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Thursday, September 27, 1990
City Purchases Trash Compactor
Margrace area residents of the city strongly oppose
the proposed Midpines location for 7 ap
collection and recycling facility and the addition there
of a new city trash compactor which commissioners
bought Tuesday night.
"It's a public nuisance and we are ready to sue the
county and city," said Kelly Bunch, president of Bunch
Inc, a resident of Margrace Road, just minutes after he
hand-delivered to Mayor Kyle Smith a petition with
the names of 213 opposing citizens.
Smith didn't acknowledge the petition during the
meeting at which the board unanimously voted to buy
the new compactor. Commissioner Scott Neisler's mo-
City To Renovate
Old Post Office
City Council authorized expenditures of
$3,241,194.09 Tuesday night, including an architec-
tural contract at $76,427 for the renovation of the old
Kings Mountain Post Office as the new law enforce-
ment center. The contract awards also included money
for a new substation and major electrical and waste
treatment plant improvements.
City Manager George Wood said the utilities com-
mittee and staff had been wrestling with the problem
of how to come up with funds for the water improve-
Mens when the contract was more than half a million
Gollars over the amount voted in water bonds by citi-
Zens. He said that after cutting out some part of the
Contract “the ‘utility committee recommended taking
big $3355) from the dam spillway project at Moss Dam
“ince work on that project could be moved up for at
Bi cast five years with continued monitoring and im-
#¥ provements underway.
In related action, the board approved first phase, or
engineering design, for the spillway which may top
the $1 million figure when completed. A new spill-
way is necessary, under federal guidelines, to handle
' major catastrophy such as a 24 inch rainfall in nine
hours time. As filters clog up under the dam, the clog-
ging would require repairs handled more rapidly, he
explained. By scrapping an emergency generator, the
committee had decided to use some of the bond money
now for the most necessary work to be done, he said.
A revenue bond issue might have to be passed by the
board in five years to take care of the balance needed
for dam i mprovements.
David Pond, W. K. Dickson Co. engineer, said beam
cracking at the dam has necessitated $100,000 in re-
pairs, including the costs of weirs installed over the
July 4th holiday.
Mayor Kyle Smith invited the audience to view
plans and proposals for over $6 million in city projects
on display in the lobby of the Governmental Facilities
The contract awards included:
+Hickory Construction Co. was awarded the general
construction contract at $2,647,100.00 and Anderson
Brothers Electrical Company Inc. at $49,800 for the
electrical work on the improvements project at T. J.
Ellison Wastewater Treatment Plant after engineers
recommended a second alternative to lower the cost of
the project, which had exceeded bond monies budget-
ed for the project by a half million dollars. The second
alternative, which the board approved, was to build the
1.0 MG clearwell and delete only the paint on the
5.0MG clearwell and concrete/ electrical work associ-
ated with a 1000 KV generator. City Manager George
Wood said prices were negotiated, which also included
See City, 10-A
Slated October 13
tion included deferment to the utility committee the
recommendation of a site, which ultimately is the
county's decision. Commissioner Al Moretz, chairman *
of the utility committee, amended the motion to refer
the site selection recommendation to the recycling
committee chaired by Neisler.
Neisler suggested that board members, along with
interested Margrace residents, tour a manned site al-
ready in operation in the county.
City Manager George Wood said the county has of-
fered the city space at the Midpines site for installation
of a compactor where six city garbage trucks could
dump their loads instead of traveling 34 miles
In Kings Mountain Wednesday
roundtrip to the county landfill.
: The annual savings to the city, excluding the cost of
hiring a contract garbage collector to take the compact-
ed garbage to the landfill about once a day, would be
about $36,000. As fuel costs increase, the savings
would increase further.
The trash collection project wouldn't save the city
money in anticipated tipping fees, because the same
weight would be taken to the landfill but in a more
compact state and in fewer trips.
Wood said the refuse transfer station utilizing the
Midpines site would result in "hefty" savings to the
city in future years. Wood said that even with the
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KIDS GO TO THEATER-When the curtain went up Wednesday at Barnes Auditorium on the de-
lightful children's play, "Charlotte's Webb," students in Grades 1-3 were in the audience. Local stu-
dents, above, enjoyed meeting the stars of the show. Standing, from left, Steven Ivey, who portrayed
Wilbur the pig, local students Brandon Cutshaw and Wendy Hudson and Gina Stewart, who por-
trayed Charlotte the spider. KM students on the front row, from left, are Justin Bell, Renaldo Tate, and
Michael Womick. KM Schools and Cleveland County Arts Council co-sponsored the show.
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city's purchase of the equipment the savings the first
year of usage would amount to $21,000.
‘Bunch agreed that the idea of a compactor and recy-
cling is good but that he is concerned with the location
of the site at Midpines and. with the city's bringing in
a compactor which would also result in more clutter
and increased truck traffic.
"The site location is up to the county. What we're
doing is piggybacking with their site to cut down on
garbage problems from the city's end," said Wood.
Councilman Al Moretz said he was pleased with
‘the city's new recycling centers. "They are clean and I
See Center, 5-A
Pupil Assignment Plan
To Be Unveiled Soon
Kings Mountain school officials expect to see a first
draft of the new elementary pupil assignment plan by
December or January.
Supt. Bob McRae said that consultants with Ysaac,
Inc. use strict data-based on race and grade- obtained
from the schools and program it in a computer which
places the kids in one of
the five elementary
schools closest to their
Bob Sowell, hired by
the school board in June
to redraw the attendance
lines, presented the
computerizea plan for,
school boundaries dur-
ing a three-day scacac-
called "advance"- of the
KM Board of |
The new attendance
zones won't go into ef- BOB McRAE
fect until the 1991-92 school year. McRae said the
board will eventually have to determine maximum and
minimum percentage of black and white children in
each of the five schools.
See School, 6-A
United Fund Reaches
48 Percent Of Goal
Kings Mountain United Fund 1991 is off and run-
ning with 48% of the goal attained by first report day
Campaign Chairman Glenn Anderson said that
pledges total $61,231.00 with $66,269.00 left to com-
plete the campaign.
"We're off to an enormous start, especially when
you consider we don't have a Pacesetter campaign to
get things in motion early like our neighbors in
Gastonia and Shelby," he said. J.C. Bridges, ad-
vanced gifts division, reported $3,615.00 or 71% of
the goal for that division.
Charles Webber reported city and post office em-
ployee contributions at $1,274.00 or 29% of goal.
Tom Tate Sr., of the Commercial division, reported
$4,487.00 or 37% of the campaign goal.
Dr. Bob McRae reported that schools had contribut-
ed 64% or $4,696.00 of goal.
Pat Carter, industrial chairman, reported $47,159.00
or 56% of the division goal.
Next report meeting is Oct. 5 when campaign lead-
ers hope to receive 75% of goal.
Chuck Bridges Is Named
Kings Mountain is gearing up
for the annual Mountaineer Day
celebration to be held Saturday,
Oct. 13, on downtown streets.
‘Merchants are preparing sales
promotions for the special event,
which begins at 9 a.m. with crafts
booths to be set up at Gold Street
and Cherokee across from
Governmental Facilities Building.
The stage area will be at the inter-
section of Gold and Battleground
near Fred Kiser's Restaurant.
Events on tap will include hot
air balloon rides for one dollar dur-
ing the afternoon, country music, a
street dance from 8 until 11:30
p.m. featuring "Mink" and Top 40,
beach and a variety of music.
Various events will be on the stage
during the day, beginning with
opening ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. A
big fireworks display is on tap for
"Come on out and have fun,"
says David Hancock of the spon-
soring city Parks & Recreation
Mountaineer Day commemo-
rates the 210th anniversary of the
Oct. 7, 1780 Revolutionary War
Battle of Kings Mountain.
Because of the Cleveland
County Fair underway next week,
Mountaineer Day has been moved
NMSP Commended Student
KMSHS Principal Jackie
Lavender announced this week that
Charles E. (Chuck) Bridges,
KMSHS senior, has been named a
Commended Student in the
National Merit Scholarship
A Letter of Commendation from
the school and National Merit
Scholarship Corporation, which
conducts the program, was present-
ed to Bridges Thursday.
Bridges, son of Charles and Jean
Bridges of 206 Putnam Lake Road,
ranks in the top five percent of the
class and is a Morehead
After high school graduation, he
plans to enter college as a pre law
Bridges recently suffered a bro-
ken leg on the football field. He
runs track and played on both
jayvee and varsity football squads.
He is president of the KMHS
Chapter of the National Honor
Society and is also active in the
Beta Club, Science club,
Lettermen's club, and was junior
marshal. He attended 1989
Summer Ventures and 1990
Governor's School in social sci-
ences. He also participated in the
TIP commuter program at Duke
University as a 9th grader. He won
the John Gamble scholastic award
in football in 1989 and was best
supporting actor for a minor role in
the drama club's presentation of
"My fair Lady." :
About 35,000 Commended
Students nationwide are being hon-
ored for their outstanding perfor-
mance on the 1989 PSAT/NMSQT,
which places them in the top five
percent of more than one million
students who entered the 1991
See, Bridges 2-A
up a week.