Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 8, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 8, 1973
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> 1 I Friday. June S, 1973 4 w By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) The Galesburg City Council heard more ten two hours ol n Weather and River es Council and City Plan Commission meetings on the amendment. They oppose its and maintain that the devel- mercial debate on a amendment to a pre-anmexa- tion agreement with Western Es tates Development Corp. Thursday night and decided to bring the item back for further consideration June 18. For the past three weeks residents of Parkwest Subdivision have attended City controversial °P 6r Mt ttustwrthy. Ihie first time Robert property, by Main Street and Linwood Road, would be used for a shopping center. Deete now plans to sei this property andl additional lots to Fesler bordered called Kings Canyon Boulevard be built before Dec. 31, Stoerzbadi, attorney for Motors for a ni8W car deater " developer Donald Deets, came before the plan commission, he asked (that 2-3 iots be rezoned for commercial use to enlarge previously zoned commercial property. At first residents were told the com- Aldermen Dump The City Council Thursday unanimously rejected an amendment to the city sign ordinance calling for the elimination of all billboards in Galesburg within a year. Even Mayor Robert Cabeen, author of the proposal, voted against it. "I'd like to support the ordinance I initiated but I would hate to be in conflict with the council/' he explained. The ordinance was recom- City Council Members Rap BN Crossing mended by the mayor after Tri-City Posting Co. requested permission to erect two billboards on Burlington Northern Railroad property about two months ago. The mayor, in looking over past ordinances, found one passed in 1967 which provided for the phasing out of billboards in residential sections within five years. The ordinance, however, was never enforced. ship. Residents objected to the additional lots being rezoned. They asked for some kind of a buffer between commercial property and their land and for a guarantee that a road Billboard Various council members gave their reasons for voting against Cabeen's ordinance last night. Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, said he thought billboards had their proper place." This is an ordinance that is wrong because it eliminates a business," Johnson contended. Aid. Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward, called the ordinance 1974, when the pre-annexaton agreement expires. At the next Plan Commission meeting residents agreed to allow two lots to be rezoned for commercial purposes, received word from Sbo6rzbach that two rows o£ pletion of the road by 1974. At the council meeting last night Stoerzbadi produced a letter from Farmers and Mechanics Bank stating that the developers are to build the road by 1974 or the bank would build it "as soon possible thereafter." The bank received csti- wilh ohrmce of n few evenInj umn rieratormfT north, fulr <* ntrjl find south. Saturday «f 08 i^ flunyY n mite cooler nort h; con It nu ed very wnrm centrnt and fimi h. how TO night 60s. High Snturdny low BOB north, mid or upper AOs central And south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Fair nnd also requested ft* * Saturday 88-00, Stoerzbach another change in the amendment which would provide for construction of a small Shop- of about 300 center sqliare feet between West Main Street and Linwood as> Road. r One resident became angry and said Stoerzbach had o™e „ *E ZSt S, la*. *«-. to *T «*— changed tte amendment at Wanted -for a buffor and ask- Jntf demrbment which siadd the d ... IOWA: Threat of thundwjtorma east .tonlfhti '5^ west. Fait'Sat­ urday. Low tonight upper BOS northwest, 60s south and east. High Saturday 60s, LOCAL WEAfMER f , Noon temperature, 82: morning:.s low" 63. Sky clear, (Thursday s Johnson Case rose today at fi:3i a.m., sew nt A;27 p.m. _ EXTENDED TOM CAM ILLINOIS: Fair Sunday llifough Tuesday. Highs 70s to low AOs. Lows fiOfl to low AOs. HtVRft MAMt Dubuque—14.7 fall O.fl fall 0.2 Burlington-16. rise 0.2 KeokUfc~*l6,4' rise 0,2 Quinoy~i8.d rise 0.2 drafton-26,7 fall 0.1 Alton—22.8 fflll 0.1 Cape Glrardeau-3S.0 fall 0.2 St. Louis-28,9, no ehanlt Peorla-17.3 A rise 0.2 LaSalle-20.3 fall 0.2 Havana-lfl.2 ho ghAnn Beardslown-17,3 fall 0.4 St. Charles—23.5 fall 0.2 planted for a buffer and asked that a performance bond be obtained to guarantee com- which road could be built for $43,620. See 'Council (Continued on Page 13) V Ban Amendment "pretty restrictive." He likened it to the old sheriff's posse threatening a criminal to get out of town or else. Second Ward Aid. Curtis Erickson said, "I know we have state and national regulations but billboards aren't outlawed." The attorney for Tri-City Posting, Burrel Barash, then gave an interpretation of the law. 'There is a specific statute in Illinois that gov­ erns powers of a city as far as billboards are concerned," said Barash. "A city can regulate and control the location of billboards but cannot prohibit them.'' He added billboards are not a detriment to public health, morals, safety or welfare. "Obviously it must be illegal if'Mr. Barash says it it," quipped Cabeen. He then registered his no vote. n ingDispu tels Cen terA ttracti n talker's Deputy Fired Man h Bv ROBERT KIECKHEFER i also said his investigation Was (UPI) SPRINGFIELD Gov. Daniel Walker's chief dep De Grazla, says is Victor Johnson Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, Thursday night again criticized the Burlington Northern Railroad for the poor condition of the Fremont Street crossing. Riifus Gatlin, owner of a local wrecker service, was the center of attention during a portion of the City Council 1 (meeting last night. Gatlin for the past few weeks has been confronted with a zoning problem which The City Council then de- imdves the the ^ cided to seek a legal opinion to see what can be done to help a man who told Johnson his car sustained $87 damage while driving over the crossing. The man, Johnson said, related he had filed a claim voucher with the railroad asking for the cost of repair. Days later railroad officials reportedly informed thp man the damage was not the railroad's fault. "If the railroad is trying to improve public relations with the city, this is the wrong way of going about it," Johnson commented. About a month ago, Johnson suggested the city block the crossing if the railroad did not repair it. "Soon after I made that statement the railroad did start working on it and caused some problems," he said. People have complained to Johnson that spikes h^ve been sticking up in the road causing damage to cars. Aid. Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward, also offered comments. "This has been going on for years. I think it is time we did something about it, and I think we can." More Money Means More and a newly-passed city ordinance. He was taken off a city rotation list for wrecker services about three months ago because he did not have a fenced-in area in which to store towed vehicles. The ifenced^n area was a requirement of the new city ordinance. Gatlin is attempting to get a piece of property on Penn­ sylvania. Avenue rezoned to allow obstruction of a 50x70 foot metal building to be used for vehicle storage. But part of the land is located in the city and part in a rural residential area of the county. He asked the county to change the zoning to a commiercial ' classification. However, the City Council and three neighbors objected to the proposed rezoning and the board of zoning appeals) • deferred action* on -the request. At the council meeting last night Second Ward Aid. Curds Erickson said he did' not believe the council treated Gatlin fairly in objecting to the rezoning. At the time, he •added, the alderment thought Gatlin was going to build a fenced-in area and no building. "The building would be an asset to the area," Erickson contended. Fourth Ward Aid. W. C. Jackson agreed with Erickson's statements.' He added (there is a "bunch of empty space without any use at all." Mayor Robert Cabeen suggested a study be made of the whole area to see what the best use might be. Gatlin's case comes up before the county board again Monday. The incident at the meeting started after Erickson asked the council to amend the auto towing resolution to remove the fencing requirements for vehicle storage areas. The council delayed action on the amendment. First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson explained Mi a t the purpose of the rule was to guard against thefts of merchandise in damaged vehicles. He cited two instances in which money had been stolen from wrecked vehicles. "This and this only is what we have to sit up here and think about." Robert Eichhorn uty, Lawrence E. flat out liar" tor charging he was fired because of an investigation of the Anthony Angelos affair. Both De Grazia and Walker said Thursday Jobnson was ousted from his head of the state Liquor Control Commission because he refused to accept budget cuts proposed by the administration. The Angelos investigation did not enter into the decision, they said. position as • * new club president Doesn't Believe Them made it Exchange Club's conference Johnson, however, clear at a news that he does not believe Walker or other administration of- OtflCerS Installed ffcials. "That impasse left it up a legislative subcommittee Meeting Set On New Jail Pap er Work More paper work is in store for local governmental units receiving federal revenue sharing funds. The Office of Revenue Sharing has required that planned- use reports be filed for each entitlement period of revenue sharing. The planned-use report will detail how funds will be spent, obligated or appropriated. The report is due June 1!0 for the third entitlement period, which began in January and ends June 30, according to Don Viane, city director of finance. The city's planned-use report for the third period shows that $280,072 will be spent for street construction and $27,000 will be spent on land acquisition for recreation. This money is a portion of the $1.17 million revenue sharing budget the City Council passed last month. THE OFFICE of Revenue Sharing had not required such reports for the first two entitlement periods, which occurred in 1972. It will, however, require that actual-use reports be filed on these first two periods by March 1, 1974. An actual-use report for the third entitlement period must also be submitted on or before Sept. 1, 1973: This report also must be published in the newspaper, according to federal government rules. Plans for a joint city-county law enforcement building will be examined at a meeting of members of the Galesburg City Council and Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee June 14 at 8 p.m. Wiilard Larson, R4th, jail committee chairman, told members Thursday night that he had contacted the architect and learned that plans are completed. Sheriff Rayder Peterson told the committee a commitment form has been received from the multijurisdictional narcotics unit. He said the form will be turned over to Richard Burgland, R-lst, county board chairman, for his signature. The form will commit Knox County to participation in the unit for the first year. PETERSON indicated at a May 18 meeting that Knox County would participate after •township supervisors had met and agreed to fund the $13,500 fshare on a per capita basis. Peterson said a rough draft of the grant application for state funds is being prepared. The budget for the first year of operation will be about $357,000, with the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission to fund 75 per cent of that amount. The committee inspected the newly-installed safety vestibule at the jail. The vestibule provides protection for the jailer in entering and leaving the cellblock. A letter was read from Anthony S. Kuharich, chief of the bureau of detention facilities, stating that he has authorized payment of $2,971 toward cost of the vestibule. The county's share of the installation will be $900. A monthly census report showed that a total of 323 prisoner days were spent during May, with 76 new prisoners admitted during that time. High point for the month was May 18 when 18 prisoners were housed, and low point was May 9, 10 and 15 when four prisoners were recorded. Robert stalled as president of the Galesburg Exchange Club Wednesday night at the organization's annual banquet at Soangetaha Country Club. Other officers installed were Wylie Shimel, president-elect; Julius Bloomquist, secretary, and Douglas Tracy, treasurer. New directors elected to 2- year terms on the club's board are Lanny Ross, Robert McArthur and Myron Mohr. Directors elected for 1-year terms are Arthur Anderson, Jack Lurideen and Richard Williams. The new officers were Installed by William Marshall, president-elect of the Illinois and Wisconsin Exchange Club district. Norbert Schactner, retiring club president, presided at the ceremony. to at hearing set to start next Monday. Johnson was dropped from his liquor control job Monday — only three days after he publicly announced he had scheduled formal hearings for June 29 into charges Angelos illegally contributed $50,000 to Walker's gubernatorial campaign. He became the second liquor commission head ousted by the Walker administration after starting an Angelos investigation. Johnson States Opinion "My opinion is that I was fired because of the vigorous pursuit of the Angelos investigation," Johnson said. He Second Loss silowed by persons De- Gratia had sponsored for commission posts. De Grazia replied, "If Lawrence Johnson said, hinted, or implied he was fired because of Angelos, he is a liar, a flat out liar, a disappointed job seeker. "Neither this case, nor' any other case pending before the Liquor Control Commission has ever been discussed by anyone in the governor's office." De Grazia said Johnson "was an inept administrator" who was fired solely because he would not accept budget cuts dictated by Walker 'aides. He said Johnson "is mad because he was fired land lost a $9,000- a-year job" and is trying to retaliate by his public allegations. Walker, addressing an awards ceremony in Johnson's home town of Champaign, said the budget controversy is the only treason for Johnson's ouster. Lives Up to Pledge "I cannot afford to hiaye in a position of- that importance somebody who will not implement my philosophies and policies regarding economy in state government," Walker said. "I criticized the budget of that commission during my campaign and I live up to my campaign commitments;" Neither Walker nor De Grazia, however, responded ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ '— See 'Dismissal 9 (Continued on Page 3) Tree Planting Is Dismissal Catapults Young Set for Monday Lawyer Into Pitched Battle TUT • mi r\ _ „ A - ,/ Four Injured as Van Overturns A wrecker driver and state police attempt to right a van which overturned on 1-74 near Lewistown exit Thursday at 9 p. m., injuring four persons. Jules Hernych, 30, Davenport, Iowa, was listed in fair condition today at Mercy Hospital, Davenport, where he was transferred after being taken to St. Mary's Hospital. Donald Logan, 19, Rock Island, Jill Bouvier, 25, Prime, Fla., and 9-month-old Jamie Bouvier were all treated at St. Mary's and released. State police said the van was westbound when the right rear tire blew, causing the van to roll over several times and come to rest in the median strip. Police said no tickets were issued pending completion of the investigation. Maj. Thomas Gordon Storey, a returned prisoner of war who was to Galesburg in ceremonies earlier this week, will preside at the planting of a "Freedom Tree" in Standish Park Monday at 1:30 p.m. An organization known as VIVA (Voices in a Vital America) will provide a plaque to be installed $t the base of the tree at a later date. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) —Law- ing and convinced a congres- wdcomed'bacic rence ( Larr y) Jotason lost an sional committee to investigate. election last November and he In that case, the committee lost his job on Monday, but in found nothing wrong and John- the process he was thrust into son lost the election, 100,000 to a pitched battle with the gover- 82,500. nor's office. Man in the News The plaque will read "Freedom Tree . . . With the vision of universal freedom for all mankind, this tree is dedi- That was his second try for public office, and his first failure. For a man with political am- In 1968 he won the Cham- bitions, that may not be a bad paign County state's attorneys trade — or it could mean the post and became one of the end of a political career — de- few Democrats ever to hold the pending of course on the out- job. come of the battle. Some Democrats County To View Reading Grant Bid The Knox County Board Monday will be asked to approve a $2,389 grant application for Title I funds for a remedial reading program at the Mary Davis Home. Douglas Bergmann, R-lst, Mary Davis Home Committee chairman, told committee members Thursday that David Johnson, former home superintendent, and Bruce Mason, teacher at the home, had suggested the program. If the county board gives its stamp of approval, the grant application will go to the West Central Illinois Regional Council of Public Officials. The council is the clearing house for all applications for federal funds in the 6- county region. BERGMANN said this morning that if the application is allowed, a teacher would be + hired on a part-time basis starting in September to work at the home conducting a remedial reading program. The program would be coordinated through District 205, as is the present classroom program. "I am told that most of the kids who come to the home have a reading deficiency. If you can't read, you can't learn, so anything we can do to correct that deficiency is good," Bergmann said. county regarded him as the party's The 35-year-old lawyer cata- brightest light during his four . , , n , . n „. pulted into the headlines early years in the prosecutor's office «? e ^ this week when the S,ovevmfs while critics said he was inef- and mttil in action ° ofliC€ ann0UnCed he WaS being fective and a11 his Md missing in action. fjred as head of the uym]s UvWes Liquor Control Commission. Record Cited In the three days following Gov. Daniel Walker, when he the ouster, Johnson held two appointed Johnson to the Liquor news conferences, sparked a Control Commission, cited his aml legislative investigation and "outstanding record in law en- Was called a "flat out liar" by forcement" as state's, attorney. said he Bergmann Judge William K. Richardson have interviewed one appli- the governor's top aide. Some Preparation cant for the post of superin tendent to replace Johnson, who resigned June 1. Bergmann said there have been several applicants for the job, but no target date has If he was surprised to find himself in the middle of the growing controversy, he nevertheless came to it with some preparation. As Democratic candidate for been set for a replacement, congress from the 21st District "When you have to evaluate last year, Johnson charged his several applicants, you can't opponent, Edward set a date," he commented. Madigan, But Victor De Grazia, Walker's top aide, said Thursday that Johnson had "lost the governor's confidence." While the controversy grows, Jonhson is continuing in private law practice in Champaign, where he lives with his wife, Debby, and two children. He plans to tell his story to ... , , , - , an m no\s House Investigating with unethical campaign financ- 1 committee on Monday. Estimated Cost of Landfill Engineering Is The Knox County Board Monday will be asked T<Tap- prove the expenditure of up to $7,000 for engineering work at the proposed landfill site near Wataga. John Carlson, R-lst, chairman of the county landfill committee, Thursday said the engineering firm, Daily & Associates, Peoria, has indicated that the initial survey at the site would cost between $6,000 and $7,000, but that the firm would not exceed that figure without advising the county. He said the engineers also suggested_that the services of the Knox County Highway Department be used in taking test borings and surveys in order to keep costs at a minimum. ft?* I'M A LITTLE flabbergasted at the range," Carlson said. He told the committee the proposal would have to be submitted to the board for approval. The current budget contains an allocation of $9,000 for the landfill relocation project. After surveying the site, committee members made tentative plans to make the initial cut near a fence along a road known as the Victoria Road. A berm will be constructed between the road and the trench both as a visual and a wind buffer. Jack Witt, •highway superintendent, said the first trench may be 12-15 feet in depth. All future plans for development of the site which lies east of Wataga hinge on Environmental P r o t e ction Agency approval,. Carlson said plans call for the land to be put back into production after it is filled. Overburden will be set aside during the landfill operation for replacement later. "We're going to set a good example and abide by our own strip- mining reclamation requirements," Carlson said, referring to rules the county has set for reclamation of strip- mined land. THE CHAIRMAN said that -the Village of Wataga will be asked to pass an ordinance closing off the west end of the Victoria Road tr> haulers to avoid any traffic through the village streets. Plans call for trucks to use U.S. 34, 111. 107 and the road to the site without going through Wataga. There are no residences on the road leading to the site after leaving 111. 167. Witt said work on about a mile $7,000 9 Members of the committee earlier met with State's Atty. Donald C. Woolsey to discuss ttie legality of proceeding with and a quarter of road will bo their plans and were given a necessary before the site is green light. Carlson said that put into operation while a conditional use per- Carlson said a Wataga resi- mit wiil be aipplied for no dent was opposed to the pro- zoning change will'be required posed use or the site. "I call- The county has InmSon ed him and answered his ques- -- ' •• P tions about drainage, policing and prevailing winds, and ha seemed mollified. 1 have offered a film detailing the proposed operation," Carlson said. r to purchase the proposed site from Floyd H. Grant for a price of $132,000 for 220 acres. The amount would be paid in four annual installments of $33,000. The tptlon runs until November. <

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