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~[ -,~ ..4 ~ " ,:ou: ? Istorical Soci{ty } nroe 98272 8/77 :% RAFT WATCHERS'Hundreds of spectators lined the shores of the Sultan River mouth to watch the start of Sunday's raft race. All seemed ARt. 1 Monroe man has been arrested and charged with first degree robbery in connection with an armed robbery incident early Tuesday morning at Petosa's Restaurant, Highway 2 & N. Kelsey. The suspect, who was carrying another person's identifi- cation, is being held in the Snohomish County Jail on $15,000 bail, according to jail personnel. According to an account given by Monroe Police Officer Colleen Wilson and Snohomish County Sheriff's Depart- ment information officer Bob Monize, the suspect appar- ently hid in the restaurant at closing and later approached three Monroe juveniles on a cleaning crew inside the restaurant. The suspect produced a knife, robbed the trio of $20, watches, a wallet and a sweater, and bound them in a rest room. One of the victims managed to free herself and went to a pay telephone to call for help. Officer Wilson responded to the reported robbery with hostages while Sheriff's Deputy Don Linse and Snohomish rowln ir Monroe's Fair Days parade, which will kick off events at the Evergreen State Fair, is growing larger every day, according to its organizers. Such celebrities as J.P. Patches and Gertrude, "Sesame Street" heavy Big Bird, the Everett Salty Sea Days Pirates and pipe bands from Seattle and Bellingham have made commitments to participate in the II a.m. parade on Saturday, Aug. 27, said parade committee co-chairman Mrs. D.C. (Irene) Nauman. Also committed to the parade is the Monroe High School Band and the local musical group, The Night Owls, she said. A total of 62 entries had been confirmed by Monday night's parade committee meeting, with more coming in every day, according to Mrs. George (Vonnie) Hieber, committee member. During the meeting, committee member Ray Pote reported he had contacted nearby cities and towns, which indicated they would send units and donated cash to the Monroe parade. "This is not just a Monroe parade, but a valley parade," Pore remarked. Trophies and ribbons will be presented to the winning entries, which will be judged prior tothe parade, said Mrs. Hieber. To be judged, all entries must be at the new high school by 10 a.m. on the day of the parade, she said. Committee members asked that anyone wishing to help with parade preparations or donate prizes for the winning entries contact Mrs. Nauman, 794-6129, Mrs. Hieber, 794- 6380, or Pote at the Nosegay Shoppe. While committee members said they felt they got a late start on this year's parade, they said they are laying good ground work for next year's parade. Others present at the meeting were Forrest Howlet, Dee Jones and Betty Meske. i, Council Moves to on The Monroe City Council last Wednesday gave unanimous approval to a resolution which would place an advisory referendum on Main St. angle parking on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot. At an earlier council session July 13, the city leaders fostered the idea of placing the issue in the laps of voters in order to know the wishes of the entire city. Despite numerous petitions presented to the council by downtown businessmen in the past several years, all urging angle parking, council members said they felt they weren't getting the whole picture. Angle parking in the downtown area has also been endorsed by the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and the Monroe Monitor. How much it will cost the city to place the referendum on the November ballot is not clear. A member of the county Records and Elections Depart- ment had originally quoted a $1,500 price tag for printing the ballots, but later inquiries by the city staff showed the cost to be between $50-$100. City Attorney Carl Knappe said he had been told by the records and elections staff that the cost would be between $800-$1000. Knappe explained there is also some question over the length of the language used in the ballot title. Between 20-35 words could be used depending on who happened to be answering the telephone, he said. Several members of the council had indicated they would like to see more restrictive language used, which would spell out the estimated costs of angle parking should the citizens approve it through the advisory referendum. it was a perfect day to be near the cooling waters as temperatures climbed into the 80's. Police Officer Vern Sevey responded as backup, according to Monize. On their arrival, the officers found the suspect had fled on foot and the two victims had freed themselves. A search of the area netted the suspect, hiding in bushes about three blocks from the restaurant. He was transported to the Snohomish County jail and booked on robbery charges, Wilson reported. No one was injured, Wilson said. The Monroe School District and Monroe Education Assoc- iation have declared an impasse in collective bargaining concerning teacher's contracts for the 1977-78 school year. Both sides have conceded that general areas of dispute include teacher leaves, teacher evaluations, grievance pro- cedures and salaries and benefits, the Monitor has learned. Board of Education members refused to discuss specifics of the impasse, saying state law precludes individual comment by board members. The board, however, has issued a statement concerning the impasse. Joe Wiles, MEA president-elect, said teachers "find it distressing that we are in an impasse since we have only met with the board negotiator for eight sessions." He said the negotiators for both sides had met more than 20 times by this time last year. According to the board statement, teachers have asked for a 20 per cent increase in total salary and benefits, while the district has offered a 9 per cent total increase. Working with a different set of figures, Wiles contended the board's offer equalled 5.8 per cent, while the cost of living amounts to 8.4 per cent per year. "We're simply trying to maintain what we already have, the same as everyone else gets," Wiles said. He said Monroe teachers will meet on Aug. 24 and 30 to discuss possible action on earlier "no contract, no work" votes. The board's statement responded that it is "very concerned with managing the district as well as with salary items. "It is hoped that mediation services from PERC {Public Employment Relations Commission) will resolve the parties' differences," the board statement concluded. O Memorial services were held Mon~day in Monroe for Donald Lindahl, 34, and is 5-year-old daughter, Dawn, victims of a drowning incident Saturday evening in the Skykomish River near Sultan. According to Snohomish County Sheriff's Information Officer Bob Monize, the tragedy occured shortly before 8 p.m. near the Sultan Sportsmens Park where the Sultan River and the Skykomish join. Monize said Lindahl plunged into the Sultan River when he noticed his two children were drifting too near the Skykomish in inner tubes. The father brought his 7-year-old son Shawn back to shore and returned to save his daughter when he was apparently pulled down in the turbulent water. Snohomish County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Slack and Washington State Trooper Larry Gerow arrived at the scene and immediately "commandeered" a private boat, Monize said, in a futile rescue attempt. Slack dived into the river and pulled young Dawn's body from the river bottom and the two law enforcement officers administered mouth-to- mouth rescusitation. The Sultan Fire Department aid unit responded to the emergency and helped administer cardio-pulmonary resus- citation until Valley I ambulance arrived. The little girl was pronounced dead on arrival at Valley General Hospital, Monroe. Search and rescue divers from the sheriff's department later recovered Lindahl's body from the Skykomish River, Monize said. Lindahl leaves Barbara, his wife; son Shawn and daughter Millisa, all of the home; mother, Mrs. Rose Lindahl; brothers Albert, Lowell and Clayton, all of North Dakota, Alvin of Oklahoma, and Elmer of Indiana; sisters Lola Hagen and Myrtle Moore of North Dakota, Elaine of California and Eloise Lindahl of Montana; also, many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceeded in death by his father, John and brother, Norman. Dawn Lindahl is survived by her mother, Barbara,'brother Shawn, and sister Millisa; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Orville Gafkjen, of Alamo, N.D.; paternal grandpar- ents Mr. and Mrs. William P. Dickenson of Monroe; grandmother Rose Lindabl of Stanley, N.D.; great-grand- mothers, Mrs. Myrtle Grover of Monroe and Mrs. Selma Flexhaug of Williston, N.D. Family burial services will be held in Stanley, N.D. Local memorial services were under the direction of Purdy and Kerr Chapel, Monroe. ! i,< i/"-,i tt ! @ (The views of the unopposed candidates for Monroe Council and Monroe School District positions will be presented in next week's issue.--News Editor) Lack of opposition marked last week's candidate filings for Monroe City Council and school board positions. With the exception of the Mayor's position, most candidates are unopposed. In the contest for mayor, incumbent Mayor Katharyn Grace Kirwan will face Raymond Pote, a retired military officer, in the Nov. 8 General Election. Mrs. Kirwan, 63, of 538 S. Blakely, is the owner of a Main St. women's clothing store and has served on the council--as councilwoman and mayor--for the past 71/2 years. She is the daughter of former Monroe Mayor Walter Camp and has lived in Monroe for most of her life. Mrs. Kirwan holds a number of positions in public offices, including membership on Snohomish County Hospital District No. 1 board of directors and a past member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce. Pote, 56, of 224 S. Lewis, retired from the military, where he held positions as a procurement and personnel officer and as a civilian business and management analyst. His wife, Betty, is the owner of a Main St. floral shop. He has lived in Monroe for the past 2 years and has most recently been involved in the Monroe Fair Days Parade preparations. Both candidates said they had been asked by numerous citizens to run for the office. Pote, who describes himself as "a hard-headed Irish- man", said he seeks the mayor's gavel "to get this city back to being run by the council rather than two or three people". He promised a "wide open" office in which citizens would be invited to take an active part in council decisions. Mrs. Kirwan is running for re-election "to see that two unfinished projects--the new city hall and the second water transmission line--get finished." She said both projects are badly needed by the people of Monroe to meet expected growth in the near future. "W're standing right in the path of population growth from Puget Sound and I don't see how we're going to avoid it," Mrs. Kirwan said. "It causes a lot of problems and calls for careful planning so that it doesn't get out of hand." She said the city will have to look into hiring a licensed engineer on a retainer basis to meet the demand. Pote said he would welcome growth in the Monroe area, seeing it as good for the town's economy. "I'm appalled that as beautiful a town as we have, it's In a state of limbo in terms of growth. We have to make approaches to industry and promote this town," he asserted. The candidates differed on how Monroe should spend its money. Mrs. Kirwan stated that city spending priorities should stick to "the basic priorities of any city: providing servers, water, police and fire protection and upkeep of the streets." "Those should be our primary concerns, the other things are hills," she sa/d. City facilities, such as parks, could be used more by the citizenry, she said. City spending should be used to create a "drawing card" in Monroe, which would draw more people and more money into the town, Pote opined. He said a coalition of city, merchants and people should begin working together to promote Monroe. Angle parking, the topic of an advisory referendum which will be on the Nov. 8 ballot, was discussed by the two candidates. Pote, who recently built a flower shop on Main St., said he hasn't made up his mind whether to support angle parking in the downtown area. He said he would have to see the facts and figures on the proposal before making a decision. Mrs. Kirwan, also the owner of a business fronting Main St., has repeatedly expressed opposition to angle parking. She lists as reasons state law regarding the width of the street, safety and expense. "I just don't think it is feasible. How can you go against the state law?" she asked. VOL. 79 NO. 30 MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA 98272 - THURS., AUGUST 4, 1977 Newsstand Price 20~ The effects on city services and facilities of a proposed residential development of rental units in Monroe were debated last Wednesday evening during the regular meet- ing of the Monroe City Council. A request for preliminary plat approval for a planned resi- dential development on a site commonly known as the Shuler property, between Columbia to the south and Highway 2 on the north, was made by Bill Kelley, repre- senting Western Associates of Kirkland. The matter was later deferred for more council study. Kelley said he has owned the property for the past 11 years. A $5000 feasibility study commissioned by Western Associates indicated there is a need for the 41-lot rental development, Kelley claimed. The single level dwellings would be duplex, tri-plex and a few four-plex units, Kelley told the council. Questions concerning the impact of such a concentration of persons on city services were put to Kelley and George Hieber, Monroe, consulting engineer. Kelley responded: "Within a three mile radius of Monroe, there is a great need for this type of housing (which Kelley described as primarily for young couples), which would be utilized without having to go elsewhere to solicit additional renters." Reading from a prepared statement, Councilman Wayne Whisnant decried the development, stating he feared it would overtax the city's services and facilities and police and fire protection. Whisnant said later in an interview that he felt the city "doesn't know enough about what it's going to be like" and that by approving the initial plat request, the city "would begin down a path and later find it is too late to turn back." "It bothers me that developers can come in and make a real impact on our community and not worry about anything but where they can make the most money," Whisnant declared. But Hieber and Kelley, as well as Marysville builder Tom Vasilatos, argued that the planned development is necessary and could help improve the area. With a design capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day, the city's new secondary treatment plant would be more them adequate to meet the increased demands, Hieber asserted. He said that an 8-inch water line would be installed within the development, which would improve water pressure in the northwest portion of the city as only 4-inch lines are installed at present. "This development won't be built unless there are answers to the problems It creates," stated Hieber. Vasilatos said he is interested in a second portion of the property for a "mini-retirement village" for senior citizens. He said claims that such a development would increase the crime rate were not true. The possibility that the Monroe Planning Commission had made an error in approving the plat request and recommending it to the council surfaced at the meeting. Whisnant claimed the planning commission may have been remiss by not requiring the recommendations of a Four Democrats, including the widow of State Senator Frank Woody, and one Re- publican will try for the un- expired term of the late senator in the Sept. 8 pri- mary. Filing last Friday were Democrats Dianne Woody, Bothell; Art Clemente, Both- ell; Michael Sheehan, Sno- homish; and Bill Patric, Sno- homish. Rep. Paul Shinoda, a Sno- homish Republican, will be unopposed in that party's primary. Meanwhile, the legislative leadership will make the final decision on a successor for the position for the rest of the year, according to the Snohomish County Auditor. Names will be submitted by 38th District precinct chair- men to the state Democratic Central Committee, which in turn will submit its recom- mendation to the Legislative leadership for approval. Direcfors Bids on items from asphalt to milk were awarded Monday evening by. the Monroe School District Board of Education. The Joplin Paving Co. of Monroe was apparent low bidder on asphalt surfacing and placing of a driveway at the new high school. Bids on 14 cabinets for the new high school were awarded to the Learning World Co. of Seattle. Sno-King Dairy of Monroe was apparent low bidder on dairy products for the school district lunch programs. The Lindsay House Moving Co. of Seattle was awarded a bid to transport two portable classrooms from the old high school to the new high school, Bids on new tires, tubes, recaps, flat repair and fleet maintenance were awarded to Davidson Tire Co. of Everett as apparent low bidder. Mrs. Kirwan Pote In other contests: Ferdie Carlstrom, 523 Pow- ell, filed for council position No. 1, which he has held since his appointment in February to fill the unexpir- ed term of the late Allan Borlin. Bill Davidson, 201, S. Blak- ely, filed for the council No. 2 position, being vacated by veteran councilman Ewalt "Hap, Schrag. Wayne Whisnant, 302 S. (Continued on page 3) I1 REGULAR EXTRA LUXURY FIRM FIRM FIRM TWIN SIZE, EACH PIECE Open Daily 9 aam. - 6 p.m. Closed Sunday Instant Credit - Instant Delivery 123 N. Lewis St. /