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Arlington Daily News (Newspaper) - August 22, 1976, Arlington, Texas Your local newspaper owned by texans Arlington daily news phone 265-4241 a a a a a a volume 27 number 208 a Arlington Texas sunday August 22, 1976 2 sections if if if if if if Price a daily i so sunday 15< dry Days help City water Revenue bolsters budget daily news photo going through the motions a some of the instructors at the Myca located at 2200 s. Davis will include from left Dianna Konick exercise and children s gymnastics Kevin Simmons guitar and John Lewis karate. For More information about courses offered Call 274-5541. By Steve Sellers daily news staff for the first time in several Summers Arlington a water Supply and water revenues Are a in pretty Good in previous years the City has run into problems during summer months when excessive Rains kept Many residents from using much water. And since City officials each year estimate what they feel will be average water revenues for each month those unusually wet Summers have Short circuited even the Best prepared budgetary plans. But not this year says John Kubala the City a director of utilities. A this is the first summer in a Long time that we be been in this Good a shape a he remarked explaining that the unseasonably dry Winter months forced residents to use More water. A we started off in the Winter a last october and november a with dedication ceremony today new Hospital open sept. 6 by Claudia Perkins daily news staff Arlington Community Hospital has so Many luxuries it would make Howard Johnson jealous. Patients will get a Choice of 30 entrees during their stay dependent upon whether its for a Bland Normal or soft diet and can watch either educational medical programs or first run movies on their color television set furnished free in each room. The Public will get a Chance to View the facility set to open officially sept. 6, today during special dedication ceremonies. Brunch and private Tours will be conducted from noon until 2 . When sen. John Tower will speak. Public Tours will follow the ceremonies. Units physical and respiratory therapy nuclear Medicine and surgery will also be provided. Out patient servies services will be emphasized. Hie building is a 79,000-Square foot one floor Structure with Sand finished stucco and Bronze reflective exterior Glass. The initial one Story design is constructed for a future second floor which allows Beds and services to double. The general medical surgical facility will feature As Electroencephalogram therapy nuclear Medicine respiratory therapy physical therapy and radiology. Located at 500 Omega drive the 131-bed facility is South of Vandergrift Park off Matlock Road. An affiliate of Hospital corporation of America headquartered in Nashville tenn., total Cost of the Hospital is $7 million. No Public funds were used in construction of the facility located on a 15-acre site. Designed for expansion to 250 Beds at a later Date the new Hospital will provide a fully staffed Emer ency room with a doctor 24 hours a Jala Pei the Lav in addition to present services offered at the 75-bed Hospital i Randol Mill Road. Coronary and intensive care a combination conference room classroom will allow the Hospital to offer Public and employee education programs under Laura a a Ronal development director. In veranda restaurant will be open to the Public. Prices will be comparable to a local cafeteria. A we will share our nutrition director with great Southwest Hospital also an Cha affiliate a said j. Donely Gardner Ach administrator. A we also plan to shuttle meals to once the Hospital is Complete patients will be moved to the new facility via ambulance with a nurse in attendance. Critical patients will be accompanied by a doctor. A we estimate it will take 20 to 30 minutes to get the patients from their bed at our old facility to their new bed a he said. The Hospital is trying to do the same thing As Arlington memorial Hospital he said Only at a different location. A a we re moving the Hospital to better serve the people of Arlington a he said. A your former location had drawbacks for several reasons the most significant was there was no room to expand. A because of our size modernization was not possible. And because Arlington a growth pattern is South we can be More accessible to the people. A new High school is just South of the Hospital and 800 Homes Are being built behind county commissioners had planned to resurface Matlock Road the main artery to the facility prior to the hospitals opening. A but opening four months a head of schedule put a Kink in their plan. They have said it should be resurfaced by the first of the year a Gardner said. A a it a very unusual to have a project completed ahead of time. Its been just fantastic the Way everyone has worked together and that we had Good weather in the Early stages. A equipment delivery was based on completion in october a he said a but that is a problem we re overcoming Hospital Board size May soon increase Tarrant county Bureau Tarrant county commissioners court tomorrow May increase the size of the Hospital District Board by appointing or. Robert Brown a fort Worth heart specialist. However Cue Lipscomb the county so Slegal adviser said Friday the Hospital boards bylaws May have to be changed to accommodate some pretty dry months so that through april it was still fairly dry a he said. A but along about May and june and the first part of july it was pretty he pointed to the heavy Rains around the fourth of july saying this caused Many to feel that More wet Days and weeks were ahead. Instead of increased Rains though the area has been in the throes of a mini drought. Because of this Kubala is thankful for the dry Winter. A a it a because of the dry Winter that we re a Little ahead right now As far As revenues Are concerned a he said. To contrast the difference Between last years revenues and this years anticipated revenues Kubala mentioned that for the first two weeks of August last year the City sent out water and sewer Bills totalling about $140,000. During the first two weeks of August this year he said Bills totalling nearly $200,000 were mailed out. A we Haven to figured the third week of August yet but we look for things to continue about the same a he said. A if the weather stays like it is then Well be in pretty Good since the weather lately has been so dry there has been some concern among residents about the City a water Supply. Kubala says these fears Are unfounded. A your Lake is in real Good shape a he remarked adding that Arlington a water Supply basically is Lake Arlington. A a top i of a a we be got a contract with the Tarrant county water control and improvement District no. I where they can pump water from Cedar Creek Reservoir in East Texas into the Lake a he commented. Another reason that the current concern about the City a water Supply is needless Kubala says is that the Drain on water a despite the dry weather a has not been so great As to Strain maximum capabilities. A on our Peak Day so far i think we treated something Over 47 million Gallons a he noted a and we have a capacity to treat 72 million Gallons a in addition to this he said the City has received very few complaints about Low water pressure. There is another thing too which City people say should dispel fears about the water Supply running dry a a new overhead storage Tower has been erected on the far East Side of the City. The Tower located on Howell Road across from pm is actually a two million gallon elevated storage tank. It was completed and placed in operation during the Early part of this year. A that gives us another two million Gallons of water up in the air that can be brought Back Down into the system if we need it a Kubala said. In sum he said the City is a in pretty Good shape As far As water is in Large measure to periodic dry spells like the one last Winter and the current one. A we would a whole lot rather have the dry weather than the wet weather a he added. Consumers due rebates for Gas photo Courtesy of . Dunlop in 1925 the Eastern Star Gulf station at division and Post Oak not Only provided Arlington residents with gasoline but also with hamburgers and sandwiches and a cold bottle of a pop. The appointment of another member. Commissioner Jerry Mebus who favors the appointment of or. Brown says he thinks the Well known fort Worth physician might provide some a Good support and attract other doctors and their patients to John Peter Smith Hospital. The proposed appointment also has the support of commissioner Dick Andersen who says or. Brown was contacted in regard to becoming ups administrator. Or. Brown explored the possibility but declined according to Andersen. The appointment matter was placed on tomorrows meeting Agenda by judge Mike Moncrief. The financial condition of the Hospital District is also expected to draw the attention of commissioners court members. Reports indicate the a a arrangements whereby the county agreed to a a loan the Hospital District As much As $2.3 million to cover deficits until new tax monies began coming in after october i will not be sufficient. Part of the problem is attributed to the fact that Board members have negotiated a settlement of the districts dispute with contractor Herman Smith which Calls for payment of nearly $450,000. Figures released by county auditor Jack Benson indicate the Hospital District has required $1.45 million of the maximum $2.3 million so far. Payment of the amount due the contracting firm would leave a balance of Only slightly More than $400,000. This would cover less than half of the average monthly deficit the Hospital District has been running. This May mean the Hospital District will have no funds to offset a september deficit and no new tax mom use to come in until tax Bills Are sent out after october i. By Jackson Diehl daily news staff the Railroad commissions decision thursday to order Lone Star Gas co. To repay its customers for out of period adjustments will mean a $367,000 savings in Gas Bills for Consumers in the to cities involved next october or about 9 per cent per customer. The commission decided in Austin that Lone Star had delayed adjustments granted at a 65 per cent rate in february 1975 until october when the rate was 85 per cent. Lone Star was ordered to compute what the increase in Bills should have been under a 65 per cent rate then remit the difference Between that amount and the 85 per cent figure charged to the affected customers in the october i Bill. According to the commission $2.5 million in adjustments had been figured at the incorrect rate by the Gas company. Cities affected by the Railroad commission ruling were Dallas fort Worth Arlington Irving Garland Richardson Sulphur Springs Murchison grand Prairie and Killeen. Warren Fulks spokesman for Lone Star Gas in Dallas said Friday that the company had not yet received the commissions order. However he said initial calculations had revealed that the rebates would amount to the $367,000 figure. Fulks stated that All Billing and accounting for the Metroplex area is done by the computer system in the Dallas office. For that reason it is not known what the exact refund amount will be for the individual cities affected. Kenneth Shelley of the Arlington office of Lone Star remarked Friday that the refunds would probably come in the form of a credit on the october Bill. A rough estimate by hearings examiner Paul Herrmann was that the credit would make an 8 to 9 per cent difference in the monthly charges. Fulks refused to comment on what effect this rebate would have on Lone stars financial stability. Nine cities involved in the action were not Happy after the commissions decision despite the rate charge rebates. They protested the hearing because $1.8 million in out of period adjustments by Lone Star were allowed by the commission. The commission lacks the jurisdiction to Grant out of period adjust ments attorneys for fort Worth Ani Irving argued. Both cities alleged that examiner Herrmann and the Gas utilities division staff exhibited prejudice were biased and a had attempted to conceal the real issues from Thi three member it was reported that the Citie involved in the Case were consider ing a court Appeal based on these charges. However Arlington City finance director Keith Reid made the possibility seem Remote Friday. A of course we will meet and Dis cuss what alternatives we have what action might be taken a i said. But he stated there were no de finite plans yet for a Law action against the Gas utilities division o the Railroad commission or even for a meeting Between the cities t discuss such an move. A this is kind of an unique vie tory for the cities a he remarked a this is the first time we have eve gotten anything from the Railroad commission i done to know How a we want to press our new phone number for daily news classifieds 647-4096for business and editorial depts. 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