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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 24, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 231 April AZUSAs clients eager for property Organization hopes for 5 lots By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer Delories GrossJohnson under stands that dealing with govern mental bodies such as the Howard County commissioners takes But the executive director of the AZUSA Community Develop ment of a nonprof it said keeping that patience isnt easy when she has clients who are so eager to pur chase a home of their Johnson has asked the commis sioners to grant AZUSA the deeds to five Kokomo lots that are slated for public The county will assume ownership of 43 proper ties that are seriously delinquent in property tax payments and can either put them up for public sale or give or sell them to nonprofit Commissioners have yet to select a date for the but late June or early July have been mentioned as target A section of a law just passed by the Indiana General Assembly allows counties to transfer deeds of properties delinquent in prop erty taxes to nonprofit corpora But the law doesnt take effect until July So Johnson and the five low income families she says are ready to make home ownership a dream come true must wait until then if they want the lots given to Johnson hopes the county will deed over the properties for a nominal fee so AZUSA can build new homes and help lowincome families obtain mortgages on them for as little cost as But she said AZUSA is willing to enter into competitive bidding for the lots if the commissioners wont donate In that sce AZUSA could buy the deeds before July 1 if the tax sale takes place before AZUSA has generated about in grants and donations thus The federal Department of Housing and Urban Develop ment will match any money AZUSA comes up with on a four toone Johnson AZUSA also provides firsttime home prepurchase Johnson For it gives prospective buy ers of any lot information about amortization sched now to close on a house and how real estate agents Johnson said she cant help but feel frustrated at the amount of Hine it has taken for the county to take control of the property The commissioners gave AZUSA a firm commitment in February theyd make the properties avail Johnson But Commissioner David Grif fey said the county has no agree ment with He saicT the corporations plan sounds like a worthy But in his opin the commissioners should try to sell the properties before giving them to AZUSA or Habitat for another nonprofit group asking for Habitat for Humanity President Bob Herchenroeder said that sounds like a reversal from where Griffey has previously stood on the Herchenroeder said it was his understanding that prop erties would be given to his orga He credited Habitat for urging Kokomo state representa tives Earle Howard and Brad Bayliff to pass the legislation allowing counties to give tax delinquent properties to nonprof it Commissioners say they cant move forward on the matter until they have possession of the Johnson said state officials she has talked to cant understand what is taking the county so long to seize County Attorney Larry Murrell blamed the delays thus far on a lengthy set of rules and proce dures regulating the deed trans Griffey blamed poor paperwork The wheels of gov ernment roll ever so he Dancing Fire and Dance Troupes per form Saturday at Indiana University Kokomo during the International Day The group was among many who performed in the which celebrates the multicultural heritage of the American The festival also offered foreign food and Tribune photo by Dave Hess Nixon was respected Lawmakers remember him for foreign policy By Kokomo Tribune staff and The Associated Press Ralph former Howard County Republican remembers when he met Richard Nixon at a political meeting in Marion in The former president died Fri day night at the age of 81 in a New York At the political posed with the president for a He was one of the greatest presidents weve ever Helms still have the photo on my my I admire him greatlyilPti Kokomos Jim former Indiana state said he admired and supported the for mer he will be remembered mostly for Water Butcher I believe time will prove he made a great contribution to this In the Related stories and photos Richard Nixons political Pages A2 and advancement of World he helped open the doors to the Republic of and he served as a great elder Investigations into a breakin at the Democratic National Party headquarters at the Watergate hotel exposed laun dered taperecorded conver sations and lies that forced Nixon from He resigned Dow a former edi tor at the Kokomo said he respected Nixon and was sad dened by his As a member of the American Society of News paper he met the former president in 1972 in He went through the reception line that year in which Nixon won the He was very confident and I had a lot of respect for Richardson He was a very outstanding president in foreign affairs and foreign He had a really good analytical Earl Butz remembers Nixon as a man who prized loyalty and returned and Butz remained loyal to the president he served as agriculture secretary right up to Nixons Some of these days when Watergate becomes a footnote in history and when the Nixon haters in the press are all gone Richard Nixon will go down as one of the great presidents in his Butz said Friday before Nixon dean emeritus of agricul ture at Purdue was in Nixons cabinet from 1971 until the Watergate scandal forced Nixon from Evan in concert with President Clintons ordered the flag and the Indiana flag to fly at halfstaff for the pre scribed period of Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Classified News of Richard Nixon leaves the funeral of his with daughter Tricia Cox w AP photo Families ready to barricade street Neighbors upset with widening By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer Town and county officials say its a matter of eminent The Padfields and the Daileys say its their and theyll do with it what they The two Greentown families want to close High School Road off to through in anticipa tion of a proposed subdivision about to go up next In they resent being asked to donate part of their yards for a street widening and side according to Valerie From her point of the subdi vision developer and the town are trying to profit from her she The giving of the right of way and the increase in traffic that would accompany the 16home subdivision have the two families Dailey High School which con nects Meridian and Harrison streets and has done so since stretches across the Padfields and Daileys legal property The which sit next door to one have posted signs in their yards High School Road will be closed to through traffic May Dailey said theyll erect a barrier in the But they wont do it without a it The Howard County Traffic Commission last week passed a resolution opposing the On it will recommend the county commissioners seek a court order keeping the barricade from going according to County Assistant Attorney Ralph The county commissioners meet at in Room 212 of the The Greentown Town Council has called a special meeting Tues day at 7 to also pass a resolu tion keeping the road Its for public used by a lot of town council President Bob Armstrong said of the who serves on the traffic concedes the Pad fields and Dailey hold legal title to the including the But he feels the public has used the street for so long and the town and county have repaired and snow plowed it it is a coun ty road by That means the public has used it for a continuous period with out objection by the Helms Rodney Padfield said hes con fused about where Greentown stands on the The Green town Plan Commission told him at a recent meeting he can do whatever he wants with his prop he Then Armstrong turned around and said the oppo site at a town council Padfield Padfield said the two house holds have turned the matter over to an attorney and are determined to fight the matter to the end in Theyve been served with a notice from the county of its inten tion to seek a preliminary injunc he If he hell erect a fence across the street at the end of his property and will post a pri vate drive Dan and Joyce who live across the street from the Daileys and said they welcome the proposed a side walk and wider Extra traf fic that would accompany new homes wouldnt bother I cant see as its going to do anything but improve everyone elses property around said Dan