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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 25, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside lf Scandal Leads To Resignation Page 2A A Quick Read $10 Billion Would Be Cut For Defense WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Dick Cheney today outlined $10 billion in Pentagon budget cuts and said the “hard choices” included reductions in dozens of weapons systems and a $1 billion slash in Star Wars research money. Cheney, making liis first appearance as defense secretary before his former colleagues in the House, told the Armed Services Committee that only the Marine Corps had been spared manpower cuts. “No program was excluded from consideration during the budget adjustment process,” Cheney told the House panel at the start of what was expected to be a day-long hearing. “But my top priorities are quality people, forward strategy, readiness and sustainability, efficient procurement and strategic modernization. The adjustments we made to the budget were implemented within this context.” Under the budget agreement reached earlier this spring between the Bush administration and Congress, the Pentagon is required to cut future spending plans by $10 billion for the next fiscal year. Genes May Influence Happiness With Job NEW YORK (AP) - Genes may influence how satisfied one is at work, according to a study. But the study does not imply that people who dislike their jobs are genetically doomed to unhappiness at work. The apparent impact of genes is quite modest, suggesting “we’re not totally hard-wired” for job satisfaction, said industrial psychologist Richard Arvey. Besides, he said, just as nutrition can modify the genetic influence on a person’s height, the job setting may affect the hypothesized genetic contribution to job satisfaction. The study suggests that genes may be one reason that some people seem happy no matter what they do, while others have trouble finding a satisfying job, Arvey said. Weather Sunny Skies Continue Skies will be fair tonight with a low in the upper 50s. Mostly sunny skies are forecast Wednesday with a high in the upper 80s. Please see details on Page 13A. Deaths Bessie Anderson, Graniteville Minnie Glover, Johnston J. Leslie McCormick Carrie N. Moore, Laurens Rosa E. Rankin, McCormick Please see details on Page 13A. Inside Today Bridge..............................................4B Calendar...........................................5B Classifieds........................................7B Comics.............................................4B Crossword......................................10B Cryptoquote......................................8B Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries.......................................13A Opinions...........................................6A Sports...............................................9 A Television.........................................4B Weather..........................................13A LGI ge 2A AIKEN ^ 433 NEWBERRY C - W. Tuesday, A|-nl 25, it>»9 Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No Zoning, Plot Cleared For Woodward By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer Aiken Associates, developer of the Woodward Tract in South Aiken, has cleared two significant hurdles before the Aiken Planning Commission. Monday, the firm won votes of approval on preliminary plans for a shopping center, neighborhood business zone and apartment complex and a preliminary subdivision plat. The planning commission, after a lengthy hearing into the combined proposals, approved them by 6-0 and 5-1 votes despite opposition from residents of the area and environmental advocates. The only dissenting vote came from Commissioner Richard Sears, who opposed the preliminary subdivision plat. Aiken Associates, which bought the property for $3 million, wants to create a small shopping center, a 152-unit apartment complex and a neighborhood business area in Phase I of its development plans. The apartment complex has been named The Colony at South Park. The subdivision plat shows three tracts ranging in size from 10.7 to 18.9 acres and seven lots with sizes of less than an acre to more than four acres. Victor J. Mills, president of Blanchard and Calhoun Commercial Corporation, owners of the tract, said he was satisfied with the the vote and said his firm would meet every condition required by the city in an effort to satisfy critics. Major targets of the critics were proposals to allow the developers to create five entrances into the property along Whiskey Road and the future of a Carolina bay located on the tract. Mills replied that the company had contracted the services of a traffic engineer to make a study of driving conditions along Whiskey Road, which runs along the front of the property. He said the engineer’s study found that deceleration lanes placed on the company’s property would reduce congestion and act as a safeguard against accidents. A Blanchard and Calhoun spokesman said the bay, a natural depression in the earth, would be protected during the initial stages of development and the company would give priority to prevent any impact on the basin. But the assurances didn’t soothe concerns of those opposed to the development. (Please See ZONING, Page 14A) Residential Stables Survive In Council Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NORTH AUGUSTA COMMUNITY CENTER: Sandra Sizemore West, director of the North Augusta Community Center, shows off the huge fireplace in the lobby of the center. The center is available to the public for all types of functions. For story, see Page 1B. Conditional Use Rules Tightened By CARL LANGLEY Staff Writer A conditional use ordinance giving horse owners the right to seek city permits for stabling their animals in RI and R2 residential zones was laden with amendments Monday night, but survived on a 4-3 vote before Aiken City Council. Second reading . nd public hearing of the controversial statute came before a packed house, with opponents and proponents of conditional use about equally divided and given equal time to state arguments. Voting to approve the ordinance were Mayor H. Odell Weeks and Councilmen Michael Anaclerio, Beverly Clybum and Lessie Price. Opposed were Councilmen Frederick B. Cavanaugh Jr., Frank Lou-dermilk III and Ronald A. Maxwell. Under the conditional use plan, horse owners must file requests with the city to stable horses on their lots. To win approval, they must meet a set of stringent criteria covering setbacks, stable locations, sanitation, grain storage and lot maintenance. The provision assures anyone seeking to maintain a horse or horses in RI and R2 zones must be handled on an individual basis, which will allow residents of affected neighborhoods an opportunity to oppose the permit request. Tacked onto the ordinance Monday night during a debate that lasted about 2 1/2 hours were amendments on stable siting, storage of animal droppings and guaranteeing City Council will have the final say in determining who gets a permit. A fourth amendment, offered by Councilman Maxwell, would have prohibited conditional use zoning entirely after a two-year period, but it was defeated on a 5-2 vote. Mrs. Clybum offered the stable location ordinance, which got a unanimous vote. In it, horse owners in RI and R2 zones cannot house their animals closer to a neighbor’s dwelling than their own. Councilman Loudermilk’s animal droppings measure, also passed unanimously, will require horse owners to store manure in covered containers in the conditional use zones. Councilman Cavanaugh won a 5-2 vote on his amendment that gives City Council responsibility for granting conditional use permits. He had argued that such controversial issues should not be handed to the planning commission. During the hearing, horse owners and their supporters said stringent restrictions against the animals would tarnish the city’s image and appealed for council to safeguard owners’ property rights. The pro-horse faction also pointed out that the sport and pleasure pursuits associated with the animals generates a lot of money in Aiken and provides employment for a large number of people. Critics, however, said image and economic claims must be set aside in favor of sanitation and health issues. They said the economic benefits are not as great as claimed and were being used by horse owners to sway opinions on council. All prefaced their remarks by saying they could not branded as enemies of horses. Benefit Costs School Bus Vets Lose Under Pay Bill Again Outpace Paycheck Gain By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The cost of wages, salaries and benefits to the nation’s employers rose 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 1989, with increases in benefits costs again outpacing pay gains, the Labor Department reported today. The Employment Cost Index report showed that for the 12 months ended March 31 the cost of wages, salaries and benefits rose 4.8 percent, down slightly from the 5 percent average for calendar 1988 but up from the 1987 jump of 3.6 percent. The index measures changes in an employers’ costs for all forms of compensation, principally wages and salaries and employer-paid benefits such as health insurance. It is closely watched as a barometer of inflation, particularly in the past year as analysts have speculated that the tight labor market would drive up compensation costs because of increased competition for workers. The 1.2 percent increase in the index for the first quarter compared with 1.0 percent in the final quarter of 1988 and 1.4 percent from the first quarter of last year, the Labor Department reported. (Please See BENEFITS, Page 14A) By DENISE STUBBS Staff Writer A bill approved by the S.C. House of Representatives, which calls for a 3 percent increase in bus drivers’ pay, raises the salaries of bus drivers with less experience and leaves veteran drivers with deflated wages. The existing bus driver salary scale for South Carolina pays drivers with no experience $4.75 an hour. Proposed legislation increases this salary to $4.89 an hour. The new salary schedule increases the pay of drivers with one year experience from $4.89 to $5.09 and of drivers with two years experience from $5.04 to $5.09. Drivers who will be entering their third year of driving would receive a 15-cent pay raise under the current pay system. Under the new salary schedule, they would receive a 20-cent pay increase. Bus drivers who are currently third-year drivers would receive a 16-cent in crease next year under the present salary schedule. But if the bill is approved by the Senate in the next couple of weeks, these drivers can expect a 10-cent increase next year. Decreases in salary can be found for those who have more years of experience. Bus drivers who have been driving for 17 years and up will receive the greatest pay cut with their salaries decreasing (Please See SCHOOL, Page 14A) Du Pont: Thanks Expected For SRP Years By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Complaints surfaced among Du Pont Co. ranks after the company’s last day as Savannah River Site contractor passed last month without a formal recognition ceremony from the Department of Energy. Some employees felt — despite recent controversy surrounding the plant — that the company deserved more of a government salute after designing and building the nuclear weapons plant and operating it for nearly 39 years. But a top DOE official, crediting Du Pont with “tremendous” accomplishments, says department officials expressed their appreciation by participating in a community tribute to Du Pont held during February in Aiken. “We thought that it would be hard to have a more significant affair” than that well-attended tribute dinner, said John D. Wagoner, deputy manager of the DOE’s Savannah River Operations. “I don’t know any way we could have done better,” Wagoner said. Widespread outside criticism of the site’s nuclear reactor safety marked Du Pont’s final months there, and the company’s official position is to be unsurprised that DOE officials held no major departure ceremonies. “Considering the controversy over the last six months, we would not have expected them to have one,” said Robert C. (Clif) Webb, a Du Pont spokesman. But Wagoner said of the Du Pont-gov-ernment relationship, “I wouldn’t characterize it as ending on a sour note.” Du Pont withdrew as plant contractor at midnight on March 31. Its successor, Westinghouse Savannah River Co., faces the tough assignment in coming months of restarting SRS nuclear production reactors that the DOE ordered shut down last fall for wide-ranging safety improvements. Wagoner was among a dozen or so DOE officials in the audience for the community tribute to Du Pont held Feb. 21 at USC Aiken. Paul W. (Bill) Kaspar, manager of DOE’s Savannah River office, participated as a speaker. “That looked to us like a pretty significant way to recognize the departure,” Wagoner said. In addition, a management-level coffee for DOE, Du Pont and Westinghouse officials was held on March 31, and after (Please See DU PONT, Page 14A) ;