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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - July 17, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Near chair City state cautious on 1-85 changes by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer Thomasville a n c. Highway department official indicated tuesday that the state would be unhappy about changing the location of the proposed new interstate 85 South of Thomasville. He said however that the final decision will be based largely on the outcome of a Public hearing scheduled for aug. 12 in the chair City. The department a is not seriously considering looking at alternatives if we already own the right of Way Quot said Highway department representative Bill Caddell. Caddell. Who is the departments assistant Secretary for transportation planning added a but we must consider the environmental Impact of the Highway route. Serious opposition both from Thomasville planning officials and residents of fair Grove has developed Over the impending construction of the new interstate approved in 1965. Caddell noted that changing the route at this Point would pose a heavy financial Burden on department finances since Over $500,000 has already been spent to acquire land along the approved route. A change at this time. Caddell said a puts it on the shoulders of someone else i land owners further South of the proposed route who planned to develop their property Thomasville planning officials object to the location of the proposed route saying it would Sandwich the City Between temporary 85 on its Northern Edge and the new six Lane Highway on its Southern extremity. Fairgrove residents Are concerned that the Highway would bring to their Community noise and pollution As Well As destroy an old residential area located along the proposed route. Caddell indicated that if there was a change in plans it would come As a result of the new environmental Impact study. Eis required under Federal regulations to measure the Impact of Road construction on the environment. The requirement he noted was instituted by the Federal government after the original 1965 route approval was made. Quot a revised Eis depends on the objections of the local Caddell said. He added that the Highway should be started As soon As possible in order to get Federal funds. A Congress is anxious to get the interstate system finished in order to move onto the problems of Urban mass he said. Thomasville City councilman Charles Banes asked whether objections that May be raised at the aug. 12 hearing could delay the construction of the Highway and thus jeopardize chances for securing needed Federal Money. Quot we Aren t going to run roughshod Over anyone in order to comply with a plan a Caddell replied. He said the wishes of area residents and the Impact on the environment would be the department s primary consideration. Caddell s comments came during the opening session of the newly formed transportation advisory commission tac at the Thomasville City Hall. Composed of City Council representatives from High Point. Thomasville Archdale and Jamestown the commission has been set up to advise and coordinate Road construction in and Between the four participating member cities. Eanes is the Thomasville representative on the commission. U i g h p 0 i n t he wednesday afternoon july 17, 1974 Section d Westchester plans ahead of schedule by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer plans for widening of Westchester drive May move into the construction stage a Little sooner than expected according to information Given High Point officials tuesday. The Outlook for the Harrison Street project is not As Bright although both Board of transportation member Robert Vaughn and w. F. Caddell assistant Secretary for planning. State dept of transportation assured City officials the project is receiving frequent and careful attention. Beyond these two crucial projects the Outlook for the proposed East Belt bypass is in terms of years. A maybe my children will see it a Vaughn said department of transportation officials assured those at the session called by councilman Bob Wells chairman of the Public works committee. That the Linden Al Bertson Street segment of the inner Loop is on the state s schedule. The discussion at the 4-City roads Board organized by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer Thomasville the cities of High Point Thomasville Archdale and Jamestown have formed a new inter Community commission to coordinate planning for Road and Highway construction in and Between the four communities. Representatives from the City councils of the four cities met tuesday at the Thomasville City Hall to form the transportation advisory commission tac. Each City Council member will act As Liaison with the commission to keep his respective City Council apprised of developments in transportation planning Bill Caddell. Assistant for transportation planning for the North Carolina Highway dept., explained that the commission will prevent a City Council from being caught by Surprise by a plan that it might not want. He added that the cities technical staffs planning departments will play a Large part in planning for Road construction in the area a you Are policy Caddell told the newly formed group he noted that their recommendations would be considered by the state Highway department which will in turn make recommendations for funding from the Federal Highway commission. High Point City councilman Bob Wells was unanimously elected chairman of the four City commission Wells who was introduced to the idea of a transportation advisory commission Only the Day before joked upon being elected. Quot i went from being a an sex member of something to chairman of this committee Quot Caddell explained the function of the commission. Said the Lead Agency would logically be the largest City. The chairmanship he said. However should be on a rotating basis High Point was named Lead Agency. A the purpose of tac Quot Caddell added Quot is to supplement the present Road planning program identify the problems that might occur and assure coordination Between participating member High Point City planner Jerry Yarborough selected As Secretary explained to members the working organizational manual that had been drawn up by area governmental organizations. Referred to As the Quot unified work plan Quot the volume details All factors in the planning and request in of state and Federal Aid in Road be 4-Cjty on 2d school report shows remedial students Advance by Ven Carver Enterprise staff writer remedial math and Reading programs operated by the High Point school system last year both proved highly successful according to a report recently prepared by school officials Here but one of the instructional programs designed to improve Reading skills for subpar Junior and senior High school students May not be continued next year. Or. James Surratt assistant superintendent of the school system Here said today that the future of the Reading program depends on Federal applications and approval by state officials in Raleigh the other remedial classes however will certainly be a part of the curriculum next term. Or Surratt reported. Installed in the elementary grades the second program provides special instruction for pupils having difficulty with mathematics. Last year according to the report prepared by City school officials most of the 581 students in the remedial math program showed significant improvement. For Lack of funds remedial instruction was furnished for Only one semester at each elementary school. Still 55 per cent of the pupils enrolled made the equivalent of one years improvement on one Standard mathematics test. Since the program Only lasted for one semester the report also notes the percentage of students achieving the equivalent of five months Progress on the same test. The proportion is much higher 79 per cent. Both or. Surratt and Jacqueline Garner elementary supervisor were favourably impressed by the remedial math program. A i think some of the things that made us feel very Good Quot is Garner said a Are indications that can to be measured on achievement tests. There were attitudinal changes that were evident when the students went Back into their regular math is. Garner believes these changes were the result of the child a Success in the remedial program which emphasizes individual achievement. Checks made later by the remedial math teachers she said indicate that the children continued to improve in the regular classroom environment. Eleven teachers and la aides will be employed next year for the remedial math program about twice the number working last term. The Federal government is providing the Money some $210,000, through the emergency school assistance act. Money for the remedial Reading program last year was channelled through the same act. Upon application for funds for the coming year however an allocation for the second program was denied or. Surratt said the reason for the cancellation was a matter of priorities Quot like the math program the High school Reading instruction lasted Only five months in each secondary school. During that period. 62 per cent of the senior High participants and 67 per cent of the Junior High students advanced five months on a Standard Reading test. The same test showed a year s advancement of 48 per cent of the Junior High students and 38 per cent by the senior High students. A the ambitious goal of 50 per cent of the students achieving a year s growth in the Reading program not exceeding one semester was missed by a margin of Only two per cent for the Large group of Junior High school students a the report notes. There were 167 Junior and 142 senior High school participants. Because the request for funds for the Reading instruction has been denied under Esa a. Surratt said the school system is making application under another Federal act the elementary and secondary education act. He noted however that state officials will have to give the final word on the application submitted by the school authorities Here. Even then the program is somewhat in doubt for the act is scheduled to expire sept. 30. To revive it. Congress will have to pass a see remedial on 20 luncheon at the Southern furniture marketing Center included the proposed relocation of 1-85 from its present route to a new site Southeast of the City and interchanges to Channel traffic into the City. Vaughn urged that the City consider at this time the possibility of supporting a current recommendation for an interchange with . 311 in the Archdale area and then work toward other Access Points. Caddell suggested that the City could in the future work toward a possible interchange for the proposed East Belt route. He told Wells mayor Paul Clapp. Councilman Sam Burford. City manager Harold Cheek and others attending the meeting that the Westchester drive project which Calls for widening of that two Lane Road from the area of English Road to North main Street is a on schedule and could possibly be started sooner. Caddell said that from his viewpoint the Westchester project a is All Clear Quot and that he foresees no other problems. He is Quot real optimistic about the project and expects it Quot to move very noting that widening of Westchester was originally planned for the 1976 year. Caud Deu said it is possible the construction could come As Early As april. May or june of 1975 since some other projects have been held up under court orders and the state does not like to carry funds Over. Vaughn asserted that the project a has top priority and he assured City officials that it will not be set Back a problem which could arise for some projects due to financial problems caused by inflation and below estimate revenues. The state Road officials were sympathetic about the Harrison Street project which Calls for widening of Man charged with shooting victim fair Martha Viola Morris 43, of s Elm Street was listed in fair condition today in the intensive care unit of High Point memorial Hospital after being shot four times in the Abdomen tuesday evening Daniel Hugh Bostic. 28, of Ennis Street was taken into custody at 7 40 p a soon after the shooting he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Police said Bostic told them that he and his sister had been threatened by is Morris and her son on see plan on 2d that Road from the end of the present four Lane segment to Mon lieu Avenue however the state was unable to offer Concrete Assurance of when the project will reach construction stage. Caddell said the staff and the Board of transportation Are Quot acutely involved in this project and Are aware of the City s needs Vaughn noted that there is never a meeting of the planning committee without this project coming up for discussion. The Harrison Street project is a segment of the East College drive link in the intermediate Loop. It lies within the Urban renewal area and it had been scheduled for completion in 1975. High Point had expected to receive one million in Urban renewal credits from the project but it was omitted from the seven year Road program the state is following the omission Means that High Point is faced with appropriating $1 million to meet its Urban renewal obligations Vaughn said the project is a different Quot and Caddell noted it is a part of High Point s major system. Vaughn also noted the value of agreements with the state before projects Are started since these a More or less obligate the state Quot mayor Clapp pointed out the City already has drawings of the proposed project and also has 98 per cent of the rights of Way needed asked if it would help if the City brought its drawings to the state for review. Cheek said the City had sought a commitment even Defore the Urban renewal project got under Way and emphasized the need to get the work under Way. The City manager noted that one hearing a been held and asked if this would meet qualifications for one be Westchester on 2dl ii $ in ii i i Money Pinch jeopardizes Road projects by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer if North Carolina dept of transportation is to keep the state s Road program up with the wants of the people it s got to have More Revenue state a Board of transportation member Robert Vaughn a said tuesday following a meeting with High $ Point City officials Vaughn said the dept of transportation is now x thinking of informing the general Assembly of % the need for additional funds by a playing them i the facts on the the general Assembly would be asked to find a a Way to provide finances for the program Vaughn a said. He said the dept of transportation now needs a Hoo million More in order to keep up with current plans. The dept of transportation wants to a expose a the general Assembly to the situation Quot which a a includes the problems of rising costs of a a construction and rights of Way and the receiving i it of less Revenue than expected. Although both increased tax funds and Bonds have been discussed the final answer would be in a the hands of the general Assembly Vaughn said. The problems connected with Lack of funds also a cropped up during the meeting attended by High Point mayor Paul Clapp. Councilman Bob Wells chairman of the Public works committee councilman Sam Burford and a number of other a officials. Vaughn noted that some projects already in a planning stages May have to be deferred for some time in the Wake of rising costs due to a inflation and the shrinking of incoming revenues Juhe said the inflation bite is about 25 per cent. A he also stated the dept of transportation so seven year program could be As much As $100 million Short. A a it is Vaughn said a Way in the Hole now a ii i i a thing of Beauty. Doubts voiced about effects of City program by Regina Whittington Enterprise staff writer a anything will get priority Over a tree a widened intersections paved Golf paths a something always comes up and the tree goes mrs. Rachel Gray speaking from a position that she has held for Many More years than she has been a High Point City councilwoman proposed recently the need for the City to have More interest in a beautification program. High Points beautification is not a new interest. A there have always been the Garden clubs Quot mrs. Gray said in a recent interview a and there used to be a lot of plots that they kept up around the City. But with City parking lots and general expansion these were taken up a a the Garden clubs still exist but two years ago the High Point beautification Assn was formed from a group of citizens interested in High Point s facial features. In addition to this 13-member body last september the City hired a Horticulturist to oversee beautification under the auspices of the Parks and recreation dept. Mrs. Gray says this growth is Good a but More should be done. Ten years ago As president of the High Point Garden Council she went to the City Council asking that Trees be planted downtown. Nothing was done now on the other end of the situation she suggested at the last High Point committee Council meeting that perhaps funds could be allocated in the 1975-76 budget to make beautification a separate department from Parks and recreation. Part of this funding mrs. Gray says could go toward hiring a beautification coordinator to work under Sam Claar the City Horticulturist As of now Claar said recently his staff consists of three permanent workers including himself he has borrowed two men from another Parks and recreation division and has several summer workers but this still does not allow him enough time to coordinate area Garden club efforts. A the work is Light right now Quot Claar said a because we re getting ready to Plant in the but with nearly five Square Miles of City property to maintain the work Load is never really Light a the coordinator Quot Claar said would set up a priority list and visit Garden clubs to see who could work on various projects a was it is now Quot he said a they members of Garden clubs Call me up and ask what they can do. Its hard to coordinate All their activities and do my work at the same the current concern among circles interested in High Points beautification is not so much whether there Are enough people to carry it out but whether the first project undertaken by the beautification Assn is a step toward or away from beautifying the City. The project inherited by Claar when he was hired consists of the Trees and planters along main Street initiated by the previous City Council most of the complaints by residents have been toward the result not the thought. The major grievance beautification Assn chairman c. H. Brown said recently is about the color of the planters. The color was selected by the beautification Assn. Council composed of voting members from the association and nonvoting representatives from City departments. Marvin Keith Parks and recreation dept director and a representative on the Council said debate on the color was intense but a Compromise was finally reached the planters Are Gold except for Maroon ones along the Bridge at the Railroad station on main Street. The criticism has had results. Claar and his Crew Are painting the planters a Sand color. Work should be completed by the end of the month. The new Neutral tone will blend into the sidewalk better Brown said and perhaps people will notice the Trees see doubts on 2d Sam Claar City Horticulturist works with azaleas at High Point City Lake photo by Sonny hot Hecock

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