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"We need to be able to get going rWe will lose these prospects. It's to get these projects on the dng board and get rolling," so area resident and land Lorin Wiser. spite of his plea that delay cause him additional hard- could cause industries to to locate elsewhere, the City Council postponed a decision on the compre- study for the city. ublic hearing has been con- until the April 7 council The drainage study, prepared by Cook and AssoCiates, attempts to predict the drainage needs of Grid- Icy by the year 2020, when it is pro- jected that the city will have a pop- ulation of 7,500 with greatly ex- panded land boundaries. The study area is bounded by Gilstrap Road on the east, West Liberty Road on the south, Block and Francis Roads on the west and Justeson, Macedo and Ord Ranch Roads on the north. During an interview, Gridley Public Works Director Jim Ward explained that in the past Gridley has built a piecemeal drain system within the existing city limits• "Over the years the general den- sity of the city has slowly increased from R 1 (two to five dwelling units per acre) to R3 (13 to 24 dwelling units per acre)," Ward said. This city growth has increased water runoff and currently parts of the city experience chronic drain- age problems. The study identifies the problems and proposed legisla- tion would establish fees to enlarge and modernize the existing drain- age system. Future city developments caus- ing increased runoff or creating additional drainage needs would be assessed fees. These fees are in- tended to pay for the enlarged system. In addition to identifying future drainage needs within the present city limits, the study also deals with land outside the city. When these areas become a part of the city, a one-time fee will be assessed to pay the capital cost of improving existing drainage systems or build- ing new systems. This one-time fee would be in addition to on-going maintenance• The capital fee would be set with the total cost of the complete sys- tem needs in mind. Monies not im- mediately used would go into a fund to be used for major under- takings such as canal construction. "We hope to ensure that new growth will pay for itself and those receiving the benefit of the im- provements will be the Ones to pay for improvements," said Council- man Dan Boeger during the public hearing. The bulk of Monday night's public hearing was spent airing the concerns of the three reclamation districts surrounding Gridley. Er- nie Hatch, president of Reclama- tion District 833, expressed several reservations. "The limited boundaries of the study area place the emphasis on upstream clearance and don't real- ly address the effects of increased downstream drainage that might be created," stressed Hatch. Hatch also noted the difference in slope grades used by Cook As- sociate engineers for proposed construction from the figures county planners presently use. In (Continued on Page 9) (Kswqem h) by Bill Burleson man who was born in Biggs, in Gridley, and starred as a walker in vaudeville, is Cousin Ralph Bolt died last USPS 859-420 at Oroville at age 92. e wrote about him a couple of Vol. 100 No. 58 15c Copy Gridley, Butte County, CA 95948 Wednesday, March 19, 1980 ago after one of his visits to and relatives in Gridley. He about the early days in the floods, and the peo- also told us about playing as in pictures of him walking across Hazel Street in Grid- nng one of the celebrations He repeated this act sev- Limes. talked about the war to all wars and the big battles he in along the Western front • .in 1917-1918. was a full life. column we made a little slip, we gave Under- Dick Stenberg a dinner named Juanita, when ac- it was Theresa, his wife. This Ls pointed out to us fellow Rotarian in Oroville... we won't be visiting for a Stenberg is the next presi- tt, Cancer Crusade Gourmet was a smashing success• If it, look forward to next cold north wind made the restless yesterday. The of a freeze caused apprehen- the post office among the Funny how people patrons in a post office. 9:30 a.m. the effect of breezes on shoppers was in the number of cars on Street...zilch, or maybe double zilch in quantity. wine tasting Saturday night Memorial Hall attracted crowds. The hot and cold 5 d,oeuvres• were abundant, outlasting the wine, which Consumed in equal record ; The XI Gamma Beta Sigma !girls seemed quite pleased as dollars rolled in for Cystic a letter to a publisher in a few weeks back. He back when we were out, but he'd call right back. We he didn't• So, we called and he was out. We left a mes- r that we were returning his How we're back at square , waiting for him to call...and remember what the topic in the first place. Hello? like rack of lamb, Law- Carr is preparing it on Sun- at The Buttes...melts in your order to combat the rising in newspaper production... now $1.50 a sheet, up from newsprint going to $440 a We remember it under $100... Herald is going to try to ob- the deadlines it has adver- for years. Only disasters, or of extraordinary im- will be accepted after on press days: Tuesday and deadlines as pub- on the rate card will also be ay Gridley Lioness and Grange Sponsor a blood bank Thurs- March 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Lodge on Highway 99E. Lioness'and Grange are again to equal the 100 pints contributed by Gridley residents at the last blood Donors should weigh a mini- 110 pounds and should not taken any medication for 24 before giving blood. TOMORROW IS SPRING! it may still rain off and on, but according to the calendar, tomorrow is the first day of Spring, and definitely a welcome sight for Gridle} area residents drenched in rain over the past couple of months. The north wind will keep blowing, but the weatherman is predicting fair skies for the remainder of the week, warm temperatures in the day, but dropping to near freezing at night. Above, Chad Funk, son of Kirk and Debbie Funk of Gridley, says he and friend Barney are both ready for the spring weather as they play near the home of Milt Brown, Jr., which is always surrounded by beautiful flowers. (Photo by Michael Gardner) By Sally Jeanne Coghlan Herald Reporter "I think Gridley has come a long way to meet its transportation needs," claims Councilman Bud Spurgeon, a long-time advocate of public transportation in this area. Apparently, most Gridley area residents agreed as evidenced by Monday night's public hearing on unmet transportation needs before the council. Nobody spoke. In recent years, public trans- portation has become a political football in the State of California. This situation has been further complicated by increased gasoline prices and the special transporta- tion needs of rural, under popu- lated counties like Butte. Public transportation came into the spotlight in the late 60's with the passage of the Urban Mass Public Transportation Act (UMP- TA). In this act, one-fourth cent of every six cents of state sales tax revenue was allotted for public transportation• Most of the money went to big cities in California to pay for sys- tems like BART, now ,operating in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a result of a protest by the smaller cities and rural areas, UMPTA was revised as the Sur- face Mass Transportation Act in 1978, which means Butte County and Gridley are eligible for more money. Butte County's 1980-81 esti- mated allotment of public trans- portation monies is $1,019,763. Gridley's estimated allotment is $56,344. In past years, the Butte County Board of Supervisors chose to spend most of the county portion of these monies on the improve- ment and maintenance of roads. • Because they say the county was not meeting the public transporta- tion needs of the population, Butte County Legal Services, a federally funded non-profit corporation based in Chico,brought suit against the county. In an out-of-court settlement, The Manzanita School Board of Trustees will hold a series of budget work sessions open to the public starting Thursday, March 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school library. During the Thursday night regular board meeting, it was de- cided that these work sessions would be held weekly or bi-monthly until plans for the 1980-81 budget are completed• The board also approved Man- zanita participating in the lshi Consortium. This consortium is composed of Northern California schools which receive categorical funding from the state. Schools receiving such funding for programs must pass periodic review by trained educators. Often these educators come from the Bay Area or Southern California. The consortium was formed to save money at the state level and ensure reviews by educators more familiar with special aspects of North State districts. In other business, participation in the Butte County program for the mentally gifted was tabled until the next regular board meeting. Concern was expressed that this program might mean additional work for the classroom teacher without much resource support from the county. the county entered into an agree- ment with BCLS. According to BCLS attorney Dan Siegel, the county agreed to provide a bus system between (Continued on Page 9) 2 Superintendent Beulah Robin- son said, "1 agree with the teachers, if the program is going to offer real help to the teacher it will be a good thing for Manzanita. If it is going to be a burden beyond our resources, 1 am against it." Trustees decided to invite Jack Lutz, assistant superintendent for educational services, Butte County, to the next meeting to give rriore in- formation about the county men- tally gifted program. Parents of Manzanita students who might qualify for this program will also be invited to attend the meeting. During the superintendent's re- port, the board was informed that due to the increase cost of busing students in the Los Angeles area, the state is currently reporting a three percent deficit in the public schools budget. This could mean a loss of $4,800 to Manzanita. The state hopes to make up the deficit by the end of the fiscal year. It was announced that Carolyn Nelson and Dorothy Shelton will offer softball for girls this spring, A letter from the district was sent to the parents of sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls• A letter of resignation was re- ceived from Manzanita kindergar- ten teacher, Katherine Pitt. She has taught 14 years at Manzanita. Fifteen students walked out of their classes Friday morning in protest of the Gridley High School Board of Trustees' decision to is- sue partial layoff notices to two ag- riculture teachers• Last week the trustees decided to Special ag meet is today at 4 p.m. Area residents wanting to help out the FFA and Vocational Agri- culture programs at Gridley High School are invited to a special ing today .aL4 p.m. in the director's room at the Butte Coun- ty Fairgrounds. issue layoff notices to the agri- cultural department for all non- classroom programs because of fis- cal problems, which includes FFA projects• The students came to The Herald Friday after walking out of class because they were concerned that if the summer agriculture pro- gram is dropped, many of them will lose a valuable learning exper- ience. Several added that they would also lose money because they could not show and sell their animals at the fair without an ad- visor• The board issued the layoff no- tices because of a state-mandate that all such action be taken by March 15. If the board had not is- sued the notices, they would not later have the option to cut funds• or teacher hours. Trustees stressed they were only obeying the state mandate so they could have several options open, and that the layoff notices could be rescinded. The 15 students all said they understood that, but added they wanted to stress their opinion that the agriculture program not be cut or even trimmed. Eric Olson, president of the FFA, said the cuts would "ruin" the FFA and "ruin" many projects now in the works. He said seniors will not be affected, but those freshmen and sophomore students will not get a good agriculture edu- cation if the program is cut further. Ricky Sheats said he will be a farmer when he graduates and has no plans to go to college. "If they cut ag, there's nothing left for me to stay in school for. 1 might as well quit tomorrow and go to work." His sentiments were echoed by Matt Sears, who said "agriculture is our bread and butter. If they cut FFA, how are we going to learn about farming?" Most of the students pointed out that agriculture teaches kids how (Continued on Page 9) RSD planning meeting tonight All area merchants, service clubs and interested community mem- bers are invited to attend a R&I Suspenders Days planning meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gridley District Chamber of Commerce of- rice, 837 Hazel Street. The 19th Annual RSD festivities will be held this May 15-18. iii/ LEAVES POST - Karen Fukushima, coordln.ator of the G'ridley Multi- Service Center for several years, has left that post for another entitled, "Community Programs Co-ordinator." She will be working out of the Oroville Community Action Agency office. A replacement has not been hired yet. (Photo by htichad G uxlnar)