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Park Forest South Star (Newspaper) - April 3, 1975, Park Forest, Illinois Swiftly but. Called one sided by Carolyn Pressler and Charles Rosenberger efficiency was up and business was Down. So indicate the minutes of meetings of the Park Forest South Board of trustees in 1974. In this second part of a four part series a study of Village records reflects an improvement in the movement of business through bureaucratic channels. This May be related to the addition of full time administrators a manager and a planner. The volume of business activity decreased however and was indicative of the general slowdown in the Village. Strong leadership continued to elude the seven member Board. A trustee saw a committee abolished when his colleagues became frustrated with its Lack of accomplishment and his chairmanship. The Board became embroiled in a personnel controversy which left a Village manager employed for 9 weeks without a Job. The strongest resistance from the general Public was caused by parking problems which occurred with the opening of the Poison Apple lounge 514 Exchange Avenue in april. The Board in a rare Appeal asked for Public support in december after a newspaper article stated that the new communities program of the department of housing and Urban development of which Park Forest South is a part was on the verge of collapse. Advisory bodies to the Board commissions and committees saw declines in membership and the amount of business to conduct. The exception was the recreation Board. What were some of the issues brought before the Board in 1974? it held 23 regular meetings mostly on monday evenings but on saturday mornings during the summer. Overall attends ice by trustees at meetings averaged 92.2 per cent. Two trustees Charles Andres and Keith Runyon left in mid year. They were replaced in december by Joanne Micko and Vernon Young. Based on the number of meetings they were required to attend the following records were established Joann Al Nihro Keith Runyon Barbara Triche Diane Waller and Vernon Young -100 per cent Eldon Shaul 95 Charles Andres 88 president William Nesper 78, and Joseph Coatar 69. Of the 18 meetings set to Start at 8 ., the average starting time was six minutes after the hour. Four meetings set for 10 . Averaged 18-minute late starts. One 9 30 . Meeting started on time. The average length of meetings was two hours and four minutes. Concerning the budget and and trustees meet tonight to gird for Washington a special meeting of the Park Forest South Board of trustees has been called for tonight at 8 of clock in the municipal building. The purpose is to set policy for the meeting on tuesday in Washington d.c., with senators Charles Percy and Adlai Stevenson Cong. George of Brien and officials from the department of housing and Urban development. This meeting has caused postponement of the regular Board meeting set for monday night. It will be held on wednesday at 8 In the municipal building. Proper nations ordinances the Board expended 22 hours and 46 minutes of Energy starting on april 22 and concluding on july 29 with the passage of an appropriations document. The tax Levy ordinance was passed on september 7, the budget summary on october 5. The Board held nine executive sessions six of them Between the period August 10 september 7, the time when the Village manager was fired. Two sessions each were held on August 10 and september 7. In january the Village attorney told the Board that its manager and treasurer at the time of their appointment had not been sworn in As required by Illinois revised statutes. On january 21, four months late the inauguration took place. Village business which was conducted swiftly included search and hiring of a Village planner six weeks revision of traffic ordinance 210, eight weeks ordinance to a wide fire services outside Village limits six weeks realignment of government to managerial form six weeks cat ordinance and revision five weeks ordinance on parking situation near the Poison Apple one week Call for special trustee election two weeks firing of Village manager four weeks plat of dedication for streets in russet Oaks four weeks and personnel ordinance eight weeks. The governmental Pace lagged in other areas. An and hoc committee to resolve differences Laboured fruitlessly for 20 weeks. Formed in mid september 1973, to resolve differences Between the Village and new Community enterprises Newith trustee Eldon Shaul As chairman it was dissolved in february 1974. Colleagues and committee members Andres and Waller were among the tri Stees who called for the committees abolishment expressing discontent at the Lack of Progress. Approval of a Job description and the employment of caretakers for Riegel farm took 45 weeks. Starting on february 4 with creation of the position it was not until november 18 that a Job description was approved. On december 16, a Young Monee couple was hired. They have yet to assume their positions pending completion of repairs on the Riegel farmhouse due later this month. Or took 38 weeks for James Doyle 686 Sullivan Lane to Purchase a five foot piece of property from the Village near his Home. Starting on april 15, it was not until december 2 that the Board again remanded the request to the plan commission for an a a expeditious review. No further action was taken in 1974, although the Purchase was transacted earlier this year. On August 10, the Board instructed Village attorney Frank Neidhart to investigate solutions for the Purchase and financing of a $129,000 Aerial platform fire truck. Twenty one weeks later at years end there is no record of anything having been done. It took 12 weeks for the Board to accept then reject an appraisal to help in the proposed Purchase of the municipal building. The Board deferred Public appraisal bids on september 7 in lieu of having a a a Friend of trustee Eldon Shaul do the Job a for on november 18, the trustees struck the Anonymous appraisal from its records and agreed on a $300,000 Price tag on december 2. We could not find since february 18, an amendment to ordinance 192 which would have negated a 200 per cent penalty fee for no Purchase and no display of vehicle stickers. At that time the Board agreed to consider a a proportionate penalty fees upon the suggestion of Village clerk Betty Christensen. A proposed noise ordinance continued on a 4 rap Home Rule brochure a three Page Village government brochure called a Home Rule and Why a has angered several Park Forest South residents. In numerous Telephone Calls to this newspaper the general tone of the complaints was that taxpayers Money had been used to present a a one sided argument in favor of Home Rule. The Home Rule Issue is among two re Ferenda which will be submitted to Public vote at the april 15 municipal election. The brochure was mailed last week and began arriving at Park Forest South addresses on saturday. Police in new quarters its move completed Park Forest South police now reside in new Headquarters at 698 Burnham drive. Most police equipment was moved wednesday. The Transfer now locates All services in the municipal building including Village government Public works and the fire department. The new location is about one half mile to the East of the former police station which was located in an old White Frame farmhouse. Business hours will remain As usual from 8 . To 4 The departments new non emergency Telephone number As Well As for fire Calls is 534-0914. Police emergency Calls will be taken at 534-6431 fire emergency Calls will be taken at 534-6421. Police chief Charles Chamberlin said the amount of space available to the department remains the same As in the old location. A except its cleaner and newer a he quipped. International dinner set for april 12 entertainment ethnic dishes and dancing will highlight the sixth annual International dinner to be held april 12 at Hickok Lodge in Park Forest South. Sponsored by the Park Forest South a citizens association the dinner is open to All Village residents and their guests for the admission fee of one Hearty main dish for four a salad and dessert or vegetable. A the object of the dinner a said Kathy Nelson association president a is to acquaint people with foods of ethnic origin and provide a social bar service will open at 6 30 ., with the dinner served at 7 30. Entertainment will be provided by the Balkan dancers from the University of Illinois who will perform dances of european origin. Vocalist Avon King an association member will perform to the Organ accompaniment of Richard Littlejohn. Before moving to Park Forest South mrs. King appeared on local television and Littlejohn a pianist composer has per continued on pane 4 the thrust of the argument encourages Public approval of Home Rule for the Village and implies that without it development May not be a a orderly and would become a a creature of the state of in responding to several questions put to him tuesday Village manager Charles notarus said that the preparation of the brochure a might have been in he noted that 1,800 brochures had been mailed at a bulk rate of 6.1 cents apiece. The $117 printing costs would be paid from general fund Money. In the past particularly with material which had been distributed by the terrific new town committee the Board has insisted that it be informed of any brochures mailed to the general Public. Notarus said the Home Rule brochure was not read nor approved by the Board of trustees. Only himself and trustee Vernon Young had read it. Readers of the brochure Are not told who wrote it. Notarus said that a it never oco curved to me to include the senders name. He said the idea for the brochure emanated from the first Village sponsored Home Rule forum on March 24 and the boards generally favourable attitude toward Home Rule. A we went ahead on that presumption. Perhaps i acted in haste a notarus added. Asked if the Village government Wasny to neglecting its responsibility to inform residents of the negative aspects of Home Rule notarus said he had counted on yesterdays league of women voters forum to do that. Upon further reflection notarus said that a perhaps i relied too heavily on the league forum to present opposing views. Perhaps we could have been More aggressive in including a con arguments in the he s lid that he would probably seek a Home Rule opponent to attend the next Village sponsored forum on april 10 to a balance the space at the end of the brochure has been left to allow residents to submit questions which will be answered at the april 10 meeting. Governors state University a open Central room has been forested with greenery As its dedication week draws near. Several events linked to the april 20 dedication ceremony will be conducted at the University this month. Shaul claims Developer on Way out by a gust citing High officials As his source of information Park Forest South trustee Eldon Shaul said wednesday that he is convinced new Community enterprises nce will not continue As primary Developer in the Village. Shaul is a candidate for the office of president in the april 15 municipal election. It was on March 25 that Shaul made a statement at a Campaign Coffee in Hickok Lodge to the effect that nce was and that they were a gone. They no longer he later retracted that charge saying in part a i regret the error. It was made in haste and has no foundation. There has been no final decision on this matter. 1 was premature and wrong in making a statement of such Shaul now says that while he might have been wrong in accusing nce of bankruptcy he remains Adamant in his belief that nce will not remain in Park Forest South much longer. Not beyond August in his opinion. George Cadar president of nce has stated that the company has sufficient funding to continue in Park Forest South until june but that additional financial support would be needed beyond that Point. Shaul said yesterday �?o1 stand firm on the statement that was made at a Coffee for candidates regarding. The developers inability to continue in its role of. Prime Developer of Park Forest South. A i have statements from High officials within new Community enterprises that they will not be Able to continue due to the fact that the department of housing and Urban development Hud has not fourth session for candidates fulfilled its Legal commitment prescribed by Law under the new communities act. A it was unfortunate that i mentioned the method of demise but my information was seeking a response from Cadar the Star was told he would be kept Busy by meetings away from the office yesterday. Shaul said he Felt it was imperative that the residents of the Village know the Developer a intention As soon As possible. A there is a great Deal of Rumor and confusion going around a he added a and it should be Laid to the trustee says in his statement that residents should not worry that the developers withdrawal May result in a diminution of property values. A a the safeguard against this is. Due to the fact that Park Forest South it continued on Page 4 inside the Star today the Best Kelvin Small is named player of the year among the South suburbs Best basketball standouts. Also in the sports Section is announcement of the top wrestlers from this area for the past season. Section b. Hall of Fame four More noted graduates of Bloom High school Are named to its new Hall of Fame a and three of the four made their Mark in the music world. Page a-5. Gloss on an old Home a new decorator owner puts a new dress on a distinctive old hymn Fine Cialli for women. Rafiee a. Second in a series government often moves Thurmn Titis we fwd Offik 718-6161 ads 755-9500 a Park Forest South no. 11 84 pages�?6 sections thursday april 3, 1975 20 cents per single copy travel l Ime near wanderlust May be aided by a look at the camper guide in the classified Section. Page classified advertising. Business directory.0-5 15 dining entertainment guide.0-13 tic Rongfu 15 editorials .i-14 Page especially Fer women e-1 through 4 the hot corner.1-1 movies.1-14 obituaries As sports .81 through i peeves a cues .1-11 sunday at Burnham ambulance attendants and a state trooper help a woman who was injured tuesday Zigni in an Accident at governors Highway and Stuenkel Road wd1 county. Injured was Delores Sutherland of 22 Walnut Monee. She was treated and released at St. James Hospital. State police said the woman was driving North on governors Highway when her Auto ran off the Roadway striking another vehicle. The fourth in a series of Park Forest South nonpartisan committee candidates meetings will be held sunday from 2-5 In Burnham Lodge. During the afternoon each candidate for Public office will make an opening and summary statement with the major portion of the program open to questions from the floor. George Moll a member of the hosting Park Forest South Lions club will moderate. Refreshments will be served. The last pc meeting is set for april 11

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