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Image 8 of The Advocate Messenger April 20, 2012

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A8 FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 LOCAL PARKS, from A1 Danville mayor, city engineer, one city commissioner, the Boyle judge-executive, county engineer and one magistrate has not met in almost two years. Commissioner Gail Louis said the figures Drake presented did not include other costs the city has borne, including annual expenditures for maintaining the neighborhood parks, which she believes should fall within the purview of the jointlyfunded Parks and Recreation Department. She also questioned why the city was being asked to bear much of the burden for the swimming pool at the William E. “Bunny” Davis Recreation Complex, though Drake said the county may step in to assist with repairs. The city took over mowing at the neighborhood parks, which include Jackson Park, Cowan Park and Sixth Street Park, from Parks and Recreation in 2008. Even before that, there were problems maintaining them. While Drake said the department has never considered the neighborhood parks part of the group's responsibilities, he has had conversations with Assistant City Engineer Josh Morgan, who oversees the mowing contract, about doing additional work to tidy up the facilities. The deterioration of the swimming pool has also been an ongoing concern in recent years, with leaks requiring annual patching and sometimes aroundthe-clock refilling in order to keep the water level high enough. Drake said repairs were made a few weeks ago, and the pool will be filled for the first time the first week of May. He expects the facility, which provides a large portion of the center's revenue, to be open for the summer. In the past, Drake and city officials have discussed the possibility of placing a liner, which was last estimated to cost about $66,000, in the pool. The city had included a line item in the previous budget to purchase a liner if the repairs did not hold. However, Drake and Mayor Bernie Hunstad agreed that the facility, which was purchased in 1997, may have deteriorated to the point where more repairs, even a liner, would be a poor use of funds. Hunstad said a more longterm goal of renovation may be a better option. According to Interim City Manager Ron Scott, the city has included $20,000 for a capital improvement fund that could potentially be built up over time for more significant work at Boyle County’s only public pool. Drake said the additional money requested for the pool would go toward funding a number of additional needs, including a $3,000 portable chair to make the facility compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act laws. He said the fitness center needs an infusion in large part because business over the first three months of this calendar year, typically the busiest time, was down about $10,000, something that could be attributed to a new gym in town and the warmer than usual weather. While no decisions on funding were made Thursday, Hunstad questioned a request for more money that didn't include plans for any substantial increase in facilities or offerings. He said the focus should be on program development and attracting bigger and better events to the parks. "I don't necessarily see THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM BY THE NUMBERS Community agencies seeking funding from the city include the following. The first amount listed is for the current fiscal year; the second amount is the agency’s request for the 2012-2013 fiscal year: n Arts Commission: not funded, $2,000 n Bluegrass Community Action: not funded, $2,500 n Citizens Concerned for Human Relations: $500, $2,500 Family Services: $12,500, $12,700 n Great American Brass Band: $26,000, $30,000 n Harvesting Hope: $1,000, $20,000 n Veterans Appreciation Day: not funded, $500 n Nursing Home Ombudsmen: $2,000, $2,400 n Senior Citizens: $64,500, $64,500 n Sister Cities Commission: $2,000, $2,500 n Wilderness Trace Child Development: $5,000, $8,000 n Wilderness Trace YMCA: not funded, $3,000 n Community Education: $5,000, $8,000 n Civil Air Patrol: $1,300, $1,800 Agencies jointly funded by Danville and Boyle County: n Airport Board: $18,000, $20,000 n Economic Development Partnership: $120,000, $120,000 n Parks and Recreation: $200,000, $265,500 n Planning and Zoning: $65,000, $66,924 this as a public funding issue," Hunstad said. "If there were more viable programs, with more parents and youth involved in programs, there would be more money." Overall, the current draft of the budget includes the same level of funds for both the community agencies and those that get money from the city and county. In all, 15 agencies — 11 of which received funds this year — requested a total of $173,400, up from the current year’s total of $135,800. The largest increase was a request from Harvesting Hope food pantry and soup kitchen, which was allocated $1,000 in the current budget and is requesting $20,000 for next year. The other jointlyfunded agencies, including the Economic Development Partnership, Planning and Zoning and the Airport Board, asked for a total of $472,424, up from $403,000 in the current budget. Both Hunstad and Scott said it likely would be tough to get a bump in funding with the economy still struggling. Hunstad said he would like to see the city become more frugal with its allocations and more agencies move toward self-sufficiency. "We're going to be making hard decisions," Hunstad said. This is also the first year the city has used a new private entity funding agreement, which was enacted by ordinance earlier this year and requires a more detailed application process. The groups were required to include information about how city residents specifically are impacted and show that the services are not duplicating one already provided. The city also reserves the right to place some restrictions on how the money is spent. Scott said agencies that applied for funds responded well to the new format. The City Commission will make decisions about how much money to allocate to the groups during a meeting May 3. COMMITTEE, from A1 cent City Commission meetings. e newspaper printed a correction at Louis’ request. Seven members met last week to rank eight resumes. e same Advocate-Messenger reporter waited, and City Clerk Donna Peek informed her that she could go back in. e reporter walked back into the meeting room, and Hamlin said the reporter had to leave because the committee “hadn’t voted yet.” Kentucky Revised Statutes declare in Section 61.815(c) that “no final action may be taken at a closed session.” In a response delivered Wednesday to e Advocate-Messenger, Dexter agreed the two gatherings fell under state open meetings laws. In Dexter’s response, also signed by Hamlin, he claims “no votes were taken behind closed doors, and as a matter of fact, no votes were taken at all by the committee.” He said his response applies to the complaint filed regarding both meetings. TODD, from A1 the Fiscal Court in 2010. e Republican also served as District 2 magistrate from 1995-1999 under former judge-executive Jim Reed, Adams said. “He was a good one. He always had the people in mind,” said Adams, who has known Todd since they competed against each other in high school sports, Todd at Crab Orchard and Adams at Stanford. “He was 6-4 or 6-5 and he was a pretty good basketball player. “He was just a good, allaround person. He knew everyone in his district, and he served them well. He will be missed.” Gov. Steve Beshear will appoint an interim replacement for Todd from a list submitted by Lincoln County officials, Adams said. e county’s Republican and Democratic parties will then nominate candidates to run for the remainder of Todd’s term in the November election, Adams said. Todd worked as a forklift operator at both the Whirlpool and Matsushita plants in Danville. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and had served as a deacon, song leader and treasurer. His funeral is scheduled for Monday at McKnight Funeral Home in Crab Orchard. See Page A2 for complete obituary information. WALL, from A1 “Star Spangled Banner” and other patriotic music. Farmers National Bank will provide refreshments following the event inside the justice center. The Wall that Heals traveling exhibit and museum will be on display in the morning in front of the Garrard County Courthouse. The public can tour it for free. The 53-foot trailer that carries the exhibit from town to town is a mobile museum. The exterior sides of the trailer open to reveal information cases displaying photos of service members whose names are found on the wall and letters left at the memorial as remembrances. The information cases also feature memorabilia, which tells the story of the Vietnam War, the wall and the era surrounding the conflict, as well as computers to help locate names on the wall. The museum includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam. The museum helps many visitors, particularly students, put American experiences in Vietnam in a historical and cultural context. Investigators search for clues in decades-old case NEW YORK (AP) — He was America’s missing child, the little boy who went off to school alone and vanished. A renewed investigation into the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City recalls the years when printed images of missing children appeared on milk cartons. Today, utility were tying off gas lines outside a Manhattan building where investigators are searching for clues in the decades-old case. They were laying the groundwork for excavation at a basement where investigators had arrived Thursday, looking for human remains. Etan’s disappearance on May 25, 1979, drew national attention to child safety, ushered in a generation of parents who became afraid to send their kids out alone and helped fuel a movement to publicize missing children’s cases. President Ronald Reagan declared the day of the boy’s disappearance National Missing Children’s Day. “The story really resonated and touched millions of moms and dads,” said Ernie Allen, the president of the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, which helped push the national milk carton campaign with Etan’s image. And Etan’s image on milk cartons, the missing boy shown with thick blond locks and goofy grin, caught the public’s imagination like no other. “Etan’s photo became almost iconic,” Allen said. While Patz’s face was among the first to appear on thousands of cartons across the country, the practice began with local dairies in the Midwest. “What it did was raise the level of awareness,” said Noreen Gosch, whose missing son, Johnny, was among the first to have his face appear on a milk carton. “It didn’t necessarily bring us tips or leads we could actually use.” Her son, who disappeared on his newspaper route in West Des Moines, Iowa, in 1982, has never been found. His image appeared on milk cartons probably in 1983, Gosch said. The milk carton campaigns faded away beginning in the late 1980s after pediatricians, including Dr. Benjamin Spock, criticized the images for inducing unwarranted fear in children as they ate breakfast. Patz vanished after leaving his family’s SoHo apartment for a short walk to catch a school bus. It was the first time his parents had let him go off to school alone. “It was a case of enormous attention,” said police spokesman Paul Browne on Thursday. “It was something we hadn’t seen since the Lindbergh kidnapping” — referring to the 1932 abduction of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old baby boy. Browne said a forensic team planned to dig up the concrete floor of the Manhattan basement and remove drywall partitions in an attempt to find blood, clothing or human remains in the building, just down the street from Etan’s home. The work was expected to take up to five days. FBI and police officials didn’t publicly announce what led them to the site, but a law enforcement official told The Associated Press that investigators made the decision to dig after an FBI dog detected the scent of human remains at the building over the past few weeks. AP Photo Etan Patz vanished May 25, 1979, after leaving his family’s SoHo home for a short walk to his school bus stop in New York. FBI spokesman Tim Flannelly said it was “one lead of many.” “We’re out here 33 years after his disappearance, and we’re not going to stop,” he said. Investigators have long eyed the basement with curiosity because it can be accessed from the street on the boy’s route to school. At the time, the space was being used as a workshop by a neighborhood handyman who was thought to have been friendly with Etan. FBI investigators have interviewed the man several times over the years. Investigators questioned him again recently, and as a result of those discussions decided to refocus their attention on the building, according to the law enforcement official. The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. Two other law enforcement officials also confirmed that an FBI dog had indicated the scent of human remains in the space. Etan’s parents, Stanley and Julie Patz, became outspoken advocates for missing children. For years, they refused to change their phone number, in the hope that Etan was alive somewhere, and might call. They never moved, although they obtained a court order in 2001 declaring the boy dead. Stanley Patz didn’t respond to phone calls and email messages Thursday. A man who answered the buzzer at the family’s apartment said they wouldn’t be speaking to the media. No one has ever been prosecuted for Etan’s disappearance, but Stanley Patz sued an incarcerated drifter and admitted child-molester, Jose Ramos, who had been dating Etan’s baby sit- ter around the time he disappeared. Ramos, who is not the carpenter whose workspace was being searched, denied killing the child, but in 2004 a Manhattan civil judge ruled him to be responsible for the death, largely due to his refusal to contest the case. Ramos is scheduled to be released from prison in Pennsylvania in November, when he finishes serving most of a 20-year-sentence for abusing an 8-year-old boy. His pending freedom is one of the factors that has given new urgency to the case. Investigators have looked at a long list of possible suspects over the years, and have excavated in other places before without success. The 13-foot by 62-foot basement space being searched Thursday sits beneath several clothing boutiques. Investigators began by removing drywall partitions so they could get to brick walls that were exposed back in 1979 when the boy disappeared, Browne said. Browne said the excavation is part of a review of the case, which was reopened by the Manhattan district attorney two years ago. “This was a shocking case at the time and it hasn’t been resolved,” Browne said. The law enforcement activity forced the temporary closure of some businesses on the block, including the fashion boutique Wink, on the ground floor of the excavated building. “It’s insignificant,” owner Stephen Werther said of the lost business. “It’s retail. There’s always another day for us to make a living. This may be the family’s last chance to find out what happened to their son.” DANVILLE CINEMA 8 SHOWING APRIL 20TH - APRIL 26TH FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 859-238-4181 THE HUNGER GAMES TITANIC (3D) ( PG-13) 152 min. 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