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VOTE VOTE :!:i :.: April 3 ii and April 7 ii The 00ii00neg 00lerali00 PIONEER AND OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF RICHLAND COUNTY "'Montana's Top Award Winning Family Newspaper" ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 66 - No. 13 The Sidney Herald, Sidney, Monf., Wed., March 28, 1973 Price: 15c Major Bond Issues Top City Election By DON MRACHEK HERALD EDITOR Sidney voters will be faced April 3 with deciding on two ajor bond issues and another ISsue that will allow the Richland County Housing Authority to operate in the city. ApPearing on the city ballot will be an issue authorizing idney's city officials to sell 84,000 in bonds to finance, in Part, the construction of a Water treatment and storage facility, and to repair and rebuild the city's present water .system. The $484,000 is contingent on I $396,000 federal grant. If the 1 money cannot be ob- tained, the bonds will not be sold. Sidney has been plagued for several years with a rust and hard water problem. The results are rust - stained clothing, discoloration of house paint and water fixtures and clogging of water fixtures. According to Morrison and Maierle Inc., a Billings based consulting and engineering firm, the .construction of a water treatment plant would eliminate Sidney's water problem. Also planned under the projects total cost of $880,000 is the construction of a 750,000 - gallon water storage facility. The present water storage is too small according to the firm, and could cause an increase in fire insurance Pates for Sidney residents. Regardless of how the water bond issue comes out, an in- crease in Sidney's water rates is inevitable, according to city officials. They said that water rates have not been raised since 1947 and the rates are out of (late compared to service and other cities. If the bond issue passes and the water treatment and storage facility are con- structed, it will mean an in- crease in water rates of at least two times in residential areas anti three times in business districts. According to the Billings firm, the water treatment plant will give Sidney's water all the acceptable qualities required by the U. S. Public Health Service. Another bond issue for $50,000 will be on the ballot for voters to decide on. The issue is to repair, enlarge and rebuild portions of Sidney's Swimming Pool. A total cost of $96,000 has been estimated to do the work on the pool. Funds over the $50,000 figure will come from the Bureau of Outdoor Hecreation and according to city officials, the federal money can be obtained. The enlargement of the pool will give Sidney a 50 - meter approved pool and will be one of the few in the state. Repair work will include replacing the pool deck, sealing existing pool side fittings and installing new fittings in the new portion of the pool. If the issue passes the pool will be extended by 15 feet. Also planned is the rebuilding of changing houses and changing the filters in the pool. The Swimming Pool is one of the few recreational facilities in Sidney that is used all summer by both girls and boys. Sidney has won eight con- secutive state swimming titles anti the Sidney High School won the Girl's High School Swim title last year. Another issue that will ap- pear on the April 3 ballot will not cost taxpayers any money. The issue has to do with authorizing the Richland County Housing authority to operate in Sidney so that ap- plication forms can be sent in to apply for funds to build senior citizen housing in the city. Sidney's Senior Citizen Group have been working on the project for the past three years according to the club's president Chester Johnson. If voters approve the issue, the county housing authority will apply to the Department of Housing and Urban Develop. ment (HUD) for funds to build about 40 housing u., for senior citizens. Repayment on the HUD loan wouhl be made over a long period of time from rentals. When the loan is paid off the apartments become the property of the city and county. Construction would begin as soon as funds are available. Vote in the April 3 city election. 12 Seek Election OVer the voted Montana's "Chapter of the Year,'." Feom kqt bek row they are T61i.' Proyest, Bettem r0Wfrom left-are gris are. Seheetz Dean Rehbein, P, Pat Thirud, Reae Emly, RObln Seoles, Jaekie .- tktalle Jamie Kallevig, Juatdta Bnx- Peeker, Vieky-Morasko, Pennte Knaff, In -ha i' Carla Linder, Larip Paladiehuk, (;y.le Dolney andDale Senn, local chapter.was.: Jim : en, Melodic Bqxbau m ' aiid -- Don Mraehek Photo DECA instructor and advisor ROger Sidney DECA Chapter Gets State Recognition !(lney ,%nior High School's I,; stril)utive l,'(lucation Club of '"erica ( 1)I,:CA ), was selected ,,  the weeken(I as Montana's s( .apter of the Year" at their )to convention in Billings, aq i) Ording to instructor Roger OVost. , 'rovost id the purpose of Aar,Chapterw d" of the Year lip, is to encourage all ' ,(.A chapters to plan a yearly I 0, L Kram of youth actwty m eePinu with the goals and . crtl "of I)ECA anti to give YeOgnition to chapters that fill ,c alms anti purposes. Hi' id lection for the award is Iase(I on market development, "professional meetings, recreational ac- tivities, attendance at the State 1H.:CA Conference and alumni activities. In addition to being selected as the state's best chapter, the local club received numerous other awards. Melodee Buxbaum, a senior at the high school, was selected as the "Outstanding Girl Student of the Year." She also won first place in the job in- terview contest. .lira l,ppien, another senior, won second in the "Outstanding l'oy F, tadent of the Year" contest. In the junior contests Pare Hatlke took first place honors in the advertising contest. Jackie I'ccker placed second in public speaking and Vicky Morasko took third in the job interview contest. Hobin Stoles placed third in the advertising contest. Sidney's management decision making team, made up of Pat Qualley, Juanita I',uxbaum and Vicky Morasko won third in the situation handling contest. Other I)I,:CA students from Sidney attending the con- vention were Dale Senn, Tom Seheetz, Kris Thirud, Carla l,inder, Dean Rehbein, Rene Emly, l,ana Paladichuk, Jamie Kallevig, Penny Knaff and (;yle l)olney. Nearly 500 students from Missoula, Great Falls, Billings, Bozeman, Kalispell, l,ibby, Helena, Miles City, Glendive. Hardin, Poison, Baker, West Yellowstone and Sidney at- (Continued on Page 2) To Cit)' Positions Voters in Sidney will elect nine city officials and decide on three major issues in the up- coming April 3 election. The only contest in the city election seems to be for the police judge position. 'In- cumbent Ralph D. Criger filed for re-election and John H. Putnam filed for election to that post. Math Dasinger, a local businessman, has started a campaign as a write-in candidate for the police judge office. Criger is presently serving in his third term. He ap- pointed five years ago to fill the vacancy left by Bill Bahia. Criger is a retired Army officer and has lived in Sidney for 37 years. Putnam, 22, has been living in Sitlney for three and one-half years and is presently manager at the l,alonde Hotel. Both Criger and Putnam filed for the office March 7 and their names will appear on the ballot. 1)asinger, 45, is a native of Sidney and has lived here all his life. He is a partner in the ownership of Sidney I,aundry anti Cleaners. Dasinger announced his intentions this week to run as a write - in candidate for the police judge office. Incumbents of other city offices will apparently have no contest- no one else has filed. The incumbents are City Treasurer Evan Hayner and Mayor Bruce Harris. In- cumbent aldermen are Ed Bahia anti Gone Nordberg from Ward I. Ward II aldermen who have filed for re-election are Knute Hoversten and Con Gedrose. Ward III adlermen are Syl Braaten and Howard Martini. Issues on the ballot include one for $484,000 to finance the relair, rebuilding and on- largement of Sidney's water system anti storage facilities. The issue is contingent on a $396,000 federal grant. Another issue is one for $50,000 to rebuild, repair and enlarge Sidney's swimming pool. The last issue is one that will authorize the Richland County Housing Authority to operate in the city. The issue will not cost any money and is-actually an authorization for .the County Housing Authority to apply for federal funds to build housing for senior citizens in Sidney. John H. Putnam Mark J. Daslnger Ralph D. Crlger Savage ,Election Slated Voters in Savage High School District 2 and Savage Elementary will vote on special levies at the school election to be held at the Savage School April 7. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. The special levy for the High School District 2 calls for a seven - mill levy to raise the amount of $12,507.31 for the maintenance and operation of the High School. There were nine mills on the ballot for High School District 2 for the 1971 - 72 school year. The special levy for the l.'lementary District 7 calls for a four - mill levy to raise the amount of $5625.34 for main- tenance and operation of the Elementary school. There were eight mills on the ballot for Elementary District 7 for the 1971 - 72 school year. Also there is a special levy for the Elementary District 7 which calls for a seven mill levy to raise $9844.3,5 for the purchase of a home to be used by the superintendent of schools. One trustee will be elected. Mel Tombre is the trustee whose term expires and is not seeking re-election. Vernon Heinrich and Frank Reed are running for this position. District Sets Annual Meeting The Richland County Con- servation District will hold their Annual Cooperators meeting March 29, at the Moose Hall in Sidney. The evening will begin with a free dinner served at 7 p.m. The election of two supervisors from Zones one and five will be held, with all eligible voters that reside within the Richland County Conservation District. Main speaker will be Harold Mercer, chairman of the City - County Planning Board of Sidney. Lewis and Clark Station Ge.ts Variance gomney'sO;-'ner Lewis and Clark r rating plant won a rieve from air pollution rds Friday when the of Health granted a =',, e'Year variance for par- elate emissions. ]'he board unanimously the variance from standards at held in Helena. ral Montana - Dakota officials, Sidney and written combined efforts to the plant open while A stipulation of the board was that MDU provide quarterly reports on the progress of the company's $3.5 million air pollution control project that is not expected to he completed until Sept. 15, 1975. The board of health asked many questions of the 10 wit- nesses. One board member questioned the need for any pollution control measures at all at the Sidney plant. Jay l.alonde of Sidney answered by saying he felt there was no need for the expensive control equipmenL R. 1'. Nelson, superintendent of power production for MDU, said the plant met all air pollution standards except for emission of particulate matter. He described the installation of the equ!pment as a big project "that takes time and pointed out the $3.5 million cost is about 30 per cent of the $II million the company originally spent to build the plant in le. Nelson outlined the corn. pany's "compliance schedule" and "increments of progress" for the board. Mark Scarff, vice predent of MDU, explained the situation, "I grant that our stack at the Lewis & Clark Plant discharges particulate matter in excess of permissible standards, but it is inert dust and the amount of sulphur dioxide is minimal because of the low sulfur content of the coal. We do not receive com- plaints from residents in the area and we do not believe that the discharge from our stack constitutes a danger to public health or safety." "Immediate compliance with established particulate stan- dards could only be ac- comph'shed by shutting down the plant, either permanently or until pollution control equipment could be installed. Either would produce extreme hardship upon MDU, MDU's customers, the community of Sidney, individuals in that community and the general public in a number of states, with questionable benefits to the general public," he said. R. E. Russell, engineer for Stearns - Roger Inc., told what his company is doing in regard to designing pollution control equipment for the plant. Several Sidney men ap- peared to support the MDU application for the variance. Appearing were Jay Lalonde, Albert Groskinsky, Harold Mercer, Math Dasinger, Bruce Harris and Russ Wells. Com- ments from these individuals included: I,alonde -- I have never heard a single complaint made about the emisons from the Lewis and Clark Station. I have never heard anyone complain that the emissions were of any danger 'to their health or to their safety. Continued operation of the Lewis and Clark Station until air pollution abatement equtptrmt is in. stalled should cause no injury or damage to anyone's health or safety. Groskinsky -- The closure of the plant until compliance with the air pollution regulations would be a disasterous economic blow to Sidney and the surrounding area. The Lewis and Clark Station is, of course, a major economic force in our relatively small com- munity. Additionally, the plant and its personnel have always been a vital and effective part of our community. Quite aside from the economic loss, the loss of the talented and civic . minded employes of MDU would be a serious blow to Sidney. Mercer --. I have never seen any harmful effect to either public health or safety from the emissions at the Lewis and Clark Station or any i detrimental effects to the property or property owners adjacent to the station. Nor have I ever seen a detriment to the public at large. Dasinger -- The Sidney Chamber of Commerce believes and hopes that the board will grant the variance. As you know, Sidney, is not a (Continued on Page 2) F Complete Men's' ORMAL WEAR RENTALS Latest Styles and Colors Weeks Ree',ation Required Phone: 482-1405 Support The White Cone Drive Vote April 3-City C Election * Sidney Cleaners SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Express your opinions on Sr. Citizen's Housing, and Laundry S Richland Cot 4'H Council Water Treatment and Swimming Pool "Your Sanitone Certified Master