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115th YEM-NUMUX 3 J}orti)U)cst The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVllLE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 1974 PAGES-25 CENTS T/ie Posf Office: Everyone Wants To Save It, But How? MAYOR RUSSELL PURDY By PAT DONAT TIMES Stafl Writer The question of changing the Urban Renewal plan for the Downtown Square and preserving the Old Post Office will hopefully be resolved at a public meeting scheduled for early July. The plan, approved in December 1971. has never been without sporadic opposition, but, until the recent Save-The-Post-Oflice petition drive there has been no organized resistance to proposal to demolish the post office building and create a central plaza and pedestrian mall. There is no resistance on the part of any official to meet with petitioners and discuss the proposal to change the urban renewal plan and save the post office building for use as a city hall. Last week when petitions, bearing 5,000 signatures, were presented to the Fayetteville Board of Directors calling for a meeting with the Housing Authority and representatives of Housing and U r b a n Development (IIUD) on a state level, they were accepted without a dissenting vote. There is also no · reluctance on the part of the city's Housing Authority to reopen discussions, according to Robert Dugan, director of the authority. T h e public m e e t i n g was originally set for this month but was delayed until early July due to the pressure of work at the state HUD office n Little Rock, where the fiscal year is just ending. A majority of the officials now charged with implementation of the urban renewal plan had no part in its creation. It was adopted in March 1971 by the Housing Authority, the city Board of Directors, the Fayetteville Planning Commission, t h e Northwest Arkansas P l a n n i n g Commission a n d approved and funded by Urban Renewal in December 1971. The plan itself was actuall; devised under an 18-mont planning g r a n t which began in 106!) and, according to Dugan, came out of 25 civic and 18 neighborhood meetings during which citizens were provided, an opportunity to take part in the planning. Most ignored the meetings. The use of the post offiCi building as a city hall has been explored before. Mayor Russell Purdy said the city was informed by HUD it would take $235,400 to purchase the building when it asked if Fayetteville could get it for a city hall. The question and answer came at a meeting of the Board of Directors, Purdy said. "We are receptive to the idea of the building being used as a city hall, if we can get it for a reasonable price, but not r or $235,000," said City Manager )on Grimes, who assumed that position April 10, 1972. "We cannot ignore the economics ol :he situation," he added. Architects, who have been among strong supporters of saving the building, have estimated remodeling would cost approximately $160,000. Grmes feels this would t a k e care of the basics but he felt the cost might exceed this estimate. The cost of remodeling could be spread over several years, and the city could handle it, he said. The present city halt is inadequate and although the building is city-owned there is no space for expansion. The only usable space is the ground floor and the basement, the upper floors having been condemned as unsafe. Although Urban Renewal had been talked about for three years, the operational phase did not begin until October 1972 when bids were sought for storm sewers and street widening outside the Square. The following month plans for the Square were presented by Urban Programming Corp. of St. Louis at a meeting of Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited. At this meeting Garland Melton Jr., chairman of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, said that business- On Father's Day Flowers Suggested For Dad By The Associated Press Dad gels his due t o ri a y, along with the u s u a l assortment of ties, handkerchiefs, soc:ks and -- if Harry Perkins has his xv ay -- flowers. Flowers? Yep. Perkins, of Chattanooga, Tenn., sells 'em and his latest business-boosting f immick is selling flowers for 'ather's Day. "Why not?" he asks, "Fathers ... iike flowers too." Actually, the fathers of the United States have a woman to thank for the holiday. Mrs. John Bruce Dodd suggested the idea to the Spokane, Wash. Ministerial Association which Area Man Dies In Car Wreck A 54-year-old rural Fayetteville -man was killed in a one- car accident on Hwy. 16 east Saturday afternoon. State police identified the victim as Kenneth Cecil Lawson of Route 8, Fayetteville, State Trooper Chuck Webb said Lawsoti, alone in his car, was traveling west on the highway when he failed to negotiate a curve just east of (he Middle Fork bridge about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, Webb said tbc car skidded about 35 feel, struck a g u a r d post and plunged into a 12-foot deep ditch. Lawson's death brings to five the number of persons killed in Washington County t r a f f i c accidents this year. In 1972 when 28 persons died on county roads, 13 persons had died by June 15- The' county's last f a t a l i t j occurred almost a month ago on May 20. The other three f a t a l i t i e s in the county were recorded in January, Home Burglarized Raymond Slape, 2009 W Berry St., told Fayetleville police that items valued al 5683.50 were stolen from his home sometime since June 7 while he was on vacation. Slape said a set of golf clubs with bag and cart, two boxes of tools, a 35 millimeter camera, a stereo tape deck and a portable typewriter were taken. Police said a basemen door was forced open. jacked the proposal t h a t led he establishment of Fathe Day in 1910. Mrs. Dodd, now 92, lives in convalescent home just outsi ipokane and officials of Ex 74 planned a special ceremo n her honor Sunday at ' vorld's fair. "It will be simple, but meaningful cererr iy paying tribute, ' ' said Sxpo spokesman. Mrs. Do will receive a plaque and jouquct of roses. For Gov. Daniel Walker of inois. Father's Day will me a look at his grandson's fi. tooth. The governor's daughter, Ju I^tt 1 " r ^ r "" T "T riir T[| i n rr| r L " NEWS Misses Curve A Koule 10, Fayettevi woman was treated a r e l e a s e d a t Washing" Regional Medical Center Sat day evening Following a one c accident on H\vy. 45 east ne he White River Bridge. Trooper Tommv Willia said Nellie Rlllh Garrett, 'ailed to negotiate a curve the highway, left the road a struck a utility pole in a field Voting Promised A M M A N . Jordan (AP) North Yemen j army chi;-f staff said Saturday t h a t country's new military ru! lave pledged If turn the f Sea republic into a par m e n t n r y democracy and h general elections within six eight months. Col. Flnssein el Miswari, w was out of tlie country when seven-man junta of young o ccrs seized power Thurscl [old a news conference h that the junta planned to ret from politics after elections held. Pointer Dies Emitt Krank Truesdcll. 70, Ccnterton was pronounced rte on arrival at Washing Regional Medical Center Sal day afternoon. Hospital o f f i c said Truesdell suffered apparent heart attack ; before falling off a house was painting at West F about 2:30 p.m. Funeral arrangements will announced later by Bu Funeral Home in Rogers. 1 n side Anne Kollar of Highland Park, III., explained that grandson "Jimmy is five months old arid nas his first tooth. Dad will have his f i r s t look at it on Father's Day when we all get together. That, will be his present from me." A Dallas, Tex. father is celebrating twice. It seems his family thought Father's Da was June 9 and gave him his presents last Sunday. Thej belatedly discovered their mistake, but Father is insisting on another round of presents. "It's sort of like Christmas every weekend," he said. and 34, the her just he Fork Princess Wed STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Princess Christina of Sweden was married Saturday to a commoner -- businessman Tord Magnusson -- in a tins chapel packed with European royalty. After the ceremony the couple was driven at dusk in a Tour-horse open c a r r i a g e through Ihe narrow streets o! Stockholm's old city, wh thousands of people chcerec along the roule. Fire Continues FT. HUACHUCA. Ariz. (AP) -- A stubborn brush and timber fire continued on this military base Saturday, despite efforts by about 750 firefighters lo slop the flames. The blaze, touched off by l i g h t n i n g last Wednesday charred more than 2,000 acres of brush and limber, Ihe U.S Forest Service said. Plant Stormed BORON. Calif. (AP) -- About 500 striking workers upset over an impasse in contract negotia tions stormed a U.S. Bora manufacturing plant here Sat urday, setting fires and de stroying railroad cars, a sher iff's spokesman said. U. Tom Schnell of the Kern County sheriff's departmen said the workers set fire to the company personnel office. ; guard shack and several othei buildings after negotiation: deadlocked and the contract ex pired at midnight Friday. Tien had considered making the Old Post Office a museum or art gallery but that "it's built .ike Fort Defiance and would cost loo much to renovate." T h e businessmen were members of Downtown Fayetteville Unlimited (DFU) who had banded together to purchase Ihe site of the new federal building on Mountain Street to insure that it was located in the downtown section instead of on the grounds of the Veterans Administration Hospital where earlier plans had put it. In June of 1972 Urban Renewal paid DFU $235,400 for the post office building, which it had received in exchange for the Mountain Street federal office building site. This was followed in May 197:1 by a public meeting called by DFU to inform the public on the plans for the downtown section. At the poorly attended meeting a vote taken s h o w e d 12 in favor and 9 opposed to the proposal presented by the St. Louis planners. More than half of the 50 persons in attendance abstained from voting. Again a long discussion was held on the merits of saving the post office. When the Housing Authority approved the plan embodying the open space concept the next day the question of the post office again came up. A (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) CITY MANAGER DON GRIMES Nixon Seeks Restoration Of Diplomatic Ties With Syria Crude Oil Cut Said Vetoed By Venezuela QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -Venezuela apparently vetoed on Saturday a proposal by Saudi Arabia that would have decreased crude oil prices and cased the financial burden on oil consumers, according to sources at the Quito meeting of major oil-producing countries The reports could not immediately be confirmed. The sources at tlic meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said the Venezuelan move came during a secret one-hour meeting of the 13 national representatives at the conference. OPEC rules call for unanimous votes on such matters as price cuts. OPEC members control 80 per cent of global oil exports. SEEK PRICE RISE Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ahmcil Zaki Vamani had proposed that the prices he reduced somewhat to ease the economic effects of high rales on both industrial societies and developing nations. But there never was significant support for the proposal. Some slates have been re ported lobbying at the meeting for a price rise. The secret caucus followed the opening session of the three-day meeting of 13 oil-producing nations, at which Jam- shici Amouzcgar, the OPEC president, called for a new in tcrnalional. economic order. He gave no hint of casing any prices for consumers. "The developing countries, as producers of raw materials. (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) LOCAL FORECAST- Partly cloudy and slightly cooler through Monday. High today near 80 with lows tonight in the mid 50s. High Monday near 80. Sunset today 8:35. Sunrise Monday 5:59. Weather map on page I2A. Spider Spins A Magic Web Half lost in the shadows of early morning, a spider spins repairs In his weh, turned into a thing of shining beauty by the rays of the rising .son and the remnants of the previous right's dew. (TIMESphoio hy Ken Good) Grand Jury Declaration On Nixon Released WASHINGTON CAP) -- The; Supreme Court released on SaL-l u r d a y a Watergate grand jury declaration thai "Richard M. Nixon ... was a member of f h e conspiracy to defraud the United States and to obstruct justice" At the same time, the court agreed to consider arguments by White House lawyers that the grand j u r y exceeded its au- thorily when it named Nixon, by a vote oF 19-0, as an uniti- dicled co-conspirator in the Watergate coverup, But it refused a motion by both special prosecutor Leon Jaworski and presidential altor ney James D- St. Clair to make ublic the entire portion of the jratid jury proceedings which were attached to its listing of those charged, in the conspiracy M.ADK PUBLIC The one passage made public said: "On course of its consideration of .he i n d i c t m e n t in the instant jury, In The Woke Of Heavy Rains Street Repairs Soak Up Money, Time By DORRIS HENDRICKSON i TIMES Staff Writer In the past two weeks the city of Fayetteville has spent almost $12.500 in repairing «trect damage caused by heavy rains and flooding and the job is not yet complete, according to street superintendent Clayton Powell. Powell said the cost of equipment, labor and materials to date has exceeded $2.500 and it is expected to take another three to four weeks to complete the clean up and repair -- after the rains end. During the past two weeks city employes have placed 128.22 tons of pre m i x asphalt in holes caused by the rainy weather. They have also used 156 cubic yards o[ hillside gravel and spent $6,400 in cleaning drainage tile under driveways on public rights-of-way. Powell reminded residents that law prohibits the city from doing work on private property regardless of the cause of the damage. In addition, a retaining wall had to be constructed on Old Wire Road just south of the Ash Street intersection where the main drainarge channel has eroded and cut away the entire road shoulder. The new retaining wall is some 75 feet in length and cost approximately $2,500. Another construction joh created by heavy rainfall is the concrete spillway which had to be constructed on Elizabeth Street where water has eroded the shoulder. That job cost $300. Most time consuming and costly of the repair projects. Powell said, is the grading and regravcling of unimproved streets. There are 29 miles of gravel streets in the city. Heavy rainfall not only erodes the surface of these .streets but washes gravel off into ditches, siorm sewers and onto other streets. The city has three graders, Powell said, and it would lake two weeks just to repair gravel streets "if we did nothing else." On most of 0e unimproved streets there is cither no drainage provided or there are only open ditches, Powell said. After each rain mud, gravel and silt collects on paved streets and in drainage structures. One of the areas where the greatest problems are found, Powell said, is in the Biitlcrficld Subdivision between Old Wire Road and Rolling Hills Drive. Streets in the subdivision collect two to six inches of silt, mud and debris from a nearby hillside during each heavy rain. Powell said there is no existing storm drainage system in the subdivision except that which the city street department in stalled last year. {CONTINUED ON PACK TWO) and others responsible, among hut not Feb. 25, 1974, in the the by June vote of 1972. grand 190. determined that there is probable cause that Richard M. Nixon (among others) was a member of the conspiracy to defraud the United States and to obstruct justice charged in count I of .he instant indictment, and the grand j u r y authorized the special prosecutor to i d e n t i f y Richard M. Nixon (among others) as an unindicted co-conspirator n connection with subsequent egal proceedings in this case." In agreeing to hear St. Clair's argument that the grand jury overstepped its authority in naming Nixon, the court fixed oral arguments for July 8, the -same date it is scheduled lo take up the dispute over whether the "'resident should turn over fil more tape-recorded conversations to Jaworski NO R1SSKNTS The brief order noted t h a t Justice W i l l i a m II. Rehnquisl took no part in consideration oi the case. No dissents by any of the other eight court members were noted St. Clair has said that hack ground on the matter, some o which is in the hands of the House impeachment panel, docs not support the co-con spirator identification Jaworski ias countered that the evidence presented to the grand jury vas in fact s u f f i c i e n t -- and ias noted that St. Clair himself tas not seen it all. St C l a i r has asked for more of the grand j u r y material -- a move resisted by Jaworski -while claiming that the portion which accompanies the list of n i n d i c t e d co conspirators provides no basis for the non-punishable allegations The evidenvc which the grand iury cited directly regarding Lhe co-conspirators list included :estimony from Nixon aides 1. I f a l d e m a n and John W Dean I I I , Watergate con spiralor F' Howard H u n t , attorney William 0. Bitlman and 'ormer campaign aide Fred crick C. La Rue. The Supreme Court's order called for filing of initial briefs hy June 21. Gets Unusual Escort By Jet Fighters DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -After leaving behind a pledg* of more military aid in Saudt Arabia, President Ni.xon came to Syria on Saturday with an unexpected escort of Soviet- built Syrian jet fighters. Informants said the President would set in motion here the renewal of diplomatic relations in talks .vilh President Hafez Assad. Diplomatic lies ivere broken by Syria during the 1967 Middla East war and the Syrians established closed links avith the Soviet Union. Nixon received a warm official welcome from Assad and a 21 gun salute at the airport. Syrian officials said they estimated that about 350,009 Syrians saw Nixon as his m o t o r c a d e drove through Damascus d u r i n g its normal rush hour. The crowds waved and some chanted. THIRD STOP This was Nixon's third stop on his Middle East lour and Ihe Syrian MIG jets provided a brief period of concern just before the presidential jet landed here on its flight from Jidda. Saudi Arabia. Four MIGS approached th» Boeing 707 and split off two on each wing. Unaware t h a t the Syrians had planned an escort, Nixon's pilot. Col. Ralph D. Alberlazzie. put the presidential plane i n t o several sharp turns 'n an e f f o r t (o confirm tha nationality of the MIGS and to determine their purpose. Security was heavy through- it this capital for Nixon's 24- hour stay. Palestinian guerrillas, some of whom hava voiced objections Er .Vixon's t r i p lo the Middle East, maintain base camp and headquarters in Syria in addition to neighboring Lebanon. Paratroopers Soviet- made AK'17 automatic rifles lined the 5 mile motorcade route into Damascus from the airport. A large number of S y r i a n d i g n i t a r i e s accompanied President and Mrs. Assad in welcoming Nixon and his .wife- Pat at the airport, but as in Saudi Arabia the day before there was none of the wild jubilation that marked N'ixon'j (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Inside Sunday's TIMES Round About Town 3A A Word Of Caution On Watergate SA Women Gotten HoU Tournament 7A Mystery Swroends Smelly Water Source 11A Siloam Begins Long Path To Recovery __ SI Crossword Futile 7B Editorial 4A For Women 7A-9A Sports 1B4B Book Reviews 7B Entertainment *B Classified SB 11B

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