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Elmwood Park World (Newspaper) - September 24, 1972, Elmwood Park, Illinois / wheel lax May go to High court although a recent circuit court ruling found Cook county a controversial wheel tax ordinance unconstitutional the final decision on the matter May be rendered by the Illinois supreme court. Persons in unincorporated parts of Leyden township have numbered among the protesters As of sept. 7, sheriff Richard j. Elrod has ordered his men to Stop issuing tickets to vehicles not displaying county vehicle stickers. The sheriffs office had begun to Issue tickets july i of this year. The court ruling does not affect municipal wheel tax ordinances. Circuit court judge Raymond s. Sar now a decision that the wheel tax was unconstitutional was based on the fact that people in unincorporated Cook county the voters May still Register in Leyden some area procrastinators will be Happy to learn that there is still time to Register to vote in the nov. 7 election. Although both the villages of Elmwood Park and River Grove have completed their individual registration drives unregistered voters May apply at the Leyden town Hall 10200 w. Grand ave., Franklin Park until oct. 2. Voters May also Register at the county building 118 n. Clark in the county clerks office room 402. The Leyden town Hall will be open for registration during regular office hours 9 . To 4 30 ., monday through Friday and 9 . To noon on saturday. In addition residents of Leyden township May also Register from 7-9 Monday wednesday and Friday until oct. 2. Residents of All municipalities within the boundaries of Leyden township May Register with the town clerk. Municipalities included in Leyden Are River Grove and Elmwood Park. New residents persons having just turned 18 and those who have failed to Register previously should do so before the oct. 2 deadline. There is a residency requirement of 30 Days in one of the local precincts. Persons desiring additional information regarding registration should Call Leyden township clerk George c. Michel a office at 4s5-8616. The villages of Elmwood Park and River Grove have also announced that individual precincts will be registering voters oct. To. Only ones to pay the tax would receive no additional benefits from the tax. However assistant states attorney Paul Biebel said his office will Appeal the decision hopefully to the Illinois supreme court. Biebel said he will file a notice of Appeal this week. According to Biebel most of the county police budget some estimates run As High As 90 per cent goes for Protection of residents in unincorporated areas. The sheriffs men provide the Only police Protection which these areas enjoy. The county contends since the Large majority of county police services Are directed towards the unincorporated areas it is these areas which should pay for it. Currently the sheriffs office is supported by a real estate Levy from the whole of Cook county. A the judge Sharoow did no to buy this argument a said Biebel. A the said the tax would Only be constitutional if the people were to receive new services or if a higher court should uphold judge Sarnow a decision then the county will have to refund the Money for the vehicle stickers to individuals who purchased them. The suit against the wheel tax was instituted by a group called the Prospect Heights improvement association. Day the Rains came this scene at 80th and Oakleaf in Elmwood Park was typical of Many other streets throughout the Village and in adjoining River Grove. The present sewer system was not Able to handle the deluge which hit this area again last weekend. See editorial on flood disaster Relief. Photo by Frank Candela virtually every basement in River Grove was flooded As a result of sunday and monday s severe thunderstorms which also forced six local families to evacuate their apartments. The families were moved from their Homes for about two hours according to police when a 33,000 Volt wire was downed in the storm near the building at Arnold and Aux Plaines. Throughout the sunday night storm police and firemen from River Grove and Elmwood Park were continuously Busy answering Calls by harried flood victims. One injury due to the flood was reported by River Grove police. Gus Schreiber 69, of 2553 Maple apparently burned himself when he descended into his flooded basement to retrieve a kerosene lamp sunday night. He reportedly tried to Light the lamp with a Candle igniting it and burning his legs. Schreiber was admitted to Gottlieb memorial Hospital Melrose Park where he was reported in Good condition. Elmer Conti Elmwood Parks Village president defended the towns sewer system saying the sewers were clean and adequate. He blamed the backup on the Lack of an outlet for Village sewers. A Elmwood Park River Grove vol. 4 no. 39 single copy 15c sunday september 24,1972 Home delivery 40c per month mayor Conti continues fight in Forest land bid service awarded these ave Elmwood Park Young ladies were among the is ave. I tor standing Jean Paquin 3105 78th ave. Patricia Candy stripers honoured at a recent luncheon at Gottieb Fossum. 2324 n. 78th ave. And Angela costenia. 2217 n. 77th memorial Hospital of Melrose Park. They Are it i to r seated Ltd see inside for additional photos Patti protest 2047 n. 75th ave. Renee Salvino 1934 76th Conti defends workers Elmer Conti president of Elmwood Park opened mondays Board meeting by defending the number of Village employees listed on the annual treasurers report. It appeared to be a reply directed at democratic charges that the mayor a Republican maintains 200 patronage workers. A i done to deny we have a Good political army in Elmwood Park but it is made up of citizens not patronage workers a said Conti. Conti explained that because the treasurers report shows 200 pay checks it does not necessarily mean there Are 200 regular Village employees. Many of these people Only worked a Short time for the Village said the mayor. Conti said that there Are actually 114 regular Village employees. A a that a less employees per 1,000 residents than most other villages our size have a he said. Later during the meeting the Board authorized the Village clerk to notify the police and fire commission to advertise for police examinations. The previous police eligibility list recently expired. The Board Abo okayed a request by the Young voters league to use the Village Circle on the night of oct. 5 to hold a political rally. During a recess called by the mayor Marie Piraino of the concerned citizens of Elmwood Park asked the mayor to abandon his plans for acquisition of a portion of Forest preserve land for recreational purposes. A i want to keep the peace and quiet of the Forest a she said. Conti head in hands said a the people did no to want recreation in the Circle you Don t want it in the Forest preserve. Would you rather have us displace people from their Homes by condemning them for recreation a mrs. Piraino and another member of the concerned citizens also expressed fears of increasing burglaries near the 1800 Block of 79 it. She said there have been three cat burglaries in the area within the past three weeks. The mayor said he Felt the crime rate in Elmwood Park is Low compared to neighbouring suburbs. However he did express the desire to add More men to the police Force. A we have 32 policemen now and id like to get that up to about 36,�?� said Conti. The mayor continued by saying that ideally he would favor a 50 Man Force but the Village can to afford it. A Elmwood Park has no Industry at All. We must depend solely on real estate tax to operate our town a he said. By Barbara Pawlikowski Elmwood Parks president Elmer Conti intends to continue his Agit with Cook county Board president George Dunne Over the feeding of Forest preserve land to me Village Ai Sim Wood Rani. While Conti expressed optimism at the meeting Dunne told a world reporter a we cannot give them Elmwood Park the Conti is requesting use of the land for recreational purposes solely by Elmwood Park residents. A i feel that piece of property belongs to Elmwood Park a said Conti. A a we re going to pursue this thing a he said. Conti added that although he did no to want to get into litigation Over the land he May consider the idea As a last resort. A i can to see Why we should be turned Down a said Conti. A a it a not for personal gain. Its for according to Conti a Republican the request has been turned Over to a county Board advisory committee and he expects an answer within to Days. According to Dunne a Democrat however the advisory committee a consistently says Conti reasons that the land belongs to Elmwood Park because it is within the corporate limits of the Village. The Village of Elmwood Park was incorporated in 1914, while the Forest preserve District was not created until the following year 1915. However Dunne disagrees with the argument. A any land we have is ours whether it be within the corporate limits of Elmwood Park or a Good Deal of the county Forest preserve land lies within the corporate limits of various municipalities. Mayor Conti has also argued that since architect named by dist. 854 River Groves dist. 854 school Board recently announced the selection of an architect to prepare plans for an addition to River Grove school 2650 Thatcher. The firm of orput and orput and associates of Rockford Skokie and Milwaukee has been retained by the District. The addition to River Grove school was recommended in May by a team of state evaluators who toured the building. Among their recommendations were addition of a Library and resource Center a science Laboratory Home economics and shop facilities rooms for music and Art. The building project a should not take More than two years a according to Arthur f. Lambert superintendent of dist. 854 the funds for the school addition will have to come from a Bond referendum. The exact amount and Date of the referendum is expected to be discussed at an open meeting of a citizens committee and the school Board sept. 27. A the last referendum we had was in 1953,�?� said Lambert. A and we had difficulty getting that one the Village of Melrose Park is allowed the Forest preserve land for a water pumping station then Elmwood Park should also be allowed to use the land. The Melrose Park situation is uncommon though because it was a Case where the Village had no other recourse according to Forest preserve personnel. Melrose Park was in need of a water pumping station and it had no land left within its Village to build one. A request by that Village to build their station on Wab Ansia and Harlem was turned Down by Conti about 20 years ago. A i Wasny to about to give away valuable property a said Conti. Melrose Park would not have paid taxes to Elmwood Park for use of the land because it is a municipal government. This caused Melrose Park to Appeal to the Forest preserve for land on which to build their station. According to James Tyndall assistant general superintendent of the Forest preserve District the Forest preserve occasionally issues a License for the use of its land to utilities the sanitary strict and the Highway department. The Melrose Park request was considered As use by a Utility. However the land is still the property of the Forest preserve District. A the pressures to Dole out land Are tremendous a said Tyndall. A but we Are forbidden by Law to sell lease or rent Forest preserve see map inside Jonas leaves Post at Myca Wally Jonas executive director of the Mont Cia re Leyden Myca will be leaving his position oct. I. A successor to the Post has not yet been chosen. Jonas said he is leaving because he has accepted a position As director of a year round Camp in Leadington Mich. The Camp is also connected with the Myca. The Camp is a integrated and inter religious according to an enthusiastic Jonas a a it a for All Ages from half a year old to forever a he said. The Board of directors of the Myca will be choosing a new executive director for the Mont Clare Leyden y. Jonas said he expects the decision a some time next Call today old fashioned about the results you get. When you run your and in our classified Section 278-6100 or 524-500

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