The Daily Journal from Flat River, Missouri on December 15, 1970 · 1
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Flat River, Missouri
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Tuesday, December 15, 1970
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n n r? n CraMree vsinn) JdODtror ens u Desloge City Council last night conducted their final session of the year, paying monthly bills, set a fee system for use of the city dump by non-residents, raised the salary of the caretaker at the dump, authorized a street improvement at Non Foods, voted to retain the present street commissioner through July 1971 and passed over the new budget until after the first of the year. Visitors appearing before the council with special problems included County Court Judge Emmett O. Shelley with a request the city dump not be closed to non-residents, John (Short) Johnson requesting a change in the city boundary and James Edgar asking a new and gentler dog control ordinance. The aldermen also discussed other city business and received department reports. John (Short) Johnson was the first to appear before the aldermen. Johnson said a stopped-up sewer at his home at 200 Fir Street has brought some surprising developments. He finds that his is the only home on the south side of Fir Street which is in Desloge, while the others all , are in Flat River and that his children go to R-3 schools. It was at the suggestion of city hall that he asked for and received permission to change his sewer over to the Flat River system. Now, he said, it seemed appropriate that his home just be transferred to Flat River, along with the balance of the homes on Fir Street. Sewer Superintendent R.F. Bullock verified with city maps that Johnson's home is inside Desloge, while neighbors are not. Alderman Herbert Hoffman said during a previous time he served as alderman that the council had undertaken jointly with the city of Flat River to straighten the city boundary along Fir Street: 'We found it was going to be expensive requiring action in the Circuit Court and had been dropped." The alderman pointed out that Johnson has most services now offered by both cities. Johnson disputed the most services statement, pointing out that Flat River stopped the curb and gutter at his property line, with that water now running across his front yard. Mayor Lee Thurman suggested the accepted solution agreed to. Thurman said the City of Desloge would provide Johnson with an official letter releasing him from any obligation to pay sewer taxes, permitting his property to be taxed for Flat River sewers. James A. Edgar appeared to complain about the new dog ordinance. "I am complaining for my son," he said. He pointed out Desloge has gone suddenly from no dog law to about the ' strongest such control in the county. He said it seemed that dogs vaccinated and licensed should be permitted on the streets. He said, "I recall yon bragging on the good teenagers and the next thing you are taking little boys' dogs away from them." He agreed that stray dogs were a problem, but said that requiring both vaccination and licenses would solve that problem. Mayor Thurman said he has heard similar conplaints. Alderman Hoffman agreed some complain, but pointed out that at spring garden and flower time, people complain that a licensed dog does just as much damage as one without a tag. Edgar repeated his thoughts for the kids. He said his boy's dog, tied up as long as Desloge had a dog catcher, had whined and cried all the time tied up. You ask that little boy to behave in a few years as a teenager and maybe he will remember what you did to his puppy, he said. He said he believed the council should review and adopt a more reasonable dog control law. He asked if there was any possibility . a milder dog law would be enacted. Alderman Harry Ward said he thought the council should Area students to be in Cope State plays 'Area students at Southeast Missouri State College, Cape Girardeau, will be appearing in student-directed one-act plays at Rose Theatre on campus beginning at 7 pm. Wednesday, Dec. 16. The plays, projects required in a play directing course taught by Dr. Jack Hensley, are: Robert Anderson's "The Shock of Recognition"; Elizabeth McCormick's "The Dragon Who Giggled"; and Tennessee Williams "Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton." ' v Among actors in the second play are : Gene Greenhaw, Rt. 1, Fannington; and John Cher-venak, Desloge. Suzanne Laird of Caledonia is in the cast of the third produce- talk about it and C.S. Mayberry agreed with Ward. Thurman told Edgar the council would think about it and assured him that an ad would be put in the paper just as soon as another dog catcher might be hired, so nobody would be "surprised" and lose his dog. County Court Judge Emmett O. Shelley, who lives in Desloge, appeared and asked to be heard. Judge Shelley reported receiving a telephone call from a person living at the edge of Desloge who has now been refused use of the city dump. Shelley said the man was much disturbed. "What are we trying to do?" he asked the council. He said the County Court feels that cities should not forbid use of dumps by people living near the community, although a modest charge for such use might be a reasonable solution. A lengthy discussion ensued about whether or not those living outside cities should be provided services by the city and what would be a reasonable charge. It was pointed out that citizens pay $1.50 a month and outsiders should pay at least as much. Mayor Thurman said he would suggest to the contractor providing service to Flat River, St. Francois The director of Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and the administrative head of the Missouri Highway Department have pledged their full cooperation to the efforts of St. Francois County Government Services Committee, it was learned this week. Olin Pilchard, secretary of the county organization aimed at solving common county problems through cooperative efforts, said mat Tom Tucker of the regional planning commission has i - - ' - ' . . f - ; SOME CATS have all the luck, and "Fluffy" here, held by Alan Wheatley, Elvins, has an overabundant supply of "thumbs," as do two of her kittens. The cat belongs to Lori Ann Revelle, also of Elvins. Each of the cat's paws has six Desloge families that he solicit homes of Highley Heights for customers for his service. After the discussion, the council approved a fee system for non-residents. Those living outside Desloge should go to city hall before going to the dump and buy a trip permit to use the dump. Then they could go to the dump and be admitted on surrendering the permit. The fee will be 50 cents for a car, $1 for a pick-up and $3 for a one and one-half ton truck or larger. Mayor Thurman reported that the caretaker of the dump, Jim Hawkins, has asked for a raise if he must stay at the dump. Also, said the mayor, Hawkins has pointed out that publicity about whether people may or may not use city dumps has greatly cut the amount of salvage he can get. The alderman approved increasing Hawkins' salary from $50 to $70 per month. Police Officer David Tripp reported that use of firearms at the dump has increased and ricocheting bullets are getting dangerous to anybody who goes to the dump. Superintendent of Sewers R.F. Bullock reported to the County, Mo Copyright Missouri Publications, veririiinrQuiit Me 9 voiced plans to attend all the session of the local group. Tucker, who has attended the first two meetings of the committee, said he will work closely with the group. Tucker noted that this county is the only one of the seven in his region that has set up an organization through which he could work effectively at present. Prichard noted also that there was a letter received by the committee from Thomas E. David, highway administrator for the State Highway Depart council the results of a recent inspection of the city lagoon by the Missouri Water Pollution Board. The effluent coming from the lagoon is within accepted standards and not polluting Big River, he said. However, he did have a list of deficiencies and reported what was being done to correct them. Ward reported for a street improvement at the Non Foods building which would permit tractor trailer trucks to back into the building to unload and not stick out onto the street as at present. The need, said Ward, is to cover the ditch opposite the building which would give enough room for the backing maneuver. He also pointed out that Non Foods is the largest taxpayer and employer at Desloge. The council approved the solution as had been worked out by Ward and Street Commissioner Bunker Miller. Mabery brought up a need, he said, to do something about the fire department for daytime fires. Mabery reported a recent fire when he passed as the alarm sounded. The firemen arrived quickly enough, he said, but then didn't know what to do. Chief of Police Mike Hunt explained that, Tuesday, December 15, Inc. ment, indicating his agency would offer its full cooperation with the Government Services Committee. At the last session there was some discussion on the highway situation, and Chairman Robert Fowler stated he will appoint a committee to work with Tucker and the highway department in resolving the situations. Officers of the new organization are: Robert M. Fowler, mayor of Flat River, is chairman of the . organization. Co-chairmen I "toes." The kittens present an interesting study in heredity, as "Bonnie" has six toes on front feet only, while "Clyde" followed his mother with six toes on all four feet. All toes are complete with claws, as "Fluffy" demonstrated soon after the picture was taken. "Yes, this did happen, but that these new firemen are ex-perinced, but on other equipment. Sunday, Fire Chief Jim Gremminger had conducted lessons and that the daytime firemen are ready to roll anytime now." Hoffman brouht up a subject of, would it be possible to keep the present street commissioner, John (Bunker) Miller on into the new year rather than change back to Orville Walker as in the past. Miller has a program laid out and it seemed best to let him continue on the job, said Hoffman.. Desloge has followed a practice of employing retired men who receive Social Security benefits. They have alternated between Walker and Miller who serve up to what they are permitted to earn outside their Social Security benefits. In the past this has been $1680 worth, but beginning in 1971 they will be permitted to earn up to $2000, which would mean 10 months work at $200 per month for Desloge. Last night the aldermen first voted to continue Miller in service until he used up his WW hip' 1970 Vol. 40, No. 246 Single Copy Prico are Jim Eaton, assistant vice-president of the Commerce Bank of Bonne Terre; Dean Danleley, presidentelect of Farmington .Chamber of Commerce; and C. S. Mabery, alderman for the City of Desloge. As the program for the organization is worked out, the three co-chairmen are expected to be named to head special committees on county problems, city problems and industrial development. Another key institution that has indicated full cooperation with the program is Mineral Area College. Dr. Richard Caster, president, has volunteered the campus as the site for any meetings of the group and also volunteered the services of the college in any way that they might assist the committee in carrying out its projects. Dr. Caster was so impressed with the initial report of a committee listing major problems with which the county is confronted, that during last week's meeting he had copies made for each member of the committee. In- another area, Presiding Judge Elliott Straughan and Judge Emmett O. Shelley stated that the County Court would like to work out the proposal for revaluation of real estate, but information they had indicated that it would cost about $125,000 and the county just didn't have the money. They stated they had requested assistance from the State Tax Commission, but were informed that no state funds were available for this purpose. Judge Straughan said a professional company from Florida was doing a revaluation job for Johnson County and he would try to have one of their representatives at the January meeting for a discussion on the subject. Straughan said that according to state statutes no property taxes could be raised more than ten per cent the first year of a revaluation. Dr. Caster stated that both Ste. Genevieve and Madison counties in the junior college district had revaluations last year. This seems to be the number one priority for establishing a basis of county-wide improvement, Prichard noted. The Weather High (yesterday) . , Low (this morning) .56 , 23 FORECAST: Rain continuing into tonight with low in the 30s. Partly cloudy Wednesday with the high near 50. jboooosooooo Deaths on Page 11 wooooooooooo Dasie Jane Schafer Rayford Leon Sherman eligibility. Mayor Lee Thurman reminded the. council that he thought this was being unfair to Walker, who was first. The councilmen then amended their action keeping Miller on at the beginning of the year, but only for six months. "Then we will give Walker the same opportunity,"-they said. Chief of Police Mike Hunt reported that Desloge has now received $1392.21 in federal grant funds as reimbursement of part of the cost of the new police car. Hunt emphasized the Ronald D. Bockenkamp worked hard getting the money for Desloge. Also, the executive director of Southeast Missouri Law Enforcement Assistance Council has secured matching funds for new uniforms for Desloge police. VFW POST 5896 PLANS FAMILY MEAL Farmington VFW Post 5896 will have a covered dish dinner for all members and their families Dec. 19, at the post home, starting at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will be there with gifts, treats and two ponies for kiddie rides. 1A'-owe' Prieo For AVV. Carrier Delivery Christmas program Wednesday at Potosi Potosi High School music and drama departments will present their annual Christmas program, Wednesday evening, December 16, at 7:30. The opening of the program will be by the high school band directed by Mrs. Jeanette McKinney. Their selections will be "Do You Hear What I Hear" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." A candlelight procession will open the choral segment of the Missouri Natura gets gas pact Aldermen for the City of Farmington granted the Missouri Natural Gas Co. a new 20-year franchise for servicing the community with that fuel, during a brief monthly session Monday night. The franchise was approved with little discussion, as representatives from the gas company attended the meeting DESLOGE OES PLANS YULE PARTY TONIGHT Mineral Chapter 260 OES of Desloge will' have the regular meeting tonight at 7:30 at the lodge hall. There will be a Christmas party and gift ex-, change following the meeting. MINERAL POINT PTA MEETING SET Mineral Point PTA will have the annual Christmas program and regular meeting, Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 pjn. All parents are invited to attend. By Leroy E. Sigman ' JEFFERSON CITY It appears as if a repeat performance of the plea for an emergency $50 per month pay hike follower paid merit system employes was initiated Monday, but hopes for any such action during the current special session of the legislature are still considered slim. The new round of appeals started Monday with a Burlison p enntoii sun St. Francois R-3 Board of Education announced this morning that Superintendent Gerald Crabdree submitted his resignation at the board's meeting Monday night. At the request of Crabdree, his resignation was accepted with the effective date to be June 30. The board added, however, that Crabdree will remain in some administrative capacity with the R-3 district one yet to be determined. When contacted this morning, Supt. Crabdree explained that his resignation is not a sudden move. He stated that he has been thinking about if for some time and had even discussed it with the president of the Board of Education in July of 1969, but that the action was postponed until this time. "No one has ever had more cooperation from parents, personnel, news media and everyone involved, than I have had at Central," the superintendent commented, "and I do want to stay here." He went on to note that while he does not know what type of position he will assume in the school district's administration, he hopes to have time to do other things that he has been wanting to do for some time. Crabdree also noted that he is eager to have a position with less responsibility, in order to dedicate some of his time toward these efforts that he is looking forward to after leaving the post of superintendent. Crabdree has been superintendent of R-3 School. District since its reorganization five years ago brought together the school districts of Elvins, Flat River and Esther. He noted that he has been involved in the educational institutions of this area for the past 30 years and has appreciated the cooperation and support given throughout that period. He added, however, that most of this vespers, featuring the concert choir, the ninth grade and glee clubs. This portion of the program will be a presentation of a tableau and scripture portraying the Christmas story which will be presented under the direction of Mrs. Betty McColloch, vocal music instructor and David Edge of the Speech and drama department. and presented their proposal to the city. In other action, the aldermen approved purchase of a router used to clean out the city sewer lines. Cost for this new piece of equipment, which is considered essential for maintaining proper sewer service, is in the neighborhood of $4300. The board also gave tentative rotests abandonment Congressman Bill D. Brulison spoke out strongly in a letter to the acting chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission last week, protesting the proposed abandonment of the Missouri Pacific Railroad line from Bismarck to Whitewater, commonly referred to as the Belmont Branch Line. "It is difficult to predict,ihe full impact abandonmeBtxof the line would have on the communities it serves," Burlison said in his letter to Dale W. Hardin. "We cannot disclosure by Dr. George Ulett, director of the Division of Mental Health, of bis appeal to State Board of Mediation Chairman Daniel C. Rogers, for the emergency pay hike. In turn, the Board of Mediation again sent their recommendation to the state Personnel Advisory Board, which had already passed a resolution in November daicv LiiJ Gerald Crabdree time he has held positions that have required his efforts beyond the normal school day, and thus prevented his devoting time to outside interests. "If I have been a success at all, it has been because of everyone I have worked with," Crabdree noted. He gave special recognition to the 165 people employed by the R-3 district for their cooperation, devotion and initiative. While he is stepping down from the top administrative post in the reorganized school district, Crabdree stressed that he will continue "devoting my time to making the R-3 school system a better one than it now is, just as this has always been my goal." The announced resignation came as a surprise to some members of the Board of Education at the regular session Monday night, but as Crabdree noted, it had been mentioned in July of 1969 and was not a surprize to all. With the resignation being received only Monday night, the board has taken no action on naming a new superintendent. Choral selections win include "The Little Drummer Boy," "The Hallelejah Chorus," "Sweet little Jesus . Boy," . "Let All Mortal Flesh" and "Do You Hear What I Hear." A madrigal, sextet and trio, the boys ensemble and a solo by Fairth Marler are to be presented. Approximately 350 students will be participating in the program to which the public is invited. approval for the purchase of a new police car. The low bid came from Fitz Chevrolet The purchase will not be made, however, until the bid sheet is double checked against the specifications set for the new police car. The purchase will be made under the 1971 budget that was approved by the city at last month's board meeting. estimate the importance , of new businesses which may not locate in the area because of the lack of rail facilities," the congressman noted. "However, we have ample evidence of the Impact on the existing businesses and the more man 100,000 residents of the four counties." With this, Burlison pointed out that Black River Electric Cooperative of Fredericktown received 1,300 utility poles by rail in the first nine months of this (Turn to page 11 please) recommendading the emergency pay raises to be effective January 1, 1971.. . ... But, the one place where there must be positive action in order for the merit system workers, including more than 700 at Farmington State Hospital, is the state legislature, and there were no signs this week that the lawmakers were preparing to (Turn to page 11 please) n n n

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