A10 SATURDA' , M/ GREAT PLAINS THE SAUNA JOURNAL Remembering officers DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Saluting a fellow officer, Salina Police Lt. Carson Mansfield thanks people for coming to the police memorial in Jerry Ivey Park, which had to be canceled about 7:30 a.m. Friday because of lightning. The service, which has not been rescheduled, would have commemorated Peace Officer Memorial Day. TLOFTTOUR This year's loft tours scheduled for June 6; Tour features two new units, others under new ownership By The Journal Staff The Salina Journal and the Salina Downtown design education committee again are sponsoring a tour of downtown lofts June 6. The tour begins with an orientation at 12:45 p.m. at the Smoky Hill Museum, followed by the tour at 1 p.m. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. The cost per person is $12. A souvenir brochure featuring the lofts is included. For reservations or more information, call the Salina Downtown Inc. office at 825-0535. As with similar tours in 1996 and 1997, this year's tour features two new units as well as others under new ownership. New to the line-up this year are units of Dr. Charles Livingston, 113 N. Santa Fe, and a two-unit apartment at 100 N. Santa Fe owned by Todd Welsh and Mike Scanlon. Kamy Maham, 117% S. Santa Fe, is the new owner of the T SALINA HOUSING AUTHORITY CARROL HAMILTON! Roofing Company Housing authority facing complaints Since 1962 Free Estimates, All Work Guaranteed f .800-864.4637 • 785-452.9224 home renovated by former Saji r nan Mike Henry. ' v Scanlon and Welsh converted their loft into an apartment with, one bedroom and another with two bedrooms. An attorney's office formerly occupied the space;... "When we bought it, it looked' just like it did 30 years ago. In fact they had just left their law books/ I've got boxes and boxes of old books I took out of there," Scan- Ion said. A leaky roof and pigeons get-~ ting in also contributed to the loft's decay, he said. Renovation" included building new walls arid' 1 ceilings, new electrical wiring,' new plumbing, new windows, furnaces and air conditioning. "Everything is new from top to bottom and side to side," Scanlon said. The remodeling was topped off!' by contemporary, earth-tone car 1 -, peting and walls. '_" ' Livingston's loft is a 3,obo, square-foot single-room apart-^ ment. The ceilings are 13 feet high' and there are five ceiling fans,,he! said. Work on the loft began about' May 1996 and finished in Decem-, her of that year. Your Total News Source ^Salina Journal HUD investigating three discrimination complaints in Salina By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A Department of Housing and Urban Development investigator was in Salina this week investigating three discrimination complaints filed against the Salina Housing Authority. Andy Stierwalt, executive director of the housing authority, said the authority is operating within the law and the complaints were the result of people being upset about the authority's enforcement of rules. Some say that the number of complaints under investigation is high, but HUD officials said the number of complaints was not uncommon, and it is too soon to tell if the complaints indicate problems at the authority. It is uknown whether a rare city review of the authority is connected to the complaints. A preliminary report on the city review is expected to be presented to the authority board at its meeting Thursday. City Manager Dennis Kissinger said, after a closed-door meeting with the authority board in T OPEN MEETINGS "You try to enforce the rules, and they file a complaint" Abner Perney former Salina Housing Authority director March, that the review was prompted because of communication problems. He said Thursday he had no comment on either the discrimination complaints nor the city's report. Dale Palermo of Kansas City HUD public affairs office said it is not uncommon for an authority, regardless of its size, to have three complaints against it at one time. Palermo said annual evaluations of the Salina authority have not turned up problems. The agency's score on its 1997 evaluation was 79.9 on a scale of 100. Palermo said few agencies received perfect scores, and Salina's score was good. Complaint filings and their investigations are kept confidential. The investigator looking into the Salina complaints would not comment on them Friday. Abner Perney, former Salina Housing Authority director, said only three or four complaints were filed in his 11 years at the authority. Perney said he thought the number of complaints was high for a town this size. He was director of the authority from 1983 to 1994, and none of the complaints filed during his tenure were substantiated. Stierwalt took over as director in 1996. "Sometimes someone hasn't paid the rent or hasn't kept up a house. You try to enforce the rules, and they file a complaint," Perney said. "They use it as a smoke screen to get what they want." Officials at other Kansas housing authorities say they have faced few discrimination complaints. The Hutchinson Public Housing Agency has not had any discrimination complaints filed against it since it was founded in 1988, Roberta Stewart, director, said. The Junction City Housing Authority has had one\complaint filed in the last two and a half years, but that complaint was the result of a misunderstanding and was quickly resolved,, said spokesperson Sheila Spangler. The Hays Housing Department has gone two years without a- complaint, and director Charlene Barber said she did not think any complaints had been filed against the agency in its 18 years of operation. HUD investigates all discrimination complaints, said Robert Kelly, fair housing enforcement director in the Kansas City office. "It is not a high number of complaints," he said of the three under investigation in Salina. "When we get complaints we consider them allegations, not fact." The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. Complaints can be filed against individuals like landlords, companies or agencies. HUD officials try to ; reconcile the complaint, but if the process advances to a hearing, an administrative judge can levy fines up to $50,000 and award damages. Toll free flame Awnings • Cirparts iMlnit Awnings • literal Arm Amingi Entnnce Canopies • larps. SIR Shades FiHnCnvera • unstsck Cnrtalns Free Estimates . . „.. ... „ , _. . 1100W. Grand Bldg. Thinking -tful Parties & Events "The Uncommon Florist" 921 Shalimar Dr. (behind the Southgate Dairy Queen) Be We Will NO! Undersold 111 N. 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Salina City Manger Dennis Kissinger said he did not think the veto would affect city business. COPY CO MORE THAN JUST A COPY CENTER Beat the construction blues! = FREE Pick-up & Delivery 2346 PLANET AVE.- GALAXY CENTER- 823-2679 OR FAX 823-2552 I VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS of the UNITED STATES POST #1432 ivill have their annual "BUDDY POPPY SALE" Friday, May 15th at the Post Office & City Co. Building Saturday, May 16th throughout the City of Salina Because America's Veterans believed in "Justice for all," they left the safety of their homes & families to serve their country defending its principles. They kept the battle for freedom from touching U.S. soil. Their sacrifice was great, their bravery beyond question. Poppy Day pays tribute to the veteran, both living and dead and reminds Americans of their debt to those who served so well. You can also mail your contribution lo VKW Post 0141)2, 1108 \V. Crawford, Sulina, KS 07-iOland specify "Buddy Poppy." 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