The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1998 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains SUNDAY, MAY 17, 1998 Y SALINA CITY COMMISSION City to decide on swimming pool task force Gity manager envisions £anel looking at needs but not design or location By CRISTINA JANNEY ljt?$alina Journal - Salina city commissioners Monday will consider forming a committee that could be the first step to building a swimming pool in south Salina. » The commission, which meets at 4 p.m. in room 107 of the City-County Building, WilT consider a resolution outlining the 4uties of the group. ;• City Manager Dennis Kissinger envisions the committee as a modest, fact- finding group. '' "All that we have said so far is that someday we would like a new pool, and if it is built, it would probably be built in Jerry Ivey Park, and if a pool is built, it would go before the voters," Kissinger said. "That is in our capital improvement policy." The task force was the recommendation of a group of residents who spoke to the commission a few months ago. The pool could cost between $1.5 million and $4 million, depending upon the design and size. Kissinger said Saturday the city needs information on its current facilities and its options. "We have to provide facts to the citizens, and part of the facts is what is the current situation in Salina, Kansas," he said. The task force will look at current facilities, including the Kenwood and Carver municipal pools and the Salina South High School indoor pool. It also would gather information on other outdoor pools in Kansas or adjoin- ing states. It would not look at sites, make recommendations on design or financing, according to a report prepared for commissioners by Kissinger. In his report, Kissinger recommended a seven-member ad hoc task force to be in place from June to November. It would include four adults, a youth, a recreation professional and a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to chair the group. Kissinger also recommended that Steve Snyder, parks and recreation director, and Darron Leiker, assistant to the city manager, work on the project. The city clerk would accept applications for the board until June 8, and the mayor would appoint the board on June 15. A new, outdoor pool has been on the city's wish list for several years, but no time frame or funding has been identified for the project. Other business In other business, the commission is scheduled to: • Consider second reading on a charter ordinance that would allow the city to issue bonds for the construction of a $900,000 animal shelter. • Consider an ordinance that would be the second step in the acquisition of right- of-way for the South Ninth Street reconstruction project through eminent domain statutes. • Consider establishment of a policy to allow special assessments to paid back over 15 years. • Hear a report on a petition filed by John Guyot on behalf of Graves Trust, requesting certain street and utility improvements in Mariposa Addition, which is near the intersection of Marymount and Cloud streets. • Hear a report on a petition filed by Monty Montee and Danny Huehl, request- ing street improvements to Country Oaks. Estates in the Schilling residential area.' • Consider approval of the 1998 subdivi jl sion improvements and authorize staff ta establish a bid date. • Consider a resolution authorizing the. mayor to execute a supplemental agree-,, ment with Wilson & Co., 1700 E. Iron, for design engineering services for the South Ninth Street improvements in an amount, not to exceed $10,351. • Consider appointments to various boards and commissions. . • Consider allowing the mayor to execute three concession agreements. • Consider a $14,977 change order for the South Ninth Street reconstruction; project. The change deals with traffic sig-'j nals and can be covered by the contiri-' gency amount set aside for the project. ,.,, • Consider a report on bids received for; the 1998 phase II vehicles and equipment^ purchases. BRIEFLY McPherson robbery report was fake ; McPHERSON — McPherson police said Friday that a Coastal Mart clerk who had reported an arfned robbery May 9 conspired with her boyfriend to steal the ittoney. 1 '''It was an inside job," McPherson Police Chief Mike Alkire said. "We've sent a report to the county attorney asking for complaints." : ? ; "Alkire said two suspects admitted during questioning Wednesday that they took the money from the business and then reported an armed robbery to cover Up the theft. 7 The clerk told police on May 9 that a masked man had entered th.e store around 11 p.m., pointed a gun at her and demanded money. Alkire said police have asked County Attorney Ty Kaufman to file charges of theft and filing a false police report against the Couple. ^Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor. Since the amount of money allegedly taken was less than $500, Alkire said, the theft charges also will be misdemeanors. Alkire said he couldn't release the names of the suspects until charges are filed. Wichita State marks 100th commencement WICHITA — A class of eight college graduates has swelled to a class of 2,600. A quiet celebration at a downtown opera house has Been replaced by a loud ceremony at the football stadium. Things have changed since 1899, when Wichita State University — then called Fairmount College — observed its first commencement ceremony. V-6n Friday, the school celebrated its 100th graduation with even more pomp and circumstance than usual. Festivities included a Kansas National Guard B-1B flyover and a fireworks show. ; The audience in Cessna Stadium-spent hours clapping as graduates individually walked across thfc'stage to pick up their diplomas. Usually, the school performs a/more impersonal but time-sav- ijrig mass graduation ceremony. ; Many of the graduates said they were proud to stand as symbols of a century of progress at their university. Others were just glad the long, obligatory ceremony included a little entertainment. Sam's Town owner may sell KC casino KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Declining revenue could lead to Sam's Town casino being sold, investors in Boyd Gaming Corp. have been told. The casino's share of the $35 million-a-month Kansas City market has dropped from 10 percent to about 8.5 percent since Station Casino Kansas City opened in January 1997. Boyd Gaming, based in Las Vegas, said in its first-quarter financial statement that while combined revenue at its five casinos in the central part of the country was up 37 percent from a year ago, the Kansas City operation saw a 15 percent decline. " "In light of the historical performance at Sam's Town Kansas City, management is considering various strategic alternatives to mitigate its impact on the company, which may include, among other things, the possible sale of the property," the company said. From Wire Service Reports KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Planet Arsenal bassist Mike Freed pounds through the opening set Saturday afternoon at the second annual Noise Fest in Oakdale Park. DRAWN TO NOISE Young fans are thrilled at chance to hear heavy metal during free Salina concert By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal A new generation of noise lovers got a rare chance to enjoy live heavy-metal music at the second annual Noise Fest concert Saturday at Oakdale Park. "It gets me pumped up. I like it," said Andrea Wheidman, 18, Salina. She was one of about 100 people who were at the free concert by early evening. Wheidman, who besides having multiple earrings had a silver ball in her tongue and a hoop in her nose, said she usually had to go outside of Salina for live metal music or sit in on one of the local bands' practices. Planet Arsenal, Hays; Electronic Motor Fish, McPherson; Steeltoe, Salina; 8 Degrees, Topeka; and Gryn, Hays, were the featured bands. Bobbie Robertson and Janie Hammerschmidt, both 14-year-old Salinans, said Salina seemed to only draw country concerts. "It's sad we live in Kansas," Robertson said. "All the big concerts go to big cities." Hammerschmidt said people her age had little to do in Salina. "There is only so many times you can go to the mall," she said. Tony Sams, 18, Salina, said most Friday and Saturday nights he and his friends are sitting in someone's basement being bored. "It is good they are doing something to bring live music back here," he said. Sams said the few live bands that perform in Salina are usually cover bands from the 1950s or '60s instead of the modern rock that teens like to listen to. Jerrod Roe, 17, and Jesse Benedick, 15, both of Beloit, said the only time they get to hear live rock is when they play it themselves. Each is in a band. Roe, guitarist for Corned Beef and Who-Raw-Bone, said he liked the creativity and difficulty of heavy-metal music. James Berry, lead singer and guitarist for Planet Arsenal, said heavy metal is making a comeback. "It is something different than what is in the mainstream," he said. "Alternative is all sounding the same." The group, which has been together a year, just released a compact disc, "Your World is our War," which is available at the House of Sight and Sound. Berry is a senior in business at Fort Hays State University but said he wanted to make music his life. He said Noise Fest was a rare opportunity for bands in western Kansas to get exposure. Chris Kruep, organizer, used the event to send a message to fellow metal fans about AIDS and HIV. AIDS statistics were read between bands, and Heartland AIDS Task Force volunteers were at the event distributing condoms and information on the disease. "The people who are dying of AIDS now were infected when they were these kids' age," said Debbie Mestas, Heartland volunteer. Young concert-goers dug into a box marked with sign that read "Use a condom. Don't let your fantasy turn into a death wish," which contained red, blue and green condoms. Heartland volunteer Margie Bruner, who has children the age of many of the concert-goers, said she thought the youths would feel more comfortable talking about AIDS on their own turf. "They are not bashful about asking questions. We have had quite a few who have gotten condoms," Bruner said. "They know no one will quiz or lecture them. Maybe if they can't talk to their parents, they will talk to us." T ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY Bleacher collapse remembered Incident 39 years ago at rodeo left one dead, 200 others injured By The Associated Press MAYETTA — It was 39 years ago today that a section of bleachers collapsed during the Mayetta Rodeo and Indian Fair, killing one person and injuring 200 others. Back then, Butch Andrews was 12. As the rodeo neared an end, he and his younger brother and sister had climbed out of Section B to avoid the rush when everything was over. Butch was on a walkway passing under the 15-foot high bleachers near a small concession stand when he heard a loud cracking noise. He remembers "turning around and seeing a couple of hundred people suspended in midair." "At that moment, a man grabbed me by the arm and threw me out from under the stands," said Andrews, who goes by his given name of Charles. Another man, perhaps the concessionaire, yanked Andrews' sister, Pam, 9, and brother Bill, 4, the other way, to the outside of the bleachers. People rushed to get out of the way as the bleacher section collapsed. "Even at my age, I knew I was watching a disaster," Andrews said. He and his siblings all escaped injury, although the man who grabbed the two younger children and pulled them to safety was hurt. "If he hadn't been taking care of her (Pam), he might not have been hit," Andrews said. He, his brother and sister soon were reunited with their parents, Chuck and Betty Andrews of Lea v- enworth. Other witnesses described the sound of the collapse of the 10 rows in Section B as "a hail storm getting louder and closer" and as a low rumble "like thunder." "Boards snapping in half sounded like a volley of shots from high- powered rifles," wrote Clay Loyd, assistant city editor of The Topeka State Journal, who witnessed the disaster. The snapping rows of seats "formed a funnel into which spectators began to slide ... slowly at first... and then all at once with a hollow crash," Loyd wrote. About 300 of the 2,000 people attending the rodeo were in Section B. Andrews remembers seeing a lot of blood. The injured were lying on the ground, many covered with blankets, and medical workers at the rodeo aided them before ambulances arrived. A lot of people were crying, and there was a lot of confusion, Andrews said. Law enforcement officers sought cars to take those with minor injuries to hospitals in Holton, Onaga and Topeka and station wagons to transport the more seriously hurt. Volunteer drivers were needed, and one man refused, saying he had a new station wagon "and he didn't want to get it bloody," Andrews said. The bleachers had been completed just before the start of the four-day rodeo. Steel railroad rails formed a framework and were anchored to upright, 6-inch steel pipes, which were bolted to 3- foot concrete footings. Welds and rail sections between the welds broke as the section collapsed. Several witnesses reported hearing creaking and groaning as much as half an hour before it fell. V SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION Commission to vote on road, bridge work By The Journal Staff Road improvements and bridge replacements will be the topics of the day when Saline County commissioners meet for their formal session at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting is in Room 107 of the City-County Building. Commissioners will consider: • Contracting with Wilson & Co. for engineering services for replacement of a bridge on Simpson Road north of Cloud Street and a bridge on Gypsum Valley Road at Lapsley Road. Cost would be $55,300. • Hiring L&M Contractors of Great Bend, at a cost of $126,480, to replace the Whitmore Bridge over Spring Creek, southwest of Gypsum. • Hiring Shears Construction, 1329 W. North, for $621,537 for road patching, leveling and overlay projects on Country Club Road from Kipp Road to Eastborough Road, State Street from Brookville Road to Kansas Highway 140, Hedville Road from State Street to the ; Saline-Ottawa county line, '' Magnolia Road from Kipp Road to Niles Road, Kipp Road from Magnolia Road to Schilling Road and Schilling Road from Kipp Road west half a mile. • Hiring Shears Construction, at a cost of $24,700, for .'. joint and crack sealing in the" county. • Buying a self-propelled highway sweeper from. Case/Victor L. Phillips, Topeka, for $27,948. • Signing an agreement with the Ellsworth Correctional Facility to share emergency equipment in the event of a disaster. • Approving an amendment to the county's zoning and master plan. Commissioners also meet from 9 a.m. until business is concluded on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 209 of the City-County Building. All sessions are public. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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