Kokomo Tribune, September 7, 1994

Kokomo Tribune

September 07, 1994

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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 7, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 4 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Wednesday Sept 50 cents Sewer funds falling short ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer New London residents sewer bills may end up smelling worse than originally anticipated The Indiana Department of Commerce grant awarded to fund construction of the communitys waste water treatment plant and sewer system will fall about short of cost estimates according to Howard County Commissioner Dave Griffey Griffey asked commissioners at Tuesdays meeting whether the county can somehow help the res idents with the shortfall The consensus was that it proba bly couldnt at least not with direct funding which would likely force residents to bridge the funding gap through heftier sewer bills Griffey said New Londoners had already known theyll finance worth of the project through a 20 year bond sale paid in sewer bills Steeper fees would further strain the pocketbobks of the residents many of whom are older citizens living on fixed incomes Griffey noted Commissioner Brad Bagwell said the county highway depart ment may be able to donate some services this fall and winter such as hauling away stones from the construction site Griffey agreed the highway department could help but would have to charge for its services I dont know if we can set the rate low enough to help them or Griffey said However Griffey said some of the projects inspection and administrative cost estimates may be trimmed Ive talked to Stinchcomb of the Whitelandbased Sanco Engi neering Associates several times and hes trying to rework some of the figures and see if he can shave anything The shortfall stems from the IDCs award of a smaller grant than was applied for and larger than projected construction bids They are applying for another grant to try and pick up some of the shortage but what are we going to do in the interim The pipe needs to be installed in the ground before this Grif fey said The New London Conservancy District has until May 1995 to get its wastewater treatment plant and sewer system up and run ning If it blows that deadline it loses the IDC grant The state ordered the 66home district to clean up its sewage disposal after it was dis covered in 1989 that raw sewage was being discharged into the Honey Creek Commissioner Jim Shearer expressing frustration at the pro jects slow pace said he couldnt make any decisions on the matter until he has exact minimum cost figures from Sanco This things been going on long enough now that the whole pro ject should be done by Shearer said If he were here Id say it to his face The engineer Sanco has drug his I dont feel comfortable doing anything until we have final Inside Business markets Classified Comics B711 B12 DearAbby Dr Gott Entertainment Local news Nation B6 News of record Obituaries A12 Opinion A5 Sports State B5 Style Clowning around Sean Lykins Tipton left takes a bow after performing with Cheeko the Clown in the Franzen Brothers Circus Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds Its circus time Tigers elephants help Lions raise some bucks RUSSIAVILLE Its been a long time but the circus finally returned to Russiaville Tuesday night at the Lions Club grounds The Franzen Brothers Circus played two shows complete with tigers elephants and clowns The shows were a fundrais er for the Russiaville Lions Club and Lions Club Interna tional projects Max Randall Lions Club member said about 500 people attended the two shows He acknowledged it had been a long time since the circus came to town I dont remem ber the last time a circus was here and Ive lived in Russiav ille 25 he said The crowd particularly enjoyed the tiger act especially when the tiger hopped on its back legs Randall said The elephants were also popular with the crowd Randall said proceeds from the event will be used for scholarships for Western High School students for purchase of eyeglasses and exams for the needy to help fund trips to Girls State for high school stu dents and other community projects The Lions Club also sponsors cancer research and Eye Bank A circus stage hand keeps the tent closed during per contributions formances auto sales roar Trucks vans drive healthy gains DETROIT AP A strong August for General Motors Corp and Americans continuing rush to buy pickups vans and sport utility vehicles helped drive dou bledigit growth in auto sales last month Asian manufacturers also con tributed to the overall increase of percent over August 1993 They boosted their share of the market by more than three per centage points at the expense of Ford Motor Co and Chrysler Corp GM rebounded from July when its overall sales were down from a year earlier and reported car sales up 18 percent and truck sales ahead nearly 15 percent GM is Indianas largest single private employer Sales this summer have been hobbled by supply problems the major manufacturers lack the factory capacity to build as many of some vehicles as buyers want Were still moaning about availability but its GM executive vice president William Hoglund said after sales reports were released Tuesday Automotive industry analyst Joseph Phillippi of Lehman Broth ers in New York said traffic at dealerships and the closing of deals were accelerating as August ended Thats partly because many automakers set 1995 prices last month Much of the industrys strength continued to be in the pickups vans and sportutility vehicles dealers cant keep enough of to meet customers demands Fords passenger car sales were down percent from August 1993 and Chryslers were down a fraction but strong truck sales kept both from losing ground Across the industry truck sales were percent ahead of A year ago Car sales were up percent Hoglund said GM expects automakers will finish the year with sales of million vehicles compared with million last year Several car companies will bring highprofile new models to show rooms this fall setting the stage for what many expect to be a strong fourth quarter We expect our momentum to accelerate further starting Sept 29 when we unveil most of our 1995 car and truck said Ford sales and marketing vice presi dent Robert L Rewey Social Security cuts red tape Speeding up disability benefits WASHINGTON AP Seek ing to end long delays and paper shuffling that have wrecked some Americans health and finances the Social Security Administration is streamlining its approval process for disability benefits Commissioner Shirley Chater said Tuesday that some reforms could be implemented immediate ly Others will require congres sional action revisions in federal regulations and extensive research Her plan represents the most sweeping procedural changes in the Social Security Administra tions disability programs since the 1950s and comes at a time when record numbers of Ameri cans are filing claims for benefits About 9 million Americans receive disability payments Some cases now take as long as two years to decide and some ill and injured people have lost their homes attempted suicide or died while waiting for their first check Social Security officials planned to issue a written announcement today The agency said Tuesday the million blueprint will not change the definition of disability something advocates had warned Social Security was attempting under the guise of reform when it first proposed the overhaul in March Chater said the overhaul com pleted after several months of public comment merely begins the research needed to determine how to simplify the decadesold standard used to decide who is disabled Tom Sutton a Philadelphia attorney who represents Social Security disability applicants said he welcomed Chaters decision What we need is radical change to rebuild the procedures from the ground Shirley Chater SSA commissioner not to change the standard of dis ability It doesnt have to change to make the process a more mean ingful one and a less grueling one for people go through a shorter one a moreTiumane Sutton said Nearly million Americans now have claims pending with the agency and another million are expected to file applications next year The agency acknowledges it is failing sick and injured Americans at a time when they most need a monthly income and the federal health insurance that comes with a Social Security check Yet the agency says it cannot count on additional federal dol lars to solve those service prob lems in an era of tight budgets and competing social priorities What we need is radical change to rebuild the proce dures from the ground up in order to produce dramatic improvement in customer ser Chater said Opposition snags abortion compromise CAIRO Egypt AP A group of countries joined the Vatican today in opposing a section on abortion in the population conferences 20year plan for rein ing in world population growth The announcement upset a com promise reached late Tuesday that would retain a section recom mending government policies on abortion but declare mat it shouldnt he promoted as family planning Iran Pakistan and Benin previ ously Vatican allies agreed to support the compromise And the European Union Norway and Sweden accepted the changes in the conferences central document as their rock bottom position But when talks resumed this morning delegates said eight countries all with Roman Catholic majorities announced support for the Vatican position They are Malta Argentina Guam Honduras Guatemala Slovakia Uruguay and Ecuador The section under debate one paragraph in a 113page plan deals with unsafe abortion and motherhood The compromise would have retained sections urg ing governments to treat unsafe abortion as a major public health concern It would acknowledge the legal ity of abortion in some countries and say women who have abor tions should have access to treat ment for medical complications counseling and family planning to avoid repeat abortions Namibian delegate Henning Melber said today as many as 20 countries now oppose that lan guage There is absolutely no progress on the he said For those who came to a consen sus this is very Unable to reach consensus the negotiators broke up into informal groups to discuss the next step The conferences plan of action does not require the blanket approval of all participants population ;

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