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BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 30, 2012 6:30 AM

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Regents to vote on tuition freeze

The state Board of Regents will meet Dec. 5 to vote on the tuition freeze proposed by University of Iowa President Sally Mason and the board this past September.

Resident tuition accounts for 43.7 percent of total tuition revenues.

The regent universities will keep tuition for resident, undergraduate students at the current level, $6,678.

Nonresidents will see their tuition increase by 2.6 percent at the UI and the University of Northern Iowa, $648 and $410, respectively.

Iowa State University’s nonresident undergraduate tuition will rise by 2.35 percent, or $440.
In the graduate and professional programs at the regent universities, UI tuition will increase by $206 for residents and $626 for nonresidents.

The regents’ tuition policy states that a minimum of 15 percent of the gross tuition must be used for tuition set-aside programs.  The policy is being revised, and the regents say fiscal 2014 will be a transition year.

— by Stacey Murray

Regents to receive sabbatical reports

The University of Iowa approved 58 faculty members for professional development in 2010 assignments for fiscal year 2012, with five members not accepting an assignment or deferring.

The professional-development assignments obtained $9.3 million.

These assignments included researching, writing, working, and presenting papers in order to better the educational environment of the university.

These assignments lasted for either one or two semesters. The faculty members will return to the institution for at least twice the length of the assignment or repay the costs for it.

The state Board of Regents will receive these reports at their Friday meeting.

— by Stacey Murray

Regents to consider UI projects

The University of Iowa will seek approval for three facility projects and the ratification of the executive director’s actions in regards to the steam lines in the Burlington Street dam tunnel project.

The university wants the state Board of Regents to approve the schematic design and $4.4 million budget for the Labor and Delivery Suite Expansion project, which would expand the suite on the sixth level of the UI Hospitals and Clinics’ Pappajohn Pavilion.

The project would take two existing operating rooms and transform them into three new operating rooms. The project will be funded by the UIHC Building Use Funds.

Stanley Hall renovations will also be presented to the regents. The project would include restroom renovations and replace piping. Dormitory improvement funds would cover the $6.7 million project.

The UI is also requesting approval to demolish the east wing, three south buildings, and below-grade classroom additions in the Art Building complex. The project will cost $1.5 million.

The Hancher, Voxman, Clapp, raze facility would bring down all the buiuldings and the area would be maintained as green space. The demolition would cost an estimated $4.95 million.

The regents will vote on these actions at their meeting on Friday.

— by Stacey Murray

Charges at UI increase again

The state Board of Regents released the crime statistics for the three regent universities for the quarter ending Sept. 30.

The University of Iowa’s number of offenses, incidents, and charges increased for the third-straight quarter this year. The number of overall charges increased by roughly 330 and arrests increased by 250 from the same quarter last year.

The UI has had 1,005 alcohol-related charges in the year to date, with 556 of those charges taking place last quarter.

— by Stacey Murray

Regents to vote on school fees

The state Board of Regents will meet Friday via telephonic conference to vote on changes in various common fees for the 2013-14 academic year.

The department exam for credit fee will increase from $50 to $100.

For graduate students, the master’s and doctorate thesis fees will increase from $100 to $145.

Among the new fees will be for those applying for graduation and their degrees after deadline. The fee will be $20. The Carver College of Carver Medicine will impose a $1,349 for the extension course Medical Physiology Online.

The College of Nursing will have a $70 fee to cover the National Student Nurse Association dues.

The College of Dentistry will increase all certificate program fees by 2.6 percent. The Operative Dentistry certificate will rise from $1,072 to $11,100.

— by Stacey Murray

Regents ponder new research-board members

The state Board of Regents will consider approval for the new members of the Board of Directors of the University of Iowa Research Park Corporation.

The corporation leases building sites and space to companies that require sustained research relationships with the university.

At the June 2012 meeting, the board approved amendments to increase the Board of Directors from 12 members to 15.  Following retirements and resignations, the board elected eight new directors. 

The directors include Don Gukert, Stephanie Dengler, Christine Miller, John Murry, Christopher Klitgaard, Christine Evans, Dennis Jordan, and David Hensley. 

— by Stacey Murray

Council to mull plastic-bag ban

The Iowa City City Council will consider implementing a ban on plastic bags at an upcoming work session meeting.

Various groups have come to the city with requests to implement plastic-bag bans, such as 100 Grannies, which met with city staff.

However, the city staff members do not recommend a plastic-bag ban. Instead, the staff have recommended continued recycling education and improved opportunities for plastic-bag recycling around the city, such as a recycling bin for grocery bags at the East Side Recycling Center.

There are eight locations that have plastic-bag recycling receptacles, with most being retail stores such as Walmart and Target.

— by Nick Hassett

Woman charged with fraud, theft

A Coralville woman has been accused of making fraudulent charges and stealing from an Iowa City bank branch on numerous occasions.

According to a Coralville police complaint, Melody Moody, 20, 717 Fifth Ave., was charged between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15 of making numerous deposits with three newly opened customer accounts at Hills Bank & Trust Co., 201 S. Clinton St.

Reportedly ssisted by Larkita Porche, Moody deposited three empty envelopes marked with her address or that of her next-door neighbor. As a result, Moody knowingly made five entries into the ATM totaling $2,500, which falsified bank account balances, the complaint said.

As a result, the bank suffered a $1,145.48 loss.

Second-degree fraud is a Class-D felony punishable up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $7,500.

Second-degree theft of more than $1,000 is a Class-D felony punishable up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Quentin Misiag

Public to comment on development proposals

The public will have a chance to weigh in on five development proposals for property at the intersection of College and Gilbert Streets at the next Iowa City City Council meeting.

The five finalist proposals for the development of the property are 4 Zero 4, the Chauncey, Chauncey Gardens, Ryan Company/Iceberg Group, and Sherman Associates. The developers presented their proposals at a special City Council work session on Monday.

While no action in particular will be made at the Dec. 4 meeting, councilors are expected to discuss selection of a preferred proposal at the Dec. 18 City Council meeting.

— by Nick Hassett

Council to take up chicken policy

The final chance for citizens to sway Iowa City city councilors’ opinions on allowing urban chickens will come at the next City Council meeting.

An ordinance requires three readings to pass. After much debate and public input on the first two considerations, they both passed 5-2, with councilors Michelle Payne and Terry Dickens voting against the ordinance both times.

However, Councilors Jim Throgmorton and Rick Dobyns were uncomfortable moving forward with the ordinance if the policies for keeping chickens would contain a “veto” provision allowing neighbors to reject a request for a chicken license.

“When we get around to [passing the ordinance], I may vote against things I’ve already voted for,” Throgmorton said on Tuesday. “I oppose the idea of a neighbor veto.”

However, Dobyns said he thought the ordinance may need the veto provision to move forward.

Mayor Matt Hayek said he would not support the policy without a veto provision, and he wants to start the process of keeping urban chickens conservatively.

If the resolution passes on the Dec. 4 meeting, the council will consider a resolution to adopt an urban-chicken policy, setting the rules for provisions such as the veto provision and the number of chickens one would be allowed to own.

— by Nick Hassett

Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

An Iowa City man has been accused of domestic abuse after he allegedly lashed out against his wife in a recent dispute.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Chad Tyree, 33, 716 N. Dubuque St. Apt. 10A, was charged Oct. 21.

Officers responded to a Miami Drive address after receiving a report of a domestic assault.

The victim, Tyree’s wife, reported that he become upset when she told him to leave her residence.

Tyree became angry, throwing a vacuum cleaner at the refrigerator. He then allegedly put his wife in a chokehold using his right elbow for several seconds, lifting her briefly off the ground, the complaint said.

The victim’s cousin attempted to break up the fight and was struck by Tyree. He then took the victim’s keys and punched the windshield of her car, causing it to shatter.

Tyree then drove off in the victim’s car and parked it approximately two blocks away.

The victim later went to the hospital for treatment for a strained neck

Tyree was convicted of a second-offense domestic abuse on June 25.

A third or subsequent domestic-abuse assault charge is Class-D felony.

— by Quentin Misiag

Council poised to pass vendor rules

The Iowa City City Council is set to pass a resolution changing regulations regarding mobile vendors, such as those on the Pedestrian Mall, at its next meeting.

The resolution would change the permit length for a mobile vendor from one year to three years, and would also set the limit of carts one vendor could own to three.

An ordinance requires three readings to pass. The previous two considerations both passed on 7-0 votes.

— by Nick Hassett

Fire captain retires

Iowa City Fire Department Captain Larry Kahler retired Thursday after a 26-year career.

Kahler joined the department on May 19, 1986; throughout his career, he received a slew of certifications, according to a city press release.

Kahler was a member of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, the National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and the Johnson County Hazardous Materials Team. He previously served as a coordinator for the Johnson County SAFE KIDS Coalition, the release said.

Kahler had served as a lieutenant and a training officer before being promoted to captain in December 2000.

— by Kristen East

UI eyes apartments for student housing

University of Iowa officials are seeking the approval of the state Board of Regents on two leases with Svoboda Rentals LLC and their property management entity Campusview Management on the east side of campus in order to make up for increasing student enrollment and inefficient student housing.

The two properties listed are 112 E. Bloomington and 427 N. Dubuque. According to the Board of Regents docket, the Bloomington property includes 12 apartments, with four bedrooms each. The Dubuque St. property consists of 11 four-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units.

Funding for the leases would come from University Housing and Dining Operating Funds.

Both buildings would be used to house returning students and transfer students, rather than first-year students.

—By Kristen East

Dogs may get Ped Mall rights

Dog owners could soon be allowed to walk their pets on the Pedestrian Mall if an Iowa City City Council resolution passes at the next meeting.

The change to the city code would allow dogs on the Ped Mall if leash are less than 6feet, outside of sidewalk cafes, as well as other provisions.

An ordinance requires three readings to pass. The previous two considerations passed 7-0 for the first reading and 6-1 for the second, with Councilor Jim Throgmorton opposed.

“After thinking it over, I’m inclined not to support it,” he said at the last City Council meeting.
The ordinance would also allow dogs to be off-leash in all city parks.

-by Nick Hassett

Slockett recognized as Auditor of the Year

Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett was recognized Thursday as the 2012 Auditor of the Year.

Slockett received a certificate of recognition and the Meallion of the National Association of Secretaries of State during a Iowa State Association of County Auditors meeting, according to an emailed release from Slockett.

"This was a completely unexpected honor and surprise I will always treasure. I would like to share this happy day with my friends," Slockett said in the release.

—By Kristen East


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