1975-12-10; Clare Sentinel
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ajEnet© wwomM. library CLARE * -3" ®|)e Clare Sentinel FIFTEEN CENTS SIXTEEN PAGES WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1975 OUR 96TH YEAR VOL. 84 NO.l 5 20 Per Cent Hike In Water, Sewer Charges Are Sought HKAlt RESI'LTS - Former 14. Gus Aleck of the Clare S heriff Department (left) appeared before the board last week to learn the results of a grievance filed against S heriff Ray Lippold. The board ordered 1,1. Aleck reinstated by a 4-3 vote. The bottom photo shows Deputy Richard J ensen. Commissioners are Arnold Stamman and Don Case (back) and Toni Lester and Allan Kowalk (backs to camera). (Clare Sentinel photon) Ousted Sheriff's Lt. Aleck Not Reinstated Despite Ruling Ousted Clare Sheriff's Lt. Ghazey (Gus) Aleck remains unemployed and without pay despite a ruling by the Clare County Board of Commissioners to reinstate Lt. Aleck and pay him. The board on Dec_ 1 voted 4**3 to uphold a grievance filed by Li. Aleck against Clare County Sheriff Ray Lippold. The grievance asked "that Lt. Ghazey Aleck be reinstated immediately with all back pay and benefits immediately and that his command authority be returned immediately also.*" The grievance also stated. "The Fraternal Order of Police directs your. attention to Article 10, Section 7 tin- activation) from the contract between the County of Clare and the F.O.P. The F.OJP. feiifls that if the Sheriff would th ake himself aware of this contract that he would have known of this section and used it as the situation warranted, not because of his impulse action motivated by his discrimination against Lt Aleck because of his political and union affili-ttiori." Ai of Dec. ft Lt. Aleck bad not been reinstated nor paid his back pay and become eligible again for health insurance, etc. Shortly after the Dec. I meeting Sheriff Lippold said he would not reinstate Lt. Aleck now or in the future. Sheriff Lippold repeated his earlier statement that Lt. Aleck was fired because of violations of departmental rules and regulations. Sheriff Lippold further emphasized that he alone has the authority to hire and fire members of his department as an official elected by the voters of Clare County. Commissioner Donald Case is chair** Seek Recall Donald Green of Lake George announced today that petitions will be circulated this week seeking the recall of Sheriff Raymond Lippold. Green said in view of charges against the sheriff he did not feel that the sheriff was capable of maintaining quality law enforcement in Clare County. man of the sheriff committee and chaired the grievance hearing and later gave the report to the board. Case had voted against reinstatement because he felt the issue should be settled either by arbitration or a ruling by the S tate Labor Board. Case said "We did not have enough information to make a decision one way or another. This grievance (firing of Lt. Aleck) did not come before us at the same time their other greivances were heard." "My no vote was not because I believed Gus was either right or wrong or the sheriff was right or wrong. We did not have enough evidence to make a decision one way or another." Case said. At the time of the 4-3 vote Case told the board he would have nothing further to do with the issue and would not sign a voucher to pay Lt. Aleck, t Normally the head of a department signs payroll vouchers, he. sheriff, clerk, etc.) "I still decline to act on this issue.'* Case said Monday, Dec. 8. (Continued mi page »■) By Alfred R. Bransdorfer Editor A 20 per cent increase In Clare water and sewage rates was recommended to the Clare City Commission during the report on an audit by J ohn Quinnan, CPA of Clare. Quinnan told the commission that both the water and sewage systems should operate at least on a break even basis. He said the sewer system took in $76,000 while paying out $81,000. The water system took in $46,000 while paying out $53,000. Quinnan said that costs of these departments keep going up and unless something is done the gap between income and expenses will continue to grow. He said a 20 per cent increase would bring in enough money to close the gap and provide some revenue for repairs. Also recommended was a charge for water turn off and turn on to cover costs of the manpower doing this work. An increase in water and sewer rates has been suggested for the last few year. Also failing to cover costs by income was garbage and trash collections. Income was $24,373 locally plus $21,443 for outside users of the sanitary landfill. Expenses were $103,000 which included $40,000 for capital outlay. Excluding the capital outlay the trash collection plus landfill costs about $12,000 over and above income. Quinnan recommended that some charges be made in this operation to put in on a pay for itself basis. * Commissioner Larry Eastley said that shouldn't some of these items be considered services much the same way as police and fire. Mayor Bill Ulrich said if we continue to hold our millage at a reasonable rate then it will be necessary to boost charges for some of the city services. The difference between income and expenses to each of the departments Is made up from general fund revenues. Eastley pointed out that some of the city's older homes have problems with the plumbing which allows for loss of water through leaking faucets and toilets. Under the present plan city residents pay for their water on a Jlat rate hence there is no financial reason to pay for a plumber to stop the leaks. Eastley wondered if it would not be cheaper to provide this plumbing service from the city has balanced against the water loss. Mayor Ulrich said he didn't feel the city should be competing with private businesses that do that work. No action was taken. The matter will be studied. If a rate increase is approved it would start at the beginning of the city's fiscal year which is July, The Christmas party for city employees and members of various city boards will be held in mid December. Mayor Ulrich suggested that the dinner-party extend hours this year to midnight rather than cease immediately after dinner. Commissioner Robert Walters felt there was ample time for a party considering the cocktail party before and the dinner afterwards. After considerable discussion it was agreed the party will continue until midnight. Ulrich said the party is the only thanks that the many members of various city boards receive. They service without pay, Ulrich said, and put in a lot of hours and this party is the way we can say thank you. Walters expressed concern over the liability of the city in case someone is injured on their way home after the extended party. CABLE TV TOWER • This tower was erected last week although for a time work on the tower was uncertain due to a union dispute over construction. The tower went up without incident. The antennas still must go up. The crew that put up the tower has left and union workmen may be required to put up ihe antennas. (Clare Sentinel photo) Police Probe Three Burlgaries In City A man who claimed he was just using the restroom in Clare City Hail Monday night was arrested for breaking and entering and is now lodged in the Clare County Jail, according to Sgt. Michael Becker of the City Police. Becker said Barney Gardner, 21, a Clare resident was apprehended in a downstairs restroom after the building was locked up. "Chief Tice had come to City Hall to check on some paper work about an how- after the building was closed," Becker said. "He heard a noise and pinpointed it as coming from the downstairs restroom. He called Officer Craig Clair, who Went to the basement window and saw Gardner." Clair, who made the arrest, said the man claimed he was just using the facilities. "But, this was about an hour after the building was locked up," Clair added. Two other breaking and entering in Clare were reported to City Police Tuesday morning. Thayer's Dairy, TnCf, 144 W. Fourth St. and Corky's Restaurant, 123 W. Fourth St., were broken into, according to Becker. Police were notified of both breaking and enterings about 5:30 Tuesday morning. "We have no suspects," Becker said, "And no other information will be available until further investigation has taken place." Viet Nam Memorial Planned by Class The Clare High School class of 1975 finished their active school participation last June, but they are still involved. When the expenses were deducted from their bank account last July, a balance of $35. remained. Earlier, the class decided to donate any surplus sums to a fitting memorial for Ihe veterans of the Viet Nam War and especially to memorialize the men who died in the service of their country. An informal group composed of students and faculty is now being formed to bring together all citizens who share in this patriotic expression of gratitude. Some students are preparing sketches of memorials which will be submitted to the School Board at a later date. Others are assessing the community for financial support. Costs for a tentative memorial are being estimated at $900, The Student Council has agreed to underwrite $200.00 of this cost, if approval can be acquired from the School Board. Any citizens who agree with this project may send money to the "Viet Nam War Memorial Fund" in care of the Clare High School Student Council, David Dull President. Any monies donated at this time will be escrowed for refunding if the project fails to receive approval from the authorities. A citizens advisory board is also being formed, and any citizen of the Clare Public School District may become an active member of it. Information concerning this Viet Nam War Memorial may be obtained from President David Dull or Forrest Meek at the high school. State OKs Hospital The state of Michigan has approved a proposal by Clare Osteopathic Hospital to replace the old building at 104 West S ixth Street with a new structure. Cost of the project is $1,750,000. A Certificate of Need has been issued for the project by the Division of Health Facility Planning and Construction of the S tate Health Department. The proposal was also accorded prior approval by the East Central Michigan Comprehensive Health Planning Council and the state administrators of the federal Hill-Burton program. The plans call for the replacement structure to contain 64 patient rooms, delivery suite and nursery, intensive care unit, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology and physical therapy departments, doctors' conference room, outpatient waiting area and chapel, storage space, and administrative offices, With a bed Complement of 64 acute care beds, the new structure will have two fewer beds than the present facility. The project is scheduled for completion in September 1977. When it Is finirfwd, the old structure, now more than 3S years old, will be razed.
|Title||1975-12-10; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R. G. & F. A. Jefferies|
|Description||An issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press. In 1923, absorbed the Clare Courier.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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