Attorney hiring decision reversed B y J O I I I V S K E L M K Y E R Tribune Staff Writer Reversing a two-day-old stand. Weld County Commissioners voted 3-2 Wednesday to postpone hiring assistant county attorneys until a lawsuit against the county home rule charter is settled. On Monday, the commissioners voted 4-0 to hire two assistant county attorneys from a field of seven interviewed last month. Commissioner Victor Jacobucci Wednesday called for the commissioners to reconsider that decision and was joined by Commissioners Roy Moser and Glenn Billings in postponing action. Jacobucci said, "I feel strongly against hiring anyone as long as we're in litigation." Moser added he feels assistant attorneys shouldn't be hired until a full- time chief county attorney is employed. "We have no way of knowing these gentlemen (the assistants) would be suitable to the operation," Moser said. "The county attorney should have a voice in the choice of his assistants." In opposition, Commissioner June Steinmark said the pending lawsuit now before District Court Judge Robert Behrman shouldn't delay implementation of the charter, which calls for a.full-time attorney. "We are in no position to have to terminate a county attorney position because of the outcome of a lawsuit," Mrs. Steinmark said. "We can take care of this. The lawsuit against us has nothing to do with our duties to hire a county attorney." She argued it might be as long as three years before the home rule suit and possible appeals are settled in courts. Jacobucci said a decision should be reached within six months. Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. 68, NO. 106 A N D T H E G R E E L E Y R E P U B L I C A N Weekly Tribune Established 1870 G R E E L E Y , COLORADO80631 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26,1976 Commissioners accept office furnishings bids Weld County Commissioners accepted bids for furnishing the new county services b u i l d i n g Wednesday, but not without a short and occasionally bitter fight over rationale for passing over lowest bidders. Furnishings were broken down into 15 bidding packages and the commissioners passed over Ihe low bid in five cases. In four of those cases, the higher bids were accepted on 3-2 voles, wilh Commissioner June Steinmark and Norman Carlson dissenting. Cailsonand.Mrs.Sleimnark were most vocal in opposing acceptance of a $95,432 hid for desks anH nffirn partition? frnm Bachman's Inc.. a Grcclcy firm. That bid was highest of four received. Low was $H5,C15 by Seal. Inc. Commissioner Glenn Hillings argued, however, lhat Ihe low bid didn't include some features contained in the Bachman's package. And. he pointed to home rule charter provisions calling for local bidders lo be .*- given preference where prices are competitive. Mrs. Steinmark (-(intended (tie nearly $1J,(XK) difference in bids between Seal Inc. and Bachman's was loo great to be considered a competitive situation. Carlson argued with preference shown local bidders in several cases in the furnishing packages. "I'm a taxpayer too," Carlson said. 'I resent my taxes going up just because someone else is paying taxes." Winning bidders were: Chair mats: Seal, $3,infl (low of five bidders). Ashtrays. wastcbaEkcIs: Kis'.lcr K-.vill, $1.340 (low of four bidders). Fiberglass chairs, sofa, conference tables: Desk Inc., 523,816 (low of four bidders). Conference chairs: Bachman's, $449 (second low of four bids: Seal bid $439. Carlson and Mrs. Steinmark dissented.). Slacking chairs: Bachman's, $1,1115 (low of two bidders). Bulletin boards: Nelson's, $325 (second low of four bids: Desk Inc. bid $276. Carlson and Mrs. Steinmark dissented.). Secretarial chairs and desk chairs: Bachman's, $13,433 (low of five bidders). Shelving: Bachman's, $4,538 (second low of three bidders; KisUer Kwill bid $3,307.). Files: Nelson's, $11,907 (low of five bids). Plan Holders: United Binding, $64,800 (low of two bids). Art Work: KisUer Kwill, $1,164 (low of three bids). Second art work: Kistlcr Kwill, $531 (low of three bids). Planter!,: Seal, $i,370 lu* of four bids). Conference table: Bachman's $2,199 (high of three bids; KisUer Kwill bid $2,049 and Desk Inc. bid $2,173. Carlson and Mrs. Steinmark dissented.). Partitions, desks: Bachman's, $95,432 (high of four bids; Seal bid $85,015, Desk Inc. bid $91,154, KisUer Kwill bid $91,916. Carlson and Mrs. Steinmark dissented.). Senate reconsiders bill on malpractice caff discuss Hy THOMAS K. S Associated Press Writer D E N V E R ( A P ) - Majority Republicans in the Colorado Senate have been pressured into reconsidering a bill lhat would shorten the state's statute of limitations on most medical malpractice actions. The Senate Republicans held an early-morning caucus today, in which supporters of the measure asked that the caucus support a "compromise" worked out with Ihe Colorado Medical Society. The Senate's Judiciary Committee killed the bill last week after Insurance Commissioner J. Richard Barnes characterized the measure ns a "smokescreen." Barnes told the commit lee thai the bill would not deal with the heart of the medical malpractice insurance problem. Doctors had called the bill their lop legislative priority for this session. The caucus was railed to determine whether there was unanimity among Republicans to guarantee that if the bill was resurrected, the "compromise" reached between its supporters and Ihe Colorado Medical Society would not be violated. . Senate J u d i c i a r y Committee c h a i r Inside the Tribune Al4 pages, 2 sections) man lialph Cole, R - L i l l l e t o n , voled against Ihe measure in committee. Cole told Ihe caucus today Ilial he would nol support bringing Ihe once-dead bill out of committee if that meant the measure could be significantly changed. The bill, as killed by the committee, would have provided lhat a child would have two years after his 12th birthday to bring a medical malpractice action. Currently, lhat same child has until Iwo years after his 21st birthday to., sue for a malpractice allegedly com- milted while he was still a minor. Opponents of Ihe measure argued that reducing the statute of limitations would deny the child Ihe right to recover legitimate wrongs. called a community meeting Monday lo discuss complainls againsl Ihe Weld Human Resources Department. Calling the meeting is the "People's C o a l i t i o n , " consisting of Women's International league for Peace and Freedom, Concilio Centra I, United Mexican-American Students at Aims and UNC, Apostles for Justice and Welfare Rights Organization. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Billie Marlinez School. The group claims the county department is paying excessively high salaries and rents while quality of service provided by the department is declining. "While (he agency is receiving close to $1.5million lo use on services to the poor, there is a complain! lhat this money is not being used as efficiently or as adequately as it could be," says a flyer distributed by the group. Suit by hospitals may delay adjournment by legislature DENVER (AP) - A suit filed against the stale in federal courl could delay adjournment of the 1976 session of the Colorado General Assembly by three weeks, Senalc Republicans were told today. Abby 21 Agri-news 18 Classified 40-43 Comics :io Crossword 3fi Kdilorial 4 Heloisc 20 Horoscope 29 Hospital cÂ» Markets 33 Obituaries fi Sporls 37-39 Theater 34-35 TV log 36 Weather r Wm'spKs. 19-21 Today's press run; 19.76! If you have not received your Tribune by 6:30 p.m., call .152(1211. Weather M H I T I I K R N COLORADO Variable high cloudiness through Friday. Little cooler Friday. Highs today 60s. Lows tonight upper 20s and 30s. Highs Friday 50s and few low 60s. Variable winds 5-15 m.p.h. loday and tonight. Rangeland fire danger very high. Todiy\ chuckle Dirl you ever notice how many people give up smoking in stages? First they give up their cigarettes, then they give up yours. Sen. Joe Shoemaker, vice chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, said Ihe suit was filed against the stale by (lie Colorado Hospital Association in Ihe name of nine member hospitals. In the suit, Ihe hospitals claim the state's reimbursement for medicaid patients is too low and the hospitals ask lhat they be refunded the difference between Ihe state reimbursement to the hospitals and the justified rate. The plaintiff hospitals included: General Rose Hospital, Denver; H u c r f n n o Memorial Hospilal, Walscnburg; Logan Counly Hospital, Sterling; Montrose Memorial Hospilal, Monlrose; Parkview Kpiscopal Hospital Association. Pueblo; Penrose Hospilal, Colorado Springs; Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins; Mount San itafacl Hospital, Trinidad and Valley View Hospilal, Thornton. Commissioner Norman Carlson, also in opposition to postponing hiring of Ihe assistant attorneys, said, "I feel Ihis is ridiculous to make a motion at one meeting lo go ahead andtire Ihem, then reverse it two days later." Billings said the issue will be discussed again in a work session scheduled for 2 p.m. March 3. Counly council members will also attend that meeting. The council -particularly member Nancy Clark -have been critical of the commissioners' handling of the county attorney issue. Wednesday's reversal by the com- missioners c'omes as part of a two month- long debate over the county attorney post. Some commissioners have raised queslions about charter language concerning the post, including whelher a five-year experience slandard also includes a five-year residency in Colorado and whelher language lhat the attorney be a "duly licensed attorney for Ihe slate of Colorado" means he must have had experience wilh Ihe state attorney general. Early this month, the commissioners voted lo seek a "declaratory judgment" in court over the attorney question, but questions arose over who tile defendanl would be in such a suil. No action on the declaratory judgment had been filed lasl week, and Sam Tclcp. special counsel to the commissioners, said a faster legal answer might be found through the suil already pending before Hehrman. Earlier this week, ttie county council voted unanimously lo conduct a full-scale sludy on the delay in hiring a county attorney and assistants. Back to school First Udy Belly Ford joins second grade sludenls al Dr. aclivities Wednesday. Later she participaicd in the school W. J. Creel Elementary school in Melbourne, Fla., to view Uicir dedication. (AP Wircphoto) Safety, bike paths stressed at hearings on city streets Residents of southwest Greeley told city officials Wednesday night they'd like bike paths and improved safety when 20th Street and 35th Avenue are expanded to handle greater traffic loads. More than 35 residents appeared at Wednesday's hearing at Meeker School A second hearing is scheduled for 7:30 tonight at Franklin School. Those residents voiced strong support for bike paths along the two streets when they're improved as part of a proposed city program. ^ Residents pointed out that West High School, Meeker School and Aims College all draw numerous students on bicycles. In fad, more than -UK) Aims students and faculty memUers have signed petitions asking that bike paths be included in the improvements on 20th Street. Residents also asked that safety features be included for the benefit of school children walking along 20th Street to Meeker School. Public Works Director Wendell Burgess assured residents those safety factors will be considered as city-staff members prepare an environmental impact statement on the proposed expansion of the iwo streets. He said one concept under con sidcration involves construction of a walkway over 20lh Street near 28th Avenue. Other residents asked that safety conditions be improved at (lie intersection of 35th Avenue and the U.S. 34 by-pass. Burgess said ihe state highway department has proposed an overpass at Ihe intersection, but it's uncertain when it would be built. Some residents expressed support for continuing 20th Street as a parkway to at least 35th Avenue. They said it might be possible to build a bike path in the median of the street. Although the meeting was scheduled to discuss 20th Street and 35th Avenue, some residents said any study of street needs in the area should include study of the future of IGth Street west of 35th Avenue. Plans presently project that IGth Stree! will run up the Grapevine draw to Aims College at 47th Avenue. Residents said construction of IGth S'reet would lessen demand on 2Wh Street. Rurjjess and Planner Sam Sasaki said, however, study of ir!h Street would increase cost of the environmental impact study by ys much as $15.000 !mprcvcrr.cr.! cf 2;it:; Slrec! aiij 351!i Avenue is proposed by city officials for federal funding in 1977 or 1978. Federal grants would pick up 75 per cent of the rosi. w i l h local smiiTOS paying [he remainder. Because porlinns of both streets run outside (he city l i m i t s , county and city officials will be meeting next week to determine a method of splitting ihe local share of ihe costs. Tlie streets will be improved to arterial level. Arterials are (be highest street classification in the city and carry Iraffic loads similar to l h a t found on 23rd Avenue or loth Street. Affected by the federal grant would be 35th Avenue from -Jin Street to the U.S. 34 by-pass and 20th Sheet between 28th and 59th Avenue. First draft of the eiivimnmcnlal impact statement is scheduled in mid-June, wilh completion by Aug. 311. Reagan should list specifics on finances, Ford aide says WASHINGTON ( D P I ) - President Ford's chief spokesman suggested today lhat perhaps llonald iteagan, the President's m i l l i o n a i r e opponent, should have been more specific in listing his net worth Wednesday. "The President put out his f u l l financial statement," said While House Press Secretary Ron Nessen in answer to questions .about Reagan's statement listing his worth al nearly $1.5 million. "I'm sure reporters are going to be looking at Iteagan's s t a t e m e n t . He (Ford) feels his full financial statement is a standard that all candidates ought to try to match," Nessen said. Ford earlier reported his net worth at $32,1,000 and listed his sources of income more specifically than Reagan. The former California governor and GOP presidenlial hopeful put his net worth al almost $ 1 5 m i l l i o n and estimated he will pay more than -12 per cent of his 1975 income in lolal taxes. Reagan lumped all of his taxes into one figure. Ford broke down his lax payments to distinguish between those to Ihe federal government and those al the state and local level. The President earlier scoffed al Reagan's claim to victory in ihe New Hampshire primary despite 51 per cent of Ihe GOP vote for Ford. He said he now has the momentum to win the nomination and the election in November. Ford met Wednesday night wilh his Inp political strategists to do a posi rnorlem on Ihe nation's first primary and map plans for tlie nexl contest with lieagan in Florida on March '.I The President was preparing foi two days of intensive campaigning on both coasts of Florida this weekend where his wife already is beating the drums in his behalf. Al a news conference in the Fast Room Wednesday before members of Ihe I n l a n d Press Association. Ford said: "Some n( those who didn't dn so well yesterday seemed In be satisfied wilh second. I never knew any political campaigns where running second was very beneficial [Inl we're very liappy and expect to keep fining and with Ihe momentum we have. I'm confident we'll end up in Kansas C.ily (al [lie Republican c o n v e n t i o n ' w i t h n ;'.ood victory and \w. 2 w i t h a bigger one." Heagan. in I l l i n o i s , lud said he "couldn't be more pleased" w i t h Hie results of the primary where lit 1 was edged out by Fnrd by a vole nf :i per cenl ID 111 jx'r ri-nl PITSS s e c r e t a r y Kiin \'t".M"i ^;in| Ford has no plans to change Ins sti.itegy as a result of his n.irniu victory. The President, he said, will tit 1 ro'veritrttin}'. r"i'i cf h; ![::Â·(Â· Â·.':Â·, Wlliti 1 Hiuisr- duties, and calilpaiuinnp, on weekends.
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