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llllam 2 SentAmber 10. 1981 Quad City Herald Remember a couple of months ago when our monthly telephone bills arrived with the new addition of a city tax? Well old Doris got right on the line to the main business office and com- plained as our residence Is about one block out- side the city limits. I was informed their records, maps, whatever, clearly showed our residence Inside the city limits. No ma'm, I stated we are one block outside the boundary line. With words of having to check into the matter and calling back, I hung up with the smug attitude that this charge would indeed have to be removed from our billing. Several days later a very nice lady from the telephone company called stating, '7 have good news and bad news for you." The good news, by golly they discovered we really do live out- side the city limits, so no tax. The bad news, by golly by living outside the city limits we are beyond the base rate, so we will now be charged each month at the quarter of a mile rate of $1.80. This is for the private line we have had Into our home for 30 years now. Consequently old Doris learned a lesson, let sleeping dogs lie or something like that, because the city tax charge on our bill was $1.78, which we do not have to pay, now we get to pay $1.80 each month! One could say I really got my two cents worth! Labor Day weekend, the long three day vacation, was rather a bummer for our household. All three days were spent playing catch-up both here at home and at the QCH. With harvest just around the corner, the multitude of bin tickets haue been printed and delivered, a steady job for Dave for the past month. The Editor renewed his press running abilities, keeping pace with the job orders for envelopes, stationery, business cards and the many other printing orders. Harvest time is also get ready time here at home, consequently three days of labor celebration. Sunday amid the junk room clean out down. stairs I took time to deliver the boys to the golf course. Returning home I stopped at the Galbralths to purchase some garden fresh muskmelons. A two minute stop that turned in- to a two hour visit with dune and her daughter Verda, rocking away in her porch swing. June is an avid quilt maker, showing me several already completed and one stretched on the frame being quilted. She stated it takes her about one week to complete one of these beautiful quilts, which she makes mostly for family members. Suppose I could get adopted and get in line for a quilt? I thoroughly enjo;ed taking the time for a nice visit, something I hauen't done for ages and ages. I all too often forget all that work will still be here tomorrow and the next day too, but maybe some of the nice people I know won't be - or maybe I will be the one gone, and I will have missed the en. joyment of their company. It is always fun to open the mail and find little notes from people renewing their subscriptions. Yesterday was a good day. Thanx for the 'back home' news. My friends even enjoy, from Geo. Meyers. I quote from Louise Smith, "Hey Doris, you keep going up on your prices! You must be planning a trip to Reno, if so you better stop and see me. Ask dody Dundas or Mary H. or Betty Sin. See you next year." I belieue it might be interesting to ask these ladies some questions! Former Bridgeport residents write, "Continue to enjoy keeping in touch with the Quad City area uia your newspaper." dulls and I are proud parents of a 9 month old daughter Kimberly Dawn. I'm still working at Skagit Valley College, dulie will be teaching first grade this year. "Best to all of you, Bob Snyder. It is in Ioutng, not in being loved The heart finds its quest; It is in giving, not in getting Our lives are blest. ............ Babies App reclates coverage September 2 - A girl to Mr. and Mrs. on local firemen Dear Editor: Thanks for the good coverage by Jean Silvins in tribute to our community "servants," the volunteer firemen. Seems we often have similar thoughts but fail to extend verbal appreciation for such representative citizens! Jean has a special talent for pointing out dimensions in the blessings of this Quad City area. Sincerely, Fred & Ronni Schnibbe Candidate Night tainted Dear Editor: I have several comments regarding the upcoming Brewster Chamber of Commerce "Candidate Night." If they undertake the responsibility of present- ing the candidates they must also take the responsibility of assuring the event is conducted in a fair and unbiased manner. How can this be possible when the two member "Question Selection" committee (Jerry Tretwold and Marlene Carter) are my opponents campaign manager and one of his em- )loyees? Apparently the chamber is having difficulty in finding members who are unbiased and not politically motivated to serve on the "Candidate Night" event. It would also appear some mem- bers have taken advantage of the event to enhance their own candidates position at the expense of the chambers good name. The "Candidate Night" has been tar- nished by this going-on and its value is questionable. Thank You Sam Almom The Quad City Herald welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed. Un- signed letters will not be published. Please include your address and telephone number for the editor's purposes. Please limit letters to 500 words. Letters will be subject to editing. Guest editorials are also welcome. Mail To: _ Quad City Herald Box 37 Brewster, We. 98812 William Anderson, Coulee Dam. WEATHER September 3 //'f 79 46 September 4 81 51 September 5 80 50 September 6 83 49 September 7 88 53 September 8 93 54 September 9 97 59 Weekly weather report through courtesy of Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam. Quad-Clty Herald Established 1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Bert Sinclair News Marlene Walstad Composing Marilyn Benge Bookkeeper David La Vallie Printer Jean Silvius News Rod Webster Advertising 1 Year Subscription Okanogan & Douglas Counties $8.00 Out of County $8.50 Out of State $9.00 Single Copy .20 Subscriptions must be paid in advance. MEMBER Brewster negotiating lIVE II1 PPqI P E R Asso.iaton. Founded lees Cont. from Page I agreed to allow on the project, citing the minutes from the August 11 meeting when Councilman Walker made a motion that $700 be approved for the project, and that motion passed. Gam- ble explained the 7,700 square feet of sod cost over $600 and that all the labor was donated, except loader time. He went on to say that the dirt removed from the ballfleld was taken to the boat ramp area thereby improving two things at one time. Councilman Walker then asked Gamble if he felt "The ex- perme to the city above and beyond the $750 was Justified." Gamble said, "Yes, because fl fixed the boat ramp area too." Watson said he feR R was impor- tant that it be brought up because the citizens were told R would be one price and may question council about the in- crease cost. In other matters, the council voted to issue a fireworks permit to the Brewster Kiwanis Club for the 1982 Fourth of July season, and okayed the use of the Bridle Club by the Chamber of Commerce for a dance September 26, as long as the music did not exceed normal limits and providing the club hires a deputy for the event. Published every week on Thursday at Brewster, Washington. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office in arewster, Okanogan County, Washington 90812. Telephone 689-2507. Second-Class postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920. Noflm M Church ezrtalsmenW,m m rod- mission fee Is charged, cards of thanks, resolutions of condolence or notices intended to promote business of any kind must be  for II rlltes. Our schools and fire safety - - - - Front door and new fire escape exit at Pateros High School By Jean A. Sflvlus, stafflvflter When a Pateros citizen, Keith Holbrook, father of two Pateros studen- ts, stopped in the Quad City Herald of. rice to explain that the rear, second floor, fire escape of the school was hanging 10-13 fl, over the deep ex- cavation in the rear of the building and that he was having difficulty having it rectified, this writer decided to look in- to the matter. According to Holbrook, "I brought this matter to the attention of school principal, Phil Brownies, one week before school opened, while I was there to register my children." He said Brownies told him, "We'll get it fixed." Between the week prior to the begin- ning of school and September 1, Holbrook said, "The situation is still the same as It was, and we are about ready to move because of the continued frustration of trying to establish responcuuty." H01brook saYS he even called the State Fire MJu'shal/'s office and was told, "We are not responsible for schools, only motels and hotels." He said he then called the State Industrial office who responded by saying, "We are concerned with employer/em- ployee problems only." The Quad City Herald put a call in to Floyd Jackson, Superintendent of Pateros Schools, who confirmed that there was indeed a delay in solving the problem, but promised, "We will be moving the fire escape away from the construction site as soon as possible," citing the need to have the escape hung properly on the brick wall. "R must he solid," Jackson said. The supertnten- dent saw no immediate danger, saying, "This building has been here for sixty years or more." Jackson aiso said, "In an emergency we could have used men and machinery to get the kids off the fire escape if we had to." He said the fire escape would be moved away from the excavation site and placed at the south end of the building from the north end where it is now. "The escape is only 10 ft. off the ground," said Jackson. Tom Hook, Mayor of Pateros, was contacted about the matter, also. Hook said, "I was at a meeting August 26, where this was discussed among other council members and our building in. spector, Richard Miller. As a result, Miller sent a letter to the School Board expressing his concern about the situation." A call to Richard Miller resulted in his advising, "I was contacted August 19 by a citizen and I personally talked to Jackson about this matter. Jackson told me that the next Monday (August 24) the general contractor would be there and that was the first item on the agen- da for him." Miller went on, "Monday came and it was not done, so I wrote a letter to the school board, advising them this must be fixed immediately, because it was a violation of our laws. I went there on August 31, and still nothing was done about it, so Fred Frost (fire chief) and I called the state fire marshall and the superintendent of public instruction, beth of whom inform- ed us it was our responsibility," claimed Miller. Then Miller noted that the fire escape had been moved Scp tember 1, with the promise that it would be in place Scptemher 2. The new location for the fire escape was to be approximately 125 to 150 feet from the front door (the south side of the building), bolted to a window on the second floor, according to Miller. When he was asked how this would rectify the Who's responsible? situation if there was a fire in front of the building or if children had to seek escape through the rear door (which now lacked any fire escape at all), Miller said, "We are not professionals at this." Miller was also informed about a similar sRuatio, in Omak, when the new Medical Clinic was built. In this situation, the contractor had to build a ramp across the excavation to ac- comodate fire regulations. Miller said, "I haven't looked into that very much." A cldl to the Deparlment of Public In- struction rendered this information from Mr. Robert Minnitti, a member of the safety department, "We have no power to do anything about it, this is up to your local building inspector, they must not be doing their Job." Mlnnltti continued, "The building contract was approved by the International Con- ference of Building Officials in Seattle, who are the most qualified people to review such things mid the Northwest Fire Marshall's office in Wenatchee." Mlnnitti also reiterated, "The ICBO was asked to review this contract for building because the local people did not have the expertise." The only hold up was from the N.W. Fire Marshall's office who required some changes in the water flow before giving their nod, according to Minnltti. The Oanogan County Building In. speotor's office said, "We are not responsible, that is up to the city engineer, we inspect for health." A call to OSHA netted a, "We sym- pathize wholeheartedly, but by law, we are concerned with employers and em- ployees 0fly," from Carl Halgren, Act- Ing Area Director for OSHA in Washington State. He did recommend that the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration be contac- ted. A call was made to the secretary of the Pateros School inquiring if there had been any fire drills since school opened. Her reply was, "Not yet this year." Despite the multitude of phone calls and a few photo taking sessions, questions still remain: I. Should a school be required to have more than one exit on any one side of a school? 2. Should there not he some facility for a rear escape from a second floor? 3. Is a contractor responsible for giving his/her immediate attention to any fire escape that is left dangling as a result of an excavation? 4. What conditions are considered hazzardons enough to close a school until they are rectified? 5. Are our schools concerning them- selves on a regular basis with the safety of the children (example: fire drills). 6. Rear doors but no steps by Pateros H.S. Excavation Exactly who is responsible for enfor- cing our WAC cedes? R may be wise to inform the public what steps are taken upon discovering a potential hazzard to school students, as well as allowing the public to know exactly where to go when they bellove there is a dangerous situation. Someone must be responsiblel WII ,Count, INCLUDING YOURS 1 f V/----.I