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MetroNorth (Chicago CTtibime Thursday, October 19, 1978 Section 7 Du Page plans popular Cities riding co-op buying bandwagon "Most times the county develops the specs and enters into negotiations with the various vendors. When a contract is reached, the county usually attaches a "tag along clause" to itt allowing municipalities to order items with the county," he explained. Recently the DuPage conference was able to assist some municipalities in acquiring automotive supplies, antl-freeze, and office equipment and supplies under a cooperative purchase agreement. ROBERT VOLLAN, a buyer for DuPage County, believes the cooperative purchasing plan is beneficial. "Cooperative purchasing .works well for a number of municipalities because .they save money all along the way, including the cost of putting out the bids," he explained. Vollan added that in recent months, "there has been a big usage of the cooperative purchasing plan by a number of municipalities." Last year, for example, a number of cities and villages that were doing blacktopping work joined the county in a purchase of a large quantity of asphalt and other road maintenance materials. . "With those particular orders we realized a particularly large savingls be-pause we bought such a large quantity, about 100 tons," Vollan said. MOST MUNICIPALITIES in the DuPage area are enthusiastic about the cooperative purchasing program , which they estimate has saved them a total of SOME OF THE Most successful conference bulk buys have been offlce supplles. ..Grams said municipalities can reduce their costs or copying maching paper by as much as 20 per cent through ence bulk buying. "In that case, we were able to command the lowest possible, price, and or-dered about 1,200 cases of paper at one time. In some instances, smaller municipalities in the conference don't use much paper and were paying high prices as a result," Grams said. He said other recent bulk buying savings have been a 00 per cent reduction in the cost of vehicle stickers for some municipalities and a 25 per cent savings for motorcycle tags. . .-. . In addition to buying through ;the NWMC, the municipalities in the assocla"-tioh have also been able to "tag along" with bulk buying done with the City of . Chicago, Grams said. He added that joint purchasing also makes it possible for all municipalities to receive equivalent rates from the same vendor, "it's surprising the differences that the same vendor will charge for the same product to several municipalities. .It's realy shocking and it's the kind of thing that our indexing helps cities and villages avoid," Grams said. THE PROGRAM sponsored by the DuPage County Mayors and Managers Conference puffers slightly from the NWMC's in 'tbat both the mayors and managers and the DuPage County purchasing department draw up specifications for products, according to Steve Aavang, executive director of DuPage County conference. regional association of local governments in the northwest suburbs and, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference operate successful cooperative purchase programs. ' . THE NORTHWEST Municipal Conference, for example, quarterly publishes a list of items, .vendors from which they are available, and the prices paid. On some items, a price negotiated' by the conference also is available. William G. Grams, project coordinator for the NWMC, says the list serves' a number of purposes. Among these are the listing of inexpensive vendors, a tally that helps municipalities negotiate, and a cost comparison list. The summer 1978 list, for example, compares the cost of dbg licenses purchased from a number of vendors. The' prices paid range from $112. per 1,000 the cost the Village of Winnetka paid for tags to a conference negotiated price of $47 per 1,000 tags. HOWEVER, AT times, even the NWMC negotiated price is not the lowest possible. With the. dog tags, for example, Park Ridge paid $5 less per 1,000 by buying from another vendor. Grams is aware some municipalities do manage to get better prices on certain items than the NWMC does. However, he believes the track record is in favor of conference bulk buying. ' "What we try to do is stay with about IB pr 20 Items, so that we don't have a shotgun approach. Normally, we stay with certain items because we have had some success with them in the past," he explained. By Michele Gaspar YOU SEE It, In catalogs all the time. The item you wont has an expensive price tag, but if you buy in quantity, you can save some money. And what usually holds true for-shirts, socks, and slacks, often holds true for motor vehicle licenses, tires, and even copying machine paper, some local municipalities have found out. Villages and counties throughout the Chicago metropolitan area have jumped on the cooperative purchasing bandwagon these days and are realizing some substantial savings by buying items in bulk. In some areas, local officials have established long indexes of items available at discounts, allowing towns within their jurisdictions to "tag along" on joint purchases. FOR THE MOST part, the items purchased under local cooperative plans are relatively uniform among municipalities. These would include some small items, such as office supplies, but would exclude major purchases, such as police vehicles, which have options customized for a particular city's uses. In addition, most local municipalities that undertake cooperative purchasing shy away from items which have "escalator clauses" written into contracts. Fuel oil, for example, is subject to a number of price increases within a given year, and Is not conducive to bulk buying. There are several cooperative purchasing programs in the six-county area, but the DuPage region seems to have the most sophisticated plans. Both the Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) a I nouns pnoto oy Micnaer ouorya "Art Is how I live my life," says Dr. maKe my living,' sne plans to specialize in pediatrics. Doctor paints new outlook on science $4,500. Streamwood, for example, has been a regular member of the mayors and managers cooperative purchase program since its inception in 1976, "and I don't see any reason why we won't continue in it In the future," a village official said. "The cooperative purchasing program has allowed us to get materials at prices that just weren't available to us before. We've realized tremendous savings on vehicle stickers, and Xerox 'paper in the last several years," said Richard Marvin, Streamwood village manager. ALTHOUGH COOPERATIVE purchasing has worked well for some communities, there are municipalities where officials do not participate in cooperative purchasing. Schaumburg, for example, rarely participates in joint purchase programs because the village itself routinely purchases large quantities of items. Wheaton does not purchase with either DuPag'e unit for similar reasons, officials there said. As inflation takes its toll on most goods, more municipalities nationwide will opt for cooperative purchasing plans, according to Art Guida, a planner with the Paterson Regional Development Corp. (PRDC) in Paterson, N.J; This year, PRDC prepared a report on cooperative purchasing for the 16 municipalities within its jursidiction. And, while 15 of those village approved such a purchase plan, it cannot be implemented because of a New Jersey state law that prohibits joint purchases by cities. "The beauty of such a program is that it is flexible and that it is possible to pool any number of quantities into the program. It doesn't lock municipalities into a purchase plan," Guida said. A number of suburbs have cooperated with the city of substantially reducing their costs for this item. Coopera-Chicago in purchasing road salt in large quantities, thereby tive buying is a growing trend. Once-quiet Hegewisch leads citizen war against landfills Barbara Stevko. "But medicine is how I the gradual development. "One point that eventually bothered me very much about my role as an artist was that so much art today seems removed from real life," she said in an interview. "I was disturbed about the artist in me not participating in real life." The shift towards medicine came after she spent several months in a remote mountain area of northeastern Pakistan working with a medical education team sponsored by the Pakistani Girl Guides. Later she worked in Kansas City setting up a free clinic in the inner city. IN 1975 SHE traveled to the People's .Republic of China with the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association to look at urban and rural health care services and other social support systems, including child care facilities. She was gradually turning from art to people, yet trying not to relinquish her role as an artist. "I began to see that poor people need something more urgently than art, and I felt a need to do something for people in addition to my art,' she said. "To do something more than the egotistical expression that people do in art, at least in this culture." Along the way she found that there Continued on page 2 dented that a landfjll there would produce odors. Five landfill sites already are operating in our near Hegewisch. "We've lived near landfills all our lives," said Ed Borowski, 53, of 12917 Carondolet Av. "It is out of line for any landfill to be situated within one mile of a heavily populated community." AIR POLLUTION IN Hegewisch is the highest in the city, Borowski added, and more truck traffic would only worsen carbon monoxide and airborne dust. "It exceeds all the limits right now," said Borowski. "It's strictly a matter of pollution and the environment. We're trying to protect our kids and ourselves." The uncharacteristic revolt in normally quiet Hegewisch ranks as the leading landfill protest in Illinois, said Thomas Cavanagh, manager of the Illinois Environmental- Protection Agency's land permit section. "I'd say it is the hottest because we have had more protest letters from there," said Cavanagh. They number in the hundreds.1 THE HEGEWISCH PROTEST Is symptomatic of a growing problem. The 33 landfills in the Chicago metropolitan region are filling up faster than new landfills are opened. A state report in 1975 said that of 29 landfills in Northeastern Illinois, 22 would be full by 1980. The average lifespan of, a landfill is eight years. "I'd say it's a very critical problem," said Cavanagh, and it's bound tt) get worse. Citizen attitudes are stiffening toward landfills, while the federal government is demanding recovery of industrial wastes that now are being flushed down sanitary sewers. This will mean more wastes to dispose of in landfills. "In Illinois, we generate over 8 million tons of solid waste a year," said Cavanagh, not counting industrial wastes. "There is no solid waste management scheme produced to date that does not have a landfill connected with it. Landfills will be in the picture as far in the future as I can see." PROPERLY RUN, INSISTS Cavanagh, landfills are not necessarily nuisances.- "They do generate traffic," he said. "That is often the biggest problem." And occasional odors do occur, he. added, Continued on page 2 By Michael McCabe BARBARA STEVKO is taking a long and winding path on her way to becoming a pediatrician starting out as an artist, and ending, she hopes, in the tradition of the country doctor. After years of studying art she shifted course and headed towards science. Now, she says, she is struggling to find a workable link between her art and her medicine. "ART IS HOW I live my life," said Dr. Stevko, 33. "But medicine is how I make my living and at this point in my life, medicine must take precedence." She is a first-year intern at the University of Chicago Wyler Children's Hospital, averaging 50 to 60 hours a week and hopes one day to specialize in pediatrics. For the next three years of her internship she will work primarily in emergency rooms and intensive care wards. But she has a degree in art and has loved to draw and paint from her earliest childhood days, especially biological subjects. SHE WORKED as an artist before medical school doing a series of prints on the development of the embryo and became fascinated with the beauty of pass if they knew they were running into a buzzsaw." Vrdolyak told the residents to get ready for a long and bitter battle. He disclosed that there is more vacant land in the 10th ward than anywhere else in Chicago, and "there is a need for landfills, a need to get rid of garbage." The alderman said lie has asked city officials to consider using the area for city purposes, adding: "If we stick together as a community, we can win." THE REST OF THE meeting was devoted to arranging to write protest letters for people who have a poor command of the language, and figuring how to get television reporters interested in their plight. "This is not the 1800s, when the steel mills owned the homes people lived in," said state Rep. Glenn Dawson (D., Chicago), who lives in Hegewisch. "Times have changed, and people express themselves now. They brought the neighborhood up from swampland. They keep their property up out here. They don't want to see it deteriorating." It's only the second time in a dozen years, said Dawson, that Hegewisch tempers have been ignited enough to produce mass meetings and protests. The earlier protests involved a trailer court. A LAWYER FOR HEIL Co.,' Thomas McNamara, told The Tribune that the landfill would be operated in strict accordance with Illinois environmental protection landfill regulations. Those who manage such sites prefer to call them sanitary landfills, ft sounds better than "garbage dump," and sanitary landfills are not run like the sloppy garbage dumps of yore. McNamara said household garbage from metropolitan Chicago would be buried on the site, which is expected to be filled in from 10 to 15 years. But no hazardous wastes would be hauled in, said the lawyer. HEIL BELIEVES THE site is Ideal because it is in a highly industrialized part of the city, and would not involve hauling garbage long distances at greater cost to scavengers and customers. "The worst side-effect of the landfill might be truck traffic," admitted McNamara. He estimates that anywhere from 300 to 500 trucks would visit the site daily, working around the clock. The site is swampy now, said the lawyer, and he ! Landfills in the metropolitan area i ' " 263 Tribune pholo by Goorgo Qumn 1 3 Chicago Land and Lakes No. 2, 1 22d and Stony Island, Chicago. 20 Chicago LH&LCo.,122d and Torrence, Chicago. DuPage County 2t Bensenvllle Sexton landfill, Bensenville. 22 Bloomlngdale Township Mallard Lake landllll, Bloomlngdale. 23 Lisle Township Green Valley landllll, Lisle. Kane County 24 Geneva Midway landllll, Geneva. 25 South Elgin Woodland landllll, South Elgin. Lake County 26 Antloch CCD Disposal landfill, . Antloch, 27 Grayslake landfill, Grayslake. 28 Lake Bluff Municipal landfill, Lake Blulf. 29 Llbertyville Lake County grading landfill, Llbertyvllle. 30 Zlon Municipal landfill, Zlon. . 31 Wlnthrop Harbor landfill, Wlnthrop Harbor. McHenry County 32 Harvard Blazier landllll. near Harvard. 33 Algonquin TownshlpVeugeler, McHenry. Source IITino:s Environmental Protection Agency By Casey Bukro Environment editor YOU COULD GO for 10 years without hearing hardly a word about Hegewisch, a fiercely proud neighborhood on Chicago's far Southeast Side. Predominately Polish and blue collar, Hegewisch families have long prided themselves on being independent, hardworking, and tight-lipped.. But two words are causing them to raise a howl being heard clear across the state: Garbage dump. HEGEWISCH IS ILLINOIS' leading hotspot in citizen warfare against solid waste disposal sites. There's a -special irony in that, because Hegewisch is in the most heavily industrialized section of Chicago. It is home to sprawling steel mills and a giant auto assembly plant. "We already have enough industry here," said Jesus Aguayo, of 2734 E. 128th St., a Hegewisch resident of six years. "The air is polluted without having anything added to it." The message is simple: Enough is enough. Aguayo and his wife Guadalupe were among 300 people who attended a community meeting recently in the Lebanon Lutheran Church in Hegewisch, where the mood was boiling mad. E.F. HEIL CO., Bloomlngdale, bought 100 acres of vacant land at 130th Street and Torrence Avenue with plans of putting a sanitary landfill there. The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals turned it down in April, and Heil will go to Circuit Court Nov. 6 for an administrative review. In townhall meeting fashion, men and women stood up at the community meeting and spelled out fears that are often connected with garbage dumps: Stench, noise, rats, truck traffic, health hazards, water pollution, and property devaluation. The voices of dissent sometimes came with foreign accents or the unpolished phrases of working men and women. And they wanted to know what their elected officials intended to do about it. "IF THEY (HEIL) had any brains at all, they should have come to the community and explained what they intended to do," said Aid. Edward Vrdolyak (10th) at the meeting. "They might have given it a 32 - .7 McHenry ' 'J27 2g ' 33 . Vssss 25 J Cook ? 12 '- 24 22 21 "T YS Kane ll t DuPage 15 h l 23 10 CI Chicago J -7Lpi617 r . ' 192Q 1186? 2 1 89 11 34 Will Cook County 1 Blue Island Sexton Landfill, 138th and California, Blue Island. 2 Calumet City CID Corp., Calumet City. 3 Chicago Heights Municipal landllll, Chicago Heights. 4 Chicago Heights Municipal landllll No. 2, Chicago Heights. 5 Des Plalnes Sexton landllll, Maryville. 6 Dollon Land and Lakes Co., 138th and ColtageGrove, Dollon. 7 Dolton Cottage Grove landfill, same location. 6 Lansing Sexton, Lansing. 9 Lansing Klngery Development Corp., Lansing. - 10 Summj! American Grading Co. landllll, Summit. I . 1 1 Maltesdn Sexton landllll, Matteson. 12 NorthflBld Lake landllll, Northlleld. 13 Winnetka Municipal landfill, ' WlnhetKa.y , '-. . 1 4 Barrlnglon Trucking landfill, Barrlngton. . 1 5 Hlnsdale'Sexton landllll, Hinsdale. 1 6 Chicago Paxton landfill, 1 22d and Stony Island, Chicago. 1 7 Chicago Paxton No. 2, 1 22d and Stony Island.Chlcago. 1 8 Chicago Land and Lakes Co., 1 38th and Cottage Grove, Chicago. Note These landfills are privately and municipally opaialed for general household garbage, and do not Include special or Indusl'lal wasle dumps. J

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