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Homewood Star (Newspaper) - March 4, 1990, Homewood, Illinois The Star your Community newspaper Homewood and Flossmoor edition 64 pages�?6 sections sunday March 4, 1990 50 cents per copy vol. 49�?no. 74h-f not alone in drive for Golf course by Ruth Thomas the Homewood Flossmoor Park District is not alone in its attempt to acquire Golf course property. At least two other suburban Park districts recently purchased Golf courses one transaction was settled by the courts and the other parties reached an agreement before going to court. The Schaumburg Park District recently bought a 210-acre, 27-Hole Golf course for $15.5 million. The District acquired the land using the Power of eminent Domain and the Case was settled in court in september. The Westmont Park District with the Village of Westmont and the do Page county Forest preserve bought a 50-acre, nine Hole Golf course with no banquet facilities for $4.75 million. The transaction was completed last month without going to court even though the seller initially was unwilling to sell according to Ron Gunter director of the Westmont Park District. A the Wasny to even willing to listen Quot Gunter the owners of Cherry Hills country club also have firmly rejected a recent offer for their property from the Homewood Flossmoor Park District. District officials reportedly offered $1.9 million for the 140-acre, 27-Hole facility which has restaurant and banquet facilities. It is located partially in Flossmoor and partially in unincorporated Cook county. Cherry Hills owners last week said they will fight District efforts to acquire the land through eminent Domain Law. Illinois Law allows a municipality or subdivision of a municipality to Purchase land for its fair Market value if the land will be used for the Public Good. In the Westmont Case the Westmont Park districts first offer was $3.7 million but the Golf course owner believed $5 million a a plus was More appropriate Gunter said. Negotiations continued however and the Dupage county Forest preserve and the Village of Westmont entered into the purchasing agreement with the Park District and the Leisure care Piazza projects still on hold developers of Leisure care a proposed 240-unit congregate facility planned for Homewood a Washington Park still Hope to make the project Fly. At tuesday s Village Board of trustees meeting Sheldon Kantoff of Leisure technology said the firm recently entered into a 50 percent partnership with a a japanese Money concern Quot and a new marketing study is in the works. The marketing study should be completed within 30 to 45 Days Kantoff told trustees. A we have a great Deal of Money invested in the project Kantoff said a and wed still like to see it if the marketing information shows the area will support the development and it is still a financially feasible Quot the developers will return to the Board with further plans. The Board agreed to extend preliminary approval for the Leisure care facility one year while developers reassess the Market. Village president Manny Hoffman said a i Hope the Market study shows favourable results. Id still like to see the trustees also extended their preliminary approval of development plans for Homewood Piazza. Those plans Call for the construction of a strip shopping Center called Homewood Piazza on property currently occupied by Harold a Garden Center but the project is not being actively pursued according to Larry Lowery Village manager. Lowery said he recently discussed the proposed Plaza with its Developer Vern Volbrecht who said if he was to resurrect his interest in the development he would have to negotiate a new option with the property owner. Lowery recommended that preliminary approval for each of the proposals not be revoked since there have been no significant changes in surrounding environments to alter the projects. If the Market indicates that a different proposal would be successful in these locations Lowery said a developers will bring them Forward please turn to Page a-2 $4.75 million Purchase Price was agreed upon out of court. The owner decided not to a drag out the negotiations in court Gunter said. The Westmont course which will retain its original name Black horse will reopen in the Spring with 40 acres for Golf and the remaining to acres set aside for open space. The new municipal owners Are putting $150,000 into the operation for Start up costs and some renovation. Like other officials contacted Gunter predicted privately owned Public Golf courses soon will become a thing of the past. A no one can afford to Purchase and operate the courses today he said a with land prices the Way they a if Park districts done to take a stand a the land will be a lost to Asphalt a Gunter predicted. A people Are gobbling up land a at least in this area Gunter said and a the last thing we need is a 50-acre tract of More Thomas Foran. Former . Actor please turn to Page a-2 Homewood curb Recycle program picks up award by Ruth Thomas Homewood a curbside recycling program has been named local project of the year by the Chicago metropolitan chapter of the american Public works association. A Homewood should be real proud of its program a said Andrew Radet ski awards chairman for the chapter. A the thing that separated this project from the others nominated was the amount of Public participation and the amount of Effort to get that participation Radetski said. The program also is noteworthy because of All the Community groups that became involved he said. Homewood a whole approach to the recycling program and the Way the Community got involved accounts for the Honor Radetski said As Well As the a splendid Job of publicity and education of the a a lot of people can look at this project and learn from it a he added. About 20 projects in metropolitan Chicago were nominated for the award by members of the Apia. Those projects include Street reconstructions flood control and waste water treatment plants. In order to be nominated a project must meet certain criteria Radetski said. Selections Are based on innovative design or construction methods timeliness of project completion Resolution of abnormal difficulties Steps taken to minimize inconvenience to citizens or other unusual circumstances. This award is really a unique a Radetski said noting that usually the local project of the year is a construction project. For example the Dan Ryan expressway reconstruction project was selected for the regional award of the year Radetski said. The Apia has Given awards since the 1950s in order to make the Public aware of a excellence in Public works and to create standards to measure excellence. Radetski said. A plaque of recognition will be awarded to the Village at a luncheon later this month. Local participation in the curbside please turn to Page a-2 committee to look at textbooks again the routine procedure of textbook approval was not routine tuesday when the Homewood school District 153 Board of education asked the language arts committee to reexamine a Book series it had recommended. The request came after a Board member expressed concern about the images of minorities and the roles of women portrayed in the books. Although the committee recommended the Silver Burdett amp Ginn series for Board action after a three month investigation the Board decided to postpone its vote in order to give the committee a Survey specifically addressing those concerns. A we thought the series of books. As a whole was balanced a said superintendent James Mahan of the series of eight books for grades kindergarten through six. Quot the books showed women in professional roles men involved in family care activities and minorities interacting with Whites a there a a whole mix a said Mahan. A the commit teen a recommendation is still Strong towards this series. They feel it is Strong in literature has a variety of authors and women and minorities Are major contributors a he said. A written report of the committees results also reveals the series is considered to have a a Strong phonics component at grades one and two and has the High Reading skill development of the average Homewood Grade school Board member Joanne Wicklund who proposed the series be reexamined said she found the series a was a whole has a fairly Good representation of minorities but i wish All the mothers did not look like Donna Wicklund re examined the books in the series wednesday and spoke with teachers. Quot they told me the Silver Burdett series has More difficult vocabulary than the d c. Heath books the second series we were considering. How please turn to Page a-2 no separate study for Chicago Airport plan Summa by Darren Hillock a group of South suburban municipal leaders say they object to the funding of a third Chicago Airport study unless it is included As part of a regional Airport review already under Way. A a Chicago a study process is pointless a said Bill Balthis Lansing mayor and president of the South suburban mayors and managers association. A a site similar to Lake Calumet was already evaluated and rejected through the first study. A there is no reason for the City of Chicago to be Given additional funds to do what is already being done As part of the regional study Quot he said at a press conference Friday at the associations Homewood Headquarters. But ultimately if a study of the Lake Calumet site is to be funded Balthis suggested that it be included As part of the process examining three Rural Illinois Sites and an existing Indiana Airport As possible third Airport locations. Such a move would at least save some of the $5 million in Federal funds Chicago is requesting for its Independent study according to Balthis. Plans for an Airport encompassing some 9,000-plus acres and located in Southeast Chicago were presented two weeks ago by Chicago mayor Richard m. Daley. The plan would necessitate demolition of thousands of Homes in the Chicago neighbourhoods of Hegewisch and South Deering almost All the Homes in suburban Burnham and some Homes in Calumet City. The regional study committee made up of representatives from three states Chicago the Federal aviation administration and the airline Industry is considering four Sites a one in Northern Kankakee county one near Peotone one East of Beecher straddling the Indiana Illinois state line and an expansion of the Gary regional Airport. The committee expects to pick a single site for development of a detailed master plan by next summer. Inclusion of the Daley proposal in the regional study probably would be possible according to state sen. Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields personally Deangelis said he would support inclusion of the Chicago site in the regional study process a provided their site can be brought into play without holding up the Deangelis a member of the existing study committee said gov. James Thompson expressed similar sentiments to him during a meeting thursday. A the governor is in sync with the idea that if Chicago is to entertain a site it has to submit to the process a Deangelis said. Federal funding for such a study would have to be approved by the state. Balthis said he has contacted Indiana . Sen. Dan Coats about that legislators efforts to Block Federal funding for study of the Chicago site but Balthis said Illinois . Reps. George Sangmeister a Mokena and Edward Madigan a Lincoln have not been contacted for their please turn to Page a-2 it this left turning car symbolizes what some Homewood officials and Western avenues and to install a traffic signal at Western will further business people see As cause to consider making changes to 183rd complicate traffic flow. Both sides expressed their views thursday during Street others believe the proposal to Widen the Street from Park to a Public hearing. Audience mostly opposed to 183rd work by Matt Kaufman More than a dozen Homewood business owners expressed Strong opposition to a plan to Widen 183rd Street from Park to Western avenues during a Public hearing thursday at the Irwin Community Center a we done to need All this nonsense a Joe Mcgee of Kingston cleaners declared a widening 183rd and putting up a traffic Light will destroy our Westgate shopping Rita Sachs of j. Alan Sachs Ltd. Said the proposed Street widening a May improve traffic flow but it will not make people want to come into our place of acknowledging that a traffic signal at Western might reduce traffic congestion Sachs said she is a totally opposed to taking five More feet away from the front of our property where we already have a very serious parking Only two members of the audience at thursday nights meeting supported the proposal. Augusta Hochberg a resident of the Willows apartments on the North Side of 183rd, complained about the increased traffic in the area. She urged that the project be completed As soon As possible. A a it a nearly impossible to turn onto 183rd from our driveway a Hochberg stated. A people seem to go made driving Down that Street. They done to pay any attention to Speed John Lagestee of Walt a food stores commented that opponents of the project seem to be a Overly concerned about the Impact it will have on their businesses. A widening 183rd and installing a left turn median strip makes tremendous sense a Lagestee suggested. A much can be done to improve traffic flow and it should have very Little Impact on our businesses especially if most of the widening is done on the North Side of the Dick Bhayani owner of a Dunkirk donuts store told Village officials his sales decreased 53 percent while 183rd was closed during a Street and viaduct widening project at Park Avenue. A we took a real Bath that time and we Are still paying for it a Bhayani declared. A if you Are going to Widen the Street Why not do it entirely on the North Side where there is nothing but Trees and dirt Why take land please turn to Page a-2

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