Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 16, 1973 · Page 59
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 59

Greeley, Colorado
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Monday, April 16, 1973
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Mon., April It, H73 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE A-ZJ City, county seek to handle -. ·· HE FLIES THROUGH THE AIR -- While Jiis fellow firemen await (he impact, a Greeley Ifecruit leaps from the training tower window. Because of the high velocity and impact on the · .'.-;: Fire Dept. T Continued from page 22 A ^classes. Clinics in arson, bomb ·handling, underwater rescue liand recovery, and other are goffered throughout Ihe state,. ^and many firemen from the JGrecley stations have attended ^thcm. ; The department isn't lagging Ibehind in the equipment stand- joint either, with innovations in fire fighting being introduced Jpontinuously. J T\vo new pumping trucks were purchased by the department in 1973, each sporting capabilities of pumping 1250 gallons of water per minute. 1 A new f i r e station was .erected in 1972-73, providing Jnore fire protection for the residents in northwest Greeley. f Now, three strategically placed fire stations serve the city of Greeley, with plans for a fourth in southeast Greeley. -i The fourth station will be located at the intersection of the U.S. 85 by-pass and 22nd Street. Its main service area will include the residential section surrounding it, plus some of the main industrial sections of Greeley. ' I; New rescue equipment, Cesusitators, underwater gear and safety equipment .are being used by the Greeley firemen to aid in the protection of sick and injured .victims of tragedies. ·i Because of Ihe new equipment, new stations, and well- Crained firemen, the residents Of Greeley continue fo enjoy Siome of the lowesl fire in- Surance rates in Colorado. net, firemen leap only a few feet, and the net is used only in extreme emergency situations in actual rescues. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) . Continued from page A2 city services view, though, the more compact and thoroughly developed a city area is, the more economical it is to provide public services. "We're in quite a position here in Colorado," he adds. "The East Coast now is overpopulated, and reverse migration has started. The East Coast has been that way a long tim. And we're in an area that's just highly desirable at this point." City and county officials are looking at their domains, but others -- lay citizens and professionals alike -- also are studying the growth and development picture. John Haley, president of Greeley's consulting engineer firm of Nelson, Haley, Patterson and Quirk, sees strong growth patterns not only in the Greeley area but in smaller southwest-county towns and along the county lines bordering I^arimer County and the Metro area. Much of the small-town and rural south-county show signs of turning into a bedroom community, -- though the picture is more complicated than that,.he feels. In Milliken, for example, all undeveloped lots have been bought up Haley says. "There's space here," says Haley, "and water and transportation, and other factors. You mix those --and a man can be where he wants to be." Haley says he has strong doubts about the proposed county comprehensive plan. More and more, he feels, the county planning system is getting a reputation for road- blocking sound development practices. "It's easier lo make rules than it is to get public support by educating them," he says of the comprehensive plan. And, if as he believes, the county plan lacks broad awareness and acceptance, d e v e l o p m e n t representatives could well circumvent it, he says. Haley says the concept of preserving prime farm land seems to conflict with the traditional idea of land being developed lo its best and most valuable use. The concept could well freeze agricullural land, he feels, without concern for economic change. Often, he adds, the water rights on farm land are more valuable than Ihe land itself. And, Haley says, land-value inflation itself has become an economic factor in the area. He says he has seen farmers slay 'afloat economically solely through the inflation of their land value. Despite his doubts about the current county plan, Haley says there is a definite need for c o m p r e h e n s i v e land-use planning. "But it takes time and money and patient -- and the involvement of Ihe people." Meanwhile, among the citizens keenly interested in growth and in planning efforts are Stow Witwer, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's w i d e : r a n g i n g F o r w a r d Together Program, and Lawrence Hertzke, chairman of (he Forward Together Planning Council. Hortzke has farmed west of Grpeeley since 1946 and Witwer, a rancher east of Greeley, has lived on thai same ranch Ihe entirety of his 70 years. But Herlzke points out this involvement of rural residents in the historically urban concern of planning is no longer unusual. "We haven't been involved -historically we haven't been interested in planning," . he says. "And we've had to accept others' plans." Hertzke admils there is a long-lived tension between any efforts at land-use planning and farmers' strongly held feelings about land-owner rights. "But we'll accept a comprehensive plan -- if we have a voice in it," he says. Says Witwer: "I remember when Greeley was 5,000. And agriculture slill is a big activity around here -- Ihere'd be long lines withoul it." However, Witwer says the area definitely is moving toward a balance between agriculture and other industries in its economic base. And agriculture is fast moving toward only big operations. "The farm population's dropped horribly. A man can't make a living on an 80-acre farm any more." Both Hertzke and Witwer agree that the long-held feeling for land rights among farmers -- plus economic pressures -has brought on rural opposilion lo Ihe county plan. Hertzke says there definitely are pressures on some farmers to sell land for developmenl. "If you can sell il and get one lo two thousand an acre, and if you're getting older -- 50 or r,0 -- what would your Ihoughts be?" And, he says, Ihere is some land speculation by absentee firms as well as residents. "We've been approached by an Englewood company, and I'm sure others have been, too," says Hertzke. "This has come on since Kodak came in here. "We object lo this," he adds. "These big outfits are able to come in and have their own way. That's one reason why we do need a plan -- one with teeth in it so the commissioners can say no and mean it." However, Herlzke says, the current plan appears overly broad and too susceptible to interpretation. He favors more specific language, especially in defining open space lo be preserved and flood plains. And so, the area is growing. And there are problems and arguments and differing ideas about how lo deal with Ihem. But all -- regardless of approach -- would appear lo back one citizen who spoke during a recent hearing. "Most of us won't be here 50 years from now," she said. "But I'd like us lo be remembered as part of a generation that showed it cared about the land, and the future." An ancestor of modern hippies might have been Ihe Greek Philospher, Diogenes. He believed lhat e a r t h l y possessions were worthless, slept in an abandoned bathtub, thoughl civilization was degrading and drank only from his cupped hands. CAVE-IN A mine cave-in on Jan. 10, 1940, at Hartley, W. Va., killed 91 persons. t Don't love \ children : selfishly ' By REV. W. LEE I TRUMAN ;, Copley News Service ·. -. One of the things you learn ? slowly being a pastor is not to "take everything that is con- vsidered sage wisdom and · known truth at face value. J Let me illustrate something :out of 25 years of knowing one ^particular family. They come ·.' from a very comfortable economic level and were able to ^send their two children to 'what they considered the very ·;finest private schools. The '-children met the leaders in 'business and civic life as :;guests in their home, and they :had the example, the connec- -tions, and the opportunities to Tprepare themselves for very ;fine careers. 1 Sam was the oldest and he graduated from college with [honors. His first job was with ;a large business firm where 'he did his job brilliantly. Sam 'resigned the job in three ,'years. He repeated the same 'pattern in another position, -leaving there after 11 months. ", ! Then he got a job in a North- :ern California lumber mill do- ;"ing manual work, nnd while '.there he met the daughter of a /Mexican laborer. He fell ;deeply in love with Laurlne, ·and after their engagement "brought her home to meet his ·parents. They were outraged. Siicy found fault with her nianncrs, made fun of her fliulty. English, her different ·religion, and her background. GREELEY NATIONAL BANK Building for You. Eighth at Eighth 356-1234

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