The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 2
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Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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A2 SUNDAY, APRIL 22. 2001 NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL Plan / Aims to restrict urban growth to Salina FROM PAGE A1 But convincing people of the plan's importance and ramifications has been difficult. At the Feb. 20 meeting, while the basketball crowd mingled just yards away, Holland's audience numbered about 15. Few questions were asked. Former assistant planner Ann Disselhorst summed up the reason for low turnout at this and other meetings: "I think it's a lot of apathy.... People don't realize what effect it does have on their lives until development comes along." Rural development If the new plan's projections come to pass, the bulk of the development in the next 20 years, not surprisingly, will be in Salina. "We don't Want to make decisions not good for Salina," said Michael Lauer, planning director of the Kansas City firm Planning Works, which helped draft the plan. To some, such as county planning and zoning commissioner Robert Holgerson, the only commissioner to vote against the plan, the inch-thick plan has too much of a pro-Salina slant. "Our first attention should be to that 15 percent. I know everybody has spent a lot of time, we've got a lot of opinions," Holgerson said before the vote, "but when it comes down to it, we leave the rural areas out of the plan." The 15 percent Holgerson referred to is the percentage of the county's growth predicted to occur in rural areas. It projects 85 percent of growth to concentrate in Salina and less than 1 percent in the small towns. Lauer and Holland don't disagree with Holgerson that the plan focuses on Salina but maintain the plan should follow growth patterns. Yet, the county does have the power to promote growth in rural areas by giving landowners more leeway in development choices, but that power is not exercised in the plan. One reason is a prevailing belief among many planners, including Holland, that developments such as residential subdivisions belong in urban areas, not the country Holland points to two current rural subdivisions — one near Marymount and Stimmel roads, the other near Stimmel and Muir roads — that, if proposed now, likely wouldn't meet county approval. "We don't want premature urbanization if we don't need it," Holland said, referring to high-density rural development with as many as four houses an acre. The county has four areas partitioned for rural-residential subdivisions: north of the Salina Landfill; east of Salina, adjacent to Country Club Road; north near Old U.S. Highway 81; and near the intersection of Stimmel and Halstead roads. The proposed plan contains incentives for developing in a manner that preserves open space in those areas. None of the four were expanded significantly, and the plan proposes one that bumps against the city's predicted growth area to be cut sharply Currently, a rural subdivision could mushroom off the city's eastern edge, which, because of flood-control issues on the city's western and northern flanks, is the most plausible direction for residential growth. The proposed plan cuts out a large section of that rural-residential tract, leaving only a section that parallels Country Club Road. Holland calls that move a no- brainer, given the limitations for city growth. Also, it makes more sense aesthetically and functionally to allow for fluid city growth while maintaining a distinct line between rural and urban areas, he said. "We want development to be contiguous with the existing city," Holland said. Lauer often has trumpeted Salina and Saline County for having done an exemplary job of maintaining that line around most of the city's edge. He gives the city and county high marks for their development patterns. "We're at a point now we realize any decisions we make in the county could have a negative impact on city growth," Lauer said. "You still see growth in the city, but not as much in the county. I think most public land-use people would say that's a good thing." Too many restrictions? Holland says that when the plan was last updated, in the early 1990s, "they over-appropriated land for rural-residential development for the demand that was there." In 1994, about 65 permits were issued for single-family homes in rural areas; last year, fewer than 20 were issued. Salina home building remained steady during that time. "We haven't gotten any more restrictive, it's just a matter the land market is not turning over building sites," Holland said. "We actually scaled back our rural residential and stiU have enough room for that demand." The comprehensive plan cites lack of adequate water supplies as one reason for the slowdown. See PLAN, Page A3 Spending / Cuts went too far FROM PAGE A1 award system for outstanding teachers. The entire increase would be $114,263 million. Salina School Superintendent Gary Norris said that during the past five years, Kansas legislators have cut the property tax that funds public education by 15 mills and a motor vehicle mill levy to zero. According to Norris, that funding would have equaled $900 million. "1 have for years understood why the Kansas Legislature has been in such a toot to cut taxes," he said. "We started warning them two years ago that if they reduced the mill levy to 20, they were going too far. "Every single person that was involved in school finance in the state of Kansas saw the charts and forecasts that showed by 2001 the state would begin running out of money if they cut it that far. "The reason this is happening now is because (Beggs) and some of his peers in Topeka did- Festival / Public collection FROM PAGE A1 It's scary for Arkebauer to think about having her work thrust into the public, but putting original artwork into the hands of everyday people is one of the ideas of the festival, Rhea said. "It's the same idea as the Festival Public Art Collection," Rhea said. "We purchase items and place them in public buildings. We want to get them out where everyone can enjoy them." Arkebauer was commissioned to do the work because her work was known to organizers and because she's participated so much in past festivals. She has exhibited and acted as a juror in the Four Rivers Market, designed a festival T- shirt, demonstrated as an Artist in Action. She also has pairticipated in festival runs and walks and enjoyed the food at festival booths. "I've always been a part of the festival," she said. • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmon n't heed the warnings of everyone and went ahead and cut." Brungardt said to keep promises already made to public educational institutions, he supports the Senate's bill. "I'm not a fan of smoke and mirrors," he said, saying that finding money elsewhere is "to postpone problems." Horst, an art teacher in the Salina School District, said she's hearing constituents tell her not to raise taxes. But, "When my (classroom) budget had been reduced, I know there's a problem," she said. But she's also hesitant to support either the Senate committee's plan or Gov. Graves competing plan. She said she would like to see more information from schools on management accounting, including breakdowns of expenditures in specific areas. "Deena Horst and the Kansas Legislature have more information now than they can pos­ sibly begin to digest," Norris said. "I don't believe having any more information is going to make what they need to do — which is come up with more revenue — any easier But Horst said what she and other legislators want to know is simple. "There's a belief by a number of my colleagues that there may be mismanagement, because board members can't tell if money is going where they think it's going," she said. "I've asked questions and not under-, stood where money is going." While she said she wants Kansas education to rank No. 1 in the country, "that doesn't mean you have to be No. 1 in funding." She said Kansas spends more than 50 percent of its budget on education, much more than other states. "With cost-of-living expenses, we're in the top five of spending per student," she said. 1 Finisil Your Bachelor's Degree In Only 18 Months^ One Night A Week Earn a B.S. in Organizational Leadership witfci Excel, the new degree completion program at Central Christian College! If you are 25 years or older and have some college but never flnished, Excel might be for you. 620.241.0770 Call today for more details and directions to the Information Session Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Classes Starting Soon! t esMTRAL 1200 S. Main, McPherson, KS CHKISTIAN Salina Journal , donnkting cemtnliMtles with information ' , " (USPS 478-060) Published seven days a week, ' 36S days a year at333S.pourth,P.O.Box740, Salina, KS 67402, . by Salina Journal Inc. Periodical postage paid at Salina, KS Postmaster Send changes of address to: The Salina Journal P.O. Box 740 • Salina KS 67402-0740 • • TOM BELL editor & publisher, ibellSsaljoumalcom DEPARTMENTS • ADVERTISING: KiM NORWOOD ; director, knomood@sellournal,com • BUSINESS: JAOKI RVBA; manager, ' • CIRCULATION: DAVID GRAHAM director, graham @SBljournai .com ?;:;;>i'NEWS:;SociT^S^^^ ; executive editor, sselrer @SBijoumal .com • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON : • : manager, •; 823-6368 Salina 1-800-827-6368 Kansas SUBSCRlPTiONS : E-mall: sjclrcesaljournal.conti NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays • or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call the number above. In Salina, If you :: callby 11 a.m., your paperwill be delivered that day. Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m. dally. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 i a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on holidays. ' CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax for three months, • RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: $15.94 for one month, $47.82 plus;1ax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three months): In Kansas, $45.58 plus tax for daily paper, $37.12 plus tax for Monday through Saturday, $36.06 plus tax for li/londay through Friday and $20.21 plus tax for Sunday. Outside Kansas, $54.75 for dally ' paper, $44.25 for Monday through Saturday, $49,50 for Monday through Friday and $25.95 for Sunday- FAX mmm ALL DEFy\RTME^4TS 62»^207 NEWS DEPARTMENT B27-6363 SPORTS 827-6060 ! vlASH .jKn ,D.D;S. Associates : llARRYj.jE'n',D.D;S. "niOMAsH Jhrr,B^D.S. 827-4401 . 950. Eliikhurst Blvd. PORCELAIN VENEER If any of your teeth arc so badly stained that bleaching techniques cannot restore a natural looic, there's another method that may work for you. It's called the porcelain veneer technique. A very thin porcelain veneer can be bonded to the stained tooth. Application of porcelain veneers to stained or discolored teeth not only provides a highly-polished and stain resistant surface, it can protect your teeth for many years before another treatment is needed. Badly stained teeth not only detract from your smile, they also detract from your whole appearance. But you don't have to feel self- conscious about stained teeth any longer. Porcelain veneers ate also used to close spaces between teeth and to straighten rotated or crooked teeth. Ask your dentist about applying porcelain veneers. Then open your mouth and smile, smile, smile. New Patients Welcome The Courtland Community Arts Council Presents: The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Thursday, May 3, 2001 • 7:00 p.m. PVJH/Elem. Gymnasium Courtland, Kansas General Admission $10 per ticket Advance ticket price includes: 1 hour concert, Dessert Buffet catered by Caper's Cafe & Bakery of Salina and 2 hour concert/dance. 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