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A2 TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 1998 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead T SAUNE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION Planners table plat action 2 Tuesday • PAIBUC MEETIMG: C*y P <>/r,m»3Swn. A p.m.. FOOT <07, Or/County BuiWirg. yf, '(I Aih S2£-7266. • REPUBUC: Unveihng ^ p«;r4ng tf Indian Vittage s«< in tr.<s "820'=. r,y Ret Co<. Da/reS L C&rr<fcs 2 &.rr.. ^a/cr^e Indian Triage Sta*e Historic S ; 'e 3 Wednesday • COFFEE: job Club Coffee Oiler Kansars Employment Program Gu%st speaxer Nancy Kl%terrieyer. director. RSVP 9:30 a.m.. Sirtor, Stccxade. 6274857. • DANCE: Jolly Mixers Dance, music by The Uptowners. 8-11 p.m.. Holiday Hail 1125 W. South. No smokirxj or drinking. 327-7870. • EVEMT: Summer Actr/rties Enrollment, Salina ParVs and Recreation Dept. and other sponsoring agencies. 4 p.m. distribution of enrollment forms. 5 p.m. fine- up. Bicentennial Center. 826-7434. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Chapter Schiller Institute. 7 p.m., Martin Lirther King Center, 421 N. Ohio, 827-8365. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent al least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. County planners delay action on development sought on North Ohio By SHARON MONTAGUE Despite a plea from county planning commission chairman Chester Peterson for members of the standing-room-only crowd to keep their comments short, a dis- cu.s.sion of a preliminary plat for the Big Valley subdivision north of Salina took about two hours Monday night. And in the end, many of the players questioned whether it was all for naught. In a unanimous vote, planning commissioners agreed to delay action on the plat until their Oct. 5 meeting, when they'll know whether a benefit district to improve North Ohio Street and Shipton Road — a condition of residential zoning for the 315-acre tract — has been approved by county commissioners. "I don't know why we spent two hours on this when it's under those conditions," said Gary Cummings, a planning commissioner. "It appears we wasted a lot of people's time for something that shouldn't have come before the board." About 100 people — a record T COURTS crowd in recent years — attended the meeting to hear about the plans of Ed Streckfus and Tim Howison to create the 36-lot subdivision about three miles north of Interstate 70 on North Ohio. Planning commissioners had approved the zoning change necessary for the subdivision, subject to the benefit district being formed. A benefit district is a group of landowners who, because they would benefit from the improvement, would help pay the cost. Even though the improvement district hadn't been approved, county planner James Holland said he brought the preliminary plat to the board because Howison and Streckfus requested that it be considered now. Monday night's discussion centered on differing reports from geologists and hydrologists as to the possible effects of the development on groundwater quality and surface runoff and opposition to the potential benefit district. Robert Vincent, a groundwater geologist from Wichita, and Frank Mercurio, an engineer with Central Plains Engineering of Salina, were hired by Streckfus and Howison to study the suitability of the land for residential use. The two said the potential for groundwater contamination was minimal, and the increase in drainage on properties surrounding Big Valley subdivision also would be minimal. But O.S. Pent, a Salina geologist hired by surrounding landowners, said groundwater contamination was entirely possible. His opinion, he said, was based on his 50 years of work in Saline County and his access to historical information about the land. "I'm sure if he (Vincent) had the same information I had, he would reach the same conclusions," Fent said. Landowners, who had a meeting of their own last week to organize their presentations, requested that planning commissioners require soil profile testing, advanced sewage treatment systems, well head protection programs and monitoring systems if the plat were approved, to protect the groundwater. Landowners also were concerned that Howison's estimated costs for the road improvements — $38.42 a month for each homeowner — were extremely low. "We just don't think we can afford this," said Bryce Area, who lives to the south of the proposed development. "If Mr. Howison and Mr. Streckfus want to pave these roads for their development, that's fine, but don't make us pay for their development. That's not fair." Testing Little House to offer citizenship test June 13 A citizenship test for legal non- citizens seeking naturalization will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Little House Adult Learning Center in Memorial Hal], Ninth and Ash. The test costs .$30 the day of the test or $26 for those who apply in advance. Passing the test allows non-citizens applying for citizenship not to have to answer questions about history, government or the English language when being interviewed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. For more information, call 8264690. Murder trial opens for 2nd try Man is accused of killing Salinan who'd been police informant By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Jrjurnal A second attempt to try a Marquette man for murder got under way Monday in Saline County District Court. Tony Brandon Hunt, 22, is accused of shooting to death Lamar Williams, 27, and trying to kill Williams' wife, Jannette Gardenhire, 22, at their home at 161 Cherry, June 13, 1997. Hunt's first trial ended with a mistrial in March after Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna became ill and underwent surgery at Salina Regional Health Center. She recovered and is back to try Hunt's case. Hunt won't deny shooting the pair, his attorney John ABibrosio, Topeka, said as he questioned potential jurors Monday. Hunt feared he or his family would be harmed or killed by drug dealers, and claims Williams was his partner in the drug business. The night before Hunt was to tell his story to police officers, he decided one more time to try and talk with Williams at Williams' home. The men talked before Williams left the room to get dressed; Hunt allegedly shot him as he was tying his shoes and then went in the bedroom and shot Gardenhire. She survived and identi- *" Salina Journal T SALINA CITY COMMISSION Published seven days a week, 365 days a yew at 3338. Fourth, PX>. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. (USPS 47B-060) HARRIS RAVL, publisher, hrayl9sallournal.com DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: JEAHHY SH»RP, director, jsharp@saljournal.com • BUSINESS: DAVID MAHTIII, manager, dmartin®saljournal.com • NEWS: SCOTT SEIRER, executive editor, 8selrerGBaljournal.com • CIRCULATION: Bmr.it SANDMEIER, manager, bsandmeiSsallournal.com • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, datMnso9saliournal.com 823-6363 Salina 1-800-827-6363 Kansas SUBSCRIPTIONS EXTENSION 350 E-mail: ajclrc08aljournal.com • NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. •' weekends and holidays, call your carrier or the number above. In Salina, if you call ,, by 10 a.m., your paper will be delivered . ' that day. Out-of-town subscribers will ' receive missed papers the following day. • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open al 5:30 a.m. daily. Closes at 6:30 p.m. weekdays, noon on weekends, 10 a.m. on holidays. ' • CARRIER HATES: $15 for one • month, $42 for Ihree months. • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $16 . lor one month, $48 for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $48 for dally paper, $39 for Monday through Saturday and $21 for Sunday. Outside Kansas, $54 for daily paper, ,' $43.50 for Monday through Saturday and ' $25.50 for Sunday. AH prices Include 6,4 percent Saline ', County sales tax. Tax rates may vary. City orders study in quest for more water NEWS EXTENSION 150 E-mail: s|newB<tt»alJournal.com • HOURS: 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. FAX NUMBERS ALL DEPARTMENTS 823-3207 NEWS DEPARTMENT 827-8363 Kanopolis is eyed as Salina officials look for places to claim water By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal The Salina City Commission often discusses how to get rid of unwanted water, but Monday commissioners approved a $20,000 study on how to acquire water. The study, to be conducted by Wilson and Co., 1700 E. Iron, will look at future sources of drinking water for the city, including expanding the city's well system or piping water from Kanopolis Reservoir. Don Hoff, director of utilities, said the study will look at water needs for the next 40 to 50 years. The Army Corps of Engineers, which controls the reservoir, recently announced a new formula to figure the cost of buying water from Kanopolis that is based on the money that would be needed to build a new reservoir. Salina is one of several communities considering Kanopolis as a water source, Hoff said. He said the water rights south of Salina are over-appropriated and any expansion of the city's well system would require buying water rights from farmers in the area. The city draws its water from a combination of the Smoky Hill River and 15 water wells. The water from the reservoir and groundwater pumped from wells would be of similar quality, Hoff said. The study is to be completed in 90 days. Other business Also Monday, the commission: • Approved a property tax exemption for PowerAd, a company that manufactures scoring and press tables, and signs for sporting events. The company plans to spend $200,000 on an addition to its building in the Airport Industrial Center and equipment. • Approved utility improvements on West State Street. • Approved a 30-day extension for Green Lantern to submit a site development plan for a rezoning application that would allow expansion of its store at Ohio and Iron streets. • Approved an agreement with Mowery Clinic for the placement of a communication cable in the public right-of-way. • Approved annexation of Schilling Road and the Schilling drainage area from the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the east side of Ohio Street. • Approved improvements at Salina Landfill. Costs are estimated at $2 million. 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