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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, May 18, 1973
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2 GaleSbufo fteQistef'MaiK^lfsbura, 111. Friday, May18, 1973 Regional Officials Move to Iowa Link Could Endanger Funds, Group Is Told Weather and River Stages By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) MACOMB — The West Central Illinois Regional Council of Public Officials (WORCPO) Thursday took the first step toward joining the Southeast Iowa Planning Commission in a bi-state regional affiliation. The resolution adopted by the council drew opposition from the state Department of Local Government Affairs (DLGA) and a warning that the council could lose its funding because of the action. Council members adopted, by a 7-1 vote, a resolution calling for WCIRCPO's executive committee and the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission to meet regularly to study benefits of a bi-state group. WCIROPO is the 6-county planning agency certified by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for sewer, water and open space programs. The council is funded by the state DLGA and includes the counties of Knox, Warren, Henderson, Hancock, Fulton and McDonough With a population Of about 193,000. The Southeast Iowa group encompasses Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. A combination of the two agencies into a 10-county region would cover approximately 6,000-square miles with a population of 350,000. Stewart Schrodt, DLGA representative, said h i s agency backs the cooperative spirit but said he was reluctant to approve action if it would splinter either group. "Your first priority should be to make the West Central agency strong ... it is relatively new," Schrodt said, ern Illinois University representative on the council, said that present boundaries may not be effective 20 years from now and suggested that combination of the two organizations may lie in the future. Representatives of the two councils met several weeks ago. A McDonough County representative said his county board had had a lengthy discussion on the merits of remaining in the organization before reaching a decision to contribute to next year's budget. "The mandate was to see what this council could do to assist the county. We should complete projects to benefit the group now rather than 20 years from now," he said. Aid. Frank Johnson, Galesburg representative, was one New. Old Presidents Donald White, left, became president of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce during the board of directors' annual reorganization meeting Thursday afternoon at the Sheraton Motor Inn. White fills the post held for the past year by Roy H. Pearson Jr. Appreciation awards were presented during the after­ noon to retiring directors and committee chairmen. White and Pearson are expected to report briefly on past and future chamber activities during the organization's annual membership meeting next Tuesday night at Knox College. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) House Bans Bear Traps SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The House Agriculture Committee, with a 40-inch, saw-toothed, steel bear trap sitting on a table in front of the members, Thursday voted to outlaw the use of such devices in Illinois. The traps work by catching an animal's leg and holding it until the trapper returns to check the device. Witnesses said animals often twist or chew off their own legs to escape from the traps and that the devices cause great pain to trapped animals. Rep. John Edward Porter, R-Evanston, who sponsored the measure, told the panel more humane traps are available which do an equally effective job. Panel Okays 'Aging' Cabinet SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — The House Executive Committee Thursday voted to create a cabinet level Illinois Department of Aging. "The strength of this program will be not so much in dollars but in its dignity and visibility," said Lt. Gov. Neil Hartigan, the prime force behind the idea. Hartigan was joined by House leaders of both parties in endorsing the bill, sent 23-0 to the floor. Borchers 'Perversion 9 Bill Fails SPRINGFIELD (UPI) — Rep. Webber Borchers, R-Decatur, failed Thursday in an attempt to have the Gay People's Alliance at Illinois State University declared a perversion. Borchers asked the House Higher Education Committee to scold the university for providing the group with $1,400, money which he said was used "to support perversion." He said a group of students had complained that part of their mandatory student fee was used each semester to support the alliance. The resolution lost 9-2 after an ISU spokesman said the alliance was not considered perverted and used the funds to educate students on homosexuality. Voters May Get ERA Say-So SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - The Illinois House Executive Committee voted 12-6 Thursday to give the voters an advisory voice in the equal rights for women controversy. Sponsored by Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Park Ridge, the bill would ask voters at the 1974 general election whether they favor the equal rights amendment guaranteeing women the same legal treatment as men. The vote would not be binding. The ERA has failed three times in the House in the last two years. County Road Unit Awards Firms Pacts The Knox County Board's Highway Committee this morning awarded contracts for township road work to be completed this summer. Gunther Construction Co. was successful bidder on maintenance work to be done on roads in Elba and Henderson townships with bids of $12,040 and $20,862. Moline Consumers Co., with a $8,603 bid and Cedar Co., Galesburg, with a bid of $1,974, were awarded contracts for work in Walnut Grove Township. ABINGDON ROCK CO. submitted the low bid of $4,954 for work on roads in Chestnut Township. Brown Construction Co., Alpha, submitted low bids for removing old structures and installing new culvert four miles northeast of Gilson on County Road 12 and one mile north of Appleton on County Road 12. Bids were for $2,300 and $4,936 for the two projects. Representatives of McElroy-Roland Equipment Co., Springfield, made a presentation on the rental and purchase of a Drott excavating machine. Rental fee for the machine is $2,200 a month for a minimum of four months, and purchase of the machine after the 4-month rental period was set at $43,900. THE FIRM had met earlier with the committee, but the committee objected on both occasions to the 4-month minimum rental period. Jack Witt, county highway superintendent, told the committee a similar machine has been rented from a Princeville construction contractor for a fee of $30 an hour and will start work the first of the week on the road west of Abingdon. Max Robinson, committee chairman, told members this morning that if a decision is reached that the machine is needed, bids would be sought. of those speaking in favor of the cooperative effort, citing such problems as roads and bridges which need mutual consideration. THE COUNCIL approved a tentative budget of $76,134 for the next fiscal year. The budget includes $54,600 for staff, $3,721 for benefits such as FICA tax and health insurance, $11,350 for operating costs and $6,463 for contingencies. The budget proposes that $23,464 come'from participating governments, $47,720 from state and federal funds and $4,950 from in-kind services. Schrodt said he was certain it would not receive the $40,000 anticipated from DLGA. He said the amount could be up to $35,000. Richard Gale, WCIRCPO director, said the group should not depend on federal funds but should build a stable base of its Own. Proposed county contributions to the budget an Knox, $6,128; Fulton, $4,189; Hancock, $2,365; Henderson, $845; McDonough, $3,665, and Warren, $2,159. GALE TOLD the press prior to the meeting that the increased budget was designed to maintain certification to qualify for federally - funded programs, to add a communications person to the staff and to enlarge citizen participation. In other action, the council: —Authorized the executive committee to receive all resolutions, endorsements and requests for study in order to channel information to the council members. —Established executive, environmental resource and human resource committees. -Ordered a study and possible recommendations tot revision of the bylaws. -Agreed to accept the decision of the state Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities regarding the purchase of Robert Morris College to establish Carthage State University; The resolution assumes that the board will not favor the establishment of another state university at this time. —Endorsed the recommendation of Johnson as a representative to the multi-county regional planning agency of the State Rural Development Advisory Council. —Endorsed the Bushnell Community Recreational and Cultural Center. —Concurred with plans for spot highway improvements in Henderson and Fulton counties. School Teachers Approve Proposed 205 Pay Raises By iLARRY REED (Staff Writer) A proposed pay schedule with a base salary of $8,130 and a top of $15,007 a year has been approved by School Distract 205's teaching staiff. The plain, prepared by the school board's negotiating tarn, must be ratified by (the eriiire board ait its May 29 meeting before it can be put into dBfect for the 1973-74 academic term. The tochers, by voting 296-85 to accept 'the proposal, apparently have brought ne- gfotoalttans to a conclusion. This year's bargaiindng talks began March 21. In past years negotiators spent many monihs hammering out a contract. BEGINNING teachers with bachelor's degrees would receive itlhe new base salary of $8,130 — up $230 from (he present storting level of $7,900. A new feature in this year's plan is the addition of another step on the top of the salary schedule. The plan calls for instructors with master's degrees, 32 hours of graduate training and 19 years of experience to receive $15,007. This would replace the present top of $14,285 attained after 18 years of experience. Lowell Betsworth, chairman of the board's bargaining team, said this was the first adjustment in the salary index in a number of years. In addition to increased salaries, the board would pay 80 per cent of teachers' insur­ ance premiums. Along with this teachers have agreed to retain for another three years the master contract due to expire June 30. When negotiations began in March it appeared that a number of other litems in the contract would be subject to discussion. However, teachers seemed content with the operational phase of the contract. Betsworth pointed out that the only negotiable items while the contract is in force aire salaries and related fringe benefits. Betsworth said he would have to study the new salary schedule before he could estimate how much it would cost the district. : r';' * t Lions Broom Sale The Galesburg Lions Club will hold its annual broom sale Wednesday to raise funds to help the blind and visually handicapped. Displaying samples of the products they will be selling are Lions Club members, from left, Harold Canada, third vice president; Roy HUgenberg, president; Ronald Pearson, chairman of the broom sale project; and Robert Work, co-chairman of the project. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.) The Galesburg Sanitary District may receive $420,000 in federal funds because of an amendment to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act passed in 1972. A section of the act entitles districts to 55 per cent reimbursement for costs of treatment plants constructed before 1972 pollution requirements were enacted. When the Galesburg treatment plant was built, it complied with 1967 specifications. It was completed in 1971, and in 1972 new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements were passed, and the district had to make plans to update the plant. When the old treatment plant was built the district received 33 per cent of the cost from the federal EPA. The district now is entitled to 22 per cent additional reimbursement. The 1972 amendment, in addition to prescribing new standards for treatment plants, states those districts which completed construction between June 30, 1966, and July 1, 1972, are entitled to the reimbursement. DISTRICTS just now beginning construction of treatment plants also may receive 55 per cent reimbursement. G. W. Henderson, sanitary district superintendent, conjectured that the authors of the amendment probably felt that communities which already had started construction were entitled to the same consideration v "This is a supposition on my part. I have no idea what went on in the minds of the great in Washington," he added. Asked if he thought Galesburg would actually receive the money, Henderson said things look favorable. And the reimbursement, to his knowledge, can be spent in any way. Henderson now is filing the application for the 22 per cent reimbursement. But the federal EPA has not yet disbursed any of this money because it has not formed regulations for its dispersal. LOCAL WBAfHER Noon temperature. morMng * low, 45. Sky clear. (ThWJdty • maximum. 67;.minimum,,38.) Sun rose today at 8:43 a.m., sets at B.U p.m. ILLINOIS: Fair Sunday through Tuesday, codling Sunday and Monday then warning ^esday. Sunday low mid 40s to mid 80s; high «0s. Monday low mostly 40s; high m d eos to low 70s. Tuesday low* *w 4M to mid 80S; high 70s. Inmate MVt!H ITArJEft Dubuque—toil 0.5 ^ Davenport—1«\7 fall 0.8 fiurlington-^lfl.7 fall 0.8 § ulney-^!,2 rm 0.1 rafton—22,2 rise 0,1 St. Louh--33.7 fall 4.8 _ Cape Glrardeau-40,7 fall 0.7 LaSa]lfr r -18,g > fall 0.5 Peorla-18.3 fall 0.V S avana-18.4 fall 0.8 eardstown--io.» till 0,8 St. Charles-J4,3 fall 1.7 es From Mercer Jail ALEDO — Authorities from Western Illinois and Iowa were searching today for a 19-year-old inmate who fled from the Mercer County Jail Thursday about 11:20 p. m. after allegedly stealing a revolver from the sheriff's office. Authorities said the escapee, LeRoy Brasmer, of the Sherrard area, a trusty at the jail, was cleaning the sheriff's office when he apparently took the gun and left. " He was gone about 5-6 minutes before a Jailer was aware of his absence. Brasmer was serving a 6-month sentence for burglary. About two months of his sentence remained, a spokesman in Mercer County Sheriff Wanren Demick's office said this morning. The gun Brasmer reportedly took was not loaded and authorities said no ammunition was missing. Brasmer should be considered dangerous, authorities said. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Rock Island were in touch with Mercer County authorities this morning, but had not been called into the case at noon today. Bill Could Spur Renewal Project Galesburg may have an opportunity for downtown renewal, under terms of a bill approved Tuesday by the Cities and Villages Committee of the Illinois House. The bill would permit establishing a separate body which could do the type of renovation proposed by developers Harland Bartholomew & Associates. The developers hired by the city some months ago prepared a plan for beautifying the downtown area with a dowtown mall concept. The plan was submitted to city officials and downtown businessmen and now is being studied by the downtown interests. REDEVELOPMENT proposals for Galesburg include the formation of a non-profit organization which would manage the project. Local businessmen interested in this type of organization are scheduled to visit other Illinois cities such as Decatur, where groups were formed to implement downtown redevelopment. The bill passed by the House committee and sponsored by Rep. John Porter, R-Evanston, would enable creation of a central business district commisison appointed by the mayor. The commission could, on approval of the City Council, acquire property by purchase, gift or through general obligation or revenue bonds, or a combination of these. "THESE ARE very broad powers," said Richard E. Johnson, a Galesburg businessman instrumental in the redevelopment project here. "It sounds like a pretty good thing." Johnson said he will send for a copy of the bill to study all its provisions. Three of these, subject to council approval, would empower the commission to approve or reject all redevelopment proposals in the central business district, using the city's general plan as a guide; enable it to recommend use of the city's condemnation powers to acquire property, and to act as an agent of the city in applying for federal or state grants. "It gives the downtown group a legal vehicle to make improvements in the central business district," City Manager Thomas Herring said. "It could benefit Galesburg, assuming persons in the central business district want to go ahead." PORTER SAID that even though cities under home rule powers may already be able to create central business district commissions, this bill would spell out these powers and strengthen them. Herring agreed and said Galesburg may already be able to create a commission, but he said some home rule city would probably have to go to court and test the law first Sanitary District May Get $420,000 in Federal Funds Galesburg Firm Low Bidder For Lock-Dam Area Paving Gunther Construction Co., Galesburg submitted the apparent low bid of $65,012 to the Rock Island District Corps of Engineers Thursday to resurface the access road, roadways and parking areas at Lock and Dam 18 south of Oquawka with asphaltic concrete. The only other bid received was from Worley's Asphalt and Paving Co., Burlington, for $92,670. Government estimate* for the project was $61,752. The access road to Lock & Dam 18 is 1.25 miles long and connects with a county road. The asphaltic surfacing will be two inches thick and 20 feet wide and will cover the entire road. The roadways in the lock and dam area to be resurfaced are 440 feet long and 17 feet wide. Existing parking areas will also be resurfaced. The roadway at the lock and dam will also be extended 400 feet upstream. Work is to begin within 15 days after the successful bidder receives notice to proceed, and the roadways are to be completed and opened to traffic by Aug. 31. Half of the road will be resurfaced at a time to allow access to the lock and dam during the construction period. Budget Bureau Head Named While Hovey Is Hospitalized SPRINGFIELD (UPI)— The governor's office announced Thursday that Weston E. Nellius will be acting director of the budget bureau during the absence of Director Harold Hovey who iS hospitalized due to nervous exhaustion. Nellius, who has been assistant director of the bureau since January, will serve for an indefinite period. Hovey, appointed budget director Jan. 3, was granted a leave of absence with pay after he was admitted to Springfield Memorial Hospital on Satur­ day. Doctors said he was suffering "severe exhaustion brought on by considerable stress." Norton Kay, press secretary to Gov. Daniel Walker, said Hovey had "real problems" and would remain in the hospital for a rest. The 34-year-old Hovey helped put together Walker's first budget and was deeply involved in the controversy surrounding it Prior to thaj; he was director of finance in Ohio and was an associate professor of economics, political science and public- administration at Ohio State University. ) V

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