1970-09-09; Clare Sentinel
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CITY LIBRARY 43617 XX tKk Clare FIFTEEN CENTS 12 PAGES WEDNDSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 1970 OUR 93rd YEAR NEW SERIES VOL. 93 NO. 1 LONG RANGE PLANNING EXAMINED Proper use of landfills is one of the top five problems cited most by county residents recently during planning sessions in each of the county's 16 townships. The problem of proper land fill use was discussed by Ken Barnes and members of the Clare County Board of Commissioners during the ■ commissioners' regular meeting Tuesday at Harrison. Barnes is chair- mand of the Clare County Planning Commission. In addition to proper use of land fills the problems of junk cars, sanitary disposal, county law enforcement, ambulance service and fire protection we're other major problems cited by county residents. The problems mentioned were reported by county residents during a series of meetings conducted in the county's townships with members of the county's profes sional planning staff, En- vironetic Research of Chicago. Members of the Chicago planning firm toured each of the townships over a four-day period with township officials and residents and held combined evening meetings each of the four days. The tour of the county was one of the initial steps taken in the development ' of a comprehensive master plan for land use and sewer programs in Glare County. Clare County Board of Commissioners chairman Mark McKenna emphasized the plans were being developed with the interest of the townships in mind. "We must have township participation," McKenna said, "in the planning process." ' We don't want people to feel that the county is ramming something down their throats, "McKenna said. "The plans we are roves making are designed to take into account the needs of the various areas within the county." Commissioner Bradley said the county planning commission would formulate in conjunction with the various townships minimum land use regulations. Bradley said individual townships could place increased restrictions on land use above the minimum standards recommended by the planning commission. During the four-day planning program attendance was reported to be good in general and commissioners who attended the meetings said residents participated well in Bank Merger Approval has been granted for the merger of the Citizen's Bank and Trust Company of Clare and the Farwell State Savings Bank by the Financial Institutions Bureau of the Michigan Department of Commerce. Approval was granted Friday by the state banking commission for the merger of the two banks. Originally the board of directors of the two financial institutions at separate meetings on June 16 approved proposals calling for the consolidation of the two banks. Stockholders of the two banks approved the proposed merger on July 21. Besides state approval, the merger must still be approved by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The consolidation would mean the present Farwell State Savings Bank building would become a bank office of the Citizen's Bank and Trust Company and be staffed by present employes. The consolidation would bring to the Far- well area banking services, including full trust services, with resources in 'excess of $33,000,000. and capital funds of over $2,800,000. expressing their views on what they felt were problems and needs in their areas. On the matter of land fills the problem of increased cost for maintenance of individual land fills in separate townships was discussed. While the costs vary., in some townships the cost of maintaining a land fill runs as high as $1,200. One alternative suggested to save costs was the creation of a central land fill in several locations throughout the county. Sanitary disposal was considered to be a prob lem of varrying degrees in all townships, but lack, of enforcement of sanitary regulations was considered the biggest problem on this matter. Increased law enforcement was another major problem cited by county residents. As an attempt to study the problem further members of the county board of commissioners and Clare County Sheriff Ray Lippold will meet with townships officials and law enforcement officers Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to discuss county-wide law enforcement services. Clare To Have District Court CENTENNIAL FLOAT—Farwell- residents ride on one of the award winning floats during the Farwell Area Centennial Parade Monday in Farwell. The Labor Day parade climaxed a week-long-birchday observance for the Village of Farwell and set new for the number of persons Other photos of the parade various sights of the Centennial celebration be found on page 5. (Photo by Jim Ferris) attendance records viewing the parade and can Clare County Commissioners voted to provide rental funds to establish a branch of the 80th District Court in Clare during the regular meeting of the commission Tuesday in Harrison. In addition to the district court item, commissioners approved a supplemental budget appropriation for the county's social services department to help that de- ' partment pay its bills. The additional appropriation, totalling $10,000 was necessary in order for the department to continue operating after September 18, according to Pat Redmond, Clare 1 Injured In Parade, Holiday Traffic Heavy A Midland man was injured seriously in a parade float accident during the Farwell Centennial Parade Monday morning and is listed in critical condition in a Saginaw Hospital. Injured critically was Charles E. Braund, 39, of Midland. Braund was a member of a parade float sponsored by the Midland American Legion Post. According to deputies from the Clare County Sheriff Department Braund was directing traffic on U.S. 10 to permit the float to enter the roadway and attempted to jump onto the float after it had entered the parade route. Deputies said Braund slipped as he jumped and fell in front of one of the wheels of the float which rolled over him. o Braund was taken to Clare Osteopathic Hospital and later transferred to St. Luke's Hospital in Saginaw where he remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital Tuesday afternoon. Elsewhere throughout the county, law enforcement officials reported there were many accidents, but none serious. Troopers from the Mt. Pleasant State Police Post reported they in- "vestigated more than 20 personal injury accidents on area highways over over the three-day weekend that saw 21 persons killed on state highways. Clare Police Chief Elry Tice reported to the Sentinel that there were no personal injury accidents in Clare, but that members of the Clare Police Department assisted other departments with traffic control. Tice said traffic was backed-up on U.S.lOfrom Clare to beyond the M-115 and U.S. 10 intersection north of Farwell. Tice said traffic also was heavy Monday in Clare. School Bells To Ring Thursday All students in the Clare Public Schools will report for classes on Thursday, September 10. Elementary and most high school students will begin classes at 9:00 a.m. and attend for the full day with dismissal at 3:30 p.m. Because of severe overcrowding, a substantial number of 8 a.m. classes have been scheduled for high school students not dependent on school buses for transportation. Kindergarten students will attend either morning or afternoon sessions as previously assigned. Any parent with questions regarding assignment, or time schedules, may call the school according to Richard L. Snyder, superintendent of Clare Public Schools. Snyder said some misunderstanding exists in most areas of the state as a result of the recent Michigan Supreme Court decision regarding the ' charging of fees for student services. The Clare Public Schools will provide free textbooks and workbooks to all students. However, students in grades seven through twelve should come prepared to pay a $5 book deposit. Also, students using a school owned band instrument will be charged a $10 deposit and high school drafting students will pay a $5 drafting instrument deposit. These amounts will be refunded at the end of the school year provided the school owned books, or equipment, are returned in good condition. There is no textbook deposit in the elementary grades, Snyder said. In commentingon the refundable deposits, Snyder indicated that "the deposits appear to be low compared to those being charged in many other schools and do not come close to value of the books and equipment loaned students." He also indicated that the school Was reserving the right to charge the student the full cost for loss or damage to books •or equipment in excess of the deposit. In addition to textbooks the Clare schools will furnish limited quantities of pencils, paper and crayons to students. The Items and amounts furnished will be those necessary to meet class re quirements. It is expected that many will want to continue to furnish most of their own school materials. Although it is not mandatory school officials recommend that all students come to school with adequate supplies until such time as they know exactly what will be furnished. Because of the late date of the court decision and publication of Department of Education policies, the school still has to develop policies and procedures in some areas and may • have difficulty in securing immediate delivery of some school materials and supplies, Snyder explained. Students and parents should be aware that the law does not require schools to furnish a number of items such as free milk, gym shoes, vaccinations and shots, caps and gowps, football shoes, admission to athletic contests," Snyder said. Mild fees will be the same as last year and should be paid on the first day of school Payment of $3.50 per semester will provide each kindergarten and elementary child .with one half pint of milk per day. Secondary students may purchase milk cards for one dollar good for 26 half-pints of milk. An estimated student enrollment of 1,950 is expected this fall, an increase of about fifty over last year. Eighty-three teachers and other professional employees will be meeting in the schools on September 9 in preparation for school opening Thursday. Bus routes will be changed only slightly (Continued from page 1) State Police Troopers from Mt. Pleasant attempted to re-route heavy traffic on U.S. 27 Monday onto Surrey Road. At one point traffic on the interstate expressway was backed-up for three miles bumper to bumper. Sheriff s deputies reported traffic was heavy around Harrison and said they also assisted other departments in directing heavy traffic. Members of the Sheriff's Posse and the Auxiliary Police Force in Clare volunteered man- hours to help direct traffic in the Farwell area over the weekend during the" Centennial celebration and on roads in the area. Sheriff Deputies investigated a total of 128 complaints for the seven-day period ending last Satur day. Posse members volunteer hours amounted to 58. Deputies investigated eight breakings and enterings and made 15 animal calls, issued six tickets and answered six family trouble calls. Deputies also supervised the operation of the jail and a total of 24 inmates over the week-long period. Clare City police officers investigated a total of 77 complaints which included seven traffic accident investigations, two fires and three dog complaints. Michigan traffic deaths numbered 191 in August, a reduction of 63 or about 25 per cent compared with the record high of 254 set for that month last year, according to State Police traffic division provisional figures. County social services director. Commissioners said they will appropriate more funds as needed to an approximate total of $30,000. Redmond reported to the commissioners that his department would be out of funds when the department' s bills are paid on September 18 and explained the number of persons requiring social service aid exceeded original budget expectations. Originally an appropriation of $61,000 was granted to the county's welfare department, but Redmond said at the end of September the department would have a balance of only $1,000. The funds were used quicker than anticipated because of a sudden increase in the county's unemployment rate that stood at the 15.8 per cent mark at the end of July, according to Redmond. Redmond and members of the county's welfare board of directors estimated a total of $30,000 was needed to continue operations for the last three months of this year. Over 1,000 persons in the county receive some form of financial aid through the county social services department. Some of the aid is financed only through the county while other programs are financed by the state and the federal governments, Redmond said. Of those receiving aid, approximately 350 persons receive aid through the federally financed food stamp program. Redmond said the food stamp program wasn't "killing our budget." "It's the unexDected . (Continued on page 12) Phone Rates To Be Increased News Farwell News .... Clare News ...... Editorial ........ Centennial Pictures , Inside BOaB«Q-09 ■* **D ftaeesaao JT **&*-' OBOBOtaa «t OJg>^ o o a b e o o o * Ct & ^ 2 •3 4 5 It's going to cost more for. Ion g winded callers in the Clare area and elsewhere as a result of new ' proposed rate increases sought by Michigan Bell Telephone Company. The phone company recently filed new statewide rate increases designed to produce an additional $14.8 million in revenue authorized by the State Public Service Commission. By a vote of 2-1, the Public Service Commission of the Michigan Department of Commerce has approved a $14,799, 000 rate increase for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. The 3.1 per cent rate increase, the first general increase the utility has received since i960, will be spread among Michigan Bell's 2.4 mil lion customers in 76 Michigan counties. Michigan Bell was directed to file new rates and schedules to accomplish to increase.. The new rates must be approved by the Commission before they may be put into effect. "Every effort has been made to simplify the new rate structure so that rates may be more easily understood by custom-, ers." said M.D. Thompson, local Michigan Bell manager. "The new rates also are designed so that Customers pay on the basis of the amount of service and facilities they actually use, "he said. Major features of the new rates include a discount to customers for dialing their own long distance calls; the dropping of the three-minute initial period for long distance •calls within Michigan with all such calls being charged by the minute; and a uniform $9 charge for installing, moving or changing service, inclu-. ding customer initiated number changes. This is the • first statewide use of the one-minute charge for allintrastatelongdistance calls. The new long, distance rates in Michigan range from five cents a minute for calls below 20 miles up to 35 cents a minute for calls over 200 miles. Customers dialing their own calls will receive a discount of 20 percent on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. A 40 per cent discount will be given at all other times • and on certain holidays (Christmas) New Years, July 4, Labor Day and Thanksgiving). There is no discount where operator work is required to handle station calls, except in a few areas where customers cannot dial their own long distance calls. For person - to - person calls there is a 50 cent additional charge for each call to help cover the extra costs involved. Fewer than five per cent of long distance calls within Michigan are now person- to-person. The new proposed one- party residence rates will be $4.25 a month as compared to the old rate of $3.85. Other rate changes include $3.25 for 2-party residence, from the present $3.10; $2.75 for 4- party residence, against the present $2.50; and $3.00 for residence budget service in place of the current $2.25.
|Title||1970-09-09; 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;|
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