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2 Galesbura ReQister*Moit, Gatesburg, III. Tuesday, Aug, 7, 1973 Proposal To Build New Is Awaiting Appraisal of Land Value Weather and River Stages By NORMA CUNNINGHAM (Staff Writer) Knox County officials are waiting for a land value appraisal before formalizing a proposal to construct a joint city-county law enforcement center in Galesburg. The Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee last night said it would hold off making the proposal to the board until the city furnishes the committee with an appraised value of land on which the proposed facility would be built. WiBard Larson, R-4th, chairman, told committee members that the city had arranged for an appraisal of the land several weeks ego, but no value has yet been set. The block to be appraised is bounded by Simmons, Cedar, Tcmpkins and Broad streets. Plans call for the county to pay one-fourth of appraised value. In spite of the missing figure, however, the committee voted to meet with the revenue committee tonight to discuss methods of financing the construction of the proposed building. "While we cannot come up with a firm propos- ti! right now, we must make all preparation possible toward such a proposal," Larson said. LARSON explained that the proposal calls for the county to be responsible for the maintenance of the jail and its offices, half of the lobby area, one-ithird of the basement and Civil Defense area and one-quarter of the lawn area. Utilities would be on a square foot basis. The committee was informed that a committee composed of the sheriff, the chairman of the jail committee, the Galesburg police and fire chiefs, the city manager and director of Civil Defense had been formed to iron out any difficulties in administering the joint facility. Harry Thompson, R-2nd, objected to the structure of the city delegation, pointing out that there were no elected officials from the city, while 1he county had two. "THE COUNTY has two persons on that committee that are directly responsible to the voters, while the city has none. I think there should be someone from the city that has to answer to the voter," he said. Thompson also objected to the CD director having a vote on the committee, although he agreed that a representative of the agency should be on the committee in an advisory capacity. Larson read a resolution passed by the City Council July 30 agreeing that construction of the proposed facility was of prime importance and that preliminary plans were acceptable. The resolution asked for a county commitment and timetable. Thompson instructed the committee chairman to reply that the county is committed to construction of the facility but was awaiting land appraisal figures before going to the board. THE COMMITTEE began work on a preliminary budget, leaving most allocations near the current budgeted figure. Major increases were in sal' aries, with the allocation for bailiffs going from f*7,3§0 to $91,725, and the figure for jailers going from $41,806 to 145,000. The over-all tentative budget went from this year's $187,494 to $198,708. In a mock-serious ceremony, Sheriff Rayder Peterson presented the committee With a plaque reading: "Historic site. On May 8,1768, this was declared the first condemned building in North America." The Knox County Jail was declared unfit for human habitation in December 1970. Council Delays Action on City Bicycle Ordinance By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) Galesburg aldermen Monday delayed action on a proposed ordinance that would require mandatory registration of bicycles. The City Council put off voting on the measure until aldermen receive additional information from national bicycle organizations and reconsider specific sections of the proposed legislation. Major objections to the measure were directed at mandatory registration clause and a penalty section. Aldermen said they felt the registration of bicycles may not be well received by city residents. •Not Ready' "I don't feel the general public is ready for registration," Aid. Frank Johnson, Fifth Ward said. "It might be wise to drop the registration section," City Manager Thomas Herring said. Aid. Carroll Wilson, Seventh Ward, contended that the proposed penalty section would be difficult to enforce. Penalties are increased with each new violation, according to the proposal. "What would the officer do? Call in by radio to check the bicyclist's record?" Wilson asked. Herring indicated it would be a judge who would decide. "But in order to know (what [kind of ticket to issue) the officer would have to call in,'" Wilson repeated. "Yes," said Herring. Wilson then said the section should be re-checked. "Police have to get out and start enforcing the existing ordinance," commented Johnson. In other action, the council annexed Club 19 property on North Henderson Street. The owner, Charles Calderone, last week asked the council to delay acting upon the annexation until this council session. At first he expressed concern over the annexation but later said he was willing to have his property brought into the city. An ordinance designed to change 460 Fifer Street from a residential district to a neighborhood commercial district was rejected by a 5-3 vote. The site would have been used for a car wash and laundromat. Area residents signed petitions against the rezoning and School District 205 objected because of nearby Silas Willard Elementary School. The district said the addition of such a bus­ iness would create a safety haz ard for children. "I looked it over today," said Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, "it's a narrow street. Rezoning the lot would present a lot of problems for parents picking up their children." Approved were two resolutions which would clear the way for Galesburg Transit Inc. to obtain federal funds for two new buses. The first stipulates that the city would comply with a state records act. The second stipulates the city would take affirmative action to ensure that applicants and employes are treated without regard to race, color, creed, national origin or sex. Street Plan Aldermen were also given copies of a five and 20-year street plan. The council will dis­ cuss the plan for future street maintenance at an informal session. Aid. Johnson, 1st, while sitting as a member of, the Town Board, complained that township relief funds were being used to pay room and board fbr what he called a "drunk" at Bridgehouse, Galesburg's halfway house for alcoholics. He questioned the use of township funds to pay an organization that is financed by the state. "I don't mind buying groceries for a widow lady and her kids or a disabled person, but not something like this," Johnson said. He also asked why the town was paying $427 for a patient in Peoria Methodist Hospital. "Why ship someone to Peoria?" he asked. Johnson moved that the bills be paid except the $150 for room and board for the man at Bridgehouse. He also 1 asked for further explanation from town [officials on the transfer of a patient to the Peoria hospital. Mrs. Dorothy Hund, a town official, today said the man at (Bridgehouse could not find a job and therefore asked the relief office for assistance. "He has nothing to pay with," said Mrs. Hund. She also explained why the Galesburg resident was shipped to a Peoria hospital for treatment. The patient's local doctor recommended the hospital, she said. The patient, a child, needed a brain scan and stayed in the hospital, for further observation. Mercer County Board Picks Deputy To Fill Vacancy in Sheriffs Job ALEDO — Lorenzo Rausch, Aledo, today was appointed . Mercer County sheriff to replace Warren Demick, who resigned following a series of jailbreaks. The appointment was effective at noon today. Rausch had been Demick's chief deputy for the past three years. Demick recommended to the Mercer County Board that Rausch be named to the post, end the board apparently followed his advice. Demick told the Register- Mail shortly before noon that he had only moments before completed the task of turning over the jail keys and his badge to Rausch, who was then at the courthouse being sworn in. "I did it with a great sigh of relief. I'm not .going out of here bitter — just glad it's over," Demick said. I The former sheriff said he I believes Rausch will have a better relationship with the j board. "I sure hope so. You have to have cooperation to be j able to. do this job," Demick commented. Demick said his resignation came about because of what he termed political problems and problems with the courts. He contended that Rausch will have a better situation because Mercer County Board members had agreed to making secure a window which he had brought to their attention earlier. It was through that window that the latest escape was made July 18. The last of the escapees was recaptured early] last Saturday by a Knox County Sheriff's deputy. "There have been other im-| provements made during my tenure, too," Demick said this morning. He said that two grants had been received for jail remodeling projects. Other improvements made by the former sheriff included addition of jailers, manning the radio and updating the records sys T tern. "There were no jailers and no radio operator, and the records were in a mess. when I came in," Demick said. He was appointed to fill an unexpired See 'Mercer'- (Continued on page 11) Masonic and Knights of Columbus leaders gather in front of the Galesburg Holiday Inn last night before joining almost 80 members of the two organizations in a joint fellowship dinner, the first such event ever to be held in Galesburg. From left are Harry Simons, Homer Zumwalt and Walter Bruner, A Galesburg First all Masons and William McKillip, Ed Kramer and Anthony Campisi, members of the Knights of Columbus. Campisi was commended at the dinner for his efforts in promoting and organizing the event which, members agreed, will be held again next year. (Register-Mail photo by Steve Stout.) Federal Funds Nixed For Farnham Bridge Funds under a federal highway safety program will not be available for replacement of the Farnham Street Bridge, Lloyd Dixon of the Illinois Department of Transportation said today. » The city had applied for TOPICS funds (Traffic' Operations to Increase Capacity and Safety) for the bridge but Dixon told the Register-Mail that the program has been discontinued. The only TOPICS funds now available are for those projects which have already received approval. Aid. Curtis Erickson, Second Ward, told the City Council last night, that Mrs. Sam Shotts, 1497 E. Losey St., last Friday talked with Dixon in Springfield. Mrs. .Shotts, who has been fighting to get the bridge replaced, was told no funds would be available for the bridge. THE ONLY alternative for obtaining federal funds is for the city to apply for assistance under the urban systems program, Dixon said. But this program has not yet been approved by President Nixon. Erickson called the situation "shocking, disturbing and disheartening." "A blow like this is pretty hard to take. It's just like getting hit below the belt," Erickson commented. In reference to the urban systems programs he added, "If we wait on this fund it will be one or two years before anything gets done." Mrs. Shotts today said she would continue to fight for federal assistance for the bridge. If necessary she intends to see the governor about the project. "IT'S TRAGIC we've got a horse and buggy bridge in this town and no one is doing anything about it," she commented. Erickson, disillusioned by Mrs. Shotts' report, said: "The strongest and easiest way for this to get done is through federal revenue sharing." The Town of the City of Galesburg is expected to receive $155,000 for 1973-74 in federal revenue snaring funds. These funds, as yet, have not been earmarked. Replacement of the bridge is xpected to cost $300,000. "I also think the railroad (Santa Fe Railway) should come up with 50 per cent," Erickson added. CITY MANAGER Thomas Herring last night indicated he would continue to fight for TOPICS funds. "I wouldn't let them off the hook," Herring said. "We can explore other avenues and be ready to go to them. But we do have a legitimate claim. But I don't mean to bump my head against a stone wall." Today, after hearing Dixon's most recent comments, Herring said the city would try every avenue to get the bridge replaced. "We haven't been formally refused yet," he added. He said two avenues to explore are the use of town revenue sharing funds from the Illinois Commerce Commission. He also indicated he would ask Santa Fe officials for an answer to the city's request for funds. Some months ago the city asked railroad officials to pay 25 per cent of the cost for replacement. To date Herring has not received ILLINOIS: tfoftliht partly elttidy with chance of thunderstorms northwest) fair southeast, wedftes day variable cloudiness with cflMCi of showers and thunderstorms northwest, mostly sunny southeast Low tonight mid 80s to mid 70S, High Wednesday mid 80s to mid 90s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with slight chance of thundershowers. Low tonight upper got to low 70s. High Wednesday around 90. IOWA: scatter*! showers and thunderstorms tonight and Wednesday, A little cooler norm and west tonight and. over most of state Wednesday. Low tonight upper so* northwest, 60s .elsewhere. High Wednesday low 80s northwest, upper 80s southeast. EXTEWBCtrrOMCAlT ILLINOIS: Variable cloudiness Hiursday through Saturday with occasional showers and thunderstorms over the state Thursday and south Friday and Saturday. Low 80B-709. High 80S-90S. LOCAL WeAfMtlt Noon temperature, gj: morning's low. 67. Sk> sunny, wind out of the south at 12 m.p.h. (Monday's maximum, 93; minimum. 67). Jun rose today at 6:04, sets at 8:07. Precipitation, .0 of an inch. Humidity, 7i%. fttmtlt tTAQtl Keokuk—3.8 fall 1.3 Quincy^ll.Sno change Oraft6n-lS.3 rise o.l Alton-8.3 fall 0.3 , St. Louis—0J fau 1.1 cape Girardeeu—is.s rite 6.1 LaSalie-41.7 fall o.l Peoria—12.1 fail 6.1 Havana—7.7 fall 0.2 Beardstown—6.6 rise 1.0 St. Charles—14.7 faU 1.0 Divorce Caseload Getting Heavier An Oquawka Judge, Eerie A. Kloster. has been assigned to the tfnox County Circuit Court to help handle «n increasing caseload of divorces in the county, Chief Judge Daniel Roberts announced. Roberts said figures indicate there were three divorces for every five marriages in Knox County during the first six months of this year. However, recent Illinois Bar Journal figures show a 1972 statewide divorce ratio of one-to-three. ROBERTS-pointed out that the Knox County figure of 61.2 per cent is almost double the statewide figure of 35.9 percent. ' , The Knox County ratio is also reflected in an increased number of hearings dealing with child support and visiting rights. Roberts said a combination of these hearings and the higher divorce rate necessitated assigning an additional judge to help handle the caseload. Cost of Living Council Beleases Phase 4 Rules WASHINGTON UPI) - The Cost of Living Council announced today most of the administration's final Phase IV regulations and said firms will be able to raise some prices 10 per cent or more starting as early as next week. The council said companies with annual sales of $100 million or more would have to give 30 days notice before raising prices above base levels. Starting Sunday Firms with sales under $100 million a year can raise prices starting Monday without ad­ vance notification to the government. Council Director John T. Dunlop emphasized that companies could raise prices over-all only to the extent of their increased costs. But he said that on individual items, prices could be raised as much as 10 per cent, plus increased costs. Price Freeze Ends Dunlop told a news conference that the new regulations cover all sectors of the See 'Cost'- (Continued on page 11) Teacher's Dismissal Lawsuit Decision Under Advisement A decision on a lawsuit challenging the dismissal of Mrs. Billie J. Haight from her teacher's job in School District 205 was taken under advisement by Associate Judge William K. Richardson following a hearing Monday in Knox County Circuit Court. Mrs. Haight, a first-year English teacher at Lombard Junior High School, was notified in March 1972 that she would not be re-employed by the district. Following a full day of testimony, in which 10 witnesses were called, Richardson continued the hearing until transcripts of the testimony can be made and written briefs submitted by attorneys. ' . The suit against School District 205 Board of Education by Mrs. Haight alleges that she was improperly dismissed because the board's official minutes did not specify the names of the teachers being dismissed. The board, on July 27, amended its minutes of March 27, 1972 meeting, to show the names of teachers being dismissed. Attorneys for the school board yesterday called witnesses; tq testify that names were not included in the of-! ficial minutes to prevent "embarassment" to those concerned. » '' Intelligence Officer Tells of False Bombing Reports WASHINGTON (UPI) - U.S. warpianes struck targets up to 100 rnjles inside Cambodia for 10 months after U.S. troops publicly moved into that country in 1970, but false reports were filed to make it appear the raids were closer to South Vietnam, a former intelligence officer said today. George R. Moses, who was a captain assigned as intelligence officer to Air Force fighter squadrons stationed in South Vietnam at the time, told the ; Senate Armed Services Committee the falsified reports were ordered by 7th Air Force headquarters. The bombing described by Moses and its cover-up continued for 10 months until about April of 1971, the former officer said. Air Force Instructions He said under the instructions from the 7th Air Force, "combat missions flown in an area roughly west of the Mekong River in Cambodia were not to have coordinates reported as struck. "Instead," Moses continued, "intelligence personnel were instructed by the previously mentioned message to contact 7th Air Force tactical air control center at Tan Son Nhut Air Base for a set of coordinates which would be reported in lieu of the actual strike locations." j Moses said he later met a .duty officer from the control 'center A ho told him that the false coordinates were selected at random from "an unpopulated area of Cambodia which was Jwell within the normal operating area of the 7th Air Force in Cambodia." Acting Chairman "We've been told that the bombing was only two or three miles inside Cambodia," s3id !Sen. Stuart Symington, D-Mo., the acting chairman. "Are you saying we were bombing 75 to 100 miles inside?" "Yes," Moses replied. Moses said he questioned the cover-up order to his superiors, telling them "this was just about a clear a case of falsifying a report as I could think of." Moses was the first witness before the committee's reopened hearings on falsification of reports to cover up U.S. military activities in Southeast Asia. N.Y., is pressing her attempt to N.Y., is pressingh er attempt to get the bombing of Cambodia stopped immediately on the ground that it is unconstitu-! tional. She and four Air Force 1 officers filed a motion Monday i asking Supreme Court Justice! Thurgood Marshall to refer his! ruling which allows the bombing to continue to the entire nine-rnember court. ; Strut Your • Stuff - Brogue Blue Ton Brown Shoes for Women The Right This-$t«ton look — The Right Chunky Hoel — Th« Right Way To B« Off The Campus This Fall. And At LOW BUDGET PRICE. Block 10 • ALfSOUH*. HUNOIt 228 E. MAIN ST BLOOMUL/UIST PH. 342-2013 j

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