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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Escanaba, Michigan Conference Cloudy preview the 19th annual u. P. Safety conference will be held in Escanaba on a Page 3 mostly Cloudy tonight Chance of showers. A Page 2prep Golf Tennis and track tournament previews can be found on Page 12. Close Power Plant Escanaba a a engineering consultant is recommending that the City of Escanaba consider closing its Power Plant. City manager James Hauser or. Said today that Dennis Eicher Power systems engineering inc., Green Bay wis., made the recommendation because the City can buy electricity Quot substantially cheaper than it can operate its own Plant. Hauser said purchasing Power would require construction of at least one transmission line to the generating source but Quot even with the Cost of this Power line added to the Cost of electricity it still would be cheaper to Purchase rather than produce. Building a transmission line could take several years according to Eicher so decisions must be made now Hauser said. The City a Coal fired generating Plant will be 30 years old in 1988. With growing maintenance and repair costs As the Plant Ages and a life expectancy of Only another 10-to-15 years Eicher Nas been evaluating Power alternatives for the City to consider for the past several years. The Plant experienced a major breakdown april 16 and is currently being operated at about half capacity while repairs continue. In a report to the City Council during an executive session of a special meeting wednesday night at the civic Center Hauser said Eicher cited three sources a Cliffs electric service co., Wisconsin electric Power co., and upper Peninsula Power co. A that can produce Energy Quot substantially cheaper than the City can generate it. Council told Eicher to have final recommendations ready by May 29. Hauser said a meeting will be scheduled with Eicher shortly after the recommendations Are received so a decision can be made on the City a future source of electricity and on what to do with the Power Plant. Quot this will be a major decision a Hauser said comparable to the one that was made in 1956 by the City Council to build the generating Plant. Quot a decision made at this time will clearly influence the City a future for at least 20 years. A closing the Power Plant would eliminate about 30 jobs. Quot by purchasing Energy the City would be relying on Power lines to outside sources a he continued. Quot Power lines Are vulnerable to wind and ice storms As Well As to vandalism and fire. Therefore the outstanding reliability the City residents have come to enjoy Over the past 30 years would no longer be under the City a direct control. Quot yet As we have seen our Power Plant is subject to breakdown. There was Only one boiler failure during the first 25 years at the plan but in the past three years we have experienced two breakdowns. The need therefore for a second Power line to guarantee a backup source May be vital to guarantee the reliability our City has come to expect and our manufacturers have come to rely construction contracts approved by Bay Board by Debbie Boudreau daily press staff Escanaba a after extended discussion contracts for construction of the new learning resources Center at Bay de Noc Community College were approved wednesday night by the College Board of trustees. Two of the bids accepted were not the lowest received and the Board divided four to three in deciding the electrical contract. Champion inc., of Iron Mountain was awarded the general contract with a bid of $2,570,000. Kobas electric of Escanaba received the electrical contract with a bid of $299,802. Industrial piping co., Escanaba was the successful bidder on the mechanical contract for $622,000. Total of the three bids accepted was $3,491,802. Financing for the project will come from a $750,000 state appropriation plus a $3.5 million Bond Issue approved by the Board of trustees in january. The Champion inc., bid for general construction was $98,800 higher than the Low bid of p g. Miron construction co., inc., Appleton wis., according to a Tabula Tion of did opened May 7, but College president Dwight link recommended the Board accept the higher bid because Champion inc., Nas Quot the ability to perform the project Well because of available men equipment and in addition Champion is located closer to the work site link said which May enhance decision making his report also stated that More Confidence was fostered in Champion inc., after interviews with representatives of the two companies. A we also found that the difference in dollars Between the two bids is not Clear because of possible diverse specification interpretation. However the True nature of the differences must await the contract stage Quot he said. The bid includes construction of an auditorium and installation of triple glazed windows in the new building both of which were bid As alternates on the specifications. Champion projected to finish the project within 360 Days but link added that it is unclear at this time if the company is Basing its projection on business clays he did say however that preparations for see Bay on Page 2 the daily press thursday May 15,1986 Escanaba Michigan one Section 18 pages 35 cents a Cove most 9h� Thi Oak y pass arc continues to look for director seventeen take the witness stand by Carol Marcella daily press staff Manistique a seventeen witnesses were called to the stand wednesday in the second Day of testimony in the murder and kidnapping trial of Darin Lee Winkle. Winkle 20, grass Lake is charged with the Jan. 20 slaying of his father Lyle Spencer Winkle 55, Manistique. He also is charged with kidnapping Amy Carlton 14, Manistique. Gerald Belleville a toll collector on the Mackinac Bridge was one of the witnesses called by county prosecutor Peter Hollenbeck. Belleville said he was notified Between 5 a m. And 7 a in. On Jan. 21 to be on the Lookout for a Young couple driving a yellow Dodge or Chevrolet pickup truck. He said he remembered such a vehicle had gone Over the Bridge 15 minutes to half an hour before the Call. He remembered the vehicle he said because the Driver did no to have enough Money to pay the toll. Quot we talked for a few minutes a Belleville testified. Quot he seemed quite Calm. He had about $1.20 in change and had no trouble counting it out. He communicated quite Well. A Belleville said he made up the 30 cent difference and the couple crossed the Bridge. A it Wasny to until the girl told police that a toll collector had Given them Money to Cross the Bridge that i tied it All together a he said. Under Cross examination by defense attorney Bruce Plackowski Belleville testified that Winkle was driving the car while Amy Carlton was sitting on the far Side. A a person probably could have had the Opportunity to leave the truck if she had thought of it a he said. He said he noticed nothing unusual about the Baha Vior of either person. A Young Man who picked up Carlton near Ann Arbor after she had been dropped off by Winkle was called to the stand by Hollenbeck. Patrick Tanner of Pinconning mich., said he was driving from his Job at Whitmore Lake to Ann Arbor and was turning his truck off the freeway when he saw Carlton. A i saw a Young girl standing by the Road. She kept looking at me and Back at something. I saw something taking off hut did no to pay any attention. I Wasny to going to Stop but she walked into the Road in front of my truck a he said. Tanner testified Carlton walked to the passenger Side door and tried to open it. A she kept pulling on the handle and i get it unlocked. She wanted to get in real bad a he said. Tanner said Carlton was nervous and upset and had a bad Cut on her hand when she got in the truck she told him she had been kidnapped and that a Man had been stabbed and she did no to know if he was dead Tanner told jurors she asked Tanner to take her to the police he said. Quot she said shed never been across the Bridge before and had no idea where she was a Tanner said. Tanner drove Carlton to the Ann Arbor police station. Det. Sgt. William Canada Ann Arbor police department testified that he interviewed Carlton. He said Carlton a Story was confirmed by state police at the Manistique Post. Canada said he notified Law enforcement agencies there to be on the look out for Winkle and the truck Ana estimated that 20 minutes had passed from the time Carlton was dropped off by Winkle. Quot i was concerned about her because she was acting bewildered and kind of quiet. She was Able to communicate but i thought she might be in Shock a he said. See trial on Page 2 discrepancies Hurt Der Boss says budget work must Start soon by Chip Olsen daily press staff Escanaba a the interim director of the department of natural resources said wednesday he does not have time to wait for a june discussion of natural resources commission spending priorities before initiating work on the 1987-88 budget. Meeting at the ramada inn Gordon Guyer told the natural resources commission that discrepancies in its priority list must be addressed quickly. Quot i done to have much time a he said. A i want to have an Impact. I think this Issue is terribly important to the future of this commissioner David Olson Marquette raised the question stating he Felt the priority list unfairly favors environmental Protection considerations Over recreation resources. Commissioner Karry Hammer of Clarkston said with so much consideration for bolstering tourism in the state Quot its absurd to spend so Little on chairman o. Stewart Myers of Bitely said two things Are to blame methods of setting priorities and budget restraints. Health Ana welfare Are the first consideration followed by resources management and lastly recreation he said. A probable drop in Federal assistance and Money already earmarked restricts funding of new projects he said the first consideration must be for the health and welfare of Michigan citizens said Myers. He said the commission by no Means intends to sacrifice welfare for recreation. However the priority procedure has been in effect for so Long that Quot we re getting out of More and More Money goes toward environmental Protection at the expense of recreation like Hunting and fishing he said. Olson added that if the commission did not attempt some reconciliation it could expect opposition from conservation groups that have been very helpful in the past. Olson presented evidence that since 1976 there has been a considerable depreciation in the status of state Parks Forest fire control and wildlife management. There have been marked reductions of personnel in All those Fields and in More that Are related he said. The commissioners will set aside time during their june meeting to discuss the situation. Guyer said he very much encourages that discussion but meanwhile he will begin budget work without them. The City s newest super grocery store now open Escanaba a the City a newest grocery store opened its doors for usinessat9a in today. Glens Market and family Center located on North Lincoln Road is the 17th store All of them in Michigan owned by the Gaylord based grocery store Chain construction on the 42,000 Square foot $2.5 million facility began Early last fall and was completed just in time for the More than 1,500 that showed up for wednesday nights open House at the store. The store will employ 130 persons with almost half of those being full time by the end of summer according to Glen a Catt 39, senior vice president and general manager of the grocery Chain the store is owned by red owl inc., Hopkins minn., and is being leased by Glens the building was constructed for red owl by dial enterprises. Inc of Omaha neb., owners of the Delta Plaza. It is part of an $8 7 million development program involving the shopping Center area the project was financed in part by a Urban development action Grant retrieved by the City of Escanaba from the . Department of housing and Urban development Glens local management team includes District manager Robert Warner who moved to Escanaba after being store manager in Gaylord store manager Jeff out Cher who had been manager of Glens Market in Lewiston employment specialist Kevin Hansen who had been based in Gaylord and co assistant managers Ken Hedglin and Tom Sawiski Hedglin formerly managed the country store for red owl at Delta Plaza. The Escanaba store will be open to it a m. To Midnight 361 Days a year the store will close on Christmas Day new years Day thanksgiving and easter. Glens also recently purchased two other stores in the upper Peninsula one in Iron Mountain and the other in St. Ignace by the associated press and daily press staff Escanaba a efforts Are continuing in the search for a new director of the department of natural resources but appointment is unlikely before july according to the Michigan natural resources commission. The arc began a three Day meeting at the ramada inn with a discussion of the search procedures for a new director. The arc rescheduled its May meeting from Lansing to Escanaba so that commissioners could attend dedication ceremonies today at the Champion Mill in Quinnesec. A special state House panel chaired by rep. Thomas Scott a Flint was formed to probe Der operations after director Ronald Skoog resigned last month. The Agency has been plagued by years of leadership problems and internal squabbling. Gordon Guyer will serve As interim director until Skoogh a successor is selected by the commission which oversees the department. Commissioner Marlene Fluharty told the panel wednesday the arc is compiling a list of Job qualifications for submission to an Independent search firm which will choose several candidates for consideration. Those people along with candidates suggested by commissioners eventually will be narrowed to a Field of three to five finalists. Quot Well review them with the governor and then the commission itself will make a selection a she said. The search firm will be chosen through a bid process and is expected to Cost about $50,000, Laharty said. Quot in order for us to do the fairest Job and find the widest Field of candidates i think it s appropriate to have a search firm. To remove the political Bias professional Bias any Bias that might exist a she said. Gov. James Blanchard has said head like to appoint the director of the Agency that oversees environmental natural resources and recreation programs. A Bill has been introduced to Transfer the appointing authority from the seven member commission to the governor. The commissioners oppose such a move although they said Blanchard will be consulted. Quot i think we should emphasize that the com Mission is going to appoint the director but we re going to do it with the cooperation of the governor a said commissioner David Olson of Marquette. Quot i believe strongly that whatever decision the commission makes with regard to the director he or she should be someone the governor can live with a said commission chairman Thomas Anderson. Blanchard and others say gubernatorial appointments would make the director More responsible to the governor and Michigan residents. But the commissioners claim the director must make sensitive environmental decisions and should be shielded from the political process. Commissioner Kerry Hammer also discussed his proposal to split the Der into two separate departments one for environmental Protection and the other for recreation programs. Scott said the committee will hold two More meetings to hear from sports groups and Der employees. A a in a not looking for any testimony blaming the Der. In a looking for constructive ideas a Scott said. Open for business a Glen s Market and family Center located on North Lincoln Road officially opened for business this morning. Construction of the 42,000 Square foot $2.5 million facility began Early last fall. Store is owned by red owl inc., Hopkins minn., and is being leased by Glens a Gaylord based grocery store Chain. Daily press photo interim director a Gordon Guyer will serve As interim director of the Michigan department of natural resources until a successor for former director Ronald Skoog can be found. Skoog resigned his position in april. The arc held its May meeting at ramada inn in Escanaba so that commissioners could attend dedication ceremonies today at the Champion Mill in Quinnesec. It is unlikely that a director will be appointed before july according to the Michigan natural resources commission. Daily press photo

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