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Mete 0. Wednesday, January 25, 19S4 A-4 Residents Object to Construction of Church He said he "resented" that RAPC had not informed : - I 4 i t I : ... i ' ' r- V " "v Ml - s By Jim Liggett Twi Talk Staff Writer Clermont subdivision residents object to construction of a church in newly approved Clermont Ten, so the Alexandria City Council will reconsider its approval of the new plat next week. The residents contend the church will be a head-quarters-type operation and therefore be more commercial than should be allowed in the subdivision. The council last week voted S to 1 to approve Clermont Ten, but residents came to Tuesday's agenda-setting council meeting to voice disapproval of the decision. The residents were supported by Eugene Cicardo. attorney for Weil Co, which sold the land to the subdivision developer. Cicardo told the council that there had been a verbal agreement with Van WilleU, the developer, that "only condominiums were to be built there. This was a side agreement, and it's not in the deeds or agreement to seH The Weil Co. sides w ith all these people - that this should not be a church," Cicardo said. He also said there is a "loophole" because the Rapides Area Planning Commission did not notify Weil Co, an owner of adjacent property, when it considered a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints proposal to build. The church held ground-breaking ceremonies for the Stake Center on Versailles Boulevard on Jan. 14. "We want to go before the planning commission to explain our side," Cicardo said. Councilman Terry Trimble said even A-Residen-tial zoning allows churches and the council would have no say in whether a church could be built But the council decided to reconsider the subdivision approval at its regular meeting next week. Councilman W.A. "Dub" Carruth Jr, who argued for the subdivision approval last week, sided with Councilman Jay Bolen on reconsideration. "The council voted predicated with having all the correct information on our fact sheet," Carruth said. the adjacent property owner of a bearing on the church proposal Trimble, who agreed the matter should be reconsidered, said the church planned to have offices for three church officials. The Clermont residents contended that many offices for a church headquarters constitutes a commercial operation. There were other council related actions Tuesday. The Public Works Committee voted to recommend to the full council a 15-acre site on Dallas Street for Interstate 4J-caused relocation of the city's motor pool, bus barn and gas department. If case soil testing shows that site is not feasible, the committee would recommend the 20-acre Show-town property on Louisiana Highway 1 North. The committee's two members, Carruth and Columbus Goodman, voted for the Dallas Street site over strenuous objections from Tony D'Angelo, public works director. Trimble, who is not a committee member, also objected to the Dallas Street ate. D'Angelo said location of the departments at the Dallas Street site would cause flooding on "hundreds of families" in the area. "We're going to be plagued with drainage problems. Y'all go ahead and live with it The administration feels this is the worst possible site you could have chosen." Goodman said he lives in the area, and he is convinced the only way the city will address drainage problems there is for the city to have a facility there. "If you put something over there that's of value to the city, the city is going to address the problem." D'Angelo responded. "It's your people down there. It's your district. You answer to them," Before the agenda-setting meeting, the council met to approve an Urban Development Action Grant of $741,543 for restoration of the five-story ilemen-way Building at the corner of Jackson and Third streets. Alexandria Councilman WA "Dub" Carruth Jr. (center) voices his preference of a Dallas Street site for relocation of three city departments Tuesday. Councilman Columbus Good-Robert Ratcliff told the council that developers plan to spend $2.6 million to restore the building "with historical standards." The building will provide commercial office and retail space and be another step in downtown revitalization, he said. Dr. II. Rouse Caffey, LSU-Alexandria chancellor, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, asked the man (left) also endorsed that site, despite objections from the administration. At right is Jon Grafton, council clerk. (Town Talk Photo by Leandro Huebner) council to consider early in its fiscal year the appropriation of funds to ensure Christmas lighting on the city water tower next Christmas season. Caffey, who will leave the LSUA post soon to become chancellor of the LSU Agriculture Center in Baton Rouge, also asked the council to consider providing money for Christmas lighting on streets. Flu Causing High Absentee Rate , r'-.j;,.. 1'fV ' i : -..-wM f - f l; I L-I1l...J( - ---- - i .'$ X -r.-. CC I - understand the emergency room at Rapides General Hospital saw 300 people Sunday. )) Dr.John Yeager ease. If it goes untreated, pus w ill collect on the tonsils, a high fever will develop and the face and then the rest of the body will turn a scarlet red. Yeager said there is a tremen-' dous number of people sick with the flu. "I understand the emergency room at Rapides General Hospital saw 300 people Sunday," ' he said. highly contagious disease, are diagnosed because one of the first symptoms is a severely infected throat, which usually responds to penicillin or any of the mycin drugs, said Dr. John Yeager, director of the health unit The doctor usually prescribes an antibiotic without taking a throat culture. In the early stages of scarlet fever, a culture would be the only way of detecting the dis By Nancy Grush Town Talk Staff Writer The flu bug continues to cause a high rate of absenteeism in Rapides Parish schools. Forest Hill Neighborhood School closed for several days last week because of absenteeism. About a third of the students at Ruby-Wise Elementary School were absent Monday. Glenmora Elementary had the highest rate last week with 37 percent absent, said Superintendent Allen Nichols. The rest of the schools, both public and private, are reporting that about 20 percent of their students are sick. Alexandria-Shreveport Diocese Superintendent Sister Marjorie Hebert, MSC, said she has talked to officials at the Rapides Parish Health Unit and was advised the flu is not the type that could be controlled by closing schools. She said she is keeping in close touch with the health unit and with James C. Brandt: World's Fair official says $2.6 billion event will open on schedule. Dudley Hixson: Says hard w ork needed to establish area's pre-eminence in state. Nichols. The absentee rate in the Catholic schools has not reached more than 20 percent, she said. While many students have had to stay home, the percentage of absent teachers is very low, she said. Nichols reported the same, , Nichols said there was no truth to a rumor that two students at Buckeye High School had Scarlet Fever. Buckeye High School Principal Charles Waites said he did not know of any cases of scarlet fever. Few cases of scarlet fever, a New Chamber Head Says Some Hard Work Needed mm large but hard to measure. The fair is a $2.6 billion event, expected to produce an additional $1 billion in retail revenue in the area. Other benefits include creation of new jobs and permanent redevelopment of part of downtown New Orleans. "The fair will not be an instant panacea for the the state's economic ills. Nor will it make instant millionaires out of everyone," Brandt said. "Our goal has been to maximize the benefits to this state and our track record shows we are succeeding." Brandt cited a survey which indicates people coming to the fair plan to spend at average of five days in the area. The average fair visit will be 1.9 days, "leaving the rest of the time for the rest of the state," he said The fair will open on schedule. Vo-Tech Accepting Applications LEESVILLE Applications for evening extension classes are being accepted through Feb. 2 by the West Louisiana Vocational-Technical SchooL Classes offered include courses in basic and intermediate typing and computer literacy. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The computer literacy course provides an introduction to computers and data processing. An introduction to program design and computer programming using BASIC language is also included The course does not include using machines. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday nights. Classes begin Feb. 1. There is no tuition, but students will be required to purchase text materials used in the courses. Students are required to maintain satisfactory attendance, satisfactory grades on unit tests, and final exams and minimum course requirements must be met Course graduates receive a Certificate of Completion. Only adults and youth not in school can be accepted for enrollment Persons interested in enrolling must come by the school and complete an application form. Applications are available during office hours, 8 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. m ,iyi mm y) Bv Bob Hansen Town Talk Staff Writer Bringing central Louisiana "to a position of pre-eminence" in the state will require hard work from each member of the Greater Alex-andria-Pineville Chamber of Commerce, according to its new president. In remarks Tuesday at the business organization's 70th annual banquet, Dudley Hixson, 1984 president, said, "We must not be caught sitting around one day wondering what happened to our bright future." Hixson, an engineer, takes over the presidency from Lawrence Mcintosh, president of Guaranty Bank & Trust Co., who was hospitalized and unable to attend. Several Chamber of Commerce stalwarts were recognized during the meeting. Among achievements of Mcintosh's term was a 20 percent membership increase, said Nerine C. Day, president-elect Filling in for Mcintosh, she recognized six chamber members who sold 25 or more new memberships. Guest speaker was James C. Brandt, vice president for planning of the 1984 Louisiana World's Fair. The fair opens for a six-month run on May 12. Work on the 150-acre site in New Orleans is proceeding at a "feverish" pace. There will be more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, including displays from more for- t . . i " u .u : - J . kT h $ a ; kit -m ..x 1 3 1 t Sine, 905 n eign nations man nave exmuueu u any other international exposition in the United States. So far, 25 nations have signed up, Brandt said. About 50 corporate exhibits are planned, including the 16-company , petroleum industry pavilion which : will include a 50,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and working offshore oil rig. Other attractions will include the space shuttle Enterprise, a space-age gondola ride 350 feet over the Mississippi River, a monorail and over 50,000 hours of entertainment. The business impact will be JEWELERS IN ALEXANDRIA SWOP A T GORDON'S: Alexandria Mall, 3489 Masonic Drive Also in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans Shop Gordon's Coast to Coast. NSU Photo Exhibit A photographic exhibit commemorating Northwestern State University's centennial year attracts viewers in the Rapides Parish main library In downtown Alexandria. The exhibit is on display through the end of January. (Town Talk Photo by David Texada)

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