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Circle, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1971, Chicago, Illinois Pastors voice their disapproval of 'housing by government action' Rev. Charles Holston and Rev. James McNear voiced their disapproval of "housing by government action" at Tuesday's Joliet City Council session. Appearing at the prior meeting to talk about this same thing, Rev. Holston asked to be placed on the agenda for this session. He filed specific reports with the council and stated that "housing by govern- ment action" must have a type of guide and everyone should know what it is. Rev. Holston said, "Housing by government action is like a ballgame; the ad- ministration is the umpire, pitcher, catcher and batter." There should be a code of appeals whereby complaints can be adjusted, he said. Rev. Holston complained about the secret represen- tatives who were representing them and said that it took them 16 months to find out about it. He said he still doesn't have an answer since Feb. 17, 1970 and suggested the council and HUD, Housing of Urban Development, set up an open meeting. Rev. McNear reiterated on a new subdivision being planned for Forest Park which is already over- crowded and causes segregation by public low rent dwellings. The school is also overcrowded he added. According to Rev. Mc- Near, they have a "broken promise" of water and sewer. He said that after 15 years the federal govern- ment made a grant, which was two years ago, and nothing has been started as yet. He went on to explain that his church, Mt. Moriah Baptist, built in 1957, has no water and sewer. He said they can't put in a water and septic system of their own. "We are sick and tired of he maintained. Rev. McNear asked, "How can you use federal funds for segregation purposes? How long do we have to live on promises? We're human beings. You were elected to be the fathers of the whole city of Joliet. We are going all the way until we get an answer from our fathers." Robert Broucek, city manager, reported that the courts have appointed an attorney to tfet an equitable distribution of cost to the area and that the federal grant is still good. A public hearing will be called when assessments are brought in, he added. Over a year ago Lockport Township and the cities of Lockport and Joliet adopted a joint resolution to provide water and sewer. Rev. Holston asked why this had to go back to the local board of improvements and the courts. Broucek replied, "We did not accept a planning grant, just a federal grant." He said the for the total plan is less than 50 per cent of the cost and the rest must be obtained from property owners. John Weber, mayor pro- tern in the absence of Maurice Berlinsky who was attending a mayors' con- ference in Philadelphia, said that executive director of the Human Relations Com- mission, Lewis Tay or, will meet with the grouf Rev. Holston's reply was that the executive director could not do any more than his boss would let 'iim. He added that he met over a year ago Broucek who still hasn't done anything. Rev Holston also com- plained to Broucek regar- ding a place not fit for humans. Broucek still hasn't done anything, according to the Reverend. He also complained about a former councilman who owns such housing Mayo; pro-tern Weber said the city has made progress and thai 300 such homes have licen demolished in recent oars Circle An Economist Publication Sen ing Joliet, I rcsC Hill and Shorovood For Hast Action WANT ADS Coll 725-0050 VOL. 3 NO. 22 Wednesday, June 1071 UK- PKK COPY Joliet Council approves for bus company After a two hour deliberation Thursday morning, plus an executive session, the Joliet City Council approved from its budget for the Joliet Mass Transit District to enter a lease and purchase plan for 10 new buses. According to Mayor Maurice Berlinsky, who just returned from a convention in Philadelphia, the bus service has increased its number of passengers last month by 30 percent. He added that the company has a charter bus program which helps offset costs. City manager, Robert Broucek, asked where the money would come from. The mayor said the city had some million estimated revenue and he believes the city can find the now for the bus company. Broucek reminded the mayor that about million of this money must be discounted as it is tet aside for fixed items. Kenneth Pritz, coun- asked why they couldn't use appropriation money not being spent yet. "If you give the mass transportation now, it must be available Broucek explained. You must make cutbacks in other funds or you will be short in the budget, he ad- ded. Mayor Berlinsky said he would meet with the ad- ministrators and make cutbacks in other programs to keep the buses going. Broucek's reply to this was that the mass transit authority is not a legal taxable fund and doesn't have a tax base; therefore, taxpayers' funds cannot be expended Mayor Berlinsky then asked, "Why can't you take the money from the general Broucek said it should be done legally. Councilman John Weber said that about was saved in salary when the city had no police chief and other projected salaries in the budget have not yet been used. Mrs. Marian Shukle of 1010 N. Center objected to the city giving this to the bus company. She noted that the city had already given them more than and she doesn't belive they need new buses right now. "Why 10 buses, we have enough she added. "You don't need it, the buses are still she emphasized. In a short executive session, the council went over the problem thoroughly with Broucek who recom- mended the council pass a resolution to appropriate from MFT funds and a second resolution stating unexpended monies go to the MFT fund. To this Mayor Berlinsky said, "The city must par- ticipate in public tran- sportation and help out." Councilman Robert Hacker suggested the council go over next year's budget thoroughly with the city manager so this doesn't happen again In open session, Coun- cilman Weber moved and Pritz seconded the first resolution to take from MFT funds for the operation of the mass transit authoniy. Casting a lone dissenting vote was George Tapella Councilman Nor- man K< fk was absent The second resolution apparently was not clear in the minds of the council as they reiterated again on why the MFT fund should receive any additional incoming money first. Some of the council men believed that they were denying for fixing of streets. Broucek explained that a resolution was passed March 16 staling that any unex- pended funds which could not be further expended in 1971 to the vehicle, road and bridge lund on July 30 should be used to surface streets with hot mix asphalt. This resolution caused quite a discussion. The Mayor that it seemed to be whether the would be given to the transit district or be used to fix streets and be emphasized that you weren't going to fix many streets with that sum He also added that public transportation is new responsibility to the com- munity said that resurfacing (Continued on page 2) Open House Silver Cross Hospital will hold dedication and open house ceremonies Sunday, June 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in front of the new entrance on Maple Rd. Tours will then be given through the new hospital and refreshments served in the new cafeteria dining room. Included in the points of interest will be the "nurse call" system, intensive and cardiac intensive care units, floor control centers and outdoor areas which will be offered for visitor and patient use. City, county and state police will assist in directing traffic to parking facilities. Begins 'Clean Up Program' Joliet began its "Clean Up Program" Monday, June 21, and will con- tinue through June 21. This program is designed for ill un- incorporated ai eas of Joliet Township Joliet, and will be toadside pick up. Clean up area designated for Monday was north of east of Farrell, south of Kosalind and west of Maple lid. The area cleaned up Tuesday, June 22, was south of east of Kowell, north of and west of Cherry Hill ltd. Today, Wednesday, June the area designated will be south of I-KD, west of Kowell, east the tracks and north of SwesUer ltd. Tin- area included for Thui June 21, is of the traiks, north of SwctUcr and south of I- HO.
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