Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 18, 1973 · Page 3
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 18, 1973
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Fulton Health Go.lesbu.fg Register-MoiI, Galesburg, III, Wednesday, July18,1 ,973. 3 CANTON, III (UPI) - The Fulton Courity Health Board voted Tuesday night to permit shipment of treated sewage from Chicago into the county, reversing a month-old ban after hearing four hours of testimony. The voice vote on which at least two health board mem* bers dissented gave the Chicago Metropolitan Sanitary District a go-ahead to resume its "Prairie Project" aimed at reclaiming strip mined land for farming. DOCTORS, authorities on waste recycling, farmers, labor spokesmen, workers on the project and urban planners were called before the health board meeting by the MSD to ease fears in the county that the treated sew* age — called sludge — might carry disease or a steady nuisance from odor, Dr. Thomas Hensley, scientific adviser to the Department of the Army, said 99.9 per cent of viruses and pathogens in sludge die after 15 days of heated digestion or 30 days of storage. Dr. Geoffrey Stanford, of the University of Texas, described recently by a national magazine as the "god of garbage," said, "Treated sewage is harmless and will not carry disease." "WHAT MIGHT be worrying you is that if there is a smell it might be carrying disease — kind of like where there's smoke there's fire," Stanford told the health board. "But whether there is odor or not, winds blowing across the fields will not carry disease." The MSD's nationally ac- Reverses Waste Ship claimed "Prairie Project" was effectively halted June 19 when the health board, responding to citizens' complaints cf ammonia-like odors in "holding basins' Where sludge is stored and fears that dangerous viruses might breed there, banned further shipment of the treated sewage into the county. Before that the MSD had shipped 400 tons of sludge a day — about half of Chicago's industrial and human waste — by barge to Fulton County for use as fertilizer on land scarred by strip mining. Tuesday riight — in two votes — the board rescinded its June 19 ban and then passed a resolution granting the MSD permission to import sludge subject to state Environmental Protection Agency regulations and annual reviews by the Fulton County Health Board. ABOUT 400 county residents attended the health board meeting, which was moved to a building in Wallace Park because the county board meeting room was not large enough. They applauded each speaker but otherwise listened quietly during the four-hour meeting- The MSD called in expert witnesses to provide "new evidence that odor and digestion levels are within acceptable limits," which the health board said it would require before lifting the ban. John Schaffer, special assistant for environmental affairs to the U.S. Army, said the use of waste from Army bases as fertilizer is becoming more and more common. He also said the type of sludge being imported to Fulton County has been used as fertilizer for 80 years in Melbourne, Australia, with "no long term side effects.' DR. ROBERT FELDMAN of Chicago said, "unless the rest of the nation follows Fulton County's lead in using waste to return the soil to a productive condition, the degredation of soil quality will be irreversible.' Harry Reynolds Jr., presi­ dent of Independent Boiler and Tank Co. of Chicago, which maintains the MSD facilities in Fulton County and Chicago, said his employes had not experienced illness from working With the sludge. Bruce Christiansen, an urban planner from Northbrook, said the project has so far reclaimed 1,000 acres and produced 50 jobs. He said if all 6,000 acres planned for reclamation were treated, it would produce 453 jobs for the county and $1.3 million a year in salaries. New Insurance, Personnel Code Move Closer to County Action ^Hotline in Action Michael W. Taylor, left, coordinator of at right. The Hotline office is located in Hotline 58, a telephone service organized Room 216 of the Hill Arcade Building and earlier this year in Galesburg to ihelp employs a staff of 13 volunteer workers, troubled persons, listens intently to the prom- (Register-Mail photos by Steve Stout.) lem of a 'client' making a call from a phone 'Hotline' Often Last Resort For Those With a Problem By LARRY REID (Staff Writer) "I can't take it anymore, life is no longer worth living." The young volunteer worker feels a sense of urgency rising as he listens to the tense pleading of the woman's voice over the telephone. Can he stop the woman from killing herself? "What have you to gain by taking your life?," he asks the distraught woman in a soothing voice. The woman, identified only as Mrs. K., has threatened to commit suicide. To the volunteer falls the awesome responsibility of trying to talk her out of it. Barely out of his teens, he is one of 13 volunteer staff members working for Hotline 58, organized earlier this year in Galesburg to help troubled persons. Mrs. K., a 39-year-old widow, has been despondent over her health and beset with financial problems. If he's lucky, the volunteer • will be able a calm her down enough to encourage her to seek professional help. "IT'S BEEN hard for us to evaluate the success of the program," said Michael W. Taylor, 1192 Klein Ave., the Hotline coordinator. In an interview this week, Taylor said Hotline has received 241 calls dealing with a variety of problems. The program was started last February. "We have been asking persons to call back in order to check their progress but few do," he said. An attempt to start a volunteer program last year failed. Later 35 Knox College students expressed an interest in serving as volunteers. Fifteen took a training course, Taylor said. The training included sensitivity exercises in order to acquaint volunteers with one another, and role playing in the areas of depression, suicide, drags and sexuality. Subsequent sessions followed on drugs and death- Another training session will probably be held next fall, Taylor remarked. WHEN THE last school year-ended most of the student volunteers returned home. After a training session this summer, additional volunteers were added, bringing the staff strength up to 13. However, Taylor pointed out this is barely enough to keep going. The Hotline office was first located in the basement of Whiting Hall at Knox College. The office was later relocated in Room 216 of the Hill Arcade Building. Taylor said the program is in no way affiliated with the college. Volunteers man the phone daily from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. The nature of the calls, mostly from young people, have included pregnancies, boy-girl relationships, depression, venereal disease, suicide and deaths. "We have even received prank and silent calls. But each call must be taken seriously," the coordinator said. Taylor emphasized that calls are kept in strict confidence. The Hotline number is 343-5858. WITH SUICIDE, volunteers are put to the test. "First of all we try to calm the person and attempt to understand the caller's problem. Eventually we attempt to get the person's mind off suicide by getting him to think about the problem." Once the problem has been pinned down volunteers can offer suggestions for a solution and encourage the person to seek professional help, Taylor said. The purpose of Hotline is to urge troubled persons to solve their own problems. Opinions by staff members probably would be offered only as a last resort, he remarked. The Hotline director said the Galesburg Police Department has given him statistics which support the need for the program. TAYLOR SAID information he has received from Detective Blaine Spivey shows some evidence of heroin in the local junior and senior high schools and some use of amphetamines in the middle schools. Industrial crime has risen 100 per cent nationwide, and thefts and burglaries are becoming more drug-related, according to Spivey's research. Hotline is operating on a shoestring and its very existence depends on the support of the community. Initially Knox College loaned $120 to the program to get it started while funds drifted in from other sources, Taylor said. Galesburg Council of Churches gave the organization $250 to operate through the summer and Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 donated $25. The organization is in need of money. "We have only enough to operate through part of October," Taylor said. Other sources of revenue are being sought from various foundations, he said. "We also plan to contact the United Way of Knox County as a source of yearly funding," he remarked. WHILE MOST of the volunteers are young people, Taylor believes there is need for older staff members. "We want to serve people of all ages," he said. Persons who want to volunteer their services should call the Hotline number, Taylor said. Hotline, he said, is building up a referral file which includes the names of attorneys, gynecologists, clergymen and' counselors. "If the program can't help troubled persons, we want someone who can," the coordinator said. Taylor said that ultimately he hopes to relocate the Hotline office in a ground level location in order to provide walk-in services on a person- to-person basis. However, this is going to take more money, he said. Taylor, who will be a senior next fall at Knox, where he is majoring in psychology, said he believes Hotline might heb break down the apparent wall of misunderstanding between the college and the community. By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) A consolidated insurance program and a uniform personnel code moved a step closer to realization at a meeting Tuesday of the Knox County Board's Salary and Insurance Committee. Both projects have been under consideration since the committee was formed more than a year ago. ' Roddy lidelstein and Tom Bagley of the Department of Local Government Affairs explained a survey they will conduct as a preliminary study to establishing a uniform code for such things as starting salary, working hours, fringe benefits and job description. Only two offices — the supervisor of assessments and zoning — come under direct county board control. Ail elected officeholders have the authority to set Percy To Ask Investigation Of Incident WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sen. Charles H. Percy, R-Ill., says he will ask the Secret Service to look into allegations by a Peoria, III., man that he was roughed up when he displayed an "Impeach Nixon" sign prior io President Nixon's visit to Pekin, III., last month. Copy of Photo Percy said Tuesday he would send a copy of a photograph published in the Chicago Sun- Times July 6 to the Secret Service. The photograph was obtained by the newspaper from Richard Grawey, 25, Peoria, the Sun-Times said. Grawey told the Sun - Times the photograph showed Grawey and two persons who forcibly removed him from a crowd at Pekin. Grawey said the two men, dressed in business suits, took him away from the crowd, forced a set of keys into his mouth, knocked his glasses off and handcuffed him. Identify Another The Secret Service last week identified another man accused of ripping down an antiwar banner from the crowd at Pekin as a volunteer White House advance man. The Secret Service has said the two men accused of attacking Grawey are not its agents. Plea of Guilty To Tax Charge CHICAGO (UPI) - Allan A. Gnane, 59, Rockford, has pleaded guilty to income tax evasion. Crane, owner of Alberto's Academies, a beauty school, was indicted in March, 1972, on three counts each of evading personal income tax and corporate income tax. However, the three corporate counts were dismissed. Crane pleaded guilty Tuesday in U,S District Court to understating by more than $70,000 his federal income tax returns for 1966-68. Judge Thomas R. McMillen scheduled sentencing for Sept. 11. such standards in their own of fices. Roger Seiboldt, R-4th, committee chairman, asked each elected official to notify him by Fri day if they arc willing to have the study conducted in their office on a voluntary basis. Bagley told the group the county would not be obligated to follow any recommendations which come out of the study, but that a uniform code could boost employe morale and eliminate inter-departmental friction. William Taggart, R-lst , a member of the committee, said consideration of such a study came about, after the committee last year asked officials to furnish information on salary scale, job description and hours in each office. "We discovered that every office was different. One officeholder was upset because we even dared ask "what the hell is going on." Taggart contend that if officeholders rejected the study, it would be a mistake. "You'll only be keeping your head in the sand longer.' Edward Welch, circuit clerk pro tern, was the first officeholder to give his assent to the study. "Such a study could mean a spelling out of duties and benefits. Any qualified em­ ploye should favor the study," he stated. Several other county officials, including Chief Judge Daniel J. Roberts, Robert Peck, Knox County educational service region director, and Klaus Nord- gfen, recorder of deeds, indicated they would favor the study in their offices. Roberts urged the committee to include both the highway department and the nursing home in the study. "Courthouse salaries are small peanuts compared to the $683,000 paid annually in salaries at the nursing home. Don't set your sights loo low. Do the whole thing," he said. Insurance Plan Representatives of the Oak-! icaf-Butts Insurance Agency of Mcline presented recommendations for a consolidated insurance program at the'close of the session. The agency was retained by the committee several months ago to study the county's insurance program, make recommendations for improvement and draw specifications for bids. Seiboldt told the Register-Mail this morning that the agency ha« agreed to have specifications for bids ready for committee inspection next Wednesday. The chairman said specifications will be sent to several agencies. Newspaper advertisements will also call for bids, he added. "The report, presented to the committee yesterday was very enlightening. We found several instances of exposure," Sieboldt said. No Protection He said the study showed that the county had no damage insurance for boilers at the courthouse and the jail, and recommended that the boiler insurance at the nursing home be increased. Seiboldt also cited an instance of injury to a youth at the Mary Davis Home last year which war. not covered by insurance. A lowsuit in connection with the instance has been filed. "There's little doubt that we're going to be buying more insurance, but we can be sure that we'll cover all the deficiencies," he stated. The study came about after it had been discussed over a period of at least two years. Previously, each committee had contracted for all or a portion of the insurance covering county facilities. Table Grove Suspect Goes Before Magistrate PEORIA (UPI) A suspect in the $2,500 robbery of the Table Grove State Bank, arrested after state police trapped him in a tree, was to appear before a U. S. magistrate today. , State police identified the suspect as^George Spikcr, about 45, and said he was an escaped federal prisoner wanted on bank robbery and stolen property charges. The FBI would not release details pending arraignment, Spiker, who has addresses at Marietta and BushncII, 111., and in Black River Falls, Wis., later was charged in connection with robberies of the First National Bank of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the First National Bank of New Hampton, Iowa. Both Iowa banks were held up on April 11, 1973. State police said Spiker was arrested aiftcr a chase. He ran into a field and climbed a tree, and when police caught up with him, he surrendered without resistance, police said. Spiker was transferred to the Peoria County Jail here after his arrest. ' Earlier Tuesday a man carrying a pearl-handled revolver ordered a teller to empty his cash drawer. Bank officials said he got about $2,500. State police said it was believed all the loot was recovered. The robber fled in a green compact car with dealers plates that had reportedly been borrowed from a Peoria auto dealer by a man asking for a test drive. Machinist Files NLRB Complaint PEORIA, 111. (UPI) — A machinist at Caterpillar Tractor Co. today said he has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board because a plant superintendent has threatened to fire him if he uses the men's washroom after 3 p.m. Larry Choate, 42, father of seven children, said he was dismissed 11 months ago on charges of failing to wear safety glasses on the job. He said he was reinstated about six months later when an'arbitrator ruled in his favor. City Loses Out in Bidding For Salvation Army Building City of Galesburg attempts to buy the old Salvation Army building at 147 S. Cherry St. have failed. The building was sold to Barry Barash and Robert Stoerz- bach, attorneys with offices near the building, for an undisclosed sum. The edifice was sold through the sealed bid method. Barash today indicated he would like to rent the building to the city for supplemental office space. However, the city apparently is not contemplating renting space at this time. The site used to house the Galesburg Salvation Army which has since moved into new quarters at the old Galesburg Clinic at Kellogg and North streets. Barash said that in the future his law firm may expand into the building which is located near the firm's present location on Cherry Street. "But we have no immediate plans except to rent it," he added. WhaUvtr tht waii "SAY IT BEST' ANDERSON florists 128 N. BROAD 342*121 PUBLIC NOTICE All 1972 Personal and Dog License Taxes Payable in 1973, That Are.Unpaid As of August 18, 1973, Will Be Published After August 18, 1973, According To Law. (CHAPTER 120-692 REVENUE ACT) Quote: There is imposed on each delinquent taxpayer named in any list published pursuant to this Section, a charge of $1.00 to be collected in the same manner as the tax collected, as reimbursement to the Collector for the cost of preparing the published list. As amended by Act Approved July 1, 1970 GEORGE SH1RCK, JR., Knox County, Collector Open Monday and Friday 9:30 to 9 143 The "Sunshine Shop 1 Plaid Power Play: Moving to make great alliances with cables and pleats. Season-hopping patterns . . . ease and style. The tracer-defined plaids in brown and sand, the solid mixers also in brown and sand. Everythings double- knit polyester, washable and sizes 8 to 18. A super group. Slacks _—__$26 Skirts $16 up Blazer $48 S.S. Jacket $42 T.N. Shells -$18 up Shirts $24 Vests $30 up Cardigan —$34

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