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" 2 Golesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, Tuesday, Mgy 8, 1973 I AIderman Chompiotis CGUSB O f Elders* *Sf ( ?Sf?S!, m *W y Wednesday partly sUhny and • day through Saturday, chance o M. *r little warmer Low tonleht 45-BB. showeri Friday nnd Saturday. Lov Meeting Set Up To Review Complaints •8* S sr »- IF 0 m m m * iff By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) Efforts by Aid. Curtis Erickson, Second Ward, in behalf of a senior citizens' • center here, brought applause from some of the citizens at Monday night's City Council meeting but little else. ''I believe we are indebted to these people to help them out. God only hopes they don't die before this becomes a reality," Erickson said. The aldermen, with the exception of Erickson, informally agreed last week to allocate $35,000 of federal revenue sharing money to rent a building for the center but to hold the funds until next year after the idea could be studied. After the meeting last week Erickson and First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson debated the issue, and Erickson accused Johnson of never being for the elderly. Many of the persons at the meeting last night have been attending, council sessions the past two months in hopes of persuading the council to give them funds for a center and for public restrooms in the downtown area. THE SPOKESMAN for the group, Marinda Nelson, last night asked the council to appoint a committee to study the problem. Mayor Robert P. Caibeen said he would meet with representatives of the Knox County Coordinating Assn. for Older Americans Wednesday at 4 p.m. in City Hall to hear their complaints and suggestions. "The senior citizens don't have a lot of years to wait," said Mrs. Nelson. "I'm back of these people, and I'm in favor of leaving this $35,000 in there to get this thing started. Other cities in Illinois have bought buildings and given help to their senior citizens," Erickson said. "At least by 1974 we should have a place for them to hold social events," he added, after which the senior citizens applauded. IN OTHER action another alderman, W. C. Jackson, Fourth Ward, rallied to another cause, the demolition of what he termed still "livable" homes. Legal action against owners of three unsafe structures was delayed by the council, which at Jackson's request has delayed such action several times in the past few months. "We should give it a long look. Some of these houses are not in too bad shape," said Jackson. Jackson asked a 30- day extension be granted to the owner of a garage at 909 Monmouth Blvd. because the owner said he would tear it down, himself. Jackson also asked for a 30-day extension for renters in a home at 703 W. Knox St. to enable theni to make repairs. The owners of this home, in California, were given 90 days in January to do something about the house but did not. "JUST 120 days out of a person's life-time is too small," said Third Ward Aid. Russell Gifford. "I think 30>days is fine, and if they want another extension that's fine too. There should be no end to this type of assistance," Gifford added. Action against owners of a home at 1090 Clark St. also was delayed. "There are hardship problems here," said City Manager Thomas B. Herring. He explained the occupant of the home was an elderly person and said the resident should be given a chance to plead his case before the City Housing Board of Appeals. Mayor Robert Cabeen later commented that about four years ago an elderly man froze to death in his home and that the council later was blamed for never taking any action to remove the man from the unsafe structure. AT A MEETING last Wednesday Don Johnson pointed out another problem in the city — a railroad crossing in disrepair on Fremont Street. He said the council should put barricades up and prevent the railroad from using the crossing until repairs were made. Last night the council received a letter from the Burlington Northern Railroad saying the crossing would be repaired this summer. "I'm temporarily happy," said Johnson without smiling. The aldermen also received a letter from Steven Sargent, executive director* of the Illinois Municipal-League, asking them to oppose an Illinois House bill which he claimed would erode home rule powers. The council voted to write a letter to State Sen. Clifford Latherow, R-Carthage, and Gov. Daniel Walker in protest of the bill which recently passed the House. THE BILL would remove home rule authority from the Police and Fire Board of Commissioners and place authority in the hands of the state. Representatives Clarence Neff, R-Stronghurst; A. T. McMaster, R-Oneida, and Samuel McGrew, D-Geneso, all voted in favor of the measure in the House. It now will go to the Senate. City Manager Thomas Herring said he was not opposed to placing the commission under state statutes but that he would object to home rule powers being eroded. The council also received a request from the Humane Society for revenue sharing funds for animal shelter improvements. Cabeen instructed Herring to contact the persons making the request to obtain cost estimates and a description of what needs to be done. "I don't think revenue sharing funds can be used for this purpose," Herring said. "I don't think the president thought of this in his list of priorities." IN OTHER action the council: —Passed an ordinance to annex property owned by Robert and Lillian Thompson. This property, on North Henderson Street, will be the site of the proposed Carl Sandburg Shopping Mall. The council voted 7-1 in favor of the agreement, with the mayor dissenting. —Approved a lease of airport property to the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA). The lease is for 30 years and will enable the FFA to install an instrument See 6 Alderman'- (Continued on Page 3) . ILLINOIS.' Partly cloudy north, fair south and cooler tonight. Wednesday partly aUhny and a little warmer. Low tonight 45-BB. High Wednesday 63-69 north, 67-75 south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Pair and cool tonight, sunny and mild Wednesday. Low tonight around 50. High Wednesday 70s. IOWA: Fair tonight. Increasing cloudiness Wednesday. Low tonight 40a. High Wednesday mostly 70s, LOCAL WEATHER , Noon temperature, 56; morning's low, 84. Sky cloudy. (Monday's maximum, 61; minimum, 88), sun rose today at 8:89 a.m., acts at 8:01 p.m. Precipitation .49 of an inch of rain during past 34 hour*. EXTENDED rOftCCASt ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy Thursday through Saturday, chance of showers Friday nnd Saturday. Low 408-508. High mid 60s-70s. IUVEH STAGES Dubuque—16 ,0 rise 1.5 Davenport—14,1 risa 0 .1 Burlington—17,1 fall 0.3 Keokuk—18.3 no change § u?ncy—aa.4 fall OJ raftoV -U.g rlsa 0.1 Alton -31.6 rile 0,1 a- st. Louia -a7.3 rise O .a _ Capa Oirardaau— 41.9 rlsa 0J Peoria -ai.3 fall t 0 .3 Havana -88.3 fall 0 .1 Beardstown— JS.3 fall 0 .1 St. Charles— ai.6 rise 0 .7 Firm Seeks City Permission to Construct Billboards Two years after the Galesburg City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting the construction of new billboards here a company has asked for permission to erect two outdoor signs. The firm, Tri-City Posting, wants to erect the billboards to correct what it says is a 31- year-old mistake. According to its representatives, Tri-City Posting has rented space for 31 years on the east side of the South Seminary Street subway from the Burlington Northern Railroad, believing the railroad owned the land. City officials, however, recently discovered that an ordinance -adopted in 1902 gave the land to the city. The council asked that the billboards on the land be taken down. After receiving the city's order, Tri-City Posting asked the city to allow it to move the signs back 24 feet onto what is railroad property. Burrel Barash, a Galesburg attorney representing the sign company, and three representatives attended last night's council meeting to appeal for approval of their request. Barash claimed the city can't prohibit all billboards because ' they are not contrary to health, public safety, morals or public welfare. "Billboards are not a nuisance, and state and federal laws do not prohibit them," Barash said. Mayor Robert Cabeen commented later he would like to see all billboards removed from the city. Galesburg, in 1967, adopted an ordinance to remove all billboards from the city within five years, but that ordinance has not yet been enforced. Cabeen said the matter was referred to the City Plan Commission about a year ago for direction, but as yet nothing has been done. City Manager Thomas Herring said Barash could claim the Petitions Seek Officials Ouster OQUAWKA Petitions asking Union School District 115's Board of Education to fire Superintendent of Schools Samuel Wegman and Tfi-Valley Middle School Principal Alan Driskell were being circulated in the school district this month. Wegman and Driskell became the targets of a dissident group of students and parents this spring after the firings of two popular teachers, John'Dye, teacher-coach at Union High School, and Jerry Dale Johnson, who teaches at Tri- Valley. Dye was dismissed by the board in February because he was short several college science credits. Although he claimed he could make up the hours before next fall, the board refused to renew his contract on Wegman's advice. The petitions calling for Wegman's and Driskell's dismissals began circulating after last month's school board meeting, which was attended by a group of irate parents demanding to know why Johnson was not rehired. Johnson had been released by the board on the basis of recommendations by both Wegman and Driskell, his immediate supervisor, who claimed his classes were undisciplined. The petitions will be presented to the board at its next meeting May 21. Swelling Grain Spills in River OQUAWKA — Tons of soybeans and corn spilled into the Mississippi here last month as the flood-swollen river seeped into grain bins at the Wayne Brothers Elevator, causing two of the bins to split open. Employes at the grain elevator said the bins broke when the grain stored inside them swelled up with water and pushed the sides out. No estimate of loss was available, but observers said thousands of bushels of soybeans were either washed away or damaged too badly to be saved. Clean-up operations were getting under way this week as the flooded river began to subside. Part of the grain that spilled out of the broken bins can be salvaged and dried, company officials believe. The price of soybeans was at $7.87 per bushel Monday On the Chicago Board of Trade, and com was at $1.80%. The late-season flood, which crested about three inches above the previous high water mark in Oquawka, was unexpected until a few days before it hit. There was no time to transfer the grain. "I've never seen it (the floodwater) come up so fast before," an employe at the elevator said today. Damage was at the north elevator, which was originally the main elevator constructed of wood, and to a smaller steel bin, a company spokesman said. city's 1971 ordinance is unconstitutional because it is "too sweeping." The ordinance also contains a provision to prohibit mobile homes from being located in residential districts. Cabeen said this should be separated from the billboard section of the ordinance. "We're in a good position to reasonably ask the billboards be removed," Herring said. He added the city could demand back rent from the company. Driver Hospitalized After Crash David E. Barnell, 21, of near Galesburg, was reported in good State Police, Barnell's car Was eastbouhd when he lost con- condition today at Cottage Hospital after his car crashed into trol and crashed into the bridge abutment. He was cited by the East Galesburg overpass of the Burlington Northern police for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Railroad Monday at 1:39 p. m. According to Rock Island House Approves Plan for Lottery By TOM LAUE SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House today passed a state lottery bill its sponsor said would bring at least $75 million a year into the common school fund. Foes called the measure an immoral attack on the work ethic and an exploitation of human weaknesses. i A slightly different version of the lottery proposal, sent to the; Senate 112-59, passed the House! last year but died on the Sen- 1 ate floor. "Yes, this will raise hopes, but I say it will raise false hopes," said Rep. George Ray Hudson, R-Hinsdale. "We owe the people of Illinois more. We owe them the truth. For every! winner, there will be thousands left with nothing but a ticket stub as a consolation prize." Hudson conceded no one would foe forced to buy a lottery ticket whose price at the supermarket, gas station or drug store would be set by a five - member commission appointed by the governor. Desire and Temptation "But we are giving every human desire and temptation a chance to take over," Hudson said. "This taps money from those least able to afford it." Rep. Zeke Giorgi, D-Rockford, denied his bill would make the poor poorer and send welfare costs sky high as some detractors charged. "I have statistics suggesting poor people don't buy tickets," Giorgi said, "because a majority of winners in other states j with lotteries aren't poor." I Giorgi also tried to debunk I the argument a state lottery would put Illinois in the gambling business. "I say this isn't a moral issue. I say we decided a long time ago to use these kinds of funds for the betterment of the citizens when we allowed horse betting after the war and when we passed the bingo legislation several years ago," Giorgi said. Rep. Roscoe Cunningham, R Lawrenceville, said the work ethic "upon which the very well being of this state depends will foe the first casualty of this bill." Won't Stop Working But Giorgi and others pooh- poohed the notion people will stop working just because they have a chance to put some money down on a lottery ticket. "Let's face reality," said Rep. Leland Rayson, D-Tinley Park. "People will gamble Whether or not we have a lottery. It has nothing to do with the work ethic. What we should be doing is taking things like gambling out from under the criminal code and putting other controls on them. "That's what we're doing here," Rayson said. "The lottery should be controlled by other means, as one example, which is what the state would be doing here." The commission members under Giorgi's bill would be appointed by the governor and subject to state Senate confirmation. The governor would See 'Lottery'- (Continued on Page 13) Oquawka Will Get Flood Aid; New Board Takes Over OQUAWKA - Flood control efforts here during April cost the village about $26,000, trustees were told Monday night. As the Mississippi continued it« gradual fall, board members at Town Hall last night sifted through the mountain of bills incurred in the successful fight against the river. FEDERAL assistance from the Office of Emergency Preparedness will pay 80 to 90 per cent of the costs, Trustee Steve Dunn said, adding that the village will still have to pay as much as $3,000. Oquawka, in Henderson County, is one of 33 Illinois counties that became eligible for federal assistance when President Nixon declared them flood disaster areas April 26. Most of the expense here resulted from construction of several new sections of levy and reinforcing work along the entire dam. The river crested here at 24-feet-7 inches, about three inches above the previous record set in 1965. LAST NIGHT'S board meeting was the first for four of the trustees and the village clerk after last month's elections. Former Trustee Joe Colley, who defeated another incumbent trustee — Don Wilson — for board president, appointed Leonard Anderson to fill his vacancy. Other trustees taking their seats for See 'Oquawka'~ (Continued on Page 13) Monday Night County Committee Sees Jail Plans Members of the Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee Monday night got their first look at schematic drawings for a proposed city-county law enforcement center. Willard Larson, R-4th, committee chairman, said both city and county representatives appear satisfied with the architect's last plan for a 3- story building to house the county jail, offices for the Galesburg Police Department and Knox County sheriff, and Galesburg Fire Department facilities. LARSON predicted that the county's share of construe*, tion costs would amount to about 50 per cent. "The jail , floor will be the expensive one," he commented. Committee members asked whether a decision will be sought when the committee and City Council meet jointly within the next two weeks to go over plans, but Larson said the meeting will be for information and no decision asked will be made then. Larson last night also outlined for the committee a plan under which townships would contribute the $13,472 needed for Knox County to participate in a multijurisdic- tional narcotics unit. HE EXPLAINED that the proposal was made by Jack Larson, R-3rd; who then presented the plan to the Galesburg City Council and was asked by Mayor Robert Cabeen to work with City Manager Thomas Herring and come up with a workable plan. Larson said after initial details were worked out, the plan was taken to Wendell Clark, R-5th, head of the township supervisor group, who scheduled a meeting for April 30. He said,township representatives tentatively approved the 22 cents per capita amount, and agreed to take the proposal to their town boards.'He reported that all townships but Indian Point and Lynn have approved, and Herring has reported that Galesburg aldermen seem receptive. TOWNSHIPS and their allocations for joining the unit are City of Galesburg, $7,983; Galesburg Township, $273; Knox Township, $1,030; Cedar, $841; Chestnut, $104; Copley, $178; Elba, $89; Haw Creek, $146; Henderson, $369; Indian Point, $457; Lynn, $95; Maquon, $171; Ontario, $252, Orange, $131; Persifer, $132; Rio, $138; Salem, $280; Sparta, $230; Truro, $220; Victoria, $136, and Walnut Grove, $217. Larson questioned whether recent appointments to the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission would make any difference in that agency's funding of the proposed unit, but Sheriff Rayder Peterson predicted that the unit would be funded by the ILEC. Peterson reported that the security- vestibule for the jail was due for delivery May 21, and three new patrol cars have been .delivered and are on the road. A CENSUS report for April showed that 65 new prisoners were admitted to the jail, with a total of 275 prisoner days. High was April 29 when 19 prisoners were housed, and low was April 12 when there were three. Office Shuffle in Courthouse May Cost County $10,000 The Knox County Board's by the county board into of- Courthouse Committee was ifce space. told Monday night it may cost $10,000 to re-arrange office space in the courthouse. Harold Wilson, R-3rd, told the committee he had received a cost estimate of about $5,000 to install temporary walls to separate proposed quarters for the state's attorney from a client-attorney consultation room and to construct a wall to divide the third floor room now occupied UNDER A plan proposed several weeks ago, the board room would be divided to provide office space for the supervisor of assessments and the county clerk; the quarters of the chief judge would be moved to space now occupied by the supervisor of assessments, and the traffic division See 'Office'- (Continued on Page 3) sea grass baskets . . . from the peoples republic of china come these purrfectly woven baskets . . lovely designs woven in various reds, greens, and yellows on a natural background . . . numerous shapes and sizes in nesting baskets priced individually from 95c . . . calico cat monday & friday 10-9 weekdays & Saturday 10-5 78 to. seminary, galesburg phont 342-3212

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