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City Appoints Attorneys For Utility Bond I.__.
“Priorities” took center-stage at the end of
Tuesday night’s city council meeting at City Hall
as a group of residents complained of being by-
passa by the city on a drainage problem in their
“We want what we’ve been promised for the
past eight years,”” Mrs. Deon (Sandy) Etters told
Citizens Want Drainage Corrected
council, when the group voiced their protest in
_ At a 20-minute recess before an executive ses-
sion began, Mr. and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, Ms.
Etters’ parents, and Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Moss, of
909 Sherwood Lane, conferred in council
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- Removing Asbestos
~ May Cost $250,000
By ELIZABETH STEWART
Of The Herald Staff
Removing asbestos from the gymnasium and
foyer area at North School and from 16 classrooms.
will cost the KM District Schools about $250.000.
_ Findings of more asbestos at virtually every site
in the system “is not a super hazardous situation
but one that the board of education will be moving
to correct immediately beginning with the next
long weekend that students and staff are away
from North School where the top priority now is
removal of asbestos from the gym and foyer
area,’’ said Supt. Bob McRae.
McRae said the problem of asbestos will be on
the agenda of Monday night’s Board of Education
meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the School Administration
Building on Parker Street.
McRae said the foresight of the previous ad-
ministration put Kings Mountain ahead of the
game in its efforts to comply with state and
federal requirements concerning asbestos and
that the removal of asbestos from the ceilings of
four classrooms at East School this summer com-
pleted the recommendations of a study conducted
three years ago.
: “We thought that would complete our asbestos
+, work but now AHERA'’s new federal requirements
are more strict and a new study and inspection has
: identified that the gym and foyer area of North
( School is the first area we need to work on. Basket-
JA balls hitting the ceiling accounts for some of the
' damage. Pipes, cross space and expansion joints
~ not immediately exposable can be
2 PUBLIC HEARING
Dr. Larry Allen said the Board of Education will
conduct a public hearing on asbestos problems in
the schools at Monday night’s board meeting and
be corrected by :
Regular second-monthly meeting of the Kings
Mountain city council was held at city hall Tues-
day at 7:30 p.m. with major items of business a
change-order to broaden area covered on the N.C.
161 sewer line project, which is underway, and ap-
pointment of bond attorneys for the proposed $12
million effort to up-grade water, sewer and elec-
tric distribution systems.
Mayor Kyle Smith presided and Rev. Phillip
Squires pronounced the invocation. Four coun-
cilmen, the city manager, the city treasurer and
clerk, the city attorney and other city employees
Employees of a local construction company got
in a tig
ht squeeze Tuesday morning when they tried to
take some grading equipment under the Margrace underpass. The grading project had to wait until some
heavier equipment came to the rescue.
_ tions have been overcome.
Amount of the change order, which required a
budget amendment, was $151,492.50. The work
consists of relocating the pump station 2400 feet
south and extend 6-inch force main and 8-inch
gravity sewer to serve a much larger area in the
- It was the second change order approved for the
project, which has completion date of Dec. 17th.
Approved as bond counsel was the Charlotte
firm of Smith Helms Mullis & Moore. Council
passed the resolution 4-0 and noted that City
Manager George Wood was to negotiate contract
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Project Still Alive
Gaston County Commissioner David Beam isn’t
giving up on the Crowders Creek Wastewater Pro-
After negotiations between Kings Mountain and
Gastonia broke down, Beam stepped in to
mediate, saying that Gaston County needed the
$25 million plant to replace septic tanks as much
as Gastonia, Kings Mountain and Bessemer City
residents needed the plant.
In the final agreement recently,
Gastonia agreed to shoulder more
of the financial load of Kings
Mountain, when Kings Mountain,
under court order to clean up its
sewage systems, said it could not
pay its original $4 million share of
the project. Kings Mountain and
Gastonia agreed to a six year
moratorium on annexing parts of
southwest Gaston County and §
Kings Mountain’s share of the
cost was reduced to $500,000 with BEAM
KM to be a customer of Gastonia. Bessemer City’s
share was to be about $800,000 and the county $3.8
million. Gastonia was to pay $7 million and the
rest was to be paid by a $14 million grant from the
EPA, if Kings Mountain stayed in the deal.
Last week the Atlanta office of EPA said it was
considering cutting $3 million out of the $14 million
grant request and set Friday as the deadline for
giving Gastonia a decision on the amount.
However, based on new information, Gastonia
and Gaston County officials have given the Atlan-
ta, Ga. office of EPA, Beam thinks EPA reserva-
LW know. .an
igures bility information sum y the
state. Gastonia Utilities Director Sam Wilkins,
Gaston County Manager Phil Hinely and Beam
met with EPA officials Friday to try to get the ad-
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the public is encouraged to attend.
McRae said that board will seek a two to three
months extension of an Oct. 12 deadline to com-
plete a management plan required under federal
regulations with Environmental Protection Agen-
cy on how the system has identified and plans to
deal with asbestos. “We want to completely rid
the schools of asbestos and during the past two
bo summers asbestos has been removed from boiler
fy rooms, from four or five classroom buildings and
at least one employee was trained to assist on an
inspection team. Overall, Kings Mountain is bet-
ter off than most systems at this stage,” he said.
“We are not dealing with a situation that offers a
tremendous potential for danger but the board is
continuing to act responsibly to set immediate
priorities. There may be a little disarray at the
school§ while the work is underway but no one will
be in any danger.
The federal government has put together a plan
for dealing with asbestos and sometimes it is not
always best to remove it,” McRae explained. He
said, some cases, such as asbestos in floor tile, can
be handled by proper maintenance. In some
places, painting can be done. “If there is con-
siderable asbestos around pipes, in boiler rooms
‘be in black or
: © blue ink and
Sa aaa DN within 115" from
Loca es nt the trailing edge.
Don’t write-off those checks, says First Union
National Bank Manager Elaine Grigg who says
scrawling your John Hancock across the back of
a paycheck may not be enough to get it cashed
anymore, no matter how large your bank ac-
count or how well you know your teller.
A new federal law guaranteeing customers
faster access to their deposits includes little-
known, uniform standards for endorsing checks.
Under the new regulations, which took effect
Sept. 1, all endorsements must be within a 1%
inch section along the edge of the back of the
check so they don’t interfere with endorsements
from the bank at which the check is deposited.
Mrs. Grigg said area banks sent notices in
diagrams in bank statements last month to notify
customers of the new standards.
According to Mrs. Grigg, the new standards for
endorsing checks have created more work for
area tellers but have not caused too many com-
plications for customers.
“Since we live in a small town, we don’t really
get that many large checks that we don’t know
the person who's cashing it,” said Mrs. Grigg.
Mrs. Grigg said the statute requires banks to
disclose their availability policies to customers
and inform them that deposited funds may not be
available for immediate withdrawal. Banks are
required to provide disclosures to new customers
before they open an account, to sxjsting
customers and to any person upon request. In ad-
dition, disclosures are required on preprinted
deposit slips on automated teller machines
deposit envelopes and at staffed locations where
consumers make deposits. Customers are not re-
quired to reorder deposit tickets. They will be
provided by the vendor when checks are
reordered. Banks must also provide notice fo
their customers whenever their availability
policies change, she said. a
or other places where people have to come in and
work, or in ceilings where it is getting old and
win rusting and beginning to flake, it’s best to take it
out,” McRae said. ;
McRae said the system is currently using
capital outlay funds to remove asbestos. He’s hop-
ing that in the future the state and/or federal
governments will make funds available and is
looking into revenue sources.
ASC Corporation of Waynesville completed the
inspection and survey work recently and is com-
pleting the management study for the board of
Also at Monday’s board meeting Asst. Supt.
Larry Allen will present figures on elementary
enroliments which could mean redrawing in the
near future of school attendance lines. ‘We want
parents to have an input in decisions by the board
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Gets $349,000 Grant
10th District Congressman Cass Ballenger an-
nounced this week that the U.S. Department of
Housing Urban and Development has approved a
$349,000 grant to the Kings Mountain Housing
Authority to upgrade local housing projects.
Julia Grant, Director of KMPHA, said that the
grant will pay for new roofing, siding and termite
control, all things the regular budget doesn’t
cover. Ms. Jordan said an architect from South
Carolina wrote the first-time application after in-
specting federally funded housing projects in the
Kings Mountain area. Most of the grant money,
she said, will be spent renovating a 150-unit pro-
ject built in 1970.
The Kings Mountain Housing Authority
oversees subsidized housing at 16 different sites,
with a total of 250 units. The most recent project
was completed in 1980.
Congressman Ballenger also recently announc-
ed a $113,268 HUD allotment to the Kings Moun-
tain agency to cover administrative costs.
UF At 14 Percent Of Goal
First report day figures from workers in the
Kings Mountain United Fund campaign for 1989
shows 14 percent of the goal or $16,321 in cash and
pledges on hand.
City of Kings Mountain employees are the first
group of solicitors to attain 100 percent of goal.
Treasurer Marvin Chappell reported that city
employees went over the 100 percent mark by
reporting cash and pledges on hand at $3,831.16,
including proceeds from a highly successful
Kings Mountain United Fund is seeking a
record $115,500 for 15 causes.
Grover School, a Pacesetter among schools in
the KM District Schools, attained its goal of $1153
this week, almost three times what that school
recorded last year. Grover Principal Jim
Scruggs led the effort by giving a donation which
represented 10 percent of what all employees
donated. Scruggs gave a check for $105 to United
Fund Treasurer Marvin Chappell this week.
Kings Mountain Schools, where Mrs. Jane
King is chairman of volunteers, attained 66 per-
cent of its goal this week, to place second among
those groups of volunteers conducting door-to-
door canvasses. The largest division, the in-
dustrial category, is also off to a running stat
with drives underway this week at most loa!
plants. The industrial division usually rases g¢
about 75 percent of the total goal. Fd
Advanced gifts division, chaired by Mg
Grady Howard, placed third among volwiteéE®
this week with 48 percent of the goal reported
Second reporting date is Oct. 7 at noon! 28
day Inn and United Fund Chairman Be) Mga
urges all workers to make an effort to co
as much solicitation work as possiblc 2¥
date. Persons not contacted by a Urg®#
volunteer may forward contributios £0
Mountain United Fund, PO Box 122, Si
tain, N.C. 28086. All donatiens are ts
Cleveland County Hos ice :
Benefits From Unite4¥Fund
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Eleven of 33 cancer patient ¥ho benefit from
Hospice of Cleveland County me from the Kings
Mountain area. Overall 25-277€Fcent are from this
The specialized health re program dealing
with terminally ill patier$ and their families is
one of the 15 agencies su/p0rted by your gift to the
Kings Mountain Unites Fund 1989. Hospice will
receive $4100 from gift: totaling $115,500 to help 15
agencies in ClevelansCounty. ;
Hospice Director Fyelyn West said that Hospice
appreciates your ynited Fund contribution but
especially needs Kgs Mountain volunteers. Ser-
vices provided by Hospice include skilled nursing
care, family coviseling, clergy support, bereave-
ment counseling@nd community education.
Mrs. West eoficourages Kings Mountain area
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