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Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri • 13

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Must Decide Yes or No on All 7 Proposed Changes Felk IlMi May Be Wrong; MMMMIHMHHMIHfia Bids Readied On Zoo, Water Main Extension Application for $26,000 in federal aid for Improvements at Dickerson Zoo Park was to be delivered in Jefferson City today, and a request for $52,000 for water main extensions in a northwest area of Springfield will be in the mail to Kansas City, tomorrow. CDdh (Clhaurttcra? imemdlimiimi Vouttfiimg City Council authorized both last night. Kurt Naegler, city federal projects officer, and By BOB FK ANSON Staff Writer 'THIS IS the time when the Christmas glow lingers and there's an eagerness to begin the new year. There are thoughts of New Year's Eve celebrations, the bowl games and, in my case, an approaching birthday. But something else makes me athirst for January First.

The arrival of 1971 means the opening of trout season is only two months away. What if we have a snow or a couple of sleet storms before winter ends? I have March 1 to look forward to. Fifty nine days I can sweat out. They're something I understand, can measure, or X-out on a calendar. Just a couple of months ago, it Dave Plank, City Utilities water departniei I manager, worked on the main extension grant application while council was in session.

Naegler said City Attorney Dob Busch will complete it today, for mailing to area offices of the Housing and Urban Development Department tomorrow. The $52,000 represents half the project cost, to extend water mains and install fire hydrants in an area bounded by Thoman date, left blank in the election ordinance. Discussion ranged from the first Tuesday in February up to the first Tuesday in April, which is the councilmanic election, Interest centered on February and the 16th was chosen as a "compromise" be-t Councilman David James, who favored "the first legal Tuesday," and Mayor Still-well, who thought Feb. 23 the earliest feasible date. "The more expeditiously we can deal with this, the better off the city will be," said James.

"We can then go on to worthwhile subjects." 'Those who favor these changes have had months to work on it," said Mayor Still-well. "The opponents will have a very short time, unless we give them more." The date set, City Clerk Don Kelley gave the ordinance the two readings necessary for emergency adoption and Mayor Stillwell noted Slavens' request for time to speak. Slavens promptly challenged the remarks of James and Mayor Stillwell: See COUNCIL, Page 18 Springfieldians will vote Feb. 16 on seven citizen initiated charter amendments which would exchange the city manager for an elected mayor as the city's top administrative officer, and reduce the number of coun-cilmen to seven, each elected by and for the voters of the none where he lives. City Council called the election last night, after vigorous discussion with Earl Slavens, shoe repairman and northwest resident, who sponsored the petition movement which necessitates the election Council members agreed with Slavens on one point only: Voters must say "Yes" or "No" to all seven proposed amendments.

"What would happen," Councilman Clyde Martin asked Slavens, "if the people adopted some of these amendments, and not the others?" "Chaos," Slavens declared. "We should advocate that they say 'Yes' or 'No' on all of them," Martin concurred. "Otherwise, you could have seven councllmen and no mayor." "Or seven zones and no coun-cilmen," Slavens observed. Planning Commission after each decennial census; 3) Provide for the election of one councilman from each zone, by the voters of that zone, for a two-year term; 4) Require that council members be "qualified voters of the city and residents of Greene County for four years prior to election," a substitute for the present requirement of four years residency in Springfield; 5) Establish salaries of $50oO a year for councilmen, $15,000 a year for the mayor, subject to adjustment by the council; 6) Require five members or a two thirds majority of council, whichever is greatest, for a quorum for transaction of business; 7) Provide for the election of a mayor by the voters of the city, for a four year term (with a requirement that he receive a majority of the votes cast), assign him all present powers and duties of the city manager, give him no vote on council business, but the veto power, to be overridden by council by two-thirds vote. First order of business last night was choice of an election "Let them turn it down, or Vote for the whole thing and take the consequences," said Mayor Carl Stillwell.

Slavens protested the ballot form, submitting each went separately, yesterday and council members told him Jast night they had already urged City Attorney Don Busch to present all the proposals as one issue if legally possible. But Busch said this would constitute "doubleness of proposition," and grounds for the courts to declare the election void. Councilwoman Lucile Morris Upton urged the people to read the proposed ballot carefully during pre-election publication, "to see what it would do to the City of Springfield." Briefly, the amendments would: 1) Change the form of government from council manager to mayor council, deleting from the charter all reference to a city manager; 2) Establish seven zones, each to contain no more than 20,000 inhabitants, with boundaries to be established (and eventually the number changed) by the city and Calhoun, Drury and Western. City Utilities will provide matching funds, including installation by water department crews. Thus, the improvements will be accomplished without cost to the area residents.

Favorable consideration for the application, on thi grounds of public health and the economic situation in the area, has been indicated by HUD. Zoo Director Randall Carney eft early today with the application for $26,000, which is half the cost of excavating the Dickerson Park lake, constructing a catch basin to improve the quality of lake water, provide picnic facilities, parking, and other miscellaneous improvements at the park. He was to deliver it to the Missouri Inter-Agency Council for Outdoor Recreation, which administers funds provided by the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation, Department of Inte- See BIDS, Page 16 was a different story. That's when I acquired a book called Turnout "Simplified Fly Fishing," which Of 15,000 Expected Forecasts by Greene County Clerk A. E.

(Ted) Willis and the SPRINGFIELD (Mo.) LEADER-PRESS Dec. 29, im 13 weatherman are that some voters will go to the polls Wednesday in near-balmy tem Mate Dies peratures the 50s. produced an itchiness that no scratching could relieve. Then, March 1, the opening day for trout fishermen, seemed as far in the future as a pension to a 20-year-old auto worker. Vim AUTHOR, S.

R. Slay- maker II, told me things about trout I'd never suspected. My first experience with fly fishing wa3 in 1953, when I learned the mechanics, but not what it's all about. I could cast a dry fly and usually landed a few trout when I fished in the stata parks, some pan fish and a few bass when I waded the Finley. But I never suspected there was an art to fly fishing.

I knew 8 lot of fishermen eagerly awaited the May fly hatches on Tan-eycomo, but I had no idea how to go about matching the hatch with a 0y. As my family grew, I had less time for fishing. When the chil- See WRONG, Page 16 I think that would be a very commendable vote," Willis said, noting that some 24,000 persons voted last April in the state ref Wmo Loses Tiiitlfsv 3 Cults in ISirfli erendum election. The absentee vote was 224, and Willis expected the total to reach about 300 before the ab- sentee deadline at 4 p.m. today.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Greene County voters are said the animal died of uterine torsion, a condition in which the uterus and the birth canal were found to be twisted so tightly that the unborn cubs were "trapped." The Bengel tigress, a gift to the zoo from Silver Dollar City, had given birth last spring, with no difficulty, to twin cubs which were sold to a zoo animal dealer in the being asked to maintain the present 50 cents per $100 valuation tax levy instead of allow Timba the tigress at Dicker-son Zoo died last night while attempting to give birth to three cubs. The four-year-old mate of Iga was in good shape when checked in the late afternoon, Director Randall Carney said, but night attendant found her dead at 10 p.m.

Dr. Walter Love, zoo veterinarian, who performed an autopsy shortly after midnight, ing it to drop to 35 cents. ill- I ft 1 a- 1 1 1 1 A ir 1 iv A fit irq Meanwhile, Ken Nobles, a for mer deputy sheriff, now assis In Fire Bombing Hearing Delayed tant to the director of security at Southwest Missouri State College, urged voters to support the present levy, declaring "here we are the third largest city in the state of Missouri and if this Ex-Fire Chief's issue fails we will not have an active narcotics division Greene County." "For all practical purposes Pension Rejected this would leave the drug sellers to operate practically in the open and not be caught," Nobles Request of former Fire Chief asserted. "I've been involved sensus on reasons to be contain, ed in the written document will be reached either by contact with individual members, or at Bill Morris for a duty-connected disability pension was rejected closely with this situation for Preliminary hearing for two arson suspects was continued for a second time here today because the Jackson County sheriff's office in Independence has not subpoenaed two main witnesses. Magistrate Orville Kerr refused defense attorney Andy Dalton's request for dismissal, noting that he wasn't going to dismiss since the problem two years, and I'm concerned." by the Board of Trustees of the "We're always talking about another meeting.

police and firemen's retirement the youth and how much we're Chief Morris, who retired last concerned about them, Nobles system at a closed study session at City Haa today. Secretary David Dean an June 30, suffered a heart attack in 1968. He was accorded a hear said. "I think this would be a way to show our concern and 8Kf( Pbot. Monday, The voters are being asked to maintain the county's present levy of 50 cents per $100 valuation Instead of allowing it to drop to 35 cents as it will do by law unless the issue is passed.

A two-thirds majority vote is necessary for approval. Preparing to deliver voting supplies for Wednesday's special Greene County election to the city precincts today are (from left) County Clerk A. E. (Ted) Willis, who is predicting total of 15,000 votes, and Deputy Sheriffs Bill Fleming, Rocky McKown and Joe Murphy. Supplies were delivered to the county voting places ing on his request by the board protect them from these individ seems to be lack of cooperation in Jackson County.

The case now is set for Jan. 12. But Judge Kerr and assistant Prosecutor Dee Wampler said nounced the unanimous decision, reached with all members of the board except the mayor in attendance. Police Chief Sam Robards, board chairman, and Officer Dean reported the decision to City Attorney Don Busch, who will prepare a written "finding of fact and law" for the board. Chief Robards said board con County to Close Books Jan.

.18 recently. He can appeal to the courts from the board's decision if hs wishes. He is -receiving a disability pension, in a lower amount than if the board had found the disability to be connected with his duties as fire chief. that arrangements will be Two Voting Precincts Changed made for a Greene County deputy to go to Jackson County con cerning the subpoena. For Feb.

16 Vote Benny Vancel Hodge, 40, El- don, and James Ross Medlen, Greene County's voter regis 38, High Point, both free on South Delaware. 1- Rountree School, east end, 1333 East Grand. 2- Fay Printing Center, 1923 By Dentist Bracing Put In bond, are charged with the Nov. There are two voting precinct changes for Wednesday's special county Greene County Clerk A. E.

(Ted) Willis said today. Ward 2-A will move from the House of Flowers, 1921 South National, to the next-door busi tration books will have to close Jan. 18 for the city's special Feb. 16 election, County Clerk A.E. (Ted) Willis reminded to 13, Tefft School, 1418 East Py-thian.

14, Courthouse, east end. 15, Court house.west end. 16, Fairbanks School, 1126 North Broadway. 17, York School, 2100 West 25 fire bombing of a building at Scenic and Sunshine. The build South National (change from Repairs Made ing was owned by Stewart Stout, 1212 West Linwood, and was day.

Blades' Teeth Are Identified The books are now closed for being used for storage of various items. At Courthouse ness of Fay Printing Center, Wednesday's special county Wampler told the judge he has had no indication that the wit Emergency floor settling re 6-A, Portland School, 906 West Portland. 6- McGregor School, 1221 West Madison. 7- Grand Acres Rest Home, 2401 West Grand. 7-B, Study School, 2343 West Olive.

8, Broadway Methodist Church, Broadway and Mt. Vernon. 9, Campbell School, 506 South Grant. 10, St. Agnes School, recreation hall, first door north of church, 531 South Jefferson.

1 1-A, First and Calvary Church, 820 Cherry. 11- McDaniel, School, 237 South Florence. 12- Union building, 1727 East Walnut. 12-B, Union building, 1727 East Walnut. A Springfield dentist has pairs to tne courmouse nave been completed "very successfully," Presiding Judge W.

Fred nesses, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Adams, are not willing and pointed out that they were very cooperative with police at the time of the incident. The two are the only eyewitnesses who can House of Flowers). 2-B, National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 South National.

2- Rountree School, west end, 1333 East Grand. 3- Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 South Holland. 3- Phelps School, 934 South Kimbrough. 4- Sunshine School, 400 East Sunsh ne. 4- Jarrett Junior High School, 840 South Jefferson.

5- Parkview High School, Campbell Street entrance, (change from west end). 5-B, Church building, 837 West Madison. election. Persons aged 18 can begin registering Jan. 4 to Jan.

18 in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that 18 -year olds can vote in national elections, Willis said. But there won't be another national election soon, so Willis is not expecting a large number of the young voters to register. 1923 South National. Ward 5-A will move from the west entrance of Parkview High School to the South Campbell entrance, where voters can park in the circle drive, Willis said.

Greene County has a total of 91 precincts, 65 inside the city and 26 outside. The city wards and voting placei are as follows: "positively identified" the teeth of Mrs. Carol Blades, according to Christian County Deputy Schaeffer said today. Nichols. 18, City Utilities Warehouse, 1321 West Calhoun.

19, Weaver School, 1461 North Douglas. 20, Boyd School, 1409 Washing, ton. 21, Berry School, 911 East Division. 22, WeUer School, 1630 North Weller. 23-A, Pepperdine School, 1518 East Dale.

23-B, Robberson School, 1100 See VOTING, Page 16 The emergency work was Sheriff Harold Wampler. identify the defendants, Warn pier said. done by the Garbee Construction Company after the discovery Mrs. Blades' remains were lo last week that a main pier had Dalton argued that the first continuance was granted for the cated on a farm about two miles west of Ponce de Leon Christ The state legislature can still slipped because of an under 1-A, Delaware School, 1505 same reason two weeks ago and ground fault. mas day.

She had been missing since Dec. 15, 1969. take action later to allow the 18 -year-old vote on other elections, Willis noted. South Delaware. that the rights of the defendants The workmen were able to get will be prejudiced by the delay, 1-B, Delaware School, 1505 The upper teeth were intact in necessary bracing in, the judge said, and on a first attempt were able to raise tne beam the skull found, but the lower jaw and teeth were missing.

However, a search the following day turned up the jaw. One tooth was missing and two were about three eighths of an inch. Other necessary work to the floor is expected to be com loose, according to Sheriff Buff pleted without any difficulty: At Springfield National Teller Refuses to Comply, Holdup Attempt Is Foiled Lamb. Judge Schaeffer said. The teeth were taken to a den tist in Springfield who had City Acquires x-rays made during treatments, and comparisons of the pictures Site for Park calm" as he demanded cash and ping center.

Instructed the tellers, Mrs. Hef With an identical approach, a i I lone bandit obtained more than ley Anna Lou Whitehead of and the teeth proved positive. Meanwhile, Deputy Wampler said the sheriff's office haa "received a good lead or two." No one has been taken into custody ''at this time," Deputy Wampler noted. Acquisition of a 10-acre pk Branson, not to set off the $6000 in a robbery Sept. 25.

site on the south side of Battle alarm. field, between Dayton and It was shortly after 11 a.m. Just as before, the bandit used a late model car stolen from Friendly Ford Company, 3241 Franklin, was completed by the when the alarm sounded simul By MIKE KELLEY Staff Writer A new drive-in teller at Springfield National Bank, 2646 South Glenstone, calmly refused to hand over any money to an armed bandit this morning, stepped out of the line of fire and pressed the alarm. Pat Hefley, Route 5, Said the would be robber in his early 20s and wearing a multi-colored ski mask, also appeared "very city today. Purchase was from Mr.

and taneously at the main bank on the opposite side of the Brentwood Shopping Center parking South Glenstone, then abandoned it after the holdup at- Mrs. Wilson Smith and Mrs. Al ice Nunn, for a total price of tempt to apparently enter anoth lot on South Glenstone, and po $21,530. Half of the cost will be er. lice headquarters.

in Bureau of Outdoor Recreation i trf. Vice president Curtis Graff The site is the final one of a said he and two other bank officers rushed outside seconds after the alarm sounded, but the man, driving a new Ford, already had departed. number being acquired with federal assistance, except for the South Avenue park in the South Central A urban renewal project area, according to Kurt Naegler, city federal projects officer. Opium Is Mixed With Strychnine Opium laced with strychnine has been revealed as the substance a 17 year old Springfield youth injected into his arm before becoming violently ill Sunday, police said. Meanwhile, the youth, who had been listed in fair condition at Cox Medical Center since Sunday, was reported in good condition this morning, Police said the boy reported buying some opium in liquid form for $1.50 from a man he met on a downtown street.

Hitching Posts County Record With three days still to go, the Greene County recorder's office already has broken its 1969 total on marriage licenses issued. Juat before closing time Mon In both cases, the bandit flourished a small caliber revolver, but no shots were fired. In both attempts, the robber pullod his auto to the east side of the small drive-in facility, which is located in the northwest corner 'of the parking lot. It also has a drive-up window on the west side of the building. A police identification team immediately began searching the car found On the Battlefield Mall lot, and began questioning persons in the area to determine if any other car was seen leaving that scene in a hurry, Witnesses said the car sped onto Edgewood, north of the parking lot, then went into a narrow alley behind the center and sped south.

It was found by police and day, Recorder Russell Keller WEST PLAINS A $100 reward is being offered by Decker Ford Mercury here in connection with breakage of windshields in four new cars and a plate glass window, over the weekend. said, the office issued license identified about an hour later, parked behind Montgomery Ward's on Battlefield Mall, number 1809 for 1970, A total of 1808 licenses were issued last Earl Nan. an official of Springfield National Bank, confers with a teller at the drive-lu unit -Wall FMiv at 2646 South Glenstone following an attempted holdup about 11 a.m. Unlay. Vi across Glenstone from the shop year..

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