Sioux City Journal from Sioux City, Iowa on October 18, 1989 · 4
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Wednesday, October 18, 1989
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A 4 The Sioux City Journal, Wednesday, October 1 8, 1 989 Officials tell of U.S. 75 project plans Dave Dreeszen Journal Staff Writer Iowa Department of Transportation officials Tuesday unveiled plans for a reconstruction project on a section of U.S. 75 from the Gordon Drive interchange to Third Street. Highway officials outlined the project at-an informal meeting at the district office in Sioux City. About a dozen people attended the meeting, including employees of the city's Public Works Department and representatives of two businesses in the construction area. The purpose of the forum was to seek input from the public, said Tom DeWitte, district construction engineer. The project is still in the design stage and changes in the plans could be made before the tentative bid letting date, in December 1990. The proposed project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 1991 and should be completed in about three months, DeWitte said. The project has an estimated price tag of $523,000. Plans call for the removal of an abandoned railroad bridge over U.S. 75 and raising the highway grade to eliminate a dip under the railroad bridge, DeWitt said. The railroad bridge was abandoned by the former Milwaukee .Railroad several years ago. The reconstruction also will include straightening a curve on U.S. 75. Removing the bridge and straightening the curve will improve safety on the highway, said Rich Michaelis, district transportation planner. Elevating the grade on the section of highway beneath the railroad bridge should eliminate drainage problems, he said. The highway will be closed from the Gordon Drive interchange to Third Street while the construction takes place. Traffic will be rerouted through Gordon Drive and Fairmont Street. Representatives of two businesses -Marx Truck Line and Economy Market - attended the meeting to ask questions about the project. Marx Truck Line, located at 2400 Third Street, will continue to have access to the highway during the construction, DeWitt said. Economy Market officials expressed concern that the detour route would bypass their supermarket, resulting in a lighter traffic flow past their business. While the reconstruction project is small by DOT standards, it will still create some hardships for some motorists and businesses, Michaelis said. "There's no doubt there'll be a cer tain amount of inconvenience," he said. "No matter how small a project it is, there s a certain amount of con cern." John Arnold, assistant city public works director, said the city supports the project. "We're happy to see them do it," he said. "A lot of people call us up and complain about flooding and the road filling up with snow . ' ' DON'T BUY FURNITURE ANY PLACE! Til you see usl Over 1 Million Dollars of Available Stock at Our 3 Locations 494-6952 FURNITURE CLEARANCE CENTER Mon. & Thurs. 9-9; Tues., Wed., Fri. 9-6; Sat. 9-5; Sunday Noon-4 700 East 9th, So. Sioux City, NE 4 Blocks East of Team Ford Sheriffs sale cancelled A sheriff's sale that organizers had expected to take all day and monopolize a large portion of the Woodbury County Courthouse atrium today has been cancelled. The sale had been scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the north door of the courthouse. A professional auctioneer had been hired to conduct the proceedings, which were expected to last as late as 6 p.m. because of the large amount of items to be sold. The inventory included a variety of building materials and office and warehouse equipment and supplies. But officials canceled the sale Tuesday because an agreement had been reached between First Interstate Bank and the debtor in the case, negating the need to sell off the debtor's property to settle his debt. One person behind S.O.S. SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa A disclosure report filed with Dickinson County Auditor Nancy Reiman's office this week shows just one person behind the "S.O.S." organization which attempted to defeat a school bond issue earlier this month. According to the five-page filing, rural Spirit Lake resident Jerry F. Jones contributed $336 to "S.O.S." and used the funds to purchase an advertisement in the Lakes News Shopper. The election involved a $4 million proposal to replace an outdated facility. It was the third time voters considered the measure in the last two years. The issue passed last week by fewer than 60 votes, gaining a 62 percent majority. The question required at least 60 percent of those voting to be approved. Nature trail walk planned The Woodbury County Conservation Board will sponsor a nature trail walk on Sunday at Stone State Park. The Volksmarch will be held from 1 p.m. to4p.m. Maps of about five miles of trails will be available at the park. Conservation board officials are encouraging participants to bring apples for homemade apply cider. An antique cider press will be available to make the cider. The Iowa Group of the Sierra Club is co-sponsoring the Volksmarch. Drug dealer gets 5 years Convicted drug dealer Bruce Carlyle Solomon has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling marijuana. Solomon, 32, of Elk Point, S.D., was sentenced Tuesday by Woodbury County District Court Judge Terry L. Huitink after pleading guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count of delivery of a controlled substance. Prosecuting Assistant County Attorney Brian Buckmeier said Solomon had been charged after selling two ounces of marijuana for $240 to a confidential informant for the Sioux City Police Department last Jan. 13. Fire departments get grants YANKTON, S.D. Two Siouxland fire departments the Wakonda Fire Department and the Yankton Rural Fire Association have been awarded state grants through the Rural Community Fire Protection program of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Ken Terrill, fire management specialist in the Division of Forestry, said the grants help local communities improve their fire protection capabilities. Funds may be used to purchase protective clothing, breathing apparatus, communications equipment or other training equipment. Local communities provide 50 percent or more of the funding for the projects. Cherokee board makes offer CHEROKEE, Iowa The Cherokee Board of Education offered representatives of the Cherokee Education Association a wage increase of about V2 percent. Representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union asked the board for an 80 cents per hour wake increase for custodians and cooks in the school district. In other business, the board approved funding for the Talented and Gifted Program for the 1990-91 school year. The total budget for the program is $48,000, with the Cherokee District paying $12,000 and the remainder coming from additional funding that is available. The board checked on radon testing cannisters which are to be placed in each classroom on the ground level. If the radon level appears to be too high, an additional test will be made. If the level after a year's testing proves too high, the school must take action. The Cherokee Stadium rennovation project, according to the board, is getting strong support in funding and contributions. So far, $60,000 has been pledged toward a $100,000 goal. "IS YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER?" 2nd Annual Estate Planning Day October 21, 1989 Sioux City Convention Center j Public Invited TOPICS AND SPEAKERS Wills and Trusts John. R. Mugan, Atty. Estate Tax Planning Terry Lockie, CPA Life Insurance Jay Smith, CLU, ChFC . 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Avenson and other Democratic leaders said the tuition plan would go into force for next year and was a commitment for one year only. As a Democratic candidate for governor, Avenson has proposed eliminating tuition at the state universities. In addition, the leaders said they've agreed to revamp the state's lottery, earmarking all $50 million it generates in profits for environmental programs. The announcement came after a day long private meeting in which House and Senate leaders said they reached agreement on the major priorities for the legislative session which begins in January. Democrats control both the House and Senate by wide margins. Topping that list was a sharp shift intuition policy. Avenson said the Legislature would appropriate more money to the schools to make up for any funding they lose because of lowered or frozen tuition. The state's Board of Regents meets Wednesday in Ames and is expected to approve a 3.3 percent tuition increase, making tuition at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa about $1,800 per year. Freezing tuition at those schools will cost $2.5 million, while trimming tuition payments at the community colleges would cost $3.8 million, the leaders said. Avenson insisted that the schools won't suffer and rejected suggestions that legislators were meddling in the operation of the universities. "We're just saying that the cost to our students should not go up," said Avenson. The more urban and liberal House last session debated a tuition freeze, but the notion was rejected by the more conservative Senate. Senate Majority Leader Bill Hut-chins, D-Audubon, said senators have come around and now support the idea of limiting tuition increases, broadening access to colleges. Senators last week announced they would push for a restructuring of the lottery, and Avenson said House members agreed to go along at Tuesday's session. That could set up a showdown with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who wants to continue to use lottery profits for economic development. "We pretty much agreed that the lottery needs to be focused," Avenson said. Avenson said that polls show Iowans favor new environmental initiatives, and the lottery would gain support if that's how the money is used. "That's something that Iowans would happily see their lottery dollars spent on," said Avenson. Other major proposals Democratic leaders said they would push include: Expanding the state's prison system, though they said details will wait until a consultant issues a final recommendation. "We paid a lot of money for that consultant," said Avenson. "We want to hear what he has to say." The consultant has projected a 70 percent increase in prison population by the end of this century. Trimming $30 million in property taxes while increasing funding for education. "We'll keep our $30 million commitment," said Avenson. Approving a new crackdown on narcotics trafficking, though details of the effort won't come until after a drug summit with Branstad later this month. Consider a proposal by the state's teacher union for a $73 million pay increase. Avenson and Hutchins said they haven't seen details of that proposal but would consider recommendations from the 31,000-member union. One item that won't be on the agenda is raising taxes to pay for the programs, the leaders said. Both ruled out an election-year tax increase. "There won't be a tax increase," said Avenson. Avenson said that economic growth means the Legislature will have at least $68 million for, new programs, and perhaps as much as $100 million. That's more' than enough to pay for the effort, he said. 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