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Calumet City Star (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Calumet City, Illinois A junk Art fashioning collectibles from what some reject Home guide dining see our Spring restaurant guide wanted nurses dimensions reviews problem in health care delivery system the Star your Community newspaper Calumet City Burnham edition 52 pages�?6 sections sunday May 6, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 75city receives first funds for 9-1-1 plan by Anita Pfeifer the first instalment of funds from a 95-cent surcharge tacked onto the Bills of Telephone customers in Burnham and Calumet City arrived in Calumet City on Friday. The surcharge will finance a joint enhanced 911 emergency Telephone system for residents of both communities. Last year voters in both Burnham and Calumet City approved the surcharge through a referendum. When the digits 9-1-1 Are dialled in an enhanced system the name address and Telephone number the phone is registered to immediately appear on a screen in front of a dispatcher in the police department. Should the Call not be completed the dispatcher will still know where to Send help. Approximately 17,000 addresses in Calumet City and Burnham will be in the enhanced 911 system when it becomes operational next year. In the meantime the Money to pay for the system is being collected. The 95-cent surcharge went into effect March i of this year. On Friday Illinois Bell Telephone company representatives delivered two checks to Calumet City police sgt. Lawrence Eby who chairs the emergency Telephone system Board. The Board oversees the enhanced 911 system for both Calumet City and Burnham. The surcharge netted $23,895 from Calumet City Telephone customers and $2,142 from Burnham customers Eby said. The surcharge is assessed to residential and commercial Telephone customers. Eby said the checks were turned Over to the City treasurer for Deposit. So far the emergency Telephone system Board does not have any outstanding Bills Eby said. However that will change in the coming months. The Board has contracted with the architectural firm of Bittner and de Tella inc. To draw plans for a possible third floor addition to the Calumet City police department. If the Board approves the addition it will not run the entire length of the building. The addition will be constructed above the current communications Center and be slightly larger to accommodate the equip ment needed for the system. If the Board agrees to go ahead with the addition construction costs will be paid for out of enhanced 911 funds. A decision is not expected until after the Board has a Chance to review the drawings and Cost estimates for the project. The drawings which will Cost $3,000, Are expected to be completed in late August or Early september. Eby said the Board is also in the process of reviewing enhanced 911 systems. While neither a system nor a Ven Dor has been selected Eby said the Cost to put the system on line has been estimated at $180,000. However that figure is a year old and probably will Rise by the time a system is chosen later this summer he added. The Board will have to make a decision on the Type of system it will Purchase in the next several months Eby said. The enhanced 911 system is expected to be operational by september of 1991 and the vendors and Telephone company will need at least a year to prepare Eby said. Deficit prompts tuition increase plan at South suburban College by Gilda Williams come fall students at South suburban College Are going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to help the College out of a financial bind. The College is projecting a $3.5 million deficit at the end of the current fiscal year which ends june 30. In order to Cope with the deficit College trustees voted thursday to restructure the colleges debt and authorized the issuance of $3.5 million in general obligation Bonds. The debt is to be spread out Over a five Yea i period. In addition trustees also voted to increase tuition $5 to $37 per credit. Hour for in District students. The tuition increase is expected to bring in an additional $600,000 in revenues. To ease the financial Burden somewhat trustees also voted to implement a sliding scale Cap on student activity fees. Explaining the tuition increase or. Richard Fonte president of the College said the increase will bring tuition up to the level of neighbouring Community colleges. A the $37 fee will now make us tied with Moraine Valley and we Are still below Prairie state at $41 per credit hour a Fonte said. A with this increase it makes us sixth or seventh in the state. We Are moving to the Point where students will have to share some of the costs a he added. Fonte explained that the College has been operating under a tuition freeze for the last three years but it must now raise its tuition in an Effort to comply with the commitment it made to the North Central association accrediting review team. The team visited last Spring. A we received five year accreditation from the inca but with that accreditation came a requirement to file an annual financial report because inca was concerned about our financial status a Fonte said. A the purpose of the annual filing please turn to Page a-2 decision anticipated in june on company a burning citation scouting for a baseball bargain Kris Killion and Cliff Purnell of Lansing scout for a bargain during the recent baseball card show at St. Andrew the apostle school in Calumet City. About 40 8tar photo by to Swisher dealers attended the show exhibiting cards and other sports items. Highlight of the Day was the auction of a signed Michael Jordan gets a look at Sandridge fitness Center at Summers end the Public will get its first look at the Sandridge fitness Center in August according to the director of the Calumet memorial Park District. Work is expected to be completed by August i said Sandra Wartman. The Park District purchased the old school from the City of Calumet City last year. Calumet City officials had purchased the building with the intention of turning it into a City Hall but decided against it when they Learned remodelling costs would have neared $1 million. The school was sold to the Park District for $600,000, of which $400,000 was Cash. The remaining $200,000 will be paid up in the form of a 20-year lease with the City. Several City departments will be housed on the second floor of the building. The fitness Center along with the rest of the first floor of the former Sandridge school will be painted later this month. Stands painting and decorating of new Chicago ind. Won the contract to do the painting. At $7,840, it was the lowest bidder of three companies that sought the Job Wartman said. The second floor of the building was painted by Park District employees during the Winter months Wartman said. She said the work was contracted out for the first floor because Spring and summer months Are Busy times for Park employees. Additionally Wartman said the work will be completed in seven to to Days by a professional company whereas it could have taken longer with Park staff. According to the schedule outlined by Wartman members of the Park please turn to Page a-2 by Anita Pfeifer a decision on an administrative citation filed against pm wrecking of Thornton for allegedly permitting open burning on a Calumet City site is not expected until june. Pm wrecking was cited by the Illinois environmental Protection Agency for allegedly permitting open burning of Copper wire at 150 Marble Street. The site allegedly has been used by pm wrecking to dump Concrete and Brick Bat from buildings it has torn Down. The Case was brought before a hearing officer for the Illinois pollution control Board i pc last week. The transcript of that hearing will be forwarded to the Board for review and a decision. According to Elizabeth Harvey an attorney with i pc the transcript is not due until May 17. She said it was unlikely the document would be distributed to Board members in time for pc by a meeting on May 24. The decision process also entails assigning one Board member to review the transcript draft an opinion and then circulate it among Board members for discussion and review Harvey said. More Likely Harvey said the transcript will be put on the boards june 14 Agenda for review and on its june 28 Agenda for a decision. I pc meets on the second and fourth thursdays of each month Harvey said. The Board will make its decision based on the transcript of the hearing where representatives for both Wiepa and pm wrecking presented their cases. If pm wrecking is found guilty of the open burning it will be fined $500 and assessed hearing costs Harvey said. The company was Given permission to use the land in Exchange for agreeing to tear Down abandoned and condemned buildings on the Marble Street property As Well As in other parts of the City. However since the a a gentlemen a agreement was struck in the Early 1980s with some City officials including former 1st Ward Alderman Dominick Gigliotti the site has been used please turn to Page a-2 dist. 155 Eye athletic program return by Rick cop Alello the Board of education for school District 155 in Calumet City announced thursday it plans to review the necessary costs for reinstating school band and athletic programs in the District. Board member Terry Harris asked superintendent James Rajchel to gather information for the Board to consider the feasibility of providing the extracurricular activities again. Harris said that he has been a thinking about it for a while and called the band and athletic programs a an important part of education for according to Rajchel the activities were curtailed in 1977 following a referendum Issue that failed to Gar Nish voter support and resulted in the District cutting Back of All no mandated state programs. The recreational sports previously provided by the District included boys basketball girls volleyball and track and Field. Like the band program the athletic programs consisted of 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the District. Kelly said the decision of the Board to reinstate the activities would depend on a the numbers which Rajchel will furnish for future consideration. In other business the Board approved the Asbestos floor tile removal work to be performed at Wentworth school As part of a life please turn to Page a-2 school officials look at open enrolment plan by Gilda Williams parents in Illinois May yet gain limited Opportunity to Send their children to a school of Choice within their own District. The Illinois state Board of education last week adopted a policy statement giving Quot cautious support to intr District open enrolment plans. Although Isle adopted As one of its objectives the establishment of a statewide policy on educational Choice a or open enrolment a in August 1988, Isle declined on april 19 to support a mandatory statewide plan. Instead it left the decision to participate in a Choice plan up to local school officials. A we formally adopted a policy that permits families to select the Public school that Best suits their needs a said Sally Vogl policy analyst for Isle. A what we re promoting is educational Choice among schools and not adoption of the policy statement Vogl said Means that Isle will act As a consultant and perhaps ultimately provide Money for those districts that choose to participate in a localized open enrolment plan. However no Money has yet been allocated for the program by the general Assembly. The concept of open enrolment according to educators is based on the idea that every family should be allowed to choose among All local schools. We formally adopted a policy that permits families to select the Public school that Best suits their needs. What we re promoting is educational Choice among schools and not programs a Sally Vogl Isle policy analyst the end result of such Choice according to educators is that a a Good schools will attract students and a a poor schools will lose them compelling those lesser schools to improve or cease to exist. Evidence from other states where open enrolment plans Are operational supports this theory according to data collected by Isle. In Many instances schools that were losing students improved their programs so much that they were Able to Stop the outflow. The Isle action stops Well Short of encouraging student transfers across District lines a inter District open enrolment. And although evidence from other states indicates Competition for students could be beneficial Many Illinois educators Are not convinced. Some in fact cited Competition As one reason Why inter District open enrolment should not even be considered. Moreover some educators were loathe to seriously consider inter District open enrolment because of the wide variations in districts per Pupil spending. Vogl said Isle did not follow in the footsteps of other states and enact statewide plans a either Mara District or inter District a because officials believe that no one plan is Best for All school districts. Four states have enacted inter District open enrolment plans allowing students from throughout an entire state to Cross District boundaries Minnesota Iowa Arkansas and Nebraska. Other states Are also considering similar plans. In an inter District plan in some cases students can choose to leave without first getting permission from their a a Home districts. In other cases approval is contingent upon other factors such As whether racial balance will be disturbed in those districts that Are operating under for please turn to Page a-2 a to we

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