Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Monday, February 3,1986 Page 3 Kansas grappling with labor, industry challenge Editor's note: This is the second of two articles about a fundamental issue before the Kansas Legislature — jobs: the people who need them vs. the investors who create them, and the state's role in a dilemma. ByDALEGOTER and DAVE RANNEY Harris News Service Two great disruptive forces are at work in the 1986 Kansas Legislature. They have nothing to do with liquor or bingo. They have everything to do with how — not whether — government should be used as a prod to stimulate the economy. The gathering storm has swept over groups who would use government for new departures, minorities who plead for protection and advancement, labor and farmers in trouble — all Kansans, from all over the state. The clouds involve "economic development" and the issue of jobs for people who need them now vs. new industry that might employ them later. Lawmakers are left with the unpleasant task of choosing between social services and economic development. Promoters of economic development say the state is long overdue to spend for their cause; others concerned about social programs fear they are losing ground. Tony Redwood, an economics professor at the University of Kansas who built the foundation of Gov. John Carlin's economic development plan, champions state investment to attract new business and capital, creating new sources for jobs down the road. Redwood, who also is executive director of the school's Institute for Public Policy and Business Research, says the state must act decisively to reverse the trend toward stagnation. "Kansas has long enjoyed a reputation for being lucky," Redwood says. "When one facet of its economy went soft, there were others ready to help pick up the slack. That's not the case today and everybody knows it." There is no quick fix in the economic development plan, says Ed Bruske, president of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But Kansas cannot use that as an excuse to delay action, he insists. "We used to say we could hold our own (against other states) just by going through the typical routine," Bruske says. "But when I see Toyota going to Kentucky instead of Kansas, I say, why not, they deserve it. They've been working in those areas for 10 to 12 years. What makes them (Kansas leaders) think we're going to pull something off like this with a flurry of political contact?'' Kansas must react to shifts in the farm economy that have forced the state to turn to non-agricultural markets, Redwood says, but these markets have not been developed. As fewer people are needed to work bigger farms, the population has drifted away from rural areas, Redwood says. The thriving communities of years past are now struggling; meanwhile, the efficiency demanded by modern agriculture simply cannot support all the weight, he says. Kansans are not only leaving their farms and small towns, they're leaving the state as well, he says. Kansas has recorded migration losses in each decade since 1890 — more people have left the state than moved in. Redwood warns that Kansas is at the brink of a chicken-and-egg dilemma in which development of new industries is hindered because of a labor shortage. The shortage, however, will continue without new industry. "The situation worsens as a community's tax base erodes and tax rates are raised to make ends meet. This tends to drive off industry," Redwood said. "The only solution is to expand the economic base because, among other things, you've got to have a way to support the social programs.'' Redwood's recommendations are outlined in a 29-page interim report for the Legislature. "There has been no dispute over the recommendations," Redwood said. "There may be some debate over which items are most important or how they should be funded, but there is no wrestling over whether something should be done." Redwood said he will not take sides in debating the issues. "Our function is to provide a basis for intelligent discussion of the issues," Redwood said. "The issues have been discussed for a long time, but it hasn't been until recently that they've been considered serious enough to warrant research. That's what we're doing — research." Among the recommendations in Redwood's report: • Expand agricultural research into new products and new uses of existing products. • Change the tax structure to encourage, not restrict, business expansion. • Enhance the research abilities at state universities. • Establish liaisons among the universities, business and industry. • Raise money to stimulate ideas for new products and opportunities for small businesses. • Attract foreign firms to Kansas. • Promote advantages of the state's work ethic. • Enhance financial and technical assistance for local efforts to promote and attract industry. Dog days over for animal officer Country life calls Aills away from county animal shelter By SCOTT WILLIAMS Staff writer After seven years as "the first woman dogcatcher in Saline County," JoAnn Aills has resigned. She resigned, she said, because she and her husband, Gail, have purchased a home in the country. She explained that animal control officers can be on call at all hours of the night, and that will make her "response time longer than acceptable." She was concerned that icy road conditions could impede her duties at work. "I really didn't feel good about it," she said. In her work at the animal shelter on State Street Road, she preferred the title of animal control officer because that more accurately describes her job duties. She disliked being referred to as a "dogcatcher." "It makes me think of a horrible man with a handle-bar mustache pouncing on poor animals." But her work was "more than catching dogs and cats." On May 22, 1980, for instance, a deer was injured when it ran into the former post office sub-station on South Santa Fe. "We took it (the deer) out to the country. It frightened the thing. It left footprints on the wall (of the sub-station) as high as eight feet," she said. Aills previously worked as an assistant to a veterinarian for four years. She is a member of the Saline County Humane Association. During her work as an animal control officer, she has seen many positive changes in the way animals are handled. Those include construction of a new building, passage of new ordinances that attempt to limit breeding, and a more humane way of disposing of unclaimed animals. Ground for the present facility was broken a month after she began working there. The new building "increases size and capacity, and is much more modem, better designed," she said. The shelter handles 2,000 to 3,000 animals a year. Anyone who adopts dogs or cats at the shelter now must agree to spay or neuter the animal. Another ordinance also requires that female cats in heat be contained. The result has been a reduction in uncontrolled breeding of unwanted animals. Animals are now killed by injection, rather than with carbon monoxide. Aills likes the program in which information on animals is taken to the schools. That lets children know that the animal control officers are not to be feared. "I'll be shopping at the mall and a kid will tug on my pant leg and say, 'I saw you at school,' "she said. She told of a confrontation she once had with an angry dog owner. As she was pursuing some stray dogs, a boy about 7 or 8 years of age approached her and asked, "Lady, are you the dogcatcher? " "Yes, I am," Aills replied. "I hope a big dog bites you on your (posterior)," the boy said. She has been bitten, but "never there," Aills said. Her place will be taken by Linda Voll, Salina. Voll has worked part time at the shelter. An open house for Aills was conducted at the shelter Friday, her last day. Scott Wllllonw JoAnn Aills has resigned after seven years as an animal control officer at the county shelter. v Board expected to OK Hurd Institute operation By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer State approval for the operation of a proposed computer and electronics institute in Salina could be forthcoming when the state Board of Education meets Feb. 11 and 12 in Topeka. The board is to consider approval of a certificate of operation for the Hurd Institute, under construction at 1922 S. Ninth, along with renewing the certificates of three other proprietary schools. Hurd Institute's application is scheduled for consideration by the board at 10:25 a.m. Feb. 12. Glen Atherly, director of proprietary schools for the state agency, said Friday that all materials required for certification had been submitted for the board's review. Although board approval is expected, the school cannot receive its state certificate until it gives notice it has paid a surety bond of $20,000 that will be issued the date the school is set to begin. Once that notice is received, the certificate is issued, Atherly said. The bond acts as a guarantee that the school will provide the services it advertises. It also could be used to refund a portion of students' tuition if the school closes suddenly, state officials have said. Chester Hurd, brother of Hurd Plaza developer Reginald Hurd, is to head the two-year, for-profit institution. The school is to offer 1,650 hours of concentrated study in repair and maintenance of robotics, fiber optics, telecommunications, automated systems and other specialized electronic areas. Tuition is expected to be $2,500 a year. The school's budget for the first 12 months is estimated at about $490,000. Chester Hurd again declined Friday to name the two instructors and two assistant staff members that have been hired to teach at the school. He did say, however, that enrollment could start the latter part of February. A school catalog has been completed and sent to the state but has not yet been printed, Hurd said. A director of instruction, scheduled to take over day-to-day operation at the school once it is established, is yet to be hired, he said. Lab equipment purchases also are on hold until the buildings housing the school are completed. He said an open house would be scheduled at the school once the equipment is in place. Although Hurd expects the school to make a profit, he said he cannot predict what that profit would be. "I don't think that question is inappropriate, but I really can't say. I expect it would continue to be a profitable enterprise," he said. Deputies seize Hess' failed computer firm KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies have seized the failed Kansas City, Kan., computer business of Paul Hess, a former state senator who is in jail facing a string of legal and financial problems. The deputies Friday completed an inventory of Hess Printed Circuits Inc. where an attachment order was executed Wednesday to satisfy a court judgment against Hess stemming from a former employee's lawsuit. The company manufactured printed circuit boards used in computer and digital readouts. Plagued by mounting financial problems, it was closed in June 1985. The judgment awarded $3,181 to Kevin Gassen, former general manager of Hess Printed Cu> cuits. In 1984, Gassen signed a $2,906 check to pay a company debt and later was forced to cover the amount out of his own pocket after the company check bounced. The March judgment in Gassen's case is one of several issued against Hess for money owed. Airport fire station begins move By JIM BOLE Staff Writer Nearly a year and a half after construction began, the Salina Fire Department has begun moving into its new station in south Salina. Fire department personnel are moving equipment from the old station at the Salina Municipal Airport to the new Fire Station No. 3 at BelmontandKey. The new station Robertson began operation Saturday with a few runs. Firefighters from the new station also responded Sunday afternoon to a small fire at 2829 Melanie. Both buildings are about the same size, but the new one is closer to residential and industrial areas and is more modern, Salina Fire Chief Dave Robertson said. From the new station, firefighters should be able to reach fires in south Salina in three to five minutes, which is the average response time in most other parts of the city, he said. Up to eight minutes are required to reach fires from the airport station. Four firefighters will operate a pumper, aerial-platform and rescue vehicles at the new station. The building has space for 10 people, so more firefighters or emergency medical technicians might operate from there if needeu in the future, Robertson said. Construction of the $1.2 million- station began in October 1984. Completion was scheduled by April 1985 but bad weather and changes in building specifications caused delays. No completion deadline was included in the city's construction contract because bids generally are higher when a penalty clause for missing a deadline is written into the contract. The old fire station at Hein and Hayes streets has been used by the fire department for about 20 years. It will be leased by the Salina Airport Authority to a trucking firm after the fire department move is completed, Robertson said. As part of the move, the fire department relinquished airport crash and fire rescue responsibilities to the Airport Authority on Wednesday, he said. , Suspect held in shooting of officer KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 43- year-old Kansas man was being held Sunday in Wyandotte County Jail as a suspect in the death of a Bonner Springs policewoman, who was fatally shot in the head Friday with a high-powered rifle, authorities said. Lt. Ron Miller of the Kansas City, Kan., police department said Sunday that the Bonner Springs man, who was picked up within an hour of the Friday night shooting, likely will be charged today in Wyandotte County District Court. Miller would not say why the man was a suspect or explain the motive that led authorities to connect the man to the death of Officer Maureen Kelly Murphy, 28. Murphy was shot while sitting in her patrol car writing a report. Law enforcement officers recovered evidence in the case from two Wyandotte County residences after search warrants were served at the homes Friday night and Saturday, Miller said. Officers determined that one large- caliber bullet fired from one or two blocks away shattered the window on the passenger's side of the patrol car. The bullet then struck Murphy in the right temple and exited through the driver's side window, Miller said. An autopsy Saturday indicated that she was hit once, said Dr. Alan Hancock, Wyandotte County coroner. Officials said some bullet fragments were found in her head and in the car, but police were searching the ground near the car for the slug. The shooting occurred at a Bonner Springs intersection. The report Murphy was writing was not related to the shooting, Miller said. Murphy, a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., is survived by her husband, Randy, a police officer with the Kansas City, Kan., police department, and a 15-month-old daughter, Morgan. She graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph and later received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Missouri Western State College. After graduation, whe worked briefly as a plainclothes investigator for the Platte County Sheriff's Department. Funeral services have been set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Kan., with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friday's shooting brought to nine the number of Kansas City area police officers killed while on duty during the past 10 years. The most recent death was Overland Park police officer Deanna Rose who died in January 1985, two days after she was knocked down and run over by a car after stopping a motorist for drunken driving. Equipment theft cited by Crimestoppers The Oct. 21 theft of $400 worth of electronic equipment from the Occupational Center of Central Kansas has been selected as the crime of the week by Salina Crimestoppers. A Panasonic portable VCR, model PV-5000, and a Panasonic electronic tuner, model PV-A200, were taken from the building at 370 Schilling Road. Anyone with information about this or any other crime who call Salina Crimestoppers at 825-2000 may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000. Callers need not give their name.
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