From the archives of Liberal’s hometown newspaper since 1886.
Researched and compiled by A.J. Coleman, L&T Reporter
With the Liberal City Commission elections coming up on April 2, everyone is looking up information about the candidates who are running. The talk about housing developments are huge in this year’s election. Back in 1963, the streets in Liberal took up most of the commission’s energy in the meetings.
“City dads consider street improvements and markers,” read the Southwest Daily Times’ headline. The Liberal City Commission had met to consider many things in the community one night and the streets came up as the main topic.
“City commission considered street improvements, a request that would add additional street markers to the various streets in Liberal.”
The commission approved a petition that requested the application of a two-inch asphaltic surface from 10th to 11th. Further discussion took place on a proposal for paving South Lincoln in the Southlawn addition.
“The street carries a heavy amount of rain during periods of rainfall. An earlier estimate of $52,010 was presented on the cost of paving from Coolidge to Pine. Action had been tabled on the South Lincoln work pending further study of drainage factor and the possibility of obtaining additional right-of-way to extend the street north.”
A delegation from the Soroptimist Club met with the commission requesting that more street markers be installed about town with double-faced signs, “City Manager Willis Pitters advised that the street marking problem were being considered but reported that cost was a vital factor in a large-scale program since $15 per intersection is involved. The governing body is investigating the cost involved in at least getting underway with a program to mark the major intersections. Vandalism is also a heavy factor in keeping streets properly marked.”
Representing the club were George Williams, Winona Fretz and Marian Glotta. The initiative that the people of Liberal were taking is very admirable and should be noted that they didn’t wait for someone who was elected to do the job – they wanted something done and spoke up till the city commission started talking about the need for proper street signs.
The meeting also included the investigation of a local electrician.
“Ronald Beard appeared before the commission on a citation from the city inspector regarding violations of the electric code,” the article read. Beard was placed on six-month probation, with his city license at stake.”
At the meeting, the city manager gave his report on the amount of money the city lost or the amount of “bad debt” the community had obtained in the past year.
“City manager Pittser was granted permission to mark off a small amount of bad debts.” The article reported. “He listed $132.69 in the past year as uncollectible in a business loss of $384,000 in the water, trash and garbage departments.” On the upside, the article said that the loss at Blue Bonnet Courts was a mere $7.86.
At the same meeting, “Joe Arellano was granted a cereal malt beverage license for Joe’s Tavern being located at 118 West Pancake. He was operating a tavern in the Randall building prior to the 1963 fire.”