1970-10-14; Clare Sentinel
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.*.?.-;-, ■\*,*'- '■'■■* " CITY LIuRARY 4TH & MCEiVAN x: Che Clare Sentinel FIFTCIN CENTS 20 PAGES 2 SECTIONS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1970 OUR 93rd YEAR SERIES VOL. 79 NO. 6 County OK's $704,611 Budget By Phil Schneider Managing Editor An operating budget of jttst over $700,000 was approved by members of the Clare County Board of Commissioners after a public hearing on the budget Monday. Official approval of the budget came about a week after the budget was reported out of the board's budget committee to the entire board member- ship. ' While no one testified at the public hearing, commissioners conducted several last minute meetings before approving the final budget. The public hearing is an annual event required by law to provide citizens with an opportunity to express their opinion on the operation of the various services offered by the county. The final figure approved by the commissioners totalled $704, 611.68, which balances with the county's expected income. Original budget requests from the various county departments submitted last April and May totalled $930,909.00 From that figure county commissioners had to reduce the requests to meet anticipated revenue by $226,298. Most of the work in preparing the budget for board adoption was done by John Brubaker _.nd Carl Bringold, members of the board's budget committee. The budget committee presented , a report to the board last Monday for consideration and then recess until the following night before finalizing the proposal. Only two county departments received an increase over last year's appropriations. Nine appropriations remained the same and the rest were reduced. Those appropriations that remained the same are regulated to a degree by state regulations and remain as fixed operating costs. Only one item that received funding from the county last year did not receive an appropriation Sentinel Cooking School Program Set Wednesday It's only a few hours , away— the event Clare County women have been waiting for. Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday Clare's first Designs for Living home- makers school starts at the Clare Elementary School Auditorium. Miss Kay Jepsen, nationally known home- maker will conduct the Designs for Living school, sponsored by The Clare Sentinel. Admis- > *>v„sion 4s free and seating is available On the first come basis. Miss Jepsen will prepare several recipes on stage and give demonstrations on fabric care for modern fabrics and provide hints on how to make housework easier. In addition to the cooking and homemaking hints door prizes and bags of food will be given away to lucky persons attending the homemakers school. The Clare Sentinel was selected as one of only 10 newspapers in the state to sponsor this nationally known program.. Indications are that a capacity crowd of home- makers will be attending this Homemakers School, just as capacity crowds have attended other De signs for Living schools held in other cities fact, this year the average daily attendance is running in excess of 1,300 homemakers attending each homemaker school session. One of the big drawing cards for the program will be the fact that numerous local merchants and many national firms will be giving out door prizes at the DESIGNS FOR LIVING? Hdfirema- kers School. Each person attending the homemakers school will have a chance to win one of the more than 30 door prizes. Also, each person will be presented with discount coupons to be used on nationally advertised merchandise sold in the Clare area. The Designs for Living cookbook also serves as the actual program of what the home economist lectures. this year. The lone item not to gain an appropriation was a $900 request for membership dues to the East Michigan Tourist Association. Based on the county's state equalized evaluation of $95,937,949 for property in the county, commissioners estimated that approximately $428,687 would be raised through property assessment taxation based on a collection system getting 87 per cent tax payment. In addition to property assessments-the county's estimated revenue would also be derived from delinquent tax collections totalling about $55,000 and $166,923 from nontax revenues. The largest cuts came in the probate court and tax equalization departments, registrar of deeds office, animal shelter operation sheriff office and patrol and social services department. The cut in the probate court request was primarily a salary item that involves a savings to the county by the fact that the state pays three- fourths of the probate court judge's salary and the county pays the remaining fourth. In Clare's case, the probate court district has Continued on Page-14 RUSHING WATER— Run off water from drainage outlets rushed into the Tobacco River Saturday morning after a 2.7 inch rainfall Friday night throughout the Clare Area. Football games played in Clare, Farwell and elsewhere were played on fields that often looked like small lakes. Some streets in Clare were flooded for a while during the night and minor damage was reported to businesses with water leaking into buildings, but noi serious damage was reported (Sentinel Photo). Plans Started For Youth Job Program In Clare Clare may soon have a youth development program to provide jobs for students from low income families. Plans are being formed to organize a youth development program to serve Clare and the remainder of Clare County through the Sixcap organization, a federally funded organization. The youth development program was explained to members of the Clare Commissioners Pass Routine Business Chamber of Commerce board of directors during the board's regular meeting Monday noon by Ken Dennis of Sixcap. Dennis said as soon as a building can be obtained and a youttiadult advisory council established the program could get underway. The purpose of the youth development program is to involve the youth of the county in the social and economic structure. Dennis said there were eight major steps in forming a youth development program in a community. The steps involve the formation of a youth advisory council of adults who can-lend technical skill to the youth involved in the program. Other steps involve providing meaningful work experiences for youth, building leadership establishing a volunteer employment service, creating an awareness of the problems of low income youth, provide skill training programs and establish close working relationships with courts law enforcement agencies and schools. Dennis explained the program is similar to the Junior Achievement programs operated in large ,,,._, „»»***__-,■. „ ^ .. ,, . __,J____ cities that" are designed to teach youth about the economic system of the nation. Once formed, Dennis said there would be about 50 youths in the Clare area that could benefit from the program, which is designed to reach students in the 16-21 age bracket. Planners will meet Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Clare City Hall. Routine business occupied members of the Clare City Commission during the commissioner's regular meeting Monday night, at Clare City Hall. During the short meeting commissioners approved eight building permits that called for the construction of garages and interior and exterior remodeling of existing structures in some cases. Glen Cain, Clare city manager, reported to commissioners that city crews will begin this Wednesday night flushing portions of the city's water mains. Cain said the flushing program happens twice each year and involves the flushing of water drains for cleaning purposes. The water mains also will be flushed Thursday and Friday, begining each night at 9 p.m. and will last until the early morning hours. Cain also reported that it was permissible for Continued on Page-14 Merchants Salute Area Farmers Business and professional people of Clare County are giving a rousing 21-gun salute to the farmers of this area. Your industrious habits and knowledge of the soil Clare Chamber Hospital Drive The drive to raise funds to finance needed improvements at Clare Osteopathic Hospital received the endorsement of the board of directors of the Clare Chamber of Commerce Monday. Chamber support was granted during the regular monthly meeting of the board of directors after a report by Ken Barnes, executive secretary to the chamber. A three - week fund raising drive began last week to raise $700,000 to make improvements in the physical portions of the hospital that are required by the state health department. Approximately $250, 000 has already been pledged to the drive, "But we need the support of everybody," said Bernie Wyman, chairman of a citizen's committee •conducting the fund drive. The chamber's resolution calls upon individuals and members of the chamber to support the fund raising drive. The resolution passed by chamber directors states, "because of the essential need and worthwhile service given to the greater Clare area, the directors of the Clare Chamber of Commerce endorse the current fund raising drive launched by the citizen's committee and we urge all persons to support the drive to their fullest extent." "As directors of your chamber of commerce, we urge every citizen to rally to the cause of the hospital and to help both financially and through a donation of time to insure the continued operation of Clare Osteopathic Hospital," the directors said. The concept of suppor ting the hospital fund raising drive by loaning money was also endorsed by the directors in addition "to those who wish to contribute individually." "Unless the area that the hospital serves can demonstrate support for the hospital, the state health department will not renew its operating license," Wyman said. The State has given the hospital board of directors until the first of November to demonstrate that concrete steps are being takeri to raise funds to make the improvements required by the health department. In May the health department ordered that two additional floors be built on top of the newest portion of the hospital" and that operating, x-ray and diet facilities be moved into the lower two floors of the same portion and move administrative facilities into the oldest portion of the hospital. To raise the needed funds, bonds are being sold in demoninations of $1,000 and $500 and will earn eight per cent interest over a 15-year period. "The steering committee decided to sell bonds and pay supporters for their financial aid rather than simply ask for another donation," Wyman said. If the state health department does not renew the operating license* the hospital will not be able to operate on a non-cash basis. If the hospital is not allowed to operate on a non-cash basis it Would be prohibited from accepting patients on private and governmental insurance programs because all services would have to be paid for in cash. If the hospital were forced to close, emergency and routine cases would have to be" handled either by private medical staff or at other hospitals in Midland, Saginaw and elsewhere. During the last fiscal year the Clare Osteopathic Hospital had 21,114 in-patient care days, excluding new born babies; while the average length of stay was 7-9 days. More than 4,000 emergency cases were handled by the hospital* s staff last year and more than $699,000 was paid for in wages for the hospital's 117 member staff. "It's essential that we raise thenecessaryfunds, or Clare andthe surrounding area will simply be without a hospital," Wyman said. and livestock, have made our area one of the most profitable communities in the state of Michigan. Business and professional people of Clare County look with pride on their ability to supply your needs and utilize your diversified products. Clare County feed and seed dealers are always willing and eager to give professional help and assistance in finding the right rations for the best results. Clare County farm dealers will be happy to assist you with any problems that arise. You can consult with them at any time, with confidence that they will do their best for you. Free information and estimates are part of their service. Merchants participating in the Bazaar of Values are: Jim's Leonard Service, Sunshine Center, Bell's Men &T Boys, Discount Carpet Center, Even's Jewelers, LpgCabinGro- cery, Ruby's Mobil Homes, Dan McDonald Ford Sales. Clare Furniture, Alexander Shoes and Clare Carpet Ranch. Others participating in the Bazaar of Values include: Seiter Brothers. Park View Hotel, Allen's Department Store, Ken's Hardware, Witbeck's IGA, Gambles, R & M Sales, Northland Hardware, * Cerwin's Carpets, Car- row's Supermarket, Witbeck's Sales Agency, Gateway Sno-Mo-Rina, Barb's Children's Shop, Clare H & S Hardware, Giant Supermarket, See- beck' s Sport Center, Thayer Dairy, Akins Piano Service. More Bazaar of Values participants are: Green's Clothing, Wilson T. V., Flegel Sports Center, Bolle, Mill End Store, Magnus Farm Machinery* Harrison Trading Post, and Ackerman Plumbing and Heating. School Operating Budgets Approved Next year's operating budget of $1.4 million was approved by members of the Clare Board of Education Monday night after a public hearing on the budget at the Clare High School. While budget matters occupied most of the board member's time, other related matters were acted upon and a date was set for a special meeting this month. The special meeting Will be conducted October 26 and will be used to make plans for the December 9 election on a $2.2 million bond issue that if passed by voters will provide funds for the remodeling of existing structures and the construction of a new elementary school. The 1970-71 operating budget totals $1,419,567; an increase over last year's operating budget of $1,247,937. In other action board members appointed elementary school grade level chairmen and authorized school Superintendent Richard L. Snyder- to seek bids on three new school bus chassis. Board members approved a 10 per cent increase in the amount of insurance on school Continued on Page-l4 Hospital Drive Steams Toward Success $250,000 Pledged ■a ,.___-_-. „».._■=-=—»*._=—_►-*--.«,_-_—*^^»~**__t,**.j^_J X -.__- . '»-^ *-**.- «t *»./-4_. ,._._. ^ *-.-■-_-* -yj, H,.--*i.4.. ■* **, ?Vf\ t»v W-, )i_, r.
|Title||1970-10-14; 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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