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D2-Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, December 8, 1976 r Towing Bids Leave WPB Undecided Salary Key To Strike By Drivers !- i ih By GARY BLANKENSHIP Post StaH Writer West Palm Beach residents apparently are in for a reduction of towing rates as the result of bids for a city franchise, but the two bids for the franchise were so close that city officials cannot say who will win . Towing prices in the city range from $25 to $30 while the bid price ranged from $15 to $18, depending on the company and the type of towing required. The city Purchasing Department yesterday opened bids from Recycling Center of Palm Beach County Inc. and Kauff's Towing for the franchise. City police call the franchise firm when they encounter a disabled car or truck and the owner has no preference of who tows his vehicle. Winning the franchise means an average of 3 or more calls a day from police. The franchise will replace the current rotation list which has been criticized by local towing company operators as dominated by Kauff's. Those operators also criticized the bid specifications, saying that only Kauff's would be qualified to bid. Peter Vasil, director of purchasing, said he could not determine who had the overall lowest bid because the two firms outbid each other on different parts of the specifications. "The Police Department will have to go through their records to determine which section of this bid has the most use and who has the lower bid for that section," he said. Both firms would charge $15 to tow a stalled or broken down car, but Recycling Center bid $17.50 to tow accident-damaged cars while Kauff's bid $18. Kauff's, however, bid $5 for a service call while Recycling Center bid $12.50 for a night call and $10 for. a daytime call. The two companies underbid each other on several other items. "The prices that were bid were in line with prices in other cities all over the country," Howard Kauff, owner of Kauff's Towing, said. Staff Photos by Barbara Montgomery Anthony Manual, 11 Gives Thumbs Up for a Vote for Archie By BUD NEWMAN Post StaH Writer County Administrator John Sans-bury yesterday told the County Commission that a difference over salary is apparently the only issue blocking a settlement with county bus drivers, who voted last week to go on strike Saturday at midnight. "What they're asking is a little over double what we offered," Sans-bury told the commission after being asked for a status report on negotiations with the drivers' union. "I don't think we can budgetarily justify going to that amount." Later, Sansbury said drivers make $4.57 an hour now and have been offered a raise "in line with what we budgeted for all county employes," which is a 5 per cent increase. A 5 per cent raise for the drivers comes to just less than 25 cents an hour, so the union salary demand would amount to just over 50 cents an hour. Sansbury said the union and Florida Transit Management Co, a private firm under contract to the county to operate the bus system, already have agreed on additional fringe benefits. Those benefits include establishment of a retirement system to be paid for equally by the county and the drivers on a matching basis the drivers have no retirement plan now and an increase in health care benefits to cover hospital room costs. Sansbury said the latter would "bring them into line with what other (county) employes are being compensated . . . about $75" a day. It is believed that under current benefits the drivers are entitled to only about half that amount. "Those terms meet with their satisfaction it's just salaries at the present (blocking a settlement)," Sansbury said. He said the county's offer is "pretty firm" on the salary increase, but he did not completely rule out further negotiations. He told the commission that the union and management would try to meet once more before the strike deadline probably Friday. Warwick Seeks Council Post Charles H. (Bud) Warwick III has announced his candidacy for the Palm Beach Town Council seat being vacated by Benjamin Oehlert. "I served on the Zoning Commission for about seven years and my main purpose in getting on that was getting a comprehensive zoning plan," Warwick, 52, said. "Now that we've got that I want to go on and help implement this plan and I want to make some other contributions. "I'm running to try to help the community I live in." Warwick, a local attorney, is a WW II veteran and past president of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Raymond Moudry, a former state legislator, also is' running for that council seat. 'Hi, My Name Is Archie . 'And I Want To Be Your President' PpT'y" j p ,f-j "It gives the students a chance to get involved in the school. They have begun to feel it is their school," he said. Lincoln Elementary, the largest in the county with 960 students, 700 of then bused in, became the first elementary school in the county to form a student council in October. "Of course, we are not as polished as a high school student council. We are still feeling our way," said Wanda Peters, the teacher in charge of the new council. Candidates for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian and sergeant at arms ended their campaigns yesterday with speeches to the assembled sixth grade classes' There weren't any promises to abolish homework or double recess periods. In fact, the strongest promise came from Juan Atkins, a candidate for sergeant at arms. "I will not, I repeat, I will not make promises I cannot keep," Atkins promised. "So, when you vote, don't yawn. Cast your vote for Juan." By CHARLES KEEFER Pott Staff Wrltar RIVIERA BEACH - "Unlike Jimmy Carter, I don't live in Plains and I don't raise peanuts," 11-year-old Amy Warren said. "But like Jimmy Carter, I want to be your president." Eleven- year- old Archie Gall also wants to be president. "I will see that all rules and regulations are followed and will go to all the meetings," he promised. "I know I will be the most fair, honest and open-minded president this school has ever had," Gall said. If he is elected in balloting today at Lincoln Elementary School in Riviera Beach, he will be absolutely right he will be the most fair, honest and open-minded president the student council of the school has ever had. He will also be the first, not only for Lincoln Elementary, but also for all of Palm Beach County. Elementary Schools, until now, have not had student councils, school officials said. "It is an idea to involve students and get ideas from students," Principal Richard L Jemmott said. J Wanda Peters Explains Voting Rules to Students uspect in '74 Fraud Case Held d7 Area News Palm Beach County J I I M j , 1(ln,i,in U" . f blocked until the last moment by a van parked in the driveway. No decision has been made regarding an appeal. Schedule for Flu Shots Swine flu shots will be given today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following Health Department centers: 826 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 345 South Congress Ave., Delray Beach, 1500 West Eighth St., Riviera Beach; 6405 Indi-antown Road, Jupiter, and 1024 NW Ave. D, Belle Glade. In addition, shots will be given at the Lanta-na Recreation Center corner of Iris Street and Dixie Highway. Aid Planned for Needy RIVIERA BEACH - A van filled with clothes, food and toys will make its way Dec. 18 to migrant farm areas in Palm Beach County. James Thomson, who is coordinating the annual Christmas program, said he plans to visit 100 families in Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal Point and South Bay. Thomson said the presents will be wrapped and delivered by a Santa Claus and his helpers. The program is sponsored by the North Technical Educational Center, 7071 Garden Road, Riviera Beach. Donations are being A West Palm Beach man, sought by federal authorities for almost three years, remained in the Palm Beach County Jail last night, accused in a 1974 fraud that cost a North Carolina bank close to $76,000. The suspect was identified as 40-year-old Jack L. Key, of 5200 N. Dixie Highway. He is awaiting extradition proceedings on bonds totaling $150,000. He was arrested Sunday by FBI agents on a fugitive warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution on charges filed in the fraud. He appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate David Roth who set an initial bond of $50,000. Key later appeared in Circuit Court and refused to waive extradition proceedings. Judge Marvin Mounts set a second bond at $100,000. Key allegedly defrauded the First City Bank of Fayetteville by posing as the president of a commercial loan consulting firm based in Palm Beach. LW Utility Rates Up LAKE WORTH - Customers of the city-owned electric system will pay $34.14 per 1000 kilowatt hours for December, 15 cents more than Florida Power & Light customers. The rate, approved by the city Utility Authority last night, included a $3.73 fuel cost credit. Utility Director Clifford Blaisdell said despite a 51-cent increase during November, the system is still ranked third lowest in the state. The authority also approved a 60-day extension of a water service contract with the Angle- v TfrrnrrrrTTTri i wood Manor subdivision. Blaisdell said the county Utilities Department plans to service the subdivision through the Palm Springs Water Co. Blaisdell also was authorized to negotiate an agreement with the county and Palm Springs for the use of the city's emergency force main that was installed for temporary service last year. Parents Win Settlement The parents of a 3-year-old West Palm Beach boy who was killed when his tricycle rolled into the path of a City of West Palm Beach dump truck have been awarded $101,343.18 in damages. A Circuit Court jury ruled that truck driver Lee Ervin Lewis was 70 per cent responsible for the death of Robert S. Melchiori killed Dec. 27, 1973,when his tricycle rolled out of a driveway into the path of the truck. The jury, however, declared Robert's father, Joseph Melchiori, 30 per cent negligent for failing to supervise his son. Testimony revealed the father had warned the child not to ride the tricycle into the street. Lewis applied his brakes and swerved but was not able to avoid the child, whose presence was i Taxation It rffl From Dl1 4 Wnuiti i IS;:: Staff Photo By Caorft Wadding In another action, the commission voted, 4-1, for a resolution opposing completion of the Cross-Florida Barge Canal in northern Florida. The resolution, opposed by Commission Bill Bailey, said the .controversial canal might cause "possible damage to the water aquifer upon which South Florida is dependent." The resolution also said the canal was a project "of dubious economic justification." Bailey said he opposed the resolution only because he did not think the commission had enough information on which to take a stand, not because he supports completion of the canal. "I don't favor it, I don't oppose it, he said after the vote. "I just didn't think we should take a stand on it. I did not feel like I was qualified at this point to either support or oppose the Cross-Florida Barge Canal. Gov. Reubin Askew and the Cabinet will hold public hearings next week in Tallahassee to decide the fate of the canal, which was stopped by President Nixon in 1971. The Cabinet is expected to recommend to the federal government that the canal not be completed. services for which city residents are taxed but which they don't receive county building and zoning services, land drainage, neighborhood recreation areas, traffic signals and subdivision roads, to name a few. "It's time for the cities to quit paying an unfair share of the county tax load," he said. County and municipal officials already disagree over exactly which comonents will go into the ordinance, and several battles are expected before the final decisions are made in the months ahead. Before voting to pass the ordinance, Commission Chairman Bill Medlen said residents in the unincorporated area should not be alarmed by the measure. "I don't believe this is going to be some big monster that it was made out to (be)," Medlen said. "I really don't believe you're going to see a great increase in your taxes." Commissioner Dennis Koehler said he hopes passage of the ordinance will mean "the beginning of a new era of cooperation between the county and the cities." But County Atty. Bill Rutter disagreed, saying "what might be appropriate in one county might not be appropriate in another county." Rutter said he expects a lawsuit no matter what the County Commission does on its ordinance. The Palm Beach County Municipal League, which has pushed for the ordinance for years, paraded several local officials before the commission to speak in favor of the ordinance. Palm Beach Town Manager George Frost appeared to be a spokesman for the group. "This is just a vehicle by which you can start to be fair with the municipalities as far as taxes are concerned," Frost said. "There is no assurance that the taxes are going to go up or down. It's going to be flexible and it's going to change every year. "Don't make us (in the cities) pay for the services that aren't available to us," he said. "We won't argue about services that are available to us and we don't take we argue about the ones that we can't get." He said "the list is as long as my arm" of Notes From the l'nsf If this Pickering piano could play by itself, it might weave a mournful tune because it sat on the stage of the Ford Theater in Washington, D.C., during a performance of "Our American Cousin" on the night Abraham Lincoln was shot. Rick Lansing, manager of the Harris Music Co. in West Palm Beach, where the piano will be displayed through December, says the piano originally belonged to Laura Keene, an actress in the play. It is being sent around the country by the Pickering company as part of the bicentennial. "There's no music in the play "Our American Cousin," but because the president was coming, they decided to have a song in there," Lansing says. "They didn't have a piano so she (Miss Keene) donated her personal piano. They say she hardly touched it after that night." Lansing says the piano still works "but they have it locked down to prevent you from playing."