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   Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - May 4, 1976, Casa Grande, Arizona                                Tf 3RD FLdJE STATE CAPITOL AZ 85CC7 217 CG Council Orders ivers from ByDOUGMELVOLD Staff Writer The Casa Grande Paracenter for the past year and a half a source of public controversy was ordered by the City Council Monday night to aid all skydiving operations and to leave the Municipal Airport within 45 days Without a word of discussion the council unanimously passed a resolution ordering the action and calling the Paracenters operations no longer compatible with the operation and continued growth of the Municipal No one representing the Paracenler attended the meeting The action ended a monthlong dilemma facing the council of whether to aoprove a proposed sublease agreement that would have allowed the Paracenter to continue operating at the airport for up to four years Faced with numerous complaints of continuing violations of safety regulations and beerdrinking on airport grounds by skydivers and others with them the council earlier had expressed fear that a midair collision between a skydiver and pilot might someday occur Contributing to evidence against the skydiving operation were reports that both transient and local pilots were avoiding the Municipal Airport because of dangers the parachutists presented and that growth and development of the airport has been hin dered as a ASA GRANDE Final Countys Daily Newspaper The final convincing factors were a pair of reports from Police Chief John Cozad outlining instances of skydivers landing outside a dropzonethat was designated by City Manager David Kincanon more than a year ago At the councils request police had placed the airport under Without a word of discussion council unanimously passes resolution ordering Casa Grande Paracenter to leave the air port within 45 days parttime surveillance for the past two weeks One of the two reports noted that during the past weekend three jumps totaling 30 skydivers wtire observed Of the 30 jumpers 27 landed outside the designated landing area and near the north main hangar The report charged that tte jumpers deliberately landed outside the designated area It noted that the three who landed inside the drop zone had no difficulty in doing according to the observing officer The report adds that the parachute center management and patrons were believed to be unaware of the surveillance and that these violations are frequent when there is no obvious sur An earlier report stated that in the period between April 21 and 2B police watched nine parachute jumps involving a total of 62 skydivers Seven landing violations were observed the report said i Eight other either were skydivers or with the skydivers were seen cirinking beer inside an airport The resolution which took effect immediately noted that there have been eight skydiving fatalities in a period of approximately two actually three Without violation the resolution cites a Federal Aviation Regulation that prohibits parachute jumping onto any airport without prior approval from the airport management It gives the city staff and attorney authorization to take such legal steps as may be necessary to remove the Paracenter operation if the management does not comply In other action the council alternate proposals from the staff dealing with policies for waiving business license fees for charitable causes and tabled action for further study Associated Architects of Mesa as the ar chitectural firm for the proposed municipal golf course Parks and Recreation Director David White said the architects fee approximately 6 per cent of the total construction cost will be paid from a federal grant the city received to develop the course Associated Architects also designed the present City Hall public library and public works maintenance garage buildings A partner in the firm Lloyd L Bud Johns is a Casa Grande resident a change order to the sewage treatment plant expansion project that calls for installation of a pipeline from the One report noted that of 30 jumpers who were observed by police 27 deliberately landed outside the designated landing area plant to the golf course site to carry effluent for watering the course White said the engineering firm of Johaimessen Girand of Phoenix will draw up the plans and the city will do the work itself low bids of to Slurry Seal of Arizona a Phoenix firm and of to P R Paving Engineering of Laveen to furnish specified amounts of slurry seal and hot mix paving materials respectively for the recentlyadopted street improvement program Final Materials of Casa Grande the only other bidder quoted prices of for slurry seal and for hot mix a low bid of to Coronado Ford of Casa Grande for two compactsize police cars to be used by the detective See CG Council Page 3 Supreme Court Sets Bate To Hear Regent Dispute PHOENIX AP The State Supreme Court has scheduled a May 11 hearing on whether Gov Raul Castro must submit the name of a nominee to the Board of regents for Senate ap proval The Senate fded the action against the had advised him that anything limiting the power of the governor in appointing regents is unconstitutional There had been sharp Senate criticism and opposition to Paynes appointment and Castro withdrew the nomination for confirmation by governor after Castro refused to sutmit the the Senate on March 3 CASA GRANDE ARIZONA 85222 TUESDAY MAY 10Per Copy VOL LXII NUMBER 88 name of William Payne to confirmation Castro claimed that Atty Gen Bruce Babbitt the Senate for At that tune he indicated that Senate con firmation was not needed and instead appoint ed Payne to the post Texas Man Arrested Area Patrolmen Seize Major Marijuana Haul drug seizure in Final County in less than two days occurred Saturday afternoon when a young Texas man was arrested and the rented van he was driving was confiscated after authorities discovered pounds of tnarijuane inside the vehicle The Department of Public Safety reported today Uiat RoyceL of El Paso was arrested by twohighway patrolmen on Interstate 10 near here ateut Boohed the Etoy Police Department on felony charges of possession of marijuana possesmon af end tran sportatkw of marijuana Mflls was ordered held inlhePinal County jail in lieu of That bond was set by Eloy Justice of the Peace Mary Jo Dixon who conducted Mills initial appearance here Monday Lt Gary Paelps District 6 commander said today that two of his patrolmen stopped the Millsdriven van Saturday afternoon for allegedly failing to stay in one lane of traffic The marijuana was inside the UHaul van Phelps added Phelps said Mflls told them he was driving his illegal cargo to California Indications are he was working for a large ring working out of El Paso who move large amounts of marijuana into Phelps said Mills was moved to the Pinai County jail in Florence Monday night where he remains in custody today Friday afternoon a narcotics detail from the Final Cbinty Sheriffs Office and agents from the Drug Enfbrceniehf Admlnlfif ation s Narcotics Task Force converged on a grocery storeborne in Randolph where they seized about three ounces of heroin and arrested the markets owners Butch Colter 36 and bis wife Charlotte 29 The Colters were charged with possession of heroin for sale and ordered to the county jail in lieu of each The case against them is scheduled to be presented to the Final County Grand Jury today Ceremonial Crowning Signals Beginning of May TRADITIONAL MAY CROWNING of Blessed Virgin the Mother of God was held Monday morning in the schoolyard at St Anthonys Parochial School Sixth grader Felipe Becerra concentrates on placing the floral crown just right on the statues head The entire student body assembled for the Catholic ceremony dedicating the month of May to the Queen of Heaven Special devotions are conducted in her honor during the month Until recently the crowning was held during special church services with girls garbed in white as official participants The crown was carried on a satin pillow by a young First Communicant girl wearing her white dress and veil Staff Photo by Jim Thomson Board Sets Stage Panel Endorses Dandoy for State Health Post For Meeting Suit PHOENIX AP Arizona Press Club and Common Cause are seeking a court decree upholding Arizonas law against dosed meetings of government bodies Division I of the State Tax Appeals Board set the stage when it voted to decide a Tucson case in dosed session The unanimous vote cameon a motion by Tucson board member George Borozon a television newsman Other board members are Richard DSearles of Paradise Valley and Charles Moody of Coolidge chairman KTAR Radio news director Roger Downey of Phoenix and Marge Thornton executive director of Common Cause a citizens lobby Asked verbally and in writing to be allowed to attend the closed iiession but were refused entry Board attorney Olgerd W Kalyna recommended that the requests be denied contending that the openmeeting law makes exception for judicial proceedings and board action falls under the exception Meyerson attorney for the Pross Club and Common Cause said Monday he agrees with Atty Gen Bruce Babbitts opinion declaring the law applicable to quasijudicial proceed ings He and Kslyna indicated that they would explore the possibility of seeking a direct ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court before faking the matter to Maricopa County Superior The fucson appeal was filed by Prudential Insurance Co of America Prudential contended that the Pima County Assessors valuation on a Tucson office building and garage was too high PHOENIX AP Dr Suzanne Dandoy just back from a 30 day leaveof absence today won a unanimous recommendation as director of the Health Services Department by the Senate Health Committee The endorsement came after more than an hour of grilling about personnel andhealth policies and her leave to work with the Circle K Corp to qualify under the law requiring some experience in the private Dr Dandoy named acting director of the agency 13 months ago remained cool under the lengthy questioning and won the plaudits of each member of the committee for her responses Sen Steve Davis RTubac who is not a member of the com mittee was granted permission by Chairman Alfredo Gutierrez DPhoenix to question the nominee although he could not vote Davis focused his questions on the appointment of Dr Leo Munox an relative of Gov Raul Castro to the postilion of community health services director and the firing of an employe as assistant director of environmental services House Overrides Child Care Veto WASHINGTON AP The House voted today to override President Fords veto of a child daycare bill By a vote of 301 to 101 or 33 more than the required twothirds majority the House sent the bill to the Senate An override there would make the measure law over Fords objections The President vetoed the bill April 6 He has vetoed 48 bills and has been overridden eight times The outcome in the House was a surprise Shortly before the vote Speaker Carl Albert had said It really is a tight Were still in the headcountmg process but it is too close to a source close to Democratic leaders said Monday A key Republican seeking to sustain the veto agreed It will be The bill would suspend until July 1 a requirement that child day care centers in order to qualify for federal funds must meet federal standards for the number of staff persons required to be on hand for children aged six weeks to six years old A previous suspension enacted last October expired Feb 1 Under the bill an existing annual limit on social services program funds would be boosted by million tnrough Sept 30 with million of tt allocated to states based on population and the rest divided according to their need for aid m meeting the new staffing standards In his veto message Ford said he cannot approve legislation which runs directly counter to a basic principle of government in which I strongly believe the vesting of responsibility in state and local government and the removing of burdensome federal restrictions This bill would not make daycare services more widely available It would only make them more costly to the American He urged Congress to enact his program under which states would establish and enforce their own daycare standards and set up the social service programs they want Dr Dandoy responded that Munoz a relative of the governors by marriage was hired after a screening by the staff disclosed he highly qualified lor the position I probably did more for the morale of the agency by the re moval of Jim Goff as assistant chief of environmental services than anything I couldhave said Dr Dandoy The questions ranged from her attitude on flouridation of community water systems to the departments role in fighting venereal disease Sen John Roeder RScottsdale said he had received more letters on the controversial issue of flouridation than on anything else related to her appointment We have found that flouridation is helpful in preventing tooth decay among said Dr Dandoy This choice is up to the community itself and we are seeking no mandate to impose She further stated that while she would not oppose such leg islation if introduced she also wouldnot support it Sen Bill McCune RPhoenix opened the subject of venereal disease calling it epidemic in Im concerned about the role of the health department and what its doing in this said McCune Our efforts are geared to coordinating the staiewide Fight against venereal she replied Unfortunately there is no magic in its control although we do have excellent In response to another question by McCune about the method used to qualify her for the position she replied that she would have to say Ididhesitatetogoaheadanddothat and that isone reason for the long she said CGMan Cited in PedestriansDeath A Casa Grande man lias been cited by police after his pickup truck struck a 73yearold winter visitor who died four day later police said today Noah A Shorty Arnold of Ft Wayne was struck Thursday as he walked in a crosswalk at the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Marshall Street He and his wife had planned to return to Indiana Friday Police said today the driver of the pickup truck Bernard R Wilidns 27 of 1001 Campbell Circle has been cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk Amold was transported to Hoemako Hospital after the 8 mishap and was later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix where he died at about 2 Sunday Casa Giaraio police reported Arnolds was the accident fatality in city limits this year Both in the last three immihs Oil Sunday Feb 15 during Casa Grandes Oodham Tash weekend festivities 19yearold Alex A Miguel 414 W Ninth Eloy was killed when he was struck by a hilandrun car just within the city limits on Stale Route 84 near Trekell Road First believrfUo have occurred out snip the ciiy lirntls Ihe accident initially investigated by the Department of Public Safety II has definitely been determined that the accident oc curred within the the spokesman said The followup is being done by the detective division of the Casa Grande Police The Miguel fatality remains unsolved Maricopa County Pathologist Dr Heinz Kamitschnig performed an autopsy on Arnold Monday A spokesman for the pathologist said Arnold died from head injuries He had also suffered internal injuries the spokesman added Arnold a diabetic was walking eastbound in the crosswalk at the intersection of Florence and Marshall when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by Wilkins Wilkins told police he was turning from Florence south onto Marshall when he noticed Arnold in the crosswalk lie at tempted to stop his truck but struck Arnold and knocked him to the pavement Wilkins told police Casa Grande Fire Department personnel revived Arnold at the scene before he was transported to Hoemako by Aztec police said Arnold apparently lapsed back into imconscioasness at Hoemako before he was transported to Good Samaritan police also reported Bills to Ease CAP Rate in Cities Abandoned in Senate Committee PHOENIX AP The Senate Natural Resources Committee has rejected a package of five bills aimed at giving urban water users a better break on financing the billion cost of Ihe Cenlral Arizona Project Sen Morris Fair DTucson chief sponsor of the bills said afterward he was disturbed that the committee had turned down every bill which aitempted to cope with the slates most critical This problem will come back to haunt us until we reach the critical stage when we have to da said Karr Sen Stan Turley RMesa who opposed each of the bills agreed with Farr that the state faces serious problems with its most precious resource But its not yet critical and until it is nothing will be said Turley Who helped draft water management reforms several years ago The committee by Sen William Swmk USan Manuel first rejected a liili which for voluntary metering of pumped groundwatpr an attempt to get an accurate measurement of Ihe overdraft on this resource A similar bill has cleared two House committees 1iit is Iwng held pending a move to assign the task to the Arizona Water Commission The Senate committee also turned down companion bills Aihich would shift more of the cost to agricultural users by a pump tax before adding to the homeowner tax levy in Maricopa Pima and Pinal counties The current tax on residences in these counties amounts to 3 cents per but could go a1 high as ID cents Frank Welch a Scottsdale civil engineer and critic if the CAP argued thst Arizona farmers use 90 per cent of the states groundwater and will get off tightly in pa mg off the project White the farm users pay an acrefoot for their water the urban residents will be paying plus the property said Welch Finally a sensible bill is surfacing in the legislature But CAPppokesmen Birr Sutler and R J Ellis joined by State Water Commissioner Wes Sterner countered that the promised pump tax would be unfair to agriculture Strong support for the measure came trom Stove Vkalh erspoon assistant city attomrj for Tucson and Bill Sheldon who represents Tucson on legislative matters   

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