Francis Manning

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Francis Manning - PAGE TWO Wood Rive Studies Law OnTownship...
PAGE TWO Wood Rive Studies Law OnTownship Factors May Ap ply on Consolidation Of Boundaries Is It May, Or Shall? Salary Cut Proposal Re vived and Centered on Health Office Whether Wood River's desire to become a city-township as expressed by a resolution of the city council would be mandatory to the county board, or whether the board could make its city and township limits co-extensive . still was a question after City Attorney Francis Manning had read a report of his Investigation on the subject to the council Monday night. Manning pointed out that while the Supreme Court, of Illinois has ruled, in the case of Champaign that a city located in two townships desiring to become a separate town may make it mandatory upon the county board to so desire it by passing a resolution through its city council, Wood River 1* in a different position. In the ease of a city located in two townships, Manning pointed out, quoting State's Attorney Al- vln C. Bohm, the statute specifies that the county board of supervisor* "*hflll" comply with a resolution of the city council request- Ing that it* city and township limits be made co-extensive. Population Applle* The city of Wood River, however, is all in a single township, that of Wood River. In a case such a* this, the state law Apecl- fie* that the county board "may" comply with the city council's resolution, Manning quoted Bohm as pointing out t)W in one case the Supreme Court assumed authority to interpret "mav" aa having the same force a* "shall," and Bohm held out hope for Wood River because of that fact. One advantage a city in Wood River's situation had over one located in two townships was with regard to population required. The city, which 1* all In one township, must have but 3000 to become a separate township. One situated in two township* must have 16,000, Manning'* report said. Manning said he had conferred not only with Bohm, but also with County Superintendent of Schools, F. M. Scott, on the subject, in an effort to get at every side of the question. • ' Sihool Question Involved On the school angle he reported that one of the principal problems would be the election of an entirely new township board of school trustees. A complete general city-township election would be required immediately when the city became a city-township, he reported. Manning pointed out that a number of positions would be consolidated. It was possible to turn over the township collector's duties to the city treasurer; the city street superintendent would replace the township highway com* mlssloner. Even the city and township elections would be consolidated, and held the first Tuesday in April, the day on which only town elections are held, otherwise. An angle on which Attorney Manning was requested to make further investigation was that of comparative receipts of roads and bridge taxes. Alderman Schnaufer said he had learned from Township Collector Joseph Lamm that while 132,000 in road and bridge taxes was being paid to the township on property within Wood River's city limits, the city was getting only $7000 of that sum back this year. With this request for more information, the subject was dropped. Manning's report on the question w&s given In compliance with a r*Rolution adopted by th« council at its last May meeting. Salary Cats Discussed Taking Up the discussion of salary cuts immediately after an animated one on the subject of either halving the city health officer's salary or doing away with his po- aiUon. the aldermen were reluctant to give Mayor Holcomb encouragement in his suggestion for general cuts which would save the city an estimated $1200. Aside from Alderman Bchnauf- er's resume of the advances made by Standard Oil employes' salaries in comparison to those made bj salaries of Wood River city em- ployes during the times of Advancing wartes. and Alderman Groves' statement that If everybody got cut, he was for the proposal, Mayor Holcomb carried on the discussion on the salary reductions. Previously to that, the aldermen waxed warm over the health officer situation. It stfll left open an ordinance repealing the mrnj- ure outlying the duties of city heslUi officer and providing ho shall receive $50 per month salary. Neither did they art upon a suggested tmendment. that his •alary be cut to $3S or to $35 i*r month. The $35 figure was Mayor Holeomb's suggestion as a compromise. Holcomb and Alderman Dickinson Joined in pointing out that the health officer's d»ti« were not a* trivial a* describe by aldermen seeking to abolish the office. The health officer attends do- pendent*, »he mayor reminded the councilmen ttut a large number of resident* lacked tunds to call the physician when their children were Ul, and that the health of- fleer WM required to attend these C*SM. one hundred sixty five pu- pUa who hid attended the schools of Wood River latt winter had been the children of parents who were being aided M paupers, he laid, ThU, coupled with the constant danger -from contagious diseases, Illustrated by the «na!l-pox within, the put few day*,

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 07 Jun 1932, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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