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March 6, 1975

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Taking steps to establish a city council pen- sion fund, Monroe lawmakers voted to require the city to divy-up back pay needed to bring such a system up to date. The action took place last Wednesday evening after councilmen had earlier elected to estab- lish such a pension plan. The council authorized a pension fund on an individual basis. In other words, each council- man has a choice whether or not to join the fund. City fathers decided to have the city pick- up the tab for back pay into the plan. City Clerk Betty King said the system is bas- ed on a 50-50 payment and the back pay for Councilman Herb Schwartz, who has the longest tenure on the present council, would cost the city about $250. If each councilman joined the system it would cost the city about $934 for back pay. Thus far only Mayor Grace Kirwan and Schwartz have joined the plan, King said. On a motion by Councilman Lloyd Helm, the plan was backed unanimously. In other matters, no bids were received for the proposed Valley View Road water line, therefore an estimate prepared by the city util- ity department was accepted. According to city prepared figures, labor costs for the 5,600 foot project will total about $9,300, I0 inch concrete pipe and fittings, purchased earlier, cost about $42,000 and restoration mat- erial was figured at about $1,757 for a grand total of about $53,057. The project, slated to replace an existing 4 inch llne on the east side of the road, is ex- pected to be completed in about 90 days from start of construction. Eventually, a new sewer line is expected to be placed on the opposite side of the road. Councilmen awarded a bid of $245 to High- land and Associates to survey approximately one acre of land for a new water reservoir on Wagner Hill, Based on a recommendation by the water com- mittee, councilmen rejected a request for 24 Monroe Fi alls Following are calls answered by Monroe Volunteer Firemen as reported by Chief Jim Crawford: March 2, 8:30 a.m. Electrical fire on the Van Brocklin Road. About $200 damage. March 1, 10 a.m. Aid call to South Kel- sey Street. Patient transported to Valley General Hospital. February 26, 1:20 p.m. Fire call to the Hand Road for a short in an electrical out- Chopper Used In Telephone Maintenance General Telephone crews used a helicop- ter and dynamite to maintain telephone service to Skykomish and Stevens Pass last week after a buUd-up of ice and snow on a microwave repeater threatened to interrupt service for over 200 customers. Sunshine on a heavy snowpack surrounding the repeater melted snow and ice, which accumulated in front of the repeater and interrupted micro- wave transmissions, according to Bill Miller, Everett dis- trict manager. "To eliminate this problem for the rest of the year, it was necessary to blast the snow away from the repeater," Miller said. A helicopter was used to transport employ- ees and dynamite to the site, located on a ridge west of'the Stev- ens Pass summit. Close two-way com- munication between employees located on the ridge and employ- ees at the summit was maintained throughout the operation. The usual service project required close coordination with the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration and the State Highway Depart- ment. The microwave sys- tem was placed in ser- vice by General Tele- phone in 1972. water hook-ups near Lake Wagner. Water committee chairman Harry Donovan said that other requests in the same area had been denied and until improvements to the water system are made in that area, he recom- mended the current proposal be turned down. Councilmen established a maximum 16 hour work week for a new building inspector and and set the beginning salary at $4.50 per hour. An appointed citizens committee is currently reviewing applications for the position. A plan for landscaping the new City Hall site was turned over to the parks committee and a meeting to discuss sewer easements with the city engineering firm of Kramer, Chin and Mayo was set for March 12 at 7 p.m. In addition, councilmen are exploring the pres- sent dog catching system. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Burns, Route 2, Sultan, are contracted by the city to perform the ser- vice. In a meeting with Councilmen Herb Schwartz and Mike McCloud, the Burns' said it costs them a $283 a month to carry out the Sob. Schwartz reported to the council that the couple said they spend about I00 hours a month in Monroe and suggested that a monthly fee be set. Schwartz said they indicated a figure of about $583 a month for the job. , The matter will be further studied. City Zeases (Continued from pg. 1) let. No damage. February 23, 7:45 a.m. Aid call to the Madill Road. No aid needed. February 23, 11:45 aom. Fire call to the Upper Woods Creek Road. No as- sistance necessary. February 23, 11:15 p.m. Aid call to the Holiday-inn. Patient was transported to the hospital by Doctor's A mbul anc e. February 22, 2:05 a.m. Fire call to high school football field for arcing lights. February 22, lhl0 p.m. Aid call to Rail- road Avenue. Patient was transported to Valley General Hosp- ital. February 20, 5:10 p.m. Aid call to Ben Howard Road for motorcycle accident. The aid car transport- ed one patient and Doc- tor's Ambulance transported another. sibility to ascertain what its gravel is worth. "We are representing the citizens of Mon- roe and if we're not getting the best price we can for the city, are we really doing our job," he asked. Councilman Herb Schwartz said he was op- possed to raising rates for one firm and not the other. On a motion by Whisnant to meet with Joplin and Valley Concrete to see if they would be will- ing to renegotiate, Councilmen Ewalt Schrag, Allan Borlin, Harry DonovarL and Schwartz voted "no". Whisnant and Helm voiced "yes" votes. On a second motion byWhisnant to seek negot- iations with just the Joplin firm, Helm withdrew his second and the matter died. WHEN YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO STAY HOME--- opectate Antidiarrheal i?!i:::: ::: 12 oz. Bottle Ointment Triple antibiotic first-aid ointment 1/2 OZ. Tube IL 794-8869 108 E. Main Monroe EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A New Building Just Behind The Old Store, Better Organized For Your Garden Shopping Flower & Garden Bulk Seeds Fertilizers Insecticides Roses Lawn Seed Weed , Weed & 111 "= Open Monday thru Saturday 8:30 a .m. to 5:30 p.m. L Food Stamp Service Here Two weeks of non- assistance food stamp outstation services in East Snohomish Coun- ty during March were announced by the De- partment of Social and Health Services Ever- ett office. Food stamp inter- viewers will be avail- able at the Skykomish (Continued from pg. 1) of gambling, just to the proposed tax rates. The ordinance allows all forms of gambling in the city that are currently approved by state law. Library on March 10 and 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. In Sultan, food stamp interviewers will be on hand on March 10 and 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. On March 26 from 2 to 4 p.m., food stamp applications will also be taken at the East County Senior Center, Highway 2, Monroe. Applicants should provide personal iden- tification for each member of the house- hold and receipts for rent or house pay- ment. In addition, verification of income and resources will also be required. Questions regarding the program may be Councilman Mike directed to 259-8686 McCloud, sitting in as or 259-8588. Persons mayor protem, said he needing transportation was opposed to punch- to any of the out- boards, pull tabs and stations should call cardrooms. 259-8438. The measure passed by a 4-2 vote with Councilmen Ewalt ,er Gt.KSs i Schwartz casting neg- ative votes. INSTALLED-- | The complete text (For Auto and Home) I of the ordinance is MONROE HARDWARE published on Page 6. March 6, 1975, Monitor, Monroe, WA,Page Five Tax Savings Brochure Is Free "How to save onyour income tax," a bro- chure authored by fi- nancial columnist Merle Dowd, is now available at no charge at any savings and loan office in King and Sno- homish counties. 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