Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 111, No. 68, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 26, 1993 Page: 1 of 37

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THURSDAY
August 26, 1993
By county commissioners
Speed limits,
VFDs discussed
LIVINGSTON - In response lo
public complaints, county commis-
sioners are taking the first steps
toward setting speed limits on
county roads.
Public hearings must be held
before speed limits are adopted,
County Judge John Thompson said
during Monday’s regular court
meeting. He agreed at tne court’s
Aug. 9 meeting to lode into speed
limit adoption procedures after
citizens voiced concern over speed-
ing motorists.
Commissioners can tackle one
road, or several roads, at a time, he
said.
The first public hearing has been
set for 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 13,
prior to the commissioners’ next
regular meeting.
Between now and then, each
commissioner interested in estab-
lishing speed limits will come up
with a list of roads and proposed
speed limits for those roads.
The process can be repeated as
often as necessary, as commis-
sioners come up with roads on
which they would like to limit
speeds.
Commissioners also eased train-
ing requirements for volunteer fire
departments which receive county
funding, but they remain adamant
that those requirements be met if
funding is to continue.
A volunteer fire department
training and certification program
was adopted by the county in
January, primarily due to concerns
over liability and to prepare for a
probable future state requirement
for firefighter certification.
Emergency Management Coor-
dinator John McDowell, having
held several meetings with the fire
departments, said some depart-
ments are finding that the training
and certification requirements are
creating a hardship.
The initial regulations called for
four firefighters from each depart-
ment to attend a week-long fire
training school every two years. In
addition to being expensive for
departments which are already suf-
fering financially, it is difficult for
some volunteers to take a week off
work, McDowell said.
He added, he has had problems
getting rosters of firefighters from
most departments - having
received rosters from only two of
the 10 VFDs in the county.
Regulations also called for 100
percent department participation in
the Fire Emergency Training Net-
work (FETN) video training
program, which costs $24 per
firefighter per year.
"I helped get this thing (setting
requirements for VFDs) started,"
said Precinct 2 Commissioner Bob-
by Smith, who also heads the
Onalaska VFD. He said both he
and McDowell have caught flak
over the requirements.
Although he believes the training
is excellent, Smith agrees that the
week-long sessions sponsored by
Texas A&M University - which
cost $600-$700 per firefighter -
are unafforable to some depart-
ments.
Noting that the county’s subsidy
to fire departments has not in-
creased in the past seven or eight
years, he said he feels the FETN
training is important enough that
the county could provide the es-
timated $4,500 a year it would cost
to fund it
Thompson sympathizes with the
plight of the smaller departments.
"The training is important to all of
us," both for the safety of the
general public and the firefighters
themselves, he said. "But not all
departments have the same support
and manpower."
Most of the firefighters have full
time jobs. Some will come home
and work on a fire truck until mid-
night, then be expected to train and
go to fires, too, (he judge said.
If that firefighter misses training
that is not yet required by the state,
should the department’s funding be
cut?
"It’s an emotional issue...” the
judge said. "It puts the court in a
bad position to take money away
from a department that is already
struggling."
He added, possible liability in
the event of an injury or accident
involving a VFD that receives
county funds was one of the
primary reasons for adopting the
regulations. Since then, an attorney
and the State Fire Marshal's As-
sociation have been consulted and
their opinion is that, as long as a
department consists of volunteers,
the county's liability is limited, the
2e said.
don’t want to take money
away from anyone,” Smith
reiterated several times during the
See DISASTER pg.4A
ENTERPRISE PHOTO IV GORDON UBARRON
MOCK DISASTER - Dressed in protective Saturday in Onalaska. Over 150 persons par-
gear, emergency personnel check-out one of ticipated in the mock disaster. For additional
11 "victims" in a crashed school bus during coverage see page 4A.
a disaster drill involving hazardous materials
Liquor
election
date set
LIVINGSTON - Residents
within the city limits of Goodrich
will go to the polls Saturday, Sept.
18| to decide whether or not the
sale of alcoholic beverages for off-
premise consumption will be al-
lowed in the city.
The date of the election was set
by Polk County commissioners
Monday, following acceptance of a
petition containing 36 signatures,
35 of which were verified by the
voter registrar. Tax Assessor-
Collector Robert C. "Bob” Willis.
Early voting for the local option
election will begin Aug. 30 and
will continue through Sept. 14, ac-
cording to County Clerk Jo Anne
Hopkins. While the City of
Goodrich is legally responsible for
all costs associated with the elec-
tion, citizens have donated funds to
help the city offset the expense.
Dual wreck
kills one
MOSCOW - A 25-year-old
Livingston woman was killed early
Saturday in the second of what the
highway patrol is considering two
separate accidents in Moscow.
Linda Faye Key was driving a
1985 Buick northbound on U.S. 59,
apparently traveling in the center
paved median, when her car struck
a crash cushion, according to
Trooper Damm Anderson.
The impact sent her car back into
the northbound lane of travel, he
said.
As her car was silting disabled in
the roadway it was struck by a
northbound 1988 Ford van driven
by George W. Frazier, 60, of
Covington, Ind. Frazier told the
trooper he saw no lights to warn
him of the wrecked car in the road.
The van struck the driver’s door
of the car, with the impact sending
both vehicles into a concrete bar-
rier.
See MOTORCYCLES pg. 3A
judge
GISD sets budget; revises five-year plan
GOODRICH — A budget of
$2,214,074 for the 1993-94 school
year was adopted by the Board of
Trustees of the Goodrich Independ-
ent" School District ai
meeting last Thursday.
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Four classrooms to be added
Salaries boost Leggett budget
LEGGETT - The Leggett school
board adopted a budget of
$1,404,890 for the 1993-94 school
year, at its regular meeting Monday
night.
The budget for the 1992-93
school year was $1,318,136.
As of Monday, the Leggett ISD
had spent $1,185,983. The money
budgeted for the 1992-93 school
year will continue to be spent
through Aug. 31.
SupL Bennett W. Geeslin said
the $86,754 more in the budget
than in last year’s was primarily for
salary increases, for the salaries of
new teachers and for costs of four
new classrooms which are to be
constructed on the campus.
In other action Monday night,
the board approved several field
trips for Leggett students.
At the request of Vicki Jones,
new principal, the board approved
field trips for students in kindergar-
ten through second grades to the
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NEW LEGGETT PRINCIPAL - Vicki Jones, a native of
Leggett, is the new principal of Leggett schools. She taught
English at Leggett before being named to the position a few
weeks ago. She has a bachelor's and a master’s degree from
Sam Houston State University.
Leggett Post Office on Aug. 30,
Wal-Mart Bakery on Sept 7, First
National Bank on Sept 8 and Mur-
phy Memorial Library on Sept 10.
The board also approved field
trips for journalism students to the
television station, prison, sporting
events, radio station, theatre (stage
production) and to a trial. Dates for
those field trips will be set later.
The requests for the field trips
came from Jones during her first
official report to the Leggett school
board after being hired for that
position by the board on Aug. 2.
Jones, who had been a teacher
for the past four years at Leggett, is
a native of the Leggett area. She is
the daughter of Beth and Donnis
Galloway of Leggett. She taught at
Corrigan-Camden before joining
the Leggett teaching staff four
years ago.
She has a bachelor’s degree in
business administration from Sam
Houston State University, and a
master’s degree in administrative
education.
In other action at Monday
night’s regular board meeting, the
board hired Denise Collins as his-
tory teacher and girls basketball
coach; Judy Myers as English
teacher, and Peggy Carre 11 as half-
time elementary special education
teacher and counselor.
The board also named Jones and
Janarie Alexander to serve as
TTAS appraisers for the 1993-94
school year.
The board accepted the high bids
of $329 and $203 from Eloy’s Mis-
cellaneous Sales of Timpson for the
sale of two 1978 International
school buses.
The budget reflects an increase
in expenditures of $539,038 com-
pared to last year.
A figure of $454,617 in facilities
and acquisitions was entered to of-
fset Texas Education Agency
revenue projections which will be
refigured, resulting in an actual in-
crease in the budget of $84,421.
Reasons cited for the increase in-
elude.
• An increase of $39,435
budgeted in contracted services for
increases in utilities and for legal
fees.
•An increase of $19,814
budgeted in supplies for the addi-
tion of a counselor for the gifted
and talented program and com-
puterized grade reporting and
scheduling.
•An increase of $7,100 budgeted
in other operating costs for an in-
crease in travel, fees and dues.
•An increase of $18,851
budgeted in capital outlay for a
state revenue contingency com-
puter system for the library, a pick-
up truck for maintenance, cafeteria
equipment and building trades
equipment.
•An increase of $38,131
budgeted in flow-through out to ad-
just special education to biennium
in lieu of calendar year.
A public hearing on the budget
began at 7:10 p.m. and concluded
at 7:40 p.m. One patron showed up,
requesting one principal and more
programs and complaining about
the tax rate. Although he wanted to
discuss the bond issue, the hearing
was on the budget only, so he was
invited to the town hall meeting at
7 o’clock tonight (Thursday) in the
school auditorium, where the bond
issue will be discussed.
Reviewing the projected tax rate.
Superintendent Edward Burleson
went over the following informa-
tion compiled by the Polk County
Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office:
. 1993 effective tax rate --1.2482
Notice and hearing tax rate -•
1.25
1.30826
1992 combined tax levy --
1.2874
Burleson emphasized that .01
generates $7,039.
He also reviewed the following
exemptions:
$5,000 -- resident homestead
$15,000 - over-65 (frozen)
$10,000- SS
$3,000 - VA
However, he emphasized that
improvements are not included in
over-65 exemptions, but any in-
creased values are re-frozen.
In addition, residential homes-
tead exemptions for persons over
65 are included in the $15,000
over-65 exemption. The over 65
exemption tax rate remains the
same for life as it was originally
granted at age 65.
Burleson said the tax assessor-
collector will soon be publishing a
notice in accordance with Truth in
Taxation laws which will indicate
that the district’s tax rate will be in-
creasing 200-300 percent.
That is not so, Burleson stressed.
The reason it will appear that the
tax rate is increasing is because the
County Education Districts (CEDs)
were abolished as of Sept 1, so all
of the MR levy will be levied
through the district The board is
projecting a district levy of ap-
proximately $1.25.
Due to a legislative oversight
even districts reducing their overall
property tax rate will report a sub-
stantial tax rate increase.
Recognizing the problem and at-
tempting to address it, the Texas
Association of School Boards
(TASB) has formed a series of ad-
ditional notices that districts may
publish to defuse any confusion.
Following Burleson’s update, the
board chose to publish one of the
notices submitted by TASB, in con-
junction with the tax assessor-
collector’s notice, in an attempt to
rebut it.
The district’s revised five-year
master plan was approved by the
board. Revisions include the fol-
lowing:
•Implementation of a gifted and
talented program in the elementary
school.
•Implementation of a guidance
program in the high school.
•Employment of a counselor for
kindergarten through 12th grade.
•Employment of an in-school
See GISD pg. 4A
Of Goodrich meeting tonight
Bond issue topic
GOODRICH - A public meeting
to discuss the Sept. 11 $2 million
school bond election is set for 7
p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of
Goodrich High School, according
to Dr. Edward Burleson, superin-
tendent.
Dr. Burleson said the bonds
would go for general school im-
provements, including a new gym-
nasium, a new cafeteria complex
and eight elementary classrooms.
The purpose of this meeting
will be to give the taxpayers and
the general public an opportunity to
hear what they will get and what
the problems are," Dr. Buriesoa
said.
Ik said school administrators
have not been able to find evidence
that there has ever been a school
bond election in the history of the
Goodrich Independent School Dis-
trict.
Heading up Thursday
meeting will be
Leon Johnson, a
visor from Dallas, will he on hand
to provide lnformaooa and ©

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