The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on January 10, 1963 · Page 1
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OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 NO. 26 OTTAWA, KANSAS THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1963 7 CENTS FOURTEEN PAGES COFFEE BREAK — Three Greenwood County officials have coffee and doughnuts as they await opening of today's county officials meeting. Women (from left) are Mrs. Edith Holmes, register of deeds; Mrs. Helen Braymer, treasurer, and Mrs. Ruby Foster, Eureka. (Herald Photo) County Officials Meet Asks Job Placement Service For Youth Dr. Roy W. Browning, head of the department of education and director of placement at Ottawa University, appealed for the appointment of job placenient officers on the county level or school level in an address before 98 county officials meeting in Ottawa today. Dr. Browning said the large number of students dropping out of school each year are faced with the need for employment and added that the need is not adequately solved. The establishment of a placement service in each county would in Browning's opinion, lessen the plight of such young people. He said the setup of an employment service on the high school and college level also would help. Dr. Browm'ng cited six needs for young people's success in school and in life. He said today's youth must have the physiological need for food satisfied in order to prog- ress in work and study. Security and love were two other necessities emphasized. "A musician must make music and an artist must have something to paint or draw," Browning said, "in order to achieve self- fulfillment." Self respect and the desire to know and understand also are important to success, he told the officials. The county officers were here today for the quarterly meeting of the Southeast Kansas District of the Kansas Officials Council. This district is made up of 17 counties, Chautauqua, Montgomery Labette, Cherokee, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Crawford, Greenwood Woodson Allen Bourbon Coffey, Anderson, Linn, Miami and Franklin. After Dr. Browning's address Ivan Shull, chief sanitation officer of the State Board of Health, spoke on water pollution in the lakes of the state. Plan April Bids On Pomona Work The Army Engineers, Kansas City, preparing for the use of Pomona reservoir as a recreational area, have announced that bids will be taken in April for construction of public shelters, santiary facilities and water supply facilities for public use areas on the reservoir. At the same time it is planned to advertise for bids on the second stage of clearing the reservoir basin of timber and brush. Stage one of the clearing work is now in progress. Also in progress is the work of relocating certain roads of the area. Present plans call for stalling the impoundment of water for the permanent pool of about 4,000 surface acres in the coming spring. Announcement of the taking of bids for this work was made in a talk given today by Col. A. P. Rollins, district engineer, before members of the Kansas Contractors Association at Kansas City. The group attended a luncheon at Colbern's at noon. The afternoon was spent in group meetings, with Franklin County officials hosts. About 150 attended the luncheon, including county office em- ployes. The election of a new president of the district was on the agenda. Cecil Vining, Franklin County Commissioner is the outgoing president. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Cold wave warning- Cold tonight and Friday, with light snow becoming heavier tonight and Friday with 2 to 4-inch accumulation likely. Strong northerly winds 20 to 30 miles per hour tonight with considerable blowing and drifting of snow tonight Lows tonight 5 to 10 above. Highs Friday 10 to 12. KANSAS - Cold tonight and Friday with temperatures falling to zero to 5 below northwest and 10 to 15 above southeast by Friday morning and holding to near those readings through Friday. Snow and northerly winds 20 to 25 miles per hour will attend cold wave with two to four inches accumulating in many areas by Friday night. High temperature yesterday, 60; low today, 31; high year ago today, 9; low year ago today, 5 'below zero; record high this date, 67 in 1911; record low this date, 8 below zero in 1920; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: 9 &. m. 10 a. m, 11 &. m. Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. .32 .40 .48 » p. 10 p. 11 p. m. m. .m 56 59 58 57 55 .50 .52 Midnight m. 7 p. m 45 8 p. m. .41 1 a. 2 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 5 a. m. 6 a. m. 7 a. m. 8 a. m. 39 38 38 37 36 33 33 34 33 33 33 33 Plan Interstate Highway Jobs Costing $31 Million KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP)Walter Johnson, state highway engineer, outlined Interstate Highway construction projects estimated to cost $31 million which the Highway Commission expects to place under contract this year. Johnson told a meeting of Kansas contractors in prepared remarks that this compares with Interstate contracts of $16,700,000 in 1962. The Highway Commission has advanced as many jobs as possible to the contract stage since last August when the federal government released $28 million in interstate funds and lifted contract controls which had been in effect three years. Barring delays, Johnson said the commission plans to contract for 86 miles of grading, construction of 118 bridges and 36 miles of four-lane surfacing on roadbeds now being graded. Kansas has 409 miles of its 801 miles of Interstate routes open, with another 10 miles scheduled to open by the end of the year, he said. In cooperation with a U.S. Department of Commerce request asking states to join shorter sections of Interstate into longer stretches, Kansas rescheduled some future projects, Johnson said. Particular emphasis is on 1-70. By the end of 1964, one section of 170 miles will be complete from Kansas City to Salina. Another 61 miles between Ogallah in Trego County and U.S. 40 east of Oakley will be finished and work nearly completed on 55 miles between Dorrance and Salina. Johnson said that by the end of 1965 there will be 225 miles of 1-70 from Dorrance east to Kansas City. In western Kansas, Colby and Hays will be connected by 104 miles of four-lane, controlled access highway, and work will be under way east and west to those two points. Bids will be taken Feb .7 for a 12 miles of grading and 10 bridges on 1-70 in Ellsworth County. Bids for the remaining 10 miles across the county are scheduled for April. On 1-35, bids wih 1 be taken this spring for 1.2 miles of grading and bridges in Kansas City from Southwest Boulevard to 7th Street in Johnson County, a 4.5 miles section of 1-35 is scheduled for early letting from U.S. 69 near Overland Park to 1-35 near Le- * * * 1-35 Route From Ottawa To Emporia The Kansas Highway Commission has taken action to end the controversy over the route that will be followed by Interstate-35 highway. In a meeting at Topeka yesterday the commissioners voted to recind a resolution passed in 1959 which had asked the Bureau of Public Roads to designate a route from Ottawa south to the vicinity of Vinita, Okla., as the route for 1-35. The action by the highway commission cleared the way for the construction of 1-35 from its present end south of Ottawa to Emporia to the interstate intersection with the Kansas turnpike, and to continue on to the Oklahoma border on the turnpike route. It was announced that the remaining portion of 1-35 from Ottawa to Emporia will not be constructed until 1970-72. Would Reapportion House, One Member To A County WELCOMING VISITOR - Ottawa Mayor Charles Williamson (left) discusses county officials program with visiting Neosho County Commissioner Dwight Diver. Diver has been a commissioner since 1941. (Herald Photo) Another Bill Seeks End To Household Goods Tax TOPEKA (AP)-Highly controversial proposals to reapportion the Kansas House and to exempt houehold goods and personal effects from taxation were introduced today in the lower branch of the Kansas Legislature before it adjourned for the weekend. The first bill in the House hopper would put representation in that branch strictly on a geographical basis, with one representative for each county. This would reduce the size of the house from 125 members to 105. The bill was introduced by Reps Ross Doyen, R-Rice; Ed Boyd, R-Larned, and Fred Meek, R-Idana. Doyen said the bill was being introduced in anticipation of legislation to reapportion the Senate on a population basis. "I think this might encourage New Plan For State Economical Growth TOPEKA (AP) - A proposed broad revision of state economic development was presented to Gov. John Anderson today in an effort to get Kansas off an "economic crossroads."' The report, prepared by a 21- citizen advisory committee during the past 18 months, proposes replacing the Kansas Industrial Development Commission with a new agency with broader powers. A constitutional amendment is recommended to remove the $1 million state debt limit so the new agency could supplement long- term risk capital for industrial expansion. No cost estimate of the program was made by either Anderson or E. R. Zook of Lawrence, committee chairman. Ander son said those figures would be available in his budget message in the next week or 10 days. Zook's statement with the report was blunt: That Kansas has lost ground in per capita income and job opportunities in recent years. "Let's face it—the increase in per capital income for Kansas has not kept pace with the national average," Zook said, "and job opportunities in primary and secondary industry have been declining in recent years." "The committee was charged with studying the Kansas economy up to the year I960, so all references to the shape of the economy are predicted on that year and preceding years," the chairman said, "and 1962 does not present a much different picture "The decrease in jobs in the major new-wealth creating categories of the Kansas economy is of concern," Zook stated, "and since it is opportunity to earn a decent living that keeps people in the state, dynamic and immediate action by all of the people of Kansas must be forthcoming." them (the Senate) to take a better look at their situation," Doyen said. He said he would ask an opinion from Atty. Gen. William Ferguson in a few days on the legality of the measure. Ferguson told newsmen Wednesday there is a —question whether the bill would be regarded as constitutional under the federal constitution. Ferguson did not elaborate but it appeared he was referring to the house bill by itself and not coupled with any reapportionment of the Senate. Any move to reduce representation of presently under-represented large areas in one branch of the Legislature without reapportionment of the other branch on a population basis would appear to be directly contrary to recent court decisions. Under the proposed bill Sedgwick County would lose 4 representatives, Wyandotte 3, Shawnee and Johnson each 2 and nine counties would lose one each. They are Barton, Douglas, Leavenworth, Crawford, Montgomery, Saline, Butler, Reno and Cowley. The household goods proposal was introduced by a group of 15 representatives. It would amend the state constitution to exempt from taxation all household goods and personal effects not used for the production of income. The sponsors included Rep. Ole Nesmith, R-Leawood; A.F. Casado-, R-Wichita; Odd Williams, R-Lawrence; Ralph Skoog, R-Topeka; J.C. Tillotson, R-Norton; Robert Finney R-Humboldt; Herman Rome, R . Hoisington; Harry Minium, R-Morland; Don Smith, R-Colby; Edward Gillard, R-Girard; Robert Cramer, R-St. Francis; Robert Behee, R-Leavenworth; Frank Riddle, R-Wichita; John Gardner, R - Shawnee Mission, and Bea Jacquart, R- Satanta. One other bill was introduced today, It would spell out in law the present specifications of Kansas state flags as they are being manufactured. Two years ago a law revamping the state flag contained measurements which the manufacturers said were irregular. The manufacturer made a few changes and this bill would make the law conform. McLaughlin Pleads Guilty Samuel Lloyd McLaughlin entered a plea of guilty to first-degree manslaughter in District Court this morning and was sentenced to five to 21 years in prison. McLaughlin was charged in connection with the 1959 death of Edgar (Red) Smiley who was found dead after being beaten with a ball bat. The defendant recently was returned here for trial from th« Larned State Hospital where he was sent after a court-appointed commission held he was mentally incompetent to stand trial and assist in his own defense. He was released from the hospital for trial last month after officials notified the court they felt he was recovered sufficiently to be tried. Tauy's Toot Kansas House members have come up with some warm subjects to offset the weatherman's forecast. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-309J Adv. Allot Space In Proposed High School What will the proposed new high school for the Ottawa district contain? This is a question often asked as the special election, Jan. 15, approaches. It also is a hard question to answer without a lot of digging. The answer is to be found in a 200-page book entitled "Educational Specifications, Ottawa Senior High School." This book was compiled after a study of Ottawa, the present school system, along with general trends in education today. Doing the work was a team of specialists from Odell MacConnell Associates who are educational planning consultants for Stanford University. It is on the findings of these experts that the building would be planned by the school board and designed by the architects, Shaver and Co., Salina. As yet no plans have beer drawn. None can be until bonds are approved by the voters. The architects have supplied a general outline of the school site and how the land should be used. Also, the architects have submitted one conception of what the building could look like. This conception, however, didn't meet with approval of officials here, and the architects have been asked to try again. It is hoped a second architect's conception will be ready before Tuesday, special election day. But the thick book compiled by the planning consultants does outline in detail what should be in the new building, down to the last few square feet. Recommended is a building with 101,560 square feet which would accommodate 750 students. Considered in the planning is that nearly 60 per cent of the Ottawa graduates go on to college, This total square footage is broken into 12 basic areas which use up 88,060 sqiare feet. The remainder is used in corridors, heating and maintenance spaces. Here are the 12 main areas and in brief what would be located in each: Administration and guidance— 2,975 square feet, includes offices for principal and assistant, three offices for guidance counselors, conference room, testing area plus space for record and office supply storage and general office areas. Adjacent will be the health office. Resources materials center — 5,415 square feet. This contains the library with some study space It also contains the main center for audio and visual teaching aids. Student activity center — 5,950 feet. This contains the student and faculty dining areas, faculty lounge, kitchen and food storage area. Included is one room for a student government headquarters. Fine arts center — 14,440 square feet. This contans an arts and crafts laboratory, two large rooms for choral and instrument* * * al classes, plus practice rooms and instrument storage. Adjacent would be the multi-use auditorium which would have a full stage with wings, plus a seating area which could be divided for instructional purposes. Capacity of the auditorium would be 375 persons. Industrial arts, trade and industry — 7,965 square feet. This area would include wood shop, metal shop, drafting room, one general purpose classroom, electronics work area, plus office and planning area, storage spaces. Language and social studies center — 12,795 square feet. This area would contain 12 classrooms including journalism lab, plus office and storage area for materials used in the teaching of English, foreign languages and social sciences. Area would be used by 15 teachers, Math and science center — 9,905 square feet. This area would contain four classrooms, plus two biology labs, labs for chemistry and physics, central office and storage area, plus several small Your School Questions special labs. Provisions would be made to handle seven teachers. Homemaking — 2,550 square feet. This area would contain a foods lab and a clothing and home living classroom. Physical education — 17,600 square feet. This would include a double gymnasium with folding bleachers, 2,000 capacity, which could be divided to carry on boys and girls classes at same time; special exercise rooms, health classroom plus locker and toilet facilities for both boys and girls. It would have two office areas and ample storage for all sports equipment. Business education — 6,295 square feet. This area would have three classrooms for clerical courses, bookkeeping and shorthand, plus two labs for typing, an office and storage area. It also would have an area for special study. Sp e c i a 1 education — 1,400 square feet, to include one classroom and one visual education room, both designed to aid retarded children. Driver education — 500 square! feet, one small lab room. This department would use classroom in physical education section. The Stanford consultants, in their report to the Ottawa board, said that "the building must be designed and constructed in order that all aspects of the program can be geared to changing educational methods, free from 'restrictions imposed by unyielding physical barriers. This requires that the faculty design stem from a knowledge of how students learn, as well as what, and in what manner, they will be taught. This means that planning must start with a determination and description of the desired educational program, then proceed from there to a determination of the faculties needed to house this program." This is where the project stands today. The board has the outline of the needs. If the public votes the funds Tuesday, it can proceed with the plans to fill the recommendations of the education, al experts. Cost Of Building Based On Needs Q — What will a new high school cost? A. — The board is asking voter approval of $1,680,000. About $1,400,000 would be spent on a new high school which would have about a third more teaching stations than the present building. This would accommodate comfortably about 750 students. The $1,400,000 figure is based on the closest estimates experts can supply to build and equip a modern high school. The Stanford Survey rccomends a school of 101,000 square feet. Current costs (o build and equip a new school are about $14 per square feet. The rest of the funds requested, about $280,000 would be used to remodel the present building for purposes previously outlined. As to what this expenditure would cost the taxpayers, on the current bond market, estimates are that it would cost an average of seven mills per year for 20 years to pay off the indebtedness. This also is based on the present property valuation of the school district. If the district grows, this 7- mill figure could be less because it is a board policy that any new land annexed to the district also must help pay off the entire district's debts. If you want to figure what a new high school would cost you, first you must know your own assessed valuation. If, for example, it is $3,000, and the increase is seven mills or $7 per $1,000, your tax bill would be increased $21 annually. Also, it would cost something to operate and maintain • new high school. These costa have been estimated at one and a half mills, or $1,50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Included hi these costs are utilities, janitors and maintenance. Not included are any costs of new teachers since the district would have those anyway with the increasing student load whether a new building is constructed or not. (If you have a question about the new high school, write The Herald or the superintendent of schools, and an attempt will he made to answer it, — Tha Editor)

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