The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, October 14, 1985, Page 2, Image 2
2The Daily Tar HeelMonday, October 14, 1985 By DORA McALPIN Staff Writer The Chapel Hill Town Council tonight will address an independent consultant firm's report that, among other recommendations, calls for the eventual merging of the town's police and fire departments into a single public safety department. The town should implement this plan by Sept. 30, 1986, the report says. Under such an arrangement, the department would be headed by a director of public safety. There would be deputy directors for police and for fire divisions. The report, prepared by the Washington-based consulting firm Rusten Associates, says the arrange ment would reduce administrative costs, provide for consolidation of police and fire department training programs, and allow coordination of crime and fire prevention programs. Town Council member David God schalk said there is merit in the idea of a merger, although opposition to the plan can be expected. "But I think there's always some opposition to changing institutional arrangements," he said. The report, which is a follow-up to a 1983 study of all the town's depart- WHSS TM2 TAR KILLS EAT ' RESTAURANT MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL Purchase any dinner entree or burger and get the second (of equal or lesser value) ' at half price. Special offer good thru Oct. 28, 1985 corners . - -175E. Franklin 929-4416 Lunch & Dinner 1 1:30 Till 7 Days All major credit cards accepted Present this coupon when ordering rwi li A J fri ir CLASSIC STYLING Silk N' Satin Men's Traditional Men's Fashion Inspiration & rr- JR51 Rhapsody Princess Marquise Royale ATT AFFORD AELE FENCES EEGflSnSATHON SPECIAL SAVE $2dD 4o $3 Also New Interest Free Payment Plan Available Now is the time to select your Herff Jones College Ring and you'll save up to $30.00 ! Trade in your 10k Gold High School Ring and save even more! 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It recommends that a new fire chief be hired by the end of next March to replace Everett Lloyd, who has been the town's fire chief since 1968. The new fire chief should come from outside the department, the report says. Opposition and open animosity between fire department officials is one reason to change current leadership, according to the report. Low morale and high frustration among personnel also indicate a need for change, the report says. "Clearly, this department is in des perate need of new leadership," the report says. "It would bring about a refreshing change in atmosphere if new blood were pumped into all positions above the rank of captain." Some of that "new blood" might be current fire department personnel who would move into such postions as assistant fire chief, according to the 5 Homecoming The Carolina Athletic Association has announced five candidates for Homecoming queen. The senior candidates are: Susan in FOR VOIfllDEAS Shaping Our Tomorrow Today ' SENIOR-C1ASS GIFT '86 The Senior Class is searching for ideas for our Class Gift. Turn in suggestions Carolina Union, by Thurs., October 1 7. UN C Available from: Student Stores Oct. 14 report. "But sweeping changes are sometimes neither practical nor possible," the report says. "In this case, it is probably wiser to bring about change in stages." "The report makes 49 recommenda tions on how to improve the efficiency of the two departments. Most of these changes should be adopted whether the town combines the two departments or leaves them separate, according to the report. Some of the most significant of the 49 recommendations follow. 1) The rules and regulations of both departments should be revised. The report says both departments are operating under outdated guidelines. 2) A female officer should be assigned to the police. Investigations Division. This officer would spend half her time assisting the juvenile officer, who would be moved from the Uniformed Patrol Division to the Investigations Division under the plan outlined in the report. The rest of the female officer's time would be devoted to assisting other members of the division in rape and related cases and to "working on general assignments. 3) The number of public service officers assigned to the fire department at any give time should be increased from seven to 11. Currently, public service officers spend most of their time working out of the police department and respond to police, fire, and medical emergency calls. They each spend roughly 28 days twice a year at the fire queen candidates announced Camp, from Cary, sponsored by Gran ville Towers; Arlene Ferebee, from Fayetteville, sponsored by the Sweet Carolines; Jennifer Ferguson, from Charlotte, sponsored by the Carolina Choir; Katharine Kelley, from Atlanta, sponsored by the Senior Gass Special Projects Committee; and Katherine Noesen, from Hendersonville, spon sored by the Loreleis. The four girls not elected queen will make up the Homecoming court. QQETGdOODS FITNESS CENTER. INC presents a Fall Semester Special! El fl 11 Now through Featuring: 26 Nautilus Machines Sauna whirlpool Treadmill Exercycles Aerobics. Tanning Bed. Olympic free weight Equipment Li Time: 10 ana-3 department for firefighter 'training. Seven officers at a time are assigned, to the fire department under the current system, but the plan outlined in the report calls for 11. The report also recommends that the firefighting train ing time for each officer be increased. 4)The fire department should con sider dispatching the ladder truck for all dwelling and structural fires. The report says the ladder truck is seldom dispatched because "the fire chief doesn't like to see it used." Currently, the department usually sends two pumpers on each fire alarm, according to the report. In some cases, the department dispatches only a pumper or a pumper and a van, it says. Council member David Pasquini said that, although the report will be presented to the council tonight, much of the responsibility for deciding on and implementing change will fall to Town Manager David R. Taylor. "The fire department and the police department fall under the (jurisdiction of the) town manager," Pasquini said. "So the town council doesn't have any real power there. "What I think will happen is that we (the council) will have a work session with the manager later on and well make recommendations about what we consider to be important. "But as for change, that's strictly a management decision," he said. Lloyd and Taylor could not be reached for comment Sunday evening. The candidates were interviewed by a panel of three faculty members and were chosen based on academic merit, campus involvement, personality and achievements, including extracurricular activities, outside interests, pursuits and goals. Voting will be held Oct. 24 in Chase Hall, the Student Union and the Campus Y court The queen will be crowned at halftime of the Florida State game Oct. 26. December 15, 1985 - - . . ; Call 489-2688 to schedule your free workout . j er, aiiAw Located in Straw Valley on 15-501 only 5 minutes from UNC THE (OUR BEST TELESCOPE SELECTION IN THE TRIANGLE TEN MODELS AT OUR LOW SALE PRICES! 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At an early morning stopover in Sicily, some of the American hos tages identified the four hijackers who held them captive for 52 hours aboard the ship and killed 69-year-old New Yorker Leon Klinghoffer, American authorities said. The Americans, tired after days of tension and travel, were taken to a hotel to be reunited with their families amid tight security. Hijacking suspect escapes WASHINGTON - officials said Sunday that a Palestinian suspected of being involved in the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro left Italy for Yugos lavia soon after American author ities issued an arrest warrant for the man. Mohammed Abbas was reported to have left Italy with a colleague on a commerical airliner shortly before 8:30 p.m. The two Palestini ans were reportedly disguised as Egyptian soldiers or airline crew members. Officials are planning a quick extradition of Abbas from Yugos lavia. However, Yugoslavia is known to have ties with the Palestinaian Liberation Organization and it was not certain if the country would cooperate with the request by the for the record In Friday's story "Students advocate a minority center as BCC alternative," Lorinne Gipson's name was misspelled. Saimiiiffeir in concert at Carroll Hall October 16th 8:30 pm Tickets on sale now at LOGOS Bookstore $2.50 FIRST F H ALLEY SECOND HALLEY SALE WILL BE IN THE SALE All Ten of our Models are on sale Two weeks Only! Meade THE LEADER S EDGE . Viking Travel 9:00 - 5:30 Mon STORE m ;:t 1 .. Mi First in news in brief United States. D. G. Martin possible candidate CHARLOTTE Friends of Mecklenburg County politician D. G. Martin say the Democratic Party may be urging Martin to run for the U.S. Senate, but the idea of the U.S. House in 1986 may be a stronger possibility. Martin narrowly lost to Repub lican Alex McMillan last November in the election for the 9th Congres sional District seat. Martin had never run for public office but came within 321 votes of becoming the district's representative. Observers debate trade mission Gov. Jim Martin's trade mission to Japan might not produce imme diate, tangible results, but could be prosperous in the long run, political observers say. "I'm personally skeptical about whether you can go over there and just have your very presence drum up new business," said Michael Walden, an N.C. State University economist. But Walden said the governor's 10-day trip would help convince the Japanese that one way to avoid protectionist legislation in the United States would be to invest in places such as North Carolina. The Daily Tar Heel regrets this report ing error. 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