Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 9, 1975 · Page 10
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Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois · Page 10

Freeport, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 9, 1975
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P«g«10 Frwport (III.) Journal-Standard. W«dn««d«y, July 9, 1978 Firehouse Architect .The City Council was told Monday ^ night that the police and fire com;. mittee is continuing its efforts to find , an engineer or architect for a new west ;;. side fire station. The committee met before the coun- } . cil meeting and considered a proposal . frpm Harlan Pratt, Hillside architect, " who designed the new police station ; and is overseeing its construction. Pratt said his fee would be 9 3/4 per cent of the total cost of the fire station, . and Belvidere architect David Rogers • asked eight per cent. Cost of the building is estimated at $150,000. Tuesday night, the committee met ! again and interviewed local engineer James Gastel. Gastel said he could ' probably do the job for about six per cent. Gastel explained that he is not familiar with federal revenue sharing guidelines. The building will be constructed with revenue sharing money. He said his fee would depend on how much paper work would be involved , Gastel has designed pre-engineered structures in Silver Creek and Forreston. The committee agreed that Gastel has,a good reputation locally and seemed to favor him .because he is a local engineer. Street Problems Water runoff on West Stephenson Street has been causing some traffic problems during hard rainstorms. The problem stems, from improper driveways at Westgate Apartments, Assistant City Engineer Gerald Murray told the council, Murray explained Tuesday that the crowns in the driveways were put in wrong and the driveways will have to be torn up and redone. The spots where the crowns should have been were lowered by mistake, he said. He said one inlet on the street will have to be replaced with a larger one because it gets plugged up too fast and the water runs over the road. The city parking lot at S. Chicago Ave. and E. Jackson St. will have to be sealcoated. The money will come from parking meter revenue. A deteriorating fence on West Alsop Street is being repaired after complaints were investigated by the water and sewer committee. The fence borders property used by the water treatment plant. Tw ( o. signs indicating that a deaf child,lives in the area have been erected on East Crocker Street. Landfill Permit The state Environmental Protection Agency granted a permit to the city At a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Bofton, legally affembled at/^z^//-Hall, on Wed- nefday the 28thbf Otfober, i • HE To\vn th*n took into Confiderstioa the Petition of a Number of Inhabitants,.: " That fome effectual Meafures might be ; " agreed upon to promote Imluftry, Oe-J " conomy, ana Manufactures.; thereby^ " to prevent the unncccflary Importation of Euro«« pean Conimocliries, whichL threaten the Country -.-« v,-hh Poverty and Ruin.:" Whereupon in a very lurge and full Meeting, the Following Votes and Rj.olutions were parted Unanimoufly. ' *" as Ill o'clock, HE Committee appointed in the Forenoon. For ^ f< ? r!Subfcri P»on, reported . -, '*-• (scejTivc Ufe of foreign Superfluities' - - h the thief Can ft of the fire/en t dijlre/ed State of this Tfivn, as it is thereby drained of its Mtnty ; •wl-ich Misfortune is likely to be increafed ly Meant ''the laU- additional Burthens and linptfithns on ~radaof the Prr-.-ince, which threaten theCoun- '*> Poverty and Ruin : ; ... , , I-P ROADSIDES OR POSTERS like this were frequently 1s- ^|-sued and circulated widely to inform people of important gvevents. When the broadside contained an official notice, the *; Issuing body often ordered that the handbill be posted In all republic places, Including inns and taverns. In a time when . '^ithe dissemination of news was slow and uncertain, broad- *''«.'' f^ t .* V ^^ * > : -. ••' i ^Patriots Stopped *& •' is " I Use W; (EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 13th ^vin a weekly series of stories recalling £>lhe press and the American Revolu- ^4ion. It was prepared in honor of the '.-"nation's bicentennial by the American jT<:Newspaper Publishers Association and fc-.the American Antiquarian Society.) $~. By DR. FRANCIS G. WALETT £*•• American Antiquarian Society (j£- In early 1769 George Mason, writing fr-an William Rind's Virginia Gazette, as- SgJ&erted "no ministerial mandates nor ^circular letters, no instructions to gov- Jfcernors, nor. orders to generals, can ob- !H$ige us to buy goods which we do not *fchoose to buy." The Virginia Patriot j^was expressing his support of colonial ^-agreements hot to import or consume ^British products. j»: During the struggle for American ^liberty, 1765-1775, the colonists resorted £«aat times to various forms of economic ^pressure, which they brought to bear Kpn the mother country. These meas- •pures they hoped, would force Great ^Britain to recognize what they consid- j^pred their political rights. >!*; As early as 1764 there was some talk gp- especiaUy in New York and Boston - ijjtjf. opposing the Sugar Act in this way. jgThe next year the passage of the ^jStamp Act brought forth more forceful ^efforts to impose economic sanctions i^pn Great Britain. Leading citizens and ^nerchants of New York signed a j*nonimportation agreement in October ^765; within a few weeks merchants in ^Philadelphia, Boston and other places followed suit. This economic pressure, ®JM)ich caused British merchants to de- rrjnand the repeal of the Stamp Act, was »|one factor in the defeat of the law. ;*.£ When the Townshend Acts were ^passed in 1767 nonimportation and re- flated measures were revived in an ef- jHort to get Parliament to retreat again. ;f The broadside in the accompanying il- £4ustration was an early response of the ^people of Boston to the new enactjuments: a number of British goods, Chiefly luxury items, were not to be ^imported after Dec. 31, 1767. Soon ^.Providence, Newport and New York ^adopted similar agreements. With var- ^ying degrees of thoroughness and ef- ,r|ectiveness the nonimportation move- *ment spread throughout the colonies in t-1768-1769. "5 The production and use of American- ijjnade goods were usually encouraged j|in these agreements. Bostonians were ^quite logical and typical in their eco- jjnomic arguments: the province had a ££heavy debt" and the people were al- LtF eady . " sub J ec t to very burthensome "the balance of trade (was) 5" tfiif Debt incurred frthe Courfe of the late War •' A the Inhabitant, by thh Means muft be for fome Time fuJ,jea-:i9 very burthcnfome Tax< s • •™.i ai '"' Trad* has firfi me Tears been 'on tke aectine, end it noiu particularly under. great r.m- oQrrafsnientsi and burthen*dAH?tli /-*•«, t ,. *. • ~nr j- ' v "r«•>«"»'*' r-*ajy J,>:f ![!?nj\ our'Medium very Jc«rce v and' the lllia^e cf Tradsgresily againjl this Country : J WE therefore th? S^f^bjr'.l^m,- brS+'c- sides played a significant part in informing people of Important news. Information about such actions as that of the town of Boston respecting nonimportation was also commonly printed in the weekly newspapers.- American Antiquarian Society. ; 'sition, greatly against this country; it was necessary to promote industry, economy and manufactures among ourselves;" and the colonists must use commodities made at home. Confronted by British .oppression, , the Sons of Liberty argued that nonim- portation agreements were absolutely essential. By buying British goods (particularly those taxed by the Townshend Act), the colonists would actually help the mother country destroy American liberty. Merchants were not always eager to sacrifice profitable business to the "Goddess Liberty," but Patriot leaders pushed them into boycotts and then tried to enforce the agreements. Whatever influence these economic pressures had, it was due largely to the efforts of the ordinary citizenry. The newspapers were filled with exhortations to "Buy American" and to live up to the, nonimportation agreements. Why not drink whiskey made from American grain rather than rum distilled from West Indian molasses?, asked Benjamin Franklin. Wearing homespun was the only thing for Patriots to do. Graduating seniors at Harvard and Princeton wore homespun; and college students became actively involved in the boycott of British goods. The Newport Mercury even suggested that the ladies should show their patriotism by using only "The Snuff of Rhode Island." American women were called upon to play a considerable part in this economic warfare against Great Britain. They did not fail in the effort. Rind's Virginia Gazette carried the enthusiastic statement that "One prudent mother by a strict economy at the head of he.r family, will do more for the good of her country than five hundred nois^ Sons of Liberty, with all their mobs and riots." A writer in the New-Hampshire Gazette of Portsmouth urged female Pa- triots to give up "tinsel gewgaws and exuberant fineries," and to avoid "like an infectious disease .... the unmannerly delicacy of splendid furniture" and "sumptuous sideboards." The New-York Gazette Or Weekly Post-Boy suggested that the ladies would be more attractive in "decent plain dresses made in their own country than in the gaudy; butterfly, vain, fantastic and expensive dresses brought from Europe." Perhaps, the paper added/the girls should punish the Tories and allow themselves to be courted only by Patriots; then we might "expect to see industry flourish." The Essex Gazette of Salem, Mass., reported the good news that the patriotic women of New York were ready to "cheerfully sacrifice the most darling appurtenances of the toilet"; and, with fitting fervor, they had exlaimed, "Off with our fine feathers in a moment if the public interest so requireth." A sharp ^decline in colonial imports from Britain in, 1769 understandably disturbed the ministry. By the spring of 1770 Parliament was ready to repeal all the duties of the Townshend Revenue Act except the duty on tea. This effort to raise a revenue in America had been a dismal failure, and had also provoked very serious controversies with the colonies. Boycotts of British goods, in part inspired by newspaper writers, were not solely responsible for Parliament's retreat in 1770, but they had some influence on the decision. With the repeal of the Townshend Revenue Act, nonimportation agreements collapsed. When another crisis occurred, however, the Sons of Liberty would again resort to a policy of economic coercion. authorizing the use of additional land on South Walnut Road for a landfill. Mayor Mark McLeRoy said the first trench is being dug at the 22.5-acre site which should be usable soon. Aid. Jack Parkinson astted if the city trucks could pick up papers and cans with the garbage. McLeRoy said he had investigated the idea but was told it would cost about $250,000 for the initial steps and if implemented, about 60 per cent of the residents would still have to hire private • trash haulers, based on the volume of trash generated by the average household. Ordinance Revamp The recodificatibn of the city's ordinances is nearing completion, Parkinson, chairman of the legal affairs committee, told the council. . Parkinson said the committe has about 10 ordinances left to review and the aldermen should have a new ordinance book by fall. Some of the ordinances Parkinson's committee reported on Monday night and the proposed changes for which ordinances will be drafted were: -The five senior aldermen should serve on the finance committee and the committee on committees. At election time, the five aldermen who have the most seniority after the election should draft the committee structure for the next two years. The latter concept has been used for a number of years but was not put into writing. -Carnivals will last no longer than seven days, a $5 permit fee must be obtained by a local sponsor and there will be no more than four rides. -The minimum height requirements far policemen and firemen will be eliminated. -The city's taxicab ordinance will be updated to include a definition of a taxicab as a vehicle carrying less than seven persons. -The landmark ordinance will remain the same with the deletion of all references to the old Stephenson County Courthouse. -The fair housing ordinance will'be rewritten to include any discrimination in real estate transactions for both commercial and housing structures. The council passed an ordinance recommended by the committee which raises from $500 to $1,500 ihe ariiount which will be used as the cutoff for items that must be put up for bid. If an item is under $1,500, the city has the prerogative of not seeking bids on it. Inflation was. forcing the city to seek bids on items tha were heeded quickly for repairs or maintenance. Appointment Laid Over The council laid over the appointment of Jerald Ensminger, 927 W. Stephenson St., to the Police and iFire Commission to replace chairman David Stearns, who moved from the city. Ensminger is an engineer at Micro Switch. /Bids Approved The council approved bids on street department equipment as follows: Reiter & Associates of Joliet, $1;660 for a rock drill; All Compactors of Rockford,. $718.23 for a small compactor; and P&W Supply Co. of Freeport, $933.49 for an air compressor. The council approved paying its half of $2,237.64 toward the planting of trees in the city and Freeport Park District nursery at Park Hills Golf Course. The Rotary Club also donated $400 to the project: ..: Tax Matters The Illinois Department of Local Government Affairs has upheld a local Board of Appeals decision that Albertus Airport should be tax exempt. A bill from the Stephenson County treasurer for $7,291.22 was referred to the city's legal department. The bill wasLauthoHzed under a 1974 state law and allows the treasurer's office to bill the" city, for taxes collected in 1973. Miscellaneous Matters Don Kraft told the council that ARCO no longer distributes products to the Midwest and that 1 he, as the city's gasoline and oil supplier; will be working out of the Crestwood Sunoco Service at 1335 W. Galena Ave. There will be little change in cost to the city, the mayor said. The public relations committee said it had approved July 11 as Tag Day for Freeport Boys Baseball to solicit funds throughout the city. The committee also reported that by Fireworks •V Show Dravys Plaudits Praises for this yearY July 4 fireworks display flowed at.the City Council meeting- Monday night. 4 ': Aid. 'David Roskam was first to throw laurels at the organizations which sponsored the event. "It was a well-planned, organized operation. It was certainly a unique fireworks display,'.' he said. '..... Aid. John Rutledge also praised the event. He suggested that planning for next year begin now. Rutledge said boxes should be placed around the city while the fireworks display is fresh in the citizens' minds, to start collecting donations for next year. Rutledge said next year the city should have an even bigger display because of the 200th birthday of the U.S. Mayor Mark McLeRoy said the Ste- ,phenson County Sheriff's Department did an outstanding job of controlling traffic and crowds. Aid. William Gerloff said he was out of town and missed the Freeport fireworks. He said he saw a display in Rochester, Minn., that lasted only 14 minutes, "and it was lousy." The cost for the fireworks display and preceding pageant at the county fairground will run approximately $3,400, according to Hugh Grow, manager of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. ' Approximately $2,300 has been collected to date from admissions and donations. Grow anticipated a deficit of between $500 and $700 when all receipts are in. . Making up the deficit will be shared by the city, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club. the first August council meeting, a city bicentennial project should be put together. The council was told that tw,o Eagle Scouts, Gary Maxey and Glen Toms, both of Middlebury Road, as a scout project checked all city street signs for .needed repair. Street Supt. William Turner said they submitted a four- page list to him and the department is repairing the signs. The annual report of the Water and Sewer Commission was accepted. spuroeons - Lady Pepperell® Perma-Press Sheets Reg. 4,49 Twin Flat or Fitted 344 THIS WEEK ONLY Give your beds a vibrant new look! Entire stock! Solids and stripes in blue, gold or avocado. Prints in blue, yellow, green or brown. 50% cotton 50% Dacron 1 " polyester, first quality! 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HENRICI'S CLOCK TOWER INN Aerie No. 679 Freeport, Illinois — ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC — SUNDAY, JULY «... 11 .... to 7 p.* at RIVIERA PARK RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST (No Exception*). Deadline: Midnight, Thursday, July 17 7801 E. State St., Rockford Partial Listing: Oak plant stand, brass dress sword, Chinese bamboo.table, large brass jelly pan, Louis XIV style Victorian china cabinet, carved Vienna wall clock Oak framed tapestry, Oak gateleg table, Louis XIII boudoir desk, Pine locker set of four (4) Victorian chairs, tiled wash stand wi^ fMpboard, secretary china cabinet, Mahogany gentlemen's chair, pair of signed original oil paintings acted 1880, Regency game table, large piano stool; chiming Westminster clock, bronze statue of man, ship in bottle, jug and bowl set, tapestry painting in gilt frame, pair of Louis XIV painted mural commodes with marble tops, Rosewood occasional table, Oriental carpet$,'to include many styles and sizes (bring your room sizes),'Victorian rocking chair, Barley twist plant table, international coin collection, fine art no'uveau bureau, large Georaian tea table, brass ship's telegraph, pair of carnival glass vases, Bentwood armchair, cutglass ship's decanter, country Chippendale commode stripped Pine writing table, Oak tea trolley, Mahogany carved Chiffonier, ART- Graphics by Pablo Picasso & Pierre Renoir, wall clocks, ship's wash stand Mahogany gateleg table, three chiming Whittington clocks, wicker commode chair, Victorian architect's table, two carved wooden Unicorns, organ stool, Jacobean cabinet, Sheffield-style silver tea service, hand-painted pink vases, art nouveau clock, master Sheffield-style silver punch service Cloisonne vase. - ' Consignments accepted on day of sale. 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