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Fairfield Ledger (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Fairfield, Iowa Council talks about slow Snow removal learning to toot their flute for a longer period of time Are Fairfield High school music students Tami Yanda left and Sheila Jackson. Professional flautist Anton Ruskin held a workshop tuesday afternoon for flute students and demonstrated proper breathing techniques that enable a flautist to hold a note longer play a note louder and in general have More control Over their instrument. Ruskin is a member of the Trio sonata who performed for the Fairfield Community concert series photo Cardinal Bond Sale a favourable a Eldon a Bonds to finance a new elementary attendance Center were sold at a favourable interest rate of 8.84061 percent during a Sale conducted tuesday noon by the Cardinal Community school District. The successful bidder on the $1,150,000 Bond Issue was Griffin Kubik Stevens and Thompson inc., Chicago investment Bankers. Sealed bids were submitted by three other firms. Wendell Johnson superintendent of the Cardinal District termed it a tremendous Sale. A we thought we might have to pay 9vfe or to percent a he said. The proposed new building has been in limbo for More than two years but Johnson believes the picture will soon change and he is hopeful construction can begin As soon As the weather permits. District voters first approved a $2,165,000 Bond Issue during an election held in december 1980. Since then plans for the new building have been modified to keep he project within the districts bonding limits. The latest delay came in mid december 1982, when an estimated 200 residents signed a petition opposing Board plans to refinance existing Bonds and sell the new Bonds. School directors said it was necessary to refinance existing Bonds because the District is prevented by Law from levying More than $2.70 per thousands of assessed valuation. Because of the petition directors called off a Bond Sale scheduled dec. 21. At the same time they Learned that it would not be necessary to refinance because of lower than expected bids on the new building. Henningsen construction co. Of Atlantic submitted a Low bid of $886,005, a figure which fell More than $300,000 under the architects estimate. Because of the Legal questions which have been raised the Board has submitted the whole matter to the state Appeal Board for Resolution. Members of the Appeal Board will conduct a hearing feb. 15 at i . At Cardinal High school and Johnson is optimistic that the Way will be Clear to begin construction. A we would Hope to have a decision in two weeks or less a Johnson said. The Cardinal Board signed a tentative contract with the builder tuesday subject to a favourable decision by the Appeal Board. Johnson said the Henningsen bid covers the entire project with the exception of the sewage disposal system. That work will be let separately he added. The new building will be constructed on the High school grounds North of the High school building. The facility will take the place of existing elementary buildings in Eldon and Batavia. By John w. Rennedy charging that the present City policy is ineffective second Ward councilman Bruce Lyon tuesday night recommended the City Council devise a new ordinance to Deal with sidewalk Snow removal. The Council did not act on the proposal. A i done to believe that half the people in Fairfield have shovelled their sidewalks a Lyon said. A if you drive around you see the same thing ail Over town. I think there a More in shovelled sidewalks than in be Ever seen before. A i done to believe our ordinance is doing the Job a Lyon continued. A can we change the ordinance to Speed up the process Lyon said the present ordinance allows a lengthy time lapse and by the time the City can take action the Snow has melted. The current ordinance states it is the responsibility of the property owner to remove any accumulation from sidewalks before the Snow or ice has remained on the sidewalks for 12 hours. If accumulation remains on sidewalks for 12 hours or More the City May after serving notice by registered mail on the owner or occupant of the property remove the Snow or ice. The expense is to be paid by the property owner. If the owner fails to pay the City after being billed for the removal the Cost May be assessed against the property and collected As a special assessment. Lyon said he could find 300 sidewalks in the City still in shovelled. Public works director Bob Moore said going to the courthouse finding the names of 300 property owners and mailing them notices would be time consuming. He also questioned whether his seven member Street Crew could capably remove Snow from so Many walks. Mayor pro Tern Philip a it ibo Young agreed the City department is burdened enough removing Snow from streets after a storm that it does no to have time to clean walks Lyon suggested inexpensive manpower to shovel Snow is available through the workfare program at a Cost of 57 cents an hour to the City. Under the program started in Jefferson county two months ago some welfare recipients must work in order to receive monthly Grants. Lyon thought perhaps residents Are out of the habit of shovelling since Little Snow has fallen this Winter but he said the Council should take some action for safety reasons. A i drove Down sixth Street and there happened to be a Bunch of kids in the Street a Lyon said. A i wondered Why in the hell they were in the Street and then i saw Why. The sidewalks weren to shovelled on either Side. Now this is four Days after the Young not wanting to propose any Hasty ordinance change advised Council members to study the problem. He said the City normally does no to have to Cope with a nine Inch snowfall in a two Day period. A if someone does no to remove their Snow in 24 hours they re not going to do it a Lyon kills three Sioux City kids Burlington nuke production Des Moines Iowa apr though its considered a extremely unlikely a Federal officials Are studying a plan which would shift the bulk of the nuclear weapons construction in the . To an ammunition Plant near Burlington congressional staffers said wednesday. A one of the options considered was movement of some or All of those capabilities to Burlington a said Bill Tate a staffer for . Rep. Jim Leach a Iowa. Though Tate said ifs a extremely unlikely the shift would take place he added a no final decision has been the Issue surfaced because of increases in Federal spending on defense. Tate said most of the nuclear weapons in the country Are assembled at a Plant near Amarillo Texas but the defense buildup forced officials to consider an expansion of that facility. As part of the planning process for expanding the Texas facility Tate said officials were required to consider other alternatives that might be More economical. One option studied was the movement of the entire facility to the ammunition Plant near Burlington. A the results of that study indicated that a movement Back would require so much new construction and would be so much More expensive As to make it not economical a Tate said. But while Tate said movement of vitality fund looks unlikely Des Moines Iowa apr requests for special instructor salary increases at Iowa universities called the a vitality fund and one of the Board of regents highest priorities will Likely be turned Down again a key lawmaker said wednesday. A where Are you going to find the Money a asked rep. Charles Poncy a Ottumwa co chairman of the joint House Senate education appropriation subcommittee. Poncy said the committee following gov. Terry Branstad a recommendation would probably not provide $7 million in each of the next two years to give instructor raises beyond those received by other state employees. Poncy a committee spent the morning wednesday Fielding remarks from Regent members and University presidents who outlined the regents budget and told legislators that the vitality fund is essential. A if Iowa a universities Are to remain the states Best Hope for the future As they Are today we must be Able to compete successfully a with other universities and with business and Industry a for faculty and staff a said James Freedman University of Iowa president. Board president . Brownlee added a if Iowa a universities Are to continue to attract the faculty and staff which its citizens deserve salaries must be he said the Quality of Iowa a universities is in jeopardy unless the vitality fund is approved. The regents last year requested a $14 million per year fund for teacher raises but legislators rejected it. Brownlee said the salary position of Iowa instructors has improved Slighly in comparison to other universities a Only because of severe funding problems in other Poncy said he was sympathetic. A gee originally i was such a Strong supporters of the salary fund he said. A but in today s Economy everyone is going to have to put off raises into the future. A if you approve a vitality fund you re going to have to deny the Money somewhere else in the budget. Where that a a hell of a Good question a he said. The regents argue that without extra Money for salaries teachers especially those in business mathematics and computer Fields will be lured away by private business. Poncy said he doubted there was much erosion of University staff. A a nobody a hiring much right rights violations abound Washington apr israelis relations with Arab residents in the occupied territories Are causing significant human rights problems which Are bound to continue until there is a peace Accord a Reagan administration human rights report says. The report singled out communist countries As among the worst abusers of human rights. It said the soviet Union a continues to fall far Short of accepted International standards a and was especially critical of its practices in Afghanistan. Frustrated by their inability to suppress the stubborn resistance soviet troops and Moscow backed afghan forces had begun a increasingly to target and kill the civilian populace in areas of High rebel activity the report said. Prepared by the state department the annual report on the status of human rights in 162 countries showed political repression continued on a Broad scale throughout the world in 1982. Considerable attention is focused on the human rights practices in Israel and other nations that receive substantial amounts of american Aid. Israel received nearly $2.5 billion in . Aid for 1983, More than any other nation. Within its own Borders Israel receives High Marks. The report said Israel is a a parliamentary democracy which guarantees by Law and respects in practice the civil political and religious rights of its but it is in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza strip where problems arise. The report found that a some israeli actions a particularly the dismissal of Public officials a helped to spark violent Public disturbances in the West Bank and Gaza during the first half of the year. The nuclear production to Burlington is unlikely he said Federal officials Haven to ruled it out. Tate said a Leach staffer attended a meeting in Burlington tuesday night where some residents said they were concerned about the potential shifting of the nuclear weapon construction to Burlington. William Allen of Burlington one of those raising questions about the Transfer said the potential of shifting construction to Burlington was Allen said he first Learned of the potential shift from an environmental Impact statement which reviewed the Issue in december. Shooting hogs unjustified judge rules Keosauqua the fact that a Farmers hogs Are Loose and have repeatedly gone onto an adjoining property is not reason enough to shoot them according to Van Buren county District court judge Phillip r. Collett. Judge colletts ruling set punitive damage of $500 and $100, respectively against Charles Weaver and his son John and $2,137.25 for actual damage sustained by Norman Fleagle whose hogs were on the Weaver farm. Fleagle had filed the suit against the weavers and several others who were subsequently dropped from the suit following the shooting incident which occurred in november 1980. According to testimony in the Case. The weavers had chased Fleagle a hogs off their property three times in a two Day period before the shooting started. Killed were nine sows four gilts two pigs and a boar. Forty three Unwe aned pigs of the dead sows subsequently died. Judge Collett ruled that while Iowa Law requires that animals be restrained by the owners the weavers could have brought civil action for damages. A the court is unwilling to condone resorting to the gun As an appropriate remedy a the ruling stated. Fleagle was represented by . Mcgrath with Dennis s. Clark the attorney for the weavers. Sioux City Iowa a three children were killed and the father of two of them was severely burned tuesday night in an apartment fire on the West Side of Sioux City. The father was identified As Jerry Barker 27, an unemployed invalid he was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at St. Luke a regional medical Center. He was undergoing treatment for Burns and smoke inhalation. The children were identified As Sherri Lynn Barker 2, Jody Ann Barker four months and Terry Thompson 3. They died of Carbon monoxide poisoning. The children smother Colleen Thompson was not at Home when the fire broke out. The fire occurred in a two Story Wood Frame Home converted to apartments. Barker is. Thompson and the children lived in the upstairs apartment of the House. The Blaze was reported shortly before 8 . Marie Cole and her husband Earl live next door to the family. Mrs. Cole said Barker came to her Home and banged on the door calling for help. He walked Barefoot through the Snow to her Home a a distance of about 20 Yards. He Only was wearing a pair of pants she said. The upper half of his body was badly burned his hair was singed and Burnt skin was rolling off his arms and Back she said. He Laid Down on a sofa in Coles living room and was in tremendous pain said mrs. Cole who dialled the emergency 911 number. She said Barker was crippled on the left Side of his body which probably prevented him from rescuing the three children a including the four month old baby. A the said a i get the baby out i tried a a mrs. Cole said. She said Barker told her he was asleep when he woke up and found the apartment filled with smoke the cause of the fire had not been determined tuesday night. Authorities said the Blaze was confined to the Northeast Corner of Home and that the investigation would be continued wednesday. Axes and ladders were used to break out windows in the Home to allow dense smoke in the rooms to escape other firefighters wearing air masks searched the apartment looking for the children. The baby and one child were brought out of the apartment at about 8 15. An emergency medical technician stood in the rear of an open ambulance applying Mouth to Mouth resuscitation to the infant before leaving for the Hospital. The last child was carried from the Home by a firefighter a few minutes later. Assistant fire chief Erwin Gould said the fire caused intense smoke and heat although no flames were visible from outside. He said the downstairs neighbors were not to fire Sharon increasing Jerusalem apr faced with mounting pressure to fire defense minister Ariel Sharon the israeli Cabinet met today to review a judicial report blaming Sharon and other military leaders for the massacre of hundreds of palestinians in Beirut. Israel radio said Sharon would propose the Cabinet adopt the judicial panels recommendations to penalize officials at the political level and ignore its demand for the ouster of senior army officers. The radio did not specify whether Sharon would advise that the Cabinet fire him As recommended by the commission. About 400 members of the peace now movement gathered in Tel Aviv to demand Sharon a resignation but hundreds of israelis demonstrated outside the Cabinet building Here in support of Silaron and the rest of the government. Mounted police had to escort ministers past the enthusiastic crowd which pressed around Sharon a car As he arrived for the meeting. Earlier reports in newspapers and on the radio said Sharon was resisting mounting pressure for his resignation. The three Man panel urged prime minister Menachem begin to fire Sharon if he did not step Down voluntarily and israeli newspapers said most Cabinet ministers favored removing the defense minister. Most major newspapers meanwhile urged the government to accept the findings of the commission. Weather Fairfield area forecast tonight Cloudy Low around 20, East wind 5 to to Mph. Thursday Cloudy with a Chance of flurries High in the Low 30s temperatures tuesdays High 35, Low 9 today at noon 35

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