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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 27, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 144 No 24 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind I Tuesday Sept 50 cents Tipton council OKs funds Canning company getting By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind The Tipton Common Council Monday approved using in eco nomic development income tax money for the demolition and removal of part of the former Stokely VanCamp canning facto ry The factory was abandoned in the mid1980s Ray Brothers and Noble Canning of Hobbs is in the process of purchasing the former factory on the north side of town on Berryman Pike accord ing to Mike Dellinger director of the Tipton County Economic Development Corp Dellinger said the former Stoke ly site has a facility and a number of smaller outbuildings Approximately square feet of the main building is in dilapidated condi tion due to a lack of maintenance and vandalism and will be demolished he said Demolition is scheduled for early 1995 The remaining square feet will be rehabilitated by Ray Brothers and Noble Canning Co in order to create warehous ing and limited tenant space Dellinger said EDIT money will be a reim bursement to Ray Brothers and Noble Canning Co and paid in increments one in 1995 and one in according to the resolution passed by the council The former Stokely VanCamp canning factory sits on acres only acres are in the city limits So as part of the agreement between the city economic devel opment corporation and Ray Brothers and Noble Canning seven acres of the land will be annexed into the city of Tipton The canning company will men provide an option to the economic development corporation to pur chase me seven acres for industri al development the resolution stated Remaining at Guantanamo Bay Maguerite Mandat sits with her son Samuel Philip 1 along a border of razor wire at one of the Haitian refugee camps at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba Sunday Refugees began to be voluntarily repatriated to Haiti Sunday the first since the occupation However many are waiting until President Aristide is back in power before they return AP photo Its The Blame Game Finger pointing follows death of health care reform WASHINGTON AP Now the blame game begins over who killed comprehensive health care reform this year Are the Republicans the culprits for abandoning their own health reform bills and threatening to tie the Senate in knots if anyone made a lastditch effort to push any reforms through Or are President Clinton and the Democrats at fault for trying to take the country down a road where ordinary Americans and not just those fictitious insurance industry kvetchers Harry and Louise were afraid to go Are Bob Dole and Phil Gramm the villains of this piece Or do the black hats belong to Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton and their chief henchman Ira Magaziner With health reform finally declared dead for 1994 by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell it will be up to the voters to sort out right from wrong in the con fused debate mat reached its anti climax Monday Mitchell hastened to point a fin ger at Republicans blaming the minority for his failure to find a filibusterproof solution to the countrys health care problems He repeated a comment The New York Times reported that Sen Bob Packwood made behind closed doors to fellow Republicans two weeks ago Weve killed health reform Now weve got to make sure our finger prints are not on Packwood the GOP floor manager in the fight isnt sure he said that But Mitchell didnt acknowl edge the difficulties he had encountered in finding even a bare majority for his own failed health bill much less the original Clinton plan Even with support from a hand ful of moderate Republicans it was clear he never had the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster A significant number of Democ rats shied away from the manda tory employer contributions that were at the heart of Clintons bill and three of the four committee passed plans Some shared Republican con cerns that even Mitchells rewrite was too meddlesome and bureau cratic Dole the Senate minority leader insisted They never had 50 votes for any of their It was not parliamentary road blocks but overwhelming public opposition that stymied the Democrats health plans the Kansas Republican said Gramm RTexas who for months had been gleefully pro nouncing the Democrat health bills than expressed his gratitude that the Democrats have now abandoned their crusade for governmentrun health care at least for this He said voters should express their opinion on health care in the November election by rejecting Clinton allies at the And thats just what some think may happen in November strong Republican gains that could give the GOP majorities in both the House and Senate Republicans offer Contract with America WASHINGTON AP Tanta lized by their first shot in four decades at taking control of the House Republicans are looking to unite their candidates behind a politically popular manifesto call ing for tax cuts term limits and a balanced budget amendment More than 300 Republican can didates twothirds of them run ning as challengers or seeking apen seats were gathering today on the Capitol steps to sign a Contract with America pledg ing speedy action on a 10point platform if voters give their party a House majority for the first time since 1954 A campaign promise is one tiling A signed document is quite me paper declared But the event designed to capi talize on what is shaping up as a badnews election season for Democrats also holds risks Its unveiling was linked to a halfmil liondoHar fundraiser that could be a public reminder of the insider politics that polls show voters dis dain Even so the event on the Capi tol steps today has Democrats worried For two weeks the party in control of Congress has bashed the plan calling it irresponsible and a return to a Reaganstyle budget that would reward the rich penalize senior citizens and deepen Americas debt County court system may be restructured Juvenile circuit superior courts could be unified The GOP plan is familiar cam paigntrail fodder Tax cuts tough action against crime welfare reform the balancedbudget amendment and term limits are among its promises But Republicans hoped the agenda would help soften the per ception the GOP has become a party of naysayers with no posi tive program of its own and appeal to voters tired of Washing ton gridlock Highlights of possibilities The Howard County Bar Association is begin ning preliminary discus sion of restructuring the countys court system Here are the highlights Q Unifying the coun tys juvenile circuit and three superior courts all at the same level a Instituting a blind filing system for cases meaning attorneys would not be allowed to simply choose their judge by selecting a cer tain court The effect of this restructuring would be QMore equitable dis tribution of cases among judges and courts Q Better county bud getary control by avoid ing duplication of costs ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer With the possibil ity of two new judges in Howard County next year local attorneys and judges say a restructuring of the county court sys tem could be approaching In a presentation Monday at a Howard County Bar Association meeting in Howard Circuit Court talk of substantial change was bounced off local members Trial bal loons floated for debate included unifying the coun tys juvenile circuit and three superior courts and institut ing a blind filing system for cases The consensus among members seemed to favor exploring changes but doing so slowly and after it is certain which judges will serve next year according to Chuck Huston bar association president Superior Court 2 Judge Carl Van Corns term expires Jan 1 and the fate of Circuit Judge R Alan Brubaker hinges on criminal charges he faces in Boone County Superior Court 1 Judge Dennis Parry told the county council recently that a major transition to a unified system would be smoother during the bench changes A unified court system is a con cept now in place in Monroe County a model the Indiana Supreme Court is encouraging counties to adopt Huston said Under such a system all judges have circuit court level authority and can hear any case In blind which would possibly accompany such a switch judges are assigned cases at random instead of being hand picked by attorneys as is done now in Howard County and most others Supporters of the system believe it would allow for an equal distribu tion or cases among judges enabling for a better determina tion whether judges fj are processing case loads efficiently Huston said Also with all judges combining to sub mit one Budget to the county council each year the court systems total costs would be clearer and duplication of items such as postage could be avoided The presentation made by the associ ations eightmem ber bench commit tee to about 50 local attorneys was strictly verbal and preliminary in scope The meeting was meant to let local bar members know of the strong support from the Indiana Bar Association for a uni fied system Huston said and to solicit feedback from bar members on whether Howard County is in need of change Huston said he believes the Leg islature will eventually force some kind of move to singletier courts so Howard County may do well to change its system before that happens He said the bench committee is preparing a survey for local bar members about the issue Some attorneys who attended Mondays meeting expressed opposition to blind filing Monday Ed Martin a Kokomo attorney who specializes in personal injury suits said he would have reserva tions about not being allowed to select a judge on his own when fil ing suit Some judges have more experi ence in specific areas of few than other judges Martin said He stressed the discussion was in the early stage and said he attended the meeting with an open mind and was not ready to draw any conclusions yet Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Dear Local Water everywhere If your Kokomo Tribune was delivered late this afternoon we apologize A large water main break in front of the Tri bune building at today disruption of water service to our building and press This delayed our publication schedule as the press requires water to operate Thank you for your under standing Yeltsin seeks to forge closer ties with WASHINGTON AP Proclaiming a new era of cooperation but not total agreement Presi dent Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin are ready to forge closer eco nomic ties and pledge fur ther reductions in nuclear weapons Yeltsin arrived in the United States with his standing strengthened by a Russian economy that is pulling out of its disastrous state of a year ago The Russian president was hop ing that the sharp reduction in inflation and his governments budget deficit would help attract new Western investment After a formal welcome today Yeltsin on the White House South Lawn the empha sis was on foreign policy and security issues for the opening sessions of two days of talks between Clinton and Yeltsin The entire world has a vital stake in the estab lishment of a strategic partnership between Russia and the United Yeltsin told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday A few hours earlier Clinton addressed the same forum and declared that the growth of cooperation between the United States and the Russian Federation also should give us all great cause for ;