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Tribune (Newspaper) - September 8, 1976, Tipton, Indiana Serving Tipton ('ount\\ indiana Tribune VOLUME 80NO.212 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8. 1976 TIPTONTINDIANA. 46072 15 CENTS PER COPY Sheriff asks $106,796 budget BY MICHAEL J. MIKA Staff Writer The Tipton County Sheriff, two of his deputies, and two members of the sheriff’s merit board Tuesday strongly urged the county council to approve their budget request for a fourth deputy for 1977. The men appeared before the council members who were conducting their first day of reviewing the separate department requests making up the $1.9 million county budget. Sheriff Richard Ziegler has requested an operating budget for 1977 of $106,796 and told council members that those requests do not represent any padding by his department at all. The department currently works on a $74,092 budget. “We could use twice that if you could give it to us,’’ Ziegler said. The sheriff said that a fourth man was desperately needed to allow the three existing deputies to work normal hours. “They should work about 40 or 50 hours a week just like you,’’ Ziegler said. Ziegler said that currently the three deputies put in an average of 70 hours a week, having one day off. “With the fourth man I can relieve some of the hours we are making the other men work now,’’ Ziegler said. He also pointed out that next year according to state law, two of his deputies will be required to attend a four- month police training course, and without the fourth man he will be severely handicapped. Another asset of approving the fourth man, kiudgeted to cost, $18,731 which includes a new car, would be to allow the deputies to have a week’s vacation each year. Maj. Frank Fritch, said that the hardship of 70 hour week places a lot of strain on the family situation. “Last year I toid you about the strain it was putting on my family life, and this year I don’t have a wife,’’ Fritch said. Max Henderson a member of the merit board said, “It’s hardly fair to ask these guys to work such long hours. It not only puts a strain on their home life, but I dc»n’t think they^ as alert as they should be if they are forced to work such long hours.’’ The sTieriff is also recommending a 15 per cent acr(^ - the- board pay increase for the deputies. In answer to critics who say if the deputies don’t like the work, the hours or the pay, why don’t they find another job, Ziegler said, “We’ve got good guys working for the county now, let’s keep the guys we’ve got.’’ In the sheriff’s department requests which exceed this year’s work-ng budget by over $30,000 there is also a request for CB radios for the three cars. Ziegler said that the units are invaluable to the department particularly in the area of farm accident emergencies and other calls which can be aided by the help of CBers. Council members asked the sheriff why his recommendations were so high in contrast with other counties the size of Tipton. Ziegler responded that there are more miles to cover in Tipton, and said the services the county demands of his department necessitate the budget requests he made. “We could use all of the money you can give us,’’ Ziegler said. “We could cut t sheri ne budget in two and have the f sit in the office and do nothing. ’’ Other Departments The remaining county departments filed into the council chambers one by one to explain their budget recommendations for the coming year. The prosecutor’s department has requested funds for a man to work solely on investigations for the prosecutor. Prosecutor Richard Pearce said the appropriation is necessary because the sheriff’s department is short- staffed and cannot devote the time needed for investigations. The council members are holding a second session today and will announce their cuts in the $1.9 million budget at the meeting’s conclusion. After their cuts have been made in the budget, the budget will be scrutinized by the County Tax Adjustment Board, which consists of representatives from various areas of the community. But the cuts do not end there, as the budget will finally go to the state tax commissioners who will make the final cuts in the county’s budget for the coming year. The results of all the cuts will be known by late November. Lugar opens new line of attack Republican senatorial nominee Richard G. Lugar has opened a new line of campaign attack, trying to separate his opponent, Sen. Vance Hartke, from Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter. Lugar told a rally in Bloomfield Tuesday Hartke still favors “spending without thought of debt and inflation,’’ while Carter is back on the balanced budget wagon. Elsewhere on the first campaign day after the traditional Labor Day kickoff: —Secretary of State Larry A. Conrad, the Democratic nominee for governor, proposed a three-part program to lower home electric bills but said he might need two years if elected to put it into effect. —Republican Gk>v. Otis R. Bowen said accelerated interstate highway construction during his administration has boosted the economic health of southern Indiana. Town and township —Sen. Vance Hartke said Lugar and President Ford “are sending upa phony rhetorical smokescreen’’ by blaming Congress for big government. Lugar said his opponent seemed to have been left behind by Carter’s position to balance the budget first and spend for social programs such as national health insurance second. The former Indianapolis mayor said Hartke still favors immediate passage of national health insurance and still argues for the Humphrey-Hawkins bill to cut unemployment to 3 per cent, with federal dollars if necessary. Harth e addresed the Kiwanis 6lub in Fort M^ayne, saying Republicans in Washington and Indianapolis created the bureaucracy “and now must answer for it.’’ He said the Indianapolis city budget mushroomed 38 per cent a year and the city’s bonded indebtedness doubled when Lugar was mayor from 1968-76. Conrad told an Indianapolis news conference his electric utility package would affect investor-owned, private electric utilities, rural electric cooperatives and municipally-owned utilities He said it would not apply to commercial, business or industrial use. Besides eliminating fuel adjustment charges now imposed on electric utility bills, the Conrad plan calls for a “fair share’’ raie and abandoning the fair value system of rate making. Bowen dedicated the Interstate 265 loop in the New-Albany Jeffersonville area and a bridge on U.S. 31 near Scottsburg. “Highways mean jobs, expanding opportunities and a more diversified economy, for over their surface pass the things we all need for a good prosperous life,’’Bowen said. He said completion of the interstate system across southern Indiana will mean economic vitality and an expanded tourism and recreation industry. Later, the governor told the Salem Lions Club Indiana’s tax system is encouraging the private sector growth that all citizens need for a more secure future. He said the tax rewriting and the constitutional prohibition of debt helped the state weather a major recession and recover more rapidly than the nation as a whole. While President Ford campaigns from the security of the White House, Jimmy Carter is out pressing the flesh. It seems that meeting the public has more hazards. Campaigning through the Northeast on Tuesday, Carter said he would have fired FBI director Clarence Kelley and speculated that cheating by Richard Nixon and other Washington big shots encourages crime. But for a group of angry demonstrators in Pennsylvania the big issue was abortion and they were noisy about it. Carter met the demonstrators as he arrived Tuesday night in Scranton, Pa. They lined the route Carter took from the airport to his hotel, waving antiabortion signs and shouting at the candidate. And they mingled with Carter supporters at the hotel as the candidate arrived, making a throng estimated by police at 1,000 persons, with one side shouting “We want Carter’’ and the other chanting “Life, life, life.’’ Meanwhile, President Ford remained in Washington, making some unusual appearances designed to make use of the White House as a backdrop for what his campaigners hope will show liim to be working instead of campaigning. Carter’s running mate. Sen. Walter Móndale, said Ford was “practicing being president’’ and is “failing to take his campaign to the people. ’ ’ Carter, faced with the crowd outside his hotel Tuesday night, first tried to greet supporters aiid shake hands. But in the crush of bodies and the din of the (Contbraed on Page 16) meeting WINDFALL — NÍembers of the Windfall Town Board will meet in a special session next week with the Wildcat Township Trustee and Advisory Board to discuss maintenance of the Windfall Community Building. The meeting between the two bodies will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 13 in the community building. Town officials suggested the meeting to discuss financing of needed repairs for the building. The roof leaks and windows in the former high school facility are in need of caulking and repair. Board members delayed any further work on the building until after the meeting with the township leaders. Recently one of the three women employed by the town to take care of the building resigned. Anthanette Browning, who was hir^ under the CETA man power program resigned. Board members said they would not seek anyone to fill the vacancy. In addition to building repairs needed due to the age of the structure, the building has been the target of vandals. A bannister inside was ripped loose by the vandals, who also caused damage to the building grounds. A picnic table was set on fire, the flagpole bent and telephones ripped loose in the phone booth near the building. Damage to the telephones has been so frequent that the boiard may consider removing the telephone booth. In other business Monday the board took the following action: — Agreed to replace 125 feet of galvanized water pipe in need of repair; and to investigate cleaning of a sewer near the Windfall Christian Church. — Agreed to place gravel in an alley behind the Pentacostal church. — Postponed action on the town’s dog ordinance until the next meeting. Town Attorney Ronald C. Byal was instructed to draft a new ordhiance. — Approved páyment of $150 a week to be paid deputies serving in the absence of Town Marshal Kent Smay who is recovering from surgery. Ttie Tri- Central Band is eagerly awaiting the Pork Festival Parade this coming Saturday when they will be given the opportunity to show off their new dress uniforms^ Pictured above from left to right are: Drum Majorette, Gail Brewer, Sharpsville, senior, band member Brian Rush, Windfall, sophomore, drum majorette Krista Rogers, SharpsviUe, freshman, and band member Mike Stoops, Sharpsville, freshman. The new uniforms can also be used In the concert season, by removing the white and gold overlay. Tipton*s Mitch Kelley, 304 S. Main St., is a one- man promotion for the community and the Pork Festival as he and his gaily decorated bicycle are seen on city streets. Kelley will be one of the participants in the festival’s grand parade Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Parade Chairman Merlin Harlow, right, said no more participants are being accepted for the Saturday parade which now has 127 entries. The first parade of the festival will be Thursday at 5 p.m. Additional entries are needed for that parade. Asst, chief resigns Tipton’s assistant police chief, William R. “Randy” Horton, announced today that he was resigning from thé' police department to take a higher paying job in private industry. Horton, who was elevated to the rank of assistant chief in March of this year, over senior officers, submitted his resignation to Mayor William Kendall a nd Chief Wayne Luttrell. Horton will leave the force effective Sept. 15. He issued the following statement in announcing his resignation: “I am submitting my resignation as assistant chief of police and as a member of the Tipton Police Department, effective Sept. 15,1976. “After seven years as a police officer, I regret having to leave the department. I have had a good working relationship with my fellow officers and both Republican and Democrat administrations. “I would like nothing more than to continue serving as a law enforcement officer for the people of Tipton. However, because of the rising cost of living, salaries and benefits that are available elsewhere, it has become impossible. “Therefore, 1 have accepted another job with a local industry that I feel will better provide for my wife and three daughters. This, I know you will all agree, must be my main concern. “Being a police officer for the last seven years has been an experience I will never forget.” William R. Horton Horton will take a job as a production worker at the Perfect Circle Division of Dana Corp. He joined the police force on Sept. 1, 1969 and later attended the Kokomo Police School and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on October of 1972. fn 1973 he was certified as a breathalyzer operator. In March of this year he was promoted to assistant chief, a position which pays $9,500 a year. Horton said because of the salaries of police officers, he has had to work at a part-time job even while assistant chief. “It is not just here though. Salaries are low all over. I don’t think it will ever change. If I thought it would. I’d stay,” said Horton. Police Chief Wayne Luttrell said of Horton’s resignation, “If a man can make more money and receive better benefits and security he should take it. I’m not for holding any man down if he can do something better.” * Tri-Central Band to shownewuniforms The Trl^Central Marching Band will be steppin’ out in high fashion this season thanks to the arrival of their new dress uniforms. The uniforms, which arrived at the school earlier this week, were handed out to enthusiastic band members Tuesday afternoon. The community will get its first peek at the new garb at the annual Pork Festival Parade this coming Saturday. The uniforms consist of dark blue pants, a blazer, and a white and gold overlay which features a picture of a Trojan on the front and the words Tri-Central on the back. The new garb, which costs approximately $120 per student, serves a dual purpose when the overlay is removed. The uniform then becomes a tuxedo that will be suitable for the music department’s concert season. A new look to the Trojan’s this season will be the ei^t- inch white furry hats, known as shakos that each band member will wear. The hats will rhythmically bounce to the beat of the band during their field formations. Eric Vannater, one of the school’s band directors said that a committee had looked for new uniforms since December and felt that they received the best deal for their money. The uniforms will be paid off by the very active parent band booster organization at the school which will sponsor various fund- raising projects to defray the cost of the 147 uniforms. A new law recently passed also now permits the school board to pay up to half of the total cost of the uniforms. Supt. Leon Warner, said the school board is awaiting an interpretation of the law before it takes any action. The band program at Tri- Central has been expanding in recent years with this year’s participation up to 70 students. This figure represents a dramatic increase from the 47 member band who took to the field in 1975. Projections for the future years indicate that by 1977 there will be 110 marching members with 130 projected for 1978. These projections are based on the number of children currently involved in the elementary band program. Through normal wear and tear the uniforms should last at least 15 years, and to insure that the members get the most wear out of the investment the uniforms will never leave the school. This will elminate the problem of lost uniforms, A group of parents from the boosters will also be on hand to distribute the uniforms before each use and collect them after the performance. So, this season not only will the marching Blue and Gold sound like a million dollars, they’re gonna look like a million too. Í leeiesii AM

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