Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 10, 1976 · Page 1
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Weld selects 2 assistant attorneys ByKONTOLLEFSON Tribune Start Writer Weld County Commissions voted 5-0 Wednesday to hire two full-time assistant county attorneys, if still available, from a field of seven interviewed earlier. Commissioners voted unanimously on a motion by Commissioner Norman Carlson after debating for a lime what to do about office space if the two were hired, and whether problems might arise from hiring assistants before the chief attorney is retained. Board Monday confirmed an agreement from « work session last week, voting 5-0 to re-advertise on an expanded basis for a full-time chief attorney. Applications are to be taken through April, and Commissioner June Steinmark Wednesday estimated a chief attorney may not be hired until mid- June. Wednesday, at the request of Commissioner Glenn Billings, Carlson changed an earlier motion so as to specify that the two assistant attorneys will not be retained until at least May 15. Billings said it appeals office space in the new services building might be available for the two by then. To be sought as assistant attorneys are R. Russell Anson, 34, a Greeley resident who currently practices law in Denver, and P. Kay McEver, 24, of Denver, who will be graduated this month from the Denver University law school and may have to be retained for a time as county law clerk until results of her state bar examination are known. · Anson, a 1974 Denver University law school graduate, practiced law fora time in 1974-75 in Windsor and currently Is a partner in a Denver law firm. Earlier, he was a para-legal with a Denver law firm, worked for the Adams County Engineering Department as a right-of-way agent and served during 1967-7 las a Navy intelligence officer. He was an intern for a time with the Colorado attorney general's office. Anson is a member of the Greeley Jaycees and the American, Colorado and Weld and Adams county bar associations. He is married, has one child and lives at 1901 15th Ave. GREELEY TRIBUNE Original Script Written by Horace Greeley in 1871 VOL.it, NO. 119 GREELEY, COLORADO80631 Hall tells need for sales tax hike ByLYNNIIEINZE Tribune Stiff Writer Representatives of Greeley city government appeared during the annual membership meeting of the Greeley Area. Clamber of Commerce Monday noon to explain proposed capital improvements and a one per cent sales tax hike. According to mayor George Hall, the city's : charter calls for the planning staff to prepare and present a proposed · capital improvements budget to the council each year. "And for the past 10 years, the planning staff has done just that. But when the year's budget is being considered by council, the capital improvements budget is usually the easiest to cut. "As a result, there have been no major capital improvements within the city during those to years," Hall said. "But now things are coming due. We are in a corner." He said the planning staff took more time than usual this year to consider the needs of the city and came up with a capital improvements plan. The staff is now indicating a five-year, $10 million plan is in order to "bring the city up to the level it should be," Hall told the chamber members. Hall said tile staff and the council are looking at every passible means of financing the improvements plan, "trying to carry out (he mandate that the people set down in the charter regarding capital improvements in the city." While the so-called real estate transfer tax and further mill levy hikes have been ruled out, Hall said the most promising House posses bargaining DENVER (AP) - A much-debated bill to allow public school teachers and employes to bargain collectively--and to open contract negotiations to public. wmtiny---won flnsl- annr/wiil -In- th*~ Howe of Representatives Uxtay, 47-19, The., vote erased' party libers, with three Democrats, Bob Shoemaker of Canon City, Walt Waldow of Olathe and Forrest Burns of Lamar joining 13 Republicans in opposition. The bill was debated and amended on the floor for six hours Tuesday, with the controversial amendment to open the contract talks drawing the most discussion. "I can live with this bill-in fact, I think it's a fairly good bill now with Today's rlmrkle Sign outside a multimillion-dollar amusement park: "All children must be accompanied by money and daddy." this section," said Rep. Ron Strahle, R-Fort Collins, House minority leader. He and other Republicans praised the bill 1 ! jpomor, Rep. Robert Ore, D- Pueblo, for his work In drafting the OUwt Republicans were hopeful the bill would be amended in the Republican MBirpllOI Senate to take out wtui'tSy^Mt «re inequities for school district officials. Showalter argued that the legislature operates under the state's Sunshine Law, and believed that negotiators 'would "be more reasonable" if they know newspapers are going to report what they say. method of financing the improvements needed appears to be the one per cent sales tax increase. Also under consideration is a food tax rebate system for residents, if the new sales tax is approved. "The head of the household would just come down to city hall, prove residence and be qualified for a food tax rebate based on the number of members in his family," Hall said. When asked whether the council had set priorities for the capital improvements program, Hall said an expenditure of $2.5 million was proposed for 1976. Included in the total cost was $255,000 for street over-lay, another $180,000 for major street improvements, $250,000 for a master traffic signal controller and $370,000 for an automated sprinkler system for the municipal golf course. Other expenditures were also listed for downtown parking, mini-buses for the city's transportation system, and communications, library, museum and police equipment. The politically divided so far this session, and if it hid been the most (nils to win passage in the Airport board puts moratorium on washing of dusting planes Senate, rrtiy be a key campaign issue this fall. ; " T Republic tni had attended a noon social caucus"' and failed to return to the floor in time for the start of debate. The most .hotly debated amendment Tuesday night was introduced by Rep. furl Shnwfllt^r R-GrpH^y and was killed in preliminary debate but later revived by a parliamentary move. It was aimed at forcing negotiators to open their sessions to the public. CSERVtO COUNTY COURT OFFICIALS Weld County Municipal Airport Board Tuesday voted a moratorium on ill washing of crop dusting airplanes that have been using toxic chemicals and mixing of such chemicals at the airport. Board member Tom Carter later said the moratorium will exist until further notice -- and until U.S. Environmental Pculeeliuu Agency vEPA) standards uit such activities can be fully clarified. Meanwhile, the boerd also heard a 'brief report from member Gordon Johnson on the proposed airport master plan study and agreed to seek further background about such studies from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A board committee laying groundwork for the study includes Johnson as chairman, Phil Brewer, Carter and Ernest Martin. Board also voted to recommend to the county commissioners that a 500-gallon county-owned propane lank at the airport be put up for bids, with resulting revenue earmarked for the airport fund to help pay for a new welder and other equipment for Ihe maintenance shop. Meanwhile, on the toxic chemical matter, Joe Thompson of Top Notch Aerial Applicators later said his iirm and Low Level Dusting Co., two of the three dusting firms (hat have operated out of the city-county airport, have planned already to move off the public airport to private air strips. Thompson said mixing and dumping such chemicals on a public airport ought to be considered a "no no" in any event. However Doug Campbell of C C Aerial Sprayers said the moratorium, if it lasted into the spraying season, could affect his firm's operations. Michener pledges vote if proper things done Parking reserved A long line of reserved parking signs have been erected in the 900 block of 9th Avenue lo allow parking for court officials only. The officials' former parking spaces were abolished with Ihe new county services building construction, so the officials must now park along Lincoln Park. Permission for the spaces was obtained from Ihe city. (Tribune photo by Mike Peters) DENVER (UPI) - Rep. Walt Younglund, R-New Raymer, says he may have stiff opposition in November if he doesn't" do a good job. James Michener, author of the best selling novel "Centennial," has warned him to watch out. "He served notice he may run agin' me," said Yonnglund, a rancher. Michener, who has been buying acreage in rural Weld County lately, wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to outline an all purpose re-election platform for the state lawmaker. Michener wrote: "I hope dial you will cut taxes, eliminate all industrial development In the state, insure water for everybody, see to it that more people move back to the drylands, increase education, grant more Inside the Tribune (48 pages, 2 sections) Abby 22 Hospital 6 Agri-news 20 Markets 47 Classified 4247 Obituaries 6 Comics 32 Sports 39-41 Crossword .12 Theater 31 Editorial 4 TV log 112 lleloisc 22 Weather 6 Horoscope 33 Wm'spgs. 21-23 Today's prr« nm: 19,74.1 If you have not received your Tribune by G:30p.nv, call 3S2-021I. Miss McEver, to be graduated from the Denver University law school this month, currently is a law clerk with a Denver law firm and earlier worked as a research assistant and a legal assistant with the Boston and Denver regional offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A graduate of Wellesley College. Mass., Miss McEver while attending the Denver University law school has won American Jurisprudence prizes in corporations and uniform commercial code. As an intern while attending DU, she has served as a counselor for rape victims at Southeast Denver Neighborhood Services Bureau, has conducted legal research for drafters of a Pitkin County (Aspen) development code and has drafted a planned unit development ordinance for the city of Federal Heights. She also lias done independent study on revision of parts of Colorado's uniform commercial code. Miss McEver is associate editor of the Denver Law Forum and a member of the Women's Law Caucus. 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 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10,1976 scholarships at all the universities, prevent any nuclear energy from coming into the state, increase the number of highway patrolmen, build more roads but do not put them anywhere the scenery might be affected adversely, build new water tunnels from the Western Slope to the Eastern Slope but do not take any water from the Western Slope, and see to it that Colorado has an increasingly favorable reputation throughout the country, but at the same time prevent anyone else from moving in lest they crowd the state." Michener said "if you can do these things, which I'm sure a hardworking representative could do if he wanted to, I shall be pleased with your performance and vote for you in the next election -- even if I have to break a state law to do it." Midvnpr mailed the letter from his home in Pennsylvania. Weather NOKTHKHN COLOKADO Clear to partly cloudy and mild today and tonight, Increasing cloudiness Thursday nnd cooler late Thursday. Highs both days 55 lo 1,0. Lnws tonight 20s. Variable winds r»- 15 m.p.h. (his morning, then west- southwesterly 1020 m . p . h . and occasionally Rusty this afternoon and tonight. Garden construction begins Construction of the four major gardens which will form the nucleus of the Garden, Home and Recreation Show Friday and Saturday, is under way in the Exhibition Building at Island Grove Park in Greeley. The garden in the foreground will include a cabin, water falls and mountain scenery. More than 35 businesses and groups plan to display a variety of supplies and equipment during the evenl. (Tribune photo by Lynn Heinze) Home rule powers to move to house floor DENVER - A bill clarifying state law on home rule counties, of which Weld is the first, and reportedly eliminating about half the points of contention in a pending lawsuit against the county home rule charter, is slated to become the first Senate-passed measure to come out of the House Rules Committee. Sen. Hank Brown, R-Greeley. said Monday that House Speaker Ruben Valdez, D-Denver, had agreed to have the home rule county powers bill brought out of the rules panel, for floor debate, by Wednesday or Thursday. Brown said the measure, passed in the Republican Senate, was to be brought out of committee on special orders and could be up for consideration before the Democratic House late this week or early next. Brown indicated the bill is not considered controversial and earlier was approved unanimously by the Senate and the House Local Government Committee. Brown predicted Ihe measure could be passed in the House by next week. The measure clarifies that home rule counties have the same mandatory and permissive powers and functions under state law as non-home rule cdiinties. And. it carries a section allowing shifts of powers and services within a county government as directed by home rule charter. This latter section reportedly would eliminate legal shadow over the powers of the new Weld County Council. Sen. Jim Kadlecek, D-Grceley, earlier said that in talks with Denver lawyer Leonard Liss, plaintiffs' attorney in the Weld home rule lawsuit, Liss said the bill would eliminate about 50 per cent of the points of contention in the suit. Lawsuit was brought by William Garnsey and Barbara Tatman of Greeley. Defendants include the county commissioners, county council and Clerk S. Lee Shehee. Law without frills HUGO, Colo. (UPI) - Marshal J.C. McFadden says it's enough to set iVyatt Earp spinning in his grave or make Pat Garrett turn in his badge. McFadden, hired several months ago [o keep the peace in this eastern Colorado plains town of 759 persons, says he seems to be running into one obstacle after another. The marshal said all he asked was a living wage, a shotgun and-a patrol car fast enough to keep up with an occasional speeder who zips through the town on U.S. 40 without bothering to slow down. But the town board told him it was not about to pay for such frills, nor for a CB radio, flares or first-aid kit. The board also warned McFadden not to join the infrequent police chases of desperadoes across Ihe widonpen spaces. "They told me that was the State Patrol's business." lie said. "I guess they're worried about losin' that '73 Matador." McFadden, who is pa id $650 per month, said he also was warned when he took the job that several families are beyond the reach of the law. He said one citizen whom he slopped for a traffic violation threatened to kill him if he bothered him again. "I'd just as soon shoot him as look at him," McFadden said. "Rut lie's always got his wife and kid with him." It may be just as well that Mc- Kciriricn has no "frills" in his office because there's no lock on the door. Rut the marshal doesn't ^et many calls away from the office anyway. He ha? no phone.

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