Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on May 27, 1977 · Page 1
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North ByRONTOLLEFSO.V Tribune Staff Writer In sharp contrast to an hour and a half of rambling a debate last week, city council during a work session Thursday moved relatively quickly to agreement on uses of $367,000 in federal community development funding. Council's decisions: -- Earmark $145,000 for land-buying and construction of a north-city community center just soutlieast of Island Grove Park. -- Spend $21,000 for handicapped- access improvements at Lincoln, Island Grove, Glenmere, Luther and Farr parks. -- Use the remainder, about $201,000, to start land-buying for future development of community- and recreation-center facilities in the block just west of the city complex. The 5367,000, reportedly authorized for Greeley community development funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was recently added to a $325,000 CD grant council had earmarked chiefly for development work in the east-city Sunrise Park area. Council conducted hearings May 3 and 17 on uses of the 5367,000, with nearly two dozen speakers urging such varied uses as start-up funding for a senior citizen center, for a north-city community center, for "seed money" funding of downtown business district rejuvenation, for completing the Island Grove Park Centennial WHage project and for a staff- recommended package of housing rehabilitation and streets and parks projects. Council members last week appeared generally agree on funding at some time for a north-city community center, strongly supported during the May 17 hearing by Jose Calderon, David Sanchez and others associated with a small, private youth and community center currently operated by the Apostles for Justice at 919 "A" St. ~--.... However some disagreement emerged over whether to first finance planning studies with part of the !977-78 development funding. And Councilman Joe Murphy spoke strongly for using bulk of the 5367,000, plus $300,000 or so in city reserves, to erect a senior citizen center, a project he placed at a potential $745,000 cost. Thursday, however, with Mayor George Hall speaking in strong support of a north-city center, council moved quickly to fund land acquisition and construction at 5145,000. With city staffers saying the Apostles for Justice property appeared small for center development and expansion, council agreed on purchase of two vacant lots southeast of Island Grove Park adjacent to the Weld Information and Referral Service (W1RS) facility. City Manager Pete Morrell later said that while staffing arrangements for a north-city center remain to be worked out, it is presumed the director of such a facility, while a city employe, would be a person well acceptable to residents of that area. Questioned during the Thursday session, Calderon said use of a site other than the Apostles for Justice center was generally acceptable. "I'd like to thank you," said Calderon later. "I think you'll see this will have an effect on the juvenile delinquency rate there." Looking to uses for the remaining CD funding, council quickly agreed to use $21,000 for the handicapped-access improvements at the five parks, part of earlier staff recommendations. And, on a motion by Murphy, council approved tagging the remaining $201,000 or so for starting to acquire land in the block just west of the city complex. That block remains part of a city master plan for development of a major community center complex, despite the 1975 defeat of a 56 million bond issue largely for such a complex. Murphy later said that while he had moved for the land-buying actions now, he remained in support of eventually erecting a senior citizen facility there, separately or as part of a larger complex. Council's choices for the federal funds' use still must be acted on at a council business session, and still will require regional and federal reviews. In a later action during their committee-of-the-whole session, council members debated city policy requiring individuals or firms building new structures, or expanding, to finance fire hydrant installation when demands are placed on existing fire-fighting facilities. Attorney Richard Doyle, representing Professional Veterinary Supply, 19011st Ave., objected to the hydrant cost requirement being applied to that firm. Council reaffirmed an earlier decision to deny the firm's appeal, but directed city staff members lo rewrite standards, making them more specific as to when hydrant costs could be required. 1 Senate reconsiders anti-smoking bil! DENVER (UPI) - The Colorado Senate Thursdy decided to reconsider a · no-smoking bill with House members -particularly a section which bans smoking in legislative chambers. The Senate approved the bill earlier this session, but the House added a few controversial amendments -- one which banned smoking in Senate and House chambers and legislative committee rooms. Another amendment stripped the bill of its enforcement provisions --a $2 fine for anyone who smoked where cigarettes, cigars and pipes were banned. The Senate decided Thursday to ask for a conference committee to try to resolve differences in the two versions of the bill before the 1977 session comes to a close. Sen. Harvey Phelps, D-Pueblo, the only physician in the Senate, told legislators some type of no-smoking bill should be approved in the current session --even if it had to be a law without any enforcement provisions. -"At least our legislature is addressing the problem and pointing the finger for the public to notice," Phelps said. "This is a first step (toward dealing with) our No. 1 health problem in this country by far." The primary sponsor of the bill, Sen. Hugh Fowler, H-Littleton. initially encouraged the Senate to accept the House amendments, but he reversed that stand quickly when it appeared the measure would he killed. At least two of the legislators who voted for the House amendments were opponents of the measure. Another lawmaker who originally backed the bill - Sen William Comer, D-Colorado Springs -- said he now opposed it because the House removed penalty provisions. The bill bans smoking in legislative chambers, . elevators, museums, galleries, libraries and public transportation vehicles. It also bans smoking in all public buildings, except where posted, and bars smoking in school classrooms, halls and restrooms. Comer refused to accept the measure without the S2 penalty clause because the bill would be unenforceable. He said the original bill might even help him quit smoking. - "I usually have a pipe clenched between my teeth," Comer said. "It's gotten 'to the'pointwherepeopledon'trecoghize me without it. But we have allowed too much to be taken out of the bill." 15 CENTS A COPY Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL. tl, NO. 185 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 AND THE GREELEY REPUBLICAN Weekly Tribune Established 1870 FRIDAY, MAY 27,1977 Big Thompson land buyi bill goes to President DENVER (AP) -- Property owners in the Big Thompson Canyon would be reimbursed at pre-flood values for land acquired for park use under a bill sent to President Carter. The compensation provision for residents whose property lies in the flood plain was sponsored by Sen. Floyd Haskell, D-Colo., and was part of a package of amendments to the Federal I,and and Water Conservation Fund Act. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday and was sent to the White House for Carter's signature. The amendment would allow Colorado to use its share of money from the flood lo prchase at pre-flood prices property which was zoned a flood plain after last summer's flash flood that claimed 139 lives. The acquisition is expected to cost about $2.5million. "After all the damage sustained in the flood, it seemed an unfair burden to make property owners suffer the drop in property values stemming from floodway zoning of the property," Haskell said in Washington. University High graduation Bob Glasmann, choral director at University High presented diplomas by UNC president Dr. Richard Bond, schools, are to be graduated at 8 p.m. Friday West's School^ directs the choir dunng commencement exer- The ceremony originally was scheduled outdoors at ceremonies are scheduled at Garden Theater; Central's ^^^;^^^ ££r wgh SCM ·- mtac ph "° by Ron Car-rental credit cards have been used by Greeley officials for several years Greeley officials have used city car- rental credit cards on authorized city government trips throughout much of the 1970s. This was confirmed Wednesday by city spokesmen as questions arose over newly chosen police Chief Bob J. Edington having a city credit card in his possession recently. Edington, to assume the Greeley post next Wednesday, was confirmed as the new chief during a news conference Wednesday. A 26-year veteran of the Dallas, Tex., police department, he most recently was in charge of its police- community relations unit. With the Tribune recently' seeking background on the new chief! Dallas Morning News police reporter Jim Ewell said reporters there learned of Edington's candidacy for the Greeley post when they asked Edington about the presence of a Greeley contingent talking to Dallas police officials. Ewell said Edington pulled out a city of Greeley credit card at that time lo Inside familiar face the Tribune (56 pages, 3 sections) 27 Hospital Markets Obituaries Sports Theater TV log Weather 16 37-46 36 36 Then Lt. Jimmy Carter, background, peers at instruments on the submarine USS K-l in a 1952 photo. Carter returned to the sea Friday when as President of the United States he boarded the nuclear sub Los Angeles at Cape Canaveral, Fla., for a dive in the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Wirephoto) Abby Agri-news Classified Comics Crossword Editorial Heloise Horoscope Today's press run: 20,359 If you have not received your Saturday Tribune by 8 a.m., call 352-0211. 4 27 22 46 5 32-35 29-31 36 5 26-27 confirm the spelling of City Manager Pete Morrell's name. Questioned about this Wednesday, Morrell said he had given Edinglon the city car-rental credit card earlier to allow him to rent a vehicle to drive from Denver to Greeley for the chief-selection announcement Wednesday. "It was kind of the manager to offer it," said Edington. But he pointed out he had not used the city card in renting a car, Morrell later said Edington still would be reimbursed his cost for the city- authorized travel. Contacted later, City Finance Director Leonard Wiest confirmed the city has held five Avis car-rental credit cards since the administration of former City Manager Jack Huffman, Greeley's manager during 1971-73. Wiest said one card, the one loaned to Edington, is in Morrell's name and the other four are-kept in the finance agency vault. He said these cards, bearing the title "City of Greeley Authorized Representative." are granted to city officials when they are taking city- authorized trips during which use of a rented car would be necessary. Weather 1 p. m. temperature: 70 NORTHERN COLORADO - Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday with isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. No large change in temperature. Highs today and Saturday 70s and low 80s. Lows tonight in the 40s. Variable winds 5 to 15 miles per hour and gusty near thunderstorms today and tonight. So far this year, for example, the city has received one billing for car-rental use on such a card, Wiest said. This occurred, involving use of the card authorized for Morrell, when the city manager, Mayor George Hall and council members Irma Princic, Joe Murphy and John Sapp attended a National League of Cities conference March 6-9 in Washington, D.C., said Wiest. Car-rental billing in that instance was 5125.4R. Wiest said the city later may be billed for any car-rental use by a four-member city contingent that recently went to Dallas to interview Edington and Dallas officials. That travel, said Wiest, during May 1114, involved Morrell, Councilmen Richard Boettcher and Warren Terry and former city personnel chief Bill Neal, all members of a police chief screening panel. Government offices close for holiday Most city, state and federal government offices will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. Post Office will be open Saturday, but closed on Monday. The Weld Human Resources mini-bus will not be operating during the weekend, and on Monday the Greeley bus system will not be running. Most businesses in Greeley and Weld County will be open Saturday but closed Monday.

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