1970-03-18; Clare Sentinel
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CITY LIBRARY 4TH & MCEWAN 46617 XX Fifteen Cents 12 Pages Wednesday, March 18, 1970 Our 92nd Year New Series Vol. 78 No. 28 Controversy Continues Over Building Permits J^.*w*<wKUiw-*i.^**i-3~ DAY AFTER — Participants on both sides of the Coleman school contract dispute meet in the Board of Education office Friday for a followup discussion on the long-awaited agreement, reached in a 6 1/2 hour bargaining session the night before. Seated (from left) are Coleman Board of Education President Robert Kerr, Superintendent of Schools Norval S. Bovee, Donald Callahan and Tommie Saylor, president-elect and president, respectively, of the Coleman Education Association. The new master contract will become official when, and if, ratified by the teachers* Sentinel Photo Some two hours of the regular meeting of the Clare City -Commission Monday night were taken up by discussion of three controversial building permits issued last month after repeal of a city ordinance. At the Feb. 16 meeting of the Commission, the city granted threebuildingpermits for relocatable homes upon the request of James S. Bicknell. In order to do this, the city first had to revoke Ordinance No. 244 which provides for a public hearing on any permit requests for the construction of relocatable homes. Ordinance 244 defined relocatable structures as "factory assembled living units in two or more sections to be transported to site.'" At recent Commission meetings, groups of citizens from the two subdivisions affected by the Bicknell permits have protested the city's February 16 action. One of the building permits was for a lot in the John W. Foell Subdivision, and two were for the Brookwood Subdivision. A house has already been constructed at the Foell Subdivision site. Because of numerous complaints from the public, the City Commission held a special meeting on the matter at the end of February, at which Ordinance 259 (used to repeal Ordinance 244) was rescinded. In the meantime, the commission had been advised by City Attorney Harold Hughes that neither of the ordinances were valid because of procedural errors in enacting them. After rescinding Ordinance 259 the Commission agreed to withhold granting of additional permits for relocatable homes for the time being. Following Hughes' opinion and the rescinding action by the commission, some citizens have contended that the three buildingpermits granted to Bicknell should be revoked. The city, in turn, says that, with the validity of the ordinances pertaining to relocatable homes in doubt, the city must use its building code as a guideline. Specifications or Bicknell's relocatable buildings have been found to comply with Clare's building code. To help resolve the confusion, the commission sent a letter to State Attorney General Frank Kelley some weeks ago. No answer has been received. At Monday's meeting, the commissioners decided to send another letter to the attorney general giving more details of the situation. A call to City Attorney Harold Hugh-, es during the meeting Monday night secured the further advice that residents bordering the Bicknell lots in the Brook- wood Subdivision might resort to a civil suit in order to halt construction of any more relocatable houses. Teachers To Ratify Coleman Dispute Nears End Sheriff Gets Funds Negotiators in Coleman took a giant step toward resolving the long-standing school dispute Thursday night by reaching an agreement on a new master contract. The agreement came during a meeting that lasted from 7i30 pjn. to •2 a.m. On Monday night the Coleman Board of Education tentatively approved the terms of the contract as negotiated. The board cannot actually ratify the proposed contract until it is presented to them in full document form, according to Coleman Superintendent Norval S. Bovee. v Final approval of the negotiators agreement will not come until ratification by the teachers. The teachers met to consider ratification Tuesday night. Specific terms of the latest master contract agreement cannot be revealed until ratification by both sides. Last week, however Bovee said that Thursdays meeting would center on the disputed subject .of individual te&aikt contract return deadlines.- *" "" Gordon Lee, a state mediator from Detroit, attended bargaining session last Thursday. Disagreement between the board of education and the teachers, represented by the Coleman Education Association, has existed since last summer. In past months, the dispute has resulted in abrief strike by teachers, court orders, law suits, and a ruling by Michigan Employment Relations Commission. Several times each side has rejected contract proposals by the other. Earlier, a contract agreement reached by both negotiating parties was soundly rejected by the teachers. Basis of the dispute was thd teachers- refusal to accept a * deadline for return of individual contracts. Tom Saylor, CEA president, has stated that any such deadline would limit the teachers' bargaining power in master contract negotiations. In January, the Employment Relations Commission agreed with the CEA's contention that the Coleman Board had indulged in unfair labor practices precipitating the seven-day strike in September. , The language of the ERC's-ruli^, The Clare County Board of Commissioners set the salary of Under sheriff Allan Henderson at $6,510 at their regular session in Harrison Monday. The Commissioners also heard recently appointed Sheriff Raymond Lippold request permission to purchase new equipment for bis department. however, apparently setla'JulV , -•*--*• ^-«- 1 statuatory iieadliiier-for the'^J kipppld, told the board mem return of teacher contracts; It was the CEA's refusal to accept this part of the ruling, coupled with the issue of retroactivity of any new master contract, that held up a settlement of the dispute until last Thursday. Clare Hospital's Blood Program Pre Census Report For Clare County The new census, which is now getting under way, will spotlight the many changes that have taken place in Clare County in the last 10 years. The data to be collected will show how many people there are in the local area and their distribution by age, marital status, education, sex and the like. Additional information to be gathered from one out of every four families, will indicate average income, rent paid, value of the home, means of heating, modern appliances and automobile owner ship, among others. The findings, when as-' sembled, will present a detailed picture of social and economic conditions locally. For manufacturers and distributors, for advertisers, governmental agencies and others who use such information to measure current demand for products and services and to lay plans for future needs, such data' is vital. In Clare County, on the basis of preliminary estimates and projections, elderly people and young people represent larger proportions of the total population than they did in I960. Today, about 12.7 percent are over 65, as compared with 11.7 percent when the previous census was taken. The increase in the proportion of people under 20 has been even more pronounced, however, with the result that there has been a drop in the median age. It is now approximately 1.9 years below what it was in I960, when it was 28.5 The "Natural" increase in the local population, which refers to the surplus of births over deaths in the 10-year period, is expected to be close to 6.3 percent. As to the amount of schooling that Clare Co. residents have been receiving, it will be found to be greater than before. The figures will show, according to the predictions, that the average person who has completed his formal education and is now 25 or older, will have put nearly 1.4 years more in school than his 1960 counterpart. At that time, the median amount of schooling in the area was 10.3 years. Incomes, also, have been on the rise since then. According to the estimates made annually the average income locally, after taxes, is in the neighborhood of $2,310 per capita. It was $1, 459 in 1960. As part of a Red Cross participating county Clare Osteopathic Hospital is able to offer one of the most complete and efficient blood program available. Under the Red ,Cross Inventory Control Program, fourteen pints of fresh whole blood are shipped to Clare each week. The blood not used the previous week is sent to the larger hospitals for immediate use thus eliminating waste. This involves a turnover of 800 pints a year with actual use of 250 pints by patients. Other hospitals with their own blood programs can not afford to stock an adequate supply due to limited funds and unqualified donors. The fourteen pints received from the Red Cross mean not only One Injured The snow may be disappearing and the temperature rising slightly in Clare County, but winter sports accidents are still occurring. The Sheriff's Department in Harrison reports that a man received minor injuries Sunday afternoon when his snowmobile struck an undetermined object west of Harrison in Section 35. George Taylor, 54, of Sheridan, Mich, was alone on the vehicle at the time of the accident* He went to Clare Osteopathic Hospital where he was treated and released. No tickets were issued in the mishap. quantity but also variety. Fourteen pints are broken down as two type B, and one packed cell unit for those who do not need whole blood but only the cells. This variety of blood types enables the hospital to transfuse a patient with any blood type immediately. In an emergency, the availability of blood may be a matter of life and death. A patient can not always wait for a qualified donor to be found. In emergencies such as a car accident where several people may require transfusions, blood may be transferred from one Red Cross county to another. Generally two to six units of blood are transferred to Gladwin or the Mt. Pleasant State Home each month. State police are available to transfer Red Cross blood at anytime of the day or night, seven days a week. The Red Cross Blood Center in Lansing provides many services without charge to hospital laboratories. If a hospital is having difficulties sel- . ecting appropiate donors for a patient with antibodies, the center will screen the blood before it is shipped to the hospital. It takes five pints of blood to find one pint compatible for a person with antibodies in their blood, therefore, if this patient required three transfusions it would take fifteen pints to find three units of blood compatible. bets, that the county has only three vsets of handcuffs for use by'the seven-man department. After deliberating for some two hours, the commissioners authorized the expenditure of $165 for the purchase of three new sets of cuffs, three pistols, a shotgun, and a flashing red light. The board also approved the purchase of a new dishwasher for the county jail. Lippold presented the commissioners a letter from District Court Judge John Rin- gelberg which asks the Sheriffs Department to provide a court bailiff. Lippold said meeting this request would necessitate the hiring of a new deputy. The board referred the judge's letter to the Sheriff Committee for recommendations to be presented at the next meeting on April 6. In other business, Ken C. Barnes, chairman of the county planning commission, requested permission to change the name of the EBS consulting firm on contracts between the county and the firm. He explained that EBS has changed its name to Environments Research since- contracting with the county for a water and sewage survey and a comprehensive planning survey. The board approved Barnes request. Paul Clark of Harrison was appointed as temporary Co. Veterans Counsellor to fill in for Inice Eaton who is convalescing with a broken wrist. County Clerk Louis Becker was also instructed to advertise for an assistant to the Veterans Counsellor. Frank Coker, cnairmanofthe Clare County Social Services Board of Directors, appeared before the commissioners to inform them that his department had already utilized half of its 1970 budget. He said a sharp rise in the number of persons on welfare since last November qas responsible for the increased expenditures which are now averaging $10, 000 per month. Unemployment in Clare Co. has now reached 7 per cent of the available work force and may go as high as 10 per cent before the end of the year. At this rate, Coker estimates the Social Services will have a budget .deficit of $20-30,000 by the end of 1970. The county commissioners voted to table until the next regular meeting areportfrom the Clare County Road Commission. In other action Monday night, the commissioners appointed a new Clare Planning Commission. Serving on the advisory body will be Pete Brown, John Myers, Ray Wha- len, Ray Owens, and Mack Thompson. Mayor Willard Koch informed the group that the Garfield Memorial Library is operating with a budget balance of $18,628.34 as of March 1, 1970. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, the library will have an estimated surplus of some $10,000. Mayor Koch commended the library administrators for their efficiency, but added that "no branch of the city government needs this kind of surplus." Koch advised that the next commission, following the April election, should look into the matter of the library's budget allotment. Glen Cain, city manager, introduced a motion that the city advertise for curb and gutter work planned for Cedar between State and Schoolcrest. The question of who should pay for the blacktopping of Cedar received more discussion last night, but no action was taken. Cain produced statistics on how surrounding towns finance blacktopping of municipal streets. In all cases, the resident of the affected street foots most, or even all, of the paving costs. Until recently Clare has paid the costs of blacktopping from the city budget, assessing residents only for curbing and guttering. At the March 2 meeting,. Cain suggested having property owners finance at least 50 per cent of paving costs. Harvey To Speak On "Nixon Way" Six In Race For Commission Seats There will be race for positions on the Clare City Commission in the annual election April 6. Three Commission seats will be up for grabs, and, as of Monday, six persons had filed nomination petitions for the available positions, according to City Clerk Madge Ruark. Included in the six are the three incumbents whose terms expire this year. They are Willard Koch, present mayor of Clare, Richard Stoeker, and Robert Walters. Challenging the incumbents are Ray Owens, former Commission member, Robert Greer, and James Gorbett. The Sentinel hopes to provide further information about each of the candidates prior to the election. After the ballots are counted April 6, the two candidates polling the highest vote totals will receive two-year terms in office. The third highest will serve on the Commission for one year. Congressman James Harvey of Saginaw will be the featured speaker Thursday night at .the annual Lincoln Day Dinner sponsored by the Clare County Republican Party. His address will center on the "Nixon Way." In a briefing, scheduled to precede the 7 p.m. dinner at the Hotel Doherty, Harvey will impart to local Republican officials some of the news from Washington, D.C. Michigan Republicans are facing an important year in 1970, with all 19 of the state's Congressional seats up for election. In addition, the biggest target will be the Senate seat held by Democrat Phil Hart. According to M,D. Thompson, Clare County GOP Finance Chairman, Harvey was a candidate to oppose Hart earlier this year before Lenore Romney became the party's officially endorsed candidate. Harvey is currently serving on the House Administration and Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committees. Tickets to the annual fund-raising affair can be purchased from M. D. Thompson or other members of the Finance Committee,. A. J. Doherty at the hotel, or John Bicknell of Citizens Bank and Trust Company of Clare. Night of Shakespeare tadsd; By James Dunn The presentation of Shake Hands with Shakespeare, will be given at Farwell High School on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. by the Farwell English Literature class. The evening intended to introduce the people of this area to the world of Shakespeare, will include Shakepearian-based exhibits, costumes and plays. Included in the program will be a junior high presentation of "Macbeth," directed by Frank Robison, and a elementary presentation of "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Marilynn Moore. Both Frank and Marilynn are senior drama students and Thes-. pians. . The exhibits will include paintings, pictures of Shakespeare, his plays and England during his li^- There will also be Shakespearian scenes presented by high school students. Beverly Schmid will offer a sonnet, King Lear" will be presented, by Bill Smith, Sharon Sharp, Connie Orton, Marilyn Eisenhower. "Taming of the Shrew' cast is Mary Sanko, Bob Godwin. "Hamlet" will be performed by Frank Robison, Greg Sangle and Connie Lower. SHAKESPEARE NIGHT— Students of English literature at Farwell High School will present an evening devoted to the most famous, of English writers on Tuesday, March 24. The program will include excerpts from some of Shakespeare'splays, plusEliza- bethan exhibits and costumes. Shown rehearsing a scene from Hamlet^re: Frank Robison, as Hamlet, and Connie Lower, as the Queen, Hamlet's mother.
|Title||1970-03-18; 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.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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