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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

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Tuesday, November 26, 1968
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n 12-Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1968 - :'9 Eight Share 16 Contracts On Glades Housing Project houses in Okeechobee Center. Blanton & Unwin. Pahokee $422,123: 14 A child care center and new store building, that will be rented. Roemer Construction. $87,863; 15 Manager's residences in both centers that will include three bedrooms and two baths and will be air conditioned. Roemer Construction $44,650; 16 Remodeling of existing electrical facilities in both projects so that they may be properly serviced, Echols-Col-lins. electrical and plumbing contractors. Belle Glade, $30.-670. The managers homes will be in Osceola Center, Bert A. Roemer Construction Co., BelleGlade,$39,297.50; 4 Water lines in Okeechobee Center, Belvedere Construction Co., West Palm Beach. $42,246; 5 Sewer lines in Okeechobee Center, Belvedere Construction, $203,766.80; 6 Relocating houses and new pilings in homes both in the Okeechobee and Osceola Centers, Roe Steele, Belle Glade, $92,814.70; 7 Remodeling existing buildings in both Osceola and Okeechobee centers, Roe Steele, $275,943; 8 Office addition at Osceola Center and 52 apartments in that project, Martin & Sons, $310,212; 9 Thirty-eight one-bedroom apartments and 20 three-bedroom houses in Osceola Center, Martin & Sons, $424,563; 10 Addition to the shop and 60 efficiency apartments in Okeechobee Center. Roe Steele. $350,132; 11 Twenty-seven three-bedroom and six four-bedroom houses in Okeechobee Center, Roe Steel. $340,620; 12 Fifty-four three-bedroom and 12 four-bedroom houses in Okeechobee Center. Roe Steele. $694,836; 13 - Thirty-four three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom used by James Wierengo, who is in charge of Osceola, and Harvey Poole, manager of Okeechobee Center. Simmons as the executive director does not reside on the BGHA property. Free homes and utilities are provided the managers, as they must live on the premises and are on 24-hour duty. Simmons explained. Architect for the projects is Charles E. Toth. Delray Beach. The engineers are Mock, Roos & Searcy of West Palm Beach. Fees for the architect, who hires the engineers, was set bv an agreement made by Toth with the FHA. J? I) Beautification Of Beach Nears m,m, . -i...-..,.t. :.ii....,i...u -;.. yjw .X . , '.... :'k f j 2L' ) U ' M ? PA.JUW -MIS fen0 ii fey A jit . ' -":rH! v ii AS ; ir m an ordinance to establish sewer connection charges for all persons, firms and corporations connecting to the municipal sewer system was tabled on a 3-2 vote. The controversial proposed 'J t !f I NEW U.S. 1 STOP - The city of Delray Adjusting the lights Monday were Robin Beach has erected new traffic lights on Everett, in the aerial basket, and Ernest N. Federal Highway at NE 14th Street, Rodriguez, of the city's Traffic Engi- in front of the Food Fair Supermarket, neering Department. McGuire Threatens Suit To Block Sale O f Beach hmJJL 'ifrilMfti'. . liVkl Glades Sets Meeting Over Partitioning Stiff Photo by Jac l( Owen POLICE CHIEF - Chief Tom Nagel, of the Lake Worth Police Department, is surrounded by abandoned bicycles he will be putting under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Casino parking area. With police maintenance man Gary Smith, Chief Nagel sorted through the 30 complete bicycles and parts of many others in road department storage shelter. The sale will clear out more space for traffic signs, and put cash into city coffers. School Easements Accepted by PBG By JACK OWEN Bureau Chief LANTANA - The first phase of the overall beautification and planning of the town's municipal beach property is near starting stage. Council members issued instructions to Clerk William Nyberg. at a meeting Monday night . to advertise for bids. A comprehensive plan for the developed beach, which will include an enlarged barbecue area, boulevard along the sand dune, steps to the beach, and additional parking, was recently presented to council. Councilman Charles Potter said the development of the first phase will include all of the area south ot the beach snack-bar. It will include the land formerly occupied by the Lancaster building, annexed to the town more than 18 months ago. Alcohol Top 'Headache' In Industry LANTANA - Alcoholism is industry's number one headache, declared Mel Thomas, director of Florida's Fluid Alcohol Rehabilitation Program. Absenteeism and faulty decisions resulting from alcoholism accounts for 7 percent of drinking adults, and three of every four are men. "It is a progressive illness," said Thomas, "and I believe that brain damage accounts for most of the alcoholism. Alcohol, far from the accepted idea, is not a stimulant. It is a depressant. It dulls the function of the brain which causes us to be inhibited." He added, "What comes out after our inhibitions are gone is our true self. The alcohol drinks for the effect alcohol in the form of spirits, beer or wine, has in getting a person high, because he does not like himself as he is." K(lucution;il Funds Are Released TALLAHASSEE - Comp- son Jr., has announced the release in November of $41,230,-898 in educational funds to Florida's sixty -seven county school boards. Dickinson said the amount was $17 5 million - almost 74 per cent higher than the distribution for November. 1967. The money was distributed in this area as follows: Glades Countv, $33,604; Hendry County $80,690; Highlands County, $192,026; Indian River Countv, $236,449; Martin County, $160,-510; Okeechobee County. $73,336; Palm Beach Countv. $1,815,805; St. Lucie County, $326,178. By IZ NACHMAN Glades Bureau Chief BELLE GLADE - Contracts totaling 13,980,110.18 were mailed to eight low bidders on 16 different contracts for the Belle Glade Housing Authority's J4.385.90O planned improvements at the Okeechobee and Osceola centers. Monday, Fred A. Simmons, executive director, announced. Five of the contracts, totaling $1,754,345 70. went to Roe Steele, building contractor. Belle Glade, Simmons reported. The housing authority has been awarded a $2.5-million loan by the Farmers Home Administration, plus an outright grant of $1,567,000 for the improvements and expansion of the low-cost housing projects. More than $3 million of the contracts awarded by the BGHA at two separate meetings recently, will go to contractors located either here or in Pahokee. The executive director, who also serves as secretary-treasurer of the board, said it will take from 18 to 20 months to complete the projects at the two centers, which are located about three miles apart. Plans are to construct 310 new units, including efficiency apartments, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom houses. Two hundred units are to be built at the Okeechobee Center, which is located just west of the city limits on the south side of State Road 80. At the Osceola Center located on the northwest side of NV Avenue L and 12th Street are to be 110 new units. Simmons said the Osceola tract includes 74 acres. There are 154 acres in the Okeechobee Center. With the completion of the 310 new units, Simmons said there will be a total of 646 rental properties available for permanent residents, as well as migrant farm labor families. Bids as yet to be advertised, the director stated, include those for electrical stoves and refrigerators for all of the units. Each of the buildings will have electrical wiring that will permit the use of electric stoves for heating purposes. Outside of two new homes for the managers of the two projects, there was no provision forairconditioning. There will be 220-volt electrical outlets in each of the apartments and houses, Simmons continued, to permit the use of electric stoves thus eliminating a possible cause of fire. The second largest sum allocated is to the Brooks E. Martin and Sons contractors here for two phases of the construction at the Osceola camp, which is almost directly across NW Ave. L from the company offices, for $734,775. Blanton and Unwin contractors, Pahokee, although they only submitted the low estimate for one phase of the contracts at Okeechobee Center, will receive $422,123 for the construction of three and four-bedroom homes at Okeechobee center. Simmons listed the 16 contracts that were placed in the mail Monday as: landscaping on Osceola Center, Rubin Construction Co., West Palm Beach, $239,741.50; 2 Demolishing old structures, drainage, paving and landscaping Okeechobee Center, Crabtree Construction Co., West Palm Beach. $330,-631.68; 3 Water and sewage lines FAU Instructor Receives Post BOCA RATON - The Development Council of the American Hungarian Studies Foundation has appointed Michael Pantya, an instructor in the College of Business and Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University, as a member of the Foundation. The announcement was made by Stevan Dohanos, New Brunswick, N.J., chairman of the board. The American Hungarian Studies Foundation was established to further the understanding and appreciation of the Hungarian cultural and historical heritage in the United States. It promotes publication, research and educational programs as well as academic studies in Hungarian culture and language in American schools and colleges. To Open Conference VIENNA (UPIl The Warsaw Pact nations will open a military conference Tuesday in Bucharest, the Romanian news agencv Agerpress said Monday night. Marshal I. I. Yakubovski, the supreme commander, will preside. - L " mi im ImY -Stfi ft. Staff Photo by Pout Prlct ordinance would establish connection charges ranging from $150-300. Voting to table the first reading of the ordinance were Councilmen Jurney, Le-Roy Merritt and 0. F. Young-blood. taxation. How much return do we receive from our tax dollar." Connell said "we are not angry at anyone in West Palm Beach, but we can be the focal point for gathering information about the suggestion." Kicklighter said he thought there should be some facts gathered before any meeting was held. The proponents of the measure said it would be at the informal meeting that such facts would be learned. Farmer was opposed to the proposal being discussed at either a regular or special meeting of the commission. After the vote was taken, it was decided a time for the informal session would be announced at a later date. Although the Mayor voted against the motion, he did say that all the elected officials in the area should get together and discuss the proposal before the suggesion begins to snowball. Bailey said if the Commission defeated the proposal he believed some other group "would take it up within 10 davs." The former mavor. on the Commission, did not mention what group that might be. Greenacres Votes 2-Day Holiday GREENACRES CITY - A large part of the town council meeting Monday night was taken up with the operation of the municipality during the holidays, according to Town Clerk Mrs. Norman C. Speier. The council voted to close the town offices on Thanksgiving and al: ) on Friday and set the town Christmas partv for Dec. 21. The workshop session scheduled for Dec. 20 and the regular session on Dec. 23 were both canceled. Mrs. Speier said. The council also announced that there would be no gar- bage pickup on Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year's Day. In other action, the council: Voted to solicit bids for a tractor-loader for the Public Works Department. -Passed a resolution to enter into a mutual aid agreement with other municipalities and fire control districts in Palm Beach County. Granted permission for the Weight Watchers to use the Library on Tuesday mornings Passed a motion to const t uc! sidewalks nearthe town buildings. In other action Monday night, council: Accepted the apparent low-bid of $2,096.80 from Wayne Akers Ford. Lake Worth, for a police cruiser. Other bids were submitted bv Benz Chevrolet. $2,237.32, and by Haywood Mercer Plymouth, $2.168 90. Another contract awarded, subject to evaluation by the town engineer, was to J. P. Carroll, of Lake Worth, for construction and installation of a lift station pump and pump at the water plant, at a total cost of $14,726.64. A bid was also submitted by Van Linder Ironwoiks. also of Lake Worth, at a total cost of $19,309.00. Authorized advertising for bids on two trash trucks for the public works department. Bids will be opened at the Dec. 23 meeting. Also authorized advertising for bids for town insurance. Bids will be based on the current policies. Offered a new price for acquisition of a 25-loot strip of right of way, on Fourth Street, to Frank Meade Sr., owner of the sought after property. Frank Meade Jr., stating he represented his father, turned down an offer of $962.60. which had been upped $200 since the council original offer two weeks ago. In a letter to the council, Meade Sr. stated he would not accept less than $1,250, plus some concessions by council. The council's latest offer will be mailed to Meade Sr. Construction is scheduled to start on the right-of-way land, industrially zoned, soon Rezoning Request Denied STUART - The Stuart City Commission Monday night denied a request for a zoning change on State Road 76 in the Pine Manorsubdivision. Stuart contractor George Apostolopoulos had requested a change from residential to business zoning so he could as a beauty shop. Residents of the subdivision protested the change, claiming that a change would be spot zoning. A petition containing about 15 names of property owners was presented to the commission opposing the change and Apostolopoulos also presented a petition supporting the change In other action, the commission agreed to check into the drainage problem on River Drive and will also look into the possibility of adding sanitary sewers to the Sherwood Forest subdivision. on land and on the Intracoastal. sewage nuisance, potential rise in taxes and salt intrusion into Iresh water supplies. Charging that the rezoning proposal was "commercial exploitation." Dye added that other nearby areas are being developed into rental trailer parks and that the proposed 1.0K)-traiIer park would be a "poor use of land." Residents vigorously voiced their protest during a question and answer session and gave rousing applause to one homeowner who challenged: "MacArthur is on the march. He said. I came. I saw, I conquered.' It's up to the people of this area to stand up and tell him 'no' we don t want to eventually become a part of Palm Beach Gardens." DELRAY BEACH - City council candidate James McGuire said at a city council meeting Monday night that he plans to file suit to stop the proposed sale of the city-owned 400-foot "south" beach. The Florida Atlantic Uni-versity associate professor of physics, one of four candidates for two council seats in the Dec. 3 municipal election, said that a first step will be to seek an injunction to prohibit the public auction scheduled Dec. 5 tor the beach. McGuire said: "The request lor this injunction is based on improper advertising of the sale as provided by the city charter, and a charter amendment which, in our view, prohibits the city from selling the south beach or any other public beach." McGuire said that he represents about 15 people, but hopes to recruit additional interested parties and funds. Councilman James Jurney. originally opposed to an ordinance that would establish setback lines lor a proposed county right-of-way for a new bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway at SK 12th Street, made the motion Monday night for adoption on final reading of the ordinance. Jurney explained: "I spoke out against this. But I took time to evaluate it. No one can ever place a bridge where it is going to please everyone, including myself. I would like to see this bridge placed at another location ..." Then Jurney introduced the motion, which was passed A proposed first reading of FAU To (tve Honor Degree BOCA RATON - At the dedication of the Alexander D. Henderson University School on the Florida Atlantic University campus Dec. 1. a special convocation honoring Mrs. Alexander D. Henderson will be held. During the ceremonies. FAU President Kenneth R. William will confer upon Mrs. Henderson the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. The decision to award the degree was approved unanimously this week by the University Senate with the approval of the Board of Regents. State Board ol Regents members, Mrs. E. D Pearce of Miami, will dedicate the new $2 million school. A member of the Governor's Cabinet will accept the school on behalf of the state. Ceremonies will take place at 4 p.m. in the Henderson School patio area followed by open house in the school. Boca Scottish Kite To KeceiAe Charier BOCA RATON - The Gold Coast Scottish Rite Club of Boca Raton will have its charter presented by the representative of the Grand Inspector General, Chester C. Wright of the Valley of Lake Worth, at an informal dinner to be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Gold Coast Shrine Club, Deerfield Beach. Reservations are limited to 200 members and their wives and friends. ft ago, the citv had told the school board there would be a traffic problem if the parking lot was built as planned with only one access. "They didn't listen to us them," Diamond said, "and I don't think the city should now have any part in paving any roads onto the school board property," However, the council, upon the urging of Mayor George Bonner, accepted the easements from the school board and indicated that a paved road will be built to provide another access to the school's parking lot. In other business, the council: Accepted the bid of Cornelius, Johason and Clark to pro-, through the Traveler's Inst ance Company at a cost ol $7,415 per annum. -Approved, by a 3-2 vote, the establishment of 10 a m. to 7:30 p.m. as the hours for the sale of malt liquors within research and light industrial zones within the city. Granted the Professional Golfers Association the right to use trailers at the PGA for 45 days during January and February as administrative buildings during scheduled golf tournaments. ' -Appointed Police Chief Herbert A. Pecht as the new director of civil defense. Property Proposed JUNO Area property owners packed into the town lire department station here Monday night and formed what appeared to be a solid battlefront against the proposed rezoning of 201 acres of land fronting the Intracoastal Waterway. Charles M. Dye. spokesman for a group of property owners in the Juno Beach. Juno and Juno Isles area, announced that West Palm Beach attorney Frederick Hollingsworth had been retained to represent the property owners at a Palm Beach County zoning board hearing Jan. 2. Property owners were "up in arms" over a rezoning petition filed Nov. 7 by Kenneth P. Foster and Royal American Industries. Inc.. which is owned, according to Dye. by millionaire developer John D. MacArthur. BELLE GLADE - City commissioners Monday in a split vote approved sponsoring a meeting of elective officials and other interested parties, at which time the possible division of Palm Beach County will be discussed. Opposing the motion sponsored originally by commissioners George L. Connell and Dr. John L. Grady were Mayor-Commissioner Aubrey Farmer and Commissioner Bill J. Bailey. Joining the proponents of the "unofficial and informal meeting" suggestion was Commissioner Davis Kick-lighter Jr. Connell made the original motion that would have found the city sponsoring a fish fry at which all area officials, including those from Clewiston and Hendry County, would discuss a "feasibility study" of the formation of a new county. It was Dr. Grady who offered an .".mended motion, which was finally called for a vote after more than 30 minutes of friendly banter and discussion. The amended motion read: contacts officials and other interested parties from surrounding communities to an informal, fact-finding meeting, regarding the feasibility of dividing Palm Beach. Coun-tv." Bailey was insistent that the city not act as the sponsoring bodv Once again, Connell explained "we represent the people of Belle Glade the largest community in the Glades." He said he was not ashmaed for the city to act as the sponsoring body of the fact-finding session. Dr. Grady said he had received several calls from interested parties regarding the suggestion, which was made at a special meeting of the Commission Nov 18. "Since this matter has become news." the physician explained. "I have heard a great many pros and cons about the proposal. It has been discussed here for years and anything that deserves that much comment is worthy of investigation." The physician continued : "We should make it clear to the citizens that we do not feel at this time the county should be divided, but we should gather the facts for the citizens so they can see just what we have learned." Connell suggested that County Commissioner E. W. i Bud I Weaver. Lake Harbor, who represents the fifth district, should be invited to the session and he be allowed to present facts he can gather from county officials on how much it would cost to form a new county and operate it. "What the citizens arc mi' r-ested in. "the former Mayor stated, "is where we stand on By ROBERT K. OGLESBY Staff Writer PALM BEACH GARDENS The city council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to accept two right-of-way easements from the Palm Beach County Board of Public Instruction from Palm Beach Gardens High School to Lilac Drive, a step that may relieve much of the congestion on Holly Drive during school -traffic hours. However, in accepting the easements, the city took on the responsibility of paying at least one of them within a year at an estimated cost of $5,000. The easements run from the northern side of Palm Beach Gardens High School property to Lilac Drive, adjacent to the They were granted to the School Board by the property owners, Royal American Industries, Inc., and involve use rights only. Royal American still retains drainage and other easements under any roads which might be built on the rights of way. There was comment among councilmen, however, that the city was being "pushed around'' by the school board again. "We're just being driven into the ground by the school board," Councilman Henry Je-wett said, adding that he thought the school parking lot at Gardens High was a "Mickey Mouse arrangement that s just downright dangerous.'' Former Mayor Robert Diamond said at the meeting that during his tenure two years Cracks Found In Cargo Plane WASHINGTON (UPD -The C130 Hercules cargo and troop transport airplane wide-' ly used in the Vietnam war. has developed wing cracks which will cost more than $11 million to repair. Air Force officials said Monday. The cracks, in the wing's skin over the fuselage, were first discovered during routine metal fatigue tests on the ground. No planes have been lost because of the cracks, officials said. As a temporary measure, Lockheed Aircraft Corp.. the manufacturer, has been installing reinforcing panels in the area where the cracks occur. Tests and temporary reinforcement cost $3 86 million for all the planes. Owners Protest Rezoning In Juno Royal American seeks rezoning of 201 acres of land located just south of Donald Ross Road and bordered on the east by U.S. 1 and on the west by the Intracoastal Waterway. The area now is zoned R-l AA (single family residential! and Royal American proposes rezoning to R-2 i multi-family, specifically rental trailers i and C-l i commercial i. The company's plan includes rental spaces for 1.000 trailers, boating docks and other recreational facilities, a sanitary sewage disposal plant and a commercial area for various stores and businesses. "Hot- under- the- collar" property owners charged that the rezoning would result in hindrance of long-term planning, potential devaluation of property, traffic hazards both

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