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Today At Hospital... Gift Bar To Observe Firsz Anniversary "The Guilds Gallery" gift bar at Valley General Hospital will observe its first anniversary today, Thurs- day. During Its first year of operation the gift bar has paid its debt to the hospital and now donates a portion of the proceeds toward purchase of additional equipment for the health facility. To celebrate the event, coffee and cake will be served in the hospital cafeteria from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and a number of items at the gift bar will be on sale. Erma DuRall, Jean Spann, Jean- hie Chaney, Marjorte Laz and Ina McLain received special recogni- tion recently for their volunteer work at Valley General Hospital. All members of the Hospital Guild were honored and treated to a holi- day buffet luncheon at the hospital. Service pins and Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the following volunteers: Mary Brandenberg, Ruth Egbert, LU Lorentzen, Lou Soma, Marion Van Trojen, Rachel Feek, Mercedes Fricke, Eileen O'Brien and Mar- tan Johnson. Virginia Fyke, Volunteer Chair- man and Joyce Stewart, Gift Bar Chairman presented the awards to those contributing 25 hours or more of their time. Some 4,993 1/2 volunteer hours were spent by the workers with 1,447 1/2 hours spent by workers at the Gift Bar, located in the Hospital lobby. There is still a need for volunteer workers at the hospital. Persons interested should call one of the following: Virginia Fyke, Volunteer Chairman, 794-7109; Pat Elmore, Guild President, 334-3188 or Joyce Stewart, Gift Bar Chair- man, 578-5588. "SNOW FLURRIES " late last Thursday afternoon and night, the second major snowfall of the winter season, created numerous traffic accidents throughout Snohomish County. Shortly after 10 p.m. an oil tanker truck slid and overturned on Highway 2 near Index apparently to avid hitting several stalled cars parked on a curve. Although no one was injured, oil in the truck had to be pumped from the overturned rig before Josh's heavy duty wrecker could ease the truck back on the road. Shortly before midnight a second oil tanker truck overturned about 100 yards west of the first incident. State Troopers and tow truck operators were at the scene most of the night. --Staff Photo Monroe's School Board is making a review of surplus district owned property Superintendent Royston Cottam said. At a January 3 meeting, the board directed the superintendent to have three tracts of districtland apprais- ed. Cottam listed the three pieces of property as: 5.7 acres at the old Maltby School site which is zoned commercial; about one-third of an acre near the Tualco Grange and about two and a half acres in the High Rock area that used to be the old High Rock elementary school site. Cottam explained that state law requires the land be appraised by three different brokers and he ex- pects to make a report to the board at its next meeting, In other business the board un- amlously adopted criteria and pro- cedures for reduction of staff in the event of a loss of funds to the dis- trict for any reason. With the establishment of March 20 as a special levy date the board has requested any, persons in the community interested in serving on the levy committee to contact the superintendents office. The phone number is 794-7777. In reply to a recent request by the Public School Employees for a negottatton session the board was in the process of establishing adate. At a December meettng the P.S.E. submitted a list of contract demands, several for increased wage benefits, and called for a negotiation session as soon as possible. Cottam and his staff tallied the amount of requests and estimated five points demanded by the P.S.E. would cost some $53,512. Broken down, Cottam estimated cost of extra trip rates would be $700; nine paid holidays, $8,708; increase in medical contribution, , $3,480; allowing the P.S.E. presi- dent paid time off to attend meet- tugs, $277 and a 15 per cent salary increase, $40,347. Cottam said there are 46 f2af~fll time classified employees and time P.S.E. members. The board denied a request of Harvey Spencer, 16211 177th S.E., to trade approximately 600 square feet of land near the transportation ~arage in return for paved access ehtnd the garage. An extra-ordinary land use permit with the City of Monroe prevents the district from entering an agreement (Page 5, Column I) V,O. Thomas IF6oF :Y'/I 8E onz e 11/72 11/73 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-' THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1973, NO. 52 4 ill in Un Although a date has been set, the millage hasn't, for a Monroe School District special school levy. The school board choose March 20 to place a special levy before district voters at its last meeting, Superintendent Royston Cottam said. "The hoard picked that date to hold the levy to give them ample time to plan and publicize it," Cottam said. "The millage amount for the levy I'm sure will be discussed Monday night (January 15) -- it'll be on the agenda," the superintendent said. An Ad Hoc committee had recom- mended in December a speciallevy for 10 mills, however Cottam said he was not sure at the time how many mills it would take to maintain the existing educational program. Later in the month Cottam said figures available at that time indicated it would take 12.35 mills to continue the present program. ssi Legislators from the 39th Dis- trict, Senator Frank Woody and Rep- resentatives Charles Moon and Art Clemente will be covering a broad "spectrum of lawmaking activities at Olympia this session as a result of their vommlttee assignments. Since the basic work on all bills including the recommendations as to whether or not they should be passed is accomplished in the committee, these assignments are of maJortm- portance to both legislators and their constituents, the three noted. Woody has been assigned to Judic- iary, parks and recreation and social and health services. Moon will serve on the financial institution, state government and revenue committees. Clemente's committee assign- ments include education, natural resources and transportation and utilities. All three district legislators con- tinued to stress their interest in hearing from the citizens this session on all matters that concern them. Addresses and phone numbers are: Senator Woody, 426 Senate Office Building, telephone 753-7676; Moon, 404 Legislative Building, telephone 753-7954 and Clemente, 314 House Office Building, 753-7952. The legislators may also be con- tacted via a toll free "hotline'~ -- 1-800-562-6000. "Right now, we're not too sure where we stand. It's hard to set a figure without all of the informa- tion," he said. "We were informed, although not officially, that the district's upcom- ing share of the timber sales tax would be approximately $45,000-- $10,000 higher than predicted and budgeted for. "Until last year the district has never received more than about $1,000 from the timber sales," Cot- tam said. ''We've also experienced a sudden Jump in deltquent property tax pay- ments -- however this is extra money and can't be used until next year." During the first six months of the fiscal year, (July through December), the district received approximately $19,000 in delinquent taxes. Indications from the assessors of- fice are that all combined timber, sand and gravel and delinquent prop- erty taxes could reach as high as $75,000 in extra funds for the 73-74 budget, Cottam noted. The superintendent pointed out a number of factors contributing to the additional property tax payment climb. He said when the county assess- ment rate was changed to 50 per cent five years ago, many taxpay- ers refused to pay, along with other reasons for non-payment. "This is why it has been such a ~un eSS to figure out how much of your ds will come fromproperty taxes. The past few years it has ranged anywhere from 93 to 97 per cent -- now, we're receiving delinquent taxes that were ours from several years ago.' "Time is closing on persons with delinquent taxes -- not all of which go toward schools, ': he pointed out. "These persons are faced with loss of their property if they don't pay their taxes, and that's not a law I made up, it's a state statute. I don't want to see anyone forced out of their home, but at any rate we're gaining some of the monies that we were due in the past," Cottam ex- plained. Last year the district received about $10,000 in back taxes, the year before that, only $3,400 and during 1969, $1,700 he said. "As far as the teachers associa- tion is concerned, they say they'll be happy if we can at least maintain the existing program," he said. "They would be even happier to of- fer more educational opportunlties to the students -- but that is a dif- ferent ball game -- one the board will have to study." The superintendent said these ad- dlttonal funds would contribute toward placing a lower special levy millage rate before the voter than previously anticipated. Through the efforts of a number of community organizations, the 'Corner Cupboard" is to provide school clothes for children residing within the Monroe School District whose family situations restrict the purchase of proper clothing. School District Nurse Mrs. Leota Copstead felt their was a need for such a program and through the as- sistance of the district admtntstra- tion, the Monroe-Maltby PTC and the new Monroe PTC, established an outlet to provide such a service. The "Corner Cupboard" is locat- ed tn an unused portable at Frank Wagner Elementary School, and some items are presently available. Staffed by volunteers uncler the co- chatrmanshlp of Mrs. Kathy Lentz and Mrs. Janet Osborn, the "Cup- board" is launching a clothtng drtve from January 15 to 19. The co-chairmen said any usable piece of children's clothing that is clean and mended would be wel- corned. "Jackets, shirts, sweaters, pants, shoes and dresses may all be used," they said. Donated items may be left at any one of the district's schools or for further information, contact the school district office. 6% investment certificates $I000 minimum, 2 to 5 year term PLUS daily compoundtnlg means annual earnings of 6.18% FIRST MUTUAL SAVINGS BANK MONROE OFFICE Main and lewis 794-RORO