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   Atchison Globe (Newspaper) - June 27, 2009, Atchison, Kansas                                INSJDE: Kicking off construction.       Page 4 m SPORTS: Junior A's tangle with Doniphan. Page IB City makes budget cuts Dave Butler Commission ax falls in juggling act By PATTY MOORE patlymoore@npgco.com AtchisonGLOBE It's a given that cost of living will increase for City of Atchison employees in 2010, but a cost of living pay increase will not be given. In addition, community service and cultural development organizations will lose city funding. Those were decisions made Thursday during a special Court fees take a hike By MARY MliYKRS marymoyersWnpgco.com AtchisonGLOBE Engaged couples are among those who might expect to tack an additional cost onto their wedding expenses in light of a hike in court-issued license fees. A $10 surcharge increase applied to standard Please see FEES/Page 5 Reno admits guilt in pot case By MARY MKYERS marymcyers�tnpgco.com AtchisonGLOBE A 47-year-old Atchison man unexpectedly entered a guilty plea Friday in district court, and admitted that he intended to sell pot in his possession. Todd H. Reno, 708 Mound St., faces a maximum of 51 months in prison in light of a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Sentencing for Mr. Reno is set for 9 a.m. Friday, July 24, in Atchison County District Court. The factual basis of the case indicated that authorities from Atchison Police Department, meeting at City Hall. Initial notice of the meeting was that city commissioners would act to place on second reading and finalize a change in issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds for construction of the new Atchison Hospital. That action was followed by general fund budget discussions, which resulted in some other final actions. "There is no COLA raise for 2010," Fire Chief Mike McDermed said, acting city manager, "but the city will absorb the employee health insurance cost increase." He added that a 1-percent COLA raise would have amount ed to about $34,000, while covering the insurance hike will be only around $11,000. The actions are part of the commissioners' fund-juggling to stave off a hefty budget shortfall. "All the numbers aren't plugged in yet," Chief McDermed said of the possible fund shortage, "and staff was asked Thursday to look at Municipal Equipment The community service organizations, and those we classify as quality of life organization, are not going to be funded." Dave Butler, Atchison mayor nn huduct cuts. Reserve Fund and Capital Improvements Projects expenditures to see if any adjustments or delays might be possible in those areas." Mayor Dave Butler confirmed that the shortfall loomed large. "At the moment," he said, "we're looking at around a $250,000 shortfall, and trying to adjust the budget accordingly. "The community service organizations, and those we classify as quality of life (cultural development) organizations, are not going to be funded." Elimination of these requests cut proposed expenditures by $38,500. Those agencies affected are: fS Happy Hearts Inc., which Please see CUTS/Page 5 Todd Reno Please see POT/Page 5 PATTY MOORE/Atchison Globe Tom Hailing checks a field of corn that's almost as high as an elephant's eye on his Hailing Farm southwest of Denton. Mr. Hailing said he was optimistic for a good yield, and had no problem with the hot, humid, wet conditions that were not as welcome in some Northeast Kansas areas. Solid harvest cropping up Rain a give and take situation By PATTY MOOKI5 patty moor e@npijco.coin AtcftiKOnGLOBE Barring any severe weather, the 2009 harvest bodes well for northeast Kansas farmers, as corn and soybeans flourish in some areas from the heat and humidity that wilts man and beast. But the story isn't all positive. Some crops, which were put in late due to a long succession of early spring rains, suffered additional problems from late spring and early summer downpours, which drowned out young seedlings. Those conditions prevailed in parts of Brown County, where two to three inches of rain fell Wednesday, accompanied by strong winds. At Bunck Seed Farms near Everest, the outlook was mixed. "The wet conditions have hurt some corn, which is Please see HARVEST/Page 5 Ingesting water is good in hot weather. Indulging in it is even better, as Avery Penning, 6, proves as she does her little dance of the fantastic fountain on the Lewis & Clark keelboat replica at Independence Park. Parents are Kyle and Angela Henning, Atchison. PATTY MOORE Atchison Globo Trying to beat the heat By PATTY MOORK patty moor eWnprjco.com AtchisonGLOBE The mercury reached for the sky this past week, and while everyone was feeling the heat, those who were working without benefit of mechanical ah' conditioning hit sizzle status. Mother Nature's air conditioning was high and highly uncomfortable. The muggy conditions were felt mainly by outdoor workers, but one Atchison company was giving special attention to some indoor staff. At Atchison by BIC, employees on the second floor were victims of an A/C breakdown, and the atmosphere was pretty hot all the way around. "We're working with a contractor to get the air condition ing up and running,' a BIC spokesperson said. "We're giving employees extra breaks, plenty of Gatorade and water, and close supervision, as we continue efforts to get the air back on." Atchison County road and bridge crews were laying asphalt, a hot potato to handle even in milder weather, and the mercury was topping out in the mid-to-high-90s Thursday and Friday "So far, we haven't changed our work schedule," Matt Dorssom, supervisor, said, "but if it gets up around 100, we'll find The number of days since Sunday that the heat index In Atchison topped 100 degrees. national weather service something cooler to do hi the afternoons. "We make sure there's plenty of water for the crews, tell them to just be careful, and keep an eye on them." Atchison Public Works Department employees were dealing with heat and humidity, and Gary Heer, director, said precautions were in effect. "We've given heat and weather safety classes to make them aware," Mr. Heer said. "They can wear loose-fitting clothes, and Please see HEAT/Page 5 409 special board meeting .USD 409 board members will convene in a special session at noon Monday. The action item on tap is an addendum to the plan for consolidation of Northeast Kansas News Technical College and Highland Community College. Board members will also hear an end-of-year general fund report from Business Manager Suzanne Zonneveld, as well as a school finance review. Following will be an executive session for the purposes of discussing personnel matters of non-elected personnel, which includes resignations, recommendations for employment and supplemental contracts for 2009-10. City pool free on the Fourth Lions Pool will be open on July 4, with no charge to swim. The open swim is an effort by the city to allow area residents to "beat the heat." INSIDE Obituaries........................2 Second Front 4 Opinion..............................6 Community 8 Celebration..................10 Sports IB Classifieds....................5B Church SB MAIN NUMBER (913) 367-0583 www.atchisonglobeonline.com 0630660100026   

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