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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, High Point, North Carolina On new City Hall Clapp plans action on construction lag by Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer High Point mayor Paul Lapp is upset Over lagging construction of a new City Hall. He said today that he will Call on the City Council monday to put the spurs to the contractor. He declined to elaborate As to what Type of action he will ask the Council to take Quot i can say this though at this Point. I am pretty he said Coble construction co. Has the general contract for the municipal administration building being constructed on s. Hamilton Street at a Cost of $3 million. Under provisions of the contract awarded in december. 1971, construction was to have been completed by january. 1974 it was obvious As Early As last summer however that the completion deadline would not be met in response to questions by an Enterprise reporter last september As to the cause for the lagging construction. Vernon Coble president of the construction company blamed financial and management difficulties. He then had just taken Over management of the firm. He stated that he had straightened out the difficulties and that the construction of the new City Hall would not be affected by the firms business problems. Clapp indicated today that the company May still have problems. Quot i can t say at this Point just what the problems Are. But i know that the construction is Way behind a he stated. The completion Date has been extended from january to May 6 after negotiations on Quot rain Days change orders and other things which constitute Legal additions to the contract Clapp said. A now we Are in a liquidation situation a he said. He said he will Confer with the City attorney on Quot How the City should go about claiming liquidated damages Quot those suffered by the City As the result of construction delays. The general contractor apparently is subject to paying a $500 a Day penalty for All overruns on time after May 6. As provided in the contract. The contractor according to Clapp is now projecting a completion Date of july 15. A a Iti stand on my head in front of the Post office if they make it a declared the mayor. He claims that the City and its citizens Are being damaged by the lagging a construction in both Money and inconvenience. Noting that City Hall operations Are scattered Over the City while waiting to move into the new building. Clapp said Quot it Means inconvenience for the Public which has business with the City. It Means inconvenience for City employees who must do a lot of extra the reason that the City is operating from scattered locations is not directly related to the City Hall project. It is More directly related to the construction of an addition to the Southern furniture Market Center in the downtown area. The City Tore Down the old City Hall to make room for the furniture exposition building Annex. Clapp noted today however that when the City Council made the Deal for leasing land to the furniture building Quot we had no idea it would be this Long getting into the new City the general contract for the new Structure held by Coble totals $2,249,000 subcontracts for plumbing wiring heating and air conditioning bring the total to $3,040,990. City officials said today that $34,000 has been added to the total mainly to provide for rearranging police facilities in the basement of the building. The changes were suggested by the Law enforcement assistance so Clapp on 2b u i g u p 0 i n t i n t e r p r i Friday afternoon May to 1974 Section b Runoff primaries for state House Are ruled out by Robert Marks Enterprise staff writer confusion Over whether losing candidates in the Guilford county state House primary races Are eligible for runoffs was cleared today. Elections Board chairman Pat Adams confirmed tabulations by the Enterprise which showed no candidate in either the democratic or Republican state House primaries eligible to Call for a Runoff. The Enterprise reported wednesday that on the basis of unofficial returns in tuesdays primary none of the losing candidates in the state House races was eligible for Runoff. The results were made official thursday in the canvass of the primary balloting by the elections Board. Only Howard d. Cole who ran second to Ray Alexander in a three Man race for the democratic nomination As District attorney can Call for a Runoff Adams said a Story in the Greensboro daily news today reported that Mark Mcdaniel or. Who ran eighth in a Field of to candidates in the democratic House primary and rep. Margaret Keesee who was eighth among the eight candidates in the Republican House primary were both eligible for runoffs. According to the daily news report Mcdaniel who received 7.328 votes could Call for a Runoff against Leo Fleer who received 8.882 votes since both failed to receive a majority vote of 9.016 or More. This majority figure is incorrect however. According to the Enterprise tabulation As confirmed by Adams the majority vote needed for nomination in the democratic primary is 8.300. Since Heer who placed seventh in the democratic race received More than 500 votes above the majority and Mcdaniel s vote total is nearly 1,000 below the majority no Runoff is necessary. Heer is one of the seven democratic nominees for the state House Adams declared. The procedure by which the majority figures is arrived at. In order to determine the winners and who May Call for a Runoff in the primary was described by Adams As follows. The votes received by All of the candidates in a particular race Are added. This total is then divided by the number of positions at stake a seven in the House races the quotient is then in turn divided by two this final figure is the majority total which determines the winners and the eligibility or not for runoffs. Both Heer and Mcdaniel a a Runoff on 2b Duke to ask hike electric rates to climb higher by Ray Hubbard Enterprise staff writer Duke Power co. Will seek by mid summer another substantial increase in rates it charges for electricity it was announced thursday. And Duke president Carl Horn painted a gloomy picture for electric Power users for the foreseeable future with regular Price increases forecast. Horn made the announcement at a luncheon at the Albert pick motor inn on 1-40 for newsmen from the area served by Duke. Horn said that he expects the next rate hike request to the North Carolina utilities commission to be about the same As the one sought last september. Duke asked for a 16 8 per cent increase at that time and the new rates became fully effective in april of this year High Point purchases Power from Duke at wholesale prices and distributes it to its own customers Over the City a distribution system. City Council has an informal policy of keeping City retail rates the same As those charged by Duke. The City however has not passed on the full rate increase which became effective april i for Duke customers to High Point customers. That increase is under consideration by Council now. A time lag of several months is expected before the new rate hike becomes effective if allowed by the utilities commission. The commission is slated to meet May 28 to determine whether the increases which were put into effect in april will be permanently allowed. Horn made it Clear that he and other Duke officials Are concerned about Public reaction to continued rate hikes bul warned that there is no alternative if growing demands for electric Power Are to be met. Decision expected on Randleman housing chairman by Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Randleman a decision on whether the Rev Earl Sibbett will be replaced As head of the Randleman housing authority May be reached monday night during a special called meeting of the towns Board of aldermen. Randleman mayor j. C. Dawkins at thursday s meeting of the Board said several matters Quot must be settled at the monday meeting including some spot zoning proposals and Federal housing a the mayor did not say Sibbett would not be reappointed to the authority but he did say Quot not any one Man should stay forever on any Board a he said the Public is unhappy with the operation of the authority and Quot you can to let one or two persons stand in the Way when you have half the town upset. Quot those things Sibbett a future on the authority will be settled one Way or the other on monday night a declared Dawkins. The mayor did indicate he is no longer seeking to make the Agency a City department. He said a new director has been named and everything now appears to be running smoothly. Dawkins declared several months ago that the City should take Over the authority which has been in constant controversy but he later found one or two aldermen who did not want the City to take charge. The special meeting on monday has been set for 7 30 pm. The Board thursday agreed to consider a request from Joe Pinkston that the City give the county mental health program a contribution of $2,000 to $2,500, which will be matched by state funds Pinkston said Randolph county can get the Matching funds if it acts quickly. Pinkston said plans Call for the Fellowship Home in Asheboro now operated for persons with alcohol related problems to buy a site and to build a new Home. He said this Way the Home can escape the rent payments it is now having to pay. Dawkins promised Pinkston the City would come up with a donation on july i when the City budget goes into effect. The mayor observed the City to Date through its Abc store has donated $179,000 to the Randolph county schools. He said the City in Abc funds has donated $240,000 to the county schools and to Randolph Hospital since 1965. These figures represent the five per cent of profits which the Randleman Abc store must give to the Hospital and schools. In other action the Board named Kenneth Daniels to the City planning and zoning Board. Daniels replaces Pat Martin who recently moved from the City. Horn related that a 35-year trend of declining unit costs to produce electricity ended in 1969, that was when Duke sought the first rate hike since 1935. During that period electric rates for Duke Power had declined 35 per cent. Since 1969. Rates have been increased about 50 per cent not counting the new increase to be sought in the summer. Soaring construction and fuel costs doubled interest rates that must be paid for construction capital and the High Cost of air and water pollution All have contributed to the change from a declining Cost Industry to a rising Cost Industry Horn declared. A we cannot foresee a reversal of this trend Quot Horn said. Quot the Price of Coal has almost doubled since last july. We done to know where these spiralling costs will end a he added Quot we can t see the Cost of electricity doing anything but going up for the next several using charts. Horn showed that a ton of Coal delivered to Duke has gone up from $11.15 last july to $21 68 in March of this year. A Standard 40-foot pole Cost $48 la in August of last year. In May of this year the Price is $62.06, and is expected to Cost $94,31 by next year. Similar inflationary Price rises were shown for other products used by Duke in producing and delivering electric , rain this is the aftermath of two rainstorms which occurred in the High Point area within the past week. A heavy rain last Friday and another last night undid above All that workmen had done in seeding a Bank at the new municipal stadium. The seed and Straw were washed into the stadium bowl leaving the Banks heavily rutted. Several hours of rain last night sent the water right gushing Over the dam at Oak hollow Lake. Sniff son it a by Modi aniline Benefit auction the second annual Benefit auction for the Wesleyan children Scenter will be held saturday at 2 p At the school on Centennial Avenue. Items such As furniture Small appliances baby needs and crafts Haye been donated and services will be auctioned to the highest bidder. All proceeds will be used to buy audio visual equipment for the Market of af1 town the Pfafftown Jaycees will sponsor a Flea Market a arts and crafts fair sunday 9 a To 5 ., rain or Shine inside the West Central Community Center on old Highway 421 in Pfafftown. This month the Market will again feature arts and Sale a rummage and bake Sale sponsored by the Aldersgate class of Oakview United methodist Church will be held saturday 9 a To 3 pm. The event will be in the Church parking lot and All unsold merchandise will be auctioned off at 3.chess tourney the High Point chess club is sponsoring a three round chess tournament saturday at the High Point Myca. Registration will begin at 8 30 a m., and an entry fee will be charged. The event is open to All area chess Wash the triad civitan club will hold a car Wash saturday la a Until 4 At the High Point Bank and Trust co. Parking area at Fairfield Plaza shopping Bazaar immaculate heart of Mary Church will hold its annual Bazaar saturday la a To 6 The Bazaar will feature Bingo a raffle games and events for children food and a cake Sale. An auction will be conducted at 2 p county sets kindergarten lottery dates by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro names of children who will attend state supported kindergarten classes in the Rural school system next fall will be selected in a lottery May 21-May 23, according to plans approved thursday by the Guilford county Board of education. Board members acted after or. Melvin Stahl associate superintendent said the state has approved addition of 14 More kindergarten classes for the new year. He said this will mean the Rural system will have 27 classes next fall. Or. Stahl said the preregistration period had the names of 1,254 children in the kindergarten age level placed with the school system. He estimated that this represents about 70 per cent of children eligible. Last year about 50 per cent of eligible children were see county sets on 2b Guilford school Board gives budget approval by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro the Guilford county Board of fid cation thursday approved a proposed $6,300,706 current expense budget for the 1974-1975 fiscal year for presentation to commissioners. The spending program will provide for additional supplementary payments to teachers As Well As increases for operations including opening of two new schools the budget the Board of education adopted Calls for a local District tax rate of 22 5 cents per $100 valuation or about 15 cents above the level believed to be necessary to keep tax payments at their same level this year As in 1973. Overall the proposed budget shows an increase of $738,767 Over the $5,561,706 budget being used for the current year. Superintendent k. P. Pearce indicated that increased salary supplements will Cost about $170,000 he explained that the increase in supplementary payments would be the second in a planned three step Effort to bring county supplementary pay in line with the average supplements paid by nearby school units. The first step was taken last year. Of up Laming other aspects of the increased financial needs Pearce noted the system will open a new High school and a new primary school in the fall and that fuel costs have increased he also said there is Money for some salary adjustments for personnel. The budget Pearce proposed showed the school system expects to receive $2,824,966 from the Board of commissioners an increase of $529,260 Over the current year and that it expects to secure $3,475,507 from its District tax an increase of $209,507 members of the Board off education selected the larger of two budgets presented by Pearce the smaller would have provided a total of $6,126,800 and would have placed the District tax rate at 21 cents. It would not have provided increased supplementary pay for teachers but would have provided for other increased needs. It would have Pearce said held the line at current tax Levels. Board members also adopted a proposed $2,230,896 capital outlay budget calling for construction of two new schools and for an addition to the cafeteria at Ragsdale High school in addition plans Call for the Purchase of 16 new buses at a Cost of $124,300. J k

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