Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 15, 1973 · Page 2
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 15, 1973
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ister-AAail, Galesburg, 111. Friday, June 15, 1973 Million i Weather and River Sta Is I* in W 1 '* By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) . City and county officials Thursday night got their first look at plans for a proposed $2.3 million city-county public safety building on the old high school site. The plans are the result of several years of study. Although the concept had been discussed both by the City Council and County Board intermittently over the past several years, the condemnation of the county jail in December 1970 provided the push which led to last night's session. John Mellican of the architectural firm of Weber,' Griffith & Mellican detailed the preliminary cost estimate. He told the City Council and the Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee that construction of the building would cost an estimated $1,952,000; site development, $101,000; special equipment, $116,000, and building and construction contingencies, $108,000 for a total of $2,277,000. PLANNING groups of the two governmental bodies earlier had designated areas to be shared and areas to be used exclusively by the Knox County Sheriff's Department, Galesburg Police Department and Galesburg Fire Department. Using that division as a basis, Mexican estimated that the total cost of,the building would be divided among the City of Galesburg, $1,181,000; Knox County, $851,000, and the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, $137,000. Plans call for quarters for Civil Defense in the basement of the 7-IeveI 3-story building. The cost estimate anticipates $102,000 from the federal government for floor space and an additional $35,000 for special equipment to be used by the agency. The space designated for Civil Defense would be available for other functions when that agency is not usin? it. THE AMOUNT allocated for building construction includes mechanical and electrical equipment and some fixed equipment. Site development cost would cover the partial closing of Board Street, grading, concrete walks, driveways, on- site parking, retaining walls, utilities, underground fuel storage, site lighting and landscaping. The estimate does not In* elude cost of the site nor development of adjacent parking areas. The proposed site is bounded by Simmons, Broad, Tompkins and Cedar streets. The city presently owns the property, but no appraisal has yet been made to put a price \sg on it. A division of cost of the site would add to the county's cost. MELLICAN d .rr.^c- • _ " win _ lan in the cost estimate are archi- bunk room and locker room ILLINOIS: Tontflht pftMly demdy. \ynrvn And humid with chance of showers nnd thunderstorm* north- oflflt, Saturday mostly, sunny, hot nnd humid. Low tonitfht upper 60s or low 70S. High Saturday low 00s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Chance of thunderstorms tonight, imd Saturday. Rather warm and humid .Saturday, Low tonight around 70. High Saturday 85-00. said has the cost to the -a been projected end of 1973. He predicted a budget revision would be necessary for increased building costs if bid letting is later than the end of 1973. Included Assessor Salvation tectural and engineering fees. The Jower levels of the proposed building would house Civil Defense facilities, a pistol range, parking for police and sheriff's caffs, rooms evidence and lost and found articles, a sally port for delivery ot prisoners directly to the elevator, storage, locker and exercise rooms. The fourth and fifth levels which would be built near ground level would contain the fire department equipment, Offices for police, fire nd sheriff's departments,, a public waiting area, records, communications, interview and holding rooms and a laboratory and darkroom. SIXTH and seventh levels would provide space for a for firemen and tt* jail area, thlPn^ 'fnTStur' day. Low tonight 70-74. High Sat- The jail would have 10 maximum security celb which would be constructed with in Urday 80s. steel manner. LOCAL WSAflfEft Noon temperature 75; morning'fl the traditional jail iML. 8 * «u«ri y u« rose todny at 5:30 a.m., seta at 8:30 p.m. mt tmtn ranee ILLINOIS: Sunrtrty.partly miniiy nnd very Wfirm with thunderstorms likely; Hows mostly, JO*, highs mid AOs to low AOs. Monday mostly cloudy and cooler with chance of showers arid thunderstorms; lows mid 00s to low 708, highs mid 70s to mid 80s. Tuesday partly cloudy and cooler; lows mostly 60s, highs mostly 70s. ftlVBft "SfAGfiS Dubuque—11.0 fall OA Davenport—10.7 fall O.t Burlington—13.5 fan 0.3 Qutncy—15.3 fall 0.6 Grafton—10.0 fall 0.5 Alton—10.4. fall 0.7 St. Louis—24.5 fall 0.9 . * * Cape Girardeau—32.2 fall 0.6 Peoria—18.2 fall 0.4, A BeardstoWrW6S fall 0.1 St. chftries—18.6 fan 0.6 •The construction of 24 de* tention rooms would be of reinforced concrete. Each block of cells would haiVe its own day-room, and segregation of various types of prisoners would be possible by the construction of rooms in blocks of four or six. Also contained on the jail floor would be a work release dormitory to house eight prisr At Pekin Dedicates Dirksen Memorial See 'City 5 (Continued on Page 3) Proposes Buying (Continued from Page 1). r _ -- _- — — 1 $900,000 city public library are under construction. Pekin has a population of 31,400. Applies Mortar Army Building X?'i ij Welcomes New Librarian •Mi 01 Mrs. Dorothy L, Hagerman, left, who has been named as head librarian at the Galesburg Public Library, is greeted by Mrs. Warren Morris, who will retire from the job this month. Mrs. Hagerman has been the librar­ ian at Spoon River College, Canton. She will begin her new duties July 1. Mrs. Morris has been employed at the Galesburg library for 28 years, the last 10 as librarian. (Register- Mail photo by Steve Stout,) J' Galesburg Public Library Receives $24,730 Bequest i -3 Hi By LARRY REID (Staff Writer) A $24,730 bequest from the estate of the late Miss Helen R. Rearick has been received by the Galesburg Public Library, the library's Board of Trustees learned Thursday afternoon. Miss Rearick, a 1918 graduate of Knox College, was a public school music teacher in Indiana. Mrs. Warren Morris, the li- brflrian, said the money will be used to purchase such things as records and books about music for adults and young people. In other business the board accepted resignations from Mrs. Phil Lowney, a circulation assistant, effective June 30; Mrs. H. H. Halladay, head of the reference department, Mower Waits 9 effective Sept. 1, and from Mrs. Larry Dalton, a reference assistant, effective Sept. 30 or sooner if a replacement can be found. MRS. J. F, Harvey, board president, named Mrs, Floyd Williams, Russell Swise and Warren First to a nominating committee to select a slate of board officers. Mrs. Harvey also appointed Donald Strand as the library's Western Illinois Library System representative. Trustees also voted to have the library's flagpole painted. Circulation for May compared to totals for the same month a year ago in brackets were: Adult, 12,699 (11,740); juvenile, 4,270 (4,021), and hospital, 2,080 (2,485). Total circulation for May 1973 was 19,049 compared to 18,246 for May 1972. Mrs. Dorothy L. Hagerman, who has been employed as head librarian at the library, was introduced to members of the staff before the meeting. Mrs. Morris will retire this month after 28 years at the library, the last 10 as librarian. By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) The. Town of the City of Galesburg is unsure how it will spend $18,406 of its $31,389 in Federal Revenue Shares but Ron Harms, city assessor, is leading what appears to be a lone campaign to use it to buy the old Salvation Army building on South Cherry Street. Harms revealed at a meeting Thursday that the city has also made an offer to buy the building. City Manager Thomas Herring today confirmed Harms' statement but said the assessor had spoken "out of school." Harms suggested that the town buy the building and that the city rent it for such offices as the Office of Public Assistance, assessor, environmental services and possibly the proposed human services office. He also suggested that a senior citizens' center be located in the building. HERRING said today he doubts the building is large enough for all the offices mentioned. "I'm against making up something new to spend money on," Harms commented. He said it "gripes" him. In the long run the purchase of the building would save taxpayers' money, he insisted. Richard Burgland, Knox County Board chairman and town supervisor, said he is not in favor of buying the building. "Mr. Harms has never said one word to me about it personally,'' Burgland commented. "I think I would have something to say about it." Burgland said the costs of remodeling the building to make it adaptable for the assessor's office and the Office of Public Assistance would be much greater than the cost of buying the building. "Many facets have to be investigated before such a move could be made," Burgland added. THE COMBINED rent for the Office of Public Assistance, the assessor's office and the city's environmental services office now runs about $480 monthly, Harms estimated. He also estimated the Salvation Army building could be purchased for about $25,000. The building contains 1,800 square feet of area on three floors. The basement has a large meeting room and kitchen area which Harms said could be -used for the senior citizens' center. The main floor has rows of chairs attached to the floor which would have to be removed for office space. The building is not air conditioned. Air conditioning was installed in present town offices this year. City aldermen at the meeting last night offered little comment on Harms' suggestion. The over-all revenue sharing budget at this point would provide $7,983 for the town's portion of the 6-county narcotics unit to be established this year but this appropriation too'has raised some questions. THE FEDERAL government would be financing a percentage of the cost of the narcotics unit on a matching basis. But federal guidelines for revenue sharing funds state money may not be appropriated from revenue sharing to match other federal money. Town officials were asked to schedule a meeting with the Department of Local Government Affairs to discuss the expenditure. Harms said other townships are not using revenue sharing money to finance their portion of the cost. County board member, Jack Larson, R-3rd, said the original plan was not to touch revenue sharing but to take the funds from tax levies. Harms said there is an excess in tax money which could be used for financing the unit. ANOTHER expenditure for revenue sharing funds is $5,000 for financial administration. This includes costs cf publishing planned and actual use reports for revenue sharing, audits and legal fees. In the town budget and appropriation ordinance for 1973-74 a total of $79,025 is appropriated for the town fluid and $137,025 for the general assistance fund. The town fund includes $600 salary for the town clerk and • • • • • • •• • • • • n •••••• , , MM M • See 'Assessor' (Continued on Page 3) Highway Committee Inspects Work on Oak Run Roads U2* The Knox County Board's Highway Committee this morning deferred action on a contract for a rotary mower attachment, reviewed work in progress and took a field trip to inspect roads in the Oak Run development. The committee failed to award a contract for the ntower attachment in order to allow time to review specifications. Both bids received were under $1,000. Jack Witt, highway superintendent, told members that work on two bridges in Walnut Grove Township near Altona was progressing, with one project nearing completion. Steel has been delivered for a bridge-building job in Truro Township, according to the superintendent. He said work is awaiting the operation of a drag line for ditching and cleaning. BUILDING material is now being hauled for the construction of roads in the Oak Run development, Witt said. The committee went to the site and inspected progress following the meeting. There were complaints earlier that work was not progressing on roads within the development, but a representative said that work would begin as soon as weather conditions permitted. Witt told the committee that 1,400 tons of rock had been hauled into the site of a new bridge in Orange Township during the past week. The new structure replaces one that was destroyed more than a year ago when a grain company truck went through the floor of the bridge. Max Robinson, R-5th, committee chairman, suggested that routes should be outlined for trucks carrying heavy loads oyer county roads. * There's no need for them to tear up all our roads" he commented. Kobinson suggested enforcement of posted load limits. Witt was instructed by the committee to cheek on prices for the replacement of an air com pressor and bring estimates to a future meeting. Flag Ceremony Gets Under Way Here Thursday Night OldGl ry Is Another Year Older By WALTER HALL (Staff Writer) A patriotic ceremony never seems to begin on time. It always starts just a little before the appointed hour with a raucous tuning of instruments — hornblowing, drum tapping, laughter, smiles and the inevitable "testing, 1-2-3." And so it was Thursday at 6:30 p.m. when about 200 persons gathered at the corner of Ferris and Prairie streets for a Flag Day ceremony to honor "Old Glory's" 196th birthday. When master of ceremonies Roger Coleman opened the festivities and introduced the guests, the crowd gave Ms respectful attention. Even a passing motorcyclist seemed to slow down so the roar of his engine would not disturb the speakers. AFTER a brief history of ihe flag given by Dale Caldwell, Albert Benthine and William Tate, Coleman introduced guest speaker Brig. (Jen. John ii. Phipps, assistant adjutant general of the Uli- iiois National Guard. Gen. Phipps was enroute from .Springfield to the National Guard's summer encampment at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Gen. Phipps pointed out that not only was it the birthday of the flag, but also that of the U.S. Army. He outlined the Illinois National Guard units' history, which included the Blackhawk War, the Mexican War — in which an Illinois guard unit captured the wooden leg of Gen. Santa Anna — the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World Wars i and II in which Illinois supplied the •ttrd Infantry Division. COLOR guard units for the occasion were from Women's Relief Corps 121, VFW Post 2257, VFW Auxiliary Post 2257, American Legion Post 285, American Legion Auxiliary Post 285, Forty & Eight/Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout Troop 206 and Girl Scout Tropp 348. The American Legion Band, directed by Don Ross, provid- c d ma rch m usic, and the Galesburg Chordm asters, led by Maynard Ericson, saitg several patriotic songs. Then, it ended as it began — laughter, farewells, and a rattling of chairs. "Old Glory" is another year older. library theater, will partially fulfill that dream. An Avid Gardener Dirksen was an avid .gardener and lavished some of his best oratory on the marigold in Nixon troweled some perennial, half-serious, attempts mortar on the red granite to have the golden and brown cornerstone of the building and flower designated the national made a speech from a flag- flower. He always failed. draped platform. The marigold, Dirksen once Dirksen's widow, Mrs. LoU- told Congress, "is as sprightly ella Carver Dirksen, lives with as the daffodil, as colorful as her 97-year-old mother in an old the rose, as resolute as the white, 2-story frame home on zinnia, as delicate as the car- a quiet street ia block from the nation, as haughty as the chry- libnary. She invited Nixon here santhemum, as aggressive as and introduced the Presi- the petunia, as ubiquitous as dent to the crowd. the violet, as stately as the The Dirksens' only child, Joy, snapdragon, and her husband, Sen. "It beguiles the senses and Repub-| eno bies the spirit.* lican on the Senate Watergate Baker, ranking committee, also attended. Appropriately, Pekin is now holding its first annual Mari- The biggest worry locally was go id Festival, and the that rain would spoil the big streets are lined city are Jinea with the day. Light sprinkles did fall at flowers. intervals. Nixon apparently was the "We deeply appreciate the fkst ' p resi 5ent to set foot in President making ttus visit/ Pek , 0I(M|mcrs recalled that Mayor Willuaan L. Waldmeier said. "It's the biggest thing that has happened in this city. Led 'Loyal Opposition' Dirksen Congress "the spent and 25 years leader the was loyal opposition" administrations of in of during Democratic Presidents' John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Dirksen listed his greatest contribution as helping to write and pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Dirksen center is planned to contain not only Dirksen's papers, but also papers of other congressional leaders so scholars will have in one place the information necessary to research Congress' role in the post World War II era. Thousands of private papers will be kept in the semi-private second floor of the library. The first floor, open to the public, will include documents, photographs, a replica of Dirksen's study at his Pekin home, and a theater. Dirksen was a spellbinding orator, with an organ-like voice. He once considered a career in the theater and later dreamed of instructing students in the art Herbert Hoover once stopped for a scheduled caimpaign speech, but the train pulled away before he started speaking; they. said. . Dwight D. Eisenhower made :a whistle-stop,campaign speech here in 1956, but he, like Hoover, never stepped off the train. Hospital Closing In Cairo Called Race Motivated F ST. LOUIS (UPI)-The decision to close St. Mary's Hospital in Cairo, 111,, was called racially motivated Thursday by Bob Williams, national coordinator of the United Front of Cairo. Williams told a news conference that racism of "rich Chamber of Commerce people" and others like them is the cause of the closing of the 115- bed hospital The hospital, scheduled to close Aug. 31, lost $250,000 the last fiscal year. More than 85 per cent of its cases were on welfare, Medicare or Medicaid, administrators said. Williams said many hospital patients are too poor to pay their bills for medical care because of unemployment stem- of public speaking. Television and radio tapes of Dirksen, to be played and shown in the ming from racial bias. Mini-Bike Rodeo Re-Set The Gailesburg Cosmopolitan Olub plans to hold a mini- bike rodeso Sunday at 1 p.m. •at the Knox County Fairgrounds. The rodeo had been planned for June 3 but rain forced its oancellaJtiion. Contestants will ride their mini-bikes through an obstacle course and winners in each division will be determined by the fastest times. | ^.(JT* The 'contest is open to all youths 16 - years - old and younger. Safety will be watchword for the event, said Cosmopolitan Ot'Ub officials. Bach youngster will ride through the course alone to prevent bikes from colliding and causing injury. Trophies will be awarded to the <X3p three finishers in each event wd every youngster who enters <Jhe rodeo will receive a smaller trophy for participating. Participants will a!(SO have the opportunity to win a new mini-bike donated by the CbsmopoiUtan Club. A drawing will be held •at the conclusion of ttie rodeo. The rodeo is limited to the first 300 young'Sters who register. Applications may be obtained at most of the mini- bike dealers in the area or by contacting dub members. C3AHRJD personal envoy of good taste" LEIGHTON SUNDRIES m Berrien FREE POLIO VACCINE KNOX COUNTY STUDENTS and PRE-SCHOOLERS Who Missed •t the schools COMI TO Dosage GALESBURG COTTAGE HOSPITAL June 19 from 3.00 to 5:00 PM I'AUKNTS MUST SIGN I 1 K KM IT AT CLINIC Chic Immunization Clinic f

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