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LocalSMe The Journal Times Wednesday. October 18, 2000 Qp page editor: Heather Gascokjne Ow In Brief I MADISON Wind Point gets state grant Wind Point will receive $20,000 from the state to redevelop its lighthouse station, Gov. Tommy Thompson announced Wednesday. The village was among 21 communities, non-profit groups and agencies located along Wisconsin's Lake Superior and Lake Michigan shorelines to receive a grant from the state's Coastal Management Council. Last year, Wind Point received a $15,000 from the state to improve the lighthouse and its surrounding area. The state program distributes about $750,000 annually in matching grants to enhance coastal management in the 15 counties that border the Great Lakes. This year, the council awarded $764,121 in grants. RACINE Bakeiy makes appearance on TV People all over the country can soon take a peek inside O & H Danish Bakery here without leaving the couch. O & H will be featured on the Food Network at 1 p.m. Nov. 4. The local bakery was picked as one of three features during the half-hour program based on the theme Food Finds, according to Eric Olesen, one of three Olesen brothers who are operating partners of O&H. The Food Network airs on cable channel 33B in Racine. RACINE Case hosts open house Thursday Case High School, 7345 Washington Ave., will hold its open house Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend to meet teachers and staff. MADISON Megabucks winner from Fond du Lac Curtis Sweet planned to go car shopping. He probably won't worry much about picking out a vehicle within his budget. Sweet stepped forward Tuesday as the winner of $1 million in Wisconsin's Megabucks game. The retired Giddings & Lewis worker lives in Fond du Lac, but didn't buy his ticket on the lucky 'Miracle Mile.' Sweet purchased the winning ticket Oct. 7 in Menomonie, lottery officials said. Numbers drawn were 5, 8, 21, 28, 36 and 45. Sweet, in his 60s, says his wife was already picking out new carpeting. His two grown children learned of his winnings Tuesday, he said. MADISON Red Cross nurses back strike Red Cross nurses in Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Upper Michigan have voted to authorize a strike if necessary in their contract dispute with the organization. The nurses, based in Madison and Green Bay, are responsible for collecting blood in the three-state area. "Regardless of this vote, we will be working very hard to get a settlement," said Laurence Rodenstein, staff representative for Council 40 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "We will meet Nov. 1 and 2 with Red Cross management, and we hope to get a settlement at that point," The nurses organized in 1996, and their first contract runs through Oct. 31 but has been extended for two days to facilitate negotiations. The vote Monday was 74-7 to authorize a strike. Main issues in negotiations, Rodenstein said, are competitive wages and whether non-nurses will be allowed to collect blood. From Journal Times staff and Associated Press reports Ex-Racine cop dies in interstate crash BY MARCI LAEHR TENUTA Journal Times KENOSHA COUNTY A former Racine police officer, who was driving a limousine, died in a traffic crash that also seriously injured a Franklin man Tuesday. John M. Linders, 56, of Racine, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Interstate 94, just north of Highway C, according to Kenosha County sheriff's deputies. Limousine passenger Michael A. Ruffalo, 37, of Franklin, was in satisfactory condition at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital in Wauwatosa Tuesday night. Reports said Ruffalo suffered a broken leg, ankle and head injuries in the collision. Deputies said the crash occurred around 11:45 a.m. when Linders drove the limousine into the rear end of a tractor-trailer in the southbound lanes of the interstate. Reports said the limousine that Linders was driving is owned by Limousines Inc. of West Allis. Linders was a Racine police officer whose law enforcement career ended in 1990 when he was sentenced to prison after being convicted of sexual assault of a child. Witnesses to the traffic crash told investigators that Linders failed to slow for traffic which had come to a near standstill because of construction. Reports said the limousine struck the semi from the rear and traveled halfway under its trailer before stopping. Investigators said there were no markings on the roadway or any other indication that Linders attempted to stop. Ruffalo was transported from the scene to Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha and later taken to Froedtert. The driver of the semi, Kenneth Rosa, 54, of Montana, was not injured in the crash. Reports said Rosa had turned on his emergency flashers prior to the crash because of the slow moving traffic in the construction zone. Two southbound lanes of 1-94 were closed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday while crews did maintenance work on the Highway 165 bridge, which slowed traffic. After the collision, authorities diverted motorists from the interstate onto Highway 50 and the frontage road. - v i-:' I ' -v i t 'V i It a r - - Biking Weather b, Hit ""Si. . ' i . -r . ! If . 4 """"V . t , ' . ..... - V:, v . .. -i" i f- X ! r m 1 9 MARK HERTZBERQ Journal Times Landscaping work continues, but the first sections of the Racine-Sturtevant Trail bike path from the 1 900 block of West Boulevard to Sturtevant have opened. The path is completed from West Boulevard to Highway 31. Construction of phase two of the project, which is being paid for with federal money, depends on funding availability. The trail connects with the county's North Shore trail. Congress fails to find transplant agreement BY LAURA MECKLER Associated Press WASHINGTON Negotiations over organ transplant policy between the House and Senate have fallen apart, making it virtually certain Congress will TOWN OF MT. PLEASANT NOTICE OF PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING AND OF SPECIAL TOWN BOARD MEETING OF THE TOWN OF MT. PLEASANT, RACINE COUNTY. Notice Is hereby given that on Thursday, November 2, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 6126 Durand Avenue, Racine, Wisconsin a public hearing on the proposed budget of the Town of Ml Pleasant, Racine County, will be held. The proposed budget in detail, Including highway expenses, is available for Inspection at the Clerk's Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Notice Is further given that on Thursday, November 2, 2000, immediately following the completion of the Public Hearing on the proposed budget which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, a special Town Board meeting called by the Town Board will be held for the following purposes: 1. To approve the total 2001 highway expenditures pursuant to Section 81.01(3) of the Statutes. 2. To approve the 2001 budget. 3. To adopt the 2000 Town tax levy to be paid In 2001 pursuant to Section 60.10(2Ka) of the Wisconsin Statutes. The following Is a summary of the proposed budget for the General Fund. 2Q0J ZQfll AMENDED PROPOSED ERCNK1 BUDGET BUDQEI OF CHANGE REVENUES Property Tax Levy Intergovernmental Revenues Licenses, Permits, & Fees Fines & Forfeitures Public Charges for Services Intergovernmental Charges for Services Miscellaneous Revenues Other Revenues TOTAL REVENUES EXPENDITURES General government Public Safety Public Works Refuse Collection & Recycling Health and Human Services Parks (Recreation Debt Service TOTAL EXPENDITURES Tax Rate per $ 1,000 for residents: Not in the Storm Water District In the Storm Water District 7,493,130 8,066,305 I, 697,230 1,837,740 406,500 404,600 . 250,000 250,000 618,550 611,750. 51,000 50,000 270,160 377,500 400,000 200,000 II, 186,570 11,797,895 1,770,595 2,064,205 6,126,675 6,398,195 1,007,120 1,003,720 627,250 649,670 89,840 138,380 164,780 163,995 1,400,310 1,379,730 11,186,570 11,797,895 7.65 5.46 - All Governmental and Proprietary Funds CombJoed. General Fund Special Revenue Fund-Recycling Special Revenue Funds-Misc. Special Revenue Fund-Storm Water Sewer Utility District No. 1 Road InipfDvement Fund Capital Projects Funds Debt Service Funds TOTALS Projected Fund Balance mim. 4,495,524 31,809 378,588 4,824,760 5,553,638 232,393 887,443, 740,644 iJMTtf 6.78 7.54 IdaL Revenues 11,597395 174,480 . 80,000 1,295,000 2,990,300 1,383,800 260,909 1,677,574 19,459,958 S.02 IcJaL Expenditures 11,797,895 174,480 0 3,265,750 4,213,841 1,578300 760,909 1,677374 5.46 -1151 -11.67 Projected Fund Balance 12312001 4595,524 31,809 458368 2,854,010 4330,097 37,393 387,443 740,644 13,135,488 Property Tax 8,686375 91,680 0 935,000 0 700,960 256,709 1,379,730 10,050,654 The current Town General Fund indebtedness Is $ 11348,455 JOANN M. KOVAC TOWN CLERK TOWN OF MT. PLEASANT adjourn without approving new rules governing the system. At issue is who should have final say over transplant policy the government or the private contractor that runs the transplant system. The bitter fight has gone on since early 1998, when the Clinton administration issued regulations directing that more donated organs go to the sickest patients. The administration argued that the current system, based largely on geography meant that certain patients were dying because of where they live But some hospitals and states feared that under new rules, they would lose organs to places where more patients are waiting or where fewer organs are donated. Wisconsin and its two major transplant centers in Madison and Milwaukee filed suit earlier this year against the federal government seeking to overturn the new rules. Congress has been working to resolve the argument, though in practice, much of the debate has been settled. Last month, the United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the system, signed a new contract with the Department of Health and Human Services that accedes authority to HHS on all policy matters and writes the language of the regulations into the contract. Still, Congress had hoped to set guiding principles into law. Early this year, the House passed a bill that strips HHS of its power to set policy, giving the private contractor complete control over the way organs are distributed. It was supported by the private contractor and many transplant hospitals but fiercely opposed by the administration, some patient groups and other hospitals. The Senate, led by Sens. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., crafted a compromise that has widespread support and attempts to balance power between HHS and the private contractor. Under the Senate bill, a panel of medical experts would have final say over policy. For the last two weeks, negotiators from each chamber have tried . to find a compromise, but the Senate side was unwilling to change the substance of its measure. "They asked us to undo virtually every compromise agreement we had come to," said Cybele Bjork-lund, a Kennedy health aide who took part in the negotiations. "We didn't have a lot of room to move This had been a heroic effort to get everyone on the same page." She said that many of those who supported the administration had no motive to compromise further since the contract has already been signed and, after several congressionally imposed delays, the regulations have already taken effect. She said that she and other Senate negotiators offered to make minor changes, but they would not overhaul the dispute resolution system and other cornerstones of the bill, as the House team demanded. FLAG Other county affected From Page IC flags, Weibel said. "I probably didn't get more than a couple dozen (complaints), and the cemetery probably got the same." Flags were replaced on the spot, but with other lower-quality flags, he said. By tradition, the city of Racine pays for the flags used east of Interstate 94, Weibel said. The county pays for the flags west of the interstate. The city paid what it was supposed to; it was the county which absorbed the $8,900 cost of buying replacement flags at the last minute and shipping them to Racine, Weibel said. "Our choice at the time was a Memorial Day with no flags or a Memorial Day with inferior flags." The county complained and started negotiating a settlement with Collegeville Flag, said McVey, the corporation counsel. But the talks broke down, hence the request for authority to sue, he said. That doesn't mean the matter will end up in court. "You always try to attempt to negotiate any lawsuit," McVey said. Whether he'll file the lawsuit and then try to reopen talks, or whether he'll talk first and not file is a decision he hasn't made yet. In Cambria County, Pa., they settled. The county about an hour east of Pittsburgh in the mountains of central Pennsylvania found itself in the same situation as Racine County this spring. Flags were ordered but didn't arrive in time, said Sheryl Safina-Pfarr, assistant solicitor for the county. "We really hustled to get a new company to provide the flags in time," she said. Collegeville Flag eventually shipped the rest of the order, but during the summer although that will probably fulfill the county's needs for next year, she said. The county deducted its costs from the amount it was supposed to pay and sued, but the company and county negotiated a settlement before the matter went to trial. "It's unfortunate it took a lawsuit to get their attention," Safina-Pfarr said. No one from Collegeville Flag responded to a request for comment on Tuesday. In the meantime, Weibel said, the city will provide some storage space so the flags for next year can be ordered well ahead of the time they're needed. , Neck Pain Back Pain Headache Numbness & Tingling Much More atek TECHNOLOGY'S NEWEST & GREATEST DISCOVERY FOR THE NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF PAIN AND PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS Thostrup Chiropractic 500 Walton Ave. Racine, Wl 53402 l block west of the zoo) BOAT Old one sold From Page 1C for patrol and rescue should prepare the vessel for the boating season next spring. The boat was built in 1975. It is two feet wider and one foot longer . than the current patrol and rescue vessel the department uses in its daily operations, said Sgt. Bill Halliday of the Water Patrol. It also has a more powerful motor, allowing for faster speeds. "It's a great acquisition for the county," Halliday said. "It's a better heavy weather boat. It sits up a little higher." The 40-foot patrol and rescue boat the Water Patrol is currently using is more than 50 years old. Extensive repairs were made to the vessel after it sank last April because a crack in the muffler system allowed water into the boat. Halliday said Tuesday he believes the sheriffs department's 40-foot vessel also a Coast Guard surplus is the last of its kind used for patrol on Lake Michigan. He said the 40-foot patrol boats are what the Coast Guard used from the 1940s to the 1970s, when they were replaced by the larger and more spacious 41-footers. McReynolds said the current patrol boat will be sold through a bid process and will probably pay for much of the cost of the new boat and the repairs it needs. . . : ...........x....

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