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   Norco Pony Express (Newspaper) - August 5, 1976, Norco, California                                 manciger  CITY MAN AGER TOM M AUK Now official citizen  Nprco's new city managcsr became an official Nqrco resident l^ist weekend after two mottths on ^e job.  During that time, Tom Mauk, 32, ^eady appears to have earned his place in the heart of city hall wi^ his jovial smile, winsome manner and football lineman physique.  Reflecting on his brief encounter with the city which takes pride in warning outsiders that it is ihd^d "unique," Mauk has come to find that it's not as different as Citizens may wish to think.  He s^id when he came to Norco he was toldhe would be entering a small rural community where the people were unique and the problems different. , ^  "That's true," he concedes, "but  Norco shouldn'tf underestimate self."  Norco may . have the same problems as other cities, but hère they are of far more magnitude when compat-éd to the suburban cities he's seen, said Mauk.  Up until two months ago Mauk was serving as assistant city ad' ministrator in Montclaii-.  He said that Norco realÎy isn't that small country-type town anymore and its problems are "the kind that make a manager.''  For example, he said that he has never had to deal with the problems of water quality, sewer capacity and -fire department expansion in Mont-clfiiri and tt^ey are the issues of vital importance now to the Norco community; '  Mauk said he found the atmosphere at city hall when he arrived to be "very uptight" so he spent a lot of tirtie trying to loosen up the organization. He said he feels in that Way he has been somewhat' successful.  He's shifted a lot of the responsibility out of the office of city manager where he found they had been concentrated imder former city manager Si Melendez.  His basic style of moving cautiously appears at times to be in direct contrast with the faster pace of of Norco's lifestyle where everything is wanted "now," he said.  One of the decisions he is faced with now is selecting a new assistant city manager, but he insists on taking  time to get the best possible candidate.  As far as the present city council is concerned, Mauk said that he has been very impressed with the members, He finds them to be more involved than elsewhere and as a result seem to know more of what's going on in the city.  He said in the long run that works to the advantage'of the city.  The problems he faces now are admittedly carry-overs from the previous administration. He figures it will be a couple more months before he i^ faced with original "Mauk problems:"  One problem which he did not have to face this year was the annual rite of negotiating employe wages and benefits.  Last year, employes of the dty of Norco signed a two year contract with the city which will not run out-until next summer.  .''  Now that his family has settled in a Norco neighborhood after moving from Upland, Mauk said he expects a, big change in their lives. There is ^ new neighborhood, new kids and a, different lifestyle to get accustom^ ~ to. He was anxious to have it done ^ . quickly as possible.  Mauk said earlier that his wife^' Becky, would soon be jumping into' community affairs, apart from cit^' hall business. His children Donald, ' Kathy, 7, Laura, 4, and Danielle, can look forward to making new' friends and yes, even having a horse.  Vol. 14, No, 30  NORCO  Thursday, Aujgust 5,1976  Phone 734-0210  Office2429 Hamner Ave., NORCO, CALIFORNIA  PRICE—50'A MONTH  Fate of T in hands of loccil clubs  "Several  Norco  "service-  organizations have been invited to a meeting Monday to determine the extent to which they are wiUing to support the Corona-Norco Family yMCA. ^ ■ .. ■ . ' The dinner nleeting, by invitation only, will combine members of community clubs and organizations from Norco and Corona at Corona National Golf Club. . The YMCA faced a $1,600 operating deficit at the end of July, which in--cluded.salariesJot_the_YMCA^taff^  Jack Stands, the new general director of the YMCA, outlined the financial situation to the board of i^rectorsof the YMCA several weeks ago. He said he is willing to subsidize himsett until it is determined  Y existé but that he can only last iintil the end of August.  The board is moving ahead with plans for fund raising 'pctivito to supplement the "^'jSda^^^ra^ pledges during the /Supportive membership drive. Stands said that the Y needs abou( $27,500 for operations to carry it through Dec. 31. That is m addition to the pledges and support from the United Way.  At> this point Stands has only received a partial salary when he arrived early in July but there was no money to pay his salary at the end of last month nor his moving expenses.  The 25-member board had previously committed itself to paying the nioving expenses for Stands and his wife to move from Medino, Ohio.  So far 37 members of the over 70 clubs invited have indicated they will be present at the meeting. In the meantime board members are .contacting others to secure reservations.  No markings at Hamner  crash site  By ELAINE BAITE  A headon crash on Hamner Aveiiue which killed one girl and left another in critical condition has raised questions abotit the absence of yellow  ON THE BEAiy5l--Workmen at Ingalls Park hopes to have his part of the job finished by  are racing against a deadline imposed by the Norco Valley Fair in order to get two new exhibit buildings completed in time for the annual Labor Day weekend, affair. Building contractor John Domanic  next Wednesday. Plumbers and electricians will ste^ in and put the finishing touch^-tinTfier project. City manager Tom Mauk^said earlier this week that all work should be complete by Aug. 16. This is the  (foreground) pairs up with Manuel Salazar first>ear the fair, sponsored by the Norco in coiistructing the roof fpr tHeop6n-sided4- Chainber of Commerce, will be located at H exhibit bam. Domanic said today he Ingalls Park: '  stretch where the two car accident occurred.  Norco resident Dortha Damron said following the accident that she had barely escaped a headon collision near the same spot earlier Saturdayafternoon,' several hours before the tragic acc^ent occured.  She blamed the "near miss" on "faint markings" dividing the four lanes on Hamner between Parkridge aM Fifst Stfeets. The reflectorized tape was left ag; a temporary measure by the Caiifomia Department of Transportation (Caltrans) foUowing a resurfacing project which was completed July 15. ,,  According to Lance Stalker, public information officer at Caltrans, the restriping was scheduled for completion yesterday.  Stalker explained that the lengthy delay between the completion of the street resurfacing and this iestriping was ironically in an attempt at making that particular stretch safe.  During the time that the resurfacing was being carried out, Stalker said that Caltrat«.ir€|ceived a number of phone calls from local citizens requesting a left turn lane i;;rom Hamner east into the Amberlite Mobile Home Park.  increase  Business eases taxpayers' burden  ' If the Corona-Nórco Family YMCA were to close its doors toiliorrow would you feel any loss? Do you use the YMCA? If not why not?  MAlJREEN,6iiR"IMAN, N^  No, we neyei yseit. We just never have the need. JANET BERTONE, Norco, housewife: /  . No, but I think the community woidd> I don't use it because I don't need it but '»know people who do. ' FRANCES THOMPSON, Norco, housewife:  i- If it did, I think it would be a loss. 1 don't use it because ! don't need it. But I inight need it later on.  jPAUI^EnTE ARMSTRONG, Norco, race horse ej^ciser: ; I think it would be a big loss. I don't use it but I woiUd like tohave it arowid to  'useiflwanttovv''  CINDl BESS. Norco, student:  ' Yes, I think so. I like the gymnastics program they have. I use it myself. KATHl RYAN, Norco, student:  - Yes I'd feel a loss. I think that kids need the equipment. It helps them grow tind develop their bodies.  Norco businessmen will be taking some of the tax burden off local residents this year.  The cost of business licenses in Norco which jumped 90 per cent this year will save the city's residents from a six cent propeity . tax : increase, according to Dick Monteiro, , city license inspector.';  Montiero explained that the averagQ cost of a business license went from $23.50' last year to about $45 this year.  He said that the increase is the first one since the city was incorporated in ' 1964. It is still far below a lot of other cities in the area, he added. , The city council voted recently ■ on Monteiro's recommendation to raise the business license rate. Tliat decision ultimately saved local property owners from a six cent property tax increase.  Last year there were 1,200 licenses issued in Norco. Monteiro expects the figure to drop to 1,000 this year, as the increased fees may drive out someof the smaller part^ime businessmen.  He remarked that the life expectancy of I businesses in Norco, particvilairly among the smaller family-owned variety^j is short.  He said that unfortunately there are a lot of people with good ideas but they lack either the capital or the nianagémënt sense which are necessary to make a business successful.  Monteiro predicts that only one of ten small business which acltualliy get a start in the city ever get past the home occupation stage.  Montieroi 38, left his city office Friday, after two years on the job. He  is going to work as a service advisor for a car dealer m Riverside, a field in which he worked before joining the city ranks.  As yet no replacement has been named.  He said that the delay was the result of a study by Caltrans officials into the possibility of widehmg Hamner in a couple of places to make the left turn lane possible.  The result is a temporary left tirf^ pocket about foiir-tenths of à miliè long between Parkridge and Valfôy View on Hamner.  He explained that if the string had been put in before the study w^ complete;' it wbifld" have c6st ' t^fci" the amount of money approved Ipr the project. He said it would haye driven the cost out of reach and made it abnost impossible to handle with 1;he^egular ihàihté^^ estimates the cost of the left turn lane now at about $5,000.  Stalker said that the maintenance crew was working earlier this week on widening a couple of areas along Hamner and was„ ^to have been completed yesterdày.  He added that the reflectorized yellow tape which was placed in the road way temporarily is ' standard procedure.  The Saturday night collision proved fatal to Suzanne Slack, le, «! Corona, a passenger in a car diriven by Sandy Baker, 15, of Norco.^ MSâs Baker was listed in'critiéal condition at Loma Linda University Medical^ Center .  According to the Riverside Couiity Sheriffs Department, thé Shaker ¿ar was headed southbound-on Hamrier-. between First Street and VaUeyVi^ when it veered into the northbo^d lane and collided with a car driven'by Robert Kutz, 48, of Los Angeles.  Kurz, and his wife, Dorothy were in satisfactory condition yesterday morning at Kaiser Mëmoii^ Hospital in Fontana. The other passengèçs in the eâr - driven by Miss Baker were: Martin,. 16, of East vale, who was treated and released from Corona Community Hospital; and Kimbërly Hickey, 17, of Corora, who was listed in serious conditicm at Rivet^ide General Hospital.  Allegations of "deceit, fraud and conspiracy" ' have been added to conflict-of-interest charges filed against Norco City Councilman O.M. "Red" Taylor by former councilman Louis deBottari.  DeBottari claimed new evidence in the case as an amended complaint was fUed last week in Riverside Superior Cou^.  The originm ^suit, filed last month, charged that conflict-of-interest occured whai Taylor purchased a trailer which the city allegedly was attanpting to buy, and "profited froiA the transaction."  The suit said Taylor took paft in a council discussion on July 15, 1974, regarding the ptffchase of a used  tractor without a traili^ for $8,000 or with the trailer for $9,000 from Tony Smith of Lake Elsinore.  The suit states that "iaylor influenced the city council in its bid for the equipment and voted in favor of making the offer to Smith.  Taylor has said that he recalls declining t^ discuss the proposed purchase at the meting. However, he does not remember how he voted.  According to the suit, on the morning following the meeting Taylor purchased the trailer ih>m Smith for $1,200. DeBottari claims that the trailer had ;a value of $2,500 on July 15,' 1^4. Tlierefore, he allies Aat Taylor benefitted financially from the transaction.  Both Taylor and Norco Councilman Art McCollum have said that thè tape recording of thé council sessitm and the: subsequent minutes of the  meeting, have been tampered with.'  McCollum said that,he listened to the tapes about a ji/i^r ago, when similar charges were being brouf^t against Taylor. He said that since then the portion of the tape cectK^dinft the motion and vote on the purchatie is now erased.  DeBottari's suit calls', tor thé removal of Tiaylor from public office,, attorney's fees and damage coin-puted .at three Umes the benifit allegedly realized by Taylor, or abodt $3,900. . •>.   

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