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   Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 14, 1978, Anderson, Indiana                                 Saila  Vol. 93 No. 306  Anderson, Indiana  Tuesday, March 14, 1978  Price Fifteen Cents  Tonight and Wednesday occasional light snow and cold. Lows tonight in the upper 20s and low 30s. Highs Wednesday in the mid and upper 30s. Probability of measurable precipitation 40 percent tonight and Wednesday. Yesterday’s high, 42; overnight low, 32. Precipitation, .98. (Map on page 2.)  New layoffs  mushroom in Indiana  By The Associated Press  The possibility of mushrooming job layoffs loomed today in the wake of notices sent to hundreds of Indiana businesses and industries that their electricity would be turned off if they did not comply with mandatory power cutbacks.  Public Service Indiana, the state's largest electric utility, sent the notices Monday, giving customers 24 hours to comply.  PSI spokesman David Vincent said several hundred disconnection  Monitoring of meters under way  In Anderson, business and industrial customers of the Anderson Municipal Light and Power Co. may have at least a two-week reprieve until they will be fined or disconnected should they violate the mandatory 25 percent cutback order.  According to Charles Meyers, assistant superintendent at the local electric utility, officials there are currently in the process of tabulating how many kilowatt hours customers have used in the past two weeks.  “Right now we have our men out reading the meters,” he said. “By Friday we should have letters warning those business and industry customers who have gone over their limit.”  Meyers said the municipal utility is required to give their customers a seven-day notice before taking any action, consequently allowing no public action before two weeks from yesterday.  The municipal power company is empowered to levy a 10 cent fine per kilowatt hour for any usage beyond the customer’s limit or to completely disconnect service. The utility serves some 2,500 business and industrial customers in Anderson.  notices were sent. He refused to be more specific, but said the total was roughly 3 percent of the utility’s 60,000 commercial and 2,500 industrial customers - or about 1,800.  PSI is one of three Indiana utilities under mandatory curtailments because of the coal strike.  The Indiana Employment Security Division listed 5,400 persons on indefinite layoff as a result of the 99-day-old strike by United Mine Workers. Another 1,200 workers at General Motors plants in Anderson were on one ; day furloughs.  Indiana & Michigan, the state’s second-largest electric utility which also is under curtailment, said Monday the threat of disconnection appears to have eased.  I & M spokesman Vince LaBarbera said usage figures showed that all but four of 39 customers served with disconnection notices a week ago were meeting cutbacks. The utility is working with the remaining four, LaBarbera said, adding, “They were all trying. It’s just that for one reason or another they couldn’t get to the 25 percent level.”  Coal fields in southwestern Indiana were open Monday, but striking miners ignored the back-to-work order issued by President Carter.  Still some coal continued to move north and south along state roads protected by state police and national guardsmen. At least half a dozen trucks loaded with coal rolled north toward Indianapolis on Indiana 67 within a half hour, with Army National Guard trucks riding ahead in escort.  The office at Old Ben No. 2 mine north of Petersburg was busy with administrative work, but none of the 234 miners represented by UMW Local 4343 reported to work. Equipment was parked on the mine’s muddy grounds, and an elaborate coal conveyor system stood still.  “We are open, but there are no miners here,” said a receptionist at Old Ben.  Mivhnet A. liraun  MOTORIST ON INDIANA AVE. DRIVES SLOWLY THROUGH DEEP WATER . . . Almost 1 inch of rain caused some road flooding, although most are passable  Snow, rain cause area road flooding  Almost an inch of rain drenched the Anderson area last night, causing some road flooding and lots of standing water on streets, although most are passable. Fortunately, though, the downpour got rid of much of that “dirty white stuff” everyone is tired of seeing.  Indiana rivers and streams, gorged by melted snow and day-long rain, continued to swell past flood stage today, and flooding is expected to continue through tonight, according to the National Weather Service.  A flash flood watch for central and southern Indiana was lifted, however, at 3 a.m. today.  Winston Keller, Madison County highway superintendent, reported five roads were flooded in spots. He added that he expected many housing additions, such as Victory Gardens and Heritage Heights,  are “probably a mess” due to rainfall.  "It’s going to be kind of bad for a few days now because of the standing water. The ground is frozen, so the water can’t be soaked up, and the ditches are running full,” Keller explained.  The five flooded areas he reported were: County Roads 75E, south of Indiana 38; 850N, east of County Road 500W; 875S, west of County Road 800W; 375E, north of County Road 500N, and Ind. 9, north of County Road 400N.  The State Highway Department reported trouble spots in Frankton and near Middletown. Ind. 128 near 11th Street in Frankton was under 3 or 4 feet of water, and Ind. 236 near Interstate 69, three miles west of Middletown, was under 3 feet of water.  State highway crews were already dispatched this morning  to unclog the problem drains and put up high water signs.  Scattered thunderstorms accompanied the rain, which amounted to >/ 2  to 1 inch in the northern part of the state to between 1 to 2 inches in the southern part.  There were no reports of major water damage or any road closings because of high water, but many lowland areas were flooded across the state, the Associated Press said.  About 500 homes on Anderson’s east side on 10th Street were without power for 1  x h hours last night due to moisture entering the electricity system, according to the Municipal Light & Power Co. Permanent repairs are being made today.  Anderson College also reported See Page 2, Column 5  Quality  of air in city unknown  “Frankly, we’re out of business.”  That’s the current status of the Anderson Air Pollution Control Department, according to Dick Wilkins, chairman of the city’s Clean Air Council, which oversees department operations.  The department was recently reorganized after running into serious financial problems in late 1977. But the reorganization has not yet gone into effect, and right now there is no department director. Worse yet, the machines which regulate air pollution in Anderson have been disconnected, and absolutely no local measurements of air quality are now being made.  “The (pollution sampling) network is shut down because of the coal thing,” Wilkins said Monday. He explained that the city’s three sampling stations are connected to outside lighting, which has been turned off because of the electricity shortage.  Wilkins said the sampling stations would be reactivated when the energy crisis ends, if not before.  Clean Air Council members are currently searching for a new director to replace Jack Hoenstine, who recently resigned.  Hoenstine had been director for 6‘/2 years and was the only boss the department ever had.  Wilkins said there are currently “four or five" candidates for the director’s job. Some of these candidates have already been interviewed, he added.  It is hoped that a new director will be hired by the first of April, Wilkins said.  The location of the department’s office has already been moved, even though the department is presently inactive.  Formerly located in the small brick building on Eighth Street across from the Anderson City Building, the department is now  See Page 2, Column 2  New contract hopes halt confrontations  WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite striking miners’ overwhelming defiance of a baek-to-work order, federal officials are trying to avoid a coalfield confrontation in the hope that negotiators are nearing a contract settlement that could end the 99-day coal strike.  “We don’t plan any hasty or ill-conceived actions...We don’t seek any confrontation,” said Justice Department spokesman Mark Sheehan. “What we don’t want to do is create any situation...that could interfere with the collective bargaining process.”  Meanwhile, bargainers for the United Mine Workers and the coal industry planned to resume negotiations today amid hints they were closing in on a new agreement.  The two sides, which held intensive talks over the weekend, did not meet Monday but remained in telephone contact.  White House press secretary Jody Powell said some officials involved in negotiations were "at least cautiously optimistic” about putting together a settlement.  But a United Mine Workers spokesman said Monday that UMW President Arnold Miller had not yet summoned the union’s bargaining council to Washington. The council must approve any contract settlement before it can be submitted to the rank-and-file for ratification.  The Carter administration obtained the back-to-work order under the Taft-Hartley Act last week, hoping it would allow at least some mines to resume production while bargaining continued.  Monday was the first real test of the court order, as strike-bound mines stood ready to reopen and federal marshals completed serv  ing copies of the order to more than 800 UMW districts and locals.  But only a handful of the 160,000 striking miners in Appalachian and Midwestern coalfields obeyed the order. In most areas the number was too small to form maintenance crews, and companies simply sent the workers home.  In Keystone, W.Va., about 30 members of a 150-man shift showed up at 8 a.m. Monday and worked on maintenance. Less than a dozen showed up for the 4 p.m. shift, and they were sent home.  But in Pennsylvania, club-carrying pickets traveled in a 150-car caravan to shut down non-union mines.  “If any mines are open, they shut them down, then they move on,” said state police Maj. Homer Redd. “We’ve had some rocks thrown, but most of it’s heckling.”  Some picketing — specifically forbidden by the court order — was reported in Colorado, Kentucky and West Virginia, although most areas were quiet.  In the face of almost total defiance of the order, administration officials said they remain hopeful that the miners gradually would return to their jobs.  “We never expected they would go back immediately,” Sheehan said, adding that the administration has adopted a policy “of responsible restraint” while waiting to see if the union and industry can put together a settlement.  But, while trying to avoid a confrontation, Sheehan added, “We can’t just turn the other way and ignore our law enforcement responsibilities.”  Commissioners criticized  Residents complain about snow removal  By KEN de la BASTIDE Bulletin Staff Writer  Madison County commissioners were severely criticized for the lack of snow removal in the three northern townships of the county during their regular Monday morning meeting.  About 50 residents explained to Commissioners Luther Puckett and Jerry Armington they have been snowed in for several days at a time this winter and their phone calls to the county highway department have fallen on deaf ears.  Larry Stuckey, representing Boone Township and a member of the Madison-Grant school corporation board, told the commissioners Duck Creek Elementary School has missed four additional days of school because of the poor snow removal work. “It is very frustrating. If there is a lack of communication, we want to help you solve the problem. In many cases, we have plowed ourselves out”, he said.  William Durr, trustee of Boone Township, said, “The rest of the county has always gotten snow removal service before the northern part of the county. The taxpayers up there should get the same treatment as the rest of the county.”  Puckett responded by saying it was his belief that all roads in the county have been plowed at least once. “It is not the intent of this board to neglect any township in the county. We are faced with a problem of having to clear more roads than the equipment can handle,” he said.  Several of the complaints dealt with county highway employees drinking on the job. Puckett mentioned that one employee of the county had been dismissed for drinking while he was assigned to a snowplow. “I urge anyone with  information concerning an employee of the county drinking on the job to notify us, so that appropriate action can be taken,” Puckett said.  Leonard Moore, a farmer, told the commissioners he lost $7,000 in lifestock because he was unable to move along county roads to get feed to the animals.  Puckett, who attempted to answer the brunt of the questions directed at the commissioners, said, “With 15 trucks, we are not able to provide the kind of service that you people are entitled to.”  Ernie Linebacker Jr., an Elwood city employee, voiced the harshest criticism of the commissioners. “This group has been a little unfair to the commissioners because they have been in Florida. Why is John Hobbs still in Florida when he is See Page 2, Column 5  Photon by Michael A. Brown  Leonard Moore tells of farm losses  County commissioners hear complaints about snow removal   

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