1970-12-09; Clare Sentinel
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CITY LIBRARY 4TH & MCEWAN 48617 XX IS |£* W$t Clare Sentinel FIFTEEN CENTS 16 PAGES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1970 OUR 93rd NEW YEAR SERIES VOL. 79 NO. 14 Election Today on Clare School Bond Proposal Clare School District voters are going to the polls today to determine whether a new 700 pupil primary building will be constructed on the present school site. Also at stake will be remodeling of the present elementary building for use as an intermediate school. The official wording on the ballot for the proposal asks voters to approve a $2.2 million bond issue and increase local property taxes in the Clare School District $6.50 for each $1,000 of state equalized valued property. All currently registered voters residing in the Clare School District may vote. As the result of a recent United States Supreme Court decision, both property and non-property owners are eligible to vote. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the high school gym. The funds will be used "for the purpose of erecting, furnishing and equipping a primary school building; remodeling the Clare Elementary School for intermediate school purposes; constructing and equipping playgrounds; and developing, and improving sites." The 700 pupil primary school will be built adjacent to the present elementary building on land owned by the school district. A two story classroom wing will contain three kindergartens, five first and five second grade rooms on the ground floor with five third and five fourth grade rooms and one special education classroom GOP Group To Elect on the second floor. An instructional materials center, workroom and other facilities for special education will also be included in the classroom wing. Remodeling of the present elementary school to serve as an intermediate building for grades 5 through 8 is expected to include new plumbing in the old part of the building, a new heating and ventilating' system, new electrical wiring, exterior work on the roof, windows and brick, interior painting and accoustical improvement of the classrooms. Stauder, Barch and Associates, financial consultants to the school system, have indicated, that interest rates on school issues have dropped over one per cent in the past month. If the bond issue can be passed now and the bonds sold as soon as possible, the school district may benefit from both lower interest rates and lower bids on the projects because contractors are seeking work. Clare's school board has received the endorsement from the City Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and the Clare Rotary Club in favor of the proposed bond election. The bonds are programed to be paid for during a 25-year period. On an individual basis this should not "cost property owners more than 6.5 additional mills. The additional millage will bring about an additional tax levy of approximately $32.50 per $5,000 of state equalized valuation, or an additional $6.50 in taxes for each $1,000 in state equalized valuation. Garbage Rates To Be Reviewed Garbage collection rates again proved to be an issue of discussion during the regular meeting of the Clare City Commission Monday evening at the Clare City Hall. During a question and answer period at the commission meeting Don Collum requested that the city commission reexamine its rubbish pick-up rates and schedule to take into consideration individual needs. Collum said he objected to only once a week garbage pick-up by city crews. Commissioners voter November 16 to begin a program of once a-week pick up after the first of the year for an annual charge of $24. The decision to go only once a-week with pick-ups was made after earlier reducing an increase in the rates to $36 for twice a- week pick-up. The $36 rate was increased from $18 for twice a- week pick-up and then reduced, a- long with a reduction in service, after nearly 50 citizens, mostly senior citizens, protested the increases. "We were trying to appease what was probably a minority of the public at the time, "when the rate was decreased to $24, Commissioner Charles Clark said. "I'm not so sure once a-week pick up is the answer," Clark said. Commissioners instructed City Manager Glen Cain to make a further study of collection rates and programs and to report back to the commission at its next meeting. Some commissioners felt a sliding scale of rates could be produced that would accommodate individual needs such as once or twice a-week pick-up service. Commissioners pointed out that city residents are not required to subscribe to the> pity rubbish collection service. In other action, commissioners went on record as favoring the carrying of fire arms by members of the Clare Auxilary Police Force. Formal action will probably come on the matter after the city attorney examines the request. CITY TAX BILLS— Madge Ruark, Clare City Clerk (left) and Genia Thomas, (right), prepare copies of the 1970 city winter tax bills that will be mailed to property owners late this week and early next week. (Sentinel Photo) Subscription Rates To Increase Subscription rates will be increased for The Clare Sentinel beginning January 1, 1971 because of increased operating factors, according to Sentinel Managing Editor Phil Schneider. "We regret that we are forced to take this action, but we must increase the subscription cost of The Sentinel due to general inflationary operating circumstances in production, materials and pos- Effective in January, a one-year subscription will be $5.50 for all subscribers whose paper is mailed from the Clare Post Office. Previously, only Clare County residents were eligible for the local county subscription rate, however the local rate area has been expanded to include those areas just outside of the county that are still served by the Clare Post office. The one-year subscription price of $5.50 for Clare County and related area subscribers represents a $2.60 savings over the regular newstand price which would total $8.10 during the year if the paper were bought separately. As a service to subscribers, Chai airman Hospital Drive To End January 1 Members of the Clare County Republican Party executive committee will meet Thursday night to elect a new county GOP chairman to replace Don Luce whose term expires. Recently, 14 members were elected to the county's GOP executive committee at a convention in the Clare County Courthouse. The Thursday meeting will begin at 8 p.m., according to Ellen Ulch, secretary of the GOP organization. State Representative Donald E. Holbrook Jr. will present a report at the meeting on current situations in the state house. The county chairman and members of the executive committee all will serve for two-year terms. Elected to the executive committee were William Warner, Richard Shanahan, Phil Schneider, Forrest Sogge, McKinley Brown, Nial Ressequie, Earl Householder, Dr . John Weitzel, Dorothy Ashcraft, Mary Ruckle, Montz Gee, John Quinnan, Jerry Forsberg and M. D. Thompson. HARRISON— A concentrated effort will be made in Harrison and Houghton Lake this Thursday to seek subscribers to the Clare Osteopathic Hospital fund raising drive. Four members of a citizens steering committee will solicit The Hough.on Lake area while others will continue the drive in Harrison. A 12-members citizen's committee has been directing a bond sale drive since early August to raise funds to make required improvements in the hospital. To date $34_t899 has been raised in bond sales and contributions. That figure was reported to committee members by Miss Helen Morgan, hospital administrator, at a 7 a.m. meeting of the committee Tuesday at the Doherty Hotel. Of the $335,889, approximately $11,889 has been raised through individual contributions while the remainder was raised through the sale of $1,000 and $500 denomination bonds. Approximately $700,000 is needed to raise iunds to make improvements in the hospital facility that are required by the Michigan Department of Public Health. The fund raising drive will be concluded December 31, according to drive officials. Members of the steering committee will meet again January 12 at 7 a.m. for their final meeting. The steering committee has been selling bonds in $500 and $1,000 demoninations. The bonds earn eight per cent interest over a 15-year period. To date $308,000 in bonds have been subscribed and over $11,000 has ben contributed to the hospital fund drive. The health department has stated the operating license of the hospital will not be renewed unless the improvements are made. Improvements required by the health department call for the construction of two new patient service floors to be built on top of the newest wing of the hospital. ' In addition, diet, x-ray and surgery facilities must be moved from the oldest portion of the hospital into the newest portion. Michigan Department of Public Health officials notified the hospital's board of directors the hospital has 48 deficiencies in the older portion of the building. The "deficiencies" deal mainly with improvements in the physical condition of the building such as in- Approximately 140 persons are employed at the hospital. current subscriptions may be renewed at the present rate, even if the subscription doesn't expire until later next year, islew subscriptions also will continue to be taken at current rates until January 1. Subscription rates in Gladwin, Midland, Osceola and Mecosta Counties will be $6.50 for one year, while rates in other counties in the state will be $,' per year and in other ste $8.00 per year. ( Higher out county subscription rates are required because postage costs are more for greater distance. Newstand sale price will remain the same as will the policy of charging a local county rate for mail subscriptions for service men. Introduction three-month fee subscriptions will still be provided by The Sentinel to each new family in the Clare area which signs up for the service through the Welcome Wagon program. The Clare Sentinel is Clare County's oldest newspaper, having been founded in 1877. The 3,800 weekly circulation of The Sentinel is larger than the combined circulation of the other two newspapers in the county, according to the Michigan Press Association. Weekend Thefts Net $1,500 Over $1,500 was taken in three separate breaking and enterings in Clare and Harrison over the weekend, according to law enforcement officials. Deputies from the Clare County Sheriff Department investigated one breaking and entering that took place in Harrison and netted Assessment Report Rejected the robber more than $500 in cash. Officers from the Clare Police Department are still investigating today two separate breaking and enterings that resulted in almost $1,000 being taken. In the Harrison theft, more than $500 in cash was taken sometime during the night on Friday, at Murton Oil Company. The theft was discovered when the station was opened Saturday morning Clare County Sheriff Raymond O. Lippold, Jr. said persons entered the office of Murton Oil Company by prying open a back door and then obtained the money by prying the door open on the safe. Lippold said the theft is still under investigation and that deputies are checking several leads. In Clare, Police Chief Elry Tice reported to The Sentinel that persons broke > into the office of the Clare Clinic, next to the Clare City HARRISON- Clare County Commissioners rejected by a 4-1 vote a report on the county's equalization tax assessment during an afr ternoon session of the board at the Clare County Courthouse Monday in Harrison. Commissioners voted to reject a report compiled by county equalization director Clarence Gum because the report showed several of the county's taxing units have not assessed property at the required state level of 50 per cent. Rejection of the report was no reflection upon the performance of duties by Gum or by personnel in the equalization department. The report Indicated that only six of the county's 16 townships and the City of Harrison are assessing property at the 50 per cent value mark as required by the state. Property assessments • re used to compute the county's budget based on taxation revenues from property assessment. State law requires that all property within a taxing unit be assessed at 50 per cent of its true market value. According to the report submitted by Gum, only the City of Harrison and the following townships are assessing property at the 50 per cent level. Those townships and their percentage- of assessment are: Freeman, 49.2 per cent; Greenwood, 49.8 per cent; Hamilton, 53.2 per cent; Hayes, 50.5 per cent; Surrey (including the Village of Farwell), 51.6 per cent, and Winterfield Township, 51.2 per cent. Harrison city officials assess property at 51.9 per cent of the true market value. State law requires that assessing units may vary two percentage points, from 49 to 51 per cent when sment rates. computing asses- Taxing units which are assessed at the legal rate can file an appeal to county and state officials to have their assessments reduced to the average assessment level in the county, which would be 45.9 per cent. Or, the taxing units assessing at required rates could appeal to require all other units in the county to meet state minimum assessing standards. The City of Clare at 37.7 per cent and the following townships all assess property below the state requirement. Arthur, Franklin, Frost, Garfield, Grant, Hatton, Lincoln, Redding, Sheridan, and Summerfield. The taxing unit in the county assessing property at the lowest percentage rate is Arthur Township at 34.3 per cent. Christmas Lites Contest Planned A Christmas lighting contest for Clare homeowners is being sponsored by the Clare Sentinel and three other businesses for the first time in several years in the Clare area. Cash prizes Will be awarded by the Citizen's Bank and Trust Company of Clare and Consumers Power Company. A complete, full course meal also will be awarded to the grand prize winner by the Doherty Motor Hotel. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, the best religious theme and the most outstanding entry. To enter the contest, simply mail your name- and address to The Clare Sentinel 112 West Fourth Street, Clare; and indicate which classification in which you wish to have your display judged. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. December 18 With judging scheduled to take place the night of December 19. Pictures of prize winners and honorable mentions will be published in the December 23 issue of The Sentinel. Santa Claus is scheduled to make a special stop over in the Clare area beginning at 10 a.m. that Saturday morning and is scheduled to ride into town escorted by the Clare City Fire Department, while proceeding down McEwan Street distributing Christmas dandy to young folks. Hailj and took approximately $800. Tice said the point of entry into the clinic has not been determined. In another breaking and entering over the weekend Tice reported, that unknown persons broke into Witbeck's IGA Supermarket and took more than $200 in coins and cash. Tice said entry was gained in the store by breaking four sections of glass on part of the roof overhang of the store. A third breaking and entering proved unsuccessful for thieves, according to Tice. He said unknown persons attempted to break into the office of Dr. Donald Dunlop by breaking glass in a door, but no entry was gained. Tice said all three breaking and enterings are under investigation by the Clare Police Department and by troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Mt. Pleasant. Officers are checking several leads, according to Tice. In addition to the three breaking and enterings in Clare, Mt. Pleasant State Police troopers also are investigating a breaking and entering at a local .beauty shop over the weekend. Law officers are not sure whether the breakings and enterings are part of an organized program in the area. Officials reported that the incidents over the weekend are the first breaking and enterings in the area since nearly six weeks ago.
|Title||1970-12-09; 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;|
|Copyright Permission||1923-1999: Copyright to the Clare Sentinel is held by the newspaper. Copyrighted material is reproduced with the permission of the newspaper.|