FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 9. 1990, MONTROSE VOICE 3
Cleaning up Montrose: Crime fighting or class wars?
From pa*;e 1
Sarah Urunon and John Zipprich
of the Neartown Association, a coa-
lition ui civic groups, think the
weekly rentals and easy screening
of applicants attract people who are
dishonest. Hrunon, president of
Neartown in 1989, and Zipprich,
head of the organization's sexually
oriented business committee, said
Neartown got involved with the
rental properties when members of
the SOB committee realized many
area prostitutes were operating oul
Brunon said Neartown then attempted to communicate with the
"absentee landlords" ofthe "problem" properties. The first step, she
said, was to confirm the problem of
illegal activity at suspect locutions,
usinn police call reports. Neartown
would then compileslatistics on the
location and do the title research to
determine who the owners were. The
lael step of <he process would be to
send a letter to the landlord, informing him or her of what was happening ;u the address and requesting a
response, she said.
"Almost always, they would send
bark a positive response," Brunon
said. "Usually they would say they
didn't know, and that they're going
to make changes."
However, Brunon claimed, the
changes usually didn't happen, and
ihe communication stopped with the
"This isn't always true," she noted. "I can tell you one story...there
was one (landlord) who had some real problems at one lime...he cooperated with us and wound up joining
Older properties like this one, some in deteriorating condition, are home I
many in Montrose icho are considered "til rtxii" fur humele.isrii'ss
the Neartown Association. He
worked with us and cleaned up his
properties, and they're not a problem anymore.
"If these people would just visit
their properties more, if they'd pay
attention to whut was happening
there, it would help a lot. 1 think
some property owners deliberately
distance themselves from their prop
ertics." Brunon continued.
Brunon rejected the notion that
the drive by home owners to "clean
up" Montrose is a disguised war on
the poor, or any resident group.
"That's just ridiculous. Not all poor
people commit crimes." she said
"There are ways to screen applicants. We've made suggest ions lo
people who are Neartown members
who own rental property. These are
also low rent properties, and they
keep them up. They go to the trouble
of renting to people who are not involved in (crime) and they don't
have the problems," Brunon said.
Zipprich said his committee's investigations revealed several properties with crime problems also had
lire and health code violations. Although the city is usually cooperative, initiating an investigation of
such violations is a lengthy process,
he said. Kor this reason, the groups
have tried a variety of other ways to
get the landlords' attention, including pickets of some ofthe properties.
A recurring name in both
Brunon's and Zipprich's files, as
well as those of the North Montrose
Civic Association's Jody Bob. is
Lynn Bousquet, whose company, I.
and Y Properties, operates six
Montrose apartment complexes, in-
eluding Las Rosas. Bousquet said
she feels she and other landlords
have been unfairly attacked for
things that are not their fault.
"I've really been trying hard to
get the right kind of people into my
properties," Bousquet said. "I've
tried to impress il on the managers,
that if they have bad vibes about
anyone, or if there's a question they
might he involved in something illegal, don't let them in.
"Sometimes there's just no way
for the managers to know. When
people come in lo rent an apartment, usually they're all scrubbed
up and looking good...then, after
they move in, they let their hair
down and it all comes out. You can
only do so much when you're screening an applicant."
Bousquet said she agrees that her
screening application may not be
strict enough. "In fact, yes, I do
think that's one of the things we
need lo do...we need to get more in-
She stood by her weekly rentals,
however. "It's always been my intention to provide clean, decent
housing for people who don't have
much money," Bousquet said. "Most
of my tenants are blue collar workers who get paid by the week, and
can only rent that way," she said.
Repairs have been slow, she said,
because Ihe company simply hasn't
had the money to invest in the improvements. "We're getting it done,
but slowly.'' she said. "People don't
seem to realize that these problem
tenants cause us quite a few problems too,..people move in. they look
okay...then they just move out without paying rent. They trash the
apartment and cause (problems!...and we don't get anything."
"Tn be perfectly honest. 1 don't
think the neighborhood groups are
painting a fair picture;' said
Bousquet. who added that the accusations hurt her personally. "I don't
want to be associated with drugs
and prostitution...! don't want to
rent to that kind of clientele," she
"I haven't been able to get out to
my properties lately as much as 1
used to. I jusl had hack surgery, and
1 don't get around as much. But I do
go to ihem," she said.
"I think the problem can only he
solved if we can all work together in
a positive way. Not hy lights, not by
attacking others. I'm not a fightijlg
By the end of January, the
dumpster al Las Rosas was finally
emptied, but two tenants had moved
out. Kozowyk said he also planned
to move in April, at the end of his
Police call reports showed a decline in criminal activity al two
Montrose apartment complexes said
by the homeowner groups to have a
serious problem, one on West Gray
and the other on Stanford, in recent
months. While the printout indicated several calls related In drugs and
other crime prior to November, most
recent calls to the addresses were related to domestic disputes, "annoy-
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The Lone Star Symphonic Band
is currently seeking new members. The drive, with the theme
"Get your instruments out of
the closet!' will be going on until March 31, members said.
Persons interested in playing
an instrument with the band
are urged to come to the rehearsals, held Monday evenings at 7:30 at Metropolitan
Community Church, 1919 Decatur. All levels of playing ability are encouraged.
The band is planning many
events this year, but is most excited about the trip this August
to Vancouver, Canada for Celebration '90: Gay Games III and
Cultural Festival, the members
said. The band will be joined
there by other members of Les
bian and Gay Bands of America
(LGBA) and will perform during the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.
Other events planned for this
year include a trip to Denver in
March for the LGBA conference
and to participate in the Denver
St. Patrick's Day Parade, a traditional Lesbian Gay Pride Week
concert, spring and fall concerts and a year-end Christmas
event with other community
performing groups. The band
will also be holding several
fund raisers to raise the money
necessary to send the group to
Canada in the summer.
For more information on
joining Lone Star Symphonic
Band or coming band events,
call Connie Moore at 522-4SS2.
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Montrose resident wins national script contest
Montrose resident Richard
(in'Kury Roach is one of three
winners of the tenth annual
Midwest Radio Theater Workshop script contest, a national
radii i script search. The contest
was funded with support from
the National Endowment for
the Arts, the Missouri Arts
Council and the Arts Commission of Columbia, Mo., where
the competition is based.
The winning script, a radio
play titled "Horse Arms," is
Roach's tirst attempt at broad
cast script writing. The play,
based loosely on a factual news report, is about an American Indian
described by Roach as deaf, dumb
and retarded, who is caught chasing a Union Pacific locomotive on
horseback and shooting at the
train with a bow and arrow.
Roach said the inspiration for
the script came from a news clip he
heard on the radio about a similar
incident. "I decided it would be interesting to explore his motivation, what would make him do
such a thing;' said Roach. Though
the play devotes considerable attention to the character's trial.
Roach said he did not follow up on
the trial of the man in the actual
Roach, also working on a stage
play, said "Horse Arms" is his
first finished work as a full-time
writer. He has been involved in
several local theatrical productions as an actor and director.
Most recently, he appeared in the
Tower Theater's production of
■'Shear Madness'' as antique dealer Eddie Lawrence.
The Midwest Radio Theater
Workshop, a project of KOPN
community radio in Columbia
began in 1980 as the first radio
drama conference in over three
decades. Each year, the workshop sponsors conferences ami
training events, provides technical assistiinc. services, produces educational materials
and sponsors the national
Other winners ofthe competition this year are Linda Kane
of Sonoma, Calif, and Aaron
Mcrmelstein of St. Louis.
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AIDS legislation wins Miss. Senate approval
Hy ROBERT NAYLOR JR.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP)-A bill
that would set up a state wide
AIDS education program has been
approved by the state Senate, but
the measure includes no funding.
There was no debate and no dissenting votes.
"I was shocked^' said Sen. Robert Huggins, chairperson of the
Senate Public Health and Welfare
Committee. He handled the bill on
the floor. It now goes to the House.
"We took the heinous stuff out of
the bill andjustcame with the education package to get our foot in
the door" the Greenwood lawmak-
The bill would give the state Department of Health 90 days after
the measure's July 1 effective date
to set up a state wide information
and education program on AIDS
and Hepatitis B, a viral infection
of the liver.
The program would have to
stress sexual abstinence before
marriage, fidelity during marriage, and homosexuality as an
The department also would establish workplace guidelines for
employers to disseminate AIDS
information to workers and for
dealing with employees infected
with the virus that causes the disease. The guidelines would be voluntary.
The department's efforts would
pay particular attention to "people with behavior conducive" to
liansnussion of the virus, minority groups and people under 18
years of age.
AIDS—acquired immune deficiency syndrome—robs the body
of its ability to fight off opportunistic infections that almost always result in death to the victim.
The human immunodeficiency
virus, or HIV, which causes the
disease, is passed through the exchange of body fluids. Its victims
have most often been homosexual
men. intravenous drug users and
hemophiliacs, although the disease has not been confined to
Nationwide, more than a fourth
of the AIDS victims have been
from racial minorities.
The bill would allow the Department of Health to contract with
private, non-profit groups to help
disseminate information, but at
least one contract the agency currently has would be voided under
The department contracts with
the Mississippi Gay Alliance to
help spread information to the homosexual community. But the bill
says contracts could not be made
with groups that "advocate or promote conduct that violates state
der Mississippi law.
Huggins said, however, that the
Department of Health would have
to design programs to get information to the gay community.
The bill includes no funding for
the programs, but Huggins said
about $170,000 in grants already
is available. He said the programs
would cost about $400,000.
The state does not have the money to spend, he said.
"Since we don't have the money,
we've got to got the grant route," he
The bill doesn't go nearly as far
as it was introduced by Sen. Mar
garet Tate of Picayune or as far as
a proposal sponsored by Sen. Barbara Blanton of Brandon.
The provisions included by
those lawmakers included widespread testing, including
Blanton's plan for administering
AIDS tests to marriage license applicants.
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