The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 3, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 3, 1996
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THURSDAY OCt^BItt 3,1996 THE sALliNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY V RECYCLING State fines nursing home in Concordia CONCORDIA — A Concordia nursing home has been fined $400 for failing to correct violations discovered during an investigation by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Sunset Nursing Center was inspected in mid-July and again in August. When inspectors determined the deficiencies hadn't been corrected, the fine was assessed. . Sunset Nursing Center was closed to new patients in August by the state health department. Among violations found by inspectors were inadequate maintenance and housekeeping and a resident who wasn't receiving enough fluids to prevent urinary tract infections. Murder suspect ruled incompetent for trial LAWRENCE — A Topeka man accused of killing his girlfriend and driving her body to New York City is incompetent to stand trial, a judge has ruled. The decision by Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin followed a hearing Tuesday for Angel Rivera, 34, who is charged with second-degree murder. Rivera was returned to Larned State Hospital, where a report on his mental status will be issued within 90 days, Douglas County District Attorney Christine Tonkovich said. ..He could then have a second Irompetency hearing or, if deemed ^mllikely ever to become competent, ;n"e could be committed involuntaf i- ly to treatment at a state facility. The victim, Trudy Poley, 30, • Topeka, was stabbed six times ; April 26. Feds will seek death penalty for Winfield man ; WICHITA — Federal prosecu- ttprs have convinced a jury that TBountaem Chanthadara shot Bar- :tara Sun to death during a 1994 -robbery of her Wichita restaurant. : -,:Now, they will try to convince : jurors that he deserves to die. "^Opening statements began Wednesday in a hearing that will determine whether the 22-year-old Winfield man will be the first Kansan sentenced to execution since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. : It is the first federal death penalty case in Kansas since the U.S. Department of Justice began authorizing death penalties in 1990, said spokesman John Russell. Federal officials are seeking the death penalty for another man in Sun's death, Phouc Nguyen, 22, •whose hometown is unknown. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 22. State gives block grants to cities and counties . TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves : announced Wednesday that 43 : Kansas cities and counties will -share hi $9.5 million worth of -Sinall Cities Community Develop- *ment block grants. : They were selected from 108 ."units of government who submit- ;ted applications seeking more •*|han $24 million in funding for lo- •c,al projects. •< Grants ranging from $24,500 to : $400,000 were awarded to 35 cities, 'and eight counties. The $9.5 million ; Js expected to be matched by about "$11 million in non-grant funds "raised by the cities and counties. T The program, administered by ;the state Department of Com- . Amerce and Housing, is designed help governments improve ~ their infrastructure. T; Larger grants included $400;000 Teach to Chanute for street work, ; Junction City for a community > center, Bronson for its water sys- ~1tem, Garnett for sewers, Neodesha jlfpr a fire and medical equipment C building, Osawatomie for sewers, ;Oswego for sewers, Paola for sew- -jers, Peabody for the water system >£nd Jewell County for bridges. ;^ Also, $399,000 to Baldwin City :lor an electrical system, $338,520 ;to Gorham for streets, $337,000 to ;j»arsons for streets, $325,000 to £ Edwardville for a storm shelter, > |320,000 to Chetopa for water sys- \%m and $300,000 to Cowley Coun;'|y for a mental health center. ' •" Other amounts included - $103,460 to Atchison for architec: tural barrier removal, $56,000 to Hutchinson for streets and $159,660 to Liberal for architectural barrier removal. From Staff and Wire Reports Curbside recycling will continue in Salina Images owner says more cooperation is needed to make recycling a 'complete success' By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Ken Reitz hopes that his future grandchildren will look up in confusion and wonder when he tells them that curbside recycling wasn't always available in Salina. "If we would do it the right way," Reitz said, "there might be a time when children would look and say 'Gee, daddy, wasn't it always this way?' " Reitz, owner of Images Recycling, 108 S. Fourth, thinks he's been doing it the right way since November 1995, when he began a curbside recycling program. It may not be the profitable way, or the way that makes every resident in his four pilot neighborhoods want to participate, but the right way nonetheless. Wtwi you tmd to know.. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category VW6 (Call afar 7:30 p.m.) Reitz doesn't want to expand the program yet — he doesn't have the personnel or equipment for that — but he wants to keep it going. He said he has had greater success in the neighborhoods in which he had a meeting to explain the program, such as the neighborhood on Burr Oak Lane. The other neighborhoods in the program are located on Fairdale Road, Fairview Street and Scott Avenue. "I'm not sure that the neighborhoods where we didn't have a meeting have made the connection to our program," Reitz said. Some residents on Burr Oak have made the connection while others simply don't want to bother sorting out the individual items. Reitz requires his customers to sort their plastic milk bottles, glass, tin cans and other items before putting them by the curb for pickup. "I just didn't feel like it was worth my time," said Marvin Pfeifer, 1007 Burr Oak. "We don't get that much trash to worry about it." Grant Nunn, 1056 Burr Oak, doesn't like sorting his trash either, but he thought the program was worth it. He's noticed a huge reduction in his trash since he began. "I would say about four-fifths is gone from what we used to have," Nunn said. "It's an ideal way to keep trash out of the landfill." Reitz has learned that only by working together with the city and other private businesses, instead of competing with one another, will the recycling program be a complete success. "I would welcome others to get down and talk about how we can get together on this," he said. "The whole idea is to educate the public. You know, when I first started my recycling center, I got smelly milk bottles all the time. But now I hardly get any at all. They've learned to wash them out. People will learn, and people want to learn, how to do this." But Frank Weinhold, director of general services, said the city probably won't enter curbside recycling for a while, if at all. "We need to study trash minimizing of some sort, whether it's reduction, recycling or education," Weinhold said. "There's a lot we don't know. The trouble with curbside recycling is it's labor-intensive to go out and pick it up, and the material you get isn't all that great. I guess it depends on what the public wants. Glenn Stroer, president of Salina Waste Systems, 1848 Summers, refused to comment. Reitz said more efficient equipment is needed. He also said residents shouldn't have to pay for curbside recycling, and if they do, they shouldn't be paying more than regular trash rates. "You get people who are recycling and then they are paying more than someone who is just throwing everything away," he said. "That doesn't make any sense at all. Virtue should have some reward." Injury accident TOM DORSEYAThe Salina Journal Firefighter/paramedic John Vishnefske (left) and Flrefighter/EMT Mark Laas work to free Russell W. Brown, 76,2135 Melrose, who was trapped In his car after a collision with a Salina Waste Systems garbage truck driven by Jon L. Sellln, 46,922 Somerset, at the Intersection of Ash and Ohio streets at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Brown was In Intensive care In serious but stable condition at Salina Regional Health Center late Wednesday. A passenger In the car, Russell M. Brown, 53, Mayetta, was treated at the hospital. The'truck was going south on Ohio and Brown was going east on Ash when the collision occurred. T BOND ISSUE Voters pondering an $8.6 million school question District says it's cheaper to build new schools than to remodel old ones By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal LORRAINE — Voters in Wilson, Bushton, Dorrance, Holyrood and Lorraine will decide Nov. 5 if their children should have new schools. The school district serving about 550 students in those communities has proposed an $8.6 million bond issue, the first bond proposal anyone seems to remember, Superintendent Sam Rawdon said. The bonds would be repaid through an property tax increase. The 14.75 mill hike would add about $67 to the annual tax bill for a house valued at $40,000, $59 more a year for 160 acres of grassland and $97 more a year for 160 acres of farmland. The average age of the district's buildings is 75 years. Many of the schools have three stories, accessibility problems, asbestos and problems with foundations, walls and roofs. Rawdon said the bond proposal is the result of an 18-month study, including an architectural firm's finding that renovation would be more expensive than new construction. T LAWSUIT The school board voted unanimously in August to pursue the bond issue. The proposal would reduce the number of buildings in the district from six to three, creating possible savings through consolidation and the reduction of utility and maintenance costs. The proposal would fund: • A new building for kindergarten through grade 12 in Wilson for Wilson and Dorrance students, eliminating the need for an elementary school in Dorrance. • A new high school in Bushton for students from Bushton, Lorraine and Holyrood. • A new building in Holyrood for kindergarten through grade eight students from Bushton, Lorraine and Holyrood. The new buildings would be constructed near school buildings now in use to incorporate existing gymnasiums, shop areas and other rooms. Students would attend school in those buildings until construction is completed, with the exception of junior-high students in the Bushton and Holyrood areas, who would attend school in Lorraine. The Lorraine building is a former school building that has been used as district offices. The district is building a new office in Lorraine, which should be completed later this fall. McDonald's burned again by hot coffee By The Associated Press ATCHISON — A woman has reached a settlement with a McDonald's Restaurant over burns she said were caused by spilled coffee that was too hot. The plaintiff, Diana Nesmith of Atchison, declined to discuss the case Tuesday, and both sides agreed not to disclose the amount of the settlement. Nesmith's attorney, Dick Senecal, said his client suffered second-degree burns on her thighs two years ago. Nesmith's lawsuit said she bought a cup of coffee at a drive-through window at a Mc- Donald's in Atchison. A drop of coffee dripped on her leg, causing Nesmith to jump and spill the full cup in her lap, her lawsuit said. Attorneys for McDonald's Corp. and Dobski & Associates, owners of the Atchison franchise, argued that warning labels on the cups caution consumers adequately. They also said people should be well aware that hot liquid can burn, particularly after widespread publicity about a case against McDonald's in New Mexico. In 1992 a jury in Albuquerque awarded Stella Liebeck, 79, $2.7 million in punitive damages after a coffee spill. It was later reduced to $480,000 by the courts. T SALINA PLANNING COMMISSION Planners give green light to used-car lot proposal Sankey's plans to build lot on South Ninth now goes to city commission By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Tim Sankey's plans to open a used car lot on South Ninth Street cleared a hurdle Wednesday by meeting the approval of the Salina Planning Commission. Sankey, 2651 Highland, wants to open the car lot on land he owns at 1617 to 1621 S. Ninth, between Cloud and Woodlawn streets. The proposal will now go to the Salina City Commission for final approval, and Sankey must meet a number of requirements, as outlined by the planning commission. Sankey must build 9 separate dri- veway for a rental house on the property and install a fence around it. He promised to move the house or turn it into office space for the car lot on or before Nov. 1, 1997. If the house remains as it is now, the lot would revert to its present C-3 zoning, which allows retail businesses but no outdoor display of cars. The planning commission approved a PC-5 zoning, which would allow the car lot but no other uses that a C-5 zone would otherwise allow, including engine or body repair. The amount of space Sankey can pave to display the cars is also limited. The recommendations mainly concerned having a residence on a commercially zoned lot, which is unusual, city administrators said. "It seems to us, that if we can get past this one-year period, some- thing's going to happen," said Roy Dudark, director of planning and community development. "The house is going to be removed, or it's going to be made into an office. We're not going to have this incompatibility." Sankey has another lot at 829 E. Crawford. If the proposed lot, which contains the former Crumpton Cleaning and Restoration building, is successful, he plans to build a 40-foot by 48-foot building and pave more of the lot. Engine shop gets permit The board also approved a conditional-use permit for Don Allison, allowing him to build an engine-repair and rebuilding business in the 900 block of North Santa Fe Avenue. Allison, Delphos, will build 9,000 square-foot shop and 3,200 square-foot office on the north half of the west side of the block. Dean Andrew, assistant director of planning, said city staff was most concerned about the amount of noise from the shop, but Allison said engines would only be built and installed in passenger cars, but not tested on the lot. Allison said he would build a fence to shield the west edge of the property, which is next to an alley facing houses on north Seventh Street. Other matters Also Wednesday, the planning board: • Asked Dudark to recommend an amendment to the city's sign ordinance concerning temporary signs. The signs, mainly plastic banners used to advertise sales or specials, are used more frequently and for longer times at Salina businesses, Dudark said. Current ordinances say the signs may be used for special events for short periods, but they are not specific. Dudark said some businesses put the signs near streets for weeks at a time. • Approved an amendment to rules governing the Fairway Estates, which is adjacent to the west side of the Salina Municipal Golf Course. The subdivision's homeowners association requested the change after residents wanted to build porches on the backs of their houses. The houses nearest to the golf course, from 835 to 853 Fairdale Road, abut the 25- foot setback line. The board approved an amendment reducing the setback to 20 feet. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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