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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 10, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Western win Page B1 Vol 144 No 7 Kok6mo Ind TRIBUNE Saturday Sept 50 cents Meeting will not be open Harvest invites NCAT only ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Northeastside Kokomo resi dents opposed to the planned farm laborer housing project are not invited to a City Hall meeting Wednesday according to a project sponsor The exclusion of community members contrasts sharply with past promises of a public hearing on the topic from project organiz ers Vicky Reed president of the Harvest Homes Inc board of directors said Friday that only the 10member Northside Contmuni ty Awareness team will be allowed to meet with her board City Council President Andrew Castner said he was surprised to hear the meeting is not public and thinks all northeastside residents have a right to attend That was the one reason we asked for the city building to hold it Castner said I dont know what their fear is in meeting the NCAT spokesperson Helen Bowman said she also thought the meeting was open to all Im not a person standing Bowman said Weve got this whole north end of town that wants to know the answers to some of these Reed admitted organizers origi nally offered to hold a public meeting but said that promise was nullified once the NCAT formed Council member Bob Ridgeway who represents the northside was outraged at Reeds remarks reel ing off a list of expletives not fit for That meeting is open to the public and I dont give a damn what that woman Ridge way said North end people are involved in this and its not going to be limited to a few Reed said that at the meeting project sponsors will address a list of concerns and complaints that the NCAT provided at a joint meeting Aug 11 Among them are fears that property values next to a lowincome housing project will decline and that nearby school and play areas will become over crowded Reed said Harvest Homes officials will also tell the NCAT that the prospects for commercial devel opment are slim at the proposed site which sits on Morgan Street about a block west of Apperson Way Reed said In talking with business own ers in the area thats just not going to Reed said Harvest Homes officials have said the public hearing would allow residents to view an artists rendering and blueprints of the planned project as well as color slides of areas in other states where the program has been suc cessful Mayor Robert Sargent told a standingroom only crowd of resi dents at an Aug 8 Kokomo Com mon Council meeting that Har vest Homes officials had promised him a public meeting The mayor was out of town and couldnt be reached for comment Close Inspection TIPTON Ind Doug Russell left Tipton and his brother Mike Lafayette instruct Jacob Collis 6 Tipton on the finer points of cooking pork chops Jacob attended the Pork Fes tiyiBgjwithjhis parents and wanted to see how chops were his Jacob received two free meal tickets The festival and those pork chop dinners continue today Among the events are a parade through downtown Tipton Boys Girls Club Fund walk beginning at the courthouse pedal tractor pull karate demonstration musical entertain ment and the annual Mr Pork Loin Pagent on the main stage Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Local hospital cuts staff Inside todays tribune Classified By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Responding to a drop in demand for inpatient care Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center said Friday it was reducing the hospitals bed count by 20 percent and cutting the hospitals staff by an estimated 125 associates The cutbacks will affect about 10 percent of the hospitals full time and part time employees officials said The staff reductions and other costcutting initiatives at the hos pital come as the industry contin ues a shift from inpatient services to outpatient care as a way of con trolling costs Like many hospitals across the Inpatient demand declines country Saint Joseph is experienc ing significant growth in outpa tient services but a decline in inpatient said Sister M Martin McEntee president of the hospital Unfortunately even with the other reduction measures in place our staffing level still exceeds our current she said The hospital is licensed to staff 220 beds and following the cut backs will staff 157 beds The hospitals 1994 inpatient admissions are down 23 percent through August compared to the sbne period in 1993 Overnight stays are off percent during the same period Demand for the hospitals out patient services are virtually flat through August with 1993 levels officials said The decline in inpatient services comes as managed care systems demand more discounts capitat ed payment programs proliferate and private insurers undertake reforms in anticipation of national health care reform In addition governmentmandated Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks have reduced the amount hospitals are reimbursed for many services Saint Joseph instituted a hiring freeze in early June and last month launched an early retire ment program to associates age 50 and over with at least 15 years of service In addition a consulting firm has identified another million in potential savings from materi als handling and supplies use Mike Williams vice president of ancillary services and human resources at the hospital said Fri day the hospital has already real ized in savings this year and should see another in cost cuts by the end of the year Williams said the hospital has also experienced considerable sav ings from a energy conservation program Baseball strike No deal Owners take swing at player proposal NEW YORK AP Maybe nobody wanted to be the bad guy The deadline for canceling the rest of the baseball season came and went Friday with still no decision Baseball owners rejected the players proposal for ending the monthold strike but postponed until next week a call on whether to give up on one of the most memorable seasons ever Not that theres much of it left anyway The season is sched uled to end three weeks from Sunday and still the strike drags on Union head Donald Fehr said restarting the games becomes progressively harder with each passing day but were not going to shut the doors until they shut Acting commissioner Bud Selig who imposed the deadline last week didnt even mention it in his opening statement to reporters following a onehour meeting between the sides Then Well have no announcement on the season until very early next ButiSelig Acting baseball commissioner he was evasive about it during the questionandanswer period that followed I said all week long that com mon sense should he said Well have no announce ment on the season until very early next Asked if Fridays events caused him to change the dead line Selig said I dont think so Asked if owners would say it was too late to complete the sea son in the event a deal is reached Selig said It depends when the deal is Some union officials and play er agents had speculated that Seligs deadline wasnt firm In the event there isnt a deal Selig said his name would be on the announcement to cancel the World Series for the first time since 1904 Ill take the responsibility It will be he said In rejecting the unions pro posal Selig said it didnt address the owners desire for cost containment which in man agements proposal took the form of a salary cap We have to establish a com mon ground and trafrow have Tailed to do so aTeveiy level to this said Selig who enterea die talks for the SCOREBOARD first time Friday Nobody dreads these circumstances more than I do or is more dis mayed by Owners still insist on a salary cap and players say theyll never agree to one If they maintain the salary cap this will go into the offsea son into next season and as long as thew salary Texas Kevin Brown No talks were scheduled dur ing the weekend though Fehr said he thought there would be contact between the sides Prosecution wont seek death penalty LOS ANGELES AP Prose cutors said Friday they will not seek the death penalty against Simpson and instead want to put him behind bars for life without the chance of parole in the slay ings of his exwife and her friend In a letter to Simpsons lawyers Assistant Pistrict Attorney Frank Sundstedt said the decision was made after consideration of all available aggravating and mitigat ing It said prosecutors would not make any further statement about the decision until the after the trial which begins Sept 26 Simpson is charged with two counts of firstdegree murder in the June 12 slashing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman Multiple murder is a special circumstance under California law that allowed prosecutors the chance to seek the death penalty Simpsons lead attorney Robert Shapiro said his office did not appear before the special circum stances committee that helped make the decision Our position was that since Mr Simpson has unequivocally pro claimed his innocence this was not an issue on which we could do any more than provide back ground information regarding the outstanding career and charitable works of Shapiro told The Associated Press The district attorneys office said public sentiment did not play a role in the decision While the office is aware that there is deep public concern about whether the death penalty will be sought in a case the decision must be made independent of this con the letter said The letter said the final decision was left to Sundstedt after he met with members of the committee District Attorney Gil Garcetti reviewed and affirmed Mr Sund stedts decision in this the letter said A concern raised earlier in death penalty discussions was a possible perception of inequity between the Simpson case and another highprofile prosecution that of Lyle and Erik Menendez The brothers are charged with mur dering their wealthy parents Garcetti is seeking the death penalty for them The two cases have absolutely nothing in Shapiro said since the Menendez broth ers have admitted killing their
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