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Chicago Heights Star (Newspaper) - May 21, 1972, Chicago Heights, Illinois Few people but Many problems Greet Board by Rober Banser Chicago height Community relations Board members visited Charles e. Cavin school tuesday night to hear local residents discuss problems in the area. Not Many residents appeared before the Board but numerous problems were discussed. Mentioned were vandalism employment opportunities recreational facilities apathy Park District administration and the possibility of co operation Between the Park District and school Board. Also discussed was the Railroad crossing adjacent to Cavin school on 12th Street. The train crossing near the school is not adequately marked and if it is not fixed soon someone May be killed asserted Alfred Collins director of the Chicago Heights Community action Center. Community relations Board chairman Francisco Montalvo told Collins that the Board had previously recommended that the Railroad crossing situation be remedied a but we Only have the Power of the Board will follow through on the rail Road crossing situation and find out who is responsible Montalvo said. The Board schedules these neighbourhood meetings to find out what the local problems Are Montalvo said. If it has Community backing it can do a lot More he added. A a we be tried to fight on the Side of the people at All times Quot Montalvo said. Requesting assistance from the Board during the hearing was a Young Mother who brought her two children to the meeting. The Black woman told toward members that she has been looking for clerical work in the area for four months without Success. Montalvo said the Board would investigate the matter and instructed Wert Cobb chairman of the boards civil rights subcommittee to find out where the woman had applied for work and investigate the matter further. This woman a rights should be protected because the next person to be discriminated against a May in you a Joseph Roe told the Board. Roe is president of the South suburban chapter of the National association for the advancement of coloured people a actg Roe said that he has observed Job discrimination first hand where applications for employment were politely taken and then politely thrown in the wastebasket. Another topic of conversation at the meeting was recreational facilities in the area. A a there a nothing for the children to do but play outside around Here a the Young Black woman said. James Parsons principal of Gavin school said there should be co operation Between school District 170 and the Chicago Heights Park District. Schools should be used year round he said. No playground equipment exists at Cavin school but in other school districts there is playground equipment near the schools and the human relations Board feels District 170 should have such equipment at the schools Montalvo said. Window breakage is a problem at the school now and recreation programs might increase the need for custodial and continued on la it i it in i 71st year a Star Tribune publication Chicago Heights want ads 755-9500 news Skyline 5-6161 want ads 755-9500 news Skyline 5-6161 102 pages�?6 sections sunday May 21, 1972 15 cents per copy no. 25 traffic prime topic City merchants seek Western Avenue solution by Arthur Fried Western Avenue merchants and Chicago Heights City planners reached some tentative agreements wednesday concerning the streets a hazardous driving and parking situation. City officials called the meeting As a preliminary attempt to Deal with westerns strip zoning problem. Strip zoning refers to an area along a major thoroughfare that is devoted to business but does not have sufficient area to provide off Street parking for All customers wishing to use it in the Case of Western Avenue the strip zoning problem is complicated by the fact that there Are no four Way intersections to slow Down traffic Between 14th Street in Chicago Heights and 26th Street in Park Forest. And there Are no stoplights along big move looms that mile Long stretch even though traffic from four Well travelled thoroughfares Beacon Boulevard and 15th Street in Chicago Heights and Illinois Street and North Avenue in Park Forest flows into it. Making a left turn along Western Avenue can be a hazardous business. There were a total of 70 traffic accidents on Western Between 14th Street and Beacon Boulevard during the period from the beginning of 1971 to the present. Most of them were not serious but they were expensive. Both merchants and planners agreed that placing traffic lights at one or two Points along the 14th-Street-to-26th-Street stretch would ease the left turn situation by creating gaps in the almost continuous flow of traffic. The two obvious places for old Library edging toward retirement by Norma Shirley the Chicago Heights Public Library will move into its new residence in june. The present Library building at 1627 Hal sted Street was financed by a gift of $15, he from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1901. When completed in 1903, the Structure stood like a slender Maiden holding a trim collection of fewer than 2,000 books. Amid the growth and Progress of the City today on a cramped Oval plot with inadequate parking and congestion circular drive the building squats Over the accumulations of 70 years like an aged fat woman in bidding skirts and outdated Bonnet. The 36.569 books that glutted the Small first in a series Library in 1957, when initial Steps were taken to acquire More space have become an engorgement of almost 60,000 volumes. The new building has a shelving capacity exceeding 100,000 volumes and provides 23,500 Square feet of floor space at ground level Anil about 12,000 Square feet below ground. Located on the North Side of 15th Street Between Chicago Road and Aberdeen Street adjacent South to the City Hall the new site commands a Central location within the business District and among area schools. The move will be the second for the Library since its establishment in 1902 in the City Hall. There was an earlier when Chicago Heights was still known As Bloom in 1895. John Michalek opened a drug store in the Minerva building at 1616 Otto Boulevard and set up a Small a lending Library in one Corner. It was the first Library in the area and the Only one for the 3,500 people that a history pamphlet reports living in Bloom in 1897. The population accelerated from 1892 Onward As the City a importance owing to the Active efforts of the Chicago Heights land association. In 1890, under Charles Walker As president and Martin h. Kilgallen As manager adjacent farm lands amounting to about a Section or almost a Square mile. Were obtained. By planning factory Sites and providing extensive rail transportation facilities the two men promoted the Rural Village of Bloom As a desirable Industrial area. The Many industries thus attracted to Chicago Heights needed workers and family men w to came seeking jobs soared the population toward 15,000 people by 1910. During this period the 4,006-plot Sec i continued on title 4 stoplights Are Beacon Boulevard and Illinois Street. Getting the lights installed however involves a whole new set of problems. Western Avenue is a state Road so the project must have the approval of the Illinois division of highways. Furthermore if both lights Are installed they will have to be synchronized to prevent traffic tie ups. Since the Beacon Boulevard Light will be in Chicago Heights and the Illinois Street Light will be in Park Forest the need for close co operation Between the two municipalities and the state is evident. Both the Chicago Heights City Council and the Park Forest Board of trustees have already taken preliminary Steps toward getting traffic lights installed. Chicago Heights City Engineer James Mulford said he is preparing a request to the division of highways for the Beacon Hill Light. The Park Forest Village Board has set aside funds for the Illinois Street Light. The trustees have not submitted their request to the Highway department however because they Are hoping that the state will install the Light sparing the Village the expenditure. Highway division officials have said that they might include construction of the Illinois Street Light in their plans to Widen Access to 211th Street at Western Avenue. Another suggestion which those in attendance at wednesdays meeting seemed to favor was creation of four Way intersections along Western. Once again the focal Points were Beacon Boulevard and Illinois Street. Beacon Boulevard could be brought into intersection with North Avenue by moving its Western outlet a few Hundred feet North through land now owned by the Chicago Heights Park District. A much less costly w a of accomplishing the same thing might to to wait until the Beacon Boulevard traffic Light is installed and then place another one in synchronization with it at the Corner of North Avenue and Western. A similar set up was installed recently at the intersection of Western Joe Orr Road and country club drive in Olympia Fields where the traffic flow is lighter. A second intersection could be created by extending 16th Street through to Western. In the past residents of 16th Street have fought attempts to extend it through to Western. An intersection there would help relieve the congestion at the 211th Street Light. Several merchants pushed for creation i toil i ii Mill Oil Pifie 4 i Cha builder Confer on repairs to housing by Harriet Marcus Federal housing administration officials met with two representatives of Kaufman and Broad builders Friday morning to review three Days of inspections at three k and a built subdivisions in the South suburban area. Meeting with a team of 12 Cha Field representatives headed by Martin Hogan Chicago area Deputy director were Louis Berkow Itz and William botel of Kaufman and Broad. Berkowitz Here from the company s los Angeles Headquarters is k and bus vice president in charge of United states housing. Botel is customer service manager for the Chicago area. Not present were mrs. Barbara Sayre Casey vice president in charge of Public relations and Robert Grace National director of consumer relations for k and b. Both returned to California after completion of personal visits to Apple tree in Hazel Crest country club Hills on monday Beacon Hill Forest Heights in Chicago Heights on tuesday and Rainbow Valley in unincorporated Mokena on wednesday. The Complete team of 12 Cha officials and inspectors toured both Apple tree and Rainbow Valley. Two inspectors were on the Forest Heights visit. But Hogan has expressed his personal intention to tour the area himself in the near future. Speaking about fridays meeting Hogan said that a we discussed the general situation on interpretation of repairs. It is a simple l ase on justification of remedial work which will be done and will in done to Berkowitz too stated that Quot if it is justifiable. We w ill fix it Quot and said that items of Normal Home owner maintenance will be pointed out to the people involved. Asked How a determination can be made As to what is the result of faulty construction and what is Normal maintenance he said Quot a trained Eye can Hogan said that Cha will make the determination and that a a mix of items of both types was seen in the three Days of Home inspections. Apple tree where Home owners were most vocal and in some cases termed a a abusive by the Kaufman and Broad representatives was spoken of specifically by Berkowitz who stated that a a lot of things at Apple tree w ill not get done because they Are Normal Home owner maintenance. Our Crews will not take abuse and the people will be told about these things the Home of or. And mrs. Raymond i. Allen at 3910 171st, country club Hills has been a prime Point of Contention. Spring Home building and improvement Section today inside the Star today is a to journey vim icis Bloom and Rich Central collect regional baseball titles and Homewood floss Moor picks off the sectional Golf championship. Sports. Section b. Vacek i Lei pc a girl scouts Bend their efforts to help hospitalized Sharon Vacek. Page c l also the Star Tribune publications fund for the youngster mounts Page e-15. Nearing the end of by service As the Chicago Heights Public la nary is thu building it 1627 hoisted Street. Moving Day to the new building adjacent to the City Hull is building was financed by a $15, Nhi gift in 1901. Page amusements a 6 books of the week a 8 classified advertising. Business directory c 3 through 0 8 dining. Entertainment guide b6 amp 7 Page editorials a especially Tor women a 3. 4 amp 5 the hot Corner. B l King Arthur s court i i amp 8 obituaries a 9 sports by through 4 Mill Iii Iii. Run �nsr.iriiisiiiiiga5i.ii Berkowitz asked this reporter Friday afternoon if she had been told that Cha inspectors determined there was no water problem at the Allen residence. On monday at the site Rogan had said that a we will look at your water problem More deeply than we have Friday. Rogan said that there is to be an inspection of grading not Only in Apple tree but in All three subdivisions and that if water problems exist this will be determined by the grading study. A this will not be resolved until our engineers and theirs Kaufman and Broad make a determination on grading a he said. Asked about the unpaved driveways in Forest Heights a prime problem Point in the Community Berkowitz said that this matter is now being discussed with Eugene Hosenfeld president of the company Anil a we should know next week what is being at the joint flak and b meeting it was determined that All specifications had been followed in installing gravel drives in Forest Heights. Chicago Heights building codes at that time did not require paved driveways. Community representatives and Forest Heights residents who toured with Berkowitz on tuesday asked if this problem were one area in which Kaufman and Broad might make some contribution to the Community in fulfilment of the builders expressed intention that a we want to make this a viable place to Rogan promised Friday to consider the condition of driveways on his forthcoming personal inspection to see both if the gravel drives wore properly installed and in w hat condition they now Are. According to Hogan Cha inspection Crews Are now continuing their visits through Apple tree and will return to Rainbow Valley on tuesday. A we would like to get Apple tree done first since we started there then finish Rainbow Valley next and then go on to Forest Heights a he said. Repair Crews were at work in Apple tree last week. At pm it the Apple tree and Rainbow Valley residents whose Homes were not personally visited on the first Day were told Liat they would in inspected at a future Date. At Forest Heights. Berkowitz and Community representatives agreed that All Home owners who Send in written complaints to the k and b office by june 16 would receive personal attention from the builder. Rogan assured the Star that All Homes in Forest Heights that need repair would by seen and that a if a complaint is on a list or not it w ill to taken care Berkowitz said that builder inspection of tile subdivisions would continue for several weeks w Ith himself or a other competent people Quot heading the Crews. He asked that people in Apple tree and Rainbow Valley just write Iii their complaints is arranged in Forest Heights and a Elf they Are justifiable we will Lix my stoplight and the southbound cars above never seem to Stop coming. Municipal officials and merchants Are exploring the problem. Frustration is trying to make a left turn from 15th Street onto Western Avenue in Chicago Heights during evening Rush hour when traffic is backed up a Quarter of a mile from the 211th Street

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