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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 6

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 25, 1974
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· Nerthwsrt Arkansas TIMES, Friday, Oct. 25, 1974 FAVtTTEVILLE, ARKANSAS NWARPC Adopts Budget, Hears Soil Study SPRINGDALE - In s Thursday night meeting punctuated with questions from Dale Rice and applause from about a . dozen of his supporters, the Norhtwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission ratified its 1975 budget, approved three clearinghouse reviews, and appointed two committees. The commission members also heard a progress report from Dee Mitchell on the soils study presently underway and a housing acitvity report from NWARPC staff member, Bob Harlan. Throughout the meeting, member Dale Rice of Benton County questioned the commission's actions and votes, drawing several spatterings of applause from onlookers. Rice objected to the commission approving a Benton C o u n t y grant application seeking federal funds for a courtroom renovation. He said he's studied the county budget and knew [he county could and would finance the work (the division ot one court room into two areas in order to hold chancery and circuit court at the same lime) even if federal funds were not received. GRAB-DAG POLICY He said such a "grab-bag plicy" for federal money causes inflation. The audience applauded, but the rest of the commissiion approved the foi warding ot the application after NWAHPC director, Ken Riley explained that it is the com mission's job to decide only il the application is of benefit t the area. Total federal money applied or in the S5.000 project is 4,500. The application will be sent to the Northwest Arkansas 3 r i m i n a 1 Justice Planning Council and the state depart- nent of planning where a Iccision be made on whether to grant the money. A courtroom renovation jroject for Lincoln's municipal court did not spark criticism "rom Rice after Mayor Boyce Lincoln told Rice the city did not have the money to under- .ake improvements at this time. $2,342 in federal money is requested in the $2,602 project that ivill convert a conference room into a courtroom, adding an air conditioning system. The commission unanimously approved this grant application. BENTONV1LLE APPLICATION Mayor Ernest Lawrence of Bentonville explained his city's application for a Farmers Home Administration loan, if s u c h becomes available. Lawrence told the commission that the city needs a large sum of money to get the streets in shape and improve the storm sewers. Then, the city will be able to use local funds to maintain the improvements. The city will seek a $400,0110 loan at a five per cent interest rale from FHA, and would pay back the loan with a raise in city millage, expected to be voted by the people, Lawrence said. T h e c o m m i s s i o n unanimously a p p r o v e d t h e application. The 1975 budget for the agency of S132.463.85 was ap proved by all members present except Rice who. after assuring himself that there were no discrepencies in the budget's figures, voted no because he did not feel the NWARPC slaff is providing any services needed or wanted by residents of Benton County. The budget, which is not a line item budget according to Riley, allots $79,318.85 for personnel services, $1,500 for capital outlay, $9,750 for naterials and supplies, and $41.895 for contracted services. COMMITTEE APPOINTED Chairman of the commission, Dr. Garland Melton, Jr., Ihen appointed a committee of Richard Starr, Duane Curby, Morriss Henry and Fred Taldo io nominate persons to fill the cxpired-term vacancies (effective Dec. 31. 1974). ·· Those whose term? will expire are: Richard Starr from ihe Beaver Water District, Mayor Dale Thompson from Centerton, Mayor Ed Bautts from Rogers, A.C. Mugley from Winslow, Judge Vol Lester from Washington County, and Judge Ralph Bolain from Benton County. When Melton attempted [o set up a second committee !o study the commission's bylaws, Rice objected, slating that he had Cohen Knew Whereabouts Of Patty Hearst 10 Days Ago asked the commission to discuss and vote on proposed change at Thursday night's meeting. Rice said he followed Roberts Rules of Order in asking that the subject he broached at this meeting and in getting copies of the iroppsed rule change to com- nission members . 10 days icfore the meeting. Melton said he preferred to set up a committee to study Ihe jylaws and proposscd to put lice on the committee with Austin Cravens, Travis Burnett and Frank Wenzel. Rice maintained that the subject should be discussed at he ongoing meeting. The change he proposed is that only he full NWARPC commission 3e allowed to change rules. At present, either the full commission at regular meetings or he executive board at executive meetings may .change the rules. RICE THREATENS CHARGE Rice said if the commission did not discuss the rule change at Thursday's meeting he would refuse to serve on the committee and would charge Melton with violating the rules of order. At this point, commission member Fred Vorsanger moved that the . regulations and rule change requested by Rice be discussed at the meeting. The motion was seconded but when the vote was taken, only Rice voted yes. The rest of the commission voted no. Melton asked the committee to study the bylaws and report at the next regular meeting in January. Riley read a letter from the Douglas Walker and Co. certi fied public accountants saying that the company would audi the 1974 financial books for the MWARPC agency for a fee ot il.OOO. The commission voted to iave the company undertake the audit despite Rice's pointing out hat no other bids on the audit lad been solicited. Riley said that the Douglas Walker Company is the only one in the area with experience in auditing a regional agency's sooks. Rice pointed out that no other firm vvould ever gain the experience if Douglas Walker were given the job every year. The company has audited the NWARPC books in past years. SEPTIC TANK STUDY Dee Mitchell presented a progress report on the study of septic tanks in five kinds of soil prevalent in Northwest Arkansas, noting that the study, to be completed in summer, 1975. will spend the next year finding ways to improve septic tank units--which presently cause much pollution, much of which enters Beaver Lake--and to modify the soil consistency to one which will purify the septic tank drainoff before emptying it into water tables. Harlan presented the quarterly housing report, noting that the housing activity in this area is in a serious recession, and that more multi-family than single - family residences a r e being built. In other business, Riley was authorized to attend a meeting in Washington, D.C. in mid- November where he will be instructed in how to apply for funds for communities not labeled as standard metropoli- tan statistical communities under the Housing and Com munity Development Act o 1974. Rice ended the meeting witl several questions directed a c o m m i s s i o n members \vh voted to accept the Land Resource Management Plan in 1973. Commission member chose not to answer Rice' queries about whether are citizens actually wanted such plan. He said he would like to hoi another public hearing on th plan--similar to the one hole last year--but would not mov to do so since he figured h motion would die for lack o a second. AP) -- Three hundred scream- ng teen-agers mobbed American pop singer David Cussldy and British singer Gary Gllller at Melbourne airport today, ircaking one of Cassidy's toenails and scratching his neck, The two stars came to Melbourne for a King of Pop awards ceremony Friday night, The fans Tumrted barricades Cassidy Mobbed MELBOURNE, Australia io icl at Itie slai't. Uaisidy lost part of i toenafl when the fans ripped oKf one of his bather sandals. L 1XPIRT WATCH KIPAIH SWIFTS Price To Marry SANTA BARBARA, Calif (AP) -- Actor Vincent Pric has taken out a' license to ma ry English actress Coral Edit Browne Pearman, his costar i the film "Theater of Blood. ' JJBB 51/4% 53/4% LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For-' mer gangster Mickey Cohen, enlisted by Randolph A. and Catherine Hearst to find their kidnaped daughter, says he knew where she was 10 days ago but doesn't know where she is now. In separate interviews Thurs- 'day with NBC-TV and San Francisco television reporter Marilyn Baker, Cohen said he used his own money and various contacts -- some of them members or sympathizers of Army -- to trace SLA members William and Emily Harris and 20-year-old Patty Hearst. Cohen, who said he began the quest as a personal favor to the Hearst family, refused to say where Miss Hearst was when he located her except that she was not in California. He added that he never saw the girl himself. "I couldn't, my parole board won't let me go anywhere." he said. He also said she has since moved and that he didn't tell anyone where she was. Broadcast reports that Miss Hears! might be in Canada did not come from him, he said. The BI and the Canadian Mounted olics said they had no information on reports that she had leen located in Canada or near Ihe U.S.-Canadian border. The Hearsts were not immediately available for comment. Miss Hearst was kidnaped Feb. 4 by the SLA, but several nonths later she announced hat she had rejected her fami y and joined forces with the SLA. She was later charged with violating the federal firearms aws and bank robbery and by the State of California with kid- naping. The Chicago Tribune reported hat Cohen offered to try to re- ddnap Miss Hearst and return her to her parents. In the KPIX-TV interview ivilh Marilyn Baker, Cohen said it might take violence to free Patty. "The people I had been in contact with related to me that Patty Hearst may have to be brought out the same way that she was brought in. She may have to be brought out by force." (AP Wirephoto) SEARCH FOR PATTY CONTINUES ... former gangster Mickey Cohen, bottom left, says He was enlisted by Randolph and Catherine Hearst, top, to jind their kidnapped daughter, Patty, bottom right ELECT VERD EUGENE PARKER TREASURER Washington County Republican Candidate 24 Years in Dora Processing and Business Management. 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