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In American ion Buildin ... I MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON-THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 1973, NO. 29 It appears that perseverance may ftnallypay off for Monroe's 2nd Story Youth Center. After nine months of planning, shuffling from one location to an- other and financial problems, the Center is near reality with a new home on the top floor of the Amer- ican Legion building on East Main Street across from city hall. The space, donated on a long term, rent free agreement, requires some remodeling before opening its doors to area youth however. "We're in need offlocr and ceiling tiles, electrical materials, some sheet rock, paint and other finish- ing items and we'll be lnbusiness." Youth Center Board Chairman Bob Holman and Treasurer Gloria Hop- kins said. Both have been working with the center since its birth. Thus far the Center's board of directors, 51 per cent of whom are young people, has spent about $200, raised through donations, for floor boards. That purchase, plus about $20 for other supplies has dwindled the Center's bank account to $43. "What's needed right now is com- munity interest from business peo- ple as well as local folks willing to contribute time, money or equip- ment," Holman said. "We could use the volunteer ser- vices of an electrician to install wiring and fixtures -- once we get them of course," he added. "One of our big problems has been apathy. Most people think the center is a great idea but they don't want to get involved for some reason. ''We have a lot of youngsters that are anxious to get this whole thing going, but they do require some adult supervlslon," Holman observed. The Center plans to offer ahostof activities such as games, music, or- ganized functions and youth referral services. "There are very few youth o rient-t ed activities in the area and we'd be delighted to open up tomorrow," Mrs, Hopkins said. staff members have been hired, through the Emergency Em- ployment Act. Mrs. Hopkins said there are still three openings for teenagers under the Neighborhood Youth Corps pro- gram and further information may be obtained at the Monroe School Dis- trict administration office on West Columbia Street. The federally subsidized em- ployees will not only help with re- modeling work at the center but work on a number of fund raising pro- Jects Holman said. Several money raising events have been discussed including dances, a spaghetti feed, a booth at the Ever- green State Fair and a litter barrel project. During the early stages of the Cen- ter's planning several federal grants were applied for but were denied due to national spending cutbacks. "The kids that have constantly been involved and behind this whole idea have faced a lot of disappoint- ments and set backs, but they'renot giving up hope," Holman said. For further information about the program or more specific details on items needed, Holman and Mrs. Hop- kins invited persons to call them. Mrs. Hopkins may be reached at 794- 8329 and Holman is available durtng the evenings at 794-6717. With a fist full of nails and a lot of determination, the Center hopes to be open and operating shortly -- at the 2ndstory. Qn Application forms for property tax deferments under the liberaliz- ed Open Space Act are available at the Snohomtsh County assessor's of- floe in the county administration bvUding in Everett, Jim Haines, as- sesso] , said. New provisions which went into el- fact in mid July provide alternative assessments of farm and agrt- cultural land based on productive capacity rather than market value Haines said, There is a $30 application fee imposed by the state legislature and all applications received through December 31 will be considered for the 1974 assessment roll. The first reduction of taxes will be on 1974 levies payable in 1975. Haines said the application fee would be returned if the request was dented. THE RAFTERS are bare and so are the floors but that s eems to make no difference to local youngsters working to remodel the top floor of the American Legion Building with the hopes of converting it into the 2nd Story Youth Center. Youth Center Board Chairman Bob Holman says floor and ceil- ing tile, electrical work and other finishing items are needed before the facility can open its door to area teens. --Staff Photo BIINII_ [I IIII ~1 II IIII II M~I ~_~_~ ~ ' - _ Grant Awarded For Sky River Spawning Channel The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $U0,500 grant to the State Department of Fisheries, Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry Jack- son announced Jointly Tuesday after- noon. The funds will be used to support a Joint federal/state project to con- struct a spawning channel on the Skykomtsh River. The grant was expected to be awarded August I. Further details oftheproJect were not immediately learned. ~B~m~H~MH~mH~H~M~MH~M~H~|M~M~|~H~HH~|u~|~a~Iu~si`w@~m~MM~ Five Monroe Boys To Attend Confab Five Monroe athletes are making plans to attend the annual Christian Athletes Conference at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, Oregon from August 5 to I0. The five, Barry Aberle, Tom Moon, Jack Marshall and Steve and Dave Wttthuhn, will Join several hun- dred other Pacific Northwest htgh schoolers for the annual conference. The Monroe Kiwanis Club and Monroe Methodist Church are helpo Ing financlally sponsor some of the local youths. The annual meeting features coaching tips and advice from some of the top athletes and coaches in the sports world. Each guest speaker also tells how his christian faith serves him in his professional and daily life. Such well known personalities as John Wooden. Bob Rlchards, Paul Anderson, Bob Pettlt, BobbyRlch- ardson and others have been guests at past sessions. As of late Tuesday afternoon, no one had stepped forward to file for public office in Monroe accord- ingto City Clerk Betty King. Mayor Allan Borlin's post as well as five council seats are open for candidates for elections this fall. Council vacancies include: Grace Kerwtn, position one; Allan Court- ney, position two; Ewalt Schrag, position three; Harry Donovan, post.m4- tion four; all four year terms and a vacant two year councilman-at- large slot. Filing will continue through Aug- ust 3. Senate Committee To Discuss Transportation The State Senates sub committee on public transportation has sched- uled a hearing to consider ammend- lng Metro regulations to include Class A counties, 39th District Sen- ator Frank Woody said. (Page 2, Column 3) A plan to Install curbs along por- tlons of Highway 2 and Main Street in Monroe was recommended to Monroe City Councilmen last Wed- nesday night. Councilman Lloyd Helm, chair- man of the safety committee, report- ed that he had met with a number of businessmen at the intersection and that agreement was reached to con- struct curbing around the Northwest corner of the highway in front of a drlve-tn restaurant and continue Westward along a vacant lot fronting the highway. The recommendation follows a proposal by the State Highway De- partment delivered to the council recently, calling for the installation of curbs at the intersection to alle- viate the free flow of traffic onto the highway. The state also agreed to install a flashing caution light at the inter- section which was installed earlier this week. The city would bear the cost of installing the curbs. The council also heard a report on another hazardous condition in the city -- a steep gravel grade on the Monroe Heights hill. Public Works Superintendent Frank Nelsinger told councilmen that city crews have spent a lot of time on the road in the past and that it's especlally dangerous during wet, Winter months. Mayor Allan Borlln said Joplln Paving Company of Monroe estimat- ed that a four to five inch layer of blacktop would cost approximately $574. The council took no action on the item. City lawmakers dtscussedprob- lems of unkept vacant lots and yards where property owners have allowed grass and weeds to growtall and wild presenting a potential fire and safety hazard. Councilman Ewalt Schrag sub- mitted a list of some 24 lots within the city which had become overgrown and assigned the city clerk to write letters to the property owners re- questing them to comply with the ctty's nustance ordinance. Schrag said if that failed to pro- duce action, further steps should be taken to correct the situation. Helm gained the approval of the council to install left turn lanes at the intersections of West Main and Kelsey Streets and West Main and Madison Streets, at the end of the planter strips. The council received a request from the First Baptist Church on .Valley View Road for a parade per- mit in the Strawberry Lane area. The city clerk was instructed to write a letter to the church inform- them that they must purchase a 5 permit and post a $500 bond to comply with the city's ordinance. iN First Mutual has Increased Its savings Interest rate effective July Oth 1973. And, your money 18 still Insured by F.D.I.C. which means It is completely safe. PASSBOOK SAVINGS Any deposit by lOth earns (tom the 1st. 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