High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives May 29 1974, Page 87

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1974, High Point, North Carolina Computerized new system to synchronize downtown area traffic signals by Forrest Cates Enterprise staff writer the computer is taking a dominant role in the relationship Between the High Pointer and his City government first it was computerized Billing a Central computer located in Greensboro and the property of the county government took Over the task of computing Light and water Bills of the about 20000 High pointers who buy the services from the City of High Point then the computer took Over the actual mailing of the Bills recently the City bought a compute Type device which will Monitor the cites electrical distribution system designed to pinpoint trouble the instant it occurs the next thing to be computerized is traffic on main Street its at least a year off but when it comes according to City traffic Engineer r v Moss things ought to be a lot better traffic Wise on main Street and for that matter the entire downtown area the computer initially will control traffic flow at 48 downtown intersections from the installation at the new City said Moss we can establish Fine controls at All of the intersections the results will be much better traffic progression through the downtown area the computer he added will have the capability of controlling Many More intersections when we put in the lines for the downtown area we will also install the wiring necessary for expanding the system at a later Date Moss stated with the lines stubbed at the edges of the downtown system costs for expanding the system for instance to include n main Street All the Way to old Winston Road would be greatly reduced the 48 downtown intersections Are within an area extending West from main to Lindsay Street North along main to Farriss Avenue South to Taylor and East to Centennial most of the wiring will be underground thirteen of the intersections will be equipped with the Mast Type poles for supporting the signals the state is helping with the initial stages of the funding under the now retired topics program the state has agreed to pay 74 per cent of the costs for hiring consultants who now Are in the process of preparing plans and specifications for the new signal system although topics is no longer in effect said Moss we still have Hopes that the state will continue to participate in this project hopefully the state will Bear some of the costs of purchasing the equipment City officials have indicated they will use revenues from a Street Bond Issue approved by voters earlier this month on this project if necessary the Bond Issue for streets totalled million the City already has spent approximately million within a few Days after voters okayed the Bonds the City Council awarded a Street contract of nearly million mainly for Street work see computerized on 4b Good government league membership remains mystery by Ven Carver Enterprise staff writer precisely whom the Good government league represents remains a mystery claiming an interest in improved local government the league has begun scrutinizing the High Point City councils investigation of the police department the organization is headquartered in Greensboro it purports to draw its membership from the business communities of Greensboro High Point Winston Salem and cities surrounding the triad the executive director of the league w i Anderson said tuesday that the names the members Are kept confidential the purpose of the organization he explained is to serve As an advocate for the business Community when they Are dealing with government agencies As a consequence of this function Anderson said it is necessary for the membership to remain Anonymous should a businessman have a complaint about the service he is receiving from a particular Agency he Doest want to take the full Brunt of the department Hes dealing with the director maintained you can appreciate what kind of pressure our membership is up against each member however is provided with a plaque to display in his office according to Anderson and most of the businessmen who Are in the league have it on their Walls How Many members Are there the question brings divergent answers Anderson reports the membership at about 50 another league spokesman area director Dick Freeman says there Are around 100 members where these members Are located is also hard to pin Down Freeman says besides the triad there is representation in Burlington Reidsville and Thomasville Anderson claims the outlying members Are located in Burlington Siler City and Jamestown both league officials agree however that there Are about 20 members in the City of High Point according to Anderson High Point has the largest membership of any single1 City where the Good government league does business queries made Here tuesday afternoon and today about the league however brought few results Clarence Keever the president of the chamber of Commerce said he had never heard of the organization nor has former mayor Bill Bencini or City manager Harold Cheek the executive director of the local chamber Calvin Rice said he had scheduled a conference with Anderson Drivers escape injury in crash this car which came to rest beside the tree planter lost control after striking the car shown Here the was one of three autos damaged in a collision tuesday morning on n main near Sheraton place according to High Point policemen the truck at right driven by Merle Thomas Welborn Slid across three lanes of traffic Welborn told officers he was trying to slow Down to avoid a truck stopped in front of him when he truck jumped the curb knocked Down a Small Fence and struck two autos parked in a lot no one was injured in the Accident the truck Driver was charged with failure to decrease Speed in order to avoid an Accident staff photo by Sonny Hodg Zatk Davidson budget is hefty by Lee Mortimer Enterprise staff writer Lexington anew budget of for fiscal year 197475 was presented today to the Davidson county Board of commissioners this represents an increase of Over expenditures for fiscal year 197374 citing a healthy Low tax rate of 35 cents per property valuation chairman Joe Berrier said that Davidson county will still be Able to Supply its residents with Good services the proposed budget is available for Public inspection in the office of the clerk of the Board Sim a Delapp where it will remain until the budget is adopted a Public hearing is scheduled for monday july 1 at 10 am in the commissioners room at which time citizens May express their approval or disapproval of the budget a delegation from Northern area of the county visited the Board meeting today one delegation member who did not share barriers enthusiasm for the Low tax rate pointed out that there Are Many needs especially in the schools that need to be met a mass meeting is scheduled for tonight at at North Davidson Junior High near Welcome to discuss problems of schools Council approval Given new Archdale budget Calls for less spending by Don Wrenn Enterprise staff writer Archdale Archdale officials bucked the trend to higher budgets tuesday night when they tentatively approved a 197475 budget calling for expenditures of More than below the 197374 budget now in effect the new budget which includes funds for the employment of a City manager sets the tax rate at 27 cents per evaluation the same rate for the 197374 fiscal year the current tax rate is actually 54 cents but it is based on a 50 per cent valuation of property evaluation rather than 100 per cent valuation required for 197475 by a new state Law councilman Bill Kinley finance chairman observed the drop in the budget is due to the fact the City did not have to include funds to pay for the new City Hall a breakdown of the budget reveals has been allotted to the general fund to the water fund capital projects capital Reserve and Revenue sharing estimated revenues include and Valorme current and Valorme prior City Auto tags Powell Bill allocation building permits franchise tax interest Library refund on sales tax and one per cent sales tax this totals the headed for the general fund the 27 cent tax rate is based on an estimated total valuation of property for purpose of taxation of and an estimated rate of collections of 95 per cent one of the largest increases in the budget was the amount allotted for salaries which jumped from for 197374 to for the coming year the increase includes funds for the employment of a City manager the hiring of a full time Secretary and a part time Secretary also reflected in the budget is for the paving of the new City Hall lot in the new fiscal year actual costs of the project is estimated higher but those funds will probably come from other available funds for professional services the budget contains there is also included to landscape the City Hall grounds new furniture for the City Hall is estimated to Cost and the Telephone Bill is expected to jump from to one of the largest items in the budget is garbage collection which this year will Cost but in the new year will jump to s this increase is due to the building of new Homes and the increased Cost of Gas the Archdale Public Library requests for the new year but will receive see new Archdale on 46 for today but that he was ignorant about the functions of the league mayor Paul Clapp who has received two communications from the league regarding the councils investigation of the police department was the Only one consulted who claimed an awareness of the league even he however is in the dark about whom the league represents the Basic criticism brought by the organization about the police department investigation concerns the fee being paid Luke Wright the attorney in charge Wrights compensation has been set at per hour which councilmen seem to agree is the going rate for a top lawyers services according to Anderson a single league member filed a complaint about the Money being paid Wright subsequent inquiry by the nine member league staff revealed that other businessmen members considered the fee excessive and worthy of investigation following league policy Anderson refused tuesday to divulge the name of the member who initiated the audit when the league tackles a question it does so in a unified fashion the executive director explained it takes one member to give us a problem he said the organization will go to Bat for one member in the name of All members thus far the extent of the Good government leagues investigation appears to be the two letters sent to mayor Clapp plus perhaps some preliminary legwork High Point Enterprise wednesday afternoon May 29 1974 Section b Clapp said the first letter arrived Early this month i chunked it in the trash can he reported he considered it insulting it really insulted the intelligence of the Council he said elaborating further Clapp said it insinuated that we the Council didst spend enough time thinking about the matter of employing an according to Clapp the letter quoted a Fortune Magazine poll giving the average salary of an attorney As a year the mayor thought it ludicrous to suggest finding a lawyer willing to work for that sum Clapp replied monday to the second letter which he said inquired As to Why the first received no response i didst have any idea who they were he said and i still dont know who they Are in his reply he stated he made inquiries about the league asking about its purpose and its membership Clapp thinks he can identify who broached the question but said in not at Liberty to say How i know Anderson the league executive director related that the next step has not yet been determined a meeting of the league membership and other businessmen has been called for 2 pm monday at the High Point Public Library according to librarian Neal Austin the Library meeting room has see Good on for City social services More funds possible by Jim Hawkins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro prospects that the concentrated social services program operated in the High Point Model cities area May receive some additional local inking Matching funds Are Bright according to information Given members of the Guilford county social services Board tuesday Ralph Cauthen project director told Board members attending their regular May meeting Here that the High Point housing and redevelopment Agency appears interested in providing approximately in inking Matching funds towards operation of the program he said that this could mean continuation of the program Over the next 12 months instead of the 10 months now scheduled the program serves the people in the housing areas the redevelopment area and the Model cities neighbourhoods Board members meeting at the Guilford county health and social services Center Here endorsed the concept of a contract with the High Point housing and redevelopment Agency Cauthen told Board members the inking contribution would make possible a total of for the next 12 months a figure which includes in Federal health education and welfare funds he said the local share will include in Model cities funds under a plan already approved by the High Point City Council As Well As the projected in in kind funds from the housing and redevelopment Agency he said the housing authority funds will Likely be used to pay three housing Agency workers but he explained that this could be counted As an inking local share the concentrated social services Agency staff next year will number 18 in addition to the three housing unit workers Cauthen also said the housing Agency contribution will increase the amount of funds available for emergencies to the people of the area in other activities Board members endorsed in concept a suggestion that the dept of social services contract with youth cares inc for operation of one or More evaluation and receiving Homes the suggestion was put Forward by mrs Anne Bennett a Board member who noted efforts by youth care inc to secure county funds totalling the youth care inc proposal to the county called for operation of two Homes for nine children each one for delinquents and runaways and one for abused or neglected children she said some commissioners have shown an interest in two Homes for the undisciplined and see More on 4b on the scene for diplomas Jamestown registration for Guilford technical institutes adult High school diploma program for individuals 18 years of age and older who have not completed their High school educations will be conducted thursday and Friday at locations in Greensboro and High Point registration centers have been established at gris Greensboro division and High Point division lower level Arcade building on n main prospective students May Register in person at either Center from 9 am until 4 pm on both Days or from pm thursday adult High school classes will meet beginning june 3 karate class karate lessons will be offered at the Myca on s main Street beginning tonight at 7 designed for All persons Ages 4 and up classes will meet every tuesday 7 to 9 pm and on saturday 1 to 3 pm interested persons Are asked to come to the y tonight or saturday to Register a registration fee will be charged Honor society James Harold Davis of drawing for kindergarten spots the second year of the High Point Public school kindergarten got under Way tuesday with a drawing for spots at the Leonard Street school facility the lottery affected Only minority students because just enough White students have registered to fill the classes pictured above is Gregg Nelson picking a name out of the minority male Jug other names were drawn from a female Container mrs Joy Watkins left and mrs Delores Mingo of the kindergarten program staff look on names of 105 children were selected to maintain racial balance in the program Fala Street in High Point was recently inducted into the i Sigma Alpha Honor society at East Carolina University the honorary society membership is made up of political science majors in an air Force Roth awards ceremony Kerry d Bowers son of Everett Bowers of Balin court was recipient of the daughters of the founders and patriots of America award Pool opening the Washington Terrace Pool will open for the season saturday the Pool will be open to the Public 12 noon to 6 pm monday through saturday and 17 pm sundays competitive swimming will begin june 10 and will be held am during the summer classes in various types of water activities will be offered at the Pool top debater Winston Salem Bob Burchfield son of or and mrs Roy Burchfield of Grantham drive in High Point was named debater of the year at Wake Forest University he is a Sophomore and in his second year of intercollegiate debate safety school Lexington the responsibilities of the first line supervisor for safety will be the theme of the 1974 Industrial safety school to be held at Davidson county Community College thursday am 4 pm the safety school is an annual program co sponsored by the Southern furniture manufacturers Assn the North Carolina dept of labor and the College

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