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*'-'uu-" u .z3 Orlca :[ ty 5ox ?! }' nros, W& 98272 8/77 Uncertaintly about the future of hauling and disposing of garbage in Monroe is creating a pleasant situation, but an inevitable decision to clear up. that uncertainty will probably bring garbage rate increases, according to Councilman Wayne Whisnant, garbage committee chair- man. The Monroe dump, on lngraham Hill west of the Sky Valley Raceway site, has been condemned as a non- conforming facility by the Snohomish Health District. Several years ago, according to Whisnant, the city found it was faced with the decision of bringing its dump into etter to the Editor To the editor: On. November 2, 1976, Snohomish County Public Hospital District Number One sponsored a ballot issue to provide ambulance services to the people of East Snohomish County. The issue failed by 26 votes. A recount was requested and conducted with the same results. Regardless of the reasons for failure, the situation now exists that as of January 1, 1977, the entire East County region will be without local ambulance service. This very sadly means that lives of citizens and visitors of this area will unfortunately and most certainly be jeo- pardized. It has been suggested by some that the ambulance levy be resubmitted in a special election as soon as possible. This was considered by the District Board of Commissioners and found to be impractical at this time for several reasons. First there is a problem of cost. We have been told by officials in Everett that it would cost about $5,000 for a special election in this area. The Hospital District cannot budget this additional expense until 1978. Secondly, there is a problem of validation of the levy on a special election. Because of the unusually high voter turnout in the preceeding General Election and the historical trend of this area, validation is not con- sidered likely. If the issue is not validated, there is a complicated formula which can be applied to determine passage of the issue. This requires a substantially higher percentage of YES votes than the normally required 60 per cent. With the re-assessment of local property taxes and, again, historical precedent, this likelihood is questionable. Finally, even if these first two difficulties could be overcome, there is a problem of availability of tax monies. If a special election were held at any time in 1977, tax monies authorized by that election would not be collectable until 1978. This would still leave the District without an ambulance service until that time. For these reasons, the Hospital District Board of Commissioners do not consider it practical or feasible at this time to resubmit the ambulance levy to the voters. Other solutions and other sources of revenue will have to be found to provide emergency transport services to the people of East County. It is indeed unfortunate that we now face this difficulty, But perhaps now, out of necessity, the people of East County, the Fire Districts and other municipalities, and the Hospital District can unify our efforts to meet the growing emergency medical needs of the area. Ross E. Godard, Administrator Valley General Hospital Monroe, Washington Director has a feeling: compliance--an expensive process---or into a county-wide garbage disposal project. The city fathers chose to go the county route and that decision has created a situation where the city can continue to operate its present dump site without the added expense of hauling to a county site near Cathcart or Lake Stevens. But if the county wins a superior court appeal regarding the Cathcart landfill or installs drop boxes by next summer as planned, then the 1,162 residents whose garbage is hauled by the city should plan on shelling out a little more for garbage collection every month, Whisnant said. "It's hard to know today whether we're going to have to raise our rates, but it's certainly a possibility," he said. About half of the city's garbage customers live in single residences and pay $2.75 per month for two cans. The remainder is divided among senior citizens, who pay $1.25 per month, apartments and commercial users. There are several major users of the Monroe garbage hauling facilities, including the Washington State Reformatory, schools and Pan-Alaska Fisheries. The city's one five-year-old garbage truck hauls approxi- mately 120 to 130 cubic yards of compacted trash each week to the city dump site, Whisnant estimates. There it is spread out in "flights" and covered with top- soil. In addition, at least one private garbage hauling firm pays to use the Monroe facility and dumps an estimated 10 cubic yard load daily, said Whisnant. In addition to comparably low rates, Monroe garbage customers receive several advantages for their $2,75 per month, claimed Whisnant. Those advantages include two clean-up weeks each year, special senior citizen rates and the dump is open on Saturdays, he said. But all that could change as the county begins to go ahead with long-delayed plans to build a sanitary landfill site in Cathcart or garbage drop boxes near Monroe Either way, the proposition could increase Monroe resi- dential garbage rates. lfthe county does provide the 50 cubic foot "drop boxes", a conforming facility will exist in this area and Monroe will have to close down its dump. However, instead of providing a solution to Monroe's problem, the drop boxes may bring on woes of their own, said Whisnant. A county health district regulation prohibits dumping of more than five cubic yards at any one time. Since the Monroe garbage averages three full trucks a day--at 10 cubic yards per trip--the possibility exists that two or three trips to a sanitary landfill site near Lake Stevens would be necessary. The additional mileage and wear and tear on the garbage truck, plus higher fees at the Lake Stevens dump site, could cause a corresponding increase in Monroe rates, Whisnant contended. On Dec. 21, an appeal by residents of the Cathcart area goes before the Superior Court. If the county wins the court case, work should begin on a sanitary landfill in that area. lf, and when, that site is constructed, Monroe would probably be required to close its dump and haul its garbage the county site near Cathcart. The distance is less than it would be to Lake Stevens, but dump fees and mileage could still raise Monroe garbage bills, warned the councilman. And closing the present Monroe garbage dump site would be an additional expense to the city, claimed Whisnant. The Department of Ecoloby would pay for one-half of the cost of closing the dump, but the process involves covering the site with earth and topsoil and replanging vegetation. But for now, the Monroe dump continues to operate under "a very good system", Whisnant asserts. "We committed ourselves to a system (of garbage hauling) and so far that system's not working. We still have a lot of time left on our dump and we can Just sit back and enjoy that until someone in the county makes a decision," said the Monroe councilman. Linda Woodall Performs in WSU Choir Linda S. Woodall of Monroe is a member of the Washing- ton State University German choir which performed yes- terday a program of tradi- tional Christmas carols and motets in Kimbrough Hall at WSU. The 38-voice group is com- posed entirely of students in the first three semesters of German and sponsored by the Department of Foreigh Languages and Literatures at WSU. The choir is directed by Dr. Charles J. Kenlan, associate professor of Ger- man, and is open to all students, regardless of major field of study. Miss Woodall is the daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Rule of Monroe. She is currently a junior at WSU majoring in psychology. Goodwill Truck Returns Today If you are having difficulty finding a hiding place for those early Christmas gifts, why not clean out just one closet and donate those usable articles of clothing and small household goods to Goodwill? A pick-up truck will be in the Monroe area on Thursday, Dec. 16. Pick-up arrangements may be made by calling Goodwili's local representative, Mrs. Marga- ret Skoglund, at 794-7405. By donating your usable items now you can claim a tax deduction for your 1~76 return. In addition, your donated material will help the socially, mentally, and physically handicapped trainees at Goodwill become self-supporting. Is there a better way to celebrate Christmas? SANTA VISITS--Santa Claus, who looks a lot like Vaughn Choppy Picton of Monroe, visi- ted area merchants last week in preparation for his annual tour on Christmas Eve. Little Johnathan Picton seems impressed by the whole affair, his first Christmas. Accompanying Santa was Miss Merry Christmas, who bears a striking resemblance to Tawnya Nettles. You'll find the results of what Santa discovered on pages 3, 5, 7 and g. MONROE, SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASH.- THURS., DEC 16, 1976, NO. 49 Christmas is a traditionally busy time for valley churches present for each child, according to Mrs. Walt Moberg. She and many are making special plans to celebrate thesaid there will be the traditional white gift offering (canned Christmas season, food) at the time of.the program. The potluck and program Our Saviour's Episcopal Church, 329 S. Lewis St., is plan- is open to all. Those wishing to come for the potluck are to ning a children's lesson and carols with the blessings of the bring a hot dish, salad or desert and your own table service. creche followed by the children's birthday party for Jesus at Rev. Alan Starling says the Monroe Community Chapel, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. They plan a 11 p.m. midnight mass 23515 Old Owen Rd., will have a Christmas cantata entitled the same evening, according to Mrs. Richard Beane. The Evangelical Covenant Church, 200 S. Sims, is having their Sunday school program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Christmas Eve at 11 p.m. will be the traditional candle- light service, according to Rev. Timoty Sporrong. The Christian Reform Church at 1016 W. Main St. will be having their Christmas program at 8 p.m. tonight, Dec. 16. It will be a combination of music and narration by the choir, "Love Transcending" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. There will be a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. The Monroe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints on Tester Rd. will have their Sunday school Christmas program at 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, for all ages according to Mrs. Everett Brink. She said there will be a special Christmas program at sacrament meeting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. children and young people. The program will be concluded St. Mary's Catholic Church, 307 N. Madison, is planning I ! with the choir singing the Hallelujah chorus from the special programs to celebrate Christmas. A liturgy for Messiah, according to Rev. Kenneth Singer. children and their families is planned for 7:30 p.m. i The Emmaus Bible Church at Madison and Short Christmas Eve. The children's choir will sing carols. More than 3,700 persons viewed the Monroe MiddleColumbia willhaveanopen house and fellowship gathering The parish adult choir will sing for the 9:30 p.m. School and Monroe ,Community Players' production of at 7?39 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, according to Rev. Riley (,.ontinued on page 2) "Fiddler on the Roof' last weekend, an indication that the Rinks. fine arts are alive and well in Monroe, accordin to Joe The Seventh Day Adventist churches of Startup, Monroe Jaycee Call Santa Program g and Snohomish will be having special service at the fellow- Pruett, theplay'sdsrector, ship hall at 200 Academy Way. Sabbath school at 9:30 a.m., In Full Swing on Sunday The production, which received enthusiastic standing 11 a.m. Christmas Service with a potluck dinner following, ovations on both Friday and Saturday evenings, could turn out to be the signboard for other major communityaccording to Runnel Hulwaite. If you dial 794-7101 this Sunday between 1-5 p.m. and performances, Pruett claimed. He said the Sky Valley Academy school, 200 Academyinstead of "hello", the voice at the, other end greets you "There is a lot of talent right here in Monroe. Not Way, program will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17. with a sort of ebullient "he, he, he , don't be alarmed. anything of the Seattle Opera caliber, but I think we could The Monroe Peace Lutheran church, Park Lane, will have That s just the Monroe Jayeees Call Santa program with have taken that play on tour anywhere in Europe and sold their children's Christmas program at 7:30 o.m. Sunday, its direct number to the North Pole and the domicile of the Dec. 19. They will have a choir and song service at 7?39 out every performance," said the director, who took "Our p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 and a Christmas day, Dec. 25 worship Jolly Fat Man. Town" to London several years ago. service at 10 a.m. according to Mrs. George Barnett. The annual program will be in operation again this year, "The technical work was flawless," he boasted, according to Jaycee Ranco Prokop, to allow Monroe area As offshoots of the weekend performances, a string The Bethel Church, 1405 W. Main St., is having a youngsters to register their gift lists and receive a status Christmas program at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The report of their activities of the past year. quartet is forming, several members of the play are con- "Birthday of the King" will be put on by children, young sidering the establishment of an acting group and a To that end, the Jaycees ask that any parent whose child proposal for a major renovation of the Middle School adults and choir. would like to call Santa Claus send the child s name, age, auditorium is in the works, said Pruett. The children will be caroling from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. what the child is to receive for Christmas, the things the "All those things came from one production. Tiffs Wednesday, Dec. 22, according to Mrs. Howard Gering. community really felt this was something all their own and The Methodist Church choir will be singing "The Music of child should be complimented on and should improve upon, Christmas" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The church school and anything else Santa should know to: Monroe Jaycees, reully got behind it," he said. "! thinkthlssi something we program "Why the Chimes Ran " will be oresented the P.O. Box 73, Monroe. can really build on." g - ANOTHER REHEARSAL--Thespians in , the Pruett said he was amazed by the amount of community same day at 7 p.m. Monroe production of Fiddler on the Roof re- support that ' Fiddler" received, including flowers and There will be a Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. The Methodist Church located at 342 S. Lewis. hearse a scene from the play, presented last champagne sent by some of the more than 200 "patrons" Faith Center Assembly of God on the corner of Lewis and , BEN I 'R NKLINi weekend in the Wagner Memorial Auditorium of who paid an additional $3.50 for their admission tickets to support the arts program in Monroe and the members of MacDougal will be having the children's Sunday school y MONROE SHOPPING CENTER program at 11 P.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. They will the M~nr~e Middle Sch~~l. Many l~ng h~urs ~f the cast wh~ practiced three nights a week fr~m the have a musical program. F . hard work by the actors and crew produced the beginning of September. best performance of his career, according to "We had more than 100 persons involved in the play, the A candle light service with refreshments following will be Pre-Chrlstmas Sale director Joe Pruett. The play should be viewed as orchestra and hack stage and 95 per cent of them were at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, according to Mrs. Robert Hackney. the beginnings of a much improved arts program people from Monroe," Pmett proclahned. The Congregational Church, at the comer of Lewis and many toys reduced ! The director said he felt something positive came from the in Monroe, Pruett claims, event for the community in the area of the arts. MacDougal St., will be having their Christmas service at VALUE SALE "That is the thing about the fine arts ..... it changes things 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. They will have a potluck dinner the same date at 5 p.m. in g Doll Stroller ............... " and adds to the beauty of life," said Pruett. the church hall, followed by the church school Christmas Weebles Tree House ..... ... 15.99. 9.97 Roadside Evergreens And of "]Rddier"t "Out of all the #ays l've done in my program. Santa has always appeared at this time bringing a tm eareer, this one was my best."_ . .,. EvelKnievelStuntCycle .... Aren't Chris as Trees Commtsstoners Six,Million Dollar Man ...... 9.99. 7.77 Spa It d Aw ing ' " " Jr. CB Base Statmn ....... ,t's the season when many Washington residents get the Christmas Tree r e _aY No Shoot Resolution WalkieTalkie .............. urge to seek out likely evergreens to hand-cut and haul home to serve as Christmas trees. Snohomish County Commissioners recently passed a The State Highway Department warns: those firs or other The Christmas spirit affects us all differently, but two resolution prohibiting discharge of firearms in county- [T.V. PONG GAME | conifers growing within highway fights-of-way are not fair Monroe women apparently carried things too far Sunday owned park property, amending an existing ordinance game, and cutting them could be an expensive proposition evening, which prohibits shooting in county gravel pits and garbage ["TELSTAR" by Coleeo ...... 69.99..53.881 for the cutter. At approximately 10:30 p.m., Monroe Officer Charles dumps, according to Dist. 3 Commissioner Charles Hill of _. Rocking Chair 10 99 All law enforcement officers--at the state, county or city Myers observed the pair carrying a shaped Christmas tree Monroe. 977 level--plus Highway Department personnel have been southbound on N. Lewis St., near Hill St. But enforcement of the ordinance has not always been alerted to be on the lookout for such "tree poaching", " When asked where they had gotten the tree, the women carried out, Hill said. YAHTZEE (extra pads$1.59) ....... according to George Kessack, roadside maintenance super- told Myers they had found it on Woods St. "it has always been against the law to shoot In county SuperToe or Super Touch ... 8.99. 5.97 intendant. A check of the Wolfkill Garden Store tree lot found one to "In addition to the fact that tree cutting along state high- be amiss and after being identified by store manager gravel pits, but we usually didn't enforce it unless we got a Dolls -- Agatha ............ 11.99. 7.97 complaint," Hill said. "! don't see why anyone would be ways is Illegal, what really hurts is that the trees are there Sharon Jarvis, the traveling tree was returned to its rightful against it, itjnst makes sense not to have people shooting in Thumbelina or for both beantifleation of the roadside area and in many place. Hush hl Baby ...... ............. 9.97 cases to stabilize slopes and prevent erosion," said No charges have been filed in connection with the county parks." '" The commissioners approved the resolution unanimously, Keasack. incident. Hill said.