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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 8, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Miami County A6 Sunday May Kokomo find Tribune Vendors suppliers should look at Grissom Development will take time effort By ANN MUBBARD tribune Pent Bureau GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind Opportunity is the key word for vendors and suppliers interested in doing business at Grissom Air Force Base soon to be Grissom Air Reserve Base according to Dan Goddard base transition coordinator There is an opportunity for development with the loss of military personnel and air planes and that turns intoan opportunity for vendors and sup pliers Goddard noted According to Jim Brannon with the County Chamber of Commerce and Development the reserves will be a market along with any future development dutside the cantonment area Brannon and Goddard spoke at the Vendors and Suppliers con ference last week at Grissom The reserves will make an investment in contracts in the area for fencing and the renova tion of buildings and facilities There also will be opportunities with the caretaker contract which the Grissom Redevelopment Authority is currently negotiat ing Theres several companies the Grissom Redevelopment Authority is talking with One company will take most of the base and would require extensive work here a lot of employees and a lot of Brannon said The opportunity is in the civil ian sector at this particular instal Goddard added The area outside that reserve base is something different it is not an Air Force Base or Wont be an Air Force Base for very much longer and it represents plus acres of developable area And the area with buildings on it can be used for multiple Companies which will hopeful ly locate there will provide the opportunity for local vendors and suppliers to conduct and increase their business Goddard said The bottom line isthe key to filling the void left by the military is in the development of the assets available at this installa tion We need to bring companies into this area so that we bring people into the area which in turn does two things for you folks as vendors and suppliers It provides you an opportunity in the business end or it to service the companies that will come here It also although its hot as obvious provides the opportuni ty to service the people who will come and live in this community and be a part of it It will help the local government increase its tax base arid it will help overall peo ple in the local area who run busi Goddard said The public needs to get the mindset that this is an industrial park verses an Air Force Base Goddard noted of the area out side the cantonment area The face of Grissom Air Force Base is going to change and change dramatically Goddard said It will happen fairly quickly now Up until now only a few people nave been trickling out But in the next couple months its going to drop off the edge of the Starting in June when school is out the case will be in a rapid draw down phase People will be leaving in large numbers It will be very evident by the end of July and the first of August that military people have left our com munity You add to that their spouses and children and youve got a large part of the popula Goddard said The Air Cargo and JointUse feasibility studies being per formed for the Grissom Redevelopment Authority also could mean more opportunities Between Milwaukee and Louisville there is not a bigger runway than at Grissom Goddard said What you will find at those other airports is congestion and a lot of encroachment At Grissom there is not that congestion and the only encroachment you get is when the corn Godaard continued The point is if you go 400 miles in a radius from Grissom you ser vice 50 percent of the population of the United Goddard All the potential for Grissom to be a cargo forwarding area is right Goddard noted Also officials are studying whether the base could be turned into an Environmental University 1 think you will find that there will be a lot of opportunities for the future Weve probably gone from snail pace to turtle pace on the development The snail pace was moving extremely slow the turtle doesnt move real but slow and sure Its going to win that Goddard said The people that get in on the ground rigor and stay in the game are going to be the people that benefit from r Grissoms surrounding counties will receive preference Local companies get first chance By ANN HUBS ARD Tribune Peru Bureau GRISSOM AIR FORCE BASE Ind Local vendors in Howard Cass Fulton Wabash Miami and Grant counties will be given first preference in the selection for an estimated million of contracted services for the future Grissom Air Reserve Base Pat Craddock 434th Reserve opera tional contracting officer said she has always tried to keep the money within the state but a new law makes it a requirement she look at area contractors first Its going to be our charter to keep funds that are being reserved for the 434th within the counties surrounding Grissom Air Reserve Craddock said These are the counties that are severely impacted by the base closure and the base The new public law states local and small businesses are given preference Qualified businesses located in the vicinity of a military installation that is being closed or realigned under a base closure law and small and disadvan taged businesses are to be provided pref erence to the greatest extent practicable in contracts that support the closure or realignment This includes contracts awarded to carry out activities for the environmental restoration and mitiga tion at military installations to be closed or This is no different than the way we have been doing business in the past We customarily solicit the local small busi nesses within the entire state of Indiana for requirements that we Craddock said You are the ones that are going to feel Craddock added of the realignment Craddock who also was the contract ing officer for the active duty Air Force at Grissom prior to this said Grissom Air Force Base is like a small community similar to Peru and Logansport Her job was to contract with companies for those small town items such as utilities com modities construction services and maintenancetype services That will continue to be true in her job working for the reserves she noted but on a much smaller scale Soon the com parison will be down to the size of a small community such as Walton Galveston and Twelve Mile We still will be purchasing the same type of commodities services and con struction that we always did Craddock said Before the contracting office can go outside the vicinity which is the six counties listed above for any type of environmental type contracts they must first look locally The contractor named five reserve requirements which have been restricted to the vicinity around Grissom Those are refuse collection washer and dryers radio maintenance laundry and dry cleaning and Morale Welfare and Recreation linen exchange Last year the active duty spent a total of million in contracts of which million was spent on firms within Miami Cass and Howard counties according to Craddock She had no idea how much the reserves are proposing to spend but guessed it would be about million in contracting services Craddock said It always starts put a little slow until it is determined what is needed We will be actively soliciting the local vicinity of the base We have always solicited the local area The new public law has not changed our wky of doing business but placed more emphasis no how were handling our It will be my charter is to ensure that all contractors within the vicinity of the Grissom Air Force Reserve Base are allowed the maximum competitive opportunity to participate in any require ments that we Craddock said In fact she added she is not accepting any bids from outside the state of Indiana Craddock has had her staff soliciting the chamber of commerce offices in the area to see if they can support specific requirements the reserves will have We are trying to support and trying to main tain a good labor force a good business atmosphere a good business environ ment in the surrounding counties of Grissom Air Reserve Craddock currently has a list of 261995 reserve requirements in which bids are being solicited Anyone with questions or interest in making a bid can contact Leo Lewis at 6884296 Mike Freedman at 6882825 or Craddock at 6882801 or 688 3101 Betzner trial set for June 6 Ind Nola Jane Betzner former Bunker IJiJl clerktreasurer will go to trial on a charge of unauthorized disbursement for a claim a Class D felony according to her attorney Kristina Lynn A plea agreement has not been reached and the will remain set for June 6 Lynn said in court TJTursday The trial is expected to last three to four days A final pretrial hearing also is set for 3 KJayl9 j Betzner was indicted by a Miami prcuit Court grand jury While working as Bunker Hill cierktreasurer Betzner is accused of writing a check to the Public Employees Retirement Fund on or about Dec 28 1989 The check was written without the claim having been fully itemized and certified according to the indictment Betzner was clerktreasurer from 19801991 and was defeated in the November 1991 election by the present clerktreasurer Janice Davis Davis took office in January 1992 GRA seeks joint venture information PERU Ind The Grissom Redevelopment Authority has distributed requests for qualifica tions to 35 companies who have showed interest in performing a jointuse study according to Steven Rockwell County Economic Development Corp executive president The study will determine if the airfield can be used as a joint mili tary and civilianoperation The deadline for requests is May 27 In other business the authority approved starting the process of hiring a caretaker manager to head up the caretaker contract pending a letter of intent to be sent by the Air Force Base Closure Authority at Brooks Air Force Obituaries Base Texas The authority is in charge of the caretaker contract negotiations Rockwell said the Technical Execution Plan has been reviewed by Clarence King authority chief of facilities division but King is busy until early June and cannot begin negotiations The letter of intent will allow the authority to advertise for applications for a manager The caretaker manager would be responsible for hiring the care taker work force and will oversee and supervise the various ments This contract if won by the GRA will meannearly million a year will be paid to the GRA to maintain the area outside the reserves cantonment area It also would mean the GRA would need to hire about 30 people to do the work The caretaker contract is to be in place and operating by Aug 1 The authority also announced it has been busy interviewing prospective candidates for the Grissom Redevelopment director The authority has received 40 to 50 resumes The authority is soliciting for bids from print shops in the area to put together a 16page brochure about Grissom Air Force Base The brochure is to be completed by July 15 and applications should be in by May 10 She following deaths were in Miami County last week Elza M Phillips Anderson 84 32Washmgton died at Saturday April 30 1994 at Wabash County Hospital Wlbash Services were Wednesday at FlowersLeedy Funeral Home Peru Dorothy E Watts Thorrington 84 Logansport died at Saturday April 30 1994 at Logansport Memorial Hospital Services were Tuesday at Kroeger Funeral Home Logansport John R Bud Beck 67 Peru 2 died at Saturday 30 1994 at East Pasco Medical Center Zephyrhills Fla Services were Thursday at EJkfnberryEddy Funeral Home Peru ftrretta A Marks WJUon 77 formerly of 103 Logan died at Friday April at Dukes Continuing Care Center Services were Tuesday at Flowers Leedy Funeral Home Peru Mary Eileen Marquis CaWweJl 81 Miami died at Friday April 29 1994 at Sajnj Joseph Hospital Health Center Kokomo Services were Mogday at Miami United Methodist Church Karen N Fewell Cullers 51 Wabash 2 died at Thursday April 28 1994 at Lutheran Hospital Fort Wayne Services were Tuesday at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ Wabash John C Stone 73 Peru 2 died at Thursday April 28 1994 at Wabash Health Care Center Wabash Services were Mpnday at Eddingfield Dalaughter Mortuary Wabash Arthur O Snyder 75 20 Riggle Road died at Sunday May at Veterans Hospital Indianapolis Masonic services were Wednesday at Flowers Leedy Funeral Home Peru Fred L Stout 89 La Fontaine died at Saturday April 30 1994 at Rollin Meadows Health Care Center La Fontaine Clarence A Swanson 89 Twelve Mile died at Monday May 2 1994 at Woodlawn Hospital Rochester Services were Wednesday at McClain Funeral Home Denver Naomi Georgeanna Kendall Lorenz 75 Greentovvn died at May 3 1994 at Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center Kokomo Services were Friday at Kokomo Church of the Brethren Mildred L Baber Lutz 84 Logansport died at 9 Wednesday May 4 1994 at Community Health Care Wabash Services were Saturday at McCloskeyHamiltonGrundrum Funeral Home Logansport Kenneth M Savage 88 Macy 2 died at Wednesday May 4 1994 at Rochester Healthcare Center Rochester Services were Saturday at Foster Good Funeral Home Rochester Goldie G Sumpter Fear 99 Life Care Center of Rochester for merly of Akron died at Monday May 2 1994 at Woodlawn Hospital Rochester Services were Wednesday at Foster and Good Funeral Home Akron Ruth Marburger Lee 87 Fort Wayrve formerly of Converse died at Monday May 2 1994 at her home Services were Friday at the LarrisonMartin Duncan Funeral Home Converse CONFEDERATE RAILROAD THURS JUNE at 8 PM At The MARION MEMORIAL COLISEUM Tickets On Sale At 314 Marion For More Information Call 3176519613 TICKETS Marion IN ALL TICKETS GENERAL ADMISSION LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE SO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW ONLY per TICKET ffc DONT MISS COUNTRY MUSICS 1993 AWARD WINNING BEST NEW VOCAL GROUP Now you can see Confederate Railroad perform the top 10 Trashy Women1 the dance floor cut Queen of 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