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Image 1 of Jeffersonian (St. Matthews, Ky.), February 13, 1975

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F I f ( V mm " v- "V J -. nrr n at j Serving Jeffersontonn sinco 1007 Thursday, February 13, 1975 Volume 67, Number 32, 12 Pages Buzz clang .. Twenty Cents .. kotc. Noisy; days p for John Pre By Kathy French Staff Writer i Tucked in a corner of the third floor of the Louisville City Hall Annex Is the Jefferson County fire alarm office, the ears and mouth of county-wid- e fire protection. The office monitors all telephone reported fires, city fire alarm boxes, and dispatches the fire fighting equipment city and county. fireman John Prell, a Jeffersontown resident, recently was in Louisville M Like all city firemen, the operators work 24 hours and are off 48, totaling a 56 hour week. The operators divide the shift with three men working while the others sleep. When needed, the entire crew wakes up to man the radios. The same as in city firehouses, the alarm office has a dormitory sleeping area, kitchen and repair room. In a huge room off the office, two large generators are ready for action If disaster should disrupt normal electrical service. Prell said within 3 to 10 seconds after a power failure, the generators begin producing electricity. These generators can run on one tank of gasoline for 24 hours, then automatically switch to natural gas. If those sources of fuel fail, continuously charged batteries provide five more hours of service, so communications lines would remain open. "No fire run is the same," said Prell, noting sometimes the office receives 10 to 15 calls about a minor shed fire, and sometimes only one call for a multialarm fire. And the callers are all different. Some who report fires are so upset they don't know their name or address. "One person can be calm and have one hell of a fire. Others may be screaming and hollering and there's only a cat in a tree," said Prell. The operators ask the caller three things where's the fire, what's on fire, and the closest intersecting street. Inaccurate addresses are cause for real concern. Prell recalled one time, a woman reported a nursing home on Bardstown Road was on fire. He thought the address was wrong but still dispatched a Louisville company while searching for the correct address. In less than a minute, the woman called back to say the nursing home was on Breckinridge Lane, so Prell notified McMahan Volunteer Fire Department. Fortunately, the alarm was false, but it - JOHN PRELL promoted to chief operator of the alarm office with the rank of captain. Prell presides over a large room divided down the middle by telephone switchboards, radio transmitters and receivers connecting the office to all the Louisville engine houses, and every Jefferson County volunteer fire department except Pleasure Ridge Park. The switchboards and transmitters are duplicated so two men can monitor and dispatch at the same time. The crews of operators are usually six strong two captains, one lieutenant, two sergeants of the Louisville Fire Department and one civilian. mm: Continued to Page 12 111 By The Jefferson County Board of Education Monday approved plans for a $925,000 physical education and ROTC facility addition at Jeffersontown High School. Architects Jones & Bowling, Inc., of 2108 Plantside Drive, presented complete plans for the building that will be located on the east side of the school. Tom Jones of the firm said the building will house a ROTC rifle range, ROTC classrooms, locker and shower facilities and health classrooms. There will be two cross-cougyms, one main court and one volleyball court, he said. Included are outside entrances to the locker rooms for football players, and the rifle range will lead to a sand-fille- d exterior wall with room for weapon storage, Jones said. The second floor will contain two health classrooms, weight rooms and wrestling rooms. Jones said the contract for construction of the and steel frame building will be awarded on April 1 , with a target date for completion set at Nov. rt Staff photo by Gaye Holman PAUL KELLY, 11, of 9004 Pine Lake Drive, attempts to untangle his kite recently during a windy winter day. Erhspiker action delayed By Ernspiker, but the commission stood firm on their decision. Susan Manne Staff Writer In has Decided to wait until next month, another month to take his seat on the Jeffersontown Water and Sewerage Commission. Police Judge Raymond J. Ward, expected to attend the meeting Tuesday to swear in Ernspiker, was not present. Although Chairman Dr. S. Louis Clarkson said any notary public could perform the swearing in, it was customary to have the city police judge swear in the commission members. Ernspiker's appointment is the?uhv ject of a controversy Del'weenthe commission and Jeffersontown city government. Several months ago, the approve, City Council failed to brick-vene- er had advised it would be preferable to 1. According to the architectural firm's install a three-phas- e current to the detailed report, ROTC facilities will be pump, at a cost of $1,752. located in 8,151 square feet, at a cost Witherspoon suggested the commisand the physical sion pay the difference of $1 ,352 for the of $279,223.57, three-phas- e education portion will take 21,695 current. Commissioner F.W. Strohmeier and square feet of the facility, costing other business, the commission: 'John Ernspiker will have to wait Sandy Hinton Staff Writer when consulting engineer Howard Hopkin can be present, to make a decision on increasing the power to a pump station serving the Meadows cast Nursing Home and an adjoining subdivision of 15 homes. The nursing home installed a centrifugal pump, replacing the city's old pneumatic pump, when it built its facility several months ago. However, the power to the present pump Is Inadequate. Plant manager Talmas Wilherspoon said the nursing home could boost the power by increasing the current from 10 to 15 amperes, for a cost of $400. Hopkin city council Richard liaison Mazzoli asked if the commission is obligated for any expenditure and If the nursing home could be asked to pay the entire $1,752. Approved pay raises of 25 cents an hour, to $3.25 for employees Jeff Moody and Cliff Bristow. Witherspoon said both men had been employed by the commission for about a year. He recommended their increased knowledge and dependability justified the raise. $646,002.50. School board superintendent Ernest C. Grayson said the building will be paid for under a future bond issue sold by the board. "We want all high schools to have two gyms, mainly due to the increase in women's athletics," Grayson said. Col. H.J. Huntzinger, director of the Marine Junior ROTC at Jeffersontown, said he is pleased with the new facility. "It certainly will step up our program here." - FM Fire board Around Jeffersontown 267-842- 1 talks money By Kathy French Staff Writer The Jeffersontown Fire Protection spent it how reviewed District $78,663.67 during 1974, meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the firehouse. budget committee The district's offered a preliminary report of expenditures disbursed from $100,000 in tax revenue. Trustees Ralph E. Kempf and James D. McKune noted their report wasn't exact or an official audit. But, it will serve as background for budget formulation, they said. Of 18 categories, the largest item was a real estate purchase, $26,454 for the Bluegrass Industrial Park substation. The second most expensive item involved new equipment purchases, $11,382.74. Continued to Page 12 Pack 375 honors cubs Cub Scout Pack 375 met at the Jeffersontown Christian Church on Friday, Jan. 31 , and several scouts were awarded the Bob Cat Badge. From Den 5, Tommy Johnson, Dean Pridemore and Shawn Wilson took the honors; from Den 3, Dane Burton, Henry Banta, Trip Syemore and Hugh Ross, and from Den 4, Larry Holcomb. Elected as Denners for the month were Denny Giles, Den 5; Todd Storey, Den 3, and Pete Peef, Den 4. During the program, parents and visitors were entertained by a musical show with the Cub Scouts using home-mad- e instruments. Chamber of Commerce meets The Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce will hold a board meeting at 6 pm, opposes Vietnam aid Wanted: 13 free kittens it Last week a reader placed the following ad In SEEK: "Kittens, 6 weeks old, free to happy home." When she paid her $2 bill, the reader wrote: "Thanks could have given away 15 found kittens at least homes for the two we had by supper time Thursday." So if you have a tree kitten to give away, or anything of value to sell, try a SEEK ad. Call us at: 897-010- 1 system and will be given by Mrs. Brenda Waldridge. There will also be a lesson on cultural arts. Hostesses will be Mrs. Gwen Morton and Mrs. Lee Craggs. pm. Chargers team wins Contests at JHS The Woman's Club of Jeffersontown will sponsor art and instrumental contests at Jeffersontown High School on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3:15 pm. Winners of the contest will compete later in the spring at the district level. Homemakers meet The next meeting of the Bluegrass Belles Homemakers Club will be on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Lincoln Federal Savings and .Loan Building in Hikes Point, at 10 am. The major lesson will be on the metric High School The Jeffersontown Team soundly defeatChargers High-ed the Seneca Redskins team on the program, Sunday, Feb. 9. local High-The final score on the test of knowledge was 280 to 120. The Chargers must win two more matches to be eligible for the play-off- s in June. This Sunday, they will face the team from Fern Creek High School. The JHS team is made up of Craig Miller (captain), Robert Fruewalk, John Ruck and Neil Worden, with Cindy Clevengeras alternate. Mrs. Rena Boyd is the sponsor, assisted by Mrs. Libby McGuire. poll Near-unanimo- us Readers of The seem to have lost whatever enthusiasm they once may have had for protecting the South Vietnamese against the Communist government of North Vietnam. Only a small minority of responses to Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Chamber of Commerce building. At 7 pm, there will be a general membership meeting, at 7:30 followed by a social last week's Town Talk question reflected the feeling that the United States should continue to spend millions of dollars each year to help defend South Vietnam. Most readers have come to feel the South has had ample time to defend itself and that the United States should now concern itself more with its own domestic problems. Readers were asked to say if they "favor or oppose President Ford's request for more millions to sustain South Vietnam's military defense." The responses received as of Tuesday noon follow: Favor, i think it is unfortunate to even consider abandoning our ally when they need our aid the most. President Kennedy said we would bear any burden for our friends in their stands against Imperialistic aggression. I concur fully with his judgement. Robert L. Helerlnger Hanover Road Oppose. We have been generous in fight their own battles now. our help Name withheld Browns Lane station applied for An FM radio station may be coming It would serve Jeffersontown. communities as far away as LaGrange, to Shepherdsvllle and Taylorsville. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a frequency of 101.7 megacycles for a proposed station In' Jeffersontown. Although a specific site has not been determined, the transmitter must be located within eight miles of Jeffersontown, according to terms of the FCC approval. The frequency is for a Class A station, which may operate with power in St. up to 3 kilowatts. WSTM Matthews is also a Class A station. Charles Cutler, chief engineer of WTMT radio in Louisville, said this week he has spent four years working up the proposal for the station. However, once the frequency becomes available, other persons may apply to operate the channel, under FCC regulations. Cutler said he has learned Peter Boyce of New Albany, Ind., and Bill Evans of Ellzabethtown also have expressed interest In the frequency. To determine who operates the channel, Cutler said an FCC hearing CD CZI 1 Shoot, or call a cop? St. Matthews this week a local businessman followed a shoplifter from his store, and then shot at him through the window of the car he used to flee the scene. The man got away and is still at large. The store owner, Jay Carder, of High Fidelity, Inc., thinks if more businessmen kept a gun handy as he does, it would be a greater deterrent to crime and the threat which he and others face would be reduced. At the same time, it can be argued that having more weapons in the hands of more people increases the risks of innocent people being hurt or of others being killed for relatively minor crimes. What do you think? Should more businessmen arm themselves, or should they continue to rely on trained police for firepower? Share your views with others by filling out the attached ballot, adding any comment you care to make. You must include your name and address, but names will be withheld on request. The results will be published Feb. 20. In tZJ PI D Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that more businessmen keep a gun ready for use as a deterrent to crime? D D ) ( Agree ( Disagree ) Comment: D D D D D D D D D D D Your name. D D Your address. D Phone D D Please mail by Monday, r,'V D Oppose. We believe the American Continued to Page 3 CZ3 Here's my view! D Town Talk be scheduled, probably in Washington, D.C. He said he would hope to come out of such a hearing a winner. Cutler is now forming a corporation, which will include Richard Gundle, former manager of WTMT, to operate the station. Cutler, 72, said he is the oldest radio engineer in the world. With Gundle, he said, the two have a lot of experience behind them to use in operating the station. Cutler said the applicants must go to the hearing prepared with a community survey, taken in person. He said the mayor, fire and police chiefs, and organizations in the communities to be served will be contacted. Cutler estimated the hearing procedure could take as long as 5 or 10 years. If several persons do apply to operate the station, Cutler estimated the application could be assigned a judge and proceed by fall. Asked "Why Jeffersontown," Cutler said they had surveyed all of the Class A stations in the United States and found Jeffersontown "very unique. Only Columbus, Ohio, has a similar situation." would J LZ3 LZ3 CZ3 C3 -- Town Talk Trv'--Jeffersoni- an " St. Matthews, Ky. 40207 CZ3 UU CZ3 LTU LZJ CZ3 D

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