per each boxcar shipped, $38 for each jumbo hopper car and $100 for each hopper car shipped to the West Coast on Milwaukee lines
The EDC said the Spencer to Herndon lint* now produces about 108 revenue cars per milt*. Ender the agreement, the railroad will set aside funds usuing the same formula as repayment of the shippers, on all cars over IOO and the funds will be used to upgrade its other Iowa branch lines. •
The state money also will In* "rolled over” as shipping revenues increase aud will bt* used on other Milwaukee branehs.
He also indicated city policemen have received base pay increases ranging from ll) to 27 percent.
He compared this to five percent increases he said
Cedar Rapids policemen have received
State Votes Purchase of Linn Land
AMES — The Iowa highway commission Tuesday approved the purchase of 53.8 acres of land in Linn county for road right-of-way at a price of $138,888
The property, to tie used for right-of-way for U.S. highway I 30 reconstruction, is owned by I RAV Rinderknecht Co.
Other right-of-way acquisitions approved by the commission included the following in i Eastern iowa:
(layUi ( aunty — Emil Thine, $14,492 and $8,885 for j two parcels, and (’asper i Schulte. $16,325 All land is for : U.S. highway 52 construction
Krakak rtuniv — Roy
Downey. $1,380, for land to Ik* used for Iowa highway 78 work
The commission Tuesday j also approved the following j relocation assistance claims
Una (aunty — V Nina Lawler, $3,270. and Harvey Stewart, $2,160 Both actions involve interstate 388 construction
Keokuk vaunty — Mark Kighmy, $2 790, for Iowa highway 78 construction, and Dorter’s Standard Service, $4.MN), for Iowa highway 149
Road BuildersEmployment Outlook Is Bleak
portion of the funds to be used for road work Both the contractors and the highway commissioners
expressed hopi* tin* Iowa legislature would help bail out the contractors and the highway program in general Commission member
Stephen Gorst has proposed a loan from the state’s surplus, but such a transaction requires legislative approval Henely said his group has recommended to the governor’s office that a bill be passed within the first month of the next session to free the needed funds
By Tom Crudding
AMES — The president of the Associated General Contractors of Iowa Tuesday told the Iowa highway commission the state’s road-building industry may have almost half of its workers unemployed next year due to the drastic cut in highway work
M.G. Morris of Ottuma said the industry faces “a real serious depression area actually we call it a disaster.”
As a result, he predicted 8,-800 of the 20.080 people directly involved in road construction will bx* out of work next year.
increase in construction cost due to inflation, the state next year will bi* forced into spending about $15 million for bridge repair and replacement.
This, he added, would mean a $64 million drop in payroll. And Norris contended the unemployment would extend into areas indirectly involved in road work, such as the trill k-ing industry
The major problem, according to Norris, is the * i inn* pletelv unbalanced’’ five-year program tentatively approved two weeks ago by the commission
state and just 78 miles of paving.
The following year, however. the trend switches; there will be 62 miles of grading accomplished and 144 miles of paving. Another major reversal is planned for 1978.
“How,” asked Henely, "can this industry look up for a bonanza one year and face famine the next?”
The road builders did not lay the blame for the problem on commission planning.
Henely and Norris agreed there was no choice considering the dismal economic state Besides facing a 58 percent
A 1978 federal law required states to adopt a tough bridge standards program. The result in Iowa is tin* inclusion of 78 bridge projects into next year’s accomplishent
And, Heneley pointed out, the counties are putting most of their money into bridge repair, with only a small
Ray Henely, executive manager of AGC, pointed out that iii 1976 there is scheduled to be 148 miles of grading in the
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