Hazel Crest Star (Newspaper) - March 11, 1990, Hazel Crest, Illinois Your Community newspaper Hazel Crest and country club Hills edition 64 pages�?6 sections sunday March la 1990 50 cents per copy vol. 16�?no. 55 City personnel rules reviewed for consistency country club Hills City Council monday reviewed changes in employee and personnel regulations the majority of which were designed to provide clarity and consistency of language. Several however involved some policy issues or at least some changes from past practice. They cover a variety of issues including nepotism probationary period and associated benefits overtime transfers sick leave bereavement Days grievance procedure and political activity. As to nepotism the policy states that no individual will be hired by the City who is a member of the immediate family of an elected official or a current employee. Employees also will not be prevented from being appointed or retained on the basis of their political activity. The policy further states that employees Are not to be coerced to take part in political campaigns to solicit votes to Levy contribute or solicit funds or support for the purpose of supporting or opposing the appointment or election of candidates for City office. Employees Are a a entitled to 13 sick leave Days during the Calendar year. They May designate three As Days to conduct personal business which could not normally be conducted during hours of employment. The Council discussed abuse of sick leave and agreed to definite a an occurrence As each continuous period of absence regardless of length. For example one occurrence is recorded if an employee is absent on Friday or if the employee is absent wednesday through Friday. Multiple occurrences May result in disciplinary action and or negative performance evaluations. Absences for Short and Long term disability absence due to a work related injury and personal Days will not be counted As occurrences. All full time employees Are allotted three bereavement Days per death in the employees immediate family. The new policy increases the number of bereavement Days an employee can take following the death of a spouse or child. Employees would be allotted six bereavement Days in those cases. Overtime pay is clarified with employees except department Heads paid overtime compensation at the rate of 1-1/2 times the regular rate of pay for All hours worked in excess please turn to Page a-2 after hearing outcry incinerator debate moves to state level by Patricia Briske area residents who Are worried about a waste to Energy incinerator being built in Robbins May have a Straw left to grasp after wednesday nights Public hearing on the project. For the most part residents vocalized their opposition to the project but provided Little substantive new data during the five hour session. But one environmentalist has raised a valid concern said Jim Cobb senior Engineer from the Illinois environmental Protection Agency Wiepa. A a woman from Greenpeace tried to Embarrass the construction company Bechtel and project Developer Reading Energy corp., bringing up examples of some facilities where there were problems a he said. A we need to look at those places a Cobb admitted. The deadline for submitting written comments on the proposal to the Wiepa has been extended to april 7, Cobb said. On tuesday the Hazel Crest trustees decided to add their voices to opponents of the Robbins incinerator agreeing to pass a Resolution objecting to the siting and permitting of the facility at their next meeting on tuesday. The Resolution will be forwarded to the Wiepa before the deadline Village officials said. After state officials review the submissions and transcript of wednesdays often emotional Public hearing however the Wiepa could Issue a construction permit a a week or two afterwards if no fatal flaw in the plan is discerned a Cobb said. The Epa has already granted a draft permit or preliminary approval to Robbins resource recovery co. For the site plans the facility would be at 134th Street and Kedzie Avenue the hearing brought out More than 500 people who jammed the gymnasium of Kellar school in Robbins. About 50 police officers including a half dozen state troopers also were called out As a precautionary measure should crowd control become a problem. The crowd remained quiet for nearly an hour while Wiepa officials read descriptions of How the 1,200-ton-a-Day, waste to Energy facility would work but patience eventually wore thin As members of the audience began to shout a we done to want it a and a where do you live a most in the audience appeared to oppose the project. But speakers seemed to be split evenly either objecting to potential risks or supporting a much sought after financial boost the Village could receive. One woman admitted she had sent out flyers advocating residents attend the hearing and protest the con please turn to Page a-2 More than a mail Carrier St of photo by Warren Skalski Homeowner Ernest Irby right reaches out to thank Jerry Brown after arriving Home to find the mail Carrier had alertly noticed the unoccupied Home s smoke Detector was activated. Hazel Crest fire fighters found a Well done pan of peas on the stove were the cause of the alarm and that Browne Scall May have saved the Home from serious damage. The Park Forest postal service employee will be honoured by both the fire department and the Village of Hazel Crest tuesday. Hazel Crest family grateful for carriers special delivery by Eileen Hansen a Hazel Crest mail Carrier is being credited with preventing what could have been a serious residential fire. A it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time a said Jerry Brown of Park Forest. Brown who has been working out of the Hazel Crest Post office for 12 years has been walking the same route for nine years. A i really feel part of the Community and neighbourhood because in a Here eight hours a Day. In be gotten to know Many of the neighbors and just try to keep a watchful Eye out for Ernest and Edna Irby Are grateful they have such a conscientious and Alert mail Carrier. The Village of Hazel Crest and its fire department also Are grateful. During tuesdays Board of trustees meeting the Board will present Brown a meritorious service certificate and the fire department will give him. Appropriately a smoke Detector. Brown on his Normal delivery route wednesday smelled smoke As he approached the Irby Home at 17703 Grandview drive. A ifs not unusual to smell smoke coming from a fireplace or Chimney but the sound of smoke Detector triggered my seeing a car in a neighbors driveway Brown ran to the House to ask the occupant to Telephone the fire department and to request an ambulance. A my first concern was that mrs. Irby was Home and May have passed out from the although the fire station is just blocks from the Home Brown said he was amazed at the Quick response. A by the time i went Back across the Street to Check the doors help had when firemen arrived on the scene they found no one at Home and the House full of smoke. The a a culprit was a pot of Black eyed peas left unattended on the stove when the Irby a son Steve returned to work about an hour earlier after having lunch at Home. A we feel if More time passed the fire May have progressed out of control and developed into a major Kitchen fire a said assistant chief Don Bettenhausen who was at the scene. A even though the owner arrived Home shortly after our arrival the initiative taken by the mail Carrier we feel prevented a worse Ernest Irby who arrived on the scene As the fire department was ejecting smoke from the House was Able to personally thank Brown before the mail Carrier continued on his route. A other than a broken lock on the door used to gain entry into the House the Only damage was to my Good stainless steel said a relieved Edna Irby. Fire chief Doug Chappell said the incident illustrates a very important lesson of fire safety the value of smoke detectors. A smoke detectors do not prevent fires or suppress them. But working please turn to Page a-2 new meters May equal higher water Bills the replacement of residential water meters will continue throughout Hazel Crest in an attempt to make operations More efficient and provide for More accurate water usage readings. The upgrading and replacement of water meters is a Multi year program meters Are being purchased out of the sewer and water fund at no additional Cost to homeowners. But homeowners May see an increase in their water Bills because it is anticipated that the new or rebuilt meters will read approximately five percent higher than the older less accurate meters. According to staff figures the Village could see $92,293 in a additional Revenue after All meters have been replaced. There Are 3,970 meters in the Village. The figure is based on a five percent increase in the total volume of water metered based on the 1989 total of 434,320,000 metered Gallons the increase would result in an additional 21,716,000 metered Gallons. The program is on a three year schedule and is targeted for comple Tion in March 1992. According to a Cost Benefit analysis of the replacement program it was determined that the Benefit of receiving the additional Revenue sooner outweighs the Cost of installation on a quicker schedule requiring additional personnel. Currently 106 Man hours Are spent please turn to Page a-2 coalition joins Call for joint Airport study by Phil Rockrohr a coalition of area business education and government leaders announced thursday they will join with others to press Chicago mayor Richard m Daley to add his Airport plan to a study of four other Sites. Ten area organizations have joined the third Airport Alliance in an Effort to counter Daley a Rush to gain Federal funding for a study of his Lake Calumet Airport proposal said Don Goff chairman of the coalition the Alliance supports building a third Airport in the South suburban area but believes selection of the proper site must be handled through a single study coff said. A we think it s in everybody a interest to have the Job done properly a Goff said at a press conference in Chicago. A we feel it will save taxpayers considerable Money and save the process considerable four Sites Are being studied by a committee consisting of representatives of Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin the airline Industry the City of Chicago and the Federal aviation administration. The Faa has agreed to fund 90 percent of the study. Daley is seeking $5 million in Federal funds to study his plan to build a monster stalks today a families by Carmen Greco or. In our Safe suburban neighbourhoods where children Clatter by on bicycles and the Guy next door putters contentedly in his Garden a monster lurks every so often he cracks the surface and serves As a chilling reminder that the family the Center of the american dream is fragile and susceptible to ruin. When Bennie Wilson broke into his Mother in Laws Park Forest Home recently and put two bullets in his wife a head the monster Rose in All its terrible fury. When Evergreen Parks Sarah Calderone said to have been brutalized repeatedly throughout her 10-year marriage pulled an my Rifle from the bedroom closet and shot her husband dead we saw the creature Loose again these Are the most disturbing cases of Domestic violence the ones that grab the headlines and make it to the top of the six of clock news a the final desperate Wanton acts in a marriage gone terribly wrong. Taken separately however they misrepresent the everyday horrors of Domestic violence in America where death is just the most tragic outcome of a violent Home. For others it exacts a different toll a shattering families inflicting permanent physical and emotional scars and perpetuating the vicious Cycle of spousal and child abuse. And for some women and children Domestic violence Isnit the exception its the Rule an everyday occurrence As common a happening As the Sunrise. Please turn to the dimensions Section a 9,400-acre Airport spanning parts of Chicago a Southeast Side Calumet City and Burnham. Coff said thursday the Alliance will support Daley a plan if it is chosen by the current study committee a we have no favored site yet a coff said a a we re taking the stance that we can live with any of them including Daley a. We just want an Airport in the South among the business and labor organizations joining the Alliance thursday Are the chamber of Commerce of the Southern suburbs Chicago Southland convention and visitors Bureau contractors association of will and Grundy counties South suburban area labor management committee and South suburban regional economic development coordinating Council. Education groups supporting the coalition include governors state University Prairie state College and South suburban College. The South suburban mayors and managers association and caring a concerned citizens group from Peotone added their names to the and hoc Alliance. Goff said the Alliance will a probably grow to include groups from Northwest Indiana to Joliet and Down to Kankakee and will he would not name the additional organizations who have pledged support however coff said several local government leaders and con Gressmen will join the push in the coming weeks. The coalitions primary goal will be getting publicity to fight Daley s please turn to Page a-2 Chicago plan to make first suburban trip by Anita Pfeifer South suburban residents who face the loss of their Homes if a third Chicago Airport is approved will have the Opportunity to View plans for the development at a Public forum monday. The meeting on Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley a proposed Lake Calumet Airport is scheduled for 7 p m at Thornton fractional North High school 755 Pulaski Road Calumet City. Sponsored by Calumet City mayor Robert Stefama and state rep Frank Giglio a Calumet City the meeting is the first one in the suburbs where representatives of the City of Chicago department of aviation will be on hand they will explain the proposed Airport slated for Chicago a Southeast Side which will also extend into the Village of Burnham and part of Calumet City.