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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 21, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Wednesday KOKOMO iTRIBUNE 50 cents Study Make local bypass a freeway By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer Any improvements to traffic flow on 31 through Kokomo will likely come by upgrading the existing road to freeway stan A preliminary study recently completed for the Indiana Depart ment of Transportation said an upgrade of the existing while being more be more beneficial than constructing a new bypass either east or west of the Their final conclusion was that if you build a new it wouldnt carry enough traffic to improve service on the existing said Glen trans portation director for the Koko moHoward County Governmen Interchanges would replace crossings The freeway upgrade for 31 recommended by an Indiana Department of Transportation study would follow the existing route of the The freeway section would begin in the vicinity of the highways intersection with 35 north of Koko mo and end a mile or two south of Most existing cross streets would be closed and freeway interchanges would be placed at the following intersections County Road 300 Morgan Sycamore Mark land Lincoln Southway Alto Center Road and The interchanges at Alto Road and Southway Boulevard would in effect be a single with traffic to the north using Southway Boulevard for entrance to and exit from and traffic to the south using Alto tal Coordinating They suggested there would only be about or cars using the new That compares with over now using the existing route Boise said the studys analysis of current traffic patterns shows that the vast majority of traffic on 31 is generated either by people for whom Kokomo is their final desti or by people who are trav eling from one point in Kokomo to For that undertaking a million or million pro ject the estimated cost of an eastside and a westside bypass respectively for the benefit of only a few thousand vehicles passing through the city makes lit tle the study While costing an estimated a freeway upgrade proves to be the most economical the study A costbenefit analysis said a freeway upgrade would yield between and of benefit for every dollar An eastside bypass would provide only between 28 cents and 87 cents of while a westside bypass would provide between 72 cents and An upgrade would also create the least disruption to the commu the study While some homes and busi nesses will have to be relocated as highway rightofway is expand fewer will have to be relocated for an upgrade than for either of the An upgrade would also cause minimal environmental disrup since the roadway already The alternative then is to said While improving the existing route is recommended by the the project needs to go through several phases before it is formally approved by A public information meeting is slated for early and a detailed economic impact study must be completed before the Transportation Department puts the project on its todo All this needs to happen before we can were going to do said INDOT spokes woman Darlene We want to make sure people clearly understand the Combine that with the several years needed for environmental impact studies and other prepara tory and it will be well into the next century before any work on the highway might take If were lucky it will be 10 Boise It may be 15 or 20 107 sickened at Christmas party Seville owner doubts state labs results ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer A recent company Christmas party at an upscale Kokomo restaurant left 107 people sick with food Employees of Kokomo Gas Fuel and their families report ed vom gas and headaches after eat ing dinner at the Seville 3401 Webster on No one was but some people reported they visited their doctor because of the High levels of clostridium per fringens were detected in food samples from the restaurant and stool samples from customers reporting Claustridium is a type of bacterium found in the digestive tracts of healthy animals and It can release toxins when cooked meat and poultry typi cally served in large quantities is not reheated thoroughly after being allowed to The state board of health recpm mended the restaurant review the process used to prepare and hold after its consumer health lab analyzed the food Bacteria levels were highest in roast beef and mashed potatoes served with according to health department Readings showed up in nearly all the items served that night chicken green salad and rolls which came out on the same But restaurant owner George Katres said he did not reheat the meat or gravy served to the party and wondered how only 107 peo ple of the 800 total he served that night became He dis missed their mutual symptoms as I cannot admit it was some thing wrong with our Katres I dont know how it Ive been here six years and served millions of for the first 80 107 according to the health depart ment get Im sorry it hap pened The department will send sam ples of roast beef and mashed both served with to the Food and Drug Admin istration to confirm the presence of Samples of raw chicken and roast beef taken from the restau rant revealed insignificant bacte ria which would indicate the was likely contaminated sometime during said Rob county health department Paulus noted the departments investiga tion of the bacterias source is and stressed the diffi culty of pinpointing exactly where it Hell meet with Katres and his cooks this week to learn exactly how the food was Paulus and Conyers said they believe this was an isolated inci dent and the restaurants future customers are in no Cony ers said this was her rationale for not notifying the public about the An anonymous tele phone tip led the Tribune to ques tion the health This was a onetime Conyers It was just that one dinner that seemed to cause prob Katres said he has no idea how food he served could have con tained doubting the validity of the state health depart ments lab He said nell send his own samples of food served 6 to an independent laboratory for Katres said he called the county health department after learning of the illnesses from Kokomo Gas Fuel Manager Ed who called requesting a If I thought I did something wrong I would hide he The first thing I did was call the health department and have them come get the food WINTER WHATS WINTER Matt and Joe high five after finishing putting on the eighth hole of the American Legion Golf Course Tuesday with Rob far and Jim Winter arrives at Inside Classified Local News of 109 UNTIL CHRISTMAS Jesus is missing reward being offered Baby Jesus has disappeared from the nativi ty and if s kind of put a damper on the whole Christmas So Collins Moving Systems owner Harold Collins is offering a reward for the Saviors return This is the first year Collins has placed a nativity scene in front of the his office on West Morgan Street in Last and mis the company decorated a truck with an elaborate lights This the nativity was but the fiberglass Baby Jesus disappeared sometime Sunday They just grabbed the baby and took Collins If anyone has information about the missing part of the nativity please call the Howard County Sheriff or Collins Moving In the a replacement Baby Jesus was to arrive by United Parcel Service to join the a Wise Man and a cow and some We just got the starter Collins said with a when asked about any other key participants reported Baby Jesus was stolen from Collins Moving Systems nativity scene Sunday Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds today although temperatures seem more like Thursday will be partly cloudy in the northeast and mostly cloudy over the rest of the state with a chance of showers over the central and Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Your contributions help needy children Goodfellows is a charity spon sored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christ mas provided through corporate sponsor Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Kokomo Post Office Box 300 Union Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tribune and dropped off at the accounting Miss Croxfords thirdgrade class at Maple Crest School In memory of our loved ones In memory of my beloved hus Chet Knudsen his Dorothy In memory of Dorothy Stratton from Nancy Rumbaugh In memory of and Al Watson from the family In memory of William Buck Buckingham In loving memory of my hus Lawrence Ferries In memory of my Cletus Rumbaugh Jim Rumbaugh In memory of Waldo and Anita Brown In memory of my Eunice Fugett from Nancy Rumbaugh In memory of our Alba and Crystal Ault and Michael and Josephine Remis Mark and Ann Ault In memory of Francis and Vu let Stahl In memory of Joe Meacham V from granddaughters April and Lacey In loving memory of my hus Learner II Debra Jor danLearner In memory of Richard Grimes Mary Walker In memory of Dixie Maureen Nancy Patter son and Mel Watrous Michele Harding In memory of Ivan Olmstead grandchildren and greatgrandchildren In memory of loved ones this Christmas my Bert Reynolds my Mike Reynolds my mother in law and father in Mildred and Ted SUlter and my Kurt Gyle Stalter Joyce Stalter Gladys and George Remembering Ralph Diller No nun is a failure who has friends for our Dad and Grand Larry Gentry Andrew Kameron and Bailey Total   

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