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Lansing Star (Newspaper) - June 3, 1990, Lansing, Illinois Your Community newspaper Lansing a Lynwood edition 44 pages�?6 sections sunday june 3, 1990 25 cents per copy vol. 3�?no. 83 agreement near on Airport Daley plan could join existing site study by Anita Pfeifer talks Are expected to resume this week on a plan to add Chicago mayor Richard Daley a Lake Calumet Airport proposal to an existing study of Sites for a third regional Airport. That plan May also extend to Daley the Power to appoint additional members to a site study commission members who May be inclined to see things his Way. In february Daley unveiled plans for the Airport to be located on Chicago a Southeast Side. That plan has been met with opposition from Chicago residents As Well As those in Burnham and Calumet City who would lose their Homes if the Airport is developed. Opposition also came from a number of area officials who said Daley a plan was too late for consideration. The Bis Tate commission had already narrowed the potential Sites for a buildings and grounds targeted for renovation in District committee members established budget priorities during a meeting last week of Thornton fractional township High school District 215�?Ts building and grounds committee. Although the District had allocated $175,000 for resurfacing the parking lot at of South High school in Lansing the project has been suspended due to the High bids received which exceed the amount allocated. Instead committee members this week established new priorities within the District for repairs and renovations. Lynn Miller former principal at of South who now serves As director of Asbestos removal projects for the school District said last week that the hot water lines at of South Are in urgent need of replacement. Miller added that although maintenance Crews tried to fix the leaks in the water line there Are numerous Large and Small leaks throughout the school. A the pipes Are going to burst somewhere along the line if repairs Are not made he warned. A second priority established by the committee is a life safety amendment allocating $200,000 for the roof at of North High school in Calumet City. According to District 215�?Ts business manager Gary Epperson there Are three major leaks in the cafeteria. The committee also briefly discussed window replacement at of South As the third priority on its list. According to superintendent Kenneth Olsen work also needs to be done to improve the appearance of the schools. Olsen stated that the District needs a to make a better place for students in our he added a the schools Are like a please turn to Page a-2 third Airport Down to four and a Chicago location was not among them. Sites being considered by the commission Are expansion of the Gary municipal Airport one East of Peotone another Northwest of Kankakee and a final one at the Indiana Illinois state line near Beecher. The commission is expected to select a site by August of next year. Daley had earlier said he would continue to pursue his plans for a third Chicago Airport Independent of the commission and despite the opposition. Insiders said Daley began to waver on that stand when the City a request for $5 million in Federal Grant Money for a master plan study a requirement for Airport development seemed to be in jeopardy. Then last week Kenneth Quinn Counselor to Secretary of transportation Samuel Skinner gave Chicago officials until noon on Friday to Compromise and agree to add the Lake Calumet plan to the Bis Tate study. After a series of closed door meetings that went on to mid afternoon Friday All parties agreed to a news please turn to Page a-2 an outdoor classroom Star photo by Todd pm no go pour of South suburban teachers Are finding a variety of reasons to take their students outdoors in the warm final Days of the school year. At Coolidge school in Lansing recently Gordon Claxton Rolls a giant Ball during a Field Day relay race. A people movers transit Experiment eyed for suburbs by Elizabeth Behland regional transportation authority chairman Gayle Franzen a proposal to build a a people movers would bring a completely new form of transportation to the Chicago suburbs. The rat is hoping tests for the a people movers or personal rapid transit Par offering suburban travellers less than 3-minute waiting times will be successful so a demonstration system can be operational in As soon As four years. The rat is currently seeking proposals from suburban communities for a location to build the demonstration project. The part proposal offers a nearly silent and pollution free Mode of transportation that some claim could provide the convenience of an automobile. The new system is being developed in response to an abundance of automobile congestion and pollution in the expanding suburbs the rat said. The people mover would not replace Pace the suburban bus system or the Metra railway system. It would be aimed More toward people who might normally travel by automobile to work or around town. Unlike a conventional commuter train or bus this personal system would take passengers non Stop to their specific destinations cutting Down on travel times. The proposed people mover would have individual cars that could be programmed to go directly to the passengers destination without any intermediate stops. Riders boarding the system would request a car which would be sent to their station. The a personally programmable Quot the personal rapid transit system is an Experiment of necessity because of suburban growth a rat chairman Gayle Franzen cars would be computer operated without a Driver and would not delay other cars when making a Stop. Cars that need to Stop would follow a looped Side track at a station so that no other cars would be affected at the time of passenger drop off. Although a people movers systems Are in operation at a number of Airport around the country a and one is under construction at of Hare International Airport a the Only existing adaptation of the part in daily transit service is in Morgantown w. A. The Morgantown part was established in 1975 to connect two campuses of West Virginia University. The main similarity Between the Morgantown system and the proposed system is the method of controlling according to Rick Moser rat Public information officer. According to an article in the Spring 1990, Issue of the new electric railway journal the Morgantown system is run by a Central computer that communicates to the cars through station computers As they pass the stations. Through these computers the cars receive instructions and report problems or malfunctions according to the Magazine article. But since the Morgantown system was initiated new developments in technology have allowed for the creation of a a Small and smart system such As the one being proposed Moser said. Although the Morgantown system has about 70 cars that can hold up to 21 people Moser said the goal of the proposal for the Chicago suburbs is to create More cars to hold fewer people. The proposed part would have Only five seats with no standing permitted. In this Way the system would closely resemble automobile travel along with the fact that passengers will go directly to their destinations Moser said. According to the railway journal about 65 percent of the Morgantown line is elevated but the entire proposed part would be elevated so at no Point would the system interfere with traffic. Unlike the Morgantown system which uses rubber tires on a Concrete guide Way the proposed part would run on its own steel railway. The cars would be electrically powered and people might be Able to Board the system by paying a fare and possibly pushing a Button on a computer controlled panel to select a destination Moser said. A metallic material such As aluminium would probably be used to construct the cars Moser said. But specifications about How the system could work Are still in the idea gathering stage he said. If the system proposal is approved rat will construct a 100-Yard track to test the cars and determine if it is feasible to continue the system development Moser said. The next phase of the plan if the please turn to Page a-2 Lansing Hopes to close Airport land Deal Early this summer bring on the swimmers Park districts throughout the South suburbs Are getting municipal swimming pools ready for the summer season As opening Day approaches. Herbert Cavanaugh and Charles Brewer get the facilities ready at Stor photo by Bill Rumor Finneran Park Pool in Calumet City. Pool passes have gone on Sale for most area Park pools and further information on summer Park activities is available from local Park districts. By Dan Culloton land that the Lansing municipal Airport needs for a a Clear zone at the East end of its runway will come into the villages hands Early this summer. The acquisition will allow the Airport to keep the runway open and to preserve Federal funds that Are targeted for future development at the facility. A the agreement is pretty Well Cut a said Lansing mayor Bill Balthis last week. Lansing was prepared in january to Purchase the 40.3 acres of land and air rights for $216,600 from the Johnson estate of san Francisco Calif. However the Deal was delayed after the Johnson estate sold the land to an Indiana land Developer and Lansing officials were forced to renegotiate the transaction with the new owner. The Village has forged the basis of an agreement for the 19.5 acres of land and 20.8 acres of air easements immediately East of the runway with the attorneys representing the owner whose name is being kept confidential in a Trust at the mercantile National Bank in Indiana Balthis said. A draft of the contract currently is being reviewed by state and Federal authorities and will be signed by the end of the month Balthis said. A the agreement is still there a Balthis said. A a there a nothing in the negotiations at this Point that a going to cause a breakdown in that process. I think we re on the fast the Federal aviation administration required the Airport to obtain the land for safety reasons after it extended the the East West strip by 1,250 feet last year. Munster officials consented to the Sale Only after the Lansing Village Board promised that future development at the Airport at Burnham Avenue and Glenwood Lansing Road would not encroach on Munster land. The Faa could have Cut off funding for future development and Force the facility to close the East West runway if the Village did not obtain the land and air rights. The losses could have threatened key improvements a including the paving of the facility a grass North South runway and taxiway a planned for the Airport Over the next five years. However Lansing Airport manager Robert Malkas said last week that the Faa would not penalize the Airport As Long As the Village is making Progress toward a solution Munster and Lansing officials said last week the transaction would have been completed in january if the Johnson estate did not sell the land to the Developer. But Lansing officials were not surprised by the Johnson estates Sale of the land Balthis said. They were Well aware the California landowner wanted to sell the land As quickly As possible. A it was not a Surprise that they were trying to sell the land and get their Money out of it As soon As possible a Balthis said. A no one was trying to pull one Over on it a

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