La Grange Suburban Life, March 4, 1976

La Grange Suburban Life

March 04, 1976

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - March 4, 1976, La Grange, Illinois Views of deep tunnel opponent aired Plans are underway for the aa a logical means of wiving graduate study in wildlife not made the underflow area is because of many man- our sewage disposal plants, 3) There is no consideration of would at least emu Plans are underway for the development of a multi-billion dollar deep tunnel underflow project by the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago (MSD). Hw project should take an estimated 20 years to complete, and when finished it will as a logical means of solving such problems it has met with the disapproval of at least one noted scientific expert, Dr. Alfred Etter, naturalist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. IN THIS, the second part of a special series on the deep Last In a series probably affect most of the* suburban county area with regard to the flooding of homes from storms and the amount of pollution in local streams and rivers. While the plan has been accepted ly most authorities tunnel project, The Suburban LIFE will examine Etter’s position against the proposed construction. Dr. Etter earned an A.B. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where he also did graduate study in wildlife ecology and land use. He received his Ph.D. degree In ecological botany from Washington University. He worked as either researchist or lecturer at Washington University, Michigan State University, with President Human’s 1950 water resources policy commission, the NationalAudubun- Sodoty and Defenders of Wildlife. Etter has noted that his position on the deep tunnel project is his mum and does not represent the view of the arb >retum or any other institution. He added that he has not made the underflow project a subject of prolonged research. “I SPEAK from a lifelong interest ta how we use and misuse the earth,” Etter told the Army Corps of Engineers. ”1 feel that this project should be examined from every point of view, and especially with regard to how compatible the planning may be with natural processes and with what might be called a minimum maintenance philosophy.” Etter believes the main reason for continual flooding and drainage problems in Chicago and the suburban area is because of many manmade activities. This includes sealing tile natural water storage capacity of the land with concrete and asphalt; eliminating prairies and marshes; straightening stream channels, reshaping the topography and reducing the capacity of streams and rivers by filling old tributaries and forming levels, flood walls and dams. "Because of our methods of constuctlon and false economies from the very first, we have made it all too possible for Chicago are flood waters to gain access to sewage waters, and hence to UBURBAN Instep our sewage disposal plants, and ta turn to our rivers and lakes in times of overloading,” Etter said. His first objection to the deep tunnel plan is that (hie to the extreme cost of the project he doubts that It would ever be completed. If completed, the cost of maintenance and operation of the project could well become an “insuperable burden,” he said, especially in view of the relative taac-cessabtiity of the tunnels and the large amount of machinery needed. 2) Hie flood protection benefits supposedly "r^ted* “foT?p 3) There is no consideration of the benefits of flooding such as recharging ground water and transporting sediments down channels; 4) There is no discussion of how this project might relate to, impact or duplicate other projects already planned such as the Des Plaines River floodwater management plan; 5) No mention is made of what will be done with tilt rock wastes generated from excavated tunnels. Also, 6) Etter believes it is probable that the total inconvenience generated »mnpg citizens during the proposed 20 year construction period .would at least equal the* Inconvenience of the flooding during the same period; 7) Parks and nature preserves would be endangered during construction because hey offer the least resistance to earthworks, construction roads parking ami detour Etter advocates a cooperation with nature in redistributing floodwater: and sewage rattier than the artificial deep tunnelprojec However, Etter notes, “I am afraid that Urban Man has now beat' too long separated from nature to be anything but skeptical of natural processes.” NGE • LA GRANGE PARK ING*- IL 27th YEAR- NO. 27 THURSDAY, MARCH 4.1976 SP* C- 28 PAGES- 2 SECTIONS WESTERN SPRINGS • COUNTRYSIDE Valued at $20,000, plus Large bags of marijuana, drugs and other narcotics accumulated by La Grange police over the past two years are tossed Into an industrial type incinerator in the village by Sgt. Jerome Tesmond. The accumulation, according to LL Roy Lane, also represents a value of more than $20,000. The collection was built up from confiscation of evidence for along with that voluntarily turned over to police by parents who reported Anding some in their homes or belonging to their offspring and by some villagers who reported finding the various substances within the village, police said. (LIFE photo) LG awaits annual tree battle start While the weather alternates between spring and winter, the village of La Grange is preparing for its annual battle, with Dutch elm disease. During the past several years, the number of stately elm trees lost to the cutting saw has climbed. Conversely the cost of cutting trees has climbed, too. Plus the village board Started a spraying program three year? ago in an attempt to retard the disease. “Nothing will stop the thing. All we can hope to do is retard it. Hopefully, we will see the result of three years’ spraying this year,” Stephen Berley, village manager, said. LAST YEAR the village cut down 386 trees. That total was about IOO trees higher than the previous year, Berley said! The expense of cutting trees is estimated at approximately $36,000, Berley added. But that ins Basketball regionals Class AA schools started the process of finding a state champion this week when the Illinois High School Association began — regional play. Riverside-Brookfield battled Morton East and Proviso West faced neighboring St. Joseph Tuesday night. For the results see sports, part 2, page I Nostalgia in fashions Historical costumes from six periods of American history brought back a flood of nostalgia at the "Lollipops and Roses" fashion show luncheon benefit at Chicago's Palmer House, where models from IO centers of the Infant Welfare Society in the west suburban area were on the runway. See story on page 8 of this section. And there s more... Part One That’s Life School Front Y Notes Social Scene Editorial 3 5 5 8-9 IO PARTTWO Suburban Sports    1-3 Classified    9-13 Church, obituaries 12-13 Personally Speaking 14 figure could be higher or lower depending on the bid and the number of trees cut, the village manager said. Berley pointed out the village is also spending $30,000 for spraying this year. The cost again depends on the bidding, he added. The village has been able to work out a package with the successful bidder that gave residents the opportunity to get their trees sprayed at the same rate paid by the government. BERLEY said the program once again depends on the bidding. “We will attempt to obtain the same consideration for the residents from the successful bidder. But that is an item that requires negotiation,” Berley said. Hie village does not cut or spray trees on private property: Hie village program is confined to parkway elms. Berley pointed out there is no way to forecast the number of trees that will be cut down. “There are no signs with Dutch elm disease tilt tell us whether a good year or bad year is coming up,” Berley said. THE VILLAGE also replaces trees annually. The village will be opening bids for tree replacement at 10:30 a.m. March 18 in the finance department, 53 S. La Grange rd. The village intends to plant about 250 trees in parkways. The bids for spraying will be opened the same day at IO a.m. Specifications are available from the village. The bids will be reviewed and a contract awarded at the 7:30 p.m. March 22 board of trustees meeting in the village court room, 300 W. Burlington. IVS manager to-be 'Grooming' begins Grooming of a new village manager for Western Springs has begun. It was at the village board’s regular meeting last month that the officials, acting on a selection committee’s recommendation, concurred in the appointment by Village President Robert J. Lavidge of Paul C. Nicholson to the post of acting village manager. Nicholson, 30 and single, was sworn in that night, with the general agreement by tile village officials that he will, on April I of this year, succeed O. J. Willoughby as village manager. Willoughby, who has held the post since September, 1966, continues (rn the job through March 31, when he will retire. In the meantime he will be assisting his expected successor in getting to know the village and the problems of managing it. Tonight at the William Tell Restaurant, Countryside, Willoughby is to be honored upon his announced retirement. PROBLEMS OF managing a municipality are not new to Nicholson. He comes to .Western Springs from DeKalb, his birthplace, where, from May, 1972, to his current appointment, he was assistant city manager. Prior to that, for little more than a year he was an administrative assistant in DeKalb. By comparison, DeKalb’? population is approximately 33.000, while that of Western Springs is slightly more than 14.000. Interrupted for a two year stint in the Army (July, 1967, to June, 1969) including a year in South Vietnam, his business experience also includes being a state commercial representative for Continental Telephone Co., Sycamore, from June, 1969, to February, 1971, and from January, 1967, to July, 1967, as city management intern in Elgin. CHOSEN FROM more than 80 applicants, he holds a master degree in political science - public administration from Northern Paul C. Nicholson Illinois University, DeKalb, and a bachelor’s degree in education, also from NIU, where majored in political science. Among his first major projects is that of preparing tile Village’s new budget for the next fiscal year, which begins April I. It involves dealing with respective department heads, evaluating their programs and reviewing the present level of services. “With costs spiraling as they are, it calls for a close look at how we can continue those services and in laying the groundwork for carrying out the objectives the village will set tor the new fiscal year,” Nicholson stated. ALSO ON rising costs, be indicated to The Suburban LIFE that regarding its money programs, the village will be “looking more closely at federal and state funds to accomplish tasks for jobs Which we could not otthei wise do.” Asked whether he has misgivings on handling the village’s problems, he expressed confidence in taking on his new job, adding, “Well, there are a few butterflies, but ifs a challenge to m\self. Day-to-day affairs in a village the size of Western Springs are not mundane and routine.” For more than a month he commuted from DeKalb, he said, but has since established his living quarters about five blocks from the village offices. He expressed pleasure in getting settled and in meeting village residents “The reception,” he said, “has been very cordial and it helps me to slip into the day-to-day ropes.” Council grant plea told Representatives of the Proviso Council oh Aging, requesting the assistance of the Proviso Township board of auditors in obtaining a $91,000 service/development grant from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), got the answer they expected Monday night. Despite the fact that they were informed the board would have to more closely examine the grant procedure, the Council on Aging spent tile board of auditors’ meeting explaining some of the details of the grant. Township supervisor August Taddeo told the Council on Aging representatives that Proviso attorneys would have to carefully scrutinize the new grant procedure seeking possible liabilities before any commitment could be made. Following the meeting, Council on Aging transportation director Fred Griffin, who is the main man in charge of the council’s dial-a-bus program, expressed confidence in obtaining the badly needed grant. “OUR DEFICIT is figured at $91,000,” Griffin said, “and I feel confident that the RTA will fund all of that money through the grant with no cost to the township.” Sister Shirley Finneran, who presented the program to the board, stressed that time is of the essence in getting the program on the road. “We can have our grant request ready tor the RTA one week after they come up with their final program guidelines,” Sister Finneran said. Taddeo complied with the urgency by stating that he could call a special meeting lf It was necessary. “OUR EXISTING grant expires in June of this year,” Sister Finneran informed the board, “and we’re counting on the ETA tor our operating funds tor three new buses we’re expecting in the near future We’re operating at a deficit at this time and we have run out of resources to turn to in order to keep the program going. I feel confident that the township will approve our request tor help. ” Harold Tyrrell, Cook County board commissioner and Republican representative for Proviso Township, expressed feelings of confidence that coincided with Sister Fin-neran’s. “I talked with RTA board chairman Milton Pikarsky last week, and he said that if anybody gets the new grant program the proviso Council on Aging would be the first,” Tyrrell said. Sister Finneran stated that $22,000 in matching funds required in the grant would be no trouble to obtain because of the $12,000 revenue sharing grant awarded to the council by the township. She also thanked the township for the grant. IN OTHER meeting action, township auditor Joseph Abruzino’s resignation was regretfully accepted by the rest of the board. Abruzino was appointed the new director for the Proviso Mental Health Commission on February 19, making it necessary for him to vacate his auditor’s post. Abruzino, who personally read his own letter of resignation at the meeting, stated that he considered it a pleasure to have worked with “an exemplary” township board. His role as a representative on the mental health board was immediately filled by auditor Betty Reich, who was appointed by Taddeo. Election filing Race looms in Dist. 95 Three candidates have filed tor two full terms on the District 95 Brookfield-La Grange Park school board, assuring a contest in the election. Caucus supported candidates Dale Kanak and . Francis Green, both of Brookfield, were among early announcers. They are joined by Gary Kasper. KANAK is president of the school board, including Gross School in Brookfield and Brook Park School in La Grange Park, v Only filings thus far at Lyons Township High School are the two District 204 Caucus endorsed candidates to the two vacancies. They are Robert C. Newman,' incumbent, 415 Peck, and J. Byron Feller, 141 Blackstone, both of La Grange. Mrs. Frank Habicht, board president; is not seeking reelection after nine years service. BOTH vacancies are for full three year terms. Newman, who joined the board in 1970, is completing his second term. Police promise crackdown on untagged dogs Western Springs police are enforcing the village’s dog license ordinance it was pointed out this week by Lt. Eugene Potempa. Hie licenses, he pointed out, became due January I, like the Illinois motor vehicle registrations for this year. Unlike the state vehicle licenses, however, no extension has been granted beyond the due date. As of Monday, approximately 760 dog tags were purchased by villagers, records show. “That’s about half the estimated 1,430 that were sold last year,” commented police radio desk and communications officer Martha Kith to The CITIZEN in relaying the lieutenant’s reminder. THE DOG licenses, she stressed, are not sold at the police department, only at the village hall, which is in the same building at Wolf and Hillgrove. Village office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All dog licenses in the village, regardless of sex or whether the pets have been neutered, are $3. la addition to buying the license, ticketed violators may expect to pay a $7 fine, according to the lieutenant. Fetter is a former pre sident of the District 102 school board. That district includes most of La Grange and La Garage Park and the Congress Park section of Brookfield. Candidate filings opened last Wednesday. Filing. of nominating petitions closes March 18. i1.' - .ii    ' teg?;#-'• ‘-'H i:: ,    - *iitj J5 1    s' fedypiMterJfc:: I , '    '    i* Vandal blight Splotches cd yellow paint that appeared mysteriously on exterior bride walls at Clark School, Western Springs, drew the attention of Diatrict IGI Supt. Donald Barnes last week. Barnes said the paint was “typical” of the vandalism that’s been happening all too often "lately.” Other recent occurrences in district schools have induded BB holes, broken windows and break-ins. According to Barnes, it will cost approximately $400 to have the paint sandblasted off. He stressed that parents should be aware of the costly da nage done by some children. Western Springs Police Chief George Graves wailed that parents are financially responsible tor damages their children inflict on public ta- ;