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Geneva NY Finger Lake Times 1982 July 1982 - 0257


									         Finger Lakes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday

        Times / Two                                                                                                                                                                           A runner
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Walter Connolly has set
                                                                                                                                                                                                  high sights for himself:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  running 100 miles. Page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 July 10,1982
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                                                                                                                                                    Hiring freeze I ifted
                                                                                                                                                       By DAVID KASSNOFF
                                                                                                                                                 NEWARK - The head of the state
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mental health boss delivers
                                                                                                                                             Office of Mental Retardation and
                                                                                                                                             Developmental Disabilities lifted a
                                                                                                                                             three-month-old hiring freeze at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  good news in person
                                                                                                                                             Newark        Developmental           Center         rather than let it be cut to 1 73 staf-       social spending Federal Medicaid
                                                                                                                                             yesterday.                                           fers per client He also replaced the          payments make up $364 million of
                                                                                                                                                  And, Zygmond Slezak did it in                   April 1 hiring freeze with a "control         his agency's $1 billion budget,
                                                                                                                                             person.                                              situation" to monitor staffing needs          Slezak observed        " W e have to
                                                                                                                                                  Touring Upstate developmental                   throughout the system                         maintain that level of funding, or
                                                                                                                                             facilities, Slezak stopped yesterday                     "There should be no disruption of         it'll be taken out of our h i d e . "
                                                                                                                                             a the Newark center's board of                       service in direct care," Slezak said              • The center's proposal to use the
                                                                                                                                             visitors' meeting.                                   " I ' l l freeze (hiring) people in           Sarah Coventry building at Stuart
                                                                                                                                                  "The hiring freeze was lifted this              administration but I won't freeze             Park as a day training site for 350
                                                                                                                                              morning on residential staff (hir-                  people in direct care."                       center clients The proposal is op-
                                                                                                                                              ing)," Slezak said.                                       Slezak told the board that future       posed by the Finger Lakes Health
                                                                                                                                                  The move allows center Director                 hiring would be based on the                  Systems Agency as too costly
                                                                                                                                              Charles Soper to hire 21 more                       number of clients needing care,               Slezak must decide whether to over-
                                                                                                                                              direct-care workers for jobs at the                 rather than inconsistent figures in           ride the agency's objection
                                                                                                                                              facility.                                           Albany computers                                   "We're looking at i t , " he said
                                                                                                                                                  Slezak, commissioner of the men-                       "For the first time, we'll be staff-   " W e don't know what we're going
                                                                                                                                              tal r e t a r d a t i o n     agency  since         ing on the basis of the number of             to do yet. It appears we do need the
                                                                                                                                              February, said all 23 developmental                 clients," he observed " A n d , the           program, and we have the material
                                                                                                                                              centers in the state w i l l reach a more            (salary) money w i l l follow the            to justify that fact        The health
                                                                                                                                              adequate staff-to-client ratio with                 clients. If they go into community             systems agency would have to point
                                                                                                                                              the restriction l i f t e d .                        residences (off-campus housing),              out why the program isn't n e e d e d . "
                                                                                                                                                  State codes call for 1 78 center                 the money will pay for the clients'               Soper added, though, that he ex-
                                                                                                                                               workers for every client.                           care "                                        pected an override of the advisory
                                                                                                                                                  "For the first time, we have the                       Soper said the change will paint a      group's objection
                                                                                                                                               resources for a 1.78-to-1 staffing                  truer hiring picture at the center Of            Slezak, Soper, and several staffers
                                                                                                                                               ratio across the system," Slezak                    1,448 employees, Soper said only             also toured the center's buildings
                                                                                                                                               said In the past, some centers had                  188 are listed as working in com-            yesterday. The morning tour includ-
                                                                                                                                               ratios as low as 1.62-to-1, w h i l e               munity homes operated by the                 ed the Hillcrest, Disney, Fillmore,
                                                                                                                                               others had 2 2 workers per client, he               center. The real figure, he said, is         and Maple client residence dorms
                                                                                                                                               stated.                                              321 workers — 133 are still desi-               Slezak said he was "not h a p p y "
                                                                                                                                                   Slezak said the state's procedures               gnated as on-grounds staffers               with Fillmore's condition, but was
                                                                                                                                               had been updated to provide                                That classification, Soper said,        "very pleased with what I saw" in
                                                                                                                                               "equity.                                             made it difficult to hire more staffers     the other facilities
                                                                                                                                                    "Every facility's now staffed the               for on-grounds assignments.                      "You get a very good f e e l i n g , "
                                                                                                                                               same w a y , " he explained. "The                            "Things have changed, but the       Slezak said "But we still have a
                                                                                                                                               system balances out. I see us stick-                 changes have taken a w h i l e , " Soper     long way to go What we have
                                                                                                                                                ing close to the 1.78 line this year."              noted                                       available we're using very w e l l , and
                                                                                                                                                   Slezak said he was able to con-                        Slezak addressed several other         you see this in the way the clients
                                                                                                                                                vince the state Legislature of the                  topics, among them:                          are dressed and how            they're
                                                                                                                                                need to maintain the 1.78 ratio,                           • President Reagan's cutbacks in      handled.

                                                                                                                                                    Ravine bridge worries neighbors
                                                                                                                                                           By MAURICE DUMAS                           "If the bridge ever failed there are        the bridge     would    be    liable   for
                                                                                                                                                       BARRINCTON - Local officials                potential problems," said Tierney.             damages
 Paired off                                                                                                                                         are worried that Bucky Lane is
                                                                                                                                                    building a bridge over troubled
                                                                                                                                                                                                   "The water w o u l d go d o w n in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                   wall."                                            Lane is building the bridge to pro-
                 Jes3ie Hobblns, left, and Tom Gllotte whirled around the floor at the Geneva Recrea-                                               water in his effort to develop 88                 Tierney said he is not a licensed           vide access to his development from
                 tion Complex last night, the first evening of the Sons of Italy Italian Festival. The ac-                                          acres of land on a steep hillside              engineer and can not say if the                the top of the hill He is bulldozing
                 tivities continue today and tomorrow. (Times photo by Art Foxall)                                                                  overlooking Keuka Lake                         bridge is safe or unsafe                       out roads on the hillside for the 15
                                                                                                                                                       Lane is building the bridge over a             Multer called the state Depart-             lots, each from five to six acres in

  More money needed for Eric's trip                                                                                                                 ravine on his property along Route
                                                                                                                                                    54, about 1,500 feet from the crest
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ment of Environmental Conserva
                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion about the bridge, but the agen-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     He purchased the property, most-
      By STEPHANIE COULSON                     price they should have stuck to i t , "                                                              of the half-mile long slope.                   cy refused to look at it
                                                                                             Brown's doctors say his condition                                                                                                                    ly old vineyards and woods, from
   C A N A N D A I C U A - Eric Brown,         said Ms. Dimick, "they shouldn't                                                                        Lane said the bridge, built with               " I was surprised you could build
                                                                                          could be improved if he is near                                                                                                                         Donald and Nancy )epsen in O c -
the 1981 Midlakes High School                  have committed themselves to that                                                                    railroad ties and soil, with a culvert         a bridge without any sort of state
                                                                                          family and friends. Brown went to                                                                                                                       tober 1981 for $58,000 Thirteen of
graduate seriously injured in a car            price if they weren't sure of Eric's                                                                 made from part of a water tower, is            permit," Multer said
                                                                                          Tulsa in April to study aircraft                                                                                                                        the lots have been sold, mostly to
crash on M a y 23 in Tulsa, O k l a . , is     condition."                                                                                          safe.                                             William MacGregor, of the DEC'S
                                                                                          mechanics.                                                                                                                                              people from Rochester, for a little
still a long way from home.                                                                                                                            But local officials say that if the         regulatory affairs office, explained
                                                  Ms. Dimick said that the air am-           His mother is a senior counselor                                                                                                                     more than $150,000.
                                                                                                                                                    bridge fails, or the culvert gets plug-        the intermittent stream in the ravine
                                               bulance company had been ap-               at the Ontario County Department
                                                                                                                                                    ged, a dam could be created,                   is too small to come under his                    Although Lane has private roads
   Brown's mother, Dawn D i m i c k ,          praised of her son's condition when        of Human Services. His father,
                                                                                                                                                    threatening some trailers and a                department's jurisdiction                      for access from the bottom, the only
said that she learned this week that           they were first contacted by a social      Lowell Brown, is an inspection
                                                                                                                                                    house on the lakeshore                             " A n y culvert can become a dam           access to the bridge is d o w n the
she w o u l d need $1,100 more than                                                       foreman at Goulds Pumps in Seneca
                                               worker af the hospital where Brown                                                                                                                  if it becomes plugged," said
                                                                                          Falls.                                                       A retired Floridian w h o lives in a                                                       Fred Taylor Hill Road, which is
the $2,300 raised by Civil Serive              is staying.
                                                                                                                                                    trailer a few feet from the ravine's           MacGregor.          If  problems     do        closed and not plowed in the
Employees Association members in                                                             Ms. Dimick said that yesterday's
                                                 Officials of the air ambulance                                                                     outlet on Keuka Lake, said he has              develop, he said, then the owner of            wintertime
the " B r i n g Eric H o m e " fund drive to                                              deadline for the "Bring Eric H o m e "
                                               company could not be reached for           fund drive has been unofficially                          not seen the bridge
return her son back to the area by air
ambulance                                      comment                                    extended.                                                    "If anything's obstructing the
                                                                                             Persons wishing to make con-                           water," said A D . Cummings, " I ' m
     Ms. D i m i c k said that Metro Air
                                                   "Somewhere along the line, the
                                               lines of communication must have           tributions to the fund may send a                         against it from the start."                                                        »         'LmnSto
Ambulance of Tulsa told her several                                                       check (earmarked for Eric Brown) to                          Lane said some people are
                                               gotten crossed, messed up or
weeks ago that Brown w o u l d be                                                         the John Fabrizi Good Samaritan                           bothered by the depth of the ravine,
                                               broken . something was lost in the
f l o w n h o m e on a commercial jet for                                                 Fund, 40 E Main St., C l i f t o n                        about 30 feet Little water w o u l d
                                               transition," Ms. D i m i c k said of her
$2,300. N o w , she said, officials at                                                    Springs, N Y 14432         ,                              pass under the bridge because it is
                                               dealings with the air ambulance
the air ambulance company have                                                               Dr. Richard Garnish, p/esident of                      near the top of the hillside, Lane
decided that Brown will have to be                                                        the fund, said it was established in                      said
f l o w n home from Oklahoma on a                 Brown, 18, sustained an injury to       1972 in memory of John Fabrizi, the                          He started the bridge by placing a
twin-engine private plane because              his brainstem in the accident which        late owner of the Town Pump                               30-foot long, quarter-inch thick
he is not able to sit up and is not f u l -    left him in a semi-comatose state.          Restaurant in the hamlet of Orleans                      steel column, salvaged from the
ly conscious. The private-plane                He also sustained a crushed pelvis,           Garnish said the fund is used                          Keuka College water tower, at the
flight w i l l cost $3,400.                    a broken leg and foot,           and       when other means of assistance are                        bottom of the ravine. A network of
   "It seems to me when they gave a            numerous other injuries                    not available                                             old railroad ties was spiked together
                                                                                                                                                    to hold tons of soil serving as the
                                               Traub said. "A majority of the com-           The Madison County G O P en-                           base of the bridge, now 14-feet high
    Madison                                    mittee people felt he's done the
                                                                                           dorsement rs largely symbolic, since
                                                                                           the Madison County committee
                                                                                                                                                    and only
                                                                                                                                                                     a few         feet    from

                                                  A spokesman for Lee said the             members may still work in the
    G O P backs                                Congressman was not dismayed by             September      primary  for   either
                                                                                                                                                       Town Supervisor James Multer
                                                                                                                                                    called on Yates County soil conser-
                                               the vote, however                           Wortley or Lee. Some county                               vationist Peter Tierney to look at the
    Wortley                                       "Any time you're not successful
                                               in this business, it's not really good
                                                                                           committees have a loyalty oath re-
                                                                                           quiring all committee members to
                                                                                                                                                        Tierney said the culvert is not
                                               news,"     said Art      Jutton,   the      work for the candidate endorsed by                        standard galvanized pipe and is
          By MATTHEW COX                       spokesman. " H o w e v e r , Mr. Lee        a majority of the committee                               now egg-shaped from the pressure
   Two days after he announced the              had never met any of those people                                                                    of the structure.
district in w h i c h he w o u l d seek re-     until Tuesday. Very honestly, we are         The GOP committee in O n o n -
                                                                                                                                                         "Obviously the stress is more
election to Congress, Rep. Gary A.             very pleased with the percentage we         daga County, the other county in
                                                                                                                                                     than it can b e a r , " Tierney said.
Lee, R-33, received some bad news.              got"                                       the 27th district, is in the middle of a
                                                                                                                                                        But Lane claimed he used a
   At a meeting at the White                       Lee announced Tuesday             he    week-long process of making its en-
                                                                                                                                                     bulldozer blade to press the pipe in-
Etephant Restaurant in Canastota                would challenge Wortley for the            dorsement. Unlike the M a d i s o n                                                                               U--4      *»

                                                                                                                                                     to its present shape to allow more
Thursday night, Republican com-                 Republican nomination in the 27th          Republicans, the Onondaga GOP                             water to flow under the bridge The
mittee delegates from Madison                   district. Lee's current district is one    committee members are voting in                           pipe, formerly a 3'/>-foot ci :le, is
County, one of two counties in the              of five in New York state abolished        private at individual ward meetings,                      now an oval 2Vi-feet high by 5-feet
newly-drawn 27th Congressional                  in Congressional reapportionment           which began this week. Each of the                        wide
district, endorsed Lee's opponent.              this year.                                 county's 19 towns and the city of
Rep. George C. Wortley, R-32.                      The 27th Congressional District,        Syracuse's 19 wards w i l l meet and
                                                                                                                                                       Tierney said the pipe should be as                                                                                                W
                                                                                                                                                    large as the concrete box culvert
   Wortley received 74 percent of
the weighted votes cast by the coun-
                                                its boundaries made final only this
                                                week, includes all of Onondaga
                                                                                           vote by luly 13
                                                                                                                                                    that channels water from the ravine               Troubled bridge over water
                                                                                                                                                    under Route 54 to the lake. That
ty's % GOP committee members.                   County',     and most of Madison              The candidate endorsed by a ma-
                                                                                                                                                    culvert provides 17 square feet of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This bridge, which Bucky Lane is building as part
Lee received 26 percent.                        County.                                    jority of the Onondaga committee
                                                                                                                                                    space; the bridge pipe provides less                               of his development overlooking Keuka Lake, has
   Madison County COP Chairman                     Wortley's present district covers       members next week will receive the                                                                                          some local residents concerned. They say they
                                                                                                                                                    than 11 feet
G, James Traub said the endorse-                                                           support of the entire committee,
                                                about 62 percent of that area, in-
                                                                                                                                                       If the culvert gets plugged with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       fear the culvert at the bottom could become clogg-
ment came as no surprise.                       cluding all of Madison County.             because of that county's loyalty
                                                                                           oath, Onondaga County         GOP                        trees or debris, the bridge could                                  ed and the bridge become a virtual dam. (Times
   "Obviously,          (Wortley)       has     Lee's present district includes about
                                                                                           Chairman Norman Rothschild said                          dam up water behind it                                             photo by Maurice Dumas)
 represented the county already,"               half of Onondaga County.

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                                                                                                                                                       Thomas M. Tryniski
                                                                                                                                                       309 South 4th Street
                                                                                                                                                       Fulton New York


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