Colorado Springs Gazette in Colorado-Springs, Colorado
13 Aug 1980

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13 Aug 1980

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Colorado Springs Gazette (Newspaper) - August 13, 1980, Colorado Springs, Colorado Fat your free Oom newspaper 109th year Colorado Springs wednesday evening August 13. 1980 a St Gaii in Csc us moan a a annual talk mayor lists City s needs by Michelli p. Fulcher it Marti to liter color Mio Spring mayor Robert Isaac Wod tuesday night that the Rit it should use funds collected to a 1979 Bond Issue to Purchase part of the hour estate to North i Colorado Springs and unseated Issue tor part purchases and Quot i think those Bond funds should be to that area if the Price to Manly funds could also be used to help finance the Purchase residents have suggested that All or parts of the estate be preserved a Park space in a Quot state of the City Quot speech to ult Home builder association of metropolitan Colorado Springs Isaac also said he to lobbying with state and Federal officials fur funds to create Grade separation at several Railroad Crossings throughout the City and tie outlined several other issues which he Seal City residents will have to insider in the near future asked about the City plans for the Houck property which stretches from Palmer Park North across Austin Bluffs Parkway to pulpit Rock Park. Isaac said a a Acquisito of the entire Houck Mafe is not my idea i Don t think we could possibly Quot or should Purchase the entire piece of property some of the property cannot be developed for Park use and therefore not be purchased. In addition Isaac said some re the ii million which Colorado Springs taxpayers pay to the Cetin to for Purchase and maintenance of Parks should be used for an a a appropriate part of the Isaac to also hopeful of securing St and Federal funds to help but. Be said. The City docs have funds available from a 1979 Bond create Grade separations at sever Al Railroad Crossings where increased train traffic has made them necessary potential funding sources he said. Include Federal funds and the mate s Mineral Severance Las Colorado s Severance tax to Low compared to other nearby mates. Isaac said but there ought to be state Money for intrastate impart on our Crossings Quot in and since most of the Coal trains which Crow the front Range come and go out of state the Federal government ought to provide funds too he has talked to the Public utilities commission the governor and to Colorado legislative delegation about funding for the improvements Isaac said a ifs a question of the other government entities paying their fair share. A and Justice we have to discuss a and. Be added local residents see mayor Page a vanquish and presidential nominee Edward m Kennedy responds to cheers during his speech tuesday night Carter arrives in new York interest checks Battle heats up by Joe Barber it staff writer a Check a a Boycott by merchants in the City a largest shopping Center and an upcoming Federal ruling about drafts drawn on interim bearing checking accounts Are the latest developments in the financial Quot Stop the draft Quot Battle the drafts in this ongoing dispute Are those drawn on interest accruing checking accounts with certain savings and loan associations Otero and Majestic Are two of those institutions and on tuesday owners of several retail shops in the Citadel mall were refusing to accept checks from their accounts the reason we re doing it a said the manager of one clothing store who asked not to be identified a is because the Citadel Bank sent out memos to All the merchants in the Citadel saying that they would charge tile businesses 5 for handling an Otero or Majestic Check. Quot most of the merchants Here Cash checks through the Citadel Bank because ifs convenient. But we can to afford to pay is for each Check. So we re going to have to Tell our customers we wont take those checks. Some stores have already put up signs saying they will no longer Honor stereo and Majestic checks. A a in a be mad if i were Otero it Jum amounts to boycotting them Otero s assistant general counsel. Steve Mann called the action Quot Jum a Way to hassle us the Banks Are trying to put us out of business they t compete with us in the Market for interest bearing checking accounts so they try to put us under at the Citadel Bank chief executive officer Tom Curry acknowledged the notice was Given to stores but Laid the cause elsewhere he cited the recent announcement that the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City a which acts As a Clearing House for funds transmitted Between Banks a is about to Stop processing the drafts in question. The Federal Reserve contends the drafts in the Sal institutions Are not transferable that they can to legitimately be signed Over to a third party. The feds latest word was that it intends to Stop processing them As of monday Otero Majestic and firms with similar accounts think however that the drafts Are As negotiable As checks from other accounts Quot Well ail the Banks Clear through the Federal Reserve Bank a said Curry. A if the Federal Reserve refuses to accept a see Check Page 2a new York a president Carter arrived in Triumph today to claim renomination and immediately aet about to woo the Kennedy Wing of the democratic party whose reticence about his candidacy Clouds hts efforts to win re election to cheers of a a four More years Quot and strains of Quot Happy Days Are Here again. A Carter told supporters that sen Edward m Kennedy s tuesday night convention speech was Quot one of tile greatest i Ever heard a and expressed Confidence that the party would emerge United to whip the republicans Quot in november Carter came from Washington on the Day after the convention adopted a platform bearing Kennedy a stamp his principle political Mission was to coax a Strong endorsement from Kennedy in an attempt to convert the senator s supporters Many of whom were threatening to sit out the Campaign or even Bolt to the independen candidacy of John Anderson Carter aides hoped to arrange a meeting Between tile president and Kennedy but Carter said he did t know if or when that might occur a i spoke to him last night and congratulated him on a wonderful speech a the president said of Kennedy who dropped out of tile race monday night after losing the crucial rules vote on an Quot open convention a Kennedy has caused the Carter forces a utile trouble Here following the Quot open convention Quot fight the senators speech on the platform prompted the convention to adopt his positions and repudiate Carter s on the Economy the Mon aked about Kennedy s support Day night As he returned to White House from five Days at equal rights amendment and abortion asked tuesday the White House from rive Days a the presidential Retreat at Camp David. Md., Carter replied Quot that a a decision for him to and does he need that support he was asked Quot i can win much better with Carter replied Quot it would certainly be beneficial for me to have his full support during tile Campaign Quot there were some signs however that not All Kennedy a supporters would go along with a Kennedy endorsement Kennedy a Deputy Campaign director former Wisconsin gov. Pat Lucey resigned As a Delegate and said he would consider supporting inde pendent candidate John Anderson a machinists Union official said some members who Are delegates would walk out during Carter s acceptance speech to protest the president s economic policies. Kennedy la an impassioned speech that electrified the conventions tuesday session called for a party Victory in the fall but of in red no direct endorsement of Carter after that speech the Conven lion was momentarily his. But it was a shallow Victory his pres Dent la bid rejected Rod his major platform Plank a pumped by Carter labor Secretary Ray Marshall said Carter would formally notify the convention today that he cannot accept a Plank calling for a $12 billion Federal program to create 800,000 jobs. That Plank was the see Carter Psi a a who shot j.r.? contest do you think you know who shot j r. Ewing9 then you can win $250 in Oil mock or Cash first prize Hoo in Western Wear or Cash second prize or too third prizes of a j. R Ewing poster today s suspect Alan beam will be found in a Coupon on Page 7a. Coupons save $2.30 last week those shoppers clipping food and grocery coupons from wednesdays editions of the Gazette Telegraph realized $2 30 in savings you too can clip the coupons from today a paper before visiting your favorite supermarket. Weather turning cooler with increasing Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight and thursday details on Page a whats inside classified. 7g-sh comic. A so crossword. Editorial. So entertain mint. 2-3g financial. S-12b food .18-129 Moroa Cope. Too Lif Estyl a a mss a a a a a a a a jump sports i to television. Too twelve sections 124 pages 8% increase City wage plan gains approval census worker swindle alleged related stories Page 2a by Glenn Urban it staff writer one local census worker May have thrown off the local head count of residents by As Many As four dozen people in an attempt to swindle Money from the Federal government it was reported tuesday. Fred Bland director of the four county census Region of Elpaso Teller Pueblo and Douglas counties confirmed tuesday that he and Fri officials have locked up records for As Many As eight domiciles because of the fraud allegations. If necessary those Homes will be recounted Bland said Bland said the forms in doubt can include no More than 15 census tracts and a total of eight domiciles. The Bureau is finding the average number of people in a domicile is about 2.8, Bland said. One census worker is linked to the alleged fraud by id said during a press Cor Spence at the four seasons motor inn. The investigation began when a former census worker told the Fri that another worker was fudging on the count Bland said. The suspected worker earlier filed some reports that had to be corrected after Cross checking showed errors Bland said Bland said the Case is Quot unpleasant for the census District and he called the press conference because he wants to Quot keep the Community informed a a the alleged incident apparently took place while the local census office was mopping up its operations and making last time Calls on houses from which the office had been unable to get information earlier said Bland. The records in doubt Are the census forms filled out for households and employee vouchers for work and mileage expenses while gathering the information said Bland the records Are being kept in a room adjacent to the local census Bureau office in the Garden Valley Complex secured by a door with two locks. One Beis being held by Bland and the other by the local Fri office. Bland said he Learned about the Case Friday when the Fri showed up at his office and started to look into the incident a jurisdictional dispute arose almost at once leading to the impounding of the records in the doubly secured room. Bland said that under Federal Law census workers cannot reveal information they collect Bland said he is under oath to keep the information secret. The penalty for divulging information to an unauthorized person is a $5,000 Fine and five years in jail said Bland. A i done to have any of either to apart he said he cooperated As far As he could with the Fri but would not permit agents to see the census forms. He did allow them to look at the vouchers he said. He and the Fri then agreed to Send the jurisdictional dispute to higher officials. Both agencies Are Federal bureaus a census is in the department of Commerce the Fri is in the depart ent of Justice by Dick Foster it staff writer a proposed $5 5 million 1981 pay raise package for about 2,Soo Colorado Springs City employees and utilities department workers received preliminary approval tuesday from City Council. The raises would provi e total wages and benefits of about $83 2 million next year for the City a work Force excepting top administrative positions the proposed wage package is computed on a base increase of $ percent but Council members were Quick to emphasize that some employees would receive More than 8 percent some would receive less and some would receive no raises at All. Raises Are granted annually based on a City Survey of salaries paid in various other Colorado City governments utilities operations and in the private sector. Colorado Springs City workers who Are underpaid in comparison with those entities receive raises but no raises Are Given City employees shown by the comparisons to be overpaid. The package Drew some criticism from a chamber of Commerce City budget study committee and some concern from Council members who Are anticipating a recession induced decline in City revenues next year Quot have we Given any consideration to dividing the raise into two Steps a asked councilman Peter Susemihl. Quot we could give part of it at the beginning of the year and another increase later if or when the sales tax revenues Start to increase again a k City manager George Fellows told Sua Mihi Quot we have never made employee raises contingent on the City a revenues. What the City can pay with the revenues should be one thing but we be insisted on an accurate Survey of what should be paid and that s another thing Quot a a in be got to agree with the mayor that we can to penalize our employees because of economic conditions said Susemihl Quot but i done to think All the citizens should be put in hard times because of it. A a we re seeing everyone cutting Back. Private businesses Are unable to give raises and people Are buying cheaper at the super Market and i think we a ought to Bear this economic sacrifice including our City vice mayor Michael Bird said he suggested the two step raises a during our last recession a but the plan was rejected. A we could perhaps go Back Over the reasons Why we done to consider it a viable alternative a Bird said. Two Industrial relations officers from private companies in Colorado Springs questioned the size of salaries paid to City employees and whether the City is paying its workers too much Duane Slocum of Western forge said a Survey of 24 City Job classifications that could be directly matched with private Sec tor jobs showed the City paid higher starting salaries than the private sector in ail 24 cases Quot when we weighted the positions taking All employees of each classification and dividing by their current salaries the City was still higher than the private sector in 11 see pay Page a

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