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. 1 2B THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 How much for smooth roads and top-notch utilities in Delray Beach? The older sections of the city need the most road and utility repairs. The map shows how much it would cost to fix all the roads, water pipes, sewers and storm drains in each quadrant of the city. State House primary vote delayed a week by weather IDelray Imay only fix worst roadways the top two vote-getters will' face off Oct. 5. , While Floyd might have.. . J i i $19,877,124 mm Boyrrton Beach $2,600,673 Lake Ida Rd. De!ray Ccach canceled the election, it won't stop the Martin County Commission. Martin officials will hold By Howie Paul Hartnett Palm Beach Post Staff Writer STUART Hurricane Floyd postponed the special Republican primary today in the District 82 race. "The schools will be shelters, the fire stations will be closed up and poll workers will be in shelters," said Peggy Robbins, Martin County's supervisor of elec -Jul II I - C - I their meeting at 9 a.m. today X 1 as scheduled in the Blake ,2k , J Library. But the meeting will I 19! Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ave. Bush Warner be shorter than expected. Most of the agenda will i ilM $21,180,604 be put off until another meeting. What can't be put off, however, is the ac III" r 10th St. $1,469,790 Lowson Blvd. Linton Blvd. tions. "We're not having an election." Gov. Jeb Bush ordered the postponement and rescheduled it for next Tuesday. House District 82 Republicans were scheduled to vote today to narrow the five-candidate field looking to face Democrat Cara Scherer in the Nov. 2 general election. The winner of the general election will replace Rep. Tom Warner, R-Stuart, who is stepping down in October to become the state's solicitor general. If none of the five GOP candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote next Tuesday, then ceptance of a few state grants and the adoption,. of this year's solid waste assessments. , . , . 1 3 j The assessments have to be set so the tax ci collector can send tax bills to residents on time, ii officials said. lsir "We may be there an hour, a half-hour or 30 Jfl seconds," Commission Chairwoman Janet." . Gettigsaid. :An B ATI Staff writer Lady Hereford contributed to this 'H story. x ,r.H k H X I I I ' MARTINCOt 5 If I V Q I U I ! PU.M ! jff 8EACHCO. Q O I Jj I BROWARD "0571 til i H Lli ( Boca Raton Source: Professional Engineering Consultants of Orlando ROB BARGEStaff Artist ;By Mary Lou Picket ; il'alm Beach Post Staff Writer i DELRAY BEACH Deep ;!pothples and streets rippled like jlcorduroy have prompted city Icommissioners to take stock of i'what. it would take to create '-smooth roads and top-grade wa-terpipes, drains and sewers city-wide. ; The cost of fixing everything is $45 million, a consultant found. But City Manager David Harden recommends the commission consider a less expensive option repairing only the worst roads and the pipes and drains beneath them for a cost of $17 million. That would leave improvements to drinking water pipes, wastewater and storm-water drains for a later date. : Tonight's city commission meeting has been canceled because of Hurricane Floyd, but the commission is scheduled to consider the report and the possibility of issuing bonds to pay for the repairs at its Sept 21 meeting. ' Concerns over road disrepair, especially in largely-black neighborhoods, became a rallying cry during the city commission race earlier this year. Residents complained at the annual town hall meeting that commissioners need to spend more money on neighborhoods and less on the city's palm-lined downtown. Candidates soon decried the dirt roads in the Southridge neighborhood, just north of Linton Boulevard and the crumbling streets in the city's mostly black neighborhoods east of Interstate 95. i "The public has indicated The northeast section of the city needs $20 million in repairs and the southeast section $21 million. If the city repaired only the worst roads and the utilities beneath them, the cost for the northeast would be $9.2 million and for the southeast, $6 million. St. Lucie fertilizer plant sludge burned days before major blaze they want an accelerated improvement," Mayor Jay Alperin said. "We have to see what the costs are, what the improvements are, and see if we can get it done." Not surprisingly, the areas most in need of road and utility repairs are the city's older areas east of 1-95, the consultant's report found. The northeast section of the city needs $20 million in repairs and the southeast section $21 million. In contrast, everything west of Congress Avenue needs only about $4 million in work. If the city were to concentrate on repairing only the worst roads and the utilities beneath them, the cost for the northeast section would be $9.2 million and for the southeast section $6 million. Harden still hasn't decided whether to recommend bonds that use property taxes and require voter approval, or bonds that use utility fees and taxes and don't require a vote. The last time voters approved a bond issue was 10 years ago, when they passed a $21.5 million bond issue for beautification of the city's downtown and public works projects. By Michael Van Sickler Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The treated sewage that investigators blame for igniting the Aug. 29 fire at the Lykes Agri-Sales fertilizer plant was also the source for smaller fires a few days before the blaze, according to a report by the state Fire Marshal's Office. "Some of the employees had seen small spots of fires in the bay toward the east side of the building," said Lt. Richard Schuler. "They were small and confined to small areas of the sludge, and the employees easily extinguished them." But on Aug. 29 a Sunday there weren't any employees around to extinguish the fires, Schuler said. The resulting blaze eventually forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in a 1-square-mile area around the plant west of Fort Pierce. Harry Costello, a spokesman for Lykes, said he's surprised that a report has been filed. The report's investigator, Gregory Gilkey, hasn't visited the facility or talked to any company officials, barriers that keep it from "bow combustible fertilizer ingredients. If the sewage does catcJvon fire, it will usually consume itsdf, he said. During the Aug. 29 blale, three bins two containing sewage, one containing potassium nitrate caught on fire at tlie east side of the building. After that burn was discovered, employees were ushered jn to remove some of the other chemicals in the building. Workers also had to build a dike in the middle of the plant to prevent water containing overheated sludge to flow into some ammonium nitrate, where it could, hjaye caused an especially explosiye situation. Ammonium nitrate, which is used to make some fertilizers, was a key ingredieni'jn the bomb used in the Oklahoma City bombing. .rv(j The blaze was the first of.twx) emergencies in a Lykes plant ija two-week span. On Sept. 9, about 100 employees evacuated a Pasco County plant after a fire marshal detected what he thought wasa natural gas leak. A leak w.asjj't found, however. J, including plant manager Conrad Hardle, Costello said. "He hasn't been there," he said. "The company's response would be that we haven't had any discussion with the fire marshal." Schuler said the report was based on interviews with fire district officials and the conversations they had with Lykes officials. Costello added that there's nothing out of the ordinary with sludge smoldering. hen you have sludge like that, it isn't uncommon for these areas to have little flares," Costello said. "They don't really see it as a fire. It just smolders and then they put it out." The sludge is combustible and can ignite if it gets hot enough, said Schuler. "What happens sometimes is that when the microbes begin to decompose, it generates heat," Schuler said. "When you get a hot temperature on top of that, it becomes combustible. This has happened for generations." Schuler said that usually the bins of sludge are separated by Hv PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE Up to 20 stories from 40 area communities. Click on "Your Town" at unew.GoPBl.comneus POLICE BLOTTER missions. Actuality's producer, Erratic Entertainment, had support from the board in January, but on Monday, board members said they wanted more details, including assurances its proposed television series would not mimic "real violence" shows that feature car crashes. Poll shows Boca backs fluoride try ELECTIONS BELLE GLADE The election for three city commission seats will not take place as scheduled today. In an EUGTIDHN NO. 606736 V NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO THE CITIZENS OF THE TOWN OF JUPITER, FLORIDA: TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND TO ALL IT MAT CONCERN: Please take notice that the Public Hearing will be held in iris6 Council Chambers of the Municipal Complex, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 7:00 p.Vn,' before the Jupiter Town Council, or as soon as may be hearid, on the following applications: ,; i 1 . Ordinance 27-99, Zoning Text Amendment Auctions - " : Zoning text amendment to Sections 27-647 (b), "Indus-1" trial Park Light Industry (1-1) zoning districf, 27-677 (a)T' and (b), "Industrial, General (I-2)" to allow Auction as a'-i special exception use. (Second Reading -10599) -"nt Item 1 will apply throughout the Town. ' ' '" emergency meeting, the city commission 20DP : ; WEST PALM BEACH A city police officer helped capture a man wanted for allegedly raping a teenager in Pennsylvania after he saw the man's face on America's Most Wanted. Officer Louis Potter was watching the show Saturday when he recognized the photograph of William Joseph Cerra Jr., 51, who is wanted by sheriffs deputies in Scranton, Pa. Potter had seen Cerra making sandwiches at Blessings Market, 540 Clematis St., and called police, spokeswoman Dena Peterson said. Cerra was arrested at 1:33 a.m. Sunday at his home, 113 S. Rosemary Ave., and taken to the county jail to await extradition to Pennsylvania, she said. Cerra was a cab driver in 1995 when he allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and threatened to kill her if she told, authorities said. He also has been convicted and served time for two rapes, in 1970 and 1977, police said. BOCA RATON Jean Frantz Bazile was charged with two counts of attempted murder after police said he attacked his children with a machete Sunday. Bazile, 46, of 1700 N.W. Eighth St. was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and was being held without bail. Witnesses and the children a 12-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl said Bazile approached them with the knife, cutting them on their heads. postponed the election until Sept. 21 because of concerns about Hurricane Floyd. If a run-off is needed, it will be held Sept. 28. , . .1: :u u roebuck bp. 'LOXAHATCHEE .1 '. - - t )''" .I'iM V, 1 2 '''Cm ' ''' z So LAKi '.s octH' - , a y r blvd t .f Vf . ' V lV : :J V X n 3 ?V llHOUN CREEK PWY 8 jl y l S "T' H FREDR'CK SMAIt i' MABCIHSKI b 'C T ? C y5 "0"0SCl Y DONU OS I ROHQ If V. A! INSPECTIONS BOCA RATON Police are offering free inspections of child safety seats for cars on Sept. 21. The service also includes a demonstration of the proper way to install the seats. Those interested can go to the police department, at 100 N.W. Second Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon, and must bring a beach towel and instruction manuals for the seat and car. For information, call police at 338-1234. By Scott McCabe Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Nearly seven out of 10 local voters recommend adding fluoride to the city's drinking water, according to survey results released Monday by Councilman David Freudenberg. Freudenberg and the city council were scheduled to vote Monday to determine whether voters would decide the issue in a straw ballot March 14 during the presidential primary. But the meeting was postponed because of Hurricane Floyd. Freudenberg expects a vote in early October. Freudenberg, who has pushed to add fluoride to the city's drinking water, shelled out $1,400 from his own pocket for the poll. Patriot Games of West Palm Beach, Freudenberg's political consultants, hired the firm Cherry Communications to conduct the poll. Three questions were posed to 314 registered voters Sunday. There is a plus or minus 3 percent chance of error. In a question asking respondents their position knowing that the measure is endorsed by American Dental Association and the U.S. surgeon general, 223 people, or 71 percent, said they supported adding fluoride and 91 opposed it or weren't sure. Support reached nearly 70 percent on two similar questions. "The message is clear," Freudenberg said. "The city of Boca Raton strongly wants to fluoridate its drinking water." But opponents question whether fluoride is harmful to bones and mental health. And the two sides remain deeply polarized. Earlier this month, Freudenberg was accosted by a fluoride opponent outside City Hall and goaded into a shouting match. "You name it, I've heard it," he said. "It's related to the atomic bomb, it increases AIDS, and it's a communist plot to poison us." BRIEFLY 1 Recovered pieces of an airplane engine that exploded over West Palm Beach Sunday will be taken to a Continental Airlines maintenance facility for inspection, federal investigators said. The engine exploded shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday just after takeoff from Palm Beach International Airport, but the pilot was able to turn the plane around and land safely. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into whether a bird might have been sucked into the engine, causing the explosion. Hundreds of pieces of the engine rained down on the neighborhood just east of the airport, but no one was injured. boynton beach The city commission Monday night took the following action: B Budget Tentatively approved 5-0 the city's 1999-2000 budget The $39.2 million budget, up 3.5 percent from this year's, proposes hiring 31 new employees, including an engineering director, a director of media and public relations and a landscape planner. The tax rate under the budget presented Monday would be $7.82 per $1,000 of taxable property value, Finance Director Diane Reese said. A final vote on the budget is scheduled for Sept. 21, after a 6 p.m. public hearing at city hall. B Audit Heard a presentation from Paul Bremmer of Ernst and Young, the accounting firm that conducts the city's state-mandated audit. After he stressed that the audit is not an operational one that seeks out areas of misspending or inefficiency, Commissioner Robert Weiland said he would like to set aside $50,000 in the 1999-2000 budget for an internal audit that "goes a little further and above that (state audit)." The commission took no action on his request. The full text Ordinance may be inspected by the public at the Municipal Complex in the Town Clerk's office Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. All interested parties are encoufyi aged to come to the Public Hearing and be heard. At this I Public Hearing the Town Council will hear all evidence and ' arguments in support or in opposition of this item. Any6r)e.,: desiring to appeal a decision of the presiding body on matters considered at this meeting or this hearing will need a record ot HEALTH CARE DISTRICT i WEST PALM BEACH The Palm Beach County Health Care District unanimously took the following action at its special board meeting Monday: a Budget: Passed a tentative $112.7 million budget, based on a property tax rate of 0.975 mills, that includes $12 million from the district's surplus. D Contract delayed: Tabled until its Sept. 22 meeting a $628,410 proposed contract with Song & Associates of West Palm Beach for design and engineering work on the district's new headquarters and county home at the former Palm Beach Regional Medical Center. Rescue show: Tabled until its Sept. 22 meeting a proposal from Actuality Productions, a California subsidiary of Hearst Corp., to film the district's Trauma Hawk during the proceedings. They may need to ensure that a verbatim- record is made, including the testimony and evidence on whiclV the appeal is based. The Town of Jupiter does not provide'' such a record. The above item(s) may be postponed or with-"1 drawn without prior notice. If you have any questions, please' do not hesitate to call the Division of Planning and Zoningf'af' (561)746-5134. .V;'; Sally M. Boylan Karen J. Golonka " Town Clerk Mayor v .Jo PUBLISH DAT: Tuesday, September 14, 1999

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