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Matteson Richton Park Star (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Matteson, Illinois Wes Mason reminisces former Bloom High school basketball coach Wes Mason stands on the Brink of the first Cage season in decades that he has not been a coach. He looks Back Over his successful and sometimes controversial career and reminisces about some of his greatest players and games. Sports editor John Meyers hot Corner Page 39. Philharmonic a new Home the Illinois philharmonic orchestra has a new name and will soon begin its new season at a new performance site a the Bloom High school auditorium. The orchestra is the featured in the cover Story in today a inside Magazine. John Denver look gone sportswriter Dave Richards once a duplicate for Singer John Denver Isnit any More. The reason Why is revealed in Star sides Page 12. To or no what is the effect of television on children today a dimensions Section talks about a a unplugging that set and seeing if there a a difference in your child. Page la. classified advertising business directory. Dimensions. Dining. .1921 editorials. .8 the hot Corner. .39 movies. Obituaries. .6 sports. To listings. .39-43 Matteson Richton Park Star f>6 pages�?6 sections sunday november 21, 1982 35 cents per copy vol. 8�?no. 20multiplier vote viewed cautiously by Franklin Shuftan elimination of the state equalization Factor which passed the Illinois House thursday without a vote to spare is being reviewed cautiously by area members of the state Senate. Only one of four South suburban state senators a Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields a is on record As supporting gov. James Thompsons action to squelch the Impact of the a a multiplier in computing property tax Bills. Sens. Frank Ozinga a Evergreen Par William Maharr Homewood and George Sangmeister a Mokena All were noncommittal on the Issue when polled Friday. The multiplier is a figure assigned by the state department of Revenue whose ostensible purpose is to equalize assessments Between counties. It is used to multiply assessed valuations on property tax Bills yielding an equalized assessed valuation to which the tax rates of local governments Are then applied when democrats last Spring sought to use the multiplier As an election year Issue against Thompson the governor used his amendatory veto Powers to gut the provisions of a Bill already passed by the legislature substituting instead his proposal to effectively neutralize the equalization Factor. Deangelis assistant Republican Leader in the Senate said a key Issue involved in the multiplier dispute is a removing the inequities of the present currently Deangelis said the multiplier severely penalizes property owners who Are assessed properly by substantially increasing their tax Bills. In Cook county he noted the multiplier causes special problems because of the classification system. Should a Home be properly assessed at 16 per cent As mandated under the classification system the multiplier continued on Page 4 pc report commentary Are released by Michele Horaney both the controversial a cosand report a and a commentary on it by the president of Prairie state College were released thursday by trustees at the Chicago Heights institution. The move to release the cosand came with a 6 to i vote after an hour s heated discussion at the end of a regular monthly meeting trustees argued the merits of withholding the report which deals with re organization of the administration for additional study. They also debated whether the report might be misinterpreted by the Public. Trustee Charles Mason voted against the motion because he said he was afraid individuals and personalities would be implicated by the controversial report. The commentary by president Richard Creal was released with a 4 to 2 vote with one abstention voting against that motion were trustees Mason and Board chairman Joseph Hawkins abstaining was trustee David Anadio. A special meeting to discuss the $2,500 study will be at 7 30 p m. Tuesday in the colleges Board room. On november la. The Board decided to withhold the report pending further examination Board members said the document written by Joseph cosand professor emeritus in education and the University of Michigan need not be released at that time but agreed that it could eventually be made Public. Continued on Page 4 seek flood Relief Board embarks on All out Effort to clean up Creek a Chain saw is used by Bob Eifel of r amp b towing to Clear debris from Butterfield Creek in the Southeastern Section of Flossmoor. Additional cleanup of the Creek is being undertaken by the Village of Matteson. Star publications photo by Al Seib by Margaret Seltzner Matteson Village officials have embarked on a program to clean Butterfield Creek of debris that contributes to flooding in sections of the Village. The Village Board of trustees concurred with John Fay director of Community development in Matteson on the program Fay recommended after touring the East Branch of the Creek in Matteson and the main Branch near Flossmoor. Fay told trustees during a recent meeting of the Board that he and Roy Jung Village director of Public works a conducted a detailed walking inspection of Butterfield Creek East Branch from the Richton Park Village limits1 to the Point where it crosses under route 30 adjacent to the Bonanza restaurant. Fay said he and Jung also inspected a where the main Branch of Butterfield Creek crosses under Kedzie Avenue and the Illinois Central Railroad near Flossmoor. A during the course of inspection tour Roy and i personally removed several Hundred Loose objects from the portion of Butterfield Creek East Branch Between the Penn Central right of Way and route 30,�?� Fay reported. He said objects removed from the Creek included swing sets tires bicycles plywood construction debris shopping carts and tree limbs. A this walking tour revealed a great Deal to us regarding the current condition of the Creek a Fay reported and summarized for the Board the results of the tour. Fay also recommended a four Point program of action for trustees to pursue in connection with solving the debris problem in the Creek a program trustees agreed should be initiated immediately. He asked the Board to authorize him to work with the Village attorney to review the floodplain ordinance and state statute a to determine the extent of Village authority to keep the Stream Channel Fay said that once the review is com plete a the Village should work with the owners of marketplace Plaza and the vacant tract to the South to Institute a program to clean up the Channel. A third recommendation from Fay is a to consider As a secondary priority a Channel clean up program Between the Penn Central right of Way and the Lincoln Centre Fay said As part of such a program permanent easements should be obtained from the property owners along the West Side of Kildare Avenue for Channel maintenance work. Finally Fay suggested that a once the Illinois division of water resources report is Complete the Village should work with the state to jointly Complete the program outlined in recommendation no. 3.�?� Fay told the Board he feels a it is of critical importance that the Butterfield Creek East Branch Channel be cleared of existing debris and obstructions which Are greatly impeding the flow continued on Page 4 trustees ready Lake water referendum Village officials have concluded their study of All aspects involved in preparing for a referendum next april on contracting for Lake water As Well As financing of approximately $500,000 for improvements needed to Richton Parks existing water system. Village president Murell Reeves proposed that the next step be to arrange for a series of educational meetings at Village schools to inform residents of the costs of supplying Lake Michigan water the method of financing the project and to answer questions residents May have before they vote on the Issue. The two projects would be financed through a general obligation Bond Issue one Issue of $500,000 of 20-year Bonds for improvements and contract labor to the existing waterworks. A the second Bond Issue would be for $2,550,000 for 20 years for connecting with Oak lawns water Supply providing for a two million gallon Reservoir with pumping station and paying for necessary improvements to the present system. Finance director George see explained that either Bond Issue would be paid from real estate taxes and not water revenues. Water rates would be increased because of charges from Oak Lawn and depreciation from either improvements and or the connection for Lake water. Using a Flat water rate schedule the Village currently uses a graduated water schedule and using a householders average of 2,977 cubic feet quarterly or 1l908 cubic feet of water consumption annually and an appraised House for real estate taxes of $60,000, see provided the following relative costs i a currently annual water costs average $91 40 for the consumer and Cost the Village $97 65 a with the Cost of improvements Only water would Cost $103.60 yearly and increase real estate taxes by $16.13, for a total Cost of $119 73 a with Lake water and improvements the annual water Cost would jump to $325 09 with a real estate tax increase of $76 61 for a total annual Cost of $401.70 see also provided costs using a graduated schedule which results in a cur rent annual Cost of $91.40, existing costs of $97.36 $119.45 with improvements Only including $16.13 for increase real estate taxes and $395.45 annually for both Lake water and improvements including $76.61 for property taxes. A depreciation schedule prepared by the finance director includes a total Cost of $447,340 for improvements with varying life expectancies. The annual Cost for depreciation for improvements Only is $20,812. The Lake Michigan water connection would Cost $1,659,500. The largest expense being a Reservoir for $1,500,000 with a life expectancy of 40 years. On an annual basis the depreciation schedule shows an annual Cost of $43,571 for the Lake water connection. In discussing the depreciation schedule see contended that the Village should be keeping better records of tie equipment it has to facilitate collection of More accurate information. A classification of sewer and water costs in the villages 1982-83 fiscal Bud get also was included in seems report. He recommended that sewer and water costs be considered As separate items pointing out that by combining the two and using a percentage basis the Village does no to know what the sewer system is actually costing. Village Engineer Robert Matthey provided data projecting the amount of water allocations estimated from 1985 to 2020. Existing storage and additional storage requirements Over that time Span. Ile pointed out that the existing elevated storage tanks have approximately 30 years of useful life left and after that should not be considered. Village manager a. Douglas Fenske noted that 85 a Gallons of water Are used daily per capita now and the Board should consider future development at permitted densities which could result in a population increase of 6,200. According to figures supplied by Matthey a two million gallon Reservoir continued on Page 4 Board begins budget review Richton Park Village Board of trustees met with All Village department Heads tuesday night for a four hour midyear review of the 1982-1983 fiscal year Village budget. Village president Murell Reeves called for a special work session tomorrow night following the boards regular meeting to conclude its review of the interim report which reveals that the Village is generally living within its Means despite decreased revenues and economic difficulties being faced by most municipalities. Overall totals indicate that year to Date Ltd expenditures Are $1,249,532.27 that $16,810.21 is encumbered the remaining budget balance is $1,760,346.74, or that 41.84 per cent of the $3,026,689.22 fiscal 1982-1983 budget has been expended. One of the major problems with the interim report cited by trustees Harold Grisamore and Frank Andenno was the Lack of a staff analysis of where the shortfalls Are occurring with an explanation of the reasons for the shortfall. Annerino admonished Village manager a Douglas fenske1 and finance director George see for a seeming readiness to cover deficits with windfalls such As the unanticipated revenues from the vehicle sticker penalties which now totals approximate in $8,000. The practice of shifting budgeted funds from one department to another when one is spending less than anticipated and another is spending More was also deplored by trustees. Grisamore recommended that each item should be looked at individually if the Village is to avoid future financial problems. Grisamore contended that Fenske and see cover deficits with contingency funds and should show deficits As deficits. He added that it was a bad accounting practice to cover deficits with contingency funds and funds carried Over from previous years. A a surplus builds up and you cover deficits so it looks like a balanced budget. Done to do it this Way you can to explain where the Money is coming from Quot Grisamore said to Fenske. Annerino also said to Fenske a if you can to explain where the Money is coming from How can anyone else expenses Are shown but not the revenues needed to cover them a he pointed out. Trustee Rudolph Banovich suggested that the Board postpone discussion of the difficulties noted by Grisamore and Annerino until answers Are available and continue its review of the report. Reeves observed that the budget bal continued on Page 4 repairs to Yates school sought the Board of education of elementary school District 159, during its regular meeting tuesday voted unanimously to withhold final building payments to its architect and general contractor until specific heating and roof repairs Are made to the Marya Yates school. Building and grounds chairman James Madorma cited the boards and the administrations concern for the numerous problems he said have gone uncorrected since the completion of the school in 1981. The architect Raymond Pigozzi pledged that the work would be done As soon As possible and that a Progress report would be directed to the superintendent within the week. In other Board action the Board heard a budget report from the Assis Tant superintendent Walter Dunne who also informed the Board that District 159�?Ts application for insurance membership had been formally accepted by the South suburban Benefit cooperate effective december i. Supt. Donald j. Tesmond in his report to the Board noted that 97.5 per cent of All District parents attended the recent Parent teacher conferences and added that 40 per cent of the conferences were attended by both parental Tesmond stated that the District has annually averaged Between 96 per cent and 99 per cent in Parent attendance he also reported that four additional computers ordered previously have now been delivered to the respective schools and Are operational in the computer education programs the Board then reviewed seven bids submitted relative to a three year Lawn landscape contract for its four District school buildings and accepted the Low bid of $46,800 from Cunningham care landscape service of Homewood. In final action the Board granted the request for maternity leave to Sieden Prairie Art teacher mrs Janice theile. Board president fran Myers before adjourning the meeting announced the District has received two formal correspondence replies from state rep. Terry Steczo and sen. William Mahar relative to the mail Grams sent by the Board urging opposition to governor Thompsons tax multiplier proposal. The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for december 14 at the Marya Yates school at 7 30 p m
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