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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 2

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2 Gqfesburg Register-Moil, GolesburQ. III. Thursday, April 26, 1973 City Manager Propoms Street Projects^ Senior Citizens' Center in New Budget Weather and River Stages day. Low totiight 30is. »1P «U» .255 ittal. 36-42 iSouth. Hlgn ,rHd» ber 40s extreme nofth, uppef tm PXA. By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) City Manager Thomas Herring has proposed spending |S18,000 to Improve parts of 31 (Streets during the 1973-74 fiscal year which started April 1. The money would be taken from the $7.17 million in federal revenue - sharing funds Galesburg received in 1972 and expects to get yet this year. Herring's proposals for the expenditure of some $1.11 mil- Hon in 10 areas in federal revenue - sharing funds this year were discussed Wednesday night during an Momj^ City Council meeting in City Hall. Mayor Robert Cabeen told reporters after the session that "It's not a very imaginative program." Herring said that might be true, but it would at least take care of the city's basic needs. "We could buy pace* makers," he quipped. MOST OF the streets proposed for improvements are on the north side ol the city. Of the $318,000, some $240,000 would be spent on resurfacing, $58,000 for storm sewers and $20,000 would be set aside for permanent street surfaces in new subdivisions. Streets proposed for repairsi and the amount far the work included in Herring's budget proposal are: Woodbine Circle, $1,072; Tamarind Drive, $2,014; Stweetliriar Place, $7,860; Family Court, $1,540; Russell Avenue, $12,362; Lane Avenue, $3,481; Arcadia Drive, $4,371; Meadow Drive, $11,082; Yates Street, $783; Dayton Street, $975; Hdlycrest Circle, $2,674; EdgebPook Drive, $2,713; Imperial Drive, $5,346; Oriole Drive, $11,878; Bluebird Drive, $9,587; Flamingo Drive, $1,836; Robin Court, $2,616; Erickson Avenue, $4,387. INDIANA Drive, $14,497; Clay Drive, $8,473; Indiana , Court, $1,477; Park Avenue, $1,365; South Cherry Street, $1,040; McGure Street, $7,442. Bdleview Court, $883; Hillcrest Drive, $4,062; North Broad Street, $21,887; Carl Sandburg Drive, $10,128; Lincoln Park Drive, $60,438; Patterson & Heritage Drive, $6,917, and Willow Lane, $4,663. Another $400,000 of revenue- sharing funds would be used for the proposed city-county law enforcement building, which would also house a new central fire station. The proposed budget for revenue-sharing fmtds also includes a $103,700 item for land acquisition, but what city officials are contemplating purchasing was not disclosed. A JOINT city-School Dis­ trict 205 sports comiriex IMPOJ- ect would use another $234,000 in revenue-sharing funds, but Mottier proposal for baseball faoiUtles is also being considered l)y the council. Confi)trUction of 10 tennis courts in the new comfriex would cost $56,534, and the cost of a ball diamond at least at this point — would cost the city $188,658. The proposed sports complex would be built north of Galesburg High's Van Dyke Field. Other proposed revenue- sharing expenditures include: —Funds for development of a senior citizens' center in the central boskiess district, $35,000. Public re^ro(mi facilities might be included in this project. Herring last night told aldermen purchasing a new building for the senior citizens could cost as much as $100,000, while an existing structure might cost about $50,000. Aid. Curtis Erickson, Second Ward, suggested an existing buikUng be purcha^* ed. "if you go ahead and buy a building you may be jumping into something you don't know Js goit^ to work," Herring responded. -Some $9,000 to COPE- Head Start, a program which now includes about 30 culturally disadvantaged preschool- age children. The money would be used to purchase a bus. Aid. F. E. "Buck" Bailey, Sixth Ward, suggested it might be less expensive in the long run tor COPE to continue contracting for bus service, as it does now. - A $2,400 allocation for lights and fencing at the Lincoln Park horseshoe courts "THAT GIVES you an idea of how easily you can blow a million dollars," Herring said after presenting his budget proposals. \ Budget talks Will continue during the next formll City Council meeting In City Hall Monday at 7:30 p.m. Another informal meeting has been scheduled at City Hall next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. City Manager Thomas Herring was questioned about his salary by five aldermen following Wednesday night's informal City Council meeting on the 1973-74 city budget. Herring now earns $23,500 a year. That may be changed, but neither Herring nor the aldermen wouM comment. Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, asked to defer discussion on Herring's salary during last night's informal session. "We want to ask Tom about a few items like postage stamps," said Johnson when asked about his request. Baseball Group Offers Plan for Four New Diamonds A new plan for city recreational facilities was submitted to the City Council Wednesday night during budget discussions. Aldermen angered because the proposal was not submitted earlier, agreed to consider it. Kenneth Johnson, 1116 Beecher Ave., president of the Galesburg Committee for Better Baseball, urgd the City Council to abandon the planned baseball field at Galesburg High School and replace it with a plan for four ball fields at Lake Storey and improvements to H. T. Custer and 0. N. Custer parks. The group did not oppose new tennis courts at the high ^ school. ALP. CURTIS Erickson, ^Second Ward^ said it was un-. fair for the proposal to be made so late and called it "nothing but a conspiracy." He claimed the park department was "camouflaging" tUngs they did not get done by putting them into the proposal. He referred to H. T. Custer Park improvements previously proposed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. "I beg your pardon. I don't work for the park department," said Johnson, a newspaper reporter. "We're only concerned with 1,500 taxpayers who would like a place to play ball." Johnson said his plan would accommodate 2,000 persons at a cost of $192,620. Included would be a combination hardball-football field, two regulation, Softball diamonds, and a kittenball diamond. Official city estimates for the cost of the ball field at the north end of Galesburg Higli, Sohool are about $196,- 000. But E. C. Ringlien, who has promoted the project, said volunteer labor could help bring costs down. "WE STARTED on this project two years ago," Aid. W. C. Jackson, Fourth Ward, said. "Now we are ready to make a move and someone wants to throw a block in our path. I feel we should go ahead and make a decision one way or another." Aid. Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward, said the meeting was called to discuss the budget, and was not a hearing on recreation. City Manager Thomas Herring gave Johnson and Ring- lien a chance to sum up their remarks. "I want to re-iterate we've tried to 4» our sincere best," Johnson said. "If we can have four instead of ont; v^y not?" Herring told Johnson the council an>reciated his plan, but that it did come a little late. *'I know, but we feel it's better late than never," Johnson added. He said his group had been working on the plan the past few months and did not specify why he presented it last night. RINGUEN SAID: "I'm dumfounded you came in with this after 10 months. It is inconceivable that someone can tell me you can put in four fields for this price." Roger Pantifex, city director ^ parks and recreation, said the better baseball committee had approached him with an answer that was "so simple it was before us and we overkMked it." He added the four fields could be built for so little because there would be no drainage problems as there would be at the high school site. Johnson later commented the school site was ^a "swamp." Another cost savings was pointed out by Floyd Powell, city electrician. He said it would not be necessary to construct 100-foot light poles, as Ringlien has suggested, because 70 - foot poles would be adequate. Ringlien later said Hghts on the 70-foot poles would shine in players' eyes. Powell indicated the Burlington Bees, a minor league professional team, uses the same lighting system Johnson proposed. JOHNSON TODAY said his group could ficcept the idea of the bal! field at the high school if it weren't for "a lot of frivolous expenditures." "We all appreciate what E. C. Rkiglien has done for the community, but in his zeal to bring a Class A type ball field to Galesburg he has been caught up in ideas of grandeur. He feels any alterations or deletiOTs from his plan will rdegate the field to a second-rate, bush league status." "FOR EXAMPLE, city engineers have estimated the cost of bleachers and showers at the complex to be $40,000. Why not put up metal or wooden bleadiers and let the kids take a shower at home?" said Johnson. Ringlien today said he is trying to update city facilities. He addenjl he would look at the plan submitted by Johnson. "It is discouraging to think we are a second rate^dty as. far as our young pisbple go." Township Officials To Coal Company Petition By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Copley Township official^ Wednesday objected to a Midland Coal Co. petition for a zoning change that would al- lov/ construction of a hew coal processing plant. The Knox County Zoning Board of Ap. peals conducted a hearing on the petition yesterday at Copley Town Hall. Ralph Hawthorne, zoning board chairman, said no decision on the petition could be expected for several days until attorneys for both sides have time to file final arguments and supporting documents and the board has time to study the testimony. R*o g e r Sieboldt, Copley Township supervisor, landowner and member of the Knox County Board, said the town board has taken a position against expansion of the mining operation and said the long-range effect on the township tax base would be drastic. Tom West, counsel for the coal company during cross examination, asked Seiboldt if he was completely against stripmining. "IT SEEMS unreasonable to allow expansion when there is pending litigation on reclamation procedures," Seiboldt said. The zoning jioard is considering Midland's contention that county reclamation standards requiring replacement of top six feet of overburden, restoration of mined land to its original topography and posting a pertormance bond of $1,000 an acre is not financially feasible. "If that questton (reclamation) is resolved by agreement or decision, would the town board still be against this petition?" West asked. "If the company agrees to the county's rules, there would probably be no justification for an objection to the petition," Seiboldt replied. John Sense, Midland president, in earlier testimony said the firm anticipates coming to an agreement with the board on reclamation. "WE WILL perform to the letter of the law. We'll come to an agreement, and we'll live with it. Maybe agreement is the wrong word. We will live in harmony for the next 30 years. We have too great an investment to turn our back on," Sense said. West told board members at the opening of the hearing that the coal company was petitioning for the zoning change from farming to heavy industry in two sites in sections four and nine in Copley Township, northwest of Victoria. He explained that Midland was seeking the zoning on two sites to give the board a choice, although only one tipple will be built. He sf>id the firm had earlier applied for a conditional use permit which would have considered processing an adjunct to mining. When that application was turned down, the board recommended the application for a zoning change be made through the zoning board of appeals and the Knox County Board, West said. SENSE SAID the new plant was proposed because the present area is nearly mined out when the mining area moves west it would add $16 million in haulage costs over a 30-year period if the coal must be transported to the present tipple site. He said expansion of the plant's facility was also a consideration in the decision. West had earlier elicited fiom Robert Masterson, Knox County zonmg administrator, the fact the heavy industrial zoning — M-2 — exists only in a area southwest of Galesburg and smaller areas around Abingdon and London Mills. He asked Sense if complying with the county's present zoning would present problems, and the firm president said that transportation to heavy industrial zoned areas would present problems because of costs and road weight limits, WEST CALLED as the first witness Robert Izard, Canton, Midland general manager of operations, who explained an artist's concept of the proposed processing plant. It would include a h<^pper where raw coal would be deposited and from where it would be taken by conveyor to a rotary breaker. From that point it would be conveyed to a live storage stockpile. From the stockpile it would go to a building for washing, crushing and screening. The final product would go either to storage or to trucks or trains for delivery to consumers, Izard said. He said all the latest health and safety precautions would be built into the plant and lUinois Environmental Protection Agency standards would be complied with in regard to gob and slurry ponds. Gob is the large solid refuse from the process, while slurry is the small amount of discharge which can be pumped with water to a pwid, according to Izard. He said the new plant would have a capacity of 10,000 tons. Capacity of the present plant, which o«fioials later said would be dismantled if zoning permission is given for a new one, is 7,000 tons a day. David McDonald, attorney representing the Copley Town See 'Township'- (Continued on page 35) ( Board Proposal Will Limit Talks A new plan to limit teacher-School District 205 Board of Education negotiations to salaries and insurance benefits closely approximates a proposal made last week by the board's negotiating team. The plan, presented by the board's team to the teachers negotiators at Wednesday night's bargaining session, actually amounted to a counter prqrasal to the Galesburg Education Association's 65-page package plan. The GEA represents the teachers in negotiations. The board's proposal was to be presented to the teachers today at 4 p. m. at Galesburg High School. Browning said all teachers will be notified of the offer. The board's team will present the proposal at Monday night's board meeting. The board's team has offered to keep the present contract and its index system of salary payments intact for another 3-year period. The current contract expires June 30. Along with this, board negotiators have expressed a willingness to enter Into discussion on salaries and insurance benefits and on improvements to the top of the salary schedule. John Browning, chief negotiator for the GEA, said the board's plan is similar to one the association has been seeking. In its proposal the GEA wants to keep intact all areas of the existing contract except for insurance premium payments, salaries and the index systoem. Teachers had also asked that an automatic cost of living increase be attached to the base salary before negotiations began.. However, this is not hicluded in the board's plan. When negotiations began over a month ago, teachers asked that the base salary of $7,900 be frozen and funds used to improve salaries for more experienced teachers. Now Browning said improvements in the base are being sought. A new science program, which emphasizes individual instruction for primary school children, will be considered Monday night by District 205's Board of Education. In other business the board will consider bids for custodial and classroom supplies. After the regular meeting James Sherlock, director of community education, will give a program. night. MosUy Friday, central up{>er extreme south. WESTERrr ILLINOIS: ConsWef- able cloudinem and cool toni|ht with chance of a sprinkle or two of rain. Partly cloiidy and cflol Friday. Low tonilht around 40. Hi|h Friday 58 -60. torn A: ClMfing «hd «Ml«r hortih#«8t tontght: ehaAe« of thow m MuuiMgt.^ Beeominf m« ' Mirtny Ffiday. Low toniffit nMi horUtWMt, low ¥H aoutlieaat, £..... Ffidiy around 00 northeast, low SOt leuthwest /ixfnmtiTraiiteAit , ILLINOIS; Fair With mddtrating temperaturM Saturday ffiUMiin Monday; lows in the upp«r 9M or 16wer m north, M the Ms touth with daytiiine hifhs feneraUy in Figures Too High Satttrrfay to attd Ml south with daytime hiihs in th» «o« north iM m »outh Monday. Moon temf«ra(ttfe, hjoftljhg's low, 42, Sky cloudy. (W«dttMday« mirfeii If AOS! Dav«Mport^lt.( no «l Buriiifiitoi|^iL3..iid.< 3f «fH>%-«).» rif* 1.1; Beardltown-»8J J.O St. Charies^M.3 riM 1,8 , Public Aid Head SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The state's actbig public aid director is not satisfied with figures showing "a moderating trend In caseload growth" when 10 per cent of the population remains on welfare rolls. Joel Edelman said Wednesday 1,055,000 people received public aid in February although the number grew only 11.3 per cent last year compared with 28 per cent in 1971. "That means 10 per cent of Illinois' population is receiving public assistance at a time of relative stability in the state's employment market," he said. "With this in niind, we cannot b^ satisfied with a moderat­ ing trend in caseload growth but will be eoncentrating on efforts to reduce the number of persons dependent on public assistance." ) Figures for December show the highest incidence of public aid recipients was in Alexander County in deep Southern Illinois where 27.4 per cent of the people received some form of welfare. Kendall County had the lowest pef^centage with 1 per cent. In Cook County 722,142 people, 13 per cent of the population, received welfare payments. In the rest, of the state 311,540 received aid. State Government Pushing for Help SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House, Senate and governor's office all are urging each other and the federal government to help state residents imperiled by record flooding on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Gov. Daniel Walker Wednesday urged the federal government to act, the Senate urged Walker to take action and the House resolved to ask tha state treasurer to provide relief for flood victims. Walker, in a telegram to President Nixon, estimated flood damage in Illinois at some $58 million. He asked that the President "immediately declare Illinois a disaster area . . . Your declaration is essential to enable the people of this state to get the federal aid which is needed in order to repair the damage." He said the first wave of flooding on the Mississippi, which (icurred.earHer this month, cost at least $33 million. This week, he said, hew crests have caused some $25 million in damage. Over-all, Walker said, the floods have done $25 million in damage to public works alone. Sen. John Graham, R-Barrington, introduced a resolution into the? upper chamber ^wWich called upon Walker to increase his budget allotment for flood control. The money currently earmarked for that piirpose, Graham said, is "infinitesimal, inappropriate, and asinine." He said the resolution is "not to slap the governor in the face but to kick him in the pants." The House Wednesday passed a resolution urging state Treasurer Alan Dixon to deposit state money in banks which agree to loan funds to flood victims. The measure was sponsored by Democratic Leader Clyde Choate of Anna. Real Estate Tax Freeze Proposed Again in Assembly By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Illinoiis taxpayers again are being tantalized by the possibility their real estate levies may be frozen. Twice last year, the Illinois House weighed tax freeze proposals that ultimately med. The idea is being pushed ogaiii this spring. The GOP-controlied House Revenue Commiiti voted 14-8 Wc^ilMsiKiay io favor of a Re- puhj|lcaa«iact(ed plan to freeze real estate taxes at this year's level. The proposal, like those considered last year, is sponsored by Rep. C. L. McCormick, R-Vienna. McCORMICK'S measure would freeze total real estate . tax collections in 1974 and 1975 at th^ir 1973 levels figures based on 1972 assessments. Meanwhile, the Committee turned, down a Democratic ap- prOiSPh sponsored by Minority Leader Clyde Choate of Anna. Choate wanted to give taxpayers a rebate on the difference between their 1973 and 1974 property tax bills. This tax rebate plan, Choate admitted, could have cost the state neariy $100 million. But Choate's was the plan that made it out of the House last December. ' IN PART to win favor with the voters, Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie called a special tax freeze session just before the November election. He told the General Assembly he wanted passage of McCormick's bill, which had already been beaten in June. Ogilvie lost to Democrat Daniel Walker. But the House plowed ahead anyway with McCormick's bill. By the time it left the House on an overwhelming vote, however, Choate managed to replace McCormick's freeze with his own debate plan. He did it with the help of Republicans and Democrats alike. Still smarting from Walker's unexpected victory, they didn't mind giving the new governor a choice between costly "tax relief" or vetoing a bill that had broad public support. A SENATE committee took Walker off the hook, killing the bill before it reached his desk. McCormick's bill now goes to the full House for the third time in less than a year where arguments for and against it are predictable. Proponents will argue as they did Wednesday in committee that the freeze would afford welcome relief from the heavy tax burden people bear and would force local governments to streamline their often wasteful spending practices. Foes will insist that a tax freeze would put local governments in an intolerable bind by curtailing public projects at a time when mushrooming populations are demanding more services. BARCALOUNGER Whatever your decor', you'll find a handsome traditional or modern Barcalounger to complimenr it beautifully. 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