Serving Jeffersontonn sinco 1007
Thursday, February 13, 1975
Volume 67, Number 32, 12 Pages
for John Pre
By Kathy French
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
protection. The office monitors all
telephone reported fires, city fire alarm
boxes, and dispatches the fire fighting
city and county.
fireman John Prell, a
Jeffersontown resident, recently was
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,"
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
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
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.
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County Board of
Education Monday approved plans for a
$925,000 physical education and ROTC
facility addition at Jeffersontown High
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.
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
but the commission
stood firm on their decision.
Decided to wait until next month,
another month to take his seat on the
Jeffersontown Water and Sewerage
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
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,
education portion will take 21,695
Commissioner F.W. Strohmeier and square feet of the facility, costing
other business, the commission:
'John Ernspiker will have to wait
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
asked if the commission is obligated for
any expenditure and If the nursing
home could be asked to pay the entire
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
School board superintendent
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
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
The Jeffersontown Fire Protection
$78,663.67 during 1974, meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the firehouse.
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,
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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
Chamber of Commerce meets
The Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce will hold a board meeting at 6 pm,
opposes Vietnam aid
13 free kittens
Last week a reader placed
the following ad In SEEK:
"Kittens, 6 weeks old, free to
When she paid her $2 bill,
the reader wrote: "Thanks
could have given away 15
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:
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
Robert L. Helerlnger
Oppose. We have been generous in
fight their own battles now.
station applied for
An FM radio station may be coming
communities as far away as LaGrange,
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
The frequency is for a Class A
station, which may operate with power
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
To determine who operates the
channel, Cutler said an FCC hearing
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.
Do you agree or disagree with the proposal that
more businessmen keep a gun ready for use as a
deterrent to crime?
Please mail by
Oppose. We believe the American
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Here's my view!
be scheduled, probably in
Washington, D.C. He said he would
hope to come out of such a hearing a
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
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
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