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2 Galesburg, Register-Mai), Golesburg, Tuesday, July 3, 1973 City Council Overrides Mayor's Veto^t^i^JM %/ U tral and south. Wednesday fllftitly mmnmm**mr++mimm**k Of Actions Dealing With Car Agencies By ANDREA FERRETTt (Staff Writer) Galesiwg Aldermen last night voted to override Mayor Robert Cabeen'8 veto of measures dealing with the development of two automobile dealerships on the west side of me city. Cabeen explained his reasons for vetoing an ordinance rind a resolution designed to clear the way for dealerships on West Main Street but aldermen questioned whether his statement actually was a veto. Then First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson questioned the legality of vetoing this type of action. "I think the whole thing's a farce," Johnson said. Two hours of debate followed. Cabeen, in long-hand, restated his veto on the back of the original statement. He said he was taking this action to improve safety on West Main Street by requesting frontage roads be built instead of access roads directly from the main artery. CABEEN SAID plans for entering the proposed car dealerships were "hastily drawn" and had "little regard to proper planning." "Who is to speak for residents in the area if the City Council will not?" he asked. He also charged that the council had ignored the recommendations of the City Plan Commission. Fifth Ward Aid. Frank Johnson said he did not think that was so because the council had agreed with three commission fec- ommedations concerning the items, although not the particular issue of access. At present there are two access roads from the West Main Street area in question. There eventually will be six access roads in the area because of the ordinance and resolution passed last night. DURING THE debate Third Ward Aid. Russell Gilford asked for a recess to allow time Ito call ifchie city attorney. Aldermen were unsure of the proper procedure for acting upon the veto. During the recess the coun­ cil, with the exception of the mayor, met in the coffee room on the second floor of City Hall. Aldermen resolved the method of acting upon the veto by referring to the last veto they acted on in November. The city attorney was called but he was out of town. While in the coffee room Donald Johnson called the mayor's action a "damn stupid way of handling it, giving it to us tonight.' The imayor had handed out copies of "his veto statement during the meeting instead of before. But when city ordinances were checked by City Manager TTCwmas Herring it was found itihlalt the mayor had the right ito veto measures "at" the formal council session. When the council resumed the formal session Sixth Ward Aid. F. E. "Buck" Baiiley said there were a few things he gets "rather short with." The ifimst was "playing a game" and the second was "beating a question to death for eight or nine hours." Bailey moved that the two vetoes be reconsidered and overrid­ en. Frank Johnson, aifter the vote was taken, said he agreed with the mayor that better planning should be done in Ithe city. Gifford said the council can (feel the need for bettor (planning bettor than anyone else. "I can't believe it," said one disgruntled Parkwest Subdivision resident to his wife as he was leaving the meeting. Residents of that; area have been lighting the resolution for two months. It amends a pre^amexation agreement with {Western Estates Development Corp. and provides for a Fesler Motors oar dealership off Main Street east of Linwood Road. The other dealership in question is a new Toyota store. IN OTHER action the council accepted a list of priorities for' re-routing traffic in the downtown area, submitted by See'City'- (Continued on Page 11) ILLINOIS: Tonight falf exlfWnft north, partly cloudy with chance of showers and thunderstorms central and south. Wednesday mostly sunny north, parUy sunny with chance of thunderstorms central and south. Low tonight 65-72 notth, mosUy 70s south. High Wednesday mid 80s extreme north, mid 90s extreme south. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Variable cloudiness with chance of showers or thunderstorms through Wednesday. Lbw tonight around 70. High Wednesday around 90. IOWA: Shower threat ending west tonight but continuing east end it few severe storms possible south. Wednesday partly cloudy West, shower threat ending east. Low tonight 85-70. High Wednesday 80s. LOCAL WEATHER . Noon temperature, 83; morning's i low, 73. Sky cloudy. (Monday's) es J.) Sun sets at maximum, 88; minimum, rose today at 8:35 a.m., 8:32 p.m. EXTENDED fOMCAIT ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy Thursday through Saturday, chance of showers and thunderstorms south Thursday and Friday and throughout the state Saturday. Low SOS-fos. High 80S-90S. ftiVEftlfAOEl Dubuque—8.8 . fttt„ 0.3 1 Davenport—8.8 rise 0.4 Burllngton-9.2 fall 0.5 Ktbkuk-4.0 fall 1.0 Qulncy—li .l rise 0.1 Orafton-18.8 rise 0.2 Alton-117 f«U Oi St. Louis -ie.o fail'M Cape Girardeau—28 0 fall 0.8 Lasaiie- r i».3 j ,fall A 0J Peoria—15.5 fall 0.3 • Havana-18.0 fall 0.3 ^, Beardstown—18.1 fall 0.4 St. Charles-^15.0 faU 0.1 Schraeder on Tax Sub-Panel SPRINGFIELD - Rep. Fred J. Schraeder, D-Peoria, has been appointed to a special Joint subcommittee of the House and Senate Revenue Committee to study property tax reform. There are six members from the Senate Revenue Committee Knoxville To Get Grant of $340,000 From Federal EPA KNOXVILLE - Federal Environmental Protection Agency has approved a $391,000 grant for construction of a new sewage toeaitment plant in Knoxville. Mayor Franklin Burgess read a telegram 'last might to members of the City Council advising aldermen of the grant. The city has. been seeking the EPA add for the past three years. KnoxviMe was momentarily in the unique position of receiving full federal and state funding for the project. The state EPA earlier had promised 25 per cent funding while the federal EPA agreed to provide 75 per cent. The city has since been notified that the state is reducing its share to five per cent. As a result the federal and state grants will provide approximately $409,000 and Knox- vtiMe's share will be approximately $100,000. The city's share wilt come from a $340,000 bond issue Knoxville approved in 1971 for sewer improvements. Hard Work "The City Council really worked hard," said Ron Henson, city attorney for KnoxvJlile. On June 7 the city was notified that it must comply with Curfew, WaterBan Lifted in Wataga WATAGA — The Village of Waitaga returned to a more • normal routine Monday aifter a 9 p.m. curfew and an order ito purify water by boiling it were lilted. Authorities imposed the curfew for youths under 18 'aflter .ia series of break-tins amid attempted break-dins in the com- imundltiy. One village offidail described the adtion as a "protection for the young people." Mayor John Hobbies said the order to bail waiter was rescinded after testis late iaislt week showed waiter samples to be dear. The EPA notified the village earlier last week that a waiter sample was contominaited. The mayor said that the location of the cMoriruaitoir was changed as recommended by the EPA. However, water tested dear later in the week even before the change was made, he said. "Apparently the situation wasn't too bad," Rcbbins remarked. Midland Coal Firm Hearing *J gust. The council anticipates that the new plant will be fully operational by November 1974. Is Rescheduled for July 12 all documentation requirements by June 15 and the council met the deadline, said Henison. When additional documentation was required, the council provided it by June 19, he sand. Apoord'ing to Henson there were over 600 communities on the Illinois priority list but only about 34 received funding, of which Knoxville was one. Henson stated that there had been a number of cutbacks because of the presidential order impounding $3-5 billion in federal EPA funds. Knoxville received notification of its grant after a Washington D.C. federal court held that presidential impoundment of funds is unconstitutional. Burden Benson pointed out that there is a burden on smafll communities trying to get federal grants because larger cities employ lilpecialfsts for obtaining and managing grants. Several cities ailiso maintain liaison offices in Washington, D.C. and this plaices small communities at a disadvantage in negotiations for grants, he said. Henson cited the work of Mayor Burgess, the City Council, state Rep. A. T. McMaster, R-Oneida, Robert Masterson, Knox County zoning administrator and the Knox County Regional Planning Commission as major contributors in getting the grant. The council has requested bids be submitted by July 15 and gust House Now Construction Area A "Keep out construction area" sign is placed on the Illinois House rostrum in Springfield as.the members of the Assembly finally adjourned the spring legislative session Mon- and six from the House Revenue Committee. The joint subcommittee has been asked to examine the implications of a general local property freeze. The subcommittee wiy also study state financial grants to school districts and local government. City Action On Crossing Forthcoming Burlington Northern Railroad officials soon will receive a letter from the city asking that the Fremont Street crossing and others be repaired immediately. First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson for months has complained about the shape of crossings in the city, the one on Fremont Street in particular. Monday night at a city council session he labeled it a ' "riflky«JAnk" crossing. And in the past he has called the company a "raunchy railroad." "I not onily want to see the one at Fremont Street fixed I want the rest fixed," he said. He added that despite the company's claims that the crossing lis being repaired there are boards and spikes loose and people have incurred $80 to $90 damage to their cars. A woman not long ago called the alderman and volunteered to get about 10 persons together to sit on the crossing and not aitaw tee train to pass, he said. Johnson also suggested the city pour concrete on the crossings. He said he had heard of an instance in Nebraska where this had been done. day. Workmen are scheduled to begin complete renovation of the chamber beginning today with legislators meeting in a different building until the work has been completed. Walker Created Charges 'Waste A hearing on a request by the Midland Coal Co. to stay a 'cease and desist" order of the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals has been rescheduled for July 12 at 2 p.m. in Knox County Circuit Court. The hearing, which was scheduled for 2 p.m. yesterday, was delayed because Burrel Barash, attorney for the county, could not be present and because the judge who was designated to hear the case had a schedule conflict. Midland was ordered on June 26 to cease and desist from further operations in Knox County because the firm has not filed a statement of intent as required by the Knox County Zoning Board of Appeals nor posted the required bond. The mining firm had sought a rehearing on the county's reclamation standards which call for a stockpiling of overburden for a minimum of six feet of ^placement, restoring the land to its original countour and posting a performance bond of $1,000 per acre. On May 23 the zoning board reaffirmed its earlier decision with minor exceptions and gave the mining company 30 days to comply. Midland's suit was fi.'ed on that deadline. $15,860 Appropriation Is Approved by Victoria Board CHICAGO (UPI)-Gov. Daniel Walker charged today that Republican legislators created "a vast waste gap" in the recently ended legislative session by "overspending" a billion dollars above anticipated revenues. "The Republican leadership in both houses, with its iron majorities, has produced the biggest waste gap between income and spending in recent history," the governor said here in the first stop of a seven-city flying tour. The governor accused Senate President William Harris, R- Poritiac, House Speaker W. Robert Blair, R-Park Forest, "and most of their Republican colleagues" of overspending by $650 million from the general revenue fund and "if we take into account all funds, including 'bond funds, the overspending goes up to $1 billion. "If I were to sign those bills, either the sales tax would have to be increased an additional two cents to a total of seven Ad to Urge Legislators talker okay r> • r / c v For Highway Gap ot spending GOP cents—the highest in the nation lislative session, which he said or the income tax would have to be increased by Vk per cent," he said. Will Use Veto "But we will not raise taxes, and we will not spend that billion dollars. In the next few weeks, you will be hearing more from me as I use the veto to cut this wasteful spending," he said. Chicago was the first stop on the Walker tour which was his immediate reaction to the leg- bore "mixed" fruit. The General Assembly spring session ended Monday, running two days longer than anticipated, and Walker immediately took off on the seven-city tour to take him to Chicago, Rockford, the Quad Cities, Champaign, Springfield, East St. Louis and Peoria. Blair had suggested at the session's end that Walker might do better if he would learn to get along with the legislature. Blair in Running Start for Governor Arvey Hanson VICTORIA - A $15,860 appro priation ordinance to cover expenses in Victoria for the coming fiscal year was approved Monday night by Village Board of Trustees. A separate appropriation of $10,570 was made Hotline Project Subject of TV A volunteer project in the | Galesburg area, Hotline 58, will be the subject of a half-hour television program telecast on WQAp TV, Moline, Thursday from 9-9:30 a.m. for the village's water department. In other business authorities ^gettf, HailSOU, City Purchasing decided to delay until the spring of 1974 a blacktopping project p/« lje P/J#IV<J on the main highway through* lu M\curv town because of the additional work of constructing curbs and gutters. However, blacktopping from the city limits east to the junction of 111. 167 and 180 is expected to be done this summer. The board approved the annual audit and renewed the contract of Jack Huggins, a Belleville auditor. Trustees agreed to allow Jack Brennan, new owner of property formerly owned by Dale Cald- Cy Roberts, the moderator of)well, to remodel a house there. the program, will talk with thei L , as * ™ nth trustees had direct- ,f . , . , ;ed A. W. (Sandy) Sornberger, youth volunteers who operate Hotline 58, a telephone service for anyone seeking information or someone to listen to their problems. the board president, to initiate legal action for removal of the house then owned by Caldwell. Authorities described the house as a fire hazard. Arvey W. Hanson, purchasing agent for the City of Galesburg, will retire Sept. 30, he announced Monday. Hanson, who has been employed by the city in 'that capacity since Sept. 6, 1966, will move to Phoenix, Ariz., soon after his retirement, he said today. Born and reared in Knoxville, Hanson, 64, moved to Galesburg 38 years ago. He was assistant superintendent of the Knox County Highway Department for 16 years and later operated a road supply business for nine years. He and his wife now reside at 1173 W. Main St. SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - If House Speaker W. Robert Blair is planning to run for governor in 1976, as many around the statehouse believe, he got a running start during the spring legislative session. Blair, a Republican from the South Chicago suburb of Park Forest, took on Democratic Gov. Daniel Walker head-to-head on several of the major issues. And he won on one of the most important of them—tax relief. In addition, Blair in one particularly energetic week estab-l lished a House subcommittee to investigate Walker's campaign financing and raised some tens of thousands of dollars for his political future at a cocktail party. Unquestionably, Blair's biggest victory of the session was over tax relief. Despite Walker's strenuous opposition, he pushed through both houses a bill which would, if the governor signs it, chop the sales tax from 5 cents on the dollar to described as the session's key issue, died in the Senate. Blair and Walker battled to a standoff on the issue of a Regional Transit Authority for the Chicago metropolitan area. Each said he wanted such an authority but negotiations involving the two broke down in a personality-tinged dispute. The speaker and the governor then blamed each other for that defeat in a series of vitriolic, name-calling news confer- 4.5 cents. Walker s own plan for ences. tax relief, which the governor Most of the rest of Blair's Here Is Quick Look at Action on Bills SPRINGFIELD (UPI) - Here are bills which were passed or defeated or postponed during the spring session:" Passed —Death penalty for Ipecified crimes. —State Board of Education. —State Board of Elections. —Full funding of state pension plans. —A prohibition against man-j datory busing for racial balance. —No-fault auto insurance. —Right turn through red traffic lights. —Sales tax reduction. —19-year-old drinking of beer and wine. Legalization of leaf-burning, —Increases in unemployment subject to local control. compensation, workmen's compensation, the state minimum wage and welfare benefits. —Construction start on many supplemental freeway, system segments. —Abortion regulations. Killed or Postponed —Freeze on real estate taxes. —Income tax reduction. —Chicago area regional transit authority. —State lottery. —Campaign spending disclosure and limits on campaign spending. —Newsmens' "shield" bill. —Ban on pay toilets. —Statewide grand juries —Protection for ers" and Lake Michigan legislative program — including campaign spending limits and disclosure, passage of the equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a scenic rivers bill—died either in the House or the Senate. Blair, at a Saturday news conference, said he was "very disappointed" by some of the setbacks but pointed out his legislative program was virtually the only one under consideration since Walker "did not intend to participate in the legislative process." The speaker said he feels the session was "an educational experience for the governor. I wish he had learned faster." The City of Galesburg will spend $150 on an advertisement in the Springfield newspaper this week urging Gov. Daniel Walker to approve a proposed supplemental freeway that includes the Momnouth -to -GaLes- burg mute. The Galesburg City Council Monday night decided to go in with other area cities in financing a $750 advertisement urging that freeways proposed for this section of the state be built. Not only is the city planning on the advertisement but aldermen asked City Manager Thomas Herring to write to the governor. Fifth Ward Aid. Frank Johnson also said the city should call Walker if necessary, The freeway program, passed by the Illinois House and Senate, is part of the Department of Transportation's $1.5 billion budget for fiscal 1974. The freeway proposal was attached to the budget last week in the House Appropriations Committee. Hoi, Cold Spots NEW YORK (UPI) - The highest temperature reported to the National Weather Service Monday excluding Alaska and Hawaii was 117 decrees at Needles, Calif. Today's low was 39 degrees at Evanston, Wyo. 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