The Muscatine Journal from Muscatine, Iowa on January 7, 1988 · 5
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Muscatine, Iowa
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Thursday, January 7, 1988
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Thursday, Jan. 7,1 988 Muscatine Journal Page 5A Old bridge has lived its life ; . J,-,-.. RgfiiniM By DeeAnn Paisley of the Journal ATALISSA - The "lump in the landscape" west of Atalissa may disappear in the next two years according to Dave Ellis, district transportation planner with the Iowa DOT., The bridge on Highway 6 immediately outside of Atalissa on the road to West Liberty is a "very, old bridge," said Ellis. He added that it was built in the 1930's. "It has lived its life," said Ellis and added that the bridge was too narrow. "We - cannot justify a new bridge," Ellis said, "there is not enough activity. We will build a nice, new crossing." "People are going to have to wait for the trains but that is better than the curves on the bridge." He estimated four trains per day will use the crossing. Local residents will have to use a detour while the bridge is being removed. Construction is slated for early or late spring, 1990 with completion that summer depending on - what the school district would desire Ellis said. The project is also dependent, according to Ellis, on federal funding becoming available. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 19 at the West Liberty School District Conference Room to discuss the project. I i; ry, i ; 1 t . , vsrO V . ,. , ml " -fi ,7P, ... ..... NffeWi! , , ..JjtowMri tuna.- ' r. J- No more "lump in the landscape" said Dave Ellis with the DOT. The bridge outside of Atalissa on Highway 6 will "90 and be replaced by a signal rail-come tumbling down in the spring of road crossing. Journal photo by DeeAnn Paisley By Shawn Plank of the Journal COLUMBUS JUNCTION -Presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt, who attacked meatpack-er IBP this week as a company that "lies and cheats," should realize the "economic positi-veness" the pork plant here brings to southeast Iowa, Louisa County Democratic Chairman John Delia Vedova said. On Monday and Tuesday in campaign stops in Des Moines and Manchester, Babbitt, former emocratic Arizona governor. "When IBP wants to save money, it speeds up production lines, locks out its unions, breaks all the rules on safety and covers up its outrageous rate of illness and injury on the job," Babbitt was quoted as saying. "IBP is a monument to everything shabby and backwards and wrong in the American economy not only because the company lies and cheats, but because it believes its employees are the problem and not the solution," he continued. -Delia JVedova ColumbusJunt Called IBP "corporate outlaws." tion, said Babbitt "was speaking Regional update Historical Society elects officers COLUMBUS JUNCTION New officers for the Louisa County Historical Society for 1988 include: Raymond Fisher, Wapello, president; Valeen Ziegenhorn, Wapello, vice president; Lois Farrier, Columbus Junction, treasurer; Norma Schweitzer, Columbus Junction, recording secretary; Oleta SchaperJVapellohisto-rian; Mary Beth Carey, Columbus Junction, tour director; and" Orval Schmeiser, Wapello, chaplain. ( ; ' 1 Heritage Center sets hours COLUMBUS JUNCTION The Heritage Center will be open the first Sunday each month from 2-5 p.m. and on the third Thurs-, day evening each month from 7-9 p.m. It will also be open by appointment for five or more persons any day by calling William Matthews. The board meeting will be Jan. 21 at the Heritage Center. There are 33 persons serving on the board of directors. There will be a travelogue at the center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. Edwin and Mary Wiederrecht will tell about Alaska. Lions plan soup supper ' LETTS The Grandview-Letts Lions Club will hold a soup supper at the Letts United Methodist Church at 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Cheese soup and chili will be served, along with relishes and pie. km Blue Grass Community Hall EVERY SUNDAY Early Bird Game 12:45 Call 381-4025 or 381-3620 I rail AN EXTRA TREAT! Enjoy a delicious Hy-Vee breakfast for $1.69 or more and receive, a FREE copy of USA Today. A pure delight from the Hy-Vee Deli. from a Democratic heart," advocating putting an end to substandard wages and unacceptable working conditions. But Delia Vedova added, "I would hope he would concentrate on the average wage and not the starting wage. I hope Mr. Babbitt realizes the economic positi-veness IBP brings to southeast Iowa in gloomy times." Tom Huston, a Columbus Junction banker who was key in bringing IBP to town said criticism leveled against IBP by Babbitt and others !iisnotevident, at least here in Columbus JuncUon.,r" "I think Mr. Babbitt made an irresponsible statement as far as we're concerned here in our community," Huston said "IBP is now employing "1,000 people a day. I see a lot of people irt here cashing their checks. I don't seem to , sense dissatisfaction from those people. I don't seem to hear dissatisfaction from townspeople." Huston speculated Babbitt made the comments to turn heads as the Feb. 8 caucus nears. But the comments may not attract supporters in Columbus Junction, Huston added. . "I don't believe Mr. Babbitt is high enough in the minds of people to gather much support whether he said anything about IBP Or not," Huston said. Babbitt's press secretary in Iowa, Rita Carillo, said Babbitt has been advocating "democracy in the workplace" in' Iowa since this summer. The candidate's criticism of IBP, the nations largest meat-packer, she said, is an example he uses by which voters can "get a grasp of what he means" by the concept of workplace democracy. Nichols' gym revitalized By DeeAnn Paisley of the Journal NICHOLS The Nichols school building -will come to life soon, at least the gym portion, since the city council voted to open the gym for recreational purposes at their m&ting Wednesday! Mayor Craig Meacham said the councit decided -torwinterize the-rest of the building and shut down the boiler. The gym will continue to be heated at an approximate cost of $100 per month Meacham said, , Meacham said he hopes the community will show support for the gym by forming volleyball and basketball teams to use the gym. The city will charge $2 per person per night as a user's fee. If the community doesn't show support Meacham added, the council can not justify spending money to keep the gym open. The user's fee will reimburse the city for heating costs and liability insurance. Meacham believes that liability insurance will cost the city approximately $1,000 per year. Meacham also hopes that the gym could be used for "alcohol-free teen dances." But he said everything is just in the planning stages. According to Meacham the West Liberty school district removed more fixtures -from the building than the council was aware that they would be taking. "We" are going to the board (school) to ask for that back," said Meacham. .... The council and any interested citizens will meet at the gym at 9 a.m. Saturday for a general clean-up. .The council has an offer from a local farmer to purchase the old - school bus barn for $5,000. Meacham said the council made no formal decision. Various council members discussed their goals and objectives for 1988 and 1989. According to Meacham, Council Member David Gregg would like to see some landscaping done at Ijem Avenue Park and the new park north of the school building. Council member Brian Connell suggested the placement of welcome to Nichols signs on the highways into Nichols. And he would like to see the city, develope a slogan. Council Member Dennis Al-brecht would like to see the cottn cil consider annexing lots for development of new businesses and residences. Meacham, himself, would like to see a community center developed at the Nichols school build-' ing. Meacham is also interested in safety issues. He wants building inspections and water quality inspections. Along the lines of community betterment, Meacham would like to see sidewalk repairs and maintenance. Meacham also suggested the idea of a community picnic to replace Nichols Day. In other business the council elected Nancy Fulcher as city clerk. ' IBP plan: taken to public - By Shawn Plank ,4 of the Journal , V COLUMBUS JUNCTION -A proposal by IBF toe; to I discharge additional wastes ? from its pork plant here into 1 the town's two rivers will be ; the subject of a February ! public hearing by. the lowa f Department of Natural Re-'. sources. , The hearing, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 23, wa prompted by a petition from ( Robert "Butch" Bennett Conesville, who collected -i about soo names in response to a public notice by the ! DNR, saying they would; grant a permit allowing !BJK to discharge more wastes Ul no objections were received f As part of IBP's plan begin; its-second' shift, the; ' company requested increasj ing the amount of wastes the plant may discharge from ; 1,630 pounds per day to l,82flh pounds into the Iowa River. -But the state Environmen tal Protection Commission in ; July said IBP could diss charge the additonai wastes into the Cedar River if it; built a permanent piping system to the river at a cost of about $154,000. . -The DNR approved the permit for construction of the ; new pipeline. MSG? mm an WE'RE KICKING OFF 1988 WITH A GREAT BUY ON A NEW LINCOLN! $2,500 DISCOUNT I STANDARD FEATURES: 5.0-hter V-8 engine Sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection " , " Electronic Engine Controls (EEC-IV) 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission Power steering . 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I Keylessilluminated entry system I Single key entryignition I Power trunk pulldown I Extensive corrosion protection I Dual-Shade paint' (Cartier only) I WSW steel-belted radial tires I Turbine-spoke cast-aluminum wheels I Seatback map pockets and robe cords I Cartier interior (clothleather standard, leather NEC) I Automatic parking brake release I LHRH power heated remote control mirrors ' Power antenna '" Test Drive Luxury At It's Finest!

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