The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1997 Bugging out CHARLIE RIEDEL / Hays Dally News Natalie Waldschmidt (left) and Suzle Shepherd, both 14, inspect insects they captured along the banks of Big Creek In Ellis. As part of an eighth-grade science project, the girls were assigned to catch and Inspect 15 different bugs. T FLOOD AID Salinans aim to help flood victims Donations are being made for families who 'have lost everything' By DAVID CLOUSTON Tlie Salina Journal When a natural disaster strikes, it's not just families left homeless and needy. Pets are part of the family, too, and they have needs as well. So donations of cat and dog food are being sought to help flood victims in North Dakota and elsewhere, along with the more traditional items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and so forth. "A lot of people don't think of their animals, but for a lot of people, that's their family," said Pam Lytle, office manager at Trinity United Methodist Church. United Methodist churches in central and northwest Kansas are collecting supplies for the flood victims through Thursday. In Salina, donations may be dropped off at the parking lot entrance of Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 E. Neal, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. "It's been kind of slow," said Rev. John Martin. "I don't know whether we haven't got the word V SALINA DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC Pedestrian safety concerns merchants City officials propose removing 13 of 22 downtown signals By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal Downtown merchants expressed concerns about pedestrian safety at a meeting Thursday on Salina's downtown traffic changes. City officials are proposing removing 13 of 22 downtown signals, opening one-way portions of Fifth and Seventh streets to two-way traffic and increasing speed limits on downtown streets to 30 mph except on Santa Fe Avenue. City officials and representatives of Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, who did a downtown traffic study for the city, answered questions at the meeting which was attended by less than a dozen people. "If we don't have easy ways for pedestrians to get around downtown, we don't have a downtown," .said Lavin Worth of Worth Appraisal Service, 111 E. Iron. Furniture store owner Bud Jilka thought the increase in the speed limits downtown could put pedestrian safety in jeopardy. "I think if downtown is going to be a retail shopping center, the speed limits don't need to be that fast," Jilka said. With the removal of stoplights, pedestrians will have to cross at more intersections without the aid of signals and will have less time to react to traffic because of the increased speeds, Jilka said. Shawn O'Leary, assistant city engineer, said downtown traffic studies show that drivers are already driving almost 30 mph downtown and probably will continue to do so if the speed limit remains at 20 mph. Jilka said he thought drivers would travel 35 mph if the speed limits were posted at 30 mph. Studies of other areas in the city have shown that drivers will travel at the speeds they feel are safe for the roadway despite the posted speed limits, O'Leary said. Another resident suggested that the city consider mid-block crosswalks at downtown alleys. O'Leary said the city would look at the traffic along those areas and see if it would be safe to put crosswalks or pedestrian crossings at those points. Business owners continue to express concerns about maintaining the number of parking spaces downtown. Depending how the parking is laid out, the project could result in a change in spaces ranging from an increase of 11 spaces to a decrease of 23 spaces, said Charles Schwinger, vice president of Bucher, Willis and Ratliff. Baker receives Truman award By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Praising the former president's character and conviction as qualities crucial to leading a nation, former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Thursday. The honor has become a family affair for Kassebaum Baker, whose husband, former Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, won the hon- State tax refund process on track By The Associated Press TOPEKA — State Revenue Department officials said Thursday the agency not only has cleared a backlog of income tax refunds but now. is running ahead of last year's pace in getting money it owes taxpayers back into their pockets. "This year's refund process has taken a 180-degree turn," Secretary John LaFaver said in a statement. "We experienced some system problems earlier in the tax season, but we had a super group of people in place who worked incredibly hard... to turn that around." As of Wednesday, LaFaver said, the department had processed about 470,000 refunds totaling $104 million. That compares with 463,000 refunds totaling $98 million at the same time in 1996. Computer problems had delayed distribution of refunds. A drop in expected state revenue during April was attributed to a delay in processing income tax payments to the state because of the time being devoted to clearing the refund backlog. or in 1989. Kassebaum is just the second woman to receive the award. Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was the 1984 winner. Kassebaum Baker hailed Truman as a courageous leader. She cited the decision to fire Gen. Douglas McCarthur during the Korean War as an example of Truman's willingness to cross popular sentiment for the good of the country. The CUPBOARD 2 911 B. West Crawford, Salina MAURI WEIGH Auto - Home Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron out well enough yet." The church hopes to collect enough to fill a donated tractor- trailer. To date, the church hasre- ceived "a little bit of everything," Martin said. "Diapers, laundry soap, a few tools, some money." Needed are cleaning supplies, personal items, baby items, pet food, small tools and paper goods. Trash bags, insect spray, first-aid kits, flashlights and batteries are also;accepted. Clothing is not accepted. "I think we're going to be getting more stuff in," Martin said. "People are just now realizing we're the collection site. I think the need is still pretty great. From what I understand, people have lost absolutely everything." The donations collected by each church will be received and distributed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief Supplies. Donors can also send money for the flood victims in care of Trinity United Methodist Church. The envelope should be marked on the outside to show it's for the disaster effort. Or checks can be made payable to "Kansas West Conference" and mailed to Treasurer, 9440.E. Boston, Suite 110, Wichita, KS 67207-3600. Donations will be used entirely for disaster relief. Schwinger said he did not think it would be a problem to maintain parking downtown at its current level. No opposition was mentioned about the changes of the streets from one-way to two-way traffic. City officials have been actively pursuing the change for at least three years, O'Leary said. One-way streets are used in downtowns to handle large capacities of traffic, and Salina's downtown traffic no longer carries the larger traffic flows, Schwinger said. A final proposal is scheduled to come before the Salina City Commission on May 19. If the plan is approved, work on the changes would begin in June and continue through the summer. 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