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May 24, 1973

Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 2

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% Gotesburg fteg !5ter *Majl,Galesbura, HI. Thursday, May 24,1973 County Stands Firm on Standards For Reclamation of Stripmined Land f Weather and River Stages i By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) The Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday stood firm on its reclamation standards for land stripmined in tbe county. Ralph Hawthorne read the board's decision which concluded: "It is not tbe intent of the Board of Appeals to deprive the petitioner i Midland Coal Co.) of retrieving subsurface coal, but the board believes that this resource should not be gotten at the expense of destroying and losing forever a more valuable resource in the county — its good agricultural soils." In deciding to stand firm in the conditions it set down after hearings July 5 and 19. 1972. the board said its reclamation standards are not technically unfeasible since adequate equipment exists to restore the land. Tbe decision also said that although Mid- See "Need for Sfripmtiiing Reclamation Clear," Commentary by Michael Johnson on Page 4 of Today's Galesburg Register-Man. land had demonstrated that reclamation of stripped land for row crop purposes could be expensive, the firm had failed to produce records which might have proved its contention of financial unfeasibility. IN RESPONSE to Midland's application for a conditional use permit to stripmine land in Victoria Township May 23, 1972. the board stipulated that the top six feet of soil must be set aside and restored at the end of stripping: that the land must be restored to its original contour, that reclamation shall be simultaneous with, mining and completed within six months of the final cut. and that a performance bond of $1.000-an-acre be posted. Tbe coal company responded through its attorney July 31. 1972. that the conditions were not technically and economically feasible and sought a rehearing. The rehearing convened Sept. 20, 1972, and continued on Sept. 29, 1972, Jan. 24 and March 22. The board has had the matter under consideration since the March session. Modifications made yesterday to the Original stipulations include changing the word "topsoil" to read "overburden or original cover mate­ rial'' and amending the condition on completion of reclamation from six months following the final cut to six months following the end of the permit year. THE ZONING board said it took the position that the economic future of the county, which is tied to the proper conservation and management of its soils, is of greater importance than the shortrange competitive position of the coal company. The permit on which the original stipulations were set is now about to expire, and the coal company has filed another application for permit with the state Department of Mines and Minerals. The Knox County Board earlier this month filed an objection with the department asking that tbe permit to mine be denied until the county's conditions are met. Wendell Clark, R-5th, chairman of the board's Reclamation Committee, said that the coal company's reclamation proposed on the application was no improvement over that of last year. Representatives of the coal company had earlier intimated that it would take the case to court if the county stood by its reclamation standards. THE FIRM last month also filed an application to be allowed to construct a new coal processing plant in Victoria Township. The Zoni / Board of Appeals now biv der consideration a requestior zoning change which would allow the construction. Hawthorne told coal company representatives following the reading of the decision that the board expected word from the coal company within 30 days on what action the company will take. In other action at the hearing at the Kufus Building, Altona, the board denied the request of Rufus Gatlin for a zoning change from rural residential to highway business to allow the construction of a garage on Pennsylvania Avenue. THE BOARD recessed to inspect the site after hearing the request of Rodger L. Olson tor a zoning change from rural residential to restricted industrial in walnut Grove Township. The chairman said a decision on the request will be held until a future meeting. Harold Selman, speaking for the petitioner, said Olson wants to move the house that occupies the land in question and sell to Altona Grain Co. He said land involved is comprised of two lots, each » by 132 feet. Plans call for a 50- by 100-foot warehouse to be built for the storage of bulk feed. He contended that the zoning change would generate revenue for the village. About a dozen objectors spoke at length against the petition, citing noise, dust pollution and traffic hazards as reasons the petition should not be granted. rLLTNOrS: Mostly cloudy tonlrtht with chahce of s!iaw«r« and thunderstorms; lows 48-SS north /tnd mostly in the 60» south. Cloudy nftd cooler Friday, occasional rain likely and chance of showers south; highs 57-63 north and mostly In the 60s south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Considerable cloudiness tonight and Friday with a period or two of showers and thunderstorms ending hy Friday afternoon. Low tonlRht 85-60. High Friday in the 70s. IOWA: Mostly cloudy and cooler tonight and Friday with occasional rain likely; lows tonight upper 40s north to lower 50s south. h)#hs Friday 80s north and east to lower 70s southwest. LOCAL WEATHER Noon temperature, 68; morning's 8:88 a .m., maximum, rose today 8;ifi p.m. •ete at EXTENDED ttXkttkn 1LMNOT8: MosUy cloudy Saturday through Monday *»lth ahowers likely Sunday or Monday, niveit "irA -6ti Duhu(iue--13.0 a fafl 0.7 rjavenport-JZ.8 fall 0.1 Burlington—lB.fl 1*11 0.4 3rafton -23.4 Ml 0.3 Alton-38.1 ttll 0.1 st. Louis-30.4 rue o I Cape .Girardeau—38.9 fiU 0.(1 LaSalIe~l«.4 toll 0.7 Peorla-l«.G fall 0.2 Havana—18.0 fait OA Beafdstown -17 8 fall 0 8 St. Charles— 22.2 rlM 0.4 orial Day Parade, Services Scheduled Rev. Ordell Peterson, pas- ,ior of First Lutheran Church, -prill deliver the Memorial Day address Monday at Hope Cemetery, Academy and Main streets. Activities will begin with a parade starting at 10 a.m. at Chambers and Main streets and continuing to Hope Cemetery. Parade officials said that all units planning to march must assemble at 9:30 a.m. on Chambers Street, between Main and North streets. 7 The program at the cemetery will also include a service by the Galesburg Women's Relief Corps and the placing of a poppy wreath by Miss Poppy, Laura E r i c k s o n, Galesburg. REV. RAYMOND C. Swanson, visitation pastor of First Lutheran Church, will give the benediction and taps and a rifle volley will be presented by the combined firing squads cf Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 and the Galesburg VFW Post. A roll call of all Knox County veterans who died during tbe past year will be read. The Women's Relief Corps will conduct a service at Lin­ coln Park for veterans buried at sea. In the event of bad weather Memorial Day services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Home, 571 E. North St. Graves of veterans will be decorated. A spokesman for the Central Patriotic Committee, which is coordinating Memorial Day activities here, said families of veterans whose graves are missed, may obtain flags at the sexton's office at Linwood Cemetery. THE ANNUAL Avenue of Flags event will be conducted Saturday at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Seventy-six large American flags wiil be displayed around the drives of the cemetery, located along U.S. 150 one mile north of Lake Storey. The display will be in recognition of deceased veterans of the various branches of the service. The flags will be provided by relatives of deceased veterans. The graves of 203 veterans buried at Oak Lawn will be decorated with individual flags. With the exception of some grocery stores, most Gales­ burg businesses will be closed on Memorial Day. Only special delivery mail will be processed by the Galesburg Post Office. All financial institutions, industry, city, county, state and federal offices and the Galesburg Public Library will be closed Monday. The Galesburg Register-Mail will not publish. No refuse will be collected Monday because of the holiday, according to George Shannon, city sanitarian. Refuse on all routes will be col- /-< ii A • . lected one day late, he said. L>Oliege AppOllllS Hhtory Teacher Appointment of Dr. George F. Steckley to the Knox College faculty was announced today by Dr. Lewis S. Salter, Knox executive vice president and dean of the college. The Kendallville, Ind.. native will hold the rank of in- Teacher Pay Plan Expected To Be Passed at 205 Meet A new pay plan for teachers is expected to be approved Monday night by School District 205 Board of Education. The plan, prepared by the school board's negotiating team, was approved by the leaching staff earlier this month. The new pay schedule includes a base salary of $8 ,130 and a top of $15,007 a year. In addition, the board would pay 80 per cent of teachers' insurance premiums. Along with this, teachers have agreed to retain for another three years the master contract due to expire June 30. The board will also consider purchase of updated editions of mathematics and science textbooks. Tribute will be paid to retiring teachers and administrators before the meeting. $193.6 Million U. S. Registers Trade Surplus For First Time in 18 Months Dr. George F. Steckley Illinois Representative Pans Foreign Trade Restrictions CHICAGO (UPI)—Rep. John]for an expanded and improved B. Anderson, R-Ill., said todayjprogram to assist workers and that Illinois' economy could suf-j industries hit by import compe- fer an annual beating of $1.5 lotion through retraining, tax uve win nom me ran* 01 m billion and the loss of 150,000 credits and other incentives to structor in the college's his help them enter other fields jobs if efforts to impose new restrictions on U.S. foreign trade are successful. Anderson, chairman of the House Republican Conference, directed his remarks at the u u<jvc ^ ^ ai Burke-Hartke bill now, before\ Louis firemen to burn down Congress. Passage of the bill, > condemned buildings in an ef- Anderson said, would "have a fort to speed ^ city - s urban tory department. Earning his A.B. degree magna cum laude with honors at Oberlin College in 1965, Steckley went on to receive at GHS These seniors rank as the top 10 academically in the 1973 graduating class at Galesburg High School. They are from left, beginning at front, David Halpern; second row, Patti Webber and Linda Reynolds; third row, Karen Martin and Terri Adams; fourth row, Debbie Spiker, JoAnne Colburn and Kay Tax Bills Are To Be Mailed Over Weekend George Shirck Jr., Knox County Treasurer, said today that tax bills to county residents will be placed in the mail Friday and Saturday. Due date for taxes will be July 2, with second installment payments due Sept. 1. Shirck said statements for dog tax will be included in this year's mailing on a state'. ment which will be marked a p . dog tax. He said that while no designation has been made showing the deduction of $1,500 for homestead exemption for persons over 65, the amount has been deducted on statements of those persons who filed proper forms. Funds to Kiiox Ford Motor Company Fund has donated $5,000 to the Associated Colleges of Illinois, a fund-raising agency for 28 private Illinois colleges and universities, including Knox College in Galesburg. Ford Motor Company Fund is a non-profit corporation operated for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. It is supported primarily by contributions from Ford Motor Co. Carr, and fifth row, Ralene Petrie and Rosemary Godsil. Some 620 seniors will be graduated in commencement exercises June 5 at 8 p. m. in tbe school auditorium. Baccalaureate services will be conducted June 3 at 8 p. m. in the auditorium. devastating impact on citizen of this state." Anderson's remarks were prepared for delivery before a luncheon meeting of the Chicago Kiwanis Club. He said the bill sponsored by Sen. Vance Hartke, D-Ind., and Rep. James A. Burke, D-Mass., would impose across-the-board quotas on imports and eliminate investment incentives of multinational companies. Anderson conceded, that foreign imports have hurt some industries but said a solution does not lie in "constructing ever higher walls of protectionism." Instead, he urged for improvement of federal efforts to assist hard-hit industries and called Resolution Cooled EAST ST. LOUIS, M. (UPI) —The City Council has rejected a proposed resolution that his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees would have required East St. in history from the University of Chicago in 1967 and 1972. Steckley's chief research interest is European economic history. WASHINGTON (UPI) Commerce Secretary Frederick B. Dent announced today the United States registered a trade surplus in April of $193.6 million—its first in 18 months. At a news conference, Dent said: "This is a constructive development from the standpoint of international markets." He cautioned however that "monthly figures are not necessarily indicative of longer trends." The surplus was based on exports of $5,487,000,000, up 2 per cent from March, and imports of $5,291,000,000 down 2.6 per cent. Imports declined for the second successive month. I "Most of the favorable shift! in the April trade balance] resulted from a decline in the! deficit with Canada" Dent; said. ! "The continued improvement i in our trade position in April is thought to be significant since j exports are showing considera -i ble strength and imports are : turning sluggish," he said. "These trends indicate that the currency shifts of the past two years are having a stimulating effect on sales of U.S. made goods ... and are dampening our purchases of foreign products." Dent added: "It is too early, however, to predict the extent of improvement in the trade balance for the year as a whole." He also cautioned of passible "perverse effects" of the dollar devaluation in February that "have not surfaced in the figures here." Grant to Aledo SPRINGFIELD - Apollo Elementary School at Aledo is one of 33 schools in Illinois which have each been awarded a $5,000 "right to read" grant. The program is sponsored by the U .S. Office of Education with a goal of achieving "functional literacy in more than 90 per cent of the population by 1980." The money is to go for instructional materials. every renewal program UPOVTED Mmmmm* Good Mrs. Genevieve Hagerty. right, of the Visiting Nurses Assn. assisted Costa School nurse Mrs. Mary Dodson today in administering polio immunization to students at the schooi. Here Stephen Leahy. 5. at left, and his brother David, 6, sons of Mr. and Mrs. WilJiam Leahy, 2797 Costa Drive, prepare to sample sugar cubes containing the vaccine. So far more than 15.000 doses of polio vaccine have been administered this spring to children in Knox County. (Register-Mail photo by Dale Humphrey.,) ILLINOIS' MOST POPUIAI JEWELERS 241 E. Main St. Muter Chug*, American Expxtu, Bank Am«ric»rd and Charga Account* Invited 214 E. Main St. Ph. 342-1313 4

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