Rutland Daily Herald from Rutland, Vermont on April 23, 1987 · 17
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Rutland Daily Herald from Rutland, Vermont · 17

Rutland, Vermont
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Thursday, April 23, 1987
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. RUTLAND, VERMONT, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 23, 1387 17 VPR Nears Goal By JEAN SWAIN Vermont Public Radios plans for a Rutland County transmitter took a riant step toward realisation Wednesday with the announcement that $40,000 has been pledged to match a $120,000 federal grant. VPR is currently readying the grant application for submission this week to the National Telecommunications Information Agency of the federal Department of Commerce, according to Sandy Northrop, fund-raising manager for VPR. The NTlA will announce its award decision in July. If VPR receives the grant, pledges will be redeemable after that date, Northrop said. Northrop and John Cadwell, a Rutland insurance executive who headed the local fundraising committee, hailed the wonderful community response to the campaign, which began early in March. Robert J. Lurtsema, host of public radios popular program Morning Pro Musics, came to Rutland to help kick off the drive. The impetus for the move to seek funds for a local transmitter came as a result of increasingly poor reception from VPR transmitters in Winooski and Windsor. Impeded by mountains to the north and east, the signal suffered further interference when two new local FM stations started operations recently. (See Page 20: VPR) Bone Probe Continues By STEVE ROSENFELD Police are reviewing a number of missing person cases including a Rutland woman who vanished in 1981 in an effort to identify a female skeleton found this week in Chittenden. Vermont State Police Sgt. Bernard Chartier, part of a team trying to identify the female re-, mains discovered Sunday, said Patricia Hesse of Rutland was among the half-dozen missing people under consideration. Hesse disappeared on Nov. 9, 1981. She had bought a $200 fur coat that day ana brought the coat home. Hesse's landlady entered the apartment and found her dinner burning. Hesse was not there and not seen again. We are looking right now at three to five cases, Chartier said. Hesse is one. Chartier would not name the other cases. State police unearthed skeletal remains and some clothing fragments in woods near a residential section of Chittenden on Monday. The remains were those of a young, adult woman, Deputy Medical Examiner Paul Morrow said after an autopsy Tuesday. (See Page 20: Bones) Proctor Officials Outline Hikes In New Town, School Budgets By TOM MITCHELL PhwCTOR Most of the increase in the proposed 1987-88 Proctor town budget has been earmarked for the start of a town-wide reappraisal, town officials said Wednesday. The overall town budget is increasing from $534,012 to $545,290, an increase of slightly more than 2 percent. The budget increase would mean that local taxes would increase by $2,221 to $438,622, slightly less than 1 percent. During a Wednesday meeting on the budget, Proctor officials said that in the most recent property value checks, the town had been at about 80 Eercent of fair market value and was ready to slip elow that benchmark. In terms of listed values, were way off sales, Selectman Charles Nichols told members of the town budget committee. As a result, the Proctor School District could face a substantial state aid listing penalty in the coming year, he said. The town is considering joining Pittsford or West Rutland for a possible two-town reappraisal, Nichols said. To allow work on the reappraisal, town officials have increased the listers budget nearly $9,000 to $11,315. Proctor officials have also budgeted a 6-percent pay increase for town employees, Selectman Raymond Moran, board chairman, said. During Wednesdays meeting members of the budget committee also perused the proposed school budget in detail. Total school expenses are increasing from $1.52 million to slightly less than $1.68 million. One of the unknowns facing school officials is the lack of a teacher contract, according to School Board Chairman Betty Lanphere. "Were still in negotitions; hopefully well sign in the near future, Lanphere said Wednesday. Work on the three-year contract is proceeding, she (See Page 20: Proctor) Route 103 Work Is Expected Soon By MONICA ALLEN EAST WALLINGFORD -The dangerous curve on Route 103 where two people hsve died in less than two years may be straightened over the next few years, Rep. Harold D. Weidman, K-Wailingford, said Wednesday. The House Transportation Committee has added the snakelike section of Route 103 under the Green Mountain Railway trestle to the five-year highway plan. The state Transportation Board voted unanimously last week to concur that the section be added to the plan. In addition, after hearing testimony from a croup of Wallingford and Mount Holly residents about the road, the board voted to urge the Agency of Transportation to quickly put up flashing lights and make other safety improvements at the curve. Doris Keyser of East Wallingford, one of the local people who carried a 2,500-name petition to the Transportation Board, rejoiced in the news. When she arrived home from work Wednesday afternoon, there was a letter from the state Transportation Board informing her of the decision. Weidman said the House Transportation Committee had voted to place the section of road into the five-year plan. Approximately $125,000 has been set aside to study and plan for straightening the road, he said. "If they start right away and things keep pushing along, the project should be completed somewhere in a two-year period, Weidman said. Keyser and other local people began their fight for safety un-pTovments about two months ago when Thelma Hart, 64, of Mount Holly was killed in a two-car collision at the trestle. She was driving home to her blind husband, when a man heading in the other direction allegedly pulled out into her lane. Marilyn Lacoy, who lost her husband in a head-on collision more than a year ago, joined (See Page 20: Curve) Changes to Charter Move Toward Vote By MONICA ALLEN The Vermont House is ex- Sected to vote Thursday on 35 utland City Charter changes. The House Municipal Corporations Committee completely rewrote the charter changes ap- E roved by city voters in March, ut removed only the recall policy item. Rep. Norman E. Reed, D-Hartford, the committee chairman, said the policy to allow voters to oust an elected official was too complicated. Rutland Mayor Jeffrey N. Wennberg had also opposed the five-page recall policy. The only other changes to the package were minor wording changes, Reed said Wednesday. What we received had very bad grammar and some procedural things that weren't correct, Reed said. Reed said he did not expect the changes would have difficulty passing the House. They will be voted on Thursday and then be sent to a Senate committee. Reed said the committee decided not to take the police car replacement policy out of the charter. Wennberg had also objected to that item, which stated the nolice chief would be able to replace a cruiser after three years of use. "The police car policy doesn't amount to a thing. Reed said. It shouldn't be in a charter, but the voters approved it. Rutland Alderman Thomas L. Donahue said he was pleased that the charter changes would be acted on this week. Overall, Im pretty happy with it, Donahue said. Out of 36, only one had a problem with it. If just losing the recall policy is all the price we have to pay to get the rest in there, Im really nappy, Donahue said. I'm glad to see that we may get them through this year. City Attorney Henry C. Brislin said it was important to get the employee discipline sec-(See Page 20: Charter) Tines Janitorial Choice Is A First for the DPW By MONICA ALLEN Rutland Public Works Commissioner Gait M. Tlrre hired the city's first female public works laborer on Wednesday and called the move her legacy to the department. Tirre hired Debra K. Shewell to work as a City Hall janitor along with Edward Bonesy Moran, a longtime city employee. Shewell, 32, of Rutland was chosen from a field of seven candidates, Tirre said. She will take the place recently held by Alan Eddy, who transferred to another job in the sewage treatment plant. In no history that I know of has there been a woman laborer, Tirre said. "I felt somewhat predisposed to hire a woman. I feel the quality of work will be better Tirre said she would like to have hired more women to work on the male-dominated street, water and sewer crews, but received few applications. She said women shied away (See Page 20: Tirre) Freemans has just received our spring shipment of beautiful gold chains and bracelets all at very special prices. We also have a fine selection of Estate gold chains and bracelets. , v For the largest selection of gold at the best possible pnce, think... FreemAn , sleudelevs Amtrtcmm C iarMy A Vermont Tradition Since 1890 hwuiCtiife. XmcririB Exprm, VISA. HirtrrCwd 7b Merchants Row Rutland, Vermont (M277M7tJ CLEM'S KITCHEN SI Wols St., Rutland A.M.-2P.M. MOH.-JAt. Monday thm Friday Breokfost Specials I Ejjt, Homcfries & Toast. tan lad-taptUtfwttfcT' CntnIChfekM Hn$iSw$ wTwn Ot tf$ SaM S dwrch $1.89 $2.69 n MimiJmMrC was ' Over Half A Century MOTHERS RING 1 Om Stone .... 63.C9 Two Stones . . . 66.03 Three Stones . . 69.03 Compote Prices sod SteeB! 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