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V,O Tho a Av, iz/7 Mon m Ii/ 11/73 II/74 l The East County Sen- tor Center building fund topped the $5,000 mark when donations last week totaled $920. The latest contribu- tions pushed the total to $5,596. Goal of the drive is to raise $20,000 to re- model the former Vasa Hall as new quarters for the senior citizen group. The Center, which has been in extstance for over four years, serves over 200 ac- tive members from the communities of Sno- homish, Monroe, Sul- tan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, Skykomtsh and surrounding areas. Contributions were received last week from: The Monroe Kiwanis Club, Mrs. Louise MH1er, Mem- orial to Harry Miller, Tolero Rebekah Lodge #119, Ltljan Lodge #415 Order of Vasa, Myron Cavan, Ada Drugge, Alice Lundeberg, Irene Wig- gins, Mrs. FloydPhil- EAST COUNTY Senior Center Board Member Fran Morse, rick, Cleva Holt, left, accepts a $250 donation from John Heichel, president Mabel J. Hamberg, Mr. and Mrs. Edward of the Monroe Kiwanis Club, for the building fund drive. Siverson, Mr. and The latest donation boosted the $20,000 being sought to $5,5960 Mrs. Willis B. George --Staff Photo and Monroe School Teachers. Subdivision einq onsidered lannin roup Monroe Planning Commission members are considering a proposed subdivision code. The 22 page document will be discussed at a March 10 work session and again at a regular commission gathering on March 24, at 8 p.m. Both will be held at City Hall on West Main Street. The planning commission is responsible for recorm aendlng to the city council whether or not to adopt the regulation. The council has final approving authority. The proposal would regulate subdivision of land and enforces state statutes. The planning commission would maintain approving authority for subdivisions containing less than five lots. Plans for more than five lots would be submitted to the commission for study and recommendation to the City Council. The regulation spells out subdivision pro- cedure and requirements as well as require- ments for preliminaryplats, final plats and short plats: Copies of the proposed code are available at City Hall. Sky Valley Speedway is seeking a new lease on life and Monroe City Councilmen are de- bating prices for city gravel. Members of the racing association met with councilmen last Wednesday evening to explore a new location for the dirt track. The track is presently situated on city owned property on the hill on the east side of Highway 2. The present location is in jeopardy due to gravel operations being carried on by two firms which also lease land from the City. As they claw away at the hill side, the track site looses ground. Dick Anderson, publicist for the track, told councilmen the organization desired to stay in Monrce. He said the facility was an asset to the city, noting an annual attendance of over 20,000 and annual expenditures of about $26,000 on track maintenance. In addition, he said the track creates a lot of publicity for the town and added that Monroe was unique in that it had not only a dirt track but a paved track at the fair- grounds. Both attract a lot of fans that travel through town and patronize local businesses, he said. Race track backers proposed moving the exist- ing site slightly to the southwest, out of the way of gravel operations. They said the area was in a nautral basin and appeared to be out of range of future gravel operations. The council appeared to be in favor of the suggestion and turned it over to Councilman MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURSDAY, March 6, 1975 NO. 8 Monroe Police officers were continuing an intense investigation Tuesday following the theft of eight rifles from the Monroe American Le- gion Post on East Main Street. In addition an American Flag was reported taken and about $1,000 damage was done to the Monroe Youth Center, located on the second floor of the Legion Hall. Eight ceremonial Springfield 30.06 caliber army rifles, four of which are operational, were taken, Police Chief D.C. Nauman said. The break-ins were discovered Saturday morning. "We have several strong leads in the case and a couple of suspects," Nauman said. The bottom was knocked out of a pool table, valued at about $750 and coin boxes were pried open on several machines in the youth center and an undetermined amount of change taken. In another vandalism incident that occurred over the weekend, Monroe-Maltby Elementary School Prinicipal Roy Harding reported about $200 damage was done to the school. He said vandals entered a classroom build- Lloyd Helm's industrial committee for addit- itional study. In a related matter, councilmen discussed current land leases in the area and the price that is being charged for gravel. A motion to renegotiate gravel prices with lease holders Joplin Paving Company and Valley Concrete was defeated by a 4-2 vote and another motion to renegotiate gravel prices with Joplin Paving Company died due to lack of a second. City Councilman Wayne Whisnant feels the city should be getting a fair price for its gravel and thinks current gravel rates should be in- creased. City Attorney Carleton Knappe explained that due to the lease agreements, gravel prices could only be raised if either party agreed to negotiate. The lease for Valley Concrete runs through December 31, 1988 and the firm presently pays 15 cents a yard for gravel. Joplin's lease is in effect for three more years and the company now pays 12 cents a yard for gravel. Whisnant cited other examples where the av- erage price for gravel is about 30 cents a yard and noted that the city of Snohomish pays 25 cents per yard for a lower grade of gravel to cover its dump. Helm added that in south Snohomish County, the county road district pays 45 cents a yard for gravel. Whisnant asked if it wasn't the city's respon- (Continued on pg. 5) ing by breaking a window and discharged a fire extinguisher. Entrance was also gained to the school office complex by breaking a window and again an ex- tinguisher was discharged. In addition two elec- tric typewriters were damaged and school files were ransacked anddumped on the floor, Harding said. The incident is being investigated by the Sno- homish County Sheriff's office. At Wayside Chapel... Felony Charge Pending In Vandalism Incident Malicious damage to property charges, a fel- ony, have been filed against David L. Woodard for a January 25 incident at the Wayside Chapel on Highway 2 between Monroe and Sultan, ac- cording to Deputy Snohomish County Prosecut, or John Loreen. He said the case is currently in Everett Justice Court and expected a trial date to be set within the next couple of weeks. Woodard, 18, 13013 Sunnyside N. Seattle, along with Herbert A. Sherman, 20, 1711 8th N.E., Seattle; and Donald G. Sheff, 18, 12526 2nd N.E., Seattle, were arrested at the small chapel after it had sustained an estimated $2,500 damage. All three were also cited for illegal con- sumption and forfeited bail at Evergreen Dis- trict Court. s Lease tate A lease agreement between the City of Monroe and the Wash- ington State Patrol was reached at last Wed- nesday's city council session. City fathers agreed to a one year lease with a five year renewal option, to lease the old city hall facilities for $100 per month. The State Patrol, which will house a sep- arate East Snohomish County beat, is expect- ed to occupy the new quarter by April 1. WSP plans to make some improvements to the interior prior to moving into the build- ing. Councilmen were mainly concerned about being able to utilize the old build- ing for other purposes in the future and City Attorney Carelton Knappe said the lease would be negotiated every year. On a motion by Councilman Ewalt Schrag the lease was accepted unanimously. Seven Monroe must- Sina Nelson, high clans and a clarinet school junior oboe; quartet earned super- Lisa Nelsinger, sixth for ratings at the grade flute; Tom Northwest District eorge, seventh grade solo/ensemble music trumpet; Bill Keene, contest in Everett on March 1, Music In- structor George Oel- rich said. Dorothy Streutker, high school senior flutist, was awarded a superior-plus rat- Ing, one of three such awards extended from among over 300 entries. Other Monroe sup- erior ratings were awarded to Tawnya ,Nettles, eighth grade flute; Barbara Wick- izer, sixth grade flute; high school junior trombone and the high school clarinet quar- tet comprized of Eric Mann, Marilyn Falre, Nancy Wenzel and Denis Meeds. Thirty - four band members from grades six through twelve and soprano Lort Scharf competed in the con- test. On a scale of I (sup- erior) to V (poor), lo- cal musicians earned 20 II's and six III's. City Council Approves Gambling Ordinance Monroe City Council- men adopted a gamb- ling statute last Wed- nesday evening. When it was noticed that there was no one in the audience to question the ordin- ance, Councilman Wayne Whisnant in- troduced a motion to accept the law. Whtsnant said he felt there had been a lot of public input regard- ing the ordinance and had heard no ob- jections to any forms (Continued on pg. 5) Contract negotiations between the City of Monroe and the Mon- roe Police Department have been turned over to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for mediation, city coun- cilmen learned Wed- nesday evening. The local police guild rejected the lat- est city offer, an 8.5 per cent salary in- crease plus an addit- ional $100 uniform and clothing allowance. The police guild contract expired last January 1 and attempts to settle the matter have been unsuccess- ful. Police officers are seeking a somewhat higher salary In- crease, somewhere between 10 and 12 per cent, Offlcer Gordon Eastman aid. , MONROE WAS represented by a host of wrestlers atI the State championship meet in Vancouver, WashingtonI last Friday and Saturday. The Bearcat squad hadI earlier captured both the Northwest AA and regionali crowns to earn the right for state competition. Ready l to depart for the state r0eet are from left: Chris Damiandis, Tom Riely, Jim Moffet, Tom Moon, John Breckenridge, Dale Mattieligh, Arnie Anderson, Mark Witherow and Steve Taylor. --Staff Photo