1964-10-28; Saline Reporter
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e Sa VOLUME 15, NUMBER 7 ~ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1964 10c PER COPY — $3 PER YEAR IN %m LESLIE CARMAN, SALINE HOMECOMING QUEEN, poses with her court. Seated at left of the queen is Jill Alber, runner-up for the crown. High school representatives in the court, shown standing left to right: Kathy Mader, 8th grade; Paula Stevens, 9th grade; Barbara Lossing, 11 grade; Janet Haab, 10th grade; Shirley Finkbeiner, 8th grade. City Candidates Say: (All City of Saline candidates for the offices of mayor and councilmen were offered space in The Reporter pages to CItv Has Surplus Of About $40,000, Says Bennett The city has a surplus of "between $35,000 and $40,000", Mayor Jack Bennett said this week, and "this means that the taxpayer paid six *to seven mills more in taxes than was necessary". The mayor, a candidate for a third term on Tuesday's city ballot, said: "I would like to express my stand on some of the issues that have been brought up this past few weeks in the matter of budget and finance. I don't feel proud of the fact that we have between $35,000 and $40,000 surplus this past fiscal year. This surplus means that the taxpayer paid six to seven mills more in taxes than was necessary." "True, we have places to spend this money, but I do not condone this type of budgeting'. I would work for a more realistic budget. I 'am not in favor of a deficit budget, but you must admit that it at least shows that something was accomplished even if there wasn't money available." "Another area, in which I would work hard to improve is our park. This past summer, Curtiss Park went unattended except for routine police patrol. This is not enough. I will see that we have full-time protection for our children in the park. Also, I will push to return full-time care for Oakwood Cemetery." "For some time now. we have been in need of a new Fire Hall and Citv Hall. Every year for the past four years, this issue has come before the Council and the Question is always raised as to where the money is coming from. My answer'was 'bonding' and the iob would" have been (Continued on page 2) CITY CLERK HOSPITALIZED Saline'City..Clerk, Bill Muir, is under medical treatment at Saline Community- Hospital this week. He entered the hospital Saturday afternoon. KIWANIS CLUB PLANS "FARMERS' NIGHT" The Kiwanis ChXb of Saline will observe "Farmers' Night" at their meeting Monday, November 2, at Walker's Bakery. The meeting will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Robert Tefft is the program chairman for the evening. PUBLIC HEARING SET A public hearing on the re- zoning of the Meha property will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, November 16, at the City Hall. discuss their qualifications and any issues they felt to be of importance to the city and, in the past two issues, some of them have done so. Other articles prepared by them appear below. Pictures and "vital statistics" of ALL city candidates will he found on page IA.) George Johnson Lists Needed City Projects Councilman George Johnson, a candidate for mayor, this week reviewed previously cited opinions and listed work he hopes to see done in the city. He said: "Briefly I would like to review some of my views stated in earlier issues of The Reporter. I feel our city ordinances need revision, many of our ordinances are outdated, outmoded and conflict with state laws. The new charter adopted two years ago provides for periodic revision and this has not been done." "I oppose any tax increase at this time. Instead, I propose, the mayor and Council must be completely sure that the present tax dollar is being spent wisely." "Other projects I am very much interested in are commencing a reforestation program to replace the shade trees we are losing ea'ch year, continuing to expand the present park and study the possible need for (Continued on page 2) Saline Needs "Growth Plan", Strohl Says Saline needs a long-range growth program "to maintain a balanced economic growth along with the population growth," Councilman Robert Strohl said this week. He stated: . "The past few years have set quite a growth pattern for the city of Saline, and all indications are that this growth is going to continue." "One of the largest problems this poses for the city is to maintain a balanced economic growth along with the population growth. This means we not only must attract new industry but also encourage, new small businesses to occupy our downtown stores." "For the City Council, this means a lot of hard work in more long-range planning and policy making. In order to attract business and industry, I feel we must have more than a nice community and excellent schools. We must also have a place for them to build. We must have sewage and' water lines at these locations. We must have more to offer than other communities. And we (Continued on page 2) Area Election Boards Brace For Huge Vote Local election officials are braced for an enormous voter turn-out Tuesday, and the longest vote-counting job in the area's' history. All of them report record numbers of absentee ballots ... 39 so far in the City of Saline; eight in Saline Township; 11 in Lodi Township; "in the 40's" in York Township; aiid 80- in Pittsfield Township, which never cast more than 55 absentee ballots before. City Clerk E. J. Muir urged voters to go to the polls early, to avoid the expected long waiting lines in the evening hours. "There is a legal limit of two minutes in the voting booth," he reminded residents, "and while we have never enforced this before, if many people are waiting we may have no choice but to do so . . . or at least to hurry people along." Saline now has 1,481 registered voters. The more populous York; Township (which includes part of Milan) now has 2,470 persons registered and the election board there finished counting primary election votes at 6:45 a.m. the following day. They expect another all-night stint. All of the absentee ballots must be cast after the polls ■close, before counting begins. No voter line-up is expected- in the townships, however; Pittsfield Township has three machines in one precinct and four in the other. York votes paper precincts. So does Lodi Township, which can set up nine voting booths if needed. The City of Saline, however, has only three machines. " Absentee ballots may still be obtained until 2 p.m. Saturday. Rev. George Laurent Arrested while Aiding Negro Vote Registration SAUNE JAYCEES TACKLE PARK PROJECT. Last week face-lifting work started at the Curtiss Park comfort station. Members of the young men's service club plan to re-do both the interior and the exterior of the building during the weeks ahead. Mapping the work last Saturday at the park: George Newton, Bob Hull, repair chairman, John Proctor, Jaycee President Charles Lamberson, Paul Horn, park project chairman, and Jim Riviera. Hull's two sons, Mike and Chris, stand down front. United Fund Drive Reaches 5% of Goal The Saline Area United Fund Drive, in the first week of the campaign, reached five per cent of its goal, Buford Soden, drive chairman, announced today. Reported returns totalled about $650, of the $13,095 goal. The reports so far were almost entirely from businesses, Soden said. No returns have been reported from residential districts, although solicitations are well under way there. Anderson Cites Activities, City Improvements Council candidate George Anderson this week listed areas of public service in which he has been active, and discussed the city capital improvements program, the cemetery ordinance, and the proposed new zoning ordinance which is still under study. He said: "I feel that my background in civic activities in the community over the past few years has shown an interest and a sense of responsibility to the city of Saline. I feel gratified to have been given the opportunity to serve the community in an elected or appointed capacity over these years in the following activities:" ' "Councilman, city of Saline, 1962. 1963." "Member of Saline Recreation Commission, 1963." "On tax Board of Review, 1964." "Appointed to City Planning Commission, June, 1964." "City of Saline Michigan Week General Chairman, 1964." / "On Board of Directors, Saline Area Business Development Corp." "While I was serving on the Council, many items were ini- -(Continued on page 2) Intermediate School Plans Open House Open house for parents of children attending the Intermediate School will be held Monday, November 2. All parents attending will meet in the gymnasium, where Principal Dwight Reynolds will give a short talk and schedules for the evening will be distributed. Due to the fullness of the evening, the program will begin at 8 pjn. sharp. Refreshments will be served in - the school cafeteria at the close of the evening. CouncilNeeds Definite Goals, Says Beach The City Council "needs to set definite goals" rather than operating on a "day by day, item by item" basis, Hubert Beach, Council candidate, said this week. He stated: "In the past, our City Council, beset by many problems, has lost sight of their purpose. They have tried to run each department on a day by day, item by item basis. This is the job of the department heads." "You elect your City Council as a legislative body to make policy decisions." "I would urge the Council to set definite goals to guide themselves, the Planning Commission and the department heads. 'No decision' is, in fact, a 'decision to do nothing' and often worse than a wrong decision. The real question before a council is: 'What direction do we want our city to go and how do we help it that way?' " "What I feel are errors and oversights in the past have impelled me to attempt to do a better job for Saline." "If I am elected, I expect I will make all of the people mad some of the time and some of the people mad all of the time. However, I will do my best, as I see it, for you and Saline all the time." "I ask you to vote for me November 3." Jaycees To Report On Elections In an effort to speed up the reporting of vote results of the Presidential, governor and U.S. Senate races at the precinct level in the Tuesday general election in Michigan, the Saline Jaycees will serve as special election precinct reporters for Network Election Service (NES). The NES news group includes ihe Associated Press, United Press. International, and ABC, NBC, and CBS radio and television networks. Chuck Lamberson, president of the Saline Jaycees, said members of his chapter will caE from their assigned precincts with results of the three key races to NES' news gathering center at the Leland Hotel in Detroit. The Rev. George Laurent, pastor of the First Baptist - Presbyterian Church here, is in .jail in Mississippi. He is one of several ministers arrested Monday and Tuesday in Magnolia, Miss., when they accompanied Negroes to the county court house to aid them in registering to vote. So far as Mr. Laurent knows, none of the Negroes was registered, but about 30 — including the pastors — were jailed. They are" charged with trespassing and with refusing to obey an officer of the law. George Laurent arrived in Mississippi on Monday; he is one of many ministers sent into the area in a Negro registration project coordinated by the National Council of Churches and the United Presbyterian Church. Several have been sent by the Synod of Michigan during the summer, and there were five Presbyterian ministers on the plane down, he said. He had less than 24 hours to become familiar with the situation there before he was rendered hors de combat — probably for the rest of his stay - by the arrest. "I expect to stay here a while," he said Wednesday morning. "Somebody had forspend the time in jail." The Council of Federated Organizations can't go on posting $300 bail per person for everybody, every day, he explained. '(^riateiv though*unconfirmed, report said that Mr. Laurent was released Wednesday noon.) He expects to be bailed out in pijf^Tj Child Study Club Marks 20th Birthday The Saline Child Study Club met last week at the Sauk Trail Inn, with past members invited to help celebrate the club's 20th anniversary. . Past members invited were Mrs. H. L. Engel, Mrs. Henry Karner, Mrs. Gordon Prout, Mrs. Edward Fischer, Mrs. Robert Smith, Mrs. Hugh Keveling, Mrs. Paul Reed, and Mrs. Lauren Wild. Another guest was Mrs. M. J. Hanifi. Past presidents poured: Mrs. John Schild, Mrs. Paul Woods, Mrs. Howard Kuhl, and. Mrs. Gordon Esch. Hostesses were Mrs. Lee Robison, Mrs. Jerome Lamb, and Mrs. Carl O'Brien. Prefers Results To "Conversation", Cogar Says Harry Cogar, candidate for a City Council seat in Tuesday's election, said in a prepared statement this week that he feels Salinians "are more interested in results than conversation." Said Cogar: "I have never been overly impressed with campaign promises before an election; therefore, I will not burden the voters with a long list of promises." "It is my feeling that the citizens of Saline are more interested in results than in conversation. They are certainly too intelligent to be swayed by an emotionally-loaded tirade of double talk which spreads a million words indiscriminately and says nothing." "At the time my petition was presented as a candidate for City Council, mv basic position was published. My friends have given me no indication that they would like to see these principles altered." "If elected, it is my intention to work diligently for any and all measures which will, in my opinion, be beneficial to the majority of our citizens and fair to all." "I feel that I have the background, ability and judgment to make a worthwhile contribution to the government of this city. If you share the opinions I have stated, I would appreciate your support on November 3." C-C MEETS TUESDAY TO MAP YULE PLANS Saline Chamber of Commerce will meet next Tuesday, November 3, at 1 p.m. at Leutheuser's Restaurant. Principal business of the session, according to President Harry Parsons, will be planning Christ; mas promotion events for Saline retailers. Rev. Laurent time to return to Saline next Tuesday — election day. Meanwhile, he is "not particularly" comfortable.. "The accommodations are primitive." The prisoners sleep on a concrete floor, are given two meals a day. Plumbing 'consists of a hole in the floor "which floods all over everything". He has not been mistreated, he said, though several of the Negroes were "roughed up". But local police are far from courteous. "They curse with every other word. The state police aren't so bad; thank goodness, they were there." He described the Negro people whom he was attempting to aid: "These people are wonderful. They are responsible people, intelligent, and very articulate. Educated? Well, yes and no, but certainly very eloquent." "These kids in COFO are very courageous. Do you know, they have two-way radio, and they keep in contact all the time, because some of them might be kidnapped or beaten. Down here you never go anywhere alone . . . you walk in pairs." "You get uneasy," he added. "But it's a job to get many people to go and try to register. They're scared. People keep coming and coming to the court house, and they can't register." Bombings and church burnings have occurred almost daily in the area. One of tlie women who was arrested with Mr. Laurent had had her house bombed. He cited another case of a house bombing, after which the bombers were 'caught. They were fined $500 "because it was a first offense" . . . but the owner of the home was fined $600 "for operating a garage, because he had been repairing his car." Mr. Laurent's arrest occurred when he and a group of Negroes went to the court house Tuesday afternoon and were told that the registrar was in court and "we'd have to go away and come back later. Then they told us we had to leave the court house parking lot because we wer'e blocking the way." When they refused to leave, all were arrested. He is not held incommunicado in the jail; he answered a person-to-person phone call from The Reporter. Wednesdav. But: "It's hard to believe this is America." Funds are still badly needed to support the project, he said, and they will be needed so that work can continue even after the election. Salinians who wish to make donations may do so through Donald Jaeger, treasurer of the church here. The experience, jail and all, is "well worth it", Mr. Laurent said. An active member of CORE, he has also taken part in Civil Rights demonstrations in Ann Arbor. "These ai'e wonderful people and they need help," he concluded. "Urge people to be concerned. Urge them to realize that it matters." Mrs. Laurent, who is in Saline, said today that she is in "perfect and complete sympathy" with her husband's Civil Rights work. "If I could go and be a witness, I would," she said. "I feel it is a shame that the American people can't understand better and faster." ';/ Sy r^V. 7** N? Congressman George Meader and State Representative Thomas Sharpe met with local farmers Thursday in a visit to the Fred Braun dairy farm on Bemis Rd. The legislators, even though both have seen milking parlors before, both. said, tiiey were "enormously impressed" with the efficiency of the operation and the amount of capital involved. In the discussion, above, are George Anderson, who accompanied the legislators; Sharpe, Braun, Andrew Ernst, and Meader.
|Title||1964-10-28; Saline Reporter|
|Description||An issue of a Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Focused on Saline and the surrounding Washtenaw County area. Previously published in Ann Arbor with the title Reporter. In May 1958, the newspaper offices moved to Saline and the title of the publication changed to Saline Reporter. No longer published.|
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