The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 2
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.SUND_AY;,JM_AY is, 1997 A Look Ahead 18 Sunday • GRADUATION: St. John's Military School, 10 a.m., Perkins Field.Speaker will be Bill Snyder, Kansas State University football coach. Student speakers include Douglas Morrison, the school's battalion commander from Crown Point, Ind. • GRADUATION: Kansas Wesleyan University baccalaureate at 11 a.m. and commencement at 3 p.m., both in Sams Chapel. Speaker will be Mary Virginian Bevan. professor in the Health, Physical Edu- rntion and Recreation Department. • GRADUATION: Sacred Heart High School, 2 p.m., Sacred Heart Cathedral. Speaker will be Brian Gormley, a teacher of senior English at the school. Student speakers include Ginger Brown. • GRADUATION: Southeast of Saline High School, 2:30 p.m. at the school, 5056 f£. K 4. Speaker will be Brenda Bolt, former Southeast of Salina biology teacher now teaching at St. Thomas Aquinas, Overland Park. Student speakers include Andy Thiel, class president, and R.C. Harlan. • DEMONSTRATION: Dog Day with The Salina Kennel Club, Inc. Noon- 4 p.m., Central Mall. 227-4387, 825-4247. • HAYS: Big Band Dance. 2-5 p.m. VFW Hall, 2106 Vine. $5. 625-9940. • HERINGTON: Herington Train Show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Herinnton Community Building. 257-3501. 19 Monday • CONCERT: "Free Spirit," sponsored by the vocal department of Salina Central High School. 7 p.m., Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. $5. 826-4751. • PROGRAM: "Button, Button, Who's Got the Button," After 5 Club, Christian Business and Professional Women. 6:30 p.m., Penn Campus, Salina Regional Health Center. $7.25. 825-0394, 823-8187. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-7250. • PUBLIC MEETING: Youth Task Force, The Partnership. 7 p.m., Central Kansas Foundation, 1805 S. Ohio. 825-6224. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Oakdale Elementary School, 811 E. Iron. 826-4727. • HEDVILLE: Saline County Rural Fire District No. 3's Board of Directors. 7:30 p.m., Hedville Fire Station. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and phone number. Information NEWS fit EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T SALINA CITY COMMISSION Downtown traffic plan nears implementation Call COMMUNITY line I For these items, use the following category codes: • Salina and regional arts / 2787 • Public schools / 8050 • Local churches / 7729 « Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Seniors Nominations sought for super seniors If you know of a super senior, the Saline County Commission on Aging and the Salina Senior Center want to know about him or her. The organizations are teaming up for their second annual Super Senior Day for noon May 29 at the center, and the day will honor seniors who have contributed to the community. To nominate an adult aged 60 or over, fill out a sheet and return it to the senior center, 245 N. Ninth, before 5 p.m. May 23. From Staff Reports the Salina Journal Published seven days a week, 365 days a year at 333 S. Fourth, P.O. Box 740, ' Salina, Kan. 67402, by Salina Journal Inc. HMM* RAVL, publisher, hrayl9saHouma.com otrumtum • ADVERTISING: JEANNY SHAHP, director, lsharpOsaVournal.com • BUSINESS: DAVID MARTIN, manager, dmatlinQsaljoumal.com • NEWS: SCOTT SEINER, executive editor, • CIRCULATION: BRYAN SANOMEIER, manager, btandmtl9aayoumal.com ! • PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON, manager, aatUnaoOaaljoumal.com Salina 1-800427-6888 Kansas EXTENSION MO • NO PAKR?: If your papar doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays or 7 a.m. . weekends and holidays, call your carrier or the number above. In Salina, H you call by 10 a.m., your paper wW be delivered that day. Out-of-town subscribers wi receive miesed papers the following day. EXTENSION 1M • HOURS: a a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. to midnight Sunday. • E-MAIL: sjn«ws«salj<xm,ai.coffi Fifth and Seventh streets set to become two-way streets, but final signal plan not ready By CRISTINA JANNEY The Salina Journal Concerns about pedestrian safety might delay removal of downtown traffic signals along Santa Fe Avenue. A downtown traffic plan that would remove 13 traffic signals, open Fifth and Seventh streets to two-way traffic and increase speed limits from 20 to 30 mph except on Santa Fe Avenue is up for approval by the city commission Monday. The commission will meet at 4 p.m. at the City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. The city solicited public comments during a study session and two forums in early May. At those meetings, the city heard concerns about school children crossing at the corner of Santa Fe Avenue and Mulberry Street and hospital employees crossing at the corner of South Street and Santa Fe, City Manager Dennis Kissinger said. The traffic plan calls for the removal of signals at both intersections. In a memo to commissioners, Kissinger suggested that the removal of those signals be delayed until city officials could further study the effects on pedestrian traffic. Midwalk crosswalks could be installed to replace signals at those intersections and at Mulberry and Ninth streets, where school children cross, Kissinger said. The plan, developed by the engineering firm V SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION of Bucher, Willis and Ratlitf. 609 W. North, also suggests changing angle parking on Fifth and Seventh streets to parallel parking. Parking changes could result in an increase of 11 spaces downtown or a loss of as many as 23 spaces, engineers said. However, downtown business owners have expressed a strong interest in not losing parking. Bucher, Willis and Ratliff engineers said the changes could improve the downtown traffic flow and decrease the accident risks. Kissinger said that, pending further review, he'll recommend approval of the rest of the downtown traffic project with the exception of the removal of the Santa Fe signals. If the plan is approved, work will start in June and continue through the summer. Green Lantern rezoning Also Monday, the commission will consider a rezoning request for property at Iron Avenue and Connecticut Street. The Green Lantern convenience store chain has made the request to allow possible expansion of its store at Iron and Ohio Street. The request was narrowly recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on a 4-3 vote. Green Lantern wants to change the zoning from multifamily residential (R-2 zoning) to service commercial (C-5) to expand its convenience store and car wash. There are five residences, at least one of which is inhabited, that Green Lantern plans to remove if its rezoning is OK'd. City staff recommended the rezoning be denied because of the effect the expanded business could have on nearby residents. Planning commissioners asked Jim Maes, a Green Lantern representative, if the company would consider planned-commercial zoning of the property. That would require the company to submit a development plan. Maes said the company was not ready to commit to a plan and would no longer be interested in the property if its request was denied. Clay Thompson, a planning commissioner, expressed his concerns about Maes' comments in a letter to Mayor Kristin Seaton. Thompson wrote: "If we, the Planning Commission or the City Commission, allow this company to go ahead with a straight C- 5 zoning with a refusal to indicate how it is to be developed, are we not establishing a precedent for all C-5 requests in the future?" In order to override the recommendation of the planning commission, the five-member city commission would need at least four votes. Water, sewer rate review The city commission will consider a $17,000 contract with Wilson & Co., 1700 E. Iron, to conduct a water and sewer rate study. Such studies are conducted every five years, Kissinger said. Reviews help the city structure its rate system to deal with bond obligations, he said. As the studies predict rates several years into the future, they help businesses prepare for the rate changes, Kissinger said. The study also will review water consumption records and develop water consumption projections. Other business In other business, the commission will: • Conduct a public hearing on a petition requesting the vacation of restricted access on Albert Avenue. The property owner wishes to construct an access to a new video rental business, Hollywood Video, planned for the corner of Ohio and Albert streets. • Approve a license agreement allowing the Salina Airport Authority to install directional signs on city street right-of-way. The city wants to place up to 50 directional signs in the right-of-way to help visitors find their way around the airport industrial complex. • Conduct a public hearing on a request to change the name of Harsh Avenue to Pleasant Place. • Approve a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute an agreement with Vaughn Lambert for concessions operations at the East Crawford Recreation Area north concession facility. The agreement provides for payment to the city for the right to operate plus a rental fee for the use of city-owned equipment. • Approve a resolution authorizing the finance director and city clerk to obtain bids for temporary notes to finance improvements to the Salina Public Library. The library needs $310,000 to complete its renovation project. The money would be paid back from library funds over three years. • Approve plans and specifications for improvements at the Smoky Hill Museum, 211 W. Iron. • Be presented with the 1998 Business Improvement District No. 1 budget. The proposed budget is $103,400. Twin Valley Telephone wants to keep record intact Phone company needs variance to serve part of northern Saline County By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Two houses are under construction in northern Saline County near the Ottawa County line, and Twin Valley Telephone doesn't have the capacity to serve them. "We've served everyone so far," said Mike Foster, Twin Valley president, "but there is no way to provide service to the next site in the service area." Twin Valley has applied to Saline County to install a carrier at the corner of Holmes and Humbargar roads in northern Saline County so it can expand the number of available telephone lines to serve new customers. A variance will be required because Twin Valley will construct a field entrance on which to place Proposed telephone carrier V) LU OTTAWA HUMBARGER Proposed site of Twin Valley Telephone digital loop carrier. Will provide 40 additional phone lines and up to 140 lines in the future. © SALINA the carrier. County commissioners will discuss the request in a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Room V SALINA LANDFILL Salina Landfill opens gates today for free By The Journal Staff If you're looking to unload, today's the day to do it. And it won't cost you a cent. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Salina Landfill, Saline, Ottawa, Ellsworth and Lincoln county residents can drop off waste, free of charge. Only vehicles with license tags from those counties will be permitted to use the landfill free of charge. Other restrictions are: No commercial business waste or trucks; no more than two appliances or four car tires, and no equipment tires. One way to reach the landfill is to drive west of Salina on Crawford Street until you reach Burma Road (just before the K- 140 and Crawford intersection), and then go south on Burma Road for about five miles. In case of rain, the free landfill day will be shifted to June 1. If it's raining, and you're not sure if the landfill is open, call 826-7395. m Mr. President, tell these men to their faces that I it's time to move on. Our government has admitted that POWs were left behind in Vietnam. Evidence continues to mount that men may still be alive. We're on the annual motorcycle RUN FOR THE WALL to tell America DON'T FORGET! We arrive in Salina around 5:00 on May 18. Watch for us! ustA Phone all Away... 209 of the City-County Building. Commissioners meet from 9:30 a.m. until business is concluded Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All meetings are open to the public. A formal meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Room 107 of the City-County Building. Items scheduled for action include appointments to the Saline County Planning and Zoning Commission and to the Board of Zoning Appeals, introduction of newly hired planning and zoning director James Holland and recognition of Joan Ratzlaff, interim director of planning and zoning. Commissioners aren't scheduled to take action Monday on the Twin Valley request. Increase in demand for lines Foster said requests for telephone lines have mushroomed in the past two years because of increased use of computer modems and fax machines as well as new- home construction in rural areas the telephone company serves. The carrier proposed for the intersection of Humbargar and Holmes roads would serve a three- mile area surrounding the intersection. Foster said Twin Valley serves 25 customers in that area. The new carrier initially will have the capability of providing 40 lines; in the future, it can be expanded to provide up to 140 lines. The new carrier will be a digital loop carrier, which will use digital technology from the telephone company office to the carrier and from the carrier to the telephone customers. "It will provide better service," Foster said. All connections from the carrier to the office will be fiber optic. The carrier will cost about $40,000, Foster said, and there will be additional costs for installation, fiber connections and cable. Foster hopes the expansion can be completed before the new homes are. A basement has just been poured for one home in far northern Saline County two miles east of Old Highway 81, Foster said. Another house also is under construction in the area. Foster hopes to have the expansion completed by mid-June. Other business Other appointments scheduled this week with commissioners include: • 10 a.m. Monday: Discussion of a request from Frank Norton to name two streets in Sundowner West subdivision in northwest Saline County Winchester Road and Drover Road. Fire Chief Tom- Girard objects because there'are* three roads named Dover and a road named Winchester in Salina, and the similar names could be confusing to emergency crews. • 2 p.m. Monday: Discuss bids for road patching, leveling and asphalt overlays. ,>': River festival buttons go on sale Monday By The Journal Staff Smoky Hill River Festival buttons will go on sale Monday. One button admits one person to the festival and most of its activities for all four days and can be purchased for $4 at a variety of Salina businesses. The buttons will be sold at the gate for $5 each. A one-day pass can be purchased at the gate for $4. Admission to the Saturday evening production, "Grasslands" by the Paul Winter Consort, is a festival button plus a $5 ticket. The Paul Winter Consort joins forces with regional musicians, singers, dancers and actors. The tickets and buttons are available at the Bicentennial Center, all Salina Dillons stores, the Central Mall service center and the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, 211 W. Iron. The festival is a project of the commission. Does your Trust deserve more than an 800 number? See the UMB Bank Irust Professionals today! Call Cindy Regnier, Rex Matlack or Sandy Fraizer at 826-4060 or contact the UMB Bank nearest you. Local Service People You Know A Name You Trust UIVJB BANK MEMBEHKUIC Americas Strongest Banks vnvw.umb.com SALINA • ABILENE • CONCORDIA • GLASCO • GREAT BEND HUDSON • LURAY • MANHATTAN • RUSSELL

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