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Hospital Site Value Increases $15,,000 Property purchased by Public Hospital Dis- trict No. 1 commissioners in the Fall of'1968 as a possible new Valley General Hospital site has increased in value from the $76,000 pur- chase price to $91,000, according to a report read at the commission meeting last week. The property, 36.42 acres fronting the north side of HighwaY 2 between Monroe and Sno- homish, was evaluated on September 18 at approximately $2,500 an acre by Macaulay and Associates of Everett, retained by com- missioners to make an appraisal of the pro- perty. The site was determined by commissioners when they purchased it as most suitable of several studied to locate a new hospital to serve the Skykomish and Snohomish valleys. The choice was substantiated by the consulting firm of Robert Huesers and Associates in a -planning ~tudy of the district and its needs completed in June of 1969. School Board Voices Opposition To HJR 42 The Monroe Board of Education Monday night. Delays... delays ... delays... Chamber Asks Speed'Up Of S R 2 Past Monroe Wes Bogart, district engineer with the State Highway Department, showed interest in the Monroe Chamber of Commerce proposal last week to speed up plans for con- struction of new Sign Route 2 from the Highway 522 interchange to the Woods Creek Interchange east of Monroe. If the proposal is seen as feas- ible by all the highway officials, the total highway picture in this area will be brighter than Bogart painted it in remarks he made to the Chamber and city officials prior to hearing the Chamber proposal. SR 2 Delay Before the Chamber made its sug- gestion, Bogart said construction of new Sign Route 2 from Cava- lero's Corner to the Woods Creek interchange, estimated at $25 million on a starting date of July, 1969, "would be delayed until the 1971 biennium and take a full six Main Street and the old Monroe- Sultan Highway. If the Chamber idea is adopted, Highway 522 traffic heading east will pick up new SR 2 north of the existing highway and join it again east of Monroe at the Woods Creek interchange which is designed to handle several directions of traffic. Interesting Idea Bogart termed the proposal "an interesting idea" and promisedto study it fully with highway engineers and see if a reshuffling of monies would make the proposal possible. He said it would take "a few months" before he could return with an answer. If the Chamber idea is not incor- porated, right-of-way acquisition at this end of SR 2 will only be on a hardship basis at present, Bogart said. "Recognizing that we can't be in a position of total construction went on record as opposing HJR 42, the tax revision meabure appearing on the November 3 General Election ballot. Before making their decision directors were read a letter from Elmer ~tanley, executive secretary of the Washington State School Di- rector A~ociation, recommending pa~.~age of the measure. Board chairman Howard Bond said "HJR 42 t.~ no guarantee of anything but more taxes." He,aid he couldn'tsupport it from what he'd read on it and Director Ed Evan9 agreed he could not give hi~, ~upport either. Director Dorri~ Btderbo~t commented that the district had been asked to ~upport the measure on the ba:~i:~ it would allow a special levy re- lief but there was no guarantee ~chool money would be increased, he added: "I feel our credibility would be damaged by not holding a Special levy thib Fall because the measure i~ on the ballot and then going : for one in Feb~ruary.'' On Mra. Btderbo~t% motion~to go on record in opposition to HJR 42, Directors Bond and Evanmpported her, Gordon Keck voted against and William Boyden ab~atned. RADIO EQUIPMENT allowing a relay of messages from Mon- roe citizens to the city police car was installed this week in the control room of Washington State Reformatory. Sgt. Lincoln Grazzette tested the equipment for a pleased Police Chief D. C. Nauman and William McKelvey, associate superintendent, standing, and corrections officer Ray Granger at left.--Staff Photo Radios To Give Instant Contact Between Public, Monroe Police ~'The officer is out...if this ts an not begin speak- Ing until you hear the signal." The frustration of hearing a re- corded message when someone needs a Monroe police officer is a thing of the past.. Contact with the Monroe Police Department 24 hours a day, seven Nauman aid reformatory per-, sonnel will man the radios from 5 p.m. to 9 a;m. on weekdays and continuously on weekend and hall- day. William McKelvey, associate superintendent of custody at the re- formatory working with the Mon- roe Police Dep~rtment on the pro- nite Ke a week, has been made pos- e , sibl~ WinOvrGra eps* Sec nd Place Bearcats In o roe." Monroe Bearcats tromped past Granite Falls 27,6 last week to put themselves in a second place tie with Darrington on a three win one loss situation before meeting Tolt in an away game this week. Coach Dick Langum'is looking for games this week to tell a lot in the final outcome of league standings.~ "If Darrtngton beats first place Langley this week that will put us right in there," he said, "then we'll go against Darrington next week. But first we have to get'past Tolt. We're look- ing for a tough game because, even though Tolt hasn't had a good win-loss record so far, when they play us, they always: come up with something." Commenting on last week's game, Langum said a lot of the younger players did a good Job, especially Mike Barrett who played both offense and defense: Monroe's first touchdown was on a six-yard run by Stacy Grieb and the second was on a 15-yard run by Loren Davis, both in the first quarter.' Points after were kicked by Paul George. In 'the second quarter Gary Smith scored on a 38-yard pass from Dale Bunge with the point after no good ending the half 20-0. Both teams held ground in the third quarter and in the fourth, Granite Falls ran a 67- yard play for six points. The Cats scored again in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run by Davis and the point after by Paul George. "Davis has played a lot of hard football but this was the first time he scored and then he came up with two big ones,'' Langum said. Monroe gained 225 yards in total offense, 85 in passing. Granite kept mostly on the ground with a total of 129 yards including the one 67-yard burst and 13 in pass.plays. Middle School Schedules sible through a radio hookup with WashtngtonSt~te Reformatory. ~ L '' t It s a giant step forward in law enforcement for the: City of Man- Police Chief D.C. Nauman said. "Calls that come in when the police officer is out of the office will be answered by the police clerk as usual during hours the city hall is open. But at 5 p.m. calls will be switched to receivers in theWSR control room. The duty 6fftcer there will answer and dispatch the mess- age by radio to the police car." Open House October 29 Parents of Monroe Middle School studentswill follow their children's class schedules at an open house beginning at 7:30 p.m., next Thurs- day, October 29. Principal James Morse said a description of class routine would be given by each teacher during the brief sessions. Those needing a conference with the teachers may schedule an appointment at that time. Morse said a coffee hourwould follow in the home economics room. Absentee :Ballots Available Here Hunter5 and other minded by City Clerk city residents planning Ann Franc~, that they to vote November 3 by may apply for their absentee ballot are re- (Page 3,Colunm 7) ject, lauded it as a help to the re- formatory in making possible im- mediate conty.ct with the Monroe police when events required it. "Thls also puts us on the county ban and we can monitor calls from the sheriff's office, an added help," McKelvey said. The equipment includes anewbase station, remote transmitters and re- ceivers and a mobile unit for the police car, a $1,800 cost shared about equally by the city and federal. Omnibus Crime Act funds adminis- tered by the state. City Clerk's Plans Made ToStart Resignation Senior Center Here Accepted The resignation of Ann Francis, Monroe ~ity clerk for the past ight years, has been accepted by Mayor Jack Law.. The mayor said he received Mrs. Fran- cis' letter of resig- nation last Friday re- questing that it be ef- fective November :15. No reason for the res- ignation was given, the mayor said. Mrs. Francis heldthe city clerk's position by appointment of the mayor after the city council changed the position of city clerks, treasurer and attorney to appointive rather than electtveposts last year. She also served as violations bureau clerk and police clerk. Kelley Rezone On County Planning Agenda William Kelley's re- quest for a rezone from 'rural use and RR 9600 to neighbor- hood business on land located on West Main Street and Currie Road opposite the Monroe State Reformatory grounds will be con- sidered by the Snoho- (Page 5, Column 4) "There isn't any place to hang out," usually heard as a teenage l'ament, is voiced by the older set this week. Ross Young of Route 3 hopes to start an East County Senior Center, a place where older folks can meet during the day, plan activities, and get information on employment and education opportunities for their age group. "I know there is a lot of interest in start- ing a center," Young said, "but what we need is a place to meet that isn't going to cost a lot of money. We don't plan to charge dues. We hope to pattern the center after the suc- cessful one in Edmonds where members act as host arid hostess each.clay.', Young said he had been offered the use of the Monroe Methodist Church fellowship h11 for an organizational meeting to which everyone interested, both individuals and Crcuns are n vtted. The meeting is Planne~ f07 '2 p.~.: Tuesday, October 27, in the basement of the church, 342 South Lewis Street. Those wishing to contact Young in advance of the meeting may call him at 794-8901. September Burglaries Result In $3,280 Loss Sentember's rash of nine burglaries resulted in a [inancial loss of $3,280 to Monroe business- men and residents, the highest this year, re- ports Monroe Police Chief D.C. Nauman. In addition, t5 larceny Cases resulted in a loss. of $1,321 and five malicious destruction cases caused losses totaling $625. Other police activity in.September, classified as listin's that most ctosely fit the Federal Bureau o~ Investigatio~ classifications, include 1 outside larceny, 1 narcotics, 2 auto theft, 3 assault, 1 offense to children, 2 prowlers, 13 information, 11 asjist other departments; Threesusplclous perSons, 7 drunk and,dis- - orderly, I nelghborhdo~flght, 14 dog complaints, 5 public nuisance, 19 liouse check requests, 4 vehicle acc{dents res~Iting in $2,085 loss, 7 family fights, 17 assistpublic, 4 speeding motor- ists reported by citizenS, 8.Juvenile problems, (Page 3, Column 7) years to be built." He blamed the delay on inoreased costs coupled with lack of available dollars due to high interest rates and the general slump in economy as well as reapportionment of available money to other projects already started, justified by the lower traffic volume here. Delay in completion of SR 2 means that when Highway 522 (the Monroe- Bothell cutoff) is completed across Park Place, traffic heading east will feed onto existing U.S. 2 for the next six or more years, multiply- ing the already bad situation at the angle intersection of U.S. 2, East until late in the t973-'75 biennium, we won't Jump in and buy all the right-of-way between Westwick Road and Woods Creek," Bogart said. "But we have a certain num- ber of dollars funded for right-of- way purchase and ff there is a hard- ship involving a landowner or if we feel we need to buy land at its current price, we'll buy it. Other- wise we will be content it wait." Existing U S 2 ' Bogart said with delay of the Sign Route 2 project, engineers were taking a good look at problems with existing Highway. 2, particularly re- (Page 2, Column 3) NROE MONROE, SNOHO1VHSH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS., OCT. 22, 1970, NO. 40 'Generalized' Dress Code Approved By School Board Approved by Monroe ~chool dt- recto~ Monday night in a three-two decicAon was a generalized ~tudent dres~ code calling for the ~ecific to be determined by a student-facul- ty-parent committee. The new code, which will remain on a trial basi:~untll the semes- ter end in January, wasmbmitted by Don W~nitfield, .~tudent body presi- dent, as ,a revision of the one he submitted to the board on October 5.~ Whltfield said the dre~ code committee felt some of the board~ suggestions on the earlier code were ',quite valid" and the new one was drawn with the ~uggetton~, in mind. The new code encourages students to be "neat and clean". It further out[ines: "Their appearance should not pre- sent health and safety problems nor should it be disruptive nor distractive to the general campus order nor to any individual classroom. "Dre~ and appearance are ba~. tcally the re~ponMbility of the ~tu- dents, and their parentr~ although the adminiUtration and the s~aff re- serve the rightto counsel:and guide student~ toward acceptable arena compatible with the ~chool situ- ation." The code ~tate~ that it reflects the minimum ~tandard and indtcate~ "belief that the majority of the ~.~- dent body at Monroe High ~chool will dre~s in a fashion acceptable to the standard of dress of thetr par- eats, of the community and of con- temporary ~tyle . Good taste and ~orOOming ahould be a common goal r student and faculty." Whitfield explained that a com- mittee would ~terpret any viola- tion on the baus of complaint made to the committee. A~ presented byWhttfield, the new code called for an interpretation committee of four ~,students, four faculty member and one adminis- trator. At the suggestion of a member of the audience, the addition of two parents to the committee wa~s agreed to. bert Blom~ter, interim prin- Cipal, decrtbed the new code as "a broadening of the pre~ent policy", one that includes "every- thing we can legally cover ~uch as 'safety', 'dtstractton' and r~o on." Blom~er said he could work under the old code in the policy manual but would like to get ~dent in- volvement in the making of a new one. "What ~snot acceptable underthe code should be decided by the stu- dents because it would give u~ a better legal leg to Stand .on if we ever had to go to court," the prin- cipal advised. He added that special dre~ ~tand- ard~ required by teacher~ or. super- visorb in area ~uch as athletics, office a~istants, vocational area~ and other activities, would take precedence over the ~dent code. Director Dorrt$ Biderbost ~ug- ge~ted that even in the formulation of the code parentS should be in- volved. $he encouraged the board to take the matter under advisement for a parentS' committee to look at aS "it iS too important an issue to be decided immediately." Charle~Wickizer, vice-principal, said the responsibility was pri- 'marily the parent~ in setting a ~tandard of dre~for their~udent~ "but all too often they say they can't enforce their rules and ask us, to." He a~.,ked the community to recognize their own respon~- biltty, whatever student code is adopted, "and not blame the ~choo 1 ' '. On a motion by Director Gordon Keck to approve the generalized v~tudent code, director Ed Evan and William Boyden voted with Keck in. favor and Dorrt~ Btderbost and Howard Bond voted against. Fall Back Time It's "Fall Back" time again asdaylight gives way to stand- ard time. Clocks should be turned back one hour at 2 a .m. Sunday (or at least before school starts Monday morning.)