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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1970, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT flOTH YEAR, NO. 109 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 1. 1970-TH1RTY SIX PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS IQc SUNDAY Aiitxiotcd Preu (IP) Building Prices Chairman Says Parks Commission Rebels at Bloated Costs Reporter-News Austin Bureau AUSTIN "I will not let this department spend all its money on hair the things the Legislature asked us to do and then go crying back for Parks and Wildlife Chairman Pearce Johnson said. "I would rather not do any of the he added. The statements came during Parks and Wildlife Commission discussion of the lack of available money to make nine improve- ments on state park land that are specifical- ly mentioned in the present appropriations bill. Piff STAFF MEMBER Robert Taylor told the three commissioners that appropriated money simply didn't match what the State Building Commission figures it would cost. And this brought the wrath of the commission. Six of the projects Include construction of three bedroom, two bath square foot 't homes for staff members who live at the parks. The Building Commission estimates construction were each. Chairman Johnson said, "that's ridiculous. We already own the land. That's a square Commission Member Harry Jersig joined Johnson adding that he had approached a scries of builders around the state with the plans and specifications for the homes and "the prices ranged from to Member L. P. Gilvin agreed, adding "that's loo much money." TIIK COMMISSION decided to defer any action until the prices approved by the Legislature more closely resemble the con- struction prices. Included were projects at the San Angelo Fish Hatchery No. 2, Jasper Fish Hatchery, and Kerr County. But the houses were not the only bids the members wre not happy with. One of the proposals was for construction of a warehouse with the estimate at a square fool. "That's totally Chairman Johnson said. The only answer the staff could muster was that the Building Commission estimates Include (he arcnitccutral fees for designing the houses. Jersig asked, "You mean that an architects fee is In each of the construction costs? The houses are all the same. Can't we just pay that fee TAYLOR ANSWERED that Uie Building Commission draws Uie designs and requires the payment for each separate project. "We could lump these he said, "but the price would just tic six times as much." The higher prices on the improvements were not the only thing that complain- cnd about. Taylor told the group that when the High- way Department was building boat ramps in 1969, "the average cost was per ramp." He added, "The average cost cl the ramps submitted to the Building Commission is HP also said that the Highway Depart- ment built its largest ramp lor and "one exactly like it has a estimate from the Building Commission." JERSIG ASKED if some other way couion t be found to build the so Dial the department could avoid going through the Building Commission. Taylor said he had been in conlact with several local governmental Lodirs vhich appeared to want to do the construction themselves. "I have a letter from the Trinity River he said, "in which they offered to build the boat ramps on the Trinity themselves. The letter says that they can use the same money we are talking about and get twice as many ramps for the people to use." The commission voted to let Taylor go ahead and contact the various local entities and see more of them would like to take on Uie construction of the ramps. By ELLIE RUCKER Countdown Lights Getting the Bugs Out Q. Whatever happened to the countdown signal lights that functioned at several intersections In Abilene? I believe they were at N. 6th and Mockingbird and Shelton and North 1st. A. They taken down bejause of mechanical problems, says Traffic Engineer Bud Taylor. They're in the repair shop and as soon as a "few bugs are worked out of they'll be replaced, but not necessarily at the same locations. This type light still hasn't been okayed by the Uniform Traffic Control Devices committee, but unless a statement is issued saying they can't be used, Abilene will use them on an experimental basis. The light is the Invention of Abilenian James Hines. He's waiting on the Com- mittee's okay before he goes Into full-scale production. He said the lights have reduced accidents hy 54.per cent on Mockingbird where three of the lights were In operation. Q. Is there an ordinance against children playing on a school yard during _ the summer or after school hours? The neighborhood children occasionally play lag there and were (old by teachers not to because It was hard on the grass. Is (his not paid for by laves and within reason to be used by the public? A. Sure Is, and the School Board and School Supl. don't mind a bit If the children play on the school grounds after hours. In fact, they encourage It, they even gave the City Recreation Dcpt. permission to use several school playgrounds for their recreational programs. II grass has just been planted or the grounds are under construction children might be asked to stay otf, but other than that the kids are welcome !o use school playgrounds, says A. E. Wells, Supt. of Schools. Q. Could vou please explain the reason nhy the cliy policemen and other city employes are required to live within (he city limits? The city firemen are alloued (o live outside the city limits. Does (his Infringe on a person's rights or something? A. The city firemen aren't exempt from the residency ruling, says Assl. City Mgr. John Hatchcl. All City employes are required to live within the City limits unless they owned Iheir place of residence outside the city limits prior to Jan. when the residency ruling went Into effect Hatchel doesn't feel this infringes on the employe's rights since they're notified of the ruling before accepting 9. city position. The reasons given lor the ruling are that the City Council feels people will naturally have more pride and take more interest in their work if they're residents of the city they work for. Also many are on 24-hour call and must be readily available in case of fire, p-jblic disaster, etc. -r; This ruling has been strictly enforced by most departments, and in order to be fair to sll, the ruling will now be enforced In all departments, says Hatchcl. q. Could you find me the copies oi Look magazine for April 1J70? A. Drop by the City Library, they have copies of almost every magazine published, Including the April 7 and April 21 edition of Look. Its a bi-monthly now and those are the only two published in April. You ran't take the issues from the Library, but If there's a particular article you're wanting, you can use their copy machine right by the front entrance. Q. Can you toll me If more food value la black pepper than there Is In while pepper? A. There's no real food value In either one, Milla Perry, dietician for Hendrick Memorial Hospital, It's simply a iplce or lessoning. White pepper Is highly refined ilack pepper that has had the black ouulde hull removed. When pepper Is taken from the plant It has come nutritional value, but once It'll refined, flaked, dried and itorcd most of the vitamins have dissipated. Soviets U.S. Zionists Largest Splro Agnew Watch The University of Utah today claims it has the world's largest Spiro T. Agnew watch. The vice pres- ident was to make a campaign speech in Salt Lake Cily Wednesday. In honor of the occasion, someone climbed down a sheer wall at the University's Stu- dent Union Building and converted a four-foot square clock Into a caricature of the vice president. The figure is waving an American flag in its left hand and giving a peace sign with the right. Student lead- ers on campus said they had no idea who did it. (AP Wirepholo) Texas Pageant1 in March Abilene to Host Universe Contest By .MERLE WATSON Reporter-News Staff Writer Abilene will be the host city for the Miss Texas Universe 1971 Pageant March 21-27. Announcement of the event came at a press conference Thursday morning at the Abiiene Chamber of Commerce in a joint statement by officials of Miss Texas Universe Inc. and the Chamber. Also present was Diane Swendeman, Miss Texas Universe of 1970. Fred Slrech of Odessa, president of Miss Texas WEATHER" V! DErMRtMENT OF COMMERCE WMIHM BURCAU iwiitntr Mlp. Pa. K> ABILENE AND VICINITY ndiui) Ctoudr to f'lf ctoutfy Ihurt- in! 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