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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                216 KOKOMO TRIBUNE April 50 cents Plans call for hefty cuts of military bases Mother of all base closings may be equal to all previous closings WASHINGTON AP The Clinton administration is prepar ing to lower the boom on the nations military bases with a pro posed list of closures next year that could nearly match all the base closures ordered since Faced with a dwindling military force and declining defense bud the Pentagon is preparing a ase closure list that cuts facilities by at least 15 according to official estimates submitted to Congress in recent In three base closure rounds in and 1993 the reduction in bases and military facilities was 15 Congress has approved previ ous base closure But Defense Secretary William Perry is predicting a very difficult bat tle with the public and the Con gress over the 1995 round of clo The anticipated scope of the cuts is already drawing congressional as lawmakers realize that the savings from base closures are still a long way Through the end of the century and the cost of shutting down bases is expected to outweigh the savings Closing bases has a direct eco nomic impact on surrounding Under the last for the bulk of job losses will be concentrated in three states slated to lose more than military and civilian defenserelated jobs Flori facing the loss of jobs and South which expects to lose more than It is important that we use the last round of closures to align our base structure more closely with our future mission Sherri a deputy undersecre tary of told a House sub committee She said offi cials expect a sizable proposal for closures and Will there be 1 or 2 Board will decide bookmobiles fate ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The KokomoHoward County Public Library will discuss whether to run one or two book mobiles at its April 18 according to library Director Charles The library currently has one bookmobile in one is broken down and a new one is expected to arrive late this Joray The bookmobiles are converted motor homes that act as portable making regular stops at area public schools and senior Joray said he supports keeping the existing vehicle running after the new one comes Getting books out to the schools is the best way to turn school age children on to Joray And it increases the librarys which is what were all he How much an adult reads is largely determined by exposure to reading between the fifth and eighth Joray told the board at a December meeting in a discussion on how to get more children to use the Trustee Steve Maus said he too is leaning toward two bookmo But he said he hasnt made up his mind yet and wont until he hears the pros and cons of doing so at the Halting a recent decline in the librarys circulation is one reason Maus said he supports running The 1995 round is the last of three required by law under the fiscal 1991 defense James a member of the House Armed Ser vices plans to intro duce legislation next week to delay the 1995 closures for two Let us see where were going before we do away with some extremely important military Hansen He is con cerned about the rising cost of base mainly due to envi ronmental cleanup required at bases strewn with hazardous waste and unexploded Theres not enough money in the entire defense budget to clean up the bases were Hansen According to previous base clo sure commission the onetime cost of shutting down the 103 major bases on the 1991 and 1993 lists and realigning 147 others is with savings by the end of the decade from land sales and other pro ceeds of about the same the government would realize annual savings of about billion from no longer having to maintain those But the General Accounting most recent report on base closing found that costs are far higher than At Pease Air Force Base in New the first base ordered an initial environmental cleanup estimate of million was revised upward over three years to And the GAO said revenues from land sales may turn out to be half of what was So 24 of the 103 major bases have been The government is spending a little more than billion to pay for base closings and is seeking billion for base dosing and realign ment in the fiscal 1995 Thats one big hole Demolition work continues to clear and landscape a site for merly used by Indiana American Water to pump and treat Workers Joe from Kelly and Tim have removed the building as part of the final phase of a million The demolition work began in early The companys old pump build ing and underground were built in the late Tribune photo by Tim Bath in dumping ease A pretrial diversion agreement has been filed in Howard Superior Court 3 for a Kokomo business man who in 1992 was accused of dumping garbage or other waste without a In November Jack Feight owner of Feightner Excavat ing 1428 Main was charged with two Class D felony counts of illegal discharge or deposit of contaminant or The charges accused Feightner of or allowing the dumping of garbage or other waste without a permit north of Carter about onequarter mile east of the Howard County Prosecutors Office amended the first count of illegal discharge or deposit of contaminant or waste to a Class A and moved for the dismissal of the sec ond according to court offi Under terms of the diversion the Howard County Prosecutors Office will withhold prosecution of the Class A misde meanor for a period of three years while Feightner meets other con ditions of the attor neys Defense attorney Steven Raquet said Feightner will contin ue to use the property as a fill site that can accept such things as dirt and concrete under guidelines established by the Indiana Depart ment of Environmental Manage Once the site has reached Feightner will grade and seed it so it will take on the appearance of a park Raquet During a threeyear Feightner must not violate regula tions of the IDEM or the Depart ment of Natural He has agreed to make a con tribution the according to the pretrial diversion agree He was assessed in pretrial diversion Raquet said Feightner entered the agreement to resolve the He said he and his client believe that he was innocent of the and had the case gone to they believe Feightner would have been According to the prop erty had been cleaned up before the charges were filed against and terms spelled out in diversion agreement were steps Feightner had planned to Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ronald Byal said Friday that some clean up had occurred at the but he was uncertain as to the extent of the clean Byal added that he was just recently assigned Feightners Responding to Raquets com ment that Feightner would have been found innocent at Byal the law requires a permit foropen dumping and he Feight ner had no Byal went on to say that if Feightner plans to perform open dumping on the ne has to get a permit from Raquet said that Feightner does not have a dump permit for the but that he can use it to accept dirt and The attorney said that at one time the property was a transfer station that contained books and paper from a bookstore that had been The debris was sepa placed in dumpsters and hauled according to the In November two other local men were charged with dumpingrelated The investigation that led to the charges was initiated by Wildcat and carried out by the prosecutors the IDEM and Indiana State Edgar 6301 Road 00 was charged with two Class D felony counts of ille gal discharge or deposit of conta minant or and entered a pretrial diversion agreement A June 16 bench trial is pending in Superior Court 3 for Jonn Ban 4906 Road 50 He is charged with two Class D felony counts of illegal djscharge or deposit of contaminant or a Class C infraction of deposit or excavation in flood way and a Class B infraction of dumping in a Rwanda gets interim leaders Jennifer Walker looks over a book she selected at the bookmobile parked at Wallace School Tribune file photo two The vehicle accounts for 20 to 25 percent of the librarys total he The costeffectiveness of run ning either one or two bookmo biles will be Joray said the vehicles cost about and take about nine months to receive once Library board President Michael Ricci declined to comment on the in the interest of creating as open a dialogue as possible at the he The board encourages anyone with an opinion on the subject to offer input at the which begins at in the Commu nity Room of the 220 Union Rwanda AP Rwandas military and police named an interim civilian govern ment the United Nations said after soldiers terrorized the capital of Kigali in a second day of ethnic A ceasefire also was reached between security forces and a rebel leading to a drop in fighting in the capital by the Security Council presi Colin said The ceasefire did not members of the hard line presidential which has been blamed for much of the slaughter that has claimed the lives of the acting prime aid priest and The International Red Cross said its workers in the Central African capital reported hun dreds and hundreds of dead and thousands of injured and some reports spoke of thousands The situation is The capital has already been the scene of the Red Cross coor dinator in JeanPascal He said there were at least with members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group apparently the main The fighting broke out after the presidents of Rwanda and Burun di died Wednesday in a plane The presidential guard is domi nated by hardliners from the Some diplomats speculat ed the guard was trying to keep other factions from claiming the presidency after President Juvenal Habyarimanas Troops have killed the acting about 20 priests and nuns and dozens of aid according to reports from diplo officials and humani tarian groups in Soldiers tortured and killed 10 and possi bly 11 reports None of the estimated 255 Americans in Rwanda were report ed the State Department A statement said the inter im government was named by a crisis committee made up of representatives of the army and the police after intense negotia The presidential guard was not involved in the Keating said the new govern ment represents a range of politi cal leaders from opposition par He said no one in the new government came from the The United Nations identified the new interim president as Theodore the for mer head of the Six ministers were including Jean Kambanda as prime They were drawn from parties represented in the previous coalition The government reported a gunbattle near the American ambas sadors residence but said there was no indication Americans were being It said the main fighting appeared to have shifted to the capitals About 200 people have taken refuge in the said Pru dence acting secretary of state for African Plans were being drafted to evacuate all but a few American diplomats and the Embassy was   

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