The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 5, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, November 5, 1955
Page 7
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SATTTRDAT, m/VRWBER 8, 'fARK.T CWJRIER WBW9 PAGB SEVEN LETS REALLY LOOK AT THE "FACTS MY OPPONENT SAYS. More Streets Hove Been Improved In The Lost Two Years Than During Any Like Period In The History of Blythevilie More than 160 blocks of our city's streets have been improved under the present •dinistraljon- nearly 100 of tfcem paved and over 60 dirt streets surfaced with gravel. This program to .get our dfem ort of tht dV whwh to. ** »*M «M «•* W U» hHhbU*— <* o* ««>•- «'» * «"• tinued as a No. 1 project. A New Modern Sewer System Is Assured ,..,„,,, The biggest menance to the health and well-being of citizens will soon be eliminated. After many months of hard work plans for a new and modern sewage disposa system, taking care of the needs of all our people, will have matured. Under the present administration a sewer ordinance was presented to the people, who approved it by an overwhelming majority. Immediately following the mandate from the people a sewer commission was appointed, and the contracts na%e now been let for the installation of theae badly needed facilities. $1,000,000 Monthly Pay Roll Brought to Blythevilie Through Reactivation Of The Blythevilie Air Force Base - More work for more people, and a better, more prosperous community for us all will be the result of reactivation of the Blythevilie Air Base. When this activity is in full operation it is reliably estimated that the monthly pay roll will amount to over $1.000,000-wih an additional half million dollars to be spent locally for needed materials and supplies. Your present mayor worked hand in hand with those who w'we IntniMiifel i« bringit* abo* **» iwpwtent dwelopiWMt. Several Hundred New Jobs Provided By Industrial Development Of Past Two Years Industry ha« come to town . . . because we went out and encouraged H to come here instead of last sitting and wishing we had some. Central Metals, for example, is here today giving employment to many, improving business condition for many more, because your city administration worked hand in'hand with vow Chamber of Commerce and our progressive business and civic leaders to get it hew. With tht confeMM* of a pwgrcuwv. <*b administration adAtwnrt m- dwrtfr wW afeo choose THE FACTS ARE! STREET IMPROVEMENT during the PAST TWO YEARS was done mainly with property owner participation. (Who paid for the street improvement for those property owners who did not pay?) The sewer ordinance was approved by the people in May, 1954. The Sewer Commission was appointed in March. 1955. Had the Mayor not been "dragging his feet" the sewer svslem COULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED BY NOW. Activiating of Blythevilie Air Force Base was assured PRIOR TO this administration. (The Mayor was one of those in favor of getting the air base land back!) Central Metals was secured for Blythevilie PRIOR TO this administration through the efforts of the Citizens Industrial Committee and the contributions of local business A Revitalized And Improved Fire Deportment Saves Our Citizens Over A Quarter Million Dollars In Insurance Premiums Annually Several important measures have been adopted to keep our citizens insurance rates from going up. The annual savings in insurance rates alone amounts to over a quarter of a million dollars annually. A new aerial pumper truck, cost $37,950.00. has been purchased and placed in operation. A new $25,000.00 addition to the city's central fire station has been constructed. Six fully trained full- time firemen have been added to our present efficient volunteer fire department. Constant attention will continue to be given to thfe Mnftortmrt deportment for the protection of he life and pppptery o€ our ei*i««i8. New Municipal Airport Plans Are Under Way A new and urgently needed Municipal Airport is another important project that has been started and will be completed without undue delay. Money to purchase land for these facilities is in the bank, and the site for the new development has been approved by CAA. Since some industrial prospects have been lost because of ttiis need, every effort is being made to obtain the facilities at the earliest possibte date. City Planning Commission Is Established Of vital importance to our rapidly expanding comunity. a City Planning Commission has been established and is already doing an outstand .job toward solving many of our "growing pains" which are the natural result of the prosperity we today enjoy. This Commission was set up under the present administration and will continue to receive Uie ftiH support of yornr Mayor in it« important work. ' Our City Is In Sound Financial Condition in Spite Of These Numerous New Improvements Under sound business administration all of the above benefits, as well as numerous smaller achievements, have been accomplisheed without spending money we couldn't afford. For every Jollar spent our citizens received ! 00 cents worth of improvements for our city. Our city is in good financial shape, and when reelected, your present mayor will devote all his efforts toward keeping it that way. Community Cooperation Got The BaH Rolling Let's Take It On To The Goal Line The above programs have been successful because your present mayor called on, and obtained, the cooperrtion and teamwork of all our good citizens. When reelected, this same kind of good government will continue ..... for tie benefit of aS, not just for a select few. The present City Council, inspite of VIGOROUS OPPOSITION from the Mayor, is SOLELY responsible for keeping Blythevilie from losing its present fire insurance rating. The Arkansas Rating Bureau called on the Mayor for this action during his previous administration OVER 4 YEARS AGO AND NOTHING WAS DONE. , This statement is REASONABLY correct. The work nf the Planning Commission Is vHnl to our City's development. Your new Minor will conlhue HIS Full support to Ihe Commission and will aid them in speeding up their work on master street plans and zoning. The City Council was advised by the Mayor last month that the City would wind up the year with over a 830,000 deficit. The City had to borrow SI7,500 from the Parking Meter Fund and $20,000 as an advance from anticipated tax turnback money. THE FACTS ARE that the City is BROKE.This is PUBLIC knowledge and was reported in the editorial columns of this paper on Oct. 31, 1955. Keep the ball rolling? Yes! But let's make some touchdowns in the FIRST Quarter instead of the LAST FEW SECONDS of the game! WHAT ARE THE FACTS ABOUT YOUR POLICE DEPARTMENT? WHAT ARE THE FACTS ABOUT YOUR ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT? WHY DIDN'T YOU INCLUDE THESE FACTS IN YOUR STATEMENT? Good City Government Can Show The Facts As They Arei VOTE FOR TOLER BUCHANAN MUNICIPAL ELECTION FOR MAYOR Political Arl Paid For By TOLER BUCHANAN NOVEMBER 8, 1955

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