The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 8, 1996 · Page 2
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A2 TUESDAY. OCTOBER 8, 1996 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL I • 0^0^M m H |««m«m»l T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION I LDDK 555*1 Fire district's problems aired lyAjMlay ing. 827-3797. M* •Uwvllllw • RECEPTION: Saline Countv Javcees _ . .... . — ——i !„„* «,„ v,~,,o Q if it «racn't fnr thp neiehhnr •»• BINGO: Salina Charter Chapter AB- WA Bingo. 4 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. bingo. Jack Pat Bingo, 411 E. Walnut. 8252210. • BINGO: AMBUC Emporium Bingo, sponsored by Salina AMBUC. 5 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. bingo. 155 N. Seventh. 823-2229. • LECTURE: Midwestern Writers Lecture on Willa Gather, by Mame Hart, 7 'p.m., Campbell Room of the Salina Public Library, free, 825-4624. . • PROGRAM: KSU Botanical Gardens Under Construction, presented by Saline County Horticulture Club. Guest speaker Tom Warner, KSU Dept. of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources. 7 p.m., Room 201, Peters Science Hall, Kansas Wesleyan University. (800) 2763641. , • PUBLIC MEETING:Tobacco Prevention Committee, the Partnership. 3:30 p.m., Salina/Saline County Health Department, '125W. Elm. 825-6224. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-6540. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Downtown, 1 Inc. Board of Directors and Business Improvement District No. 1 Advisory Board. 4 p.m., 114A S. Seventh. 825-0535. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School District School Board. 5 p.m., District office, 1511 Gypsum. 826-4700. • PUBLIC MEETING: Human Relations Commission. 7 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7330. • SALE: Salina Regional Health Center Fall Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 510 S. Santa Fe. 825-8638. • LINCOLN: Brown Bag Luncheon with Jan McCune, Mankato, discussing old German art -form Scherenschnitte, noon, Lincoln Art Center, 524-3241. 9 Wednesday • COFFEE: Job Club coffee sponsored by the Older Kansas Employment Program. Guest speaker Jerry Scott, Fire Marshall, City of Salina Fire Department. 9:30 a.m., Sirloin Stockade. 827-4857. • BINGO: Off Broadway Bingo. 5:30 doors open, 7 p.m. bingo. 1111 W. South. 825-9411. • DANCE: Jolly Mixers Club dance. Music by Ramblin' Andy. 8-11 p.m, Moose Lodge, 1700 Beverly. No smoking or drinking. 827-3797. RECEPTION: Saline County Jaycees Meet the Candidate Reception, with congressional candidates Jerry Moran and John Divine. 7-9 p.m., 155 N. Seventh. 625-1111. • SALE: Salina Regional Health Center Fall Rummage Sale. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., 510 S. Santa Fe. 825-8638. Information Call COMMUNITY line I County adminstrator urges commission to reject change in fire coverage for rural area By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal For these items, use the following category codes: • Salina and regional arts / 2787 • Public schools / 8050 • Local churches / 7729 • Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Seminar Bird store offers seminar about bats Bats will be the topic of a program Saturday at the store Wild Bird Crossing, 2306 Planet. The public is invited to the 1:30 to 3 p.m. session featuring Pat Sil- vosky of Milford Nature Center. There will be a live exhibit of bats. Campaign '96 Republican Moran to be in Salina today Hays Republican Jerry Moran, a candidate for U.S. Congress from the 1st District, will be in Salina today to accept an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He will stop at Blue Beacon International, 500 Graves, between 1 and 1:30 p.m. for the presentation and a news conference. Between 5 and 7 p.m., Moran will be at Shooters Bar and Grill, 107 N. Santa Fe, for a reception sponsored by Salina Young Republicans. A push to bring part of Saline County Rural Fire District No. 5 under the Solomon Fire Department's coverage area has more to do with safety than personality conflicts, several residents from that area told Saline County commissioners. The commissioners met with firefighters, residents and the fire district's board members Monday afternoon at the City-County Building. Commissioners set a public hearing on the proposal to transfer the responsibility for fire coverage of 46 square miles in eastern Saline and Ottawa counties to the Solomon department. The hearing will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 209 of the City-County Building. At Monday's meeting, commissioners reviewed problems with the fire district. The problems became evident in late May when residents signed a petition asking for the change in coverage. County Administrator David Criswell advised county commissioners against giving the area to the Solomon Fire Department. Eight firefighters from the rural fire department and six of the nine board members were at the meeting. "The problems existing in the district need to be resolved, and most of those problems are of a personality nature," Criswell said, disagreeing with residents on the nature of the problem. "If we focus more on cooperation and working together, they could be resolved. If that can be made to happen, then it will be the ultimate benefit of everyone in that area." Criswell said some type of agreement between the fire district and Solomon should be reached. Past attempts to restore the agree- T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD Proposed lire : district change :' Saline/Ottawa County line i • Solomon r Rural Fire District No. 5 Residents in eastern Saline and Ottawa counties want their area detached from Saline County Fire District No. 5 Country Club Road ment, which was severed at the start of this year, have been unsuccessful. Residents of the rural fire district, including district board member Eldon Janssen, said the issue is based on a question of safety. "We're not adequately protected," said Janssen, who supports the split. "We're so far from the fire stations. At the corner of the district, you could be 20 to 25 miles away from the fire station. On the other hand, we're just three miles out of (Solomon) into Saline County. Protection coming out of Solomon would just be much more adequate and quicker." Elmer Taylor, who lives four miles north of Solomon, said his house almost burned down last year because of the long response time. "I thought the Solomon Fire Department was going to respond, but they didn't," Taylor said. "District (No.) 5 came, but I would have lost the house if it wasn't for the neighbors that came in and saved us, because it was 20 minutes or so before they showed up." The meeting also addressed communication and procedural problems with the rural fire district. Firefighters have been displeased with some board members and have asked that two of those members be replaced. "There have been problems in District No. 5 that have been brought to our attention for quite a period of time," Criswell said. "Board members have complained about various things, the fire chief has complained and firefighters as well have complained about different issues." Criswell has recommended that at least five of the nine board members in each fire district be firefighters, that board members be trained on parliamentary procedures, budgeting and long- range planning, that the request to detach land be denied and that someone be appointed to work with Solomon and the. rural fire district. Rural Fire District No. 5 Chief John Haaga said communication between the two departments hasn't altogether stopped. "As far as the two fire departments not speaking, that may be on the administrative level," Haaga said. "We've met with the Solomon Fire Department since the separation on three or four fires. Truck to truck and people to people, it's not that we're not speaking. We don't visit like we used to, but on the fire scene, it's different." Clayton Short, a firefighter and board member in Rural Fire District No. 2, which covers Assaria and Mentor, said firefighters as board members would smooth communication and understanding. "The firefighters seem to have a better feeling about where the district is headed and what the department's needs are," Short said. "We found it's very effective. It seems to be very effective as compared to non-firefighter board members, who sometimes don't seem to have their finger on the pulse of the department." Temporary classrooms considered by board : ^SaUna Journal '- '" , Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. •' V/.J ,or? HARRIS RAYL, publisher DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: JEANNY SHARP, director ,'~ '*'• BUSINESS: PAVID MARTIN, 'manager ' ' ' "• NEWS: SCOTT'SEIRER, executive editor «; r 823-6363 Salina . *, • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANDMEIER, , ' manager • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager 1-800-827-6363 ,< Kansas ,, ,<-. r : "', • NO PAPER?: K your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.rr). weekends .,, /„ - s _andho|ldays, call your carrier or the number above. In Salina, if'you call by 10a.m., your " : '';'-' _ ' ( "paperwil!be.di * following day. /paper wilt be Delivered that day, Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the Rooms to be used as a temporary fix for space problems in schools By The Journal Staff The Salina School Board today will consider the installation of modular classrooms to eliminate crowded conditions at some schools. Modular classrooms are being sought for Franklin, Hageman and Oakdale elementary schools as a temporary solution to space problems. "We want to absolutely make the point this is not a permanent solution," Superintendent Gary Norris said. The use of the temporary classrooms would give the district time to finish a long-range facilities plan before devising a permanent plan, Norris said. At Franklin, a modular classroom would house a computer laboratory for younger students. Because state and city building codes don't allow kindergarten arid first-grade students to attend class on the second floor of buildings, space is needed on the first floor for computers for those students. The younger students are kept on the ground floor so they can be evacuated quickly and safely in case of a fire or other disaster. . , At Oakdale, more space is needed for a computer lab so that it can be moved out of the library. The modular room would serve as the lab arid as a classroom, and the music room would be moved into the north cottage classroom on the school grounds. At Hageman, the modular room would serve as a computer lab and a room for 20 learning disabled students. That would allow a kindergarten classroom to be moved back to the school, away from the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church two blocks away, where the students have been attending. The school district leased a room from the church to start the school year because of a higher- than-expected number of kindergarten students. Other business The board also will consider the following: • Approval of a booster club gift of a Scoreboard for the district's swimming pool at South High School. • Approval of a policy waiver regarding class credit for work completed by students on suspension. According to current district policy, students on suspension do not receive credit for assignments completed. The Salvation Army has received a grant to" fund an out-of- school suspension program. A condition of the program is that they bring school assignments and complete them under supervision of a certified teacher employed by the Salvation Army. The waiver of policy sought would allow the students in the program to receive credit for the work. in the Salina Business Community Western Associates,inc, Give your business a boost. Call Randy Duncan today at 825-8859 or FAX 825-5662. 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