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V,G. Thomas Ave SE Monz e 11/72 11/73 For 73.74 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1973, NO. 1 Monroe's city government begins the new year with a host of new faces serving in public office. Allan Borlin officially assumed duties of Mayor, filling the un- expired term of Jack Law who re- signed from the post. Borlin's ap- pointment came about following a motion by Councilman Cal Prentice. The remaining four council members also named three ad- ditional persons to fill vacant slots at last Wednesday's meeting. On a motion by councilman Herb Schwartz, those named to serve were Hap Schragg, Harry Donovan and Allen Courtney. The three selected, passed by unamtous vote. Schragg is a former councilman, Courtney served the remaining term of Elliott Cone following his death in 1970 and Donovan is a new ap- pointee. The three new city lawmakers as well as Borlin will hold office until this November's general election. The council vacancies were creat- ed when Harry Lemke and Bud Busch announced their resignations in Dec- ember and when Borltn, an existing council member was voted into the mayor's post. All four will be formally sworn into office by City Attorney Storrs Clough at the January 24 council meeting. At the January 3 council meet- in.g, a proposed ordinance regulat- ing second hand and antique dealers in the city was discussed and sub- sequent publicity in the MONITOR prompted a number of persons to voice dissatisfaction with the in- tended statute. A1 Dearle, owner of a Monroe antique shop, aimed most of the op- the proposal would create unneces- sary paper work and records and that it seemed unfair to penalize those who operated an honest bus- iness. Mrs. Ktrwan explained there were both state and county laws govern- ing such operations but they only pertained to first and second class cities. Monroe is a third class city. At the suggestion of Borlin it was agreed to further study the matter ammend the proposed ordinance and notify those persons affected by the law when it would be presented for consideration in the future. Council members discussed the cities participation in the county wide communications center. Most were opposed to allottng some $2,479 toward the project since funds didn't exist in the 1973 budget. Prentice said the city didn't set aside money in the budget and it would be hard to adjust the budget now to allow the required funds. Councilman Herb Schwartz fur- ther pointed out that the county had ample time to present its plan to the council prior to preparing the 1973 budget. Police Chief D.C. Nauman told the group he had allotted for it in his preliminary budget but it was not included in the final document. Councilman Lloyd Helm suggested tabling the matter pending further study. Borlin called a special business (Page 3, Column 1) position at the council. Dearle told council members that Report Shows Th t the way the proposed ordinance was written, it would force him to move his business out of town. He said, "The way it's written now I'm op- posed to it -- I'll move out of Mon- roe." Councilwoman Grace Kirwan, responsible for preparing the or- dinance with assistance from at- torney Clough, explained it was patterned after a similar Snohom- tsh County resolution. Several other affected merchants raised strong criticism about the ordinance. Dearle said the proposed or- dinance pertained more to pawn shops and the city was lumptng pawn shops,, second hand dealers and an- tique dealers under one regulation. Most who spoke to thecouncil said laries Up Six burglaries netted $1,332 tn losses in Monroe during the month of December according to an activity report released by Poltce ChtefD.C. Nauman. "That's the largest burglary amount that has been reported for quite sometime," the chief said. "However, looking over figures for the past year our crime rate seems to be down.' ' A total of 14 larcenies result- tng in losses of $394.61 were in- vesttgated by the department during the period. Officers responded to 136 com- plaints during the month and settled 97 of them Nauman said. One com- plaint was reported as unfounded and 38 remained unsettled. . The department investigated nine vehicle accidents with total damage set at $1,120. There wasone aggravated assault and one auto theft--reported during the month. An estimated $295 as a result of Construction of a $2 million High- six malicious destruction incidents way 2 overpass skirting Monroe is occurred during theperiod and some scheduled to get underway inthelat- $85 worth of stolen items was re- ter part of 1974, according to the covered. Washington State Highway Commts- The law agency handled eight ston. Juvenile problems, two suspicious Commissioners W. C. Bogart, persons, two runaways, four T.T. McLeod and Harry Martin dis- malicious mischief and four open closed the new plans to Snohomish building complaints through the 31 County Commissioners last week. day month. Highway department plans origin- The local department was called ally called for completion of a Sno- on to assist other departments 17 homish (city) by-pass prior to corn- times and offered public assistance menctng work on the Monroe portion on nine occasions. of the project. Nine citations were issued for But the highway commissioners explained the state was still in the process of purchasing right-of-way land with some condemnation of property still to come and that work couldn't begin until the 1975-77 bt- enntum. The Snohomtsh stretch of two lane highway has been estimated at $12 million. It was not revealed when work on the Monroe by-pass was expected to be completed. Highway commissioners also said a new surface would be lald on High- way 2 by the end of the year from Woods Creek into Sultan -- a bumpy surface sorely needing a new layer of asphalt. Monroe School District Board members voted last Monday to place an 11 mill, $480,007 special main- tenance and operation levy before district voters March 20, Superin- tendent Royston Cottamhas report- ed. However, from the $480,007 figure, only $283,548 or approxi- mately 59 per cent will be utilized in the 1973-74 budget, Cottam said. "This is the amount of property taxes generally paid between Jan- uary 1 to June 31,' he said. The superintendent said a num- ber of factors contributed to the decision. He said the present '72- 73 budget Is $1,980,319 and pro- Jected income for the 73-74 budget is $1,645,788 leaving a deficit of $334,531. He said the cash balance expect- ed to begin the '73-74 budget would be $102,983. "These were unexpect- ed funds accumulated from the high- er than anticipated tax collections, timber sales tax, sand and gravel taxes and oil lease taxes, slicing the difference to $231,548," he noted. However, Cottam said, added to that figure is approximately $5,000 In transportation losses from the state level due to road closures and MRS. MARTHA BLAIR, left of Monroe, chairman of the Monroe area March of Dimes and Mrs. Alberta Je!lison, also of Monroe, treasurer for the group, look over a poster as the annual Mother's March draws near, January 25. Most of the marching mothers are members of Mon- roe Eagles Auxiliary. They will meet at Two Accident Victims Still Listed In Serious Condition As of late Tuesday afternoon, two Monroe persons injured in an automobile accident were still in the intensive care unit listed in serious condition at Everett Gen- eral Hospital. misdemeanors and 39 traffic The two, Roy E. Wiley, 29, of violators were cited during Decem- 529 Circle Drive and Sheryl OI- ber. son, 22, of Route 3, were passen- Speed rated as the top cause for J ers in an automobile driven by being stopped wtthl2tickets written, t ary L. Swanson, 22, of 600 West Eight drivers were tagged for driv- Elizabeth Street. Swanson was ing while Intoxicated, six werettck- treated at Overlake Hospital in eted for drivers license violations Bellevue and released Tuesday. and three were parked illegally. According to the Washington State Other reasons for tickets tnclud- Patrol, Swanson's vehtcle was head- ed reckless driving, failure to stop, tted eastbound on Highway 522 when apparently went out of control negligent driving, failure to use due care and fatlure to yield right of way. and struck a bridge abutment about three miles west of Monroe about Drunk in public and illagal con- ' a.m. last Sunday morning. sumption each resulted in issuance of two citations while others tnclud- hospital spokesman Tuesday ed disorderly conduct, drunk and afternoon said both Wiley and Ms. Olson received extensive facial in- disorderly, curfew, resisting ar- rest and false identification. Juries and numerous broken bones. another $47,000 for annual pay incrt- ments, benefits and sick leave, leav- ing a $283,548 deficit. Cottam explained that the mill- age isn't the important item for a taxpayer to inspect. A mill is based on assessed property valuation, in this case, one mill equals $43,637. He said 1972 assessed valuattonof the district was about $39 million and assessed valuation for 1973 has been raised to about $42 million. "As assessed valuation increases the millage rate on the $283,548 levy request would decline, but the dollar amount remains the same," Cottam said. ' For example," he continued, "in some school districts where the assessed valuation is much greater than ours, a mill may be worth $200,000 compared to Monroe's $43,000. That district could thus resent a 1 mill proposition and gain 200,000 while in our case it would take a 4.7 mill levy to collect the same amount, $200,000." The board appointed John Hetchel, Bob Hines and George Hieber as levy committee co-chairmen and Cottam said persons interested in serving on the committee should contact one of those persons. the Eagles Hall at 6 p.m. to get packets and assignments, Mrs. Blair said. She said any other persons interested tnhelp- ing may contact her at 794-8194. Pro- ceeds from the drive go toward treat- ment, research and education to help fight birth defects. --Staff Photo ,-- -% 6% investment certificates $1000 minimum, 2 to 5 year term PLUS daily comuounding means annual ealn-',gs of 6.18% ilmm F~ MONROE OFFICE Main and Lmll 794.8686