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Spending for 1969 Set at $460,316 By Board By THOMAS JEWELL Tribunt Staff Writer A county park budget That Is 'almost 'doubled to $460,316 has been proposed for 1969. It would mean a nickel In--crease in the park tax levy from 5.5 cents to more thanlO cents next year. . The proposed budget contains two major facets: $221,150 toward completion of development of the countys first park and ad ditional funds for the actual op eration of the park. No provision is included for acquiring additional park sites, but this could be done later outside the budget. ' " The payroll proposed would double from $64,375 this year to $122,611, most of it going toward ' personnel to staff the newly opened park. Resident Naturalist A $9,000 assistant park superintendent post is also created in the proposed budget and is envi-sioned as a resident naturalist and designer. - The Bendix Gift Park is now undergoing a $247,000 development phase that will open it to the general public for the first time. -Robert J. Fischgrund, president of the St. Joseph County Park and Recreation board, em phasized today, Without question, the park will be usable this : year.!!: The Tnassive development of the park with an estimated price tag of about $600,000 could be completed next year with these budget appropriations. Another $100,000 project not included in the budget is the con- Continued on Page 34 Intruders Mar Wake Of Veteran A funeral home employee was -attacked-andJhreatened with a knife by In assailant Tuesday night where several persons were mourning the death of a Vietnam veteran. ; Shortly before the attack, at the St. Josephs Funeral Home, 1222 W. Napier St, two. unidentified men walked up to the casket containing the body of Rob - ert Jaronik, a Marine sergeant, and one of them spat on the, floor near the casket. Joseph rV. Grzegorek,. 63, of - 1217 Western Ave., the employ ee, told police that he was at-tacked by a man who lunged at him with a large knife shortly after the other two men left Ihe funeral home. - . , Grzegorek said he lurched backwards, falling to the floor on his back, when the assailant came after him with a knife. The assailant leaped on top of Grzegorek and demanded his moneys Enters Lobby ' A relative of - the - deceased veteran, Diane Jaronik, 18, who was in the viewing room at the funeralhome, went into the lobby where Grzegorek was being attacked after she heard the commotion in the lobby, according to police. - The young woman attempted to assist Grzegorek by pulling at the assailant. Several persons in the funeral home went to the- lobby to see what was happening, apparently scaring the assailant, who fled. While the assailant was escaping from the funeral home, Capt. Clyde R. Magill, Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif., picked up a chair and threw it at the fleeing man In an attempt to halt him. Chase Assailant - Capt. Magill and others in the funeral home chased the assailant but lost him when he fled down a neaby alley, police said. The assailant, described as Negro, 6 feet 2, wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirtreport-edly is known to police. , Earlier, the two other men, described as young Negroes entered the funeral home and one of them spat on' the floor jiear the casket, according to Grezgo-rek. He said they first asked if the soldier was killed in Vietnam. ; Jaronik was Killed on June 29, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam while on patrol duty, READY FOR INNERBELT OPENING -Mayor Lloyd M. Allen sits beside City Engineer Lloyd S. Taylor, who is at the right hand wheel of his 1912 model Oakland car, as the two "prepare for the ceremony opening the new segment of the in- THROUGH A PAPER BARRIER -The car breaks through a paper barrier bearing-the All-America City emblem as the highlight' of the opening ceremony. A motorcade then made a round-trip of the innerbelt. Holding Agency Seeks to Cut Operating Loss, ! Of System By MARCHMONT KOVAS Tribune- City Government Writer Moves to purchase new buses and to make a technological study were made Tuesday by the South Bend Public Transportation Corp. (PTC) board of directors in an effort to stem continuing operating losses Despite increased bus service and route improvementsTTnade in mid-June, revenue is down from the same period a' year agor James A. Bickel, city controller, reported to the directors. Robert J. DuCombr attorney for the board, said petitions have been prepared to obtain signatures JqrJaunching a $2 million bond Issue to finance the purchase of new buses Cleveland Firm Hired And the agency decided to hire the W. : C. Gilman consultant firm of Cleveland, Ohio, to make the technological study even though Bickel, who is also controller for the PTC, advised that there is no money for the study. After reviewing the financial statistics, the board felt that there will be funds available by the time the study Is completed in about four months. Bickel reported that passenger revenues in June totaled $43,768, compared with $45,889 a year ago, and that revenue dropped from 61.25 cents a mile to date this year to 49.64 cents in June. A major factor in the revenue-per-mlle drop Js the Increased mileage traveled by buses 90,-585 in June, compared with 71, 459 for June a year ago, said Bickel. Fund Chances Slim Now Director William L. Harmon reported that the city has slim chances of obtaining federal funds immediately ' from the Housing and Urban Development Department to finance the bus Continued on rage 34 A host of public and civic officials, headed by Mayor Lloyd M. Allen, today participated in a ceremony opening the new innerbelt segment to traffic. With CityEngineer Lloyd, S, Taylor at the wheel of his 1912 model Oakland touring car, and the mayor sitting beside him, the vehicle burst through a paper target bearing the All-America city emblem, as the highlight of the ceremony. Hard on the heels of the lum-. bering vehicle was the mayors 1968 Imperial limousine driven by City Controller James A. BickeL-Riding beside Jiimwas Miss Virginia Guthrie, executive secretary of the South Bend Civil Planning Assn.,' Inc, - . Council .President Robert O. Laven was next in the motorcade with a station wagon bearing members of the council. Four-Block Stretch The section thrown open to traffic is the four-block stretch from Washington Ave. to Lincoln Way W. and is an extension northward of Chapin St. Another segment, connecting Lincoln Way with Michigan St. at Marion and Madison Sts. has been open for use since last fall. The new segments of the innerbelt constitute the northwest part of the system which is designed to provide a belt route around the perimeter of the heart of the city. Chapin forms the west leg, Sample St. the south leg and Eddy SL the east leg. Eventually, a bridge is to be constructed over the St. Joseph River at Madison St. to carry the north leg eastward on the route of Madison St. ,i No Action on Bridge ' But ho official action has been taken to build the bridge other than the adoption of a resolution by the Area Transportation Board that such a bridge ought to be built. It is expected that federal and state funds would be available to help finance its cost. 1 Officials of the South Bend-Mishawaka Area Chamber of Commerce also participated in the opening ceremony today. The Innerbelt wai financed , 4 i ' nerbelt system today at Washington and Chapin St. In the rear seat, left to right, are J. Chester Allen Jr., Dan A. Clark and ; -Dr. Gerald Sequin, of the South Bend-Mishawaka Area Chamber of Commerce. . ' . ; i yvi . the barrier are, left, Stanley Ladd, president L of the St. Joseph County AFL-CIO Council, - and - right, - Stephen T. McTigue, executive vice-president of The Area Chamber of Commerce. -Photo b Tribune Start Photographer with the bulk of a $1.5 million bond issue and was constructed by the Rieth-Riley Construction Co. : - , r The section from Washington to Lincoln Way is over right of way land that had to be pur chased and cleared of buildings and dwellings. Light fixtures still must be installed on poles in the center di vider.- RUCKELSHAUS-CHALLENGES FOE TO DEBATE -INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Wil liam D. Ruckelshaus, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, challenged his opponent today to a statewide series of debates oh thenational issues of This years campaign. Ruckelshaus wrote Sen! Birch Bayh, D-Ind., recalling that in 1962 Bayh issued T eight challenges to then Sen. Homer E. Capehart, R-Ind., for similar face to face discussion of the issues. . ,V'i ' . Knowing your Insistent attitude that Sen. Capehart debate in 1962, plus the real service we both know will be afforded the voters of Indiana by a full airinj of the Issues, I am sure you wil accept my challenge with alac rity, Rusckelshaus wrote Bayh. 25-YEAfl-OLD DRIVER HURT Tlw T rlbuno'i Spoclol Sorvlco ELKHART - Mrs. Sandra K Scott, 25, of 123 W. Hively Ave. complained of back pains after her car was hit in the rear by another auto at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on Ind. 112 at the northwest city limits. Driver of the other car was Charles Bybee, 27, of 1015 Iowa St.,, Mishawaka, who, county police said, left the scene after the mishap. Police are continuing the investigation. POLICE LOOK INTO HOLDUPS Store, Boy fobbed; Man Attacked On Street A store was robbed at gun-joint of $100, a man was beaten with a pipe for no apparent reason and a teen-ager was robbed of cash and a pocket knife after being threatened with a beating in separate incidents Tuesday. About $100 and a wallet containing $1 were taken in a holdup at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Hill-view Dairy Store, 4122 Western Ave.," by a man who brandished revolverjmd forced an employee to lie on the floor. . Mrs. Ada Wentzel, 48, of 3404 Ford StZ, - a clerk, said the man entered the store holding his gun and told her to get on the floor behind the counter. Empties Cash Register Tolice said the robber emptied the cash register and ordered Mrs. Wentzel into a back room. While in the rear of the store, Mrs. Wentzel told police, the banditsawherwallet.con taming lUuid took it. He then fled out a rear door after pushing the clerk down and throwing boxes on top of her, police said. She described the bandit as a Negro, 21, 6 feet, 150 pounds, slender build, wearing charcoal-colored trousers and dress coat - and - a dark grey, small-brimmed hat pulled down to his eyebrows J - Shaner Beaten" Robert E. Shaner, 22, of 1739(6 Prairie Ave., was treated at St. Josephs Hospital Tuesday night for a skull fracture after he was beaten with,a pipe by three men Continued on Page 34 C1' i .mlJ i , TRAY-IN HELD AT COUNTY JAIL - Demonstrators kneel hrfront of the Sheriff's office aud official residence, 116 N. Lafayette Blvd., adjacent to the St. Joseph County Jail, as they pray for seven of their number committed to jail. The aeven failed to pay fines after being convicted In city court on Architect C h o e n After Delay For Funds By MARCHMONT KOVAS Tribune City Govtmmont Wrltar ; A contract will be signed within the next few days with an architectural firm for the prepara-tion of a functional design for the two proposed municipal parking garages, City Engineer Lloyd S. Taylor said today. Taylor declined to name the architectThat has been selected and said the contract cost has not been established, . The" multi-story parking facilities will beerected onthesouth east-comer of Main St. and Colfax Ave. and the northwest corner of Jefferson Blvd. and St. Joseph St. .Two months ago the selection and 7 hiring of a architect appeared imminent but a delay was occasioned - by. alackof funds to pay the architect, said Taylor. . There have been numerous suggestions made to. the transit firm that a covered transfer point be provided for bus riders. Council Approves -Z Taylor said ! it will take about 60 days to complete the designs and after that the Board of Public Works and Safety will hold public hearings on the desips and the costs. The council already has given its approval, over vigorous objections by some segments of the community, for the planning of the facilities. Among objectors was the South Bend Parking Co. which operates numerous downtown parking lots. . Cost of the two structures is estimated at $3 million. The city would finance them with a revenue bond issue which may be sold at an interest rate not to exceed 5 per cent, If all goes well bids would be taken on the structures next spring. : Taylor" and City-Controller James A. Bickel said a legal opinion has been given by City Atty. Arthur W. Frisk that the cumulative capital improvement fund'may'betappedTopaythe , - test Tap Cigarette Tax The capital improvement fund is derived from cigarette taxes returned to the city by the state. At the instigation of Bickel, the South Bend Public Transportation- Corp.- board of directors Tuesday agreed to have a representative co-operate with the architect in providing space in one of the garages as a bus transfer point. . E. Eugene Furry, head of the transit management firm that runs the bus system, will consult with the architect on tbe matter, By LAURANCE MORRISON Trlbuno Staff Wrltor Twenty-eight members of the Youth Council of the Nation AssmTorLthe Advancement of Colored People kneeled in prayee and sang civil rights songs in a 42-minute pray-inTuesday aftf ernoon outside the St. Joseph County jail. Seven other members were in he jail serving sentences for 'ailure to pay fines for trespassing in a sit-in April 29 at the South Bend Community School Corp. administration building. A second pray-in. was announced fot, 4:30 p.m,, Today again at the jail. j --Ralph E. Bingham, 18, of 307 N. Birdsell St., a youth council member who served two days in the jail, said the purposes of the second Jail demonstration would be twofold, r, They are, he said, the actions of Dr; Holt (School Supt. Charles C. Holt) and a corrupt Tower structure, but also the prevailing conditions that exist in the mens section of the county jail. . Calls CondltTons Pilthy-Bingham listed the conditions as cockroaches, unsanitary toilet conditions, poorly -prepared food, pards that neglect their duty, filthy sleeping conditions and many other abominable conditions. Told of the-list by newsmen, Sheriff Elmer Sokol stated flatly there are no cockroaches or vermin of any kind in the jail He said - that absolutely. Jthe food Is healthful, adding that he eats prisoner fare four times a week and that department personnel eat the food too. I dont have tablecloths and candelabra, Sokol declared, but anyone can come and eat the food. The sheriff, with public funds, is responsible for feeding county and South Bend jail inmates. The cost of meals comes to about 40 cents per prisoner for each meal, the sheriff estimated. --No Janitorial Services - Of assertedly - unclean, cell-blocks, Sokol said, There is a large percentage of inmates who refuse to clean up and I dont have janitorial services. He added that some inmates manage.. to keep themselves clean but understandably refuse to clean up , after other, messy prisoners. -iTo a certain degree I have to agree, said the sheriff, to allegations of filthy sleeping conditions. And, he said, most of the time there is one guard for male prisoners and one matron for fe- must give medicine where prescribed, take care of canteen requests, and other duties. There are about 20 persons assigned to each eight-hour shift, but were lucky to have 14 with sick leave and days off, according to Sokol. -- He added that he foresees serious need for about 12 ad ditional deputies when the new jail in the County-City Bldg, being built, is finished in about a year. " A demonstrator who spent one day in the lockup, Dr. James T. trespassing charges in an April 29 sit-in at the South Bend Community School Corp. administration building. Rev. Joseph -A. Schneiders,' standing at right in white hair, leads the pray- ! er. , ' Photo by Trlbuno Start Photograph Big Construction Projects Resumed Operations have resumed at jll of the citys major construction sites following the solution of. a series of labor disputes that idled building progress and led to a three week delay In construction. AH construction trades are reported back to work at the sites of the American Bank & Trust Co.g 27-story mqtorjnn and office complex, the County-City Bldg., the 15-story St. Joseph Bank office building and the tnomed"Athletic and Convocation Center at the University of Notre Dame. Work at the four sites was halted when a contract dis-pate flared between the Gen-era! Contractors Assn. "of South Bend-MIsbawaka and members of the ironworkers and cement finishers. . Cushing, 31, told the pray-in group on Tuesday that the jail Is incredibly: filthy,' overcrowded 2" and inhumane. . Refers to Jury Report The sheriff, asked later about the commentary, acknowledged there are housekeeping probi lems in the jail and referred tej the last two grand jury report! on the jail. Z The last report, In May, brlefij ly noted the low pay scale foil -the Sheriffs Department. Thj preceding report, in February; praised the sheriff for doing a fine job despite inadequate fadlj ities. The next report is due irj : September. Tuesday, - after - the - group -kneeled on the sidewalk In fronl -of the sheriffs office, 116 S. La fayette Blvd., and said the Lords Prayer in unison, Mis( Norma Coppage, 21, demonstra tion leader, read a prepare statement from the steps oj Sheriff Sokols office. She said, It will be us, the youth of today, wfio will have tq live with your laws after you are gone. ; ... With guitar accompaniment and singing We Shall Oven come, the group moved to an alley beneath the windows of a tier of cells in which some of the demonstrators convicted in the " April sit-in were held.- Ask for Our Freedom As the singing proceeded outside, catcalls could be heard from the barred windows, evidently uttered by prisoners. Later," after the pray-in was concluded, a visitor in the cellj Continued on Page 34 J. ' Vi, I . ':X' 1 Vk, . i -y . i ' ; - x

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