The South Bend Tribune from South Bend, Indiana on November 19, 2004 · A1
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Friday, November 19, 2004
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Money is needed to fund improvements, says consultant. By JEFF PARROTT Tribune Staff Writer SOUTH BEND — South Bend residents could soon be hit with increases in both their water and sewer rates. After reviewing the city’s water rates and charges,Crowe Chizek,a financial consultant to the city,concluded the city needs the hike to “continue to provide quality services”and finance several system improvements,city Water Works director John Stancati said in a memo to Common Council President Karen White. White,D-at large,will introduce an ordinance at the council’s meeting Monday night that Stancati says would increase water rates $2.55 a month for the average customer. The city’s last water rate increase,which financed $6 million in system improvements, took effect in March 2002,when the average customer’s bill rose by $1.50 a month. This increase,if approved by both the council and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission — a process that could take at least six months — would come in addition to a 5 percent increase in city sewer rates that will take effect in January.That increase follows a 24 percent sewer rate hike in the fall of 2003. The sewer rate increases are financing maintenance and operation of the city’s sewage treatment plant,as well as improvements Tribune Photo/PAUL RAKESTRAW If the state has its way, 18 miles of Indiana 933, including this stretch near Roseland, will be turned into a local road requiring local maintenance. Newsroom (574) 235-6161 / Subscriber Services 1-800-220-7378 / Classifieds (574) 235-6000 / Sports (574) 235-6331 W EATHER : Full forecast A9 T OMORROW ’ S T RIB Today: Rain, high 53 Tonight: Rain, low 50 Five Thanksgivings later, family’s Victorian house is rehabilitated. atHome N ATION /W ORLD : F EDERAL R EVIEWER C ONTENDS F IVE D RUGS O N M ARKET T OO R ISKY / A3 Metro Edition South Bend Tribune Hearing voices ‘Human beatbox’ tells tales of Israeli and Palestinian lives. WeekEnd, D1 War against terror Huge military mobilization occurring in Indiana. Local, B3 End of a season Report: Lou Holtz to retire as S.C. football coach. Sports, C1 50 cents CYANMAGENTAYELLOWBLACK EDITION 50R F RIDAY , N OV . 19, 2004 © 2004 South Bend Tribune Corp., 132nd year, No. 256 W ILL H IGHWAY G ET N EW C ARETAKER ? State may turn over 933 Gobble-ing not so costly this Thanksgiving Upkeep would be burden, say towns By JOHN DOBBERSTEIN and LAURA STEELE Tribune Staff Writers SOUTH BEND — A state highway isn’t a gift most towns would want on their wish list. But that’s what South Bend, Mishawaka,Roseland and Osceola may end up with. The Indiana Department of Transportation wants to relinquish jurisdiction of about 18 miles of Indiana 933 to the four towns,because the route no longer carries statewide traffic. Talks between InDOT and local officials — which have been on and off for several years — will begin again Nov.30. InDOT is already facing opposition to the idea. Osceola Town Council President Greg Burris and others are calling the idea an “unfunded mandate.”Burris said accepting responsibility for the 1.7 miles of Indiana 933 in his town would place “a substantial burden on his community”and could result in higher taxes locally. Osceola annually spends $40,000 on street maintenance, but Burris anticipates that $90,000 more would be needed to maintain Indiana 933. But InDOT officials say Indiana 933 — also known locally as Lincoln Way as it heads east and west — is a low-priority road,and local leaders might be better served assuming control. InDOT can’t legally force the towns to accept such an agreement,said Jamie Gallagher,route transfer specialist for InDOT,who will be negotiating with the towns. See RATES/A10 Survey finds this year’s dinner price dropped. By CAROL ELLIOTT Tribune Staff Writer Phyllis Strom shuffled through the frozen turkeys in a refrigerated case before struggling to lift a 20-pounder into her grocery cart. A steady line of shoppers waited behind her for their turn at the turkey display at Martin’s Super Market on South Bend Avenue in South Bend Thursday. “Turkey’s excellent,”said Strom of the price. The South Bend resident added the Roundy’s turkey, which cost 49 cents per pound, to cans of green beans,bags of cranberries and other makings for Thanksgiving dinner already in her cart. Strom plans to prepare a traditional holiday meal — as Some up, some down The Indiana Farm Bureau prices 13 items for its Thanksgiving dinner survey. Down: þ Turkey, 83 cents per pound, down 27 cents. þ Rolls, $2.60 per two dozen, down 6 cents. þ Frozen peas, $1.16 per 16 ounces, down 8 cents. Unchanged: þ Potatoes, $1.84 per five pounds. þ Sweet potatoes, 93 cents per pound. Up: þ Stuffing, $2.47 per 14- ounce bag, up 49 cents. þ Pumpkin pie mix, $1.17 per 30-ounce can, up 10 cents. þ Frozen pie shells, $1.76 for two, up 14 cents. þ Carrots, 81 cents per one-pound bag, up 12 cents. þ Cranberries, $1.75 per 12-ounce bag, up 12 cents. þ Whole milk, $2.84 per gallon, up 34 cents. See COSTLY/A10 I NDEX A2: Lotteries B4: Opinion C10: Business D4: Movies D10: Annie’s Mailbox D11: Bridge D11: Comics D12: Television E4: Obituaries F1: Classifieds F2: Crossword F4: Horoscopes Osceola Mishawaka South Bend Roseland 23 2 31 80 933 933 933 23 31 20 Michigan Street Main Street 20 20 90 Indiana 933 relinquishment St. Joseph River 20 Tribune Graphic/JOHN STUMP The Indiana Department of Transportation has notified Roseland, South Bend, Mishawaka and Osceola of plans to turn over Indiana 933 to local municipalities, forcing them to pay for upkeep. The municipalities oppose the idea. See 933/A8 Big gala for Clinton library Futuristic,sleek building meant to represent “bridge to the 21st century.” By JAMES JEFFERSON Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK,Ark.— Bill Clinton,America’s first baby boomer president,opened his library Thursday with a rock ‘n’ roll gala that hailed the $165 million glass-and-steel museum as “a gift to the future by a man who always believed in the future.” Despite a steady,bone-chilling rain,nearly 30,000 people joined a celebration that included tributes from President Bush,his father and former President Carter. Former President Ford,at age 91, is limiting his travel and called Clinton several weeks ago to say he could not attend. Rock stars Bono and The Edge of the band U2 performed a three-song set before Clinton spoke to a crowd that included dignitaries and ordinary folk.Po- etry and gospel singing added a down-home flavor. “The story that began in a little house on Hervey Street in Hope, Arkansas,inspires people from every background all over America,”President Bush said of Clinton’s rise from small-town beginnings to the White House. The William J.Clinton Presidential Center is a sleek,futuristic complex that contains more than 80 million items from the former president’s life,including photos, e-mails,excerpts from famous speeches and gifts from world leaders.The library celebrates eight years of peace and prosperity and dismisses his impeachment as a Republican vendetta. See LIBRARY/A7 Missing Ohio mom flees her abductors in Elkhart Woman runs to business near Toll Road rest stop. By ALICIA GALLEGOS Tribune Staff Writer A 22-year-old woman reported missing in Ohio was found in Elkhart Thursday.She told police she escaped from her abductors at an Indiana Toll Road rest stop. Shannon Proffit of Hamilton,Ohio,ran to a nearby business to call authorities. She had been missing from Monroe,Ohio,since early Wednesday morning,according to police reports. Employees at Specialty Window Coverings, 1655 Gateway Court,Elkhart,said Proffit ran frantically into the store about 2 p.m.and told employees to call police. “The girl looked like she was in shock,”said Randy Ferrie,general manager.“She kept looking See FLEES/A8 City may hike water, sewer rates

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