1970-03-11; Clare Sentinel
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CITY LIBRARY 4TH & MCEWAN 48617 XX Fifteen Cents 14 Pages Wednesday, March 11, 1970 enttnel Our 92nd Year New Series Vol. 78 No. 27 Valuation Up In Harrison By Roy L. Dodge Clarence B. Riedel, City Assesor of Harrison ' announced an increase of $158,352 in assessed valuation of real property within the city for 1970 over 1969 in a report to the City Council at their March 2 meeting. Total valuation for the city, assessed at aproxi- mately 50 percent of cash value as required by State law, was set 'at $5,142, 250, compared to $4,983, 898 for last year, Riedel said. In a further breakdown of 'these figures it was disclosed that residential property increased in assessed valuation $183,914, while commercial property dropped in valuation by $26,287. Total valuation of commercial property for 1969 was $1,005,987 compared to $979,700 for 1970. Another factor in the increase for 1970 was a- tributed to $81,600 in new construction during the past year, the report stated. Riedel said notices are being mailed between March 9 and 12 to all property owners who have had the valuation of their property raised, and any protests of the increased valuation must be made before the Board of Review which opens to the public March 23, 1970. Any appeal made by Harrison residents must be made in person, Rie del said. Taxpayers who live outside the city are allowed to make a record of protest by mail if it is inconvenient for them to appear in person, he noted. "During 1969, fifty six percent of all property in the city was inspected, measured, and analyzed to determine the value," Riedel said. "Also a three year study of past sales was made in order to establish land values within the city." This resulted in some radical changes, both higher and lower, on certain pieces of property, he said, with a ratio of about one increase to two decreases in assessed valuation. Riedel said that by the end of 1970 each of the approximate 1,300 pieces of property within the city limits would be evaluated under the new system, which includes a complete survey of each building and lot by personal measurement and inspection. These descriptions are set up in a special card file system and can be inspected by the property owner. Riedel emphasized that these figures have been tentatively approved by the County Equalization Department and the State Tax Commission District office, but are subject to change by the board of review. TWO FOR Clare by Marty Schlafley, but not enough to stop the Big Rapids Cardinals in last Thursday's Class B district tournament game at Big Rapids. Cardinal height coupled with cold shooting by the Pioneers gave the home team a 66-52 victory and the opportunity to be beaten by the Cadillac five on Saturday. Cadillac polished off US-10 champion Chippewa Hills on Wednesday and Big Rapids on Saturday to win the district championship and a berth in the Mt. Pleasant tournament. " " "" " Photo*By Gale's Photography Mediator Enters Coleman Dispute Tournament Loss Ends Season For Pioneers Negotiators for the Coleman Board of Education and the Coleman Teachers Association will meet this Thursday for another bargaining session. One difference in this latest meeting will be the presence of a state mediator. Both sides have agreed to admitting the mediator to the session, according to Coleman Superintendent Norval S. Bovee. The two parties to the dispute, which has lasted since last summer, met last Tuesday, but no progress resulted, Bovee said. The center of disagreement remains the deadline for individual teacher contract returns. This point will be the topic of Thursday's meeting. It was the CEA's opposition to a contract return deadline that prevented signing of a master contract for this school year and led to a seven- day work stoppage last September. In January the CEA received a favorable response to its petition to the Michigan Employment Relations Commission. The ERC's ruling com- demned the Coleman Board for unfair labor practices, but also apparently set July 1 as a sta- tuatory limit for the return of individual contracts. The CEA has, up to this time, refused to accept this interpretation of the ruling. It is opposed to any contract return deadline because it believes it would remove the teachers' bargaining power in negotiations for the master contract. Another issue that has yet to be settled is the effective date of any contract the two sides finally agree to. The teachers want any contract to be retroactive to the beginning of the present school year. The Board has previously agreed to extend the terms of the contract back to January 1, 1970. The Clare High Pioneers played their last game of the season Thursday night, bowing to Big Rapids in the opening round of tournament competition, 66-52. It was a disappointing night for the visiting Pioneers as the taller Cardinals got out in front early to take a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Fewer Divorces In Our County Schools Get Bomb Threat Last Tuesday was Clare's turn to receive a bomb threat. In recent weeks similar threats have occurred in Coleman, Beaverton, and several other surrounding towns. Clare police were notified of the threat at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday when the Administrative office of the Clare Public Schools reported a possible bomb in one of Clare's school buildings. Minutes earlier a male caller had told someone in the Clare Intermediate School District office that there was "a bomb in the school." Clare police, not knowing which of Clare's schools the caller was referring to, sounded the fire whistle to summon aid for a search of the High School and the Elementary School. Within minutes, the Clare Fire and Police Departments assisted by state police from Mt. Pleasant, the Clare Auxiliary, and the Farwell Chief of Police, began their search of the buildings. Clare students were evacuated from their schools and sent home for the day. No trace of a' bomb was found. The incident is still under investigation by Clar e and state police. What is Clare County's record with respect to divorce? How does it compare with the record in other communities? In the local area, it is found, fewer marriages have been ending in divorce or separation than elsewhere throughout the United States. As a consequence, the amount of family dislocation, and the many social problems that follow in its wake, are somewhat smaller than average. The extent of these breakups, which are considered to be a contributing factor in the existing insecurity among the young, is brought out in government figures. They show that about 4,400,000 Americans were married last year and that, in the same period, 1,300,000 ended their marriages. It a- mounted to one dissolution for every 3.4 marriages. The divorce rate in most parts of the country is one the increase,based upon figures compiled by the Department of Commerce through a nationwide sampling, and according to reports from the Population Reference Bureau and others. In Clare County, the number of men and women who are divorced or separated is now esti mated at 330, as compared with the 1960 total of 260. In terms of the local population, it means that 37 out of every 1,000 residents over the age of 14 are either divorced or separated. The rate is lower than that reported for most parts of the United States where the average is 47 per 1,000 . It is also below the 46 per 1,000 in the East North Central States. The trend in many sections of the country is in the direction of easier divorces. A number of states have liberalized their divorce laws in the last few years. As of January 1st, for example, Californians need only tell a judge that "irreconcilable differences" exist between them and a divorce decree may be issued. In New York State, which was once the toughest state in this respect, adultery being the only recognized ground, all that has to be proved now is that the couple have been living apart for two years or more by mutual agreement. The ruling is that "it is socially and morally undesirable to compel a couple whose marriage is dead to remain subject to its bonds." School Board Sets Bond Issue Date The Clare Board -of Education has tentatively decided to combine an upcoming bond issue election with the annual school election on June 8. The action was taken Monday night at the regular monthly meeting of the board. The bond issue calls for approximately $2 million for construction of a new K-4 building and re- modling of the present elementary school forin- ' termediate use. An estimated three-fourths of the money will go for construction of the new building which the board hopes will be in use by September of 1973 at the latest. Also on the ballot with the bond issue on June 8 will be one seat on the schoolboard. Board members autho rized Seiter Electric to go ahead with plans for rewiring of the stage at the elementary building. Seiter has submitted a cost estimate of $1,980 for installation of a control panel and rewiring of circuits and sockets. The control panel, to be purchased from Crites & Associates will cost a- nother $1,173. Completion of the work will take from 6-8 weeks at the earliest and may not be in time for' the high school production of "Oklahoma" in May. Under new business, the board heard a report and recommendation from the elementary school Language Committee, headed by Mrs. Ruth Schunk, reading coordinator for Clare. Nominations Open For City Commission Seats Clare surged back to tie the game twice in the next period at 18-18 and 20-20, but then failed to score as the Cards gained a 26-20 halftime edge. In the third quarter. Big Rapids enlarged its lead to 10 points and picked up four more in the last frame to win by 14. In explaining the widening point gap in the closing minutes of play, Coach Ivan Davis of Clare said the Big Rapids team had the height and the Pioneers just ran out of gas battling them. Leading all scorers for the night was Cardinal Geoff Kramer with 25 points. Interestingly Kramer only got 4 points a- gainst Clare in last year's district tournament game. Jim Thompson also made double figures for Big Rapids with 10 points. Center Dan Manee was high for Clare with 15 points. Closest to him were Chris Busche with 9 and Marty Schlafley with a surprisingly low 8. Schlafley, a junior, led the team in scoring during the season with a 17 point average. The Pioneers also had a cold night at the foul line, making only 15 of 32. The Cards had a slightly better average, hitting 50 per cent of their free throws for 12 points. The home team also collected 27 field goals to only 18 for Clare. The loss gave Clare a 4-13 record for the season. Big Rapids raised its record to 13-5 On Saturday, however, Big Rapids had its turn for defeat as Cadillac polished them off, 78- 67, to win the district crown. Cadillac had earlier in the week defeated Chippewa Hills, US-10 champion. This is the week that nomination petitions for the office of City Commissioner can be picked up at the City Hall. The nominating period extends from last Monday, March 9, to Tuesday, March 17. Petitions with the required number of signatures must be returned to City Hall before 5 p.m. on the 17th. Petitions must contain not less than 25> nor more than 50 signatures. All signers must be registered voters in the city of Clare. Three seats on the Commission will be available in the annual election, April 6. Commissioners with terms expiring are Willard Koch mayor of Clare, Richard Stoeker, and Robert Walters. Following the April 6 election, the two candidates with the highest vote totals will receive two- year terms, while the third highest vote-getter will serve a one-year term. So far of the incumbents only Stoeker has had a petition taken out in his name, although the mayor has indicated he will seek re-election. -Walters was unavailable for comment at this time. There are no new candidates challenging the incumbents as yet. Minor Injuries Result From Two-Car Mishap Clare Police report one personal injury traffic accident over the weekend. The mishap occurred at 5:18 p.m. Thursday on W. First, when a vehicle driven by Clarence C. Horning, 60, of Clare struck a parke d car belonging to Mary A . Sullivan of Rt. 2, Farwell. The second vehicle was unoccupied. According to the police report, the injuries happened when the crash pushed the parked car into a group of boys who were apparently behind it. Two of the juveniles were taken to Clare Osteopathic hospital, one by ambulance and one by his parents. They were treated and released. A third boy suffered minor bruises but declined treatment. Horning, who was travelling west and hit the car on the north side of the street, was issued a ticket for driving left of center and reckless driving. Mrs. Schunk and two elementary teachers told how the committee evaluated various language series put out by a number of publishers in an attempt to obtain the single best comprehensive series for grades K-6. Following a study by the committee, the teachers involved in the affected grades voted their approval of the Harper/Row series. The board voted to accept the report and authorized purchase of the series. Board members then appointed Forrest Sogge to represent them at a meeting of the superintendent and lay board of St. Cecelia to discuss a- reas of possible cooperation. They also authorized Mrs. Robert Allen Special Education teacher, to attend a meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children in Washington, D.C. The board granted authorization for the developing of proposals for the microfilming of student and school records during the summer. Superintendent Richard Snyder said the estimated cost of filming all Clare school records, plus the purchase of a reader - printer, might run up to $5-6000. Advantages to the system, Snyder said, include the more efficient photographing of transcripts and ease of storing. The board went into executive session to consider granting tenure to a number of teachers in the district. Six elementary and seven secondary teachers were then given their tenure under provisions of the Michigan Teacher Tenure Act. No teacher was refused tenure. Board members also discussed at length the procedure to be followed in event of a bomb threat. Superintendent Snyder outlined three possible alternatives: dismissing all students in the affected building; evacuating students under a predetermined plan until a search of the building could be made; and ignoring the bomb threat and allowing classes to proceed as usual. The board members generally agreed to follow the second procedure. Last Tuesday, whe n a threat actually occurred school administrators chose the first alternative. NOW IT'S official. For some time the Clare County Planning Commission has had word that it Would receive a $10,200 grant from the Farmers Home Administration for comprehensive planning of water and waste disposal services in rural areas of the county, including towns of not more than 5,500 population. Admiring the check which came last week are Gordon Purity (left) of the FHA and Ken C. Barnes (right), chairman of the Planning Commission. Sentinel Photo f ^j tt\% *» .'*..'.(1-S3iJ *^si*_'*?-"t>s* : ■**»' . aim ■■- fcla^iN. ■«V -f << V*.' "Vr.V.
|Title||1970-03-11; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R. G. & F. A. Jefferies|
|Description||An issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press. In 1923, absorbed the Clare Courier.|
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