Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Regents Ponder Budget
Varies From $529 to $615 Million
By Charles Roberts
AM KS (AP)—“Reasonable people may differ reasonably’’ is a statement that is repeated over and over as the state board of regents struggles through development of a budget for the coming two years.
Much of the difference of opinion came from officials of the regents’ schools and the board’s staff.
In more than eight hours of deliberation Thursday, the regents scrutinized little else but various aspects of a budget that could Im* from $529 6 million to $615 9 million for the next biennium—depending on whose figures are used
The higher listing belongs to the regents’ institutions: Iowa State university, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa. the Iowa Braille and Sight-Saving School and the Iowa School for the Deaf
The proposals from the institutions represent budget
request increases of 18.3 and 15.3 percent for each year of the coming biennium over the current two years
Swell the Budget
The board office’s proposal would swell the budget 12 6 and IO 5 percent for the approaching biennium.
The institutions’ appropriations requests for :he two years would be 22.4 percent and 19.7 percent, compared with 14 1 percent and 13 4 percent under the staff plan.
The regents’ staff could not immediately furnish dollar figures of how much the legislature approved foi the institutions during this biennium.
The lower amount was offered by the regents’ staff which trimmed original askings by the institutions by as much as $86 3 million
But it is up to the board of nine members to make the final decision about what to recommend as an appropriation from the Iowa legislature.
Exclusive of capital requests, the legislature would Im* asked to provide $365 3 million under the institutions’ budget. The figure would Im* $330.5 million under the board office list.
Pick A Figure
It is likely, however, the board will distill the two summaries and pick a figure somewhere in between as its final choice.
The schools and the board staff were at odds over the amount of salary increases to bi* paid to the faculties and institutional officials.
The staff suggested those salaries be increased IO percent for 1975-76 and 8 percent for 1976-77
Professional and scientific staffs would experience the same salary hikes. Staff members at the institutions would get raises as provided in a pay plan adopted for July I, 1974 Adjustments would be made as needed after adoption
of a merit pay schedule to Im* studied the last two months of this year.
Officials at the universities offered the board a different view of salary needs for faculty and institution officials Under the schools’ plan, salaries would rise 12 percent the first year and 12 percent the second year for a total of about 25 percent and a cost of $21.5 million
The request from versifies includes a cent inflation rate per year, plus 2.5 “catch-up” to schools in third
the uni-95 per-estimate percent place the place among
comparable institutions in an 11-stat** area A yearly increase of 12 percent is “not unrealistic,” assured ISI' President VV Robert Parks. “I don’t think it would be out of line at all” when compared with faculty askings at other schools, he said Parks said faculty salary askings exceed 20 percent per year at some schools elsewhere.
Throughout the rm*eting, the regents’ president, Mrs.
The presidents of Iowa's three state universities spoke to the state board of regents Thursday, asking for budget approval for the 1975-77 biennium. They are, from left, Dr, Robert Parks of ISU, Willard Boyd of the U. of I., and John Kamerick of UNI.
Development Commission Is Planning Reunion
DES MOINES - (IDPA) -The Iowa Development Commission planning a reunion for past commission members.
In conjunction with its regular monthly meeting, the commission has invited former commissioners to attend a special session in Des Moines Thursday.
The commission staff was able to contact 50 former commissioners and at last report 21 said they planned to attend the reunion.
The commission was created in 1945 and through the years most commissioners, even after their terms have expired, have played an important role in industrial development in their locale.
Ernie A. Hayes, commission chairman, wants to pay tribute to these ex-commissioners for their continued efforts as unofficial “good will ambassadors” of the Iowa Development Commission,
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A change in cheesing Iowa’s
soil conservation district commissioners, providing for their election on the general election ballot in a non-political category, was urged recently at the 28th annual conference of commissioners in Fort Dodge.
A resolution was adopted calling for appointment of a committee to work with the state department of soil conservation and the state soil conservation committee in drafting legislation to implement the change.
Soil commissioners are presently elected at annual district meetings.
interviewed recently by FBI agent about his friendship with Vice-presidential Designate Nelson Rockefeller.
The agent was most interested in R(K*kefeller’s personal habits. Ellsworth could respond because he’s been a guest at the Rockefeller homes in New York, Washington, Maine and Venezuela.
Ellsworth, vice-president of Lange Insurance Co. in Dubuque, said he doesn’t know anything bad about Rockefell-er and was able to contribute such personal items as the fact that the former governor of New York buys his suits ready-made off the rack and drinks Rhine wine with seltzer in moderation.
Ellsworth first met Rockefeller in the late 1930s when Ellsworth was a student at Dartmouth college. In 1968, Ellsworth worked in Iowa for Rockefeller’s presidential campaign
ON THIS DATE in 1881, Chester Arthur took the oath as the 21st President of the United States after the death of President James Garfield.
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Charge Sheffey With Murder
DAVENPORT (AP)-Kenneth Ray Sheffey, 21. of Davenport, was charged with murder Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Muscatine youth last month.
Police said Sheffey also was charged with attempted murder and breaking and entering.
Rodney Lee Hahn, 15, was fatally shot and James H. Christensen, 46, Blue Grass, was seriously wounded Aug. 16 when they apparently surprised burglars inside* a Davenport supermarket while making a delivery.
Police said Sheffey had been arrested Wednesday at his home on a parole violation after being convicted last week on a charge of receiving stolen property.
The three* new charges were filed ’Thursday morning while Sheffey was being held in the Davenport city jail
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ll. Rand Petersen, Harlan, cautioned that the final budget should not contribute to inflation.
“It is difficult to reconcile a 12 percent catch-up with bein*? part of the solution” to inflation, she said
The regents’ staff and the institutions found themselves far apart on money to construct new fac ilities
The institutions offered a capital budget of $85.3 million to the staff’s ?35.9 million.
The board trimmed by more than $800,000 a University of Iowa request for $5 8 million to complete the Lindquist ('enter building for the college of education. But the* project was raised to a higher priority among all capital plans.
The board agreed .student activity fees should go up by $6 20 at the ll. of I., $7.50 at KSU and $4 at UNI.
Although the staff originally asked that the* increases be* tacked onto a tuition boost approved a few weeks ago, the board decided to go along with student spokesmen who urged that the increased fee allocation be siphoned off the tuition hike, itself.
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36 Iowa Draft Evaders ;
Consider Amnesty Offe r
By Val ( orley
DES MOINES (AP)- Most Iowa draft evaders will probably wait “a week or two” before deciding whether to accept President Ford’s amnesty offer, predicts U.S. Atty. Allen Donielson.
Dennison, who is in charge of the southern Iowa district out of Des Moines, said Thursday “they’ll probably want a week or two to think this over.”
In ail. 36 Iowans are sought as draft evaders—16 from Donielson’s district. The three U.S. attorneys’ offices in the state have received only general inquiries about amnesty, but no individual has called to request specific information or give the attorney his name as required if he wants to turn himself in to federal authorities.
“Many of them might think they will get a better deal later,” Donielson said “Most of them are in Canada that I
Donielson said he doesn’t believe the draft evaders will ever have a better deal than the one offered by the President, to allow the evaders to work up to two years in alternate service.
He predicted many of those who decide to take the offer will wait until the end of the year.
“They more or less have total immunity unul Jan. si,” he said.
Donielson noted he has one draft evasion case pending.
Danny Joseph McKenzie, 27, Urbandale, was released from a federal hospital at Springfield, Mo., Thursday. He had been sent there for psychiatric
evaluation prior to disposal of his draft evasion charge in federal court
‘‘McKenzie has indicated he is taking the amnesty program,” Donielson said. “But I haven’t talked to him personally. He’s got 15 days to get up to see me.”
The official said he has been delegated the authority to reduce the 24 months of alternate service if he sees fit.
“I’m just going to visit with them and see what good sense will dictate in terms of the President’s proclamation,” he said. “I frankly feel Eve just
got to take ^ look the* carses
first,” before doc-iciin*? to reduce the time.
Donielson staid he? has* already had stime calls f rom
agencies wanting: the services
of the draft evaders while serving their a I to rn ate >?**rv-ice.
‘There’s lots of possi bili-tios.” he said. “Good'will
Industries and hospitals always need g(MMl pefiple.”
He caliche! the* amnesty program “cjuite reasonahlo —tuned to local conditions.
“Tin* thing that amazer me is I didn’t believe that any major matter in the federal
government could be handled with less red tape than this one,” Danielson said.
Ray Questio uwis Amtrack: Cost
COUNCIL BLUFF'S—S (UBI) — Noting he was not sure
w hether Iowa cpu I rn - j afford another Amtrak rot* across
the state. Gov. RofcrDert Ray said Thursday nice to
talk about Amtrak, but it’s
another thing to have?* it used.”
Said Ray, “I don’t think the
state of Iowa is yet sn a position to say it could p». ck up the tab for the loss wF* ach could amount to millions of dollars.”
Housing Squeeze Has Eased at U. of I., ISU
AMES (UPI) — Student ser-vices administrators at Iowa’s two largest state universities said the housing pinch at the schools has eased, but said several hundred students continue to reside in temporary quarters.
Iowa State university Housing Director Charles Freder-lksen said 315 women students continue to reside in ‘‘six or seven” normally non-living areas which have been converted into temporary campus housing. He said the temporary quarters are in dormitory, recreation and conference rooms and lounge areas.
Frederiksen said all male students who had been assigned to temporary quarters have found permanent housing since the fall quarter began.
At the University of Iowa. Assistant Vice-president
Arthur Millis said only about BKI students — 75 percent of them men — remain in “lounge-type and other overflow” temporary campus housing He said only three students lived together in any one area.
Both Frederiksen and Millis, interviewed at the state board of regents September meeting here, said a number of “no shows” — students who rent campus housing but do not show up for 'Masses — opened up campus housing for many students who had been assigned to temporary quarters.
However, Ray Iowa should not pas? chance to pick up rail service, and tbabble studies should look into it.
Ray was in Court Thursday to visit urban renewal also looked in on st tions at Thomas high school.
Iso said ►s up the additional all possi-? made to
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Debate at Drake
DES MOINES (UPI) - The two major senate candidates will meet in debate tonight at Drake university sponsored by an Iowa citizens group.
Rep John Culver, (D-lowa) and State Rep. David Stanley (R-Muscatine), will debate the campaign issues beginning at 8 p.m. at Drake’s Old Main auditorium.
The moderator for the debate will be Common Cause national vice-president David Cohen. The debate is being sponsored by the Iowa chapter of Common Cause.
Organization officials say there will be no admission charge for the debate.
Decorah Okays Signal Project
By Doris Ahem
DECORAH — A traffic-signal improvement project estimated to cost $5(1 JKK) was given the green light this week by the* Decorah city council.
Upon recommendation of Councilman Charles Price, the council voted to authorize the city engineer to design plans and specifications in preparation for the receipt of bids by July, 1975.
Councilmen agreed traffic signals should be installed at both ends of the Leif Erickson bridge and at the intersection of Broadway and Mechanic streets.
Charles Anderson, city clerk, said he anticipates the traffic-signal project will include converting Decorah’s present, small red lights to
the larger r«*<l lights* in more general use*.
A controversy a mon*: resi
dents of Ka *>t street from Iowa avenue to FTfth avenue over whether thait sc*c*ti€»ra of st r-ect should Im* paved was airc*«~i by two residents. These* residents urged pavings
The' stre*e?t had t>e*e*n sc.* tied-uled for pav mg by the* city in its 1974 st reet -1 m prove ment project, but the* project was dropped wh**n most of the* residents of the* stre*e*t ped it leaned the city not to inc*lude* t. heir stree*t an»c*ng; those l>€*in« paved.
City officials agreed to blade Fast str«»t, to fill belles, and to se*ttlc* the? dust aes a compromise* solution to the problem
The council se*t a he*ae ring
for Oct. 15 on the $1 . ZSZZ 35 per lot for current sewer improve
ments made in the*- Minowa Heights residential area of
The resolution pro wides residents may pay th ut* assessment over a ten-ye** -saFir period by paying seven *■* rcent in
terest on the unpaid Mer »alance.
According to City Engineer Lowell Erdman. 'She new
sewer is ready for us^-t*.
Improvements net* — ded at the* Decorah Mumcipa' 'jsmr wi rn ming pi hi! were pointed out in a
letter from the stat e* department of health.
Ref inKh infest
Following its ann ca tion of the pool. tho ment reported the*
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pool floor needs refinishing, water valves need repacking or repair, the filter in the pumphouse needs repair, and soap dispensers must be installed in showers and bath stalls.
The department instructed city officials to make these corrections before the opening of the 1975 swimming season
A compliance certificate was issued to Luther college for construction of a pond in the Sherman Hoslett wildlife area on the northwest outskirts of Decorah as a biological study project.
Officials estimate it will take about six months to remove enough gravel from the site to develop the pond
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