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   Daily Tribune, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1977, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin                               'Parking problem9 becomes discussion of littering, vandalism By VemMBwth- Tribune Staff Writer What was billed as a discussion of a "park- problem near 3rd Ave. S. and Johnson St." turned out to be more of a discussion about downtown littering and vandalism Monday night. About 15 downtown merchants crowded a first floor meeting room at the city hall annex, 61 4th Ave. N., to protest problems claimed created by persons patronizing the King's Knight cocktail lounge, 220 Johnson St. Kim Erzinger. owner of Kim's Classics. 248 Johnson St.. complained of "violent acts of destruction and other things that have been going on in our area." He showed pictures of vandalism done recently near his store. He said signs and decorative railroad ties have been removed and moved. Beer bottles have been broken against the walls of the building his .store is in. he said, and showed beer cans and bottles in the parking tot. William Bauer, owner of Bauer's Fioor Mart, complained of cans and bottles on 2nd Ave. S. in front of his store and said the city should do a better job of cleaning up He is losing ''a lot of business because peo- ple are afraid to come down to my place." Glennon Ketcbum. owner of the Square Bar. 210 Johnson Si., said. Ketchum said he saw one person run on the hoods of cers parked in the city parking lot across Johnson St. has seen persons urinating in the gutter along Johnson St. Bauer said young persons in the area have stopped cars and pounded on them. Ketchum said it has happened to him and said he is afraid to park his vehicle in the area at night. Bank officials are concerned for persons making atgnt deposits. James Kaatb, cashier at the First National Bank of Wisconsin Rapids A vfoniaa vrith two small children came into the Shoe Rack, 240 Jofcnsoa St.. one even- ing aad said she had been jostled la the park- ing Sot, %'ayne Wetterau. manager, said. Doors have beea kicked in in the area. aad Bauer said. Erziager said he has met with verbal abuse asking persons to move cars from the private plaza parking lot reserved for patrons ocly. Joha Patter, owner of the building housing the Shoe Rack and Kim's Classics, said he has had complaints about once a week con- cerning vandalism. On one occasion in 1976. he said the cover vkss removed f-0m a ssorm sewer drain in the parting lot and railroad ties were dropped into it. "Why was there not an officer there during the night to he asked. "We've got to have some protection or some cotton picking thing and Immediate- ly, not next year." Ketchum said. Potter said the city should issue a probationary license to the King's Knight and, if the problems the license should be revoked. Ctilvin Arnold, part owner of the King's Knight, said the King's Knight employes pick up titter in the area and that they have super- vised the plaza parking lot. Not all the bottles and cans found in the parking lots and oa the street are from the King's Knight, he said, since patrons arrive near che discotheque with bottles and cans bough i in other places. It his been difficult to detect bottles aad caas smuggled out in pockets and under coats, he said. Employes at the door have also not had the force of law in saying persons cannot carry out their containers, he said. Arnold said he hcped a newly created city ordinance would get publicity when several persons were arrested and fineo for carrying open beer containers on tee street In front of the King's Knight earlier thss year. The fine for carrying an open container of beer or liquor on a public street is 136.50. Marvin Nordstrum. safety officer of the Wisconsin Rapkls police department, said. He said persons would eventually realize that the city has an open container law. perhaps cutting down on the problem. Storage of bottles behind the cocktail lounge is the owners" problem, Nordstrum said. Arnold said the King's Knight recently purchased a machine to smash liquor bottteB- He said the owners lose money eacn time beer bottle is taken out and broken. In response to a suggestion that deputies be placed at the door. Arnold said the owners would be willing to hire police to check at the door. The maintenance of way committee of the Wisconsin Common Council, which heard the complaints, took no action and suggested the matter be brought before the finance and legislative committees of the council. Harold Sullivan, committee chairman, suggestec. the new ordinance be given time to work THE DAILY TRIBUNE Says city programs face cutback without borrowing INFORMING THE SOUTH WOOD COUNTY AREA OF WISCONSIN Sixty-Second Year-No. 18729 Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494 16 Pages Two Sections 1 Tuesday, March 1, 1977 Plus 2 Supplements Unless Wisconsin Rapids finds a rich uncle or borrows some money, some new programs or city services will have to be reduced this year, city officials heard again Monday night. Reduction of the services could also mean New energy bureau proposed by Carter WASHINGTON (AP) President Carter today sent Congress his proposal to create a Department of Energy, combining all or part of at least nine existing agencies with man- power totaling nearly The proposed new department would have a budget of more than billion in fiscal 1978. Carter's bill would abolish as independent agencies the Federal Energy Administration FEA the Energy Research and Develop- ment Administration ERDA and the Federal Power Commission FPC. And in an unusual arrangement, it would divide responsibility for the leasing and man- agement of offshore oil and natural gas areas between the new department and the Depart- ment of interior which now has that respon- sibility. The proposal would also place in the new energy department Interior's regional elec-' trie power marketing programs and the Bureau of Mines fuels data program; control over the rate of exploration of the Naval Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, an area to be managed by Intenor: and jurisdiction over petroleum reserves in California and Wyom- ing and oil shale reserves in Colorado and Utah, now under the authority of the Defense Department. The proposed energy department would pick up other programs from the Commerce Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Securities and Ex- change Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. In bis letter transmitting the bill to Congress. Carter said. "Even with a new Department of Energy problems of inter- departmental coordination will remain, since virtually all government activity affects energy to some extent. "Establishing this department, however, will give us one government body with suf- ficient scope and authority to do the massive job that remains to be done." he added. House Majority Whip John Brademas of In- diana said he and other congressmen with energy interests who were briefed by Carter in the White House state dicing room this morning were given no figure for the savings that would accrue from the abolition of exist- ing energy agencies. Another gues: at the meeting. House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, said there is a unanimous feeling that an energy depart- ment is needed. He said there will be a Cabinet spot for the department. In his message to Congress, Carter said his reorganization proposal would offer these ad- Tries to enforce limit on foreign fishing craft By The Associated Press In the of Alaska, off the coest of New England and in waters shared with Cuba, the government today tried to enforce the new U.S. 200-mile limit on foreign fishing vessels. The Coast Guard beefed up its staff, air- craft and vessels for the chore, and in Washington. Adm. Owen Siler. Coast Guard commandant, said. "The Coast Guard is ready and accepts the challenge." Law requires IRS notice of probes WASHINGTON (AP) Taxpayers ob- tained new protection today against un- justified government probing into their fi- nancial records. A law took effect at midnight that requires the Internal Revenue Service to notify a tax- payer when it seeks to obtain the taxpayer's financial records from banks or similar in- stitutions as part of a tax investigation. A taxpayer then would have the right to seek a court order barring the institution from releasing the records to tax in- vestigators. Until now. there has been no requirement that a taxpayer be notified that a tax agent wanted access to bank financial information. Nor did the taxpayer have a right to go to court to block release of the information in the event he or she did team of the proble. Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell tried without success last week to convince a House sub- committee to postpone today's effective date of the law, which was pan of the Tax Reform Act of 1976. Bell argued that the law could result in delays of up to two years in tax evasion inves- tigations. He cited estimates that as many as legal actions would be initiated by taxpayers seeking to bait IRS probes of financial institu- tion records. Until today, the limit was 12 miles. Under complaints from the-U-S. fishing industry that foreign fishermen were ruining their livelihood. Congress adopted the 200-mile zone and the Ford Administration a year ago approved the legislation. There were doubts about the immediate effectiveness of the limit. "Most fishermen are all the same. If they think they can beat you. they'll cross the line a little." said fisheries agent Ken Creamer. Creamer is one of 11 National Marine Fisheries Services agents responsible, along with the Coast Guard, for enforcement along the Alaskan coastline the nation's largest and richest fishery. In Boston, Daniel Rass. a Commerce Department official in charge of enforcement from Canada to North Carolina, said he still was waiting for instructions about issuing permits to foreign vessels before they can fish inside the limit. The government's first task is stopping for two months all foreign fishing off the Pacific Northwest, except for tuna. It also must limit foreign fishing in the North Atlantic to only hake and squid, for the time being, and halt all fishing in the Gulf of Mexico where no countries have applied for licenses. Japan, South Korea, Spain and the Common Market nations already have signed agreements to allow their fishermen to get permits from the Commerce Department. A State Department spokesman said those countries agreed to suspend fishing in U.S- waters until Congress did approve the agreements. An agreement between the United States and ihe Soviet Union has been ratified and So- viet vessels with permits will be allowed to fish within the zone. Several other nations also have declared 200-mile fishing or economic zones. Cuba did so on Monday. Among the others are Japan. Canada, the eight maritime nations of the Eu- ropean Common Market and the Soviet Union, Hours before the limit took effect at mid- night. Creamer sighted six Japanese vessels, ail within 60 mites of sbore. Sieel for storage David Rasmussen. Rt. 3. a Consolidated Papers, Inc.. ironworker, stands on girders Monday while welding on structural steel roofing sections to a storage addition at the firm's Wisconsin Rapids Division converting plant on 3rd Ave. N. A concrete floor is about 50 per cent poured for The 21.000-square-foot. project, due for completion in late May. It will help provide a needed staging area for rolls of paper from CPI machines, prior to their being converted 10 sheets, according to company spokesmen. In architecture and color, the addition will match that of the main convening plant completed in 1975. (Tribune Photo by Wayne Martin) Pleads for help to allow his son to die WILXES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) A grief- stricken father is pleading for belp to allow his 3vear-old son, Jeddie, critically injured when tat by a car, so die before the child's body deteriorates. "He's dead. His whole body is freezing coML His whole body is said Robert Rhodes in a telephone interview Monday night. "His eyes are dark and his face has been ice cold for almost 24 hours now." Rhodes, crying and his voice cracking, said the respirator that keeps Jeddie's heart pum- ping is slowly eating the child away and eras- ing any chance for a proper funeral. "I want to have an open casket just to see Him one more time." Rhodes said. "I don't want a closed casket. Why do they have to do this to A surgeon rejected Rhodes' request Mon- day to remove the boy from the respirator. A spokesmen for Mercy Hospital here celled the decision "clearly a professional judgment." Dr. Samuel Mackall and Dr. Victor Am- bruso. both of whom have treated the bey, were not available for comment Monday- night. Their answering service said neither could be reached. Jeddie has been unconscious and in critical condition with neck, spine and internal in- juries since he was admitted last Thursday, a nursing supervisor said. Rhodes, a 27-year-old mechanic, and his wife, Denise, 20. have beer. 8t the hospital since then. Rhodes said the doctors told him to go home, get some steep and wait by ihe phone. He says he can't sleep. "Since the day he was the doctor safc there was no Rhodes said. "I know his brain is dead. His whole head is dead "Mo mar. could go home end go to sleep knowing they're trying to keep alive something that's dead. 1 don't see how they have the heart to do it." Luzeroe County President Judge Bernard Brominsky sak5 Rhodes caHed him Sunday, but Bromicsky said be thought tbe father wanted an order allowing the child to be a heart donor. Informed Monday night that the father wants SJse machine turnsd off. Brominsky said he cosiM hoM an immediate hearing if the father asked for it but can't simply order the child to be allowed to die, "Obviously. I just csn't order something off the top of ray head." Brominsky said. He said he did not know what laws, if any, might cover such a situation. Brominsky suggested Rhodes have a public defender petition the coon for a hearing. Rhodes thinks the court process wil! be too slow to help but said he wouKJ try to find a lawyer today. vantages: would abolish the FEA. ERDA and the FPC. "three agencies whose missions over- lap and sometimes conflict, and whose specialized perspectives have impeded progress toward a unified energy policy." would allow matching federal research and development programs to over-all energy policies and needs. Carter said this is es- pecially important for development of solar power. would speed the development of effec- tive energy conservation by combining pro- grams.% would lodge in one agency the powers to regulate fuel and fuel distribution systems now shared by the FEA. the FPC. the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission. the legislation, the secretary of in- tenor and secretary of energy would hold joint responsibility for the leasing of federal- ly owned onshore and offshore energy resources. The energy secretary would establish long- term production goals in consultation with the interior secretary, with disagreements to be decided by tne President The energy secretary would regulate bid- ding systems, eligibility for a lease, rates of production and disposition of royalties. But the interior secretary would regulate land management and conservation. lease sate schedules and environments! impact statements. While the interior secretary wouid issue the leases, the energy secretary would approve the specific terms of the lease. The interior secretary would retain the power to cancel leases, but should he refuse a cancellation after the energy secretary recommends it he must publish his reasons In the Federal Register. layoff of city employes. The finance committee of the Wisconsin Rapids Common Council had gathered In the city hall to review year end budgets. The review showed that the city still owes for new programs and services provided in 1976 and previous years. The ac- tual bills have been paid, but the money to pay the bills has come from continuing ac- counts for things like the new city hall and equipment depreciation. Those funds even- tually have to be repaid. But the budget overrun is not that bad, according to City Treasurer Donald Zager. He said today financial consultants do not consider overruns or surpluses of less than five per cent of a budget as major. The city's overrun amounts to about two or three per cent of the total million 1976 budget. But if the city does not reduce programs in 1577, or does not come up with more money to pay for the programs, cost overrun for this year could be an additional accor- ding to City Engineer Roy Elmhorst. Elmhorst told the committee he thinks the city's only course of action is to borrow about and reduce new programs or per- sonnel to eliminate the neet1 for the other He advocated that any reductions in budget or staff be made in all areas, rather than just the public works department. Mayor Donald Penza said after the meeting that he thinks the city could get by with borrowing James Tomsyck, 2nd Ward argued that each new bond issue requires debt repayments that cut into the amount of money available for regular city services Carol Broker. 16th Ward, noted that a sixth, of the year is over and said the matter should be considered as soon as possible. Clyde Deitz. 19th Ward, urged action Mon- day night on the borrowing question, bjt Helen Kronstedt, llth Ward, sak! the borrow- ing was not listed on the agenda The question will be taken up next Monday by the committee so action can be presented to the full council Tuesday. March 8. City officials should know by then if city aWermen favor borrowing the money and whether city employes may have to be laid off. Donald HokJen. 10th Ward, finance com chairman, said India espionage case may involve Americans WASHINGTON Several Indian of- ficials suspected of passing nuclear and in- dustrial secrets to forelgrters are under arrest in their own country, arid one source sajs Americans may be involved U.S. embassy officers in New Delhi and State Department officials here declined aJi comment, citing President Caner's state- ment last week that the admirisiration will not live security issues Foreigners involved in the case were not identified, out one Indian source said. "Prob- ably They are Americans The Indian officials were arrested in early February and ha-Te undergoing weeks of inteTsive interrogation, sources say. There was no official announcement from the New go'.errjTient about tne arrests Firs: sketchy accounts about the discovery of an espionage network were confirmed Monday when India's national news agencv. Samachar, reported the arrests of some senior civil servants. The r.ews agency in- dicated the off-dais were being held for pass- ing economic intelligence to foreigners. One newspaper, the Indian Express, reported thai two presumably diplomatic spies had been expelled from India as a result of what tr.e paper said was "one of the biggest ever espionage cases" to hit the country. The Indian government did not identify the two who were expelled and U.S. officials re- fused comment when asked if they were Americans Those arrested by the Indian Intelligence Bureau were saki to include a senior assis- tant to Foreign Minister Y. B. Oiavan. who had access to top-secret documents, one senior and lower -ranking members of the State Planning Commission, and other par- sonnei familiar with Indian industrial, economic and state planning programs. The Indian sources said they knew some of the subjects b> name but declined So identify mem because, as far as the sources Knew, no charges hsve yet been lodged against them There is no clear-cut evidence from infor- mation available here ir.sl the espionage system under investigation concerns oniy nuclear matters And Indian newspapers are suggesting that the spying operation had to d-o mairJv with the country's iron and steei in- dustry. But Knowledgeable experts here cast doubt on that, noting that no major foreign power n-eds to know much about India's potential in the iron and siee! industry, while its nuclear technology is tfie subject of a great deal of m- Snow, colder weather due Sur.ny evident today will gradually be replaced b> ciocds beginning Wednesday. clouds are expected to bring some snow- to Wisconsin Tne i> facing brewed by a major w-.nter storm in the Pacific Northwest and mav be mivd with some ram Starrv lows tonignt are forecast from five to 15 degrees The eastern pan of the state should be mostly sunny Wednesday as douds move in from the west over expected highs from the upper 20s to near 40 Highs Thursday are to be mostly in the 30s. out the snowy weather will leave state residents shivering in the 20s Fnday and Saturday Lows are expected to be in the teens and 20s The high temperature in Wisconsin Rapids Monday was 33 degrees The low was seven degrees It was 14 at midnight and eight degrees at 6 a.m. today. It was 25 at p.m. today.   

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