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Waunakee Tribune (Newspaper) - May 15, 1986, Waunakee, Wisconsin The a Nunalee Tribu Waunakee Dane county Wisconsin Quot the Only Waunakee in the world Quot 35c per copy thursday May 15, 1986 volume 69 number 51administration, classified staff contracts okayed but Art Drake the Waunakee school Board monday approved contracts for 14 administrative staffers and for the 52 classified employees. Raises for the administrative staff totalled $22,160 and constituted a 5 percent raise Overall although District administrator Allen Rosenthal said the raises were distributed on a Merit basis. All the administrators were Given two year contracts and the Board agreed to place a freeze on hiring new administrators. Rosenthal s contract can led for a raise from $46,250 annually to $49,400, in addition to being eligible for a $1,050 Bonus. A change in the administrators workdays will Start this year. In the past administrators have been allowed to take the Christmas and Spring Breaks along with the teachers. Now administrators will be allowed six Days compensatory time to make up for time that must be spent at meetings. That time off must be taken either during the Christmas or Spring Breaks. If the administrators want to take additional time off during those Breaks they must use vacation time. The 52 classified employees a All non academic staff including secretaries custodians Cooks and others a will be getting raises of 19 cents an hour across the Board. That constitutes a 2.48 percent raise Overall. Rosenthal said the raise was kept Low because Quot we know our people Are the Best paid in the area. We Felt this was the year to hold the the Board agreed to study the possibility of budgeting funds for Merit raises for some of the 14 full time classified continued on Page 2 bar gainers explain stands in teacher contract negotiations by Richard c. Mayhem it was a time for clarifications monday evening during the sixth round of contract talks Between the Waunakee school Board and Waunakee teachers association. In recent meetings the teams had been taking significant Steps toward tentative agreement on economic bargaining Points. During monday s talks the teams paused for a breath of air in the form of clarifying bargaining issues of critical importance to the Sta. Specifically the Union team entered the talks with concerns about the Board s latest contract proposal. Included in those concerns was the Board s proposal for a top salary level for school District teachers a $38,500 with an excellent Merit rating. The proposal represents a drop from $42,230, which the Board had suggested As top during the previous round of negotiations. Most recently the Union has proposed a top of $46,280. We be talked with the teachers Quot said Union spokesman John Webber. Quot and they feel our proposal better answers what the Best teacher in this District is Worth. Quot the major question As a see it. Is whether the salary schedule you be proposed demonstrates commitment to the Success of the Pilot incentive program. I Don t think it the incentive program is an innovative Salar program developed by Waunakee teachers and school Board members. Basically the new program would break away from the traditional salary schedule method of payment in favor of a method which rewards extra Effort favourable evaluations and attendance at workshops. A joint study committee had developed the new method and key elements Are a career ladder a salary schedule based on a Point system and a new teacher evaluation system. District administrator Allen Rosenthal continued on Page 3 the rolling farm land with the Village of Waunakee in the background provide a peaceful Rural setting Quot this farm along easy Street. For some Farmers the business of farming has not been like the name of the Street implies photo by Steve Kruschek pessimism colors Farmers thinking this year by Richard c. Mulheim on the one hand there Are the optimistic reports. According to new projections by the . Agriculture department american agriculture is Likely to see its first signs of Spring this year As the drop in land values slows and declining farm income Levels off. But the mood among Dane county Farmers As they embark on the 1986 agriculture season is not nearly As hopeful. A Host of problems a from High property taxes to a drop in world markets a continue to hound county Farmers. And Many have entered the new growing season with jaws set and fingers crossed. Thai s the word from Tom o Connell Dane county Extension agriculture agent. Spring is an especially Busy time for o Connell visiting area Farmers and Fielding their phone Calls offering advice and counsel on agriculture preparations. O cd Nell knows As Well As anyone what Imirea Farmers Are thinking about at this time of year. And this Spring in particular the thinking is tinged with pessimism. Quot there Are a couple of Bright spots Quot o Connell says Quot the decreased Cost of fuel and the stable Price of fertilizer. Quot but on the whole i think county Farmers Are searching to find something a anything a they can make a profit on. No crop or livestock is really profitable at this Point. And no matter what they d do Farmers can t see much Way to retire debt and meet other in the Waunakee area farm Community the watchword is Quot caution Quot this Spring. O Connell notes that Waunakee is very Strong on Dairying and the area s characterized by some tremendous investment and expansion in the business. Quot whatever transpires in a going to have very big eff to on the Waunakee farm Corr nuni a Quot o Connell says. A Luiere Clie some Large. Family Type her s in the area. And there Are some Farns keeping More than 100 Quot Quot he leveral Herd buyout program brightened things for Waunakee Farmers and others who were accepted for the . But the big picture sees reality Clos no in. As one sure indicator of trouble m Airn Irica s agriculture the number of Livmon farms nation wide continued on Page 3 License plate collection gives geography lesson by Sherri Mickelson Tribune correspondent one Man s Way of learning about other places has been to collect old License plates. Quot it has been a real lesson in geography Quot said 64-year-old Leon Horsted of Rural Waunakee As he pointed to a display of License plates he s collected from across the United states Canada Central America and the Caribbean. Horsted a retired Bell system Telephone Man became interested in collecting old plates about four years ago. Quot i found some old truck plates in a dump in this he explained Quot at that time there was an antique craze so i put them when Horsted decided to pursue this Hobby further he experienced some problems. Quot at first it was very difficult Quot he said Quot i wrote to various people on Chance hoping they would favor me. But my Success was minimal Quot he said. Quot i was having trouble finding plates to buy. Then i contacted some relatives in Eastern South Dakota and hit the Jackpot. One of my cousins and an Uncle had been collectors of sorts and were Able to help me Quot As time went on several More cousins got into the act so right now i have a great surplus of South Dakota plates Quot he admitted Quot i have also received help from the South Dakota motor vehicle department. They provided a list of plate colors and gave me the name of a collector who had extra plates to Horsted has received help from the Wisconsin motor vehicle department As Well. The department furnished a free list that gives the colors for passenger car plates. Quot most of the car plates i buy Are in such bad condition that i can t Tell what the original color was Quot he explained Quot and unfortunately there in t a list for truck again the department gave him a Lead to a collector who could provide the information he needed. Initially Horsted was a Little uneasy about painting the old plates to restore them. Quot i was never any Good at Art Quot he traffic poses Hazard Westport residents say Leon Horsted stands in front of a Wall which includes License plates from every state and several foreign countries. Photo by Steve Kruschek commented Quot but the plates turned out surprisingly one problem in restoring the plates is in Matching the original color. Quot sometimes this is impossible because the original colors have faded Quot he said. Esther his wife has contributed greatly to this process through her Hobby of Rose Maling. They have found that quite often the Rose Maling paints Are a better match than some of the Oil based enamels. For some of the colors Horsted uses just one Shade. Quot for example i use one color of yellow on All the plates rather than assume there were different shades. Sometimes i have found the makers switched shades within the same year Quot he explained. Horsted said that on the average it requires about 10 hours to restore a single plate longer if he needs to replace missing pieces. Horsted s collection includes plates from All 5 . States and Washington . As Well As nine Canadian provinces and its two territories. His desire for a More Complete selection led him to include Mexico. Quot about two years ago i befriended a boy 5 school in the state of Chiapas Quot he explained Quot the boys would scrounge up old plates in Mexico and then they were flown to Colorado. From there the plates continued on Page 2 by Richard c. Mol Hera concern is about traffic safety in their neighbourhood brought a number of Mary Lake residents to the Westport Tov a Board last week. And the outcome of the meeting will see increased efforts to improve safety there. The town Board during its regular meeting last week heard several Mary Lake residents express concerns about speeding and reckless driving in the neighbourhood. And following lengthy discussion of the matter the residents agreed to pull together a neighbourhood watch program to help combat the problem. Sgt. Robert Dreifke of the Dane county sheriffs department was on hand for the discussion and voiced support for forming the watch program. Dreifke. Who attended the meeting at the request of residents also said the sheriffs depart Merit would attempt to increase patrol activity in the neighbourhood. During discussion Dreifke noted 250 citations were issued in Westport by the department during the last seven months. Quot that s a lot of tickets Quot Dreifke said and most were for speeding. He suggested the town could consider contracting Vith the department for increased coverage Over the Long term. Quot the idea of contracting is just something i be heard of Quot Dreifke said Quot but it s something you might want to the town Board said it would Aid the formation of a neighbourhood watch group. The Board agreed to Type an announcement of formation of the group on Letterhead stationery. Quot we have 40 Miles of Road in the town Quot Bernard Kennedy town chairman said during discussion. Quot and it can be difficult to cover them All. Quot we have a town Constable Quot Kennedy said Quot but his Powers Aren t that Many. Som ii years ago. The Board asked whether the own should have a full time policeman int area. Tie possibility was voted Down by est port residents during an annual town meeting. Quot Kennedy added that in the past the town had contracted with the Waunakee polio for a vinegar period for added proof icin. The costs Kennedy said pro. D . He anticipated the Cost of c retracting with the Senff s depart mer for increased Protection would prove Tco a the to unjust does t Hase the Money at this time to do anything toward that Poss a to her discussion on mar Lake traffic Safe the residents reported incidents of div a is running Stop signs and taking too fast. Residents later scheduled a meet no for those concerned at the we. Ort town Fiall. May 19, Quot 30 . If other matters the Board turned its Atter ion to the question of an Access Road to a Viand pit located East of Hwy. Q. In March the Board approved a zoning Cha in and conditional use permit that Alloy Quot i Mineral extraction from a Federal land Bank parcel East of Hwy. Q and South of Ocker. Road. In the time since con Ciras have intensified among area residents Over the safety of Road Access to the pit. Wiiilie trucks have begun utilizing an acess about 1,100 feet South of Balzer Road it s also been suggested that Balzer be used amps the Access. A number of conf it Jed persons addressed the Board on the 5 Reni is and weaknesses of the two acres i routes. As the group Learned however a decks on on the location would not rest with the town Board. Quot Ai the risk of offending anybody Hwy. Q ii a Courty trunk Highway Quot Norb scrib ter Dane county zoning committee i a preventative told the group. Quot As such a continued on Page 3

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