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Ukiah Daily Journal (Newspaper) - September 4, 1985, Ukiah, California Wodnesday September 19R5 Commission on Aging in Ukiah PageS Football takes over this weekend Page 9 Weather MENDOCINO COUNTY Sunny today except for patchy coastal fog and low Highs in the 60s to the Nor thwest coastal winds 10 to 20 Increasing low clouds and fog along the coast Fair Yesterday Last year H 88 94 L 52 52 From 10 through 5 yesterday Year to date Last year IMahDativ Journal Mendocino California 125 119 16 Pages 25 Cents Garbage firm wants 10 to 40 rise in rates By MAUREEN CONNORRICE Journal staff wrlttr Ukiah Solid Wastes which hauls garbage for over residential and business customers fn wants to raise its rates 10 to 40 depending on the amount of gargage In a letter to be read at the Ci ty Council meeting Gerald owner of Solid lists several reasons for the increased rates including the loss of in the past five In order to be a healthy and viable we must have a fair return on our invest he The proposed rate increase will provide an additional per but after ex penses such as franchise and billing fees paid to the the net increase in revenue would be per Ward This amount will only be enough to give a fair return on our replace obsolete equipment and he stated in the The request would lock in the new rates through barring increases in the city dump The last rate in crease was two years Our company has reached a crossroad in order to continue our present we need newer equipment and revenues to Ward ex The company plans to replace several trucks and 50 wornout In liability insurance has increased 300 per Ukiah City Manager Kent Evan Johnson Smokey fire halts freeway traffic Thick smoke from a grass fire briefly shut U 101 to south grassy field between Orchard and the freeway was burn bound traffic Tuesday evening between Gobbl and Perkins The CHP briefly shut the southbound lanes to traffic first alarm was sounded at and Ukiah because of blinding smoke The fire was extinguished firefighters arrived on the scene almost A Lying on welfare forms will cost By TOM SAL IN AS Journal staff wrlttr County supervisors approved an amended policy manual for the countys general relief assistance program but only after members of a citizens advisory group charged that it penalized welfare reci The manual is rather than said Priscilla Grant of the Citizens Advisory the group which made recommendations to county Director of Social Ser vices Dennis The general relief funded solely by the is designed for needy people who dont qualify for other assistance such as Aid to Families with Dependent It is the last hope for the needy who cant get any other Advisory Council members and supporters particularly ob jected to language in the manual that warns prospective clients that their benefits up to a month could be stopped if they give any misinformation when applying for help We believe the disruption of benefits is Grant If a person is desperate in the first it doesnt help to stop Tom an attorney with Redwood Legal Assistance who worked with Denny on creating the said general relief has failed There are serious questions about the Mason told not meeting the need out to back up his cited statistics which show that an average of 88 people in the county were getting an average of each month for the first half of The statistics say why the program has Mason citing the low figures in comparison to the countys high unemployment You dont have general relief with only 88 people on I feel the the way it is is not providing what is needed to people who need said Don a former council He asked the board if they want people who cant get general relief to resort to Mason said the county had to be establishing the procedures and Supervisor Jim Eddie said the statistics dont prove Other assistance programs must be working if there are so few in general Supervisor John Cimolino Supervisor Nelson Redding asked Mason if the program would be more successful if there were people in It would be more indicative of the Mason With the help of Supervisor Norman de both sides were able to reach a The board agreedto amend the punitive language in the It will now warn pro spective clients that they could their benefits for up to 30 instead of a mandatory threeday if they give misinformation when ap plying for The will still lore their benefits for a mandatory 90 days for the se cond mistake and 180 for the Trustees adopt million schools budget By TOM SALINAS Journal staff wrltar Ukiah Unified School District trustees voted 61 Tuesday night to adopt the 198586 fiscal year district with Trustee Dennis Huey Huey refused to approve the budget because he was not satisfied with the way it was presented to the This years million spen ding plan represents a per cent jump over its million 198485 The which totals million when deferred maintenance and special funding is is expected to produce a deficit at the end of the The biggest chunk of the budget will be spent on person nel with about million going out for certificated and classified nonteaching their fringe and consultant The district will be spending the rest of the money for sup contract loan payments and and capital improvement District officials predict a 10 percent jump in revenues this due mainly to an expected rise in enrollment coupled with increased state income from longer school days and a longer school They cited increased person nel costs as the main reason why the district will be spending nearly million more this Trustees expressed concern at the public largely unat that district proposed to use from the0 sale of Old Yokayo School to the City of Ukiah for capital im They differed on what portion of the sale about set up in a special should be used for these Trustee Greg Nelson wanted only interest about yearly from the fund to be with the fund itself remaining untouched to grow as a No decision was pen ding revision of the budget next month when district officials have a better idea of actual operating costs this Payne said the city council may take up the rate increase re quest and hold public hearings in two to four after city staff has a chance to study the The proposed increases would raise residential billing for 10 gallon containers from per month to one can curb ser vice will jump from to each additional to one can service packed to each addition can packed to Commercial customers with a one yard container collected once a week will experience a jump from to 1V6 yard to and two to If collections are made six times per the increase will be one yard to 1U yards to two yards to v y W r f I r Police chiefs conclusion Slow response allowed Willits water disaster By PETER PAGE Journal Stiff Wrlttr The lack of basic security measures and management compounded by employee were blamed in a report by Willits Police Chief Barry Kalar for allowing gallons of caustic soda to contaminate the city water system The report was distributed to news media Tuesday after It contained a cover let ter from City Manager Cliff Swanson saying that disciplinary actions will be taken against water plant The severity of the measures was not The names of the workers were removed from the report before it was made Swanson is on vacation and was unavailable to comment on the Kalar believes vandals open ed the valve on a large storage tank of caustic soda but he cant prove it because security was so loose at the treatment plant that forced entry was not required to enter sheds con taining toxic Kalars report noted that the contamination would have been instantly detected had the city completed hookup of a device for monitoring fluctua tions in the pH level of The caustic soda released into the system shot pH levels up to nearly the top of the measur ing The employee who discovered the leak Friday failed to notify his Kalar He compounded that error when he did not disengage an automatic pump that recycled pond water into the treatment process after flushing out clog ged The flush water raised the pond level and that triggered the The worker knew the spilled soda drained into the pond but forgot about the Kalar This oversight directly caused the caustic soda to enter the drinking water supp Kalar The employee the next mor ning did not notify city officials when he was certain that the some caustic although he did know how was in the water The worker instead called his supervisor to determine how much caustic soda was supposed to be in the storage a necessary call because the plant managers kept no in ventory of the dangerous During that conver sation the worker did not alert the supervisor that he suspected there had been con according to Although Kalar sharply criticized the he noted the although a licensed treatment plant had received only two to three hours of direct training in plant operations over the past two Kalar termed communica tion between plant employees very The worker would often arrive for his shift at the plant to find that pro cedures had been changed without There was no standard operations manual nor even a simple check list to keep track of what different workers had done during their Kalar The water plant had very poor Kalar The shed containing both the caustic soda and potentially deadly chlorine was Since the emergency a lock has been installed on the shed and a locking valve has been placed on the soda storage Kalar recommended an alarm system for the treat ment plant or hiring an onsite caretaker to prevent future Chamber now a bureau By TOM SAL IN AS Journal staff writer County Supervisors on Tues day changed the name of the county Chamber of Commerce to the Mendocino County Visitor and Convention Bud president of the chambers board of direc said the change was necessary because the organiza tion is not a chamber in the true DArezzo said it is unlike a chamber because it is an arm of has no is funded by the coun ty transient occupancy bed and works under contract with the Our area is he Its oriented to audiences out of the But Supervisor de Vail was skeptical about the name have to encourage peo ple to do business not just he Im sorry to see the chamber go so far as to only do service to Chamber officials assured de Vail and other supervisors that local such as the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Com are handling normal chamber duties such as at tracting businesses to the They said theywere trying to stop any duplication of efforts by the chambers in the county and the name change would clear up any confusion in duties between the county chamber and individual city
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