Forest Park Review from Forest Park, Illinois on February 24, 1971 · Page 13
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Forest Park Review from Forest Park, Illinois · Page 13

Forest Park, Illinois
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Wednesday, February 24, 1971
Page 13
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FOREST PARK REVIEW. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY24. 1971, PAGE 13 CANDIDATE S NIGHT CHARLES LELIVELT: As a candidate for commissioner for Forest Park, I hope to merit your support. Today the village is experiencing a population explosion and a tremendous growth. If elected, I will need your help in accepting legislation to make Forest Park a better place for you. > I am for a progress program, set on a yearly basis and to report on it at the end of the year to tell the people what was accomplished. I am for a Listening Post for people or groups with problems to meet when all commissioners are present. I have been actively involved in the Pony, Junior and Little League. I was a member of the playground and recreation board when Bob Dowd was supervisor and a lot of children enjoyed a lot of things they didn't have before. I have been active in local affairs for the past 25 years. With this background I believe 1 am qualified for the office I seek. Financing and careful management are important to any village. In every community there aretwo influences at work: First, the builders and second, the wreckers. The wreckers use the village for their own selfish purposes and profit. The builders want to see the community grow. Our responsiblity is to see the community built into something better than we had previously. When an officer is elected to serve the people, he" must take it seriously with sincerity, honerty, devition to duty, and determination. On these merits I ask for your vote. * FRED MARUNDE; For the past 15 years I have been involved in various organizations and for the last five years in Oktoberfest. I have worked with village officials and village departments. I have learned the needs and problems of the community. My decision to run as candidate is based on this. Some of the issues' that must be faced and solved in the near future are: 1. Long-range program of zoning and planning. At present some of the properties are neglected because of uncertain feelings; what is the future .going to bring? Do we want to stay? This is an unhealthy situation. * ' 2. Inadequate lighting has been replaced in patchwork. We need to know what a total new system would cost. Then the citizens should decide what to do. 3. Supervised youth programs Involving many organizations and including parents. I will do everything in my power to see the laws and ordinances enforced. If the laws are inequitable, they should be changed. I will be available to those who choose to come to see me. This will give each and everyone of you a real voice in every issue. I will be fair, open-mined and responsible in my thoughts, actions and decisions. Please give me this chance to serve you. ****** SANTO RIZZO: Four years ago I pledged to maintain the spirit of progress within the financial confinement of the village. I inherited a department of worn-out equipment. The department was completely reorganized. I purchased meters for one-third of the original cost that were discarded by neighboring villages. I purchased two pieces of property near the Village Hall for parking. The court room in the Village Hall has been air conditioned. The Dept. of Public Property purchased a 10,000 gasoline tank on village property, making it possible to purchase volume gasoline on a bid basis. We instituted aplannedprogramof removal and replacement of dead trees. These are a portion of the accomplishments of this department during the last four years. During 1968 1 proposed a moratorium on all zoning variations. I proposed a survey for a projected village master plan. If given an opportunity, I will work toward this end. If you are pleased with the progress and leadership of this department, I will appreciate your support at the polls. HOWARD R. MOHR: My opponent has indicated in print thai he intends to keep this campaign clean and I'm all for that. Let me answer the question I hear nibst: Why do you want to be mayor? It's because some people feel that Forest Park is standing still or backsliding in some areas. We have serious money problems. Why did the village issue promissory noted to contract for work? Why did the village borrow from special accounts to meet the payroll? Why was the YoutluProgram disbanded when it is needed now more than every before? Why are we relacing in zoning requirements that we will live to regret? Other areas of concern are: 1. A 43% increase in the crime rate. 2. Heavy increases in the Dept. of Public Affairs which is the Mayor's department. ' 3. Unrealistic proposal to correct the street lighting. 4. Impact of the Naval Ordinance closing. 5. Village government not being responsible to individual problems. 6. Absence of a master plan for the village. Another question that is asked is: Do I have time time to do the job? Knowing what I know from my experience the answer is "yes". The mayor's office is a part-time job and if they tell you anything else they are gilding the lily. There are capable staff people that carry out the functions. The mayor's real responsibility is^ to bring vitality to the office. It's not the hours you put in, b~ut what you put in those hours. ****** ****** JAMES SANSONE: Four years ago I had no platform; I promised to do the best job I could. At that time I didn't know the financial condition of the village. I know now. The water program is over a $1 million project. I have watched that program. I have been hammered and ridiculed for the old and inadequate lighting system. That's a $3 million project and we cannot afford it at this time. • I saved the village a lot of money. I tried) hard to take care of the lights that are out. The reason why they are out is that the cable is old. My two men have to go out and look for these breaks. We are doing this job with only two men. If I hired outside contractors, it would cost thousands. . I am not telling you we will not have a new lighting system but first we have to get out of debt. Some people say we shouldn't have gone intothe water program. Water level wasa't four pounds pressure. That means if your house was on fire you could only get asquirtout of the fire hydrant. With the water project, when the Meat Packing Co. burned down, all the water that was needed was there. I haven't been sitting on my hands. I have contacted others for used equipment but that still costs thousands of dollars. I try with all my heart. But we will get new lights. I will do everything in my power to get those lights and make Forest Park a better place to live. ,;...'; EARL R. WITT: When I took over as Mayor the village was $35,000 in debt. The parking meter fund was mortgaged to the hilt. The finances were in a pitiful state. But we provided the same services that my opponent brags about. We purchased a new fire engine and ambulance, new squad cars, paved streets and put in new lights. I worked at keeping Amertorp in Forest Park. I worked at keeping the Industrial Park. We have just received a $10,000 grant for a new police communication center and antennae. I also ran Commissioner Dowd's department. My opponent said nothing was done? Where was he? The last three audits show the village is in the black. The Youth Commission scarted out with a bang in my opponent's administration. It also died on the vine in my opponent's administration. ****** The meeting was concluded with remarks by "Larry Kaercher, Editor of the REVIEW and moderator for Candidate's Night, who said that "the people of Forest Park should be proud of the fine group of candidates that spoke to you this evening." Coffee and doughnuts were served and everyone was invited to meet with each candidate personally.

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