Thursday, March 4, 1976

La Grange Suburban Life

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - March 4, 1976, La Grange, Illinois Plans are underway for the development of a multibillion dollar deep tunnel underflow project by the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago The project should take an estimated 20 years to com plete 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 Alfred naturalist at the Morton Arboretum In IN the second part of a special series on the deep Last in a series most of the suburban county area with regard the flooding of homes from storms and the amount of pollution in local streams and While the plan has been accepted by most authorities tunnel The Suburban LIFE will examine Elters position against the proposed Etter earned an degree frorn the University of where he also did graduate study in wildlife ecology and land He received his degree In ecological botany from Washington He worked as either researchist or lecturer at Washington Michigan State with President Trumans 1950 water resources policy the AjLdubpn Socjty and Defenders of Etter has noted that his position on the deep tunnel project Is his own and does not represent the view of the arboretum or any other He added that he has not made the underflow project a subject of prolonged I SPEAK from a lifelong interest In how we use and misuse the Etter told the Army Corps of I feel that this project should be examined from every point of and especially with regard compatible the planning may be with natural processes and with what might be called a minimum maintenance Etter believes the main reason for continual flooding and drainage problems in Chicago and the suburban Is because of many man made This Includes sealing the natural storage capacity of the land with concrete and asphalt eliminating prairies and marshes straightening stream reshaping the topography and reducing the capacity of streams and rivers by filling old tributaries and forming flood walls and Because ototir mcHioas of constuction and false economies from the very we have made it all too possible for Chicago are flood waters to gain access to sewage and hence to our sewage disposal and in turn to our rivers and lakes In times of Etter His first objection to the deep tunnel plan is that due to the extreme cost of the project he doubU teat it would ever be If the cost of maintenance and operation of the project could well become an insuperable he especially in view of the inac cessability of the tunnels and the large amount of machinery 2 The flood protection benefits supposedly by 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 impact or duplicate other projects already planned such as the DCS Plaines River floodwater management plan 5 No mention is made of what will be done with the rock wastes generated excavates 6 Etter believes it probable that the total in convenience generated among citteis during the proposed 20 year construction period at least equal the In convenience of the flooding during the same period 7 Parks and nature preserves would be endangered during construction because t hey offer the least resistance to construction roads parking arid Etter advocates a cooperation with nature in redistributing sewage rather than the ar EJter I am afraid that Urban Man has now been too long separated from nature to be anything but skeptical of natural vNGE GRANGE PARK WESTERN SPRINGS COUNTRYSIDE 27th 27 MARCH G28 PAGES2 SECTIONS WS manager tobe Grooming of a new village manager for Western Springs has It was at the village boards regular meeting last month that the acting on a selection committees concurred in the appointment by Village President Robert Lavidge of Paul Nicholson to the post of acting village 30 and was sworn in that with the general agreement by Village officials that he on April 1 of this succeed Willoughby as village who has held the post since continues on the job through March when he will In the meantime he will be assisting his expected successor in getting to Know the village and the problems of managing Tonight at the William Tell Willoughby is to be honored upon his announced PROBLEMS OF managing a municipality are not new to He comes to Western Springs from his from to his current he was assistant city Prior to for little more than a year he was an ad ministrative assistant in By DeKalbs population is approximately while that of Western Springs is slightly more than Interrupted for a two year stint in the Army to 1989 including a year in South his business experience also includes being a state commercial representative for Continental Telephone from to and from to SE city management intern in CHOSEN FROM more than 80 he holds a master degree in political science public ad ministration from Northern Paul Nicholson Illinois and a bachelors degree in also from where majored in political Among his first major projects is that of preparing Villages hew budget for the next fiscal which begins April It involves dealing with respective department evaluating their programs and reviewing the present level of With costs splraling as they 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 for the new fiscal Nicholson stated ALSO ON rising he indicated to The Suburban LIFE that regarding its money the village will be looking more closely at federal and state funds to accomplish tasks for jobs which we couldnot ottheiwise Asked whether he has misgivings on handling the villages he ex pressed confidence in taking on his new there are a few but its a challenge to Daytoday affairs in a village the size of Western Springs are not mundane and For more than a monh he commuted from he but has since established his living quarters about five blocks from the village of He expressed pleasure in getting settled and in meeting village The he has betiii very cordial andit helps me to slip into the day today Valued at plus Large bags of 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 Jerome The accumulation according to Roy also represents a value of more than The collection was built up from confiscation of evidence for along with that voluntarily turned over to police by parents who reported finding some In their homes or belonging to their offspring and by some villagers who reported finding the various substances within the police photo awaits start While the weather alter nates between spring and the village of La Grange is preparing for its annual battle with Dutch elm During the past several the number of stately elm trees lost to the cutting saw has Conversely the cost of cutting trees has Plus the village board started a spraying program three years ago in an attempt to retard the Nothing will stop the All we can hope to do is retard we will see the result of three years spraying this Stephen village LAST YEAR the village cut down 386 That total was about 100 trees higher than the previous Berley said The expense of cutting trees is estimated at approximately Berley But that The story Basketball regionals Class AAschools started the process of finding a state champion this week when the Illinois High School Association began regional RiversideBrctokfleld bat tled Morton East and Proviso West faced neighboring Joseph Tuesday For the results see part page Nostalgia in fashions Historical costumes from six periods1 of American history brought back a flood of nostalgia at the lollipops and Roses fashion show luncheon benefit at Chicagos Palmer where from 10 centers of theInfant Welfare Society in the suburban area were on the See story on page 8 of this And theres PartOne ThatsLife 3 SchoolFront 5 YNotes 5 Social Scene 89 Editorial 10 obituaries 1213 Personally Speaking 14 PARTTWO Suburban Sports Classified 13 913 figure could be higher or lower depending on the bid and the number of trees the village manager Berley pointed out the village is also spending for spraying this The cost again depends on the he The village 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 BERLEY said the program once again depends on the will attempt to obtain the same consideration for the residents from the successful But that is an item that requires Berley The village not cut or spray trees on private property The village program is confined to parkway Berley pointed out there is no way to forecast the number of trees that will be cut There are no signs with Dutch elm disease tht tell us whether a good year or bad year is coming Berley THE VILLAGE also replaces trees The village will be opening bids for tree replacement at March 18 in the finance 53 La Grange The village intends to plant about 250 trees in The bids for spraying will be opened the same day at 10 Specifications arc available from the The bids will be reviewed and a contract awarded at the March 22 board of trustees meeting in village court 300 Representatives of the Proviso Council on requesting the assistance of the Proviso Township board of auditors in obtaining a grant from the Regional Tran sportation Authority got the answer they expected Monday Despite the fact that they were Informed the board would have to more closely the grant the Council on Aging spent the board of auditors meeting explaining some of the details of the 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 Following the Council on Aging tran sportation director Fred Griff who is the main man in charge of the councils dlal abus expressed confidence in obtaining the badly needed OUR DEFICrr is figured at Griffin and I feel confident that the RTA will fund all of that money through the grant with no cost to the Sister Shirley who presented the program to the stressed that time is of the essence in getting the program on the We can have our grant request ready for the RTA one week after they come up with their final program Sister Finneran Taddeo compiled with the urgency by stating that he could call a special meeting if it was OUR EXISTING grant expires in June of this Sister Finneran informed the and were counting on the RTA for our operating funds for three new buses were expecting in the near Were operating at a deficit at this time and we have run cut of resources to turn to in keep the program I feel con fident that the township will approve our request for Harold Cook County board commissioner and Republican representative for Proviso expressed feelings of confidence that coincided with Sister Fin I talked with RTA board chairman Milton Pikarsky last and he said that if anybody gets the new grant program the Rroviso Council on Aging would be the Tyrrell Sister Finneran stated that in matching funds required in the grant would be no trouble to obtain because of the revenue sharing grant awarded to the council by the She also thanked the township for the IN OTHER meeting township auditor Joseph Abruzinos resignation was regretfully accepted by the rest of the Abruzino was appointed the hew director for the Proviso Mental Health Commission on February making it necessary for him to vacate his auditors who personally read his own letter of resignation at the stated that he considered it a pleasure to have worked with an exemplary township His role as a representative on the mental health board was immediately filled by auditor Betty who was appointed by Election filing Race looms in Three candidates have filed for two full terms on the District 95 BrookfieldLa Grange Park school assuring a contest in the Caucus supported can didates Dale Kanak and Francis both of Brook were among early an School in Brookfield and Brook Park School in La Grange Only filings thus far at Lyons Township High School are the two District 204 Caucus endorsed candidates to the two They are Robert Newman 415 and Byron 141 both of La Mrsi Frank board is not seeking reelection after nine years BOTH vacancies are for full three year who joined the board in is completing his second Felter is a former president of the District 102 school That district includes most of La Grange and La Garnge Park and the Congress Park section of Candidate filings opened last Filing of nominating petitions closes They are joined by Gary KANAK is president of the school including Gross crackdown untagged dogs Western Springs police are enforcing the villages dog license ordinance it was pointed out this week by Eugene The he pointed became due January like the Illinois motor vehicle registrations for this Unlike the state vehicle no ex tension has been granted beyond the due As of ap proximately 760 dog tags were purchased by records shovVi Thats about half the estimated that were sold last commented police radio desk and com munications officer Martha Rith to The relaying the CITIZEN in lieutenants THE DOG she are not sold at the police only at the village which is in the same building at Wolf and Village office hours are to 5 Mondays through All dog licenses In the regardless of sex or whether the pets have been are In addition to buying the ticketed violators may expect to pay a according to the Vandal blight Splotches of yellow paint that appeared mysteriously on exterior brick walls at Clark Western drew the attention of District 161 Donald Barnes last Barnes said the paint was typical of the vandalism thats been happening all too often Other recent occurrences in district schools have Included BB broken windows and According to it will cost approximately to have the paint sandblasted He stressed that parents should be aware of the costly damage done by some Western Springs Police Chief George Graves wsViicd that parents are financially responsible for damages their children inflict on public in