Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 8, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 8, 1975
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Page 4 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, July 8, 1975 Revenue Sharing Outlays Of $44,528 Approved The City Council, acting as Freeport Town Board, passed resolutions: Monday night making available $44,528 in federal revenue sharing funds to social organizations during the 1975-76 fiscal year. The largest single allocation, $13,165, will go to the Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency and Senior Citizens Center. Like all the agencies allocated funds, NICAA and the Senior Citizens Center will have to sign contracts and submit vouchers for money spent. The Freeport Township office will then reimburse the money after each voucher is approved by the Town Board. The $13,165 is to be spent on full-time and part-time outreach workers and insurance and travel expense. The Lutheran Welfare Services of Illinois plans to use its $5,750 for counseling indigent persons in the township! Amity Society was allocated $5,350, which is proposed for the visiting nurse program. Two grants were approved for Freeport Park District. One, for $4,563, is to be used for playground equipment % at Wilbur Park. The other, for $2,800, is to be used for lighting horseshoe courts at Park Hills Golf Course. The Association for the Handicapped ot Stephenson County planfc to use its $4,000 for- office supplies, travel expenses, educational materials and rent. A grant-of $7,000 was approved for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to Construct a parking lot adjacent to the building, and a $1,900 grant was approved for the Civic Center of Stephenson County for office equipment and supplies. Disbursements from the previous fiscal year to Amity, Sojourn House and the King Center still await the signing of contracts between the agencies and the township. Council Factory Site Street Approves Expenditure Okayed (Continued from page 1) move we suspend the rules." Eleven other aldermen voted for his motion. Aid. Sheila Hooper, who ,was not given the opportunity to speak on the .matter after the parliamentary occasion had passed, voted not to suspend the rules and not to approve Green. ' She later explained to him that she was not voting against him but against the ! way the matter was handled. ; Prior to the appointment, three letters were read that asked the aldermen to vote no on Green's appointment. One of the letters pointed out that a petition with 299 signatures was given to the council supporting Brown. One of the letters, from Miss Lee, George Caruthers and Lamorn Morris, said the action was a "slap in the face" to the community. It implied that ignoring the petition enhances frustration and confirms the attitude of "why vote for change when they are going to do what they want to anyway?" The,other letters were from the Freeport Freedom Of Residence Committee and the Freeport Chapter of the NAACP. Both supported Brown. Caruthers was one of six in the audience at the meeting Monday. After . the mayor omitted the customary inquiry of whether there were any com. ments from the audience at the close ; of the meeting, he wondered if the omission were deliberate. Asked today why he did not ask for comments from > the audience, McLeRoy said he did not • see any hands raised. . Brown, 804 E. Pleasant St., lost the .. 1971 general election to Aid. John Hill . who also voted for Green. This year, in 'the People's party primary election, • Brown defeated Hill by 14 votes. Hill ; Ihen changed party in the general election and won by 18 votes. Gerloff said this morning that be : cause the 299-signature petition Passage of a resolution authorizing $110,000 for a new road leading to the proposed Star Manufacturing Co. factory was chief among a number of matters dealing with city streets considered by the City Council Monday evening. The road, whose price has gone from $75,000 to $102,000 to $110,000, would, •' extend 1,200 feet south from East South >;; Street adjacent to Ihm Motor Sales. ->... The first plan was for a road about ; 750 feet long, but that length would . , have ended the road in the middle of a '/ draw, preventing heavy trucks from using it. Star Manufacturing plans to use the 'road for access to a plow share manufacturing plant. The resolution was necessary so the state will approve the project for state Motor Fuel Tax funding, Aid. Franklin Leonhardt said. Leonhardt, street committee chairman, also explained why a new street dedication had to be approved., He said the present dedication would have interfered with the Ihm Motof entrance. Richard and Lillian Ihm deeded a new piece of land for to the city for $1. Aid. Sheila Hooper cast the only dissenting vote throughout the road matter. She earlier expressed displeasure with the city spending so much money on the road, when it could be used for better purposes, she said. The council approved removing six parking meters from '.West Spring Street between South Galena and South Walnut avenues. Removing the meters is designed to allow fdr a larger driveway to a remodeled Stephenson County Farm Bur§au feed and seed warehouse.* The '"$180,000 project will utilize the former Patio' Theater building. The front of the theater on South Galena Avenue is planned for an insurance office, Leon- CHARLES GREEN presented Immediately after McGee's resignation was found to be "full of a lot of holes," he did not think it very valid. Aid. Hill reported at the meeting between the mayor, Miss Lee and Caruthers, that the petition contained names of 12 nonresidents of the 3rd •! Ward and 111 persons not registered to vote and 44 duplicate signatures. The appointment is the ninth by McLeRoy, who said he has never before been requested to go into a ward - to dicker with groups in filling aldermanic vacancies. This was the first aldermanic appointment for which he has deviated from a practice of seeking someone who had run for the City Council to fill an aldermanic vacancy. 1 Aid. Keith Stott said after Monday ,; night's meeting that if the voters of the i 3rd Ward are not satisfied with Green, they can vote in whoever they want in the next election. Green's appointment will continue until the 1977 city election. Green, 44, a \ Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. worker, re[ places Frank McGee, who resigned un- t der pressure of fellow aldermen and - McLeRoy after his second felony con; viction. "I will work with all the people of my ward," Green said following Monday night's meeting. He said he will try to cooperate with everyone in the ' ward, even those who wanted Brown appointed. "I don't hold any grudges. I want to represent all of the 3rd Ward," he said. In asking that Brown be appointed instead of Green, it was made clear that there were no ill feelings toward Green. McGee himself said just before his sentencing to prison that he is very good friends with Green and Brown, • and it wouldn't make any difference to I-him, "because they are both real good ;:men," ' McLeRoy now his six appointees on ;;the council.'They are Green, and alder- j;men Gerloff, Hooper, David Roskam, •-Franklin Leonhardt and Jack Park- 'inson. All but Green have since been 'elected to their seats. ' The mayor also appointed former aldermen Dr. Ray Polsean, Robert Corrigan and Edward Brooks. hardt said. The city will be reimbursed $6,280 for local repair and maintenance of state roads in the city. The amount last year was about $4,300. An ordinance will be drafted to make West Exchange Street between North Vaif Buren and North Galena avenues a'one way street westbound. •._ Leonhardt explained the change is designed ;to eliminate lengthy waits at the corner and mistaken directions. The left lane of Exchange would be for left turns onto Galena only 'and the right lane will be for right turn or straight ahead traffic. • The coungil will no longer have to approve every street cut made by utility companies. An ordinance passed Monday night allows the City Engineer's office to approve the cuts. Prior to Monday night, the council had to approve every cut in recently resurfaced streets, which was a time consuming procedure on the council floor. By the time most of the requests reached-the council, the cut was usually made, the work done, and the hole repaired; because most of the work was of an emergency nature. ' The council refused to 1 prohibit parking in front of the YWCA, 641 W. Stephenson' St., and adjacent to the People's; Health Center, 530 W. Main St. Work on the pedestrian walk of the East Stephenson Street bridge over the Pecatonick River has been completed oh one side and work on the other side will begin soon, the council was told by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Aid. Jack Parkinson asked that parking be eliminated on the north side of West Lincoln Boulevard east of Soujh McKinley Avenue to allow better visibility. The street committee wfll consider the matter. Variance For Porch Enclosure Given City Council Go-Ahead Mrs. Lois Marcurn, 71 Greenfield Drive, wants ta put'a porch enclosure on the front of her three-family building. The Zoning Board of Appeals met on the request twice and decided that granting a variance to Mrs. Marcum would be in violation of city zoning laws. At the last June City Council meeting, the board recommended that she not be allowed to construct the enclosure. Aid. Richard Speicher asked that the recommendation be laid over for further study, keeping her hopes alive to construct the small enclosure. At Monday night's council session, Zoning Board of Appeals chairman- Richard Lumby explained why the board made its recommendation. "Some of the members felt it would be an unsightly addition and could set a precedent," Lumby said. He said granting the variance could allow a nonconforming structure in an area which already is nonconforming because it originally was riot approved for three families. Originally the home was a one-family structure, and now that it houses three families, it should have room for five cars, he said. Speicher pointed out that while Mrs. Marcum was expanding the building to accommodate more families, she went through the proper channels in obtaining permits from the city. The 1st Ward alderman pointed out that neighbors signed a petition that was presented to the council at thalast meeting stating they did not object to the addition. The aldermen voted 10 to 3 Monday to have an ordinance drafted approving the variance. Voting for the motion ' were aldermen William Gerloff, Sheila Hooper, .David Roskam, Franklin Leonhardt, Jack Parkinson, Thomas Gastel, Donald Bolen, Harold Schuller, Thomas Duffy and Speicher. Voting to uphold the zoning board's recommendation were aldermen Keith Stott, John Hill and John Rutledge. Mayor Mark McLeRoy said he opposes the addition and suggested all aldermen take another look. The council also approved special use permits for the construction of a Pizza Hut restaurant in the. Eagles shopping center on South West Avenue and for a real estate office in the building now being used at Pfeiffer's Grocery at 404 N. West Ave. Marriage Licenses AT FREEPORT Bradley J. Harbach Freeport Susan L.' Wolfe same Robert H. Wiederholtz ..Leaf RJver Nancy A. Wilcox Freeport Robert P. Lowery St. Paul, Minn. Kathleen A. Fieldstad same SIR EXPLAINS THE FACTS OF LIFE to his associate, Kid, in this scene from the Freeport Area Summer Theater's production of "The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd." Mike Boland and Cindy Blask and a dozen other cast members sing and dance through the Anthony Newley-Leslie Bricusse musical. Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday. Curtain time is 8:15 (except for Sunday which is 7:15) p.m. at the Winnesheik Playhouse. Reservations can be made by calling 232-6718 or 232-7023 between 6 and 8 p.m.-Journal-Standard Photo. County Board Member Submits Resignation Dr. Philip Hardinger, a 12-year member of the Stephenson County Boar K d, resigned from his District D seat this morning. Hardinger, of 772 W. Lincoln Blvd., will move July 12 to an out-of-district address at 1529 LaCresta Drive. County Board members accepted the resignation. "I want to offer my services to my successor and to other board members to expedite the continuity of our building program," Hardinger told the board. He is the board member who has been closest to the new county courthouse project and has served as chief board liaison to the architect and the Public Building Commission. "The move was not designed, it simply happened," Hardinger said. Late in June, Hardinger said he had made an offer for the LaCresta Drive home, formerly occupied by James P. Howell, one-time business manager for Freeport Memorial Hospital. The offer was accepted, and Hardinger decided to move. Board chairman George Koehler told Hardinger, "We're going to miss you,'! following the reading of the letter. Hardinger said privately he would be <'more than willing" to serve as a consultant to the county on the courthouse construction if asked. As chairman of the board's public property committee, Hardinger has. more than any other board member, kept abreast of the building's progress. Unfortunately, he admits, much of his DR. PHILIP HARDINGER knowledge of the courthouse is "in his head" and is not readily accessible to other members. Koehler has not designated a replacement, nor has he appointed a new public property committee chairman. Hardinger's new address is in board district A.- McGee Appealing (Continued from page 1) conditions such as periodic^ imprisonment or a period of months at the Illinois State Prison Farm at Vandalia, Illinois, as conditions of probation." -Court records show that "there have been numerous other cases in this jurisdiction where a person before the court on a second conviciton has been sentenced to probation rather than sent to the Illinos Department of Corrections and therefore, sentence in this case is not consistent with other cases \ in this jurisdiction." The theft charge gave McGee his second felony conviction in two years. He was found guilty of criminal usury in July of 1973. Judge Laughlin, in denying the motion to reduce the sentence, said "each defendant is judged on his own conditions at the time the matter is before the court." Judge Laughlin said he carefully considered all facts in the case and "did not consider factors other than the grills involved. "The court feels that the sentence is fair, just and appropriarite in this case," he said. "The reasons were given at some length at the time of the sentencing." Judge Laughlin told McGee's attorney that as of July 1 there was an amendment in'a Supreme Court ruling which applies to persons who are appealing a. case after pleading guilty. Judge Laughlin said it was his understanding that under this rule, a defendant could file a motion asking that the guilty plea be vacated and the matter would be heard by the court. If denied, the defendant can file an appeal. If approved, the case goes to trial on all charges, including any which may have been dismissed during court proceedings. Judge Laughlin said in his opinion there was some ambiguity as to whether it applied to persons who pleaded guilty prior to July 1. McGee pleaded guilty June 3 and was sentenced July 3. Although Judge Laughin said he did not know at this time if the rule would apply in this case, he wanted McGee and his attorney to be aware of it. A motion asking the court to appoint an attorney through the District Defender's Project in Elgin was also denied. The project is designed for persons who cannot afford private attorneys. Water Safety Course Set For Weekend t The new Basic Water Safety Cdurse, which is designed to help prevent aquatic emergencies and teach persons how to handle them if they arise, is being offered for the first time Saturday and Sunday at .the Read Park Pool. The 'course, developed by the American Red Cross, is being presented here by the Stephenson County Chapter of the Red Cross, in cooperation with the Freeport Park District. There are no prerequisites for the course. 'The first session Saturday will be from 10 a.m.|to noon. The time of the second session will be determined by class .members. • Any individuals'or family groups interested in aquatic activities may take the course. The objective of the course is to provide persons, regardless "of whether they have any swimming ability or not, with the knowledge and skill to prevent or handle emergencies. Emphasis is placed on how the non- swimmer or novice swimmer can prevent or respond to an emergency. A swim suit is hot required but may be worn in place of street clothing. The nominal fee includes the textbook needed for the course. Anyone interested may register at the Park District office in the Read Park Pavilion. Hospital News Births At Memorial tyr- 'and Mrs. Ray Ditsworth Jr., Freeport Route 2, are parents of a son born Monday in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Parents of a son born Monday are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bons, North Aurora. Patients At Memorial , Surgicalpatients at Freeport Memorial are Mrs. Arthur Hanstrom, 2127 Park Crest Drive; Mrs. Willie Love, 621 E. Stephenson St.; Harm Bocker, Shannon; Merle Meinert, Davis; Dana Miller, Mount Carroll; Shane Mowers, Winnebago; and Jodie Wells, Hanoven. Medical patients include Russell Beets, 2008 W. Revere St.; Ray Brubaker, 809 S. McKinley Ave.; Irene Duffy, 1050 W. Galena Ave.; Roy Stroup, 1227 W. Logan St.; Anna Mills, 1317 W. Elm St.; Mrs. Floyd Strohecker, 601 N. Walnut Ave. Also, Mrs. Elmer Byler, Freeport Route 4; James-Neil Fortney and Vernon Schradermeier, both of Freeport Route 3; Donald Arshem and Isaac Buskohl, both of Forreston; Kenneth Earth, Shannon; Gladys Bessert, Dakota; Roy Downs, Stockton; and Norman Hoffman, Lanark. Kevin Bardell, Freeport Route 3, was admitted after an accident. Appointments Made To Health Board ] County Board chairman George Koehler reappointed two persons to the County Health Board and made one new appointment. Dr. Edward Maglietta, 1108 Oakwood Drive, was named to succeed Dr. E. L. Vickery. Reappointed were health board chairman Dr. Everett Zinser and Mrs. Doris Kriens. Koehler also named John Rampenthal to serve as an alternate member to the board's public aid appeals committee. Rampenthal will -,- sit in cases where complaints are brought against a township supervisor who sits on the committee as a board member. Reunions SHIPPY - The James Shippy reunion will be held Sunday at the Uva Mays home in Orangeville. A picnic dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. HAMMER-THAIN The 40th annual Hammer-Thain reunion was held June 29 at the Stockton Park House. Officers elected were: Loren Hammer, president; RaymondDit- tmar, vice president; Dorothy Dittmar, secretary-treasurer. 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