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NEWSSTAND I0 PER COPY THE MONROE MONITOR SIXTY-NINTH YEAR MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY I, 1968 NUMBER 2 Monroe Soldier C,ted Sgt. Larry Burns, a Monroe High School graduate, won four med- als while on a recent tour in the Republic of Vietnam, according to U.S. Army sources. Sgt. Burns, whosepar- ents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burns of 317 North Madison Street, has to his credit two Bronze Stars, as well as the Army Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart, the latter receiv- ed for wounds suffered while his platoon was on a search and des- troy mission last Sep- tember. The heroism Bronze Star medal, with the first oak leaf cluster, was won during the en- gagement when the ser- geant was wounded. "Sgt. Burns distln- qulshed himself by ex- ceptionally valorous ac- tions . . . in the Republic of Vietnam," the cita- tion read. It went on to explain: "While on a search and destroy mission, Sergeant Burns' platoon became under heavy enemy fire, which in- flicted several friendly casualties with the ini- tial burst. Sergeant Burns, with complete disregard for his own safety, rushed forward through the enemy fire, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he moved. (Page 2, Column 5) Snohomish Co. TRAFFIC DEATHS TO DATE LAST YEAR THIS YEAR [3]l00J PROCLAIMING FEBRUARY as American Heart Month is Mayor Jack Law who signs the document here under the interested eye of Robert Burchard, president of the Monroe Lions Club, sponsors of the Heart Fund campaign. The proclamation, as well as designating American Heart Month, points out that heart and blood vessel diseases are resonsible for more deaths than all other diseases and causes combined.--Monitor Staff Photo La rry's Wegg Asks Answer Celebrates To Moore Remark 23rd Year Larry's Food Store on East Main Street is celebrating 23 years of good customer relations in the Valley during their anniversary week- end Thursday through Saturday. Customers old and new are invited to drop in and have a cup of cof- fee and munch a cookie anytime Friday or Sat- urday during anniver- sary days. On hand to greet the community will be own- er Larry Naaman and his staff, Art Murdock, Martha Blair, Nell McCaffery, Craig Mc- Kelvey and EddleCourt. Friends will also have a chance to say their farewells to Mrs. Blair who will retire this (Page 2, Column 6) Talbot Wegg, Monroe's professional planning consultant, last week demanded an explanatkn from City Councilman Joe Moore who had re- marked at an earlier meeting that he "didn't trust Wegg." Said Wegg: "The City of Monroe and I went into contract last June. My relations with the city and people have been very enjoyable over the last six months and I'm sorry I have to raise an unpleasant sub- Ject at this late date. "When the city council met last week one of the subjects was my statement. In the Monitor are two paragraphs I'm required to read to yOU." Wegg quoted from the January 18 issue cov- ering the council meeting of January I0 at which Moore asked that Wegg's $720 balance of fee be withheld until he completed his Job, saying: "It would be wise if we saw the zoning map before we pay hlm. I don't trust him. I don't think we should pay the man." Wegg continued: My contract with the city is quite clear. My integrity has never before been questioned. I'm entitled to know what provision of my contract a councilman can invoke to say he does not trust me and withhold a payment. It is a violation of my contract to arbitrarily withhold payment." (Page 2, Column 3) Council Kills Plan 3., City Growth Stym,ed Planning in Monroe is at a standstill after the city council in a 4-3 decision last week rejected the comprehensive land use plan earlier adopted and recommended by the Monroe Plan- ning Commission. In subsequent action Bill Davisson, planning commission chairman, announced to the coun- cil he would submit his letter of resignation the next morning. (See report elsewhere.) The meeting, scheduled as a public hearing for the plan, was held in the Evergreen Dist- rict Justice Court chambers to accommodate the 50 persons attending. Death to the plan, known as Plan 3, and the fifth prepared by the city's professional plan- ning consultant Talbot Wegg, followed a motion in favor of adoption by Councilwoman Dorrts Btderbost. C ommlsslon Head Res,'gns Veteran planner and recently elected chair- man of the Monroe Planning Commission Bill Davisson last week submitted his resignation to Mayor Jack Law. "As a consequence of the attitudes of certain members of the Monroe City Council toward the Monroe Planning Commission, and the recent actions taken by said council in regard to the work done by the Monroe Planning Commission, I regretfully submit my resignation from that body," Davisson wrote the mayor. He went on to write: "In light of the public feeling surrounding our present planning program, I feel that to continue in this pell mell rush to fulfUl one man's desires is an insult to the 2,000 other citizens of Monroe. "I question how any of us could keep faith with the people of Monroe wh0 have in the past re- quested action on their property and been turned down because the commission felt their request was not in the public interest." Davisson, who served on the commission for two years, concluded by thanking the mayor for being given the opportunity to serve, attested that he had attempted to do so "with fairness and consistency to all by keeping in mind the public interest". City Adds 3 Acres With Glover Tract Monroe added three more acres to its fast growing boundaries last week by granting an annexation request to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Glover of Route 2. The property lies to the northeast in the area of Monroe Heights. The Glovers had earlier announced plans to build an apartment house on the site. They said last week they would seek a rezone on the property as soon as the rezone freeze is lifted on March 27. With the newest annexation the city of Monroe encompasses 1,240 contiguous acres. Councilmen were polled and voted in the fol- lowing manner and order: Herb Schwartz, aye; Allan Borltn, aye; Get- . aid Koll, aye; Dick Cedergreen, no; Mrs. Bider- boat, aye; Ewalt Schrag, no, and Joe Moore, no. However, before Mayor Jack Law could an- nounce the motion had carried, Councilman Bor- lin asked for the floor. Said Borlin: "I talked with Mr. Fox (Monroe SchoolDtstrict 103 Superintendent Ernest Fox)this evening and learned there are 12 new students this week alone, 161 since September. Mr. Fox told me that even with the new high school we'll need 10 more rooms next fall. "It would appear to me if we are going to get industry we have two logical places, Lawler's and the city-owned land above the gravel pit. "Our high taxes here are primarily because of schools and we're going to have to have some kind of tax base to support schools. It is for this reason I ask that my vote be changed from 'yes' to 'no'." In a second poll of the council Borltn's vote was the only change and the motion to adopt comprehensive land use plan 3 went down to defeat. Mayor Law, commenting on the vote said: "I don't understand the council's feeling. I asked for a discussion of the plan before we voted and no one indicated changes should be made. Then you vote against it." In preliminary remarks made before the vote was taken a number of persons spoke in favor of the plan. The only speaker against adoption was Ward Lawler, Route 2, Snohomtsh, major property owner in the recently annexed 522- acre tract known commonly as Fryelands. As in the past, speakers on the plan were primarily concerned only with that part dealing with the amount of industry considered for Fryelands. In Plan 3 about 200 acres are shown as industrial in the Fryelands area. It had been the planning commission's reoom, mendation that the city actually zone to industry 100 acres of Fryelands with a contract zoning agreement allowing increased industrial zoning as industry develops in order to encourag@ development but check speculation. Wegg last week called the land use plan a compromise showing more industrial area than he recommended but still acceptable and onb he could sign his name to. Support was given by Mrs. Charles Wickizedr of Route 1 who said she was speaking for her- self and many friends, and by the Rev. Richard Arnold of South Lewis Street. They urged the council to adopt Plan 3 and "show confidence in both the hired professional planner and the planning commission.' ' Asking the council to remember the agri- cultural qualities of the land were Vernon Thomas of Park Place and Dr. William Romberger, a Monroe dentist who resides at Route 2, Snohom- lsh. Dr. Romberger also expressed alarm that the land lies in a flood drainage district dependent on the French Creek drainage district. "We don't really expect another municipal district to control all that acreage," Dr. Rom- berger said. "I feel we havebeen remiss in not entering into negotiations with the corporat- ions involved. "The area is Class I and Class II agricultural land and we have a valuable asset that will be permanently destroyed if industry develops there." (Page 8, Column 5) DRIVE LEGALLY WASHINGTON STATE PATROL Four Valleyites Among 75 Seeking Freeholder Posts Inc. Director, member Moose, Elks, Eagles, Everett Yacht Club. Eagle Scout. Scoutmaster- 12 years. John M. Ertckson: Have had three years high school. Married-three daughters. Owner of Allen Creek Electric which I started about 7 years ago. I think we need business men to help in a lot of this kind of planning as they know the value of a dollar. Position No. 2 Nicholas C. Agostinelli: Lived in Marys- ville most of my llfe. Two years college. Salesman of Investment Exchange Realty. Own property in many Sno. Co. cities. Concerned with zoning, schools, employment, and taxes. Don't believe in changing for change sake. Be- lieve the present County Charter should be reviewed to see if any changes would expedite a good sound county government. Exploring of other county governments would be advis- able. Gerald A. Burke: High School graduate, Married, five children. Retired employee, Ever- ett Water Department 31 years. Past President County-city employees, Council 2 AFL-CIO. Ten sessions Washington State Legislature on County & City legislation. Through this I feel I have the knowledge of County Government that would be of value to a Freeholder Committee. Herb Wilson: 3 Yrs. University. Past Pres. Everett Jr. Chamber of Commerce, Everett Central Lions Club, Riverside Commercial Club, Active many Civic Committees. Owner of Wilson and Rowe Insurance & Real Estate and independ- ent business man for 25 years. Feel most services for the least taxes necessary and re- organization of county government and consol- (Information on the majority of the freeholder candidates which follows was supplied by the South Snohomish County League of Women Vot- ers--Editor.) Four well-known area men are among the 75 candidates seeking the 15 seats available in the Snohomtsh County freeholder election which will be held next Tuesday. They are Ward Bowden, former Monroe Monitor and Sultan Valley News publisher; State Representative Charles Moon, who resides between Monroe and Snohomish; Lawrence W. Whitfield (Jr.) of Whttfield In- surance of Monroe; and Dr. Robert Wilcox, a Monroe dentist. The John R. Heichel listed is not the John Heichel of the Monroe branch of the Bank of Everett who resides in Monroe. He is, in fact, a real estate salesman from Stanwood. Bowden is a native of Snohomtsh County and has been a resident of the Skykomish Valley for 30 years. He is incumbent secretary of the Washington State Senate, a post he has held for 12 years. He has served a total of 34 years in state government as a legislative aid and for 25 years as clerk for the Town of Sultan. "County government should be strengthened," " d Bowden said to the League, and improve after careful study. Freeholders should have available the services of competent consultants to assist them in their deliberations." Moon, who is a veterinarian, having graduat- ed from Washington State University has worked at federal, state and local levels of government with the Departments of Agriculture and Health. He is a former Snohomish city councilman and is presently serving his third term in state legislature. Moon's education also includes one year at the University of Washington law school. His statement to the League was: "It appears that our county government is having more problems than necessary. A thorough review of the problems and an investigation of possible changes is needed before any recom- mendations can be made." Whttfield is an incumbent and long time mem- ber of the Monroe Board of Education and has been active in other governmental units, in- cluding a stint on the Monroe Planning Com- mission. The League said that he did not issue a statement. A past president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Wilcox is presently serving his second term and is the chairman of the Sno- homish County School Board. He attested to the League that his many years of experience with the governmental prob- lems of schools gives him sufficient experience to "wrestle with the problems of county govern- ment' '. The following, with the exception of the above, is the partial text of the works submitted for publication by tle League: Legislature Districts 39 and 48 Position No. 1 Charles Moon: Ray Treicheh Graduate Everett High School, attended U. of Wash. Graduate Central Wash- ington College. Ex-school teacher and admin- istrator. Advertising manager, Marysville Globe. Marysville Chamber of Commerce Advisory Com- mittee, Sno. Co. Boys Club Director, Marys- ville Community Chest Director, Marysville Rec- reation Council Director, Greater Marysville idation of departments and services such .as road districts, centralized purchasing and book- keeping and possibly a professional manater would be preferred. Kenneth L. Engman: B.A., B.E., M.A. de- grees. (Master's thesis in County finance) WSU. Graduate studles-U, of Wash., U.C.L.A., Stan- ford, Univ. of Cal., Kent State Overseas. Owner of private business 7 years. 22 years, Public School Administration. City Councilman (Public Affairs) Pullman, Wash. Director, Extended Pro- grams, Everett Community College since 1959. Planner and director of Snohomtsh CountyUrban, sub-urban seminars in: Finance, Land use and Zoning, Transportation, Water-Sewers and San- itation, Air and Water Pollution Position No. 3 Glenn L. Greener: Land Manager, Pacific Denkmann Co. Retired as Colonel after 30 years in U.S.Army. Attended all service schools in accordance with rank and branch, ending with the Command and General Staff College. Held command position of great responsibility. Was Military Governor of a county in Germany, as- sisted in rebuilding Japan's government after World War 2. Robert E. Wilcox: C. R. Fisher: Worked in logging and truck- ing. Presently employed as senior captain Snohomlsh County Sheriff's Department, where employment began in 1957. Graduate of sev- eral schools conducted by the FBI, Wash. State Patrol, Wash. Sheriffs, and Police Chiefs. Com- pleted ECC course in teacher traIning, com- mands the Search and Rescue and Traffic Di- visions of sheriff's department and serves on the (Page 4, Column 1)