Addison Register from Addison, Illinois on December 8, 1960 · Page 1
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Addison, Illinois
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Thursday, December 8, 1960
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New Road Chief Urges Tax and ‘ Work ’ Bond Addison Edition of the DuPage County Register 4th Year — 28 Addiion, niiiMds THIJBSDAY, DEC. 8, 1960 5 Sedtoii», 44 Pages $4.00 A Year — lOo 'A Copy CHANGING TIRES on this huge road grad- cr is quite a job. Howard Selcke, new Addison township road commissioner, Smiles as he puts his tools, away after finishing the job last week. Selcke has completed his Howard Selcke, new Addison township road commissioner, has put two proposals before the township board which he believes will lead to better roads. first month as road commissioner, after filling the shoes of Adolph Pfotenhauer, who resigned. Setcke is also a member of the Addison grade school board of education. One proposal is for a gravel tax. Selcke suggests a tax of five cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The other proposal is to require builders to post bond before they start work to guarantee that accep table roads are put in to serve their subdivisions or houses. THE PROPOSAL for a gravel tax would have to be approved at next April’s towm meeting to become effective. ! ^%^cke says such a tax | would enable h i m to oil all 130 miles of roads under his jurisdiction, and to use salt and chloride to stabilize them. “If I could do this.” Selcke says, “the roads will last for several years, instead of falling apart each year. It would be cheaper in the long run.” SELCKE became township road commissioner November 1, following the resignation of Adolph Pfortenhauer, who said that “a younger man might be in a better position to cope with the strenuous work involved.” Selcke says that good November weather was a blessing in helping him get off to a good start. All roads were graded twice during the month. In addition $10,000 worth of gravel was spread. The decks are now cleared for winter work, the most important part of which is snow removal. Selcke will have three pieces of equipment to use for snow removal. He has one truck, and a second one coming, each equipped w i t h a snow plow. In addition, the big grader is used to tackle heavy snows and deep drifts. THE department has two other pieces of equipment — a small tractor with hi-lift for loading cinders, and a weed mower. ^he equipment now is kept in farm buildings just west of Louis’ restaurant on Lake st. in Addison. However, the land has been sold as the site for a savings and loan association, and anew storage place will have to be found. “It won't be easy,” Selcke says,*^ “to find a place. There are very few farms left in Ad- j dison township.” j Selcke has one full-time as-! sistant. Paul Heifers. Other, workers are part time. j DAY-TO-DAY maintenance of roads is financed from the township road and bridge fund. The township’s share of motor fuel tax funds is saved up to pay for major projects. In the past, Third ave. from Church to rte. 83 a n d Villa* ave. from North to Lake have been improved with MFT funds. Possible future projects, Selcke says, are the improvement of Third ave. between rte. 83 and Wood Dale rd., and the resurfacing of some north- south street in the North Elmhurst area. WOMEN PUSH FOR TRAFFIC LIGHTS Talk Annexing of Oak Knoll Manor Annexation of Oak Knoll Manor subdivision to the village of Addison is moving toward fruMon, after two years of discussion by residents of the area. Oak Knoll Manor consists of about 30 Romes east of Wood Dale road and north of Sherwood drive, and extends at one point as far north as Belmont ave. The subdivision covers 39 covers acres. A delegation of home ow ners with their attorney, William Cregar, discussed annexation with trustees Tuesday night. It was agreed that the home owners will circulate a petition for an annexation contract with the village, and at the same time discuss with village officials the terms of annexation to be included in the contract. CREGAR told the village board that 28 Oak Knoll Manor residents are willing to match the average total eight- year payment for sewer service made by an Addison home owner. This sum, which he estimated would total $1,* 982.40, would be paid to the village when 0§ik Knoll Manor homes were connected to the Addison sewer system. Cregar also said hom.e own- line. ers want to know the minimum requirements of the village on curbs, sidewalks and lights. He said that because Oak Knoll Manor is an improved subdivision, it is hoped that the village will not insist on the same requirements as for new subdivisions. MARC RUMPLE, chairman of the plan commission, said he felt that some leeway was permitted by the village laws. He added that the plan commission is unanimous in feeling the same type of curbs should be provided for Oak Knoll Manor streets for main tenance purposes. A corridor ^ feet wide through land lying to the south must be obtained by Oak Knoll Manor to make it contiguous to Addison. The corridor will also provide the path for the proposed sewer Petition Is Signed By 2,500 A committee organized at a “kaffee-klatsch” has 2,500 signatures on petitions asking for traffic lights at Lake, Grand, and Villa streets, and is going after 2,500 more. Mrs. Rudolph F. Kennedy, 336 Alden, Addison, told of the success of the petition drive when she appeared before the village board Monday night to ask its help in getting action from the state highway department. “Never underestimate the power of a woman,” observed Village President Robert J. McHugh, after Mrs. Kennedy told of the thousands of signatures. TRUSTEES instructed the village attorney to draft a resolution urging the state to install the traffic lights. Mrs. Kennedy reports that the committee first met over coffee about six weeks ago the day after a serious accident at the intersection in which a small boy was hurled through a windshield. The neighbors who formed the committee all live near the intersection, in the area behind Louis’ restiPiurant. The intersection has become notorious for its frequent severe accidents. Trustee John Rutz told Mrs. Kennedy that the village board had asked the state to put in traffic lights, but the state wanted the village to pay $4,000 for a survey to determine if lights were needed. TRUSTEE Don Spencer reported that some county board members wanted lights at the intersection and told Mrs. Kennedy; “I am sure you can get them to help, too.” Spencer told Mrs. Kennedy she could use the data on accidents at the intersection which is kept in the village traffic files. Army Trail School Contractor Sets New Date for Completion Village Buys New Tractor Addison trustees bought a John Deere tractor Tuesday night and heard some unsuccessful bidders complain that the specifications had been tailored to fit the John Deere machine. William Marunde, public works superintendent, admitted it and added that he and other village employes had tried different tractors and thought the John Deere machine could do the best job t'V' the village. The successful bid of $6922.iiO was made by Northern Illinois Tractor and Eqi^pment co. Lee Stahelin, general contractor on the two new schools being built by Addison district 4, gave no encouragement to the board of education that Army Trail school will be finished by January, when he met with the board last Monday. He said work was more likely to be completed by the middle of February, and expressed some concern about delivery of window materials and lockers scheduled for the end of this month. If early delivery on windows and lockers could be obtain- j ed, he said, the school might I be complete a week or two earlier than he estimates. STEEL ERECTION is In progress at Old Mill school this week. Within a few days, masonry work will begin. Stahelin plans to enclose the whole building with a plastic material which will permit bricklayers to contin­ ue their work despite adverse weather. A more expensive sewer and water installation will be required at Old Mill school as the result of recommendations made by Willis Collins, village engineer, to the board of trustees. Because the sewer will pass through submerged swamp land, Collins insists that it be made of more ex^Jensive material which will resist leakage. SECONDLY, Collins has asked for a six-inch water main instead of a three-inch to provide increased pressure^ for firefighting needs at the school. Board member Howard Selcke and architect M. K. Young appeared, before trustees Monday night to tell them that the school did not have the money to cover the extra cost of Collins’ recommendations. The board was adamant In supporting Collfns on the sewer line, but agreed to attend A BEAUTIFUL facade greets worshipers at this church, which is pictured as the eighth in the Register series, “The Church Spires of Addison Township.” Last week’s photograph pictured the Bensenville Community church on S. Church rd. Willowhrook Issue Monday’s school board meeting to discuss the water line. However, at an adjourned meeting Tuesday night, trustees decided to back up Collins on the six-inch water main, too, and instructed Annemarie Blischke, village administrator, to inform the school board that trustees had already made up their minds and would not attend the school board meeting Monday. Fullerton PTA Yule Musicale Fullerton PTA, Addison, is having “A Night of Fun” at the meeting at 8 p.m., 'Tuesday, Dec. 13. The teachers and parents have planned a Christmas musicale. Teachers will be In their rooms at 7:30. Refreshments will be served by the fourth grade room mothers. Crowd Hears Defense Of School’s Design A vigorous defense of the design and construction of Willowbrook high school was made* by Mills I. Hersey, veteran member of the high school bóard of education, before a large crowd at Monday’s board meeting. Hersey spoke at length about Willowbrook because, he said, it appeared to the board that a large part of the “no” vote last September on increasing the educational tax rate was a vote against Willowbrook rather t h a n a vote on the merits of the educational tax rate proposal. The board of education is preparing for a second vote on increasing the tax rate, which will be held late this winter or next spring. AT ITS November 21 meeting, the board voted to balance next year’s budget, whether or not the tax rate increase passes.* If it is defeated again, the board's decision would mean elimination of all extra-curricular activities at York and Willowbrook high schools, including athletics, band and orchestra, dramatics, and student clubs. Hersey traced the history of referendums in district 88, then said the public was well aware of the type of building, size, facilities proposed, and the costs involved for Willowbrook. He noted that a $7,900,- OOO bond proposal was approved by 5036 votes to 3166 votes. Then Hersey turned his attention to certain specific criticisms and aspects of Willowbrook high school. “The auditorium,” he said, “cost about 20 per cent less than the average for auditoria of similar size and type. This is due to the seating be- ing on a concrete slab on the ground. The stage, back stage, and dressing room areas use cheaper basement space. The tower is lower, lighter in weight and required less foundation. Vertical inside wall framing is shorter and, therefore, cheaper. All wall space is interior wall construction except the stage tower.” TURNING his attention to the lobby, Hersey said: “The lobby space is a combination lobby for the auditorium, gymnasium, music department, all-purpose room, cafeteria, and is used for a students’ waiting station while waiting for buses in bad weather. The square foot area totals less than similar lobby and corridor space at York and other similar high school*.” Next, he discussed the corridors, saying: ”T h e corridors were deliberately made wide to speed traffif: during class changes. Before York was expanded,” he noted, “class time had to be cut in order to give students time to get from one class to the next. Crowded corridors also create poor discipline situations. “Two higH schools in t h e area have to use one-way traffic now because of n a r- row corridors,” Hersey stated. “By comparison, the Congress expressway is wider than it need be except during rush hours. The same applies to Willowbrook corridors.” DISCUSSING ceramic tile. Hersey said: "The ceramic tile used in some corridor areas is made in sheets, by machine at the factory, and was not hand set. The maintenance requires only washing and it will probably last as long as the building. It is impervious to lipstick, pencil marks, etc.” Answering criticism that the building is too large, Hersey said it does not have as much square foot area as York. He defended the comprehensive program at the high schools, which includes shop, physical education, music and drama. He said that more than 40 per cent of district 88 graduates do not go on to college, and that “if it were not for these non-academic activities many students would leave school after the age of 16.” • He added that many of these students continue in school because of the non-academic activities and as a result absorb much of the academic material that is offered to them. HERSEY concluded by noting that Willowbrook will be used for 50 or 60 years, “and probably longer.” Supt. Hal O. Hall, in some suggestions which he described as “preliminary,” said that the board might use only 14 cents of the 21 cents tax increase which voters will be asked to approve. He said this would provide enough money for “a more nearly normal” 1961-62 school year, and would permit the board to restore drastic cuts during the 1962-63 school year, reduce class size, and restore the library appropriation. He also suggested that the sale of surplus acres at the Willowbrook site might enable the board to avoid sale of tax anticipation warrants and resulting interest cost. Melting Pot From 1820 through 1900, 18,814,765 ifnmigrants were admitted to the United States. 500 Replies Reported on Survey Form Trustee Don Spencer, chairman of the Addison village board’s public relations,committee, reports that- more than 500 replies have been received to questionnaires sent to residents, businesses and industries. Spencer urged those who have not replied to fill in the questionnaire promptly and mail it to village hall. THE INFORMATION obtained will be used to promote civic, business and industrial growth of Addison. Plans are under way to print thousands of brochures, based on data obtained from the questionnaires, which would be circulated by the village Industrial development commission and by local real estate men. Volunteers Veeded for Skate Rink Addison Park committee is calling for volunteers to help build an ice skating rink in. Cherokee park, Michigan near Diversey, on Saturday morning, Dec. 10. “We plan to build a dirt bank around the area to hold water, so a shovel and if possible a wheelbarrow are the tools that will be needed,” says John F. Gigax, park committee president. “If the man of the house could volunteer a couple of hours of his time this Saturday it would be greatly appreciated by the young people who want and deserve a place to skate,” Gigax ad^s. The job is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Gigax says it should take only an hour or two. Oak PTA Sets Yule Carols Oak PTA will bring the Christmas spirit into its monthly meetirfl; 'Thursday, Dec. 13, with an old fashioned community sing including all the familiar Christmas carols. The teachers’^ chorus from Oak and Fullerton schools will give a short recital. Classrooms will be open at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. Refreshments will be furnished and served by the third grade mothers. The evening will conclude with a baked goods auction. Ramp Runs Over Buried Station Nostalgic Itascans who recall the little service station which stood across from the village hall for many years and was torn down a couple weeks ago can take comfort j in the knowledge tha t it's ‘ really still there. I You just can’t see it. Work- 1 men simply pushed the build- j ing into the basement and I covered it. Now it lies be? 1 neath a - blacktop covering which is the ramp of a new service station. Quack, Quack A sure sign that winter has officially reached Itasca was removal last week of th^ ducks from a pond adjoining village hall. ITie ducks will spend the winter months in a shelter at Itasca country club.

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