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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 213 Kokomo Ind Wednesday April Winter springs back A lowpressure system brought a variety of weather conditions to Indiana early today with some snow reported in the Kokomo area Robert Wise local weather observer said about half an inch 6f snow fell during the past 24 hours According to the Associated Press Due to readings hovering just above freezing most of the night most of northern Indiana saw lit tle accumulation of snow An exception was the northeast corner of the state where up to 2 inches was reported on the ground There will still be a chance of light snow in the north today with areas of mixed rain sleet and snow in the central parts Occasional rain will continue in the south It will continue to turn colder with temperatures steady or slow ly falling through the 30s in north ern and central sections and 40s in the far south Skies will be mostly cloudy with flurries possible and lows in the 20s It should be partly sunny and wanner on Thursday with highs in the mid40s to lower 50s Friday will be partly cloudy and wanner with highs in the 50s to lower 60s and lows in the lower 30s Inside s Kokomo Tribune Local The Literacy Coalition of KokomoHoward County is looking for adult spellers who want to bee literate Page 3 Style Some ideas on how to handle kids in the kitchen Page 11 Sports The Pacers dismantle the Pis tons Page 7 Also inside Business Classified Dear Local News of A new experience Drew Wallsmith 11 a sixthgrade pupil at Taylor Elementary School leads a blindfolded Tucker Hammond 11 a fifthgrade pupil through an obstacle course in a classroom to expe rience being blind Pupils in the fifth and sixth grades gifted and talented classes are learning about blindness with a Braille pen pal partnership with the Indiana School for the Blind Pupils will also visit each others schools to learn more about each others lives For more on the students activities see Page 2 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Teamster truckers striking Oppose more parttimers By The Associated Press Thousands of truckers dock workers and mechanics threw up picket lines today in a nationwide strike by the Teamsters against 22 trucking companies The walkout by up to union members began at mid night over a plan by the compa nies to give more work to part time workers and use trains more often Some things youve got to fight for and weve got to fight for said Les Gregor picketing outside Yellow Trucking in Spokane Wash But Michael Wickham presi dent of Roadway Express of Akron Ohio said that using part timers is absolutely vital to reduce costs In Seekonk a picket was charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property for throwing something at a truck and another striker was injured not seriously when he either walked into or was hit by a truck trying to leave a terminal said Police Sgt Richard Bradley Many drivers were still on the road after midnight completing their shifts before heading to pick et lines at their home terminals Consumers should see little impact soon Many of the compa nies haul raw materials and parts and most supermarkets and food producers have their own fleets and arent part of the dispute However some nonunion dri vers worried that the strike the Teamsters first nationwide walk out since 1979 could prevent them from delivering their loads If they throw a brick through my window or start banging on my truck Im backing said Cliff Bond of Baltimore a nonunion driver stopped for a meal this morning on the New Jer sey Turnpike But intimidation is the only way they can pull this off Theres too few of them now to do Danny Ball a former Teamster from West Virginia who now has a nonunion trucking job said If Hoosier highways are quiet By The Associated Press Independent truckers kept driving the states highways today after a Teamsters strike against the nations freight haulers began More concern was expressed over the prospect of lost rev enues from truckers than from strikerelated incidents along the roadways The strike against 22 compa nies nationwide caused no immediate alarm and Indiana State Police posts reported no stopped truck drivers along the states many interstates It was the first national truck ers strike since 1979 I heard about it this morn ing on the news and I said Oh foodness not said Pat hinder manager at a Busters Truck Stop near Evansville You worry about it because its your Many of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters members who idled their trucks Tuesday night haul raw materials and machine parts instead of final products so consumers werent likely to feel an immediate pinch The strike however was likely to be felt at truck stops and toll booths they stop me from making a deliv ery Im shutting down I would nt cross no picket The Teamsters contract expired last week The union agreed to extend its strike deadline until today so negotiations could con tinue but the trucking companies said the proposal they put for ward last week was their final offer No talks are scheduled Big stink rises over compost plant By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Construction plans for a Kokomo com posting plant have been on hold following a lawsuit filed in Indianapolis district court by an Ohio company which was the run nerup in bidding for the million project However this morning the Indiana Supreme Court issued an opinion that a corporation which does not pay state or county taxes does not have a cause of action against the city of Kokomo as an unsuccess ful bidder On Pec 27 the city announced it would award the composting plant contract to Verkler Inc of Indianapolis which bid for the contract It was the lowest of four bids received by the Kokomo Board of Public Works and Safety Dec 7 Two days later Shook Heavy Environ mental Construction Group filed a civil suit in the district court against the city claiming that even though Verklers bid was lower the company did not conform to bid specifications According to the suit which city officials verified Verkler failed to acknowledge addenda number 3 notarize its signature on a Form 96 write the bid amount in words and submit a statement regarding its ability to provide performance and pay ment bonds In its opinion Verklers failure to supply the required information should have dis qualified it from the process and Shook he next lowest bidder at should have been awarded the bid The city awarded the contract to Verkler and gave a Jan 17 deadline to correct its bid Thus Shook maintained that the city had abused its discretion and conferred a competitive bidding advantage upon Verkler over other bidders thereby under mining the competitive bidding process The bidding process for the composter ran into problems from the outset In the first round 10 companies submitted bids that the board considered to be beyond the citys budget Inconsistencies were also found in some of the bids so the city threw out all the bids rewrote the specifications and advertised again Shook was among four companies that submitted bids in the second round In its plea to the district court Shook demanded that the city reject Verklers bid and award it to Shook which is the lowest responsive and responsible It also called for a temporary restraining order to prevent the city from entering into a formal contract with Verkler but did not ask for any dollar amount in damages While a section of the specifications states that if all the requirements are not included then the bid is City Attorney Ken Ferries said it also adds that the city reserves the right to waive certain irregularities in bidding whenever it is in its best interest When considering Verklers shortcom ings Ferries said it does nothing that varies the terms of the contract the nature of the contract or the time in which in the contract has to be performed and offers no undue competitive edge to the bidder Ferries contacted Verkler about the absence of the bid and performance bonds which according to the specificatinos is due within 10 days of executing the con tract They Verkler believed they had complied with the Ferries said On Jan 4 the citys outside counsel Fell McGarvey Trauring Wilson filed for motion to dismiss the temporary restrain ing order and noted that Shook lacked standing because he was a disgruntled bid der and because he did not pay state or county taxes However the court told Shook to post a bond to cover any potential damages to the city in the event that the city was vindicat ed Shook did not post that bond and subse quently the restraining order was dis solved Attorney Alan D Wilson said Its now up to the federal court but I believe that the federal court will now have to dismiss the Serbs breach defenses Muslims seeking help from Western nations SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP Leaving burning villages in their wake Serb forces closed in on the Muslim enclave of Gorazde in eastern Bosnia coming within two miles of the citys center Both Bosnian government and Serb military officials reported earlier Tuesday that Serbs had breached defense lines on three sides of the Muslim enclave home to about people The Muslimdominated Bosnian government called on Western nations to intervene to help Gorazde as NATO did with threats of air strikes to force the withdrawal of Serb artillery around Sarajevo Gen John Shalikashvili chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters in Washington that air power would be ineffective against the primarily smallarms fighting around Gorazde But he said Tomorrow the circumstances in Gorazde could very well change and the use of air power could be very Recall This package of crayons imported by Glory Stationery Manufacturing Limit ed is one of 11 brands recalled Tuesday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission The crayons import ed from China were recalled because they contain lead AP photo ;