The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 24, 1986 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 24, 1986
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Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Friday, January 24,1986 Page 3 Officials get final look at community corrections draft By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer Saline County moved closer to having a local alternative to prison for certain adult and juvenile felons with the acceptance Thursday of a local corrections plan by the county's Community Corrections Advisory Board. The document will be sent to Saline County commissioners, Saline County District Court judges and the Kansas Department of corrections for review and comment. The board will meet again Feb. 20 to discuss possible revisions in the plan. From there, the document will go to county commissioners for official review and then to the corrections department for final consideration. Board members hope to submit the plan to United Way sets record during 1985 By JILL CASEY Staff Writer The Salina United Way raised $684,563 in 1985, a 2.5 percent increase over that raised in 1984 and more than has been raised in any Salina United Way campaign. The total fell $27,577 short of the $712,140 goal. Jane Duff, Salina United Way executive director, expressed pleasure with the drive, and said the increase in contributions showed strong support for the 15 member agencies. "The people and businesses of Salina and the surrounding area have shown that they support the work the agencies of the United Way are doing," she said. "The giving has increased even though the economic conditions of the area are slow now." Mike Kelly, drive chairman, said he was disappointed the goal wasn't met because that will force a cut in allocations to each member agency. Because the goal was missed by 3.9 percent, Duff said, the board of directors voted to reduce each of the agencies' allocations by that amount. The 15 United Way agencies are the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Central Kansas Foundation for Alcohol and Chemical Dependency, Lutheran Counseling & Growth Center, Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas, Girl Scouts, Hotline-Crisis Information and Referral, Infant Stimulation, Martin Luther King Jr. Child Care Center, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Salina Child Care Association, Salvation Army, United Cerebral Palsy, YMCAjmdYWCA. United Way officers have been elected. Dusty Moshier will serve as president of the board through January 1987. President-elect Dan Geis will serve a three-year term as a board member. Re-elected were treasurer Mark Miller and secretary ' Jane Duff. New board members who will serve three-year terms are Lloyd Davidson, First Bank and Trust; Dave Jacobs ST., Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services; Geis, Saline County Commission, and Anita Obando. Elected as members at-large, who serve one-year terms, are Jim Waters, representing the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce; Paul '• McAfee, representing the Salina Jaycees, and Sydney Soderberg, representing the Salina City Commission. , Board members interpret national ; United Way policy and provide guidance to local volunteers and agencies. Salina bank wins judgment A civil judgment of more than $470,000 against the former president of the Decatur County National Bank in Oberlin has been awarded to a Salina bank. The First National Bank and Trust of Salina filed suit against Farrell D. McAtee for foreclosure of security interests on loans. The suit also named Rebecca J. McAtee and Farrell D. McAtee Enterprises Inc. Saline County District Court Judge David Knudson ruled in a summary judgment that the bank was entitled to foreclose on the McAtee security interests. A summary judgment is a final decision in a civil suit prior to a trial when the judge determines the prevailing party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. The judgment also included more than $97,000 against McAtee's business, Kansas Tank Service. , First National won a $1.8 million settlement against McAtee in early 1984 for repayment of a previous loan. In December, McAtee entered a guilty plea to embezzling $400,000 ; from the Oberlin bank while he was president and to trying to deceive bank, examiners. the corrections department by April. The corrections department is financing the local plan, which is intended to reduce prison overcrowding by keeping certain adult and juvenile offenders in a community-based corrections program. The heart of Saline County's plan will be intensive supervision of both adults and juveniles. A victim assistance program also is included. Eligible offenders could be placed in the corrections program, where they could remain under the watchful eyes of court services or another qualified agency rather than be sentenced to regular probation or to prison. The goal is to reduce the county's prison commitments by 25 percent. Over the past five years, Saline County annually has committed an average of 37 felons who could be eligible for a local corrections program. The estimated first-year budget for Saline County's program is about $272,000. Saline County could receive up to $350,000, if needed, as its initial entitlement from the state corrections department. To encourage participation in the program, the corrections department provides an incentive for communities to retain eligible felons in the local corrections program. For each eligible offender the community sends to prison, the state withholds a portion of the local entitlement. The local program includes an estimated $112,800 in such chargebacks, a figure based on incarcerating an average of 16 adults and 10 juveniles. The $112,800 in possible chargebacks, coupled with the estimated operating budget of almost $160,000, brings the total budget to $272,000. Frank McCoy, director of Riley County's corrections program, drafted Saline County's plan and the proposed budget. He said if the county ever exceeded the budget because of a large number of "chargebacks," the county still would not owe the corrections department any money. "If you ran out of money you would just cease to exist," McCoy said. Saline County abandoned plans to form a community conrections program in 1979 because the chargeback amount appeared to be larger than the county's entitlement. Since then, the state revised the financing formula and provided more money for counties with relatively high commitment rates. The change prompted the county last year to reconsider a corrections program. McCoy said the corrections department designed the program to allow for some chargebacks because some eligible offenders might not be acceptible for a local program. ' 'You have to decide: Is the offender safe to retain in the community, what is the potential for success or failure, what is the advantage of placing the offender in prison ... or in the community," he said. Board member Whitley Austin said a community corrections program has a better chance of rehabilitation than does prison. "If we can keep them off welfare, if we can keep them working, we've made them better citizens," he said. "Each case would be hand-tailored — nothing off the rack," Austin added. '*i*. nt * > ** B&S% J ? *** 1^.1^ j"£ s ** * ** * £\ t f g i* f*^j y$ ^ * ^ ^ * l ^ ^ ,"f? ^'.1^ |" ,, H V , , , j r tv v ' - TomDorMV WINDOW ON THE WORLD — These cats were watching the world pass by Thursday from a perch in the warm comfort of a garage. Gates reverses decision to move plane manufacturing to Wichita TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Gates Lear jet Corp. has reversed a decision to consolidate its operations in Wichita and continue manufacturing in both Wichita and Tucson, company officials said Thursday. Gates, faced with slumping sales of its jets, announced plans last Oct. 23 to consolidate the company's aircraft manufacting operations in Wichita. The move was re-examined after a wage dispute developed between the company and the Machinists Union. The conflict arose after Gates announced it would continue finishing the aircraft in Tucson rather than move that operation also. ' Union officials said that move would invalidate the agreement signed with Gates for a. 5 percent wage rollback conditional on the company moving all manufacturing jobs to Wichita. "While we originally viewed consolidation as a vehicle to achieve certain economics, the study revealed in definite numbers that both the Tucson and Wichita facilities are necessary to achieve our objectives," said James B. Taylor, president and chief executive officer of the company. He said the committee found that Opened throttle allowed train to leave PHILLJPSBURG - Kyle Railroad officials have determined a throttle left open by an employee allowed an unmanned train to leave Phillipsburg and race about eight miles before being stopped in a planned collision with another train. The incident happened Tuesday. There were no injuries. Mark Schenewerk, general manager of the Phillipsburg-based Kyle Railroad, said Thursday a company investigation found that a worker servicing the locomotives forgot to close a locomotive throttle before he left the engines. Although the locomotive brakes were locked, they couldn't counter the thrust of the 9,000-horsepower engines. "It would be similar to pushing down on the brake of a car and flooring the foot-feed," Schenewerk said. The farther the train traveled, the faster it went because the brake shoes gradually burned away, he said. The three engines reached speeds of 50-55 mph before they were stopped. Schenewerk said damage to the lead runaway locomotive was $15,000 School pay up 25 percent in 3 years TOPEKA (AP) — The salaries of school superintendents, principals and teachers increased by about 25 percent over the past three years, according to an audit by the Legislature's watch-dog agency. The audit, released Wednesday, reflected only base salaries. Fringe benefits were ignored because the Legislative Division of Post Audit said it wanted more consistent base figures to use for comparison. The auditors found that in the three-year period that ended last June 30, salaries statewide of superintendents jumped 24.9 percent, while pay for principals increased 25 percent and classroom teachers received income boosts of 26.6 percent. Teacher salaries in Kansas averaged $21,121 in the year ending last June 30, while the average school principal in the state made $33,596 that year and superintendents received $41,839. For teachers, the 1985 salary represented a $4,402 increase over the average pay level reported three years prior. The average pay for principals last year was $6,711 higher, while superintendents experienced an $8,343 pay hike over the same time period. "Salary increases for teachers and administrators have far exceeded inflation during the past (three) years," the audit said. "While average salaries went up 25-26 percent, consumer prices rose 12-14 percent from 1982 through 1985. "Therefore, each of the three groups has gained purchasing power during the... period." The audit also noted that percentage increases in teacher and administrator salaries are nearly as large as the 27 percent increase in state general fund aid to school districts authorized by the Legislature during the same period. Most teachers and administrators statewide received pay boosts in the 20-30 percent range between fiscal years 1982-1985, the audit said. Teachers and administrators in the larger of the four enrollment categories fared the best in terms of salary. In the 104 schools districts with less than 400 students, teachers earned an average $19,134, principals earned $30,258 and superintendents earned $36,451 last year. In the five largest districts, which have more than 10,000 students, teachers earned $22,387, principals earned $37,608 and superintendents earned $68,837. Junction City had the biggest discrepancy in salaries, according to the audit, paying its superintendent the highest salary in the enrollment category while teachers had the lowest average salary in the category. In fiscal year 1985, the lowest salary for a superintendent in Kansas was $27,000 paid in the Herndon district, which is the state's smallest district with only 77 students. "consolidation would not be practical. The company will, however, continue to aggressively seek operational and efficiency improvements that result in increased productivity." Gates last year employed 815 workers in Tucson and 1,135 in Wichita. Those positions included an estimated 600 manufacturing jobs in the Tucson plant and 550 in Wichita. Relocation of the manufacturing operations to Tucson from Wichita was estimated to cost about $10 million, compared with $3 million for a move to Wichita from Tucson. and damage to the three rear cars of the other train was $35,000. The three locomotives were being prepared for an eastbound run to Belleville when the incident began Tuesday morning. The open throttle was in reverse, causing the engines to head west. Sparks from the locked brakes started a five-mile brush fire along the railroad right-of-way. Radio contact with the crew of the other westbound train was used to plan the collision to stop the runaway locomotives. Calls climb for wheelchair van The Saline County Commission on Aging has experienced an increase the past month in the number of calls for wheelchair transportation for non-emergency medical purposes. Jackie Baker, transportation coordinator, said a record 35 calls for the commission's van equipped with a wheelchair lift were received last month. Although the commmission has been providing the service for several years, Baker recently became the coordinator of transportation. The transportation service is open to anyone in a wheelchair over age 60 who needs a ride to non-emergency medical services such as doctor's appointments, therapy or to be taken home from the hospital. . The commission asks that those needing the service call 24 hours in advance to make arrangements. A donation is requested for the service. Because of the increased number of calls, Baker said, the commission might try to acquire another wheelchair lift-equipped van. Transient merchant work delayed TOPEKA (AP) — Despite warnings that the state is sending confusing signals to trade show operators and local chambers of commerce, a Senate committee will wait until next week to decide whether traveling merchants should be taxed while their tents are pitched in Kansas. The Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee has scheduled a meeting Monday to debate whether a state tax on traveling merchants, called transient merchants, should be revised or repealed. The Senate committee has heard pleas this session from chambers of commerce, show promoters and convention hall operators asking that the transient merchants be given tax breaks. It also has heard requests from merchants in cities frequently visited by transient merchants that a tax break would give transient merchants an unfair advantage. The committee could not resolve the issue Thursday, so Chairman Fred Kerr, R-Pratt, reluctantly scheduled another meeting Monday. But he told committee members to decide quickly because the issue has business people statewide puzzled. "No conventions are coining to Pratt, but they are coming to Wichita, Johnson County, Topeka and Salina," Kerr said, "and people there are telling us that there's an urgency to get this bill moving. We need to get the message out there. People are scheduling conventions and trade shows, and they need to know what we're doing." Jaycees honor three Salinans The Salina Jaycees honored three Salina residents Thursday night with distinguished service awards. "Award recipients were Joe Kejr, 1704 Cloud Circle, Outstanding Young Farmer; Judi Miller, 1217 E. Ellsworth, Outstanding Young Educator; and state Rep. Larry Turnquist, 852 S. 10, Outstanding Young Citizen. Kejr, 26, is involved in a diversified farming and contract fertilizer application operation near Hedville. Miller, 35, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade English at Salina South Junior High School. Turnquist, 33, besides being involved in politics, owns the Smoky Valley Insurance Agency at Undsborg. Secretary of State Jack Brier was the featured speaker at the awards banquet.

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