Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 1973 · Page 35
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 35

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, February 2, 1973
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Editorial Classified FRIDAY, ·FEBRUARY..-2. 1973 · · PAGE 35 Water bills to plummet for 4,500 Clllim Phot* People still buying POW-MIA bracelets More than a week after the Vietnam cease-fire, Tucsonians fetill are buying the bracelets identifying prisoners of war and ·men missing in action, and the wives of the men hope public concern will go on "until all the men are accounted for." \ Mrs. Marilyn Underkoffer, manager of POW-MIA's Tucson office, said 10 to 15 of the copper or nickel-plated bracelets, now .' worn by millions'of Americans, still are sold at the office each ', day. As many as 50 bracelets a day have been sold recently -' during periods when the Vietnam talks reached crises, Mrs. .' Underkbffer said. What happens to the bracelets when the men return home? 2 "A lot of people who have no more direct connection with tHe men-than these bracelets have.written and. 'called, asking i, _ - , . · _ · · · · · ' · · - . · · . what should be done with the bracelets," she said. "Some have told us that if the man whose name they carry is declared dead, ; they will wear the bracelets for a yearvln mourning. We hope that something can be worked out .later, nationwide." The organization has asked that people continue wearing the bracelets at least until the men listed are accounted for, either as prisoners or as killed in action. Bracelets bearing the names of' returned prisoners may be presented to the men, she said. POW-MIA expects to announce a suggested procedure soon, but she stressed that "it will be up to the men to make the final decision on what they want" .^ Voices In Vital America (VIVA), the organization which produces and distributes the bracelets, to other prisoner-family groups, yesterday sent telegrams to the: families of the officially announced POWs, thanking the men for their sacrifices'. in Tucson voters will go to the poll* Feb. « to decide the fate of a $54 million bond proposal. The following is the last installment in · ll-ptrt series designed tt acqnalnt residents wtth the proposal aad Itt tadl- riflaal capital Improvement By PAM ENGEBRETSON · Cltltwi ««t Wrlttr " It's .inevitable that as Tucson; grows, so will the number Story erred ; V V " l - l . ; . in report of razing The Main , Library downtown would not be demolished to make way for) a proposed information resource center, as reported in yesterday's Tucson Daily Citizen. Uhdar .the proposed' $54 - million bond pro. gram, the library system has. recommended using the existing building for the resource center and shifting the cir; culating library function to a new library branch. of city services and employes. The problem, say city/ officials, is finding a place to put them. rThe solutions being offered to the voters Tuesday are ··;; three^outlying City JKall annexes and a second City Hall tower downtown. They are broken down into the final two, propositions of the 10-point, $54 million capital improvements bond issue. Proposition 9 asks $2.8 mil* lion to expand the.city's.exist- ing annex on the East Side, add three similar annexes on the south, west and north sides, and build a 600-space downtown parking garage.. The second City Hall tower which would be north of the existing tower on the leveled site of the old police building, is the final proposition on the ballot, asking $2.7 million. Annexes are designed to v provide public services throughout the city, while the central City Hall buildings are geared for the routine operation of city government, explains Deputy City Manager William Ealy. Because jf the related but different functions, city annexes actually do little to relieve the cramped quarters of city administrators downtown. But, Ealy. emphasizes that these':mini-City Hails /allow residents closer contact with .local government and make it easier for citizens to take advantage : of many city services only available downtown in the past. ; . ;:··· : The first annex at Speedway and Pantano Wash opened in December, but the bond program would help, add auto maintanance areas, showers and locker rooms for city crews, and a storage area. There are no specific locations yet for the other three annexes, but Ealy says those future sites could share space Avitli police, fire, library arid parks activities. "We've requested the planning department to begin looking at what we can combine . on a site," he says. "Although I'm not sure all five (functions) .will be compatible." The downtown parking garage at the northeast corner of Main and Alameda is already in the design stages, but the bond program would provide construction funds up to almost $1.2 million. "We made a commitment to build the parking garage," In CPP's Phase 2 'Sidecar' group to join planning Mrs. Evelyn Hildebrand.of Tucson, wife of Air Force Major Leland L. Hildebrand who will be returning soon with other prisoners, was one of the recipients. - - ; ' Her telegram said in part, "Our freedom has been gained and maintained by the sacrifices of the brave men who have served in the uniform of their country. We hope Lee will know how grateful millions of Americans are for his safe return and we hope we may have the privilege some day of thanking him in person for the sacrifice he has borne on our behalf." Mrs. Hildebrand added that the people of. Tucson also deserve thanks for. "their wonderful attitude toward the-families of prisoners and missing men." . "Their response to bur problems has helped all of us through these times," she said. Id death charges dismissed SUPERIOR (AP) -- Murder charges against Mario Gaucin, 26, accused of the death of a 13-month-old boy, have been dismissed. ' . . . . ' Justice of the Peace Martin Henderson ordered the charges dismissed after saying there' was not probable cause to order Gaucin bound over to Superior ; Court for trial. Gaucin had been accused of ; slaying James Patrick Taylor, son of Mrs. Patrida.Taylor of Superior. . Dr. G.L. Bansal had testified the child suffered numerous cuts and bruises on the face and leg. Gaucin' told investigators the injuries occured when he failed to catch the child after playfully tossing him into the air. Local business leaders are forming a "sidecar committee" to ride along with the' · Comprehensive Planning Process (CPP) as it goes into the second phase of community discussions on Tucson's future growth. Freeze hits urban renewal work Federal money for urban renewal projects here may be unavailable indefinitely because of a.freeze imposed on such allocations by the Nixon administration. President Nixon in trimming the federal bureaucracy has cooled or put the freeze on improvement grants and loans under: the titles of Federally Assisted Code Enforcement (FACE) and Urban Renewal Rehabilitation, hab." called "Re- FACE and Rehab,. have been considered success projects in Tucson's Menlo Park neighborhood, where 572 West Side homes now gleam with new sinks, hot water heaters, patched roofs and new coats of paint. But neighborhoods in the Wakefield-Pueblo, Holladay and Manzo area may not be as U.S. will rebuild seven flood-damaged roads PHOENIX (AP) - Statt Engineer William N. Price ·ays the Federal Highway Administration has agreed to pay the cost of improving six state highways and a county road damaged by floods last October. Price safd yesterday the projects include new align- ntent «f U.S. m TOdtor con- struction north of Clifton; the Arizona 264 bridge across Wepo Wash near Polacca; U.S. 70 through Duncan; the Jack Canyon section of Arizona 68; the Mule Creek Highway; Arizona 160 at Hamblin and Red Lake washes in Coconino County; and the GiJa River Bridge on the Bryc« Boulevard Spur north of Pirn*. lucky. About 179 homes only partially are repaired because funds have been held back in the federal pipeline for up to six months at a time. Some of the money expected may never make it to Tucson. And National City, a South Side Neighborhood which local officials pinpointed for rehabilitation, also may never receive funds. A grant application for the area has been awaiting action in Washington since May. Mayor Lewis C. Murphy and U.S. Rep. Morris K. Udall have attempted to jog the money out of the federal wallet, but with little success. Officials say the administration is reviewing the federal government's role in local self-help programs to determine how far Washington should go in shaping. And the result in Tucson, urban renvenue administrator Phillip Whitmore laments, is that "we're just not able to finish what we started to do, to *ccompUHi our fouli," The CPP, being guided by the city planning department in cooperation with the county, South Tucson, Puna Association of Governments and Tucson Area Transportation Planning Agency, will begin Phase 2 in March. The businessmen's committee, to be headed by James S. Douglas Sr., will include leaders from the Chamber of Commerce, Tucson Trade Bureau, Development Authority for Tucson's Expansion, Tucson Regional Plan and the Tucson Airport Authority. Other organizations will become involved once the group is formed. This committee will periodically meet with planners to add suggestions and help compile the final recommendations for action. More than 14,000 Tucsonians responded to the Phase 1 planning survey, which tagged transportation and air pollution as two of the most critical problems in the Tucson area. Phase 2 will let citizens suggest to planners possible solutions to the problems pointed out in the first phase. To aid discussions, the planners are compiling these critical issues into booklets under the four general categories of land use, transportation, housing and growth. The final phase of the process will be set in motion by September, when the local governmental leaders will consider action on solutions recommended from community discuttior*. says Mayor Lewis C. Murphy, and the garage will be built even if'the bond request fails'. ·" - "We've gone too far and the funds are available (if the bonds fail)," said the mayor, although he would not outline just where those funds are. Murphy notes that the parking garage is still essential, despite city plans for a possible "auto-free zone" in the central business district. "Any. concept of an auto- free" zone would be implemented in stages," he points out. "There would be pockets of these zones developed over a period of years and integrated. We'll still have to have perimeter areas for public parking." At what Ealy describes as "the tail end of the over-all program, about 9 or 10 years away," is the second City Hall tower. It is expected someday to stand 16 stories high, six stories higher "than the existing City Hall. The bond program, however, would allow the city to borrow only enough money initially to build a basement, ground floor and two upper stories for the ' building. Officials say it will be the next decade before employes will be housed in the proposed building. In the meantime, Ealy says, the city -.will rely for much of its needed space in the former Levy's building downtown, purchased last year. "The long-term goal is to come back to the central (City Hall) operation, but I expect we'll be there (Levy's) for perhaps 10 to 15 years," he notes, adding that if this proposition fails the city would have to turn to leased office space to ease crowding. State official defends bids PHOENIX (UPI) - Russell Leach, State Purchasing Department director, has replied to a charge by a legislator that the state rejected low bids on tires for state vehicles. Rep. Edward Guerrero, D- Globe, claimed the percentage of loss to taxpayers on 73 contract awards he investigated in the area of truck and auto tires came to 10.6 per cent. Leach said the lower bids were rejected because they did not include information on tread width and. depth. In the future, Leach said the state will make its own tread measurements, if necessary, for tir* bids. Water bills for an estimated 4,500 customers will drop by as much as two-thirds this month since the city took over the Citizens Utilities Water Co. yesterday. The reductions became effective yesterday when the city paid $5 million to the utility after a hearing in Superior Court. ' . ; · , . . . · ? · · · . : Frank Brooks, director of the City ;Water. and Sewer Department, said a third of the 4,500 former Citizens' customers reside within the city limits and now will pay an average of $6 for 15,000 gallons of water per month. That com-, pares with an average $18 charged by the private utility, which now is out of business in Pima County. New customers outside the city will see their bills cut in half, to $9. .'..", Customers in special services areas will pay an average of $12. These involve large lots and elevated terrain where the city has to boost pumping. In June 1971, the city paid ,$2.5 million to condemn Citizens' property and take over its service to about 2,200 customers in the city limits. The 1,500 new city customers affected yesterday reside in areas annexed by the city since the 1971 purchase. Because the city sends out water bills every day, based on locatign, Brooks said some of the customers-will be billed for as much las 45..-.days' service through March 15. Mayor Lewis C. Murphy presented the $5 million cashier's check to Citizens at the Southern 'Arizona Bank tt Trust Co. A $3 million bond, to be paid off by the city in the next few years, also was given to the utility. The total figure of $7.5 million for the 1971 purchase and yesterday's transaction may change in April after a condemnation trial in Superior Court. Should Judge Jack G.Marks rule the company's value at less than $7.5 million, the utility will refund the difference. If the value is deemed higher, . the city will pay the additional amount. Yesterday's condemnation was the 200th such takeover by the city since the 1940s and the 33rd in the past 14 years. Two private companies -- · Flowing Wells Irrigation District and Wintefhaven -Water · and Development Co. -- still sell water within the city. The city is negotiating to purchase these two and Metropolitan Water Co., the largest ; still operating in the metro-. politan area. Ajo girl is killed in collision A 12-year-old Ajo girl became Pima County's seventh traffic fatality of the year, last night when her father's car collided with another vehicle about 34 miles west of here on Tucson-Ajo Highway. The Department of Public Safety identified the girl as Susan K. Joyner, 12. A highway patrol spokesman said the crash occurred 7 -- Snsan K. Joyner 8-WHO??? when Jose Enrlquez, of Sells, .drove onto the highway from a country road and blocked..the path of the eastbound Joyner auto. Enriquez and his wife,, Celestine, were listed in satisfactory condition at Veterans Administration Hospital. Eugene C. Joyner, 40, was listed in good condition at St. Mary's Hospital. His wife, Constance C., 44, is in satisfactory condition at an Ajo hospital. An investigation uing. is contin- FW witchcraft case teacher is reinstated · A former Flowing Wells High School teacher, dismissed more than two years agb for holding classroom discussions on witchcraft, has won her battle with the Flowing Wells School Board to be reinstated. Ann Stewart began teaching English yesterday after the Pima County Superior Court approved an agreement that the school board give her a contract for the 1972-73 school year. The court ruled previously that the school board had not complied with the required statutory procedures in its dismissal of Mrs. Stewart for the 1971-72 school year. Marten D. Yoder, superintendent of Flowing Wells schools, said he was advised by school board attorneys not to comment on the rehiring. "Mrs. Stewart has been accepted back as any other teacher would be," he said. Mrs. Stewart could not be reached for comment. In a joint press release from Mrs. Stewart and the school board, both parties expressed "confidence that future relationships will be harmonious and to the benefit of Mrs. Stewart and the district" Mrs. Stewart originally was Ann Stewart dismissed in November 1970 on charges that she was teaching witchcraft in a manner psychologically damaging to her students. The 49-year-old English teacher said the controversy was a misunderstanding, that she had told her students she had the physical characteristics of a witch. "I never told them I was a witch. They just chose to call me one as a joke," she said. A unit of early American literature included discussions . of witchcraft in Salem, Mass., as described by such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Mrs. Stewart filed suit against the board, and Superior Court Judge John Collins ruled the board 1 had-not observed the legal steps for dismissing a tenured teacher. He ordered the board to issue her a contract for the 197172 school year with full pay of $11,500. Instead, the board appealed Collins' ruling to the State Court of Appeals and, in the meantime, took steps to avoid the same legal pitfall in blocking Mrs. Stewart's return- to the classroom. The board issued a formal refusal to renew her contract, claiming she was insubordinate, unprofessional and a poor influence on her students. The Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the decision by Judge Collins, and later the State Supreme Court refused to hear another appeal by the school board. The court action involved only her initial firing, so Mrs. Stewart returned to court opposing the second refusal by the board to renew her contract. Before the new case could come to trial, attorneys for Mrs. Stewart and the school board agreed she would be retained for the balance of the current school year.

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