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Park Forest South Star (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Park Forest, Illinois Village admitted into area mass transit District by Mike of Neal Park Forest South was formally admitted into the Chicago South suburban mass transit District is std. At the same time the districts trustees approved a Resolution to hold in abeyance until january 1, 1975, any requests for annexation from other communities. The Park Forest South annexation was approved unanimously but the Resolution on requests from other communities was approved by an 8-2 vote after a sometimes heated discussion. Park Forest South becomes the first Community other than the original 11 to join the District. The Village had tried on previous occasions to join but was stymied by a state Law requiring a petition to be signed by two thirds of the registered voters in the Community. A new Law passed by the state legislature during its last session changed tie requirements for annexation to a mass transit District to a Resolution passed by the Community a Village Board and acceptance by the transit districts Board of trustees. It was this new state Law which the is std encouraged local legislators to introduce and Back that paved the Way for the unanimous acceptance of Park Forest South by the trustees As transit District trustee b. G. Cunningham of putting the finishing touches on the special Holiday cake is a Job just for pixies. The Busy fellow works in the bakery one of five houses in a Pixie Village scattered throughout the mall at Park Forest Plaza. The outdoor animated and lighted display is the Only me of its kind in the Chicago area. Pm Junior continue probe in girls death a 16-year-old Crete township girl whose bludgeoned body was found saturday reportedly was last Seoi alive entering an automobile with two Young men near Crete Monee High school last thursday afternoon. The body of Brigitte Stegli of 1748 Sangamon Street was found by a Hunter in a secluded wooded area a mile West of Brigitte quiet girl Counselor by Richard Smith Brigitte Reglin a Counselor at Crete Monee High school Donald Mccoin takes a copy of her last report card from his desk a a a a and bus. A she was quiet but not shy a Mccoin says a and she was involved in school activities.,and she was in the a a real Sweet girls is How fellow student p. J. Olzen describes Brigitte. A every time you a see her shed have her camera with Brigitte was a staff photographer for the Crete Monee High school yearbook the Jester a and two weeks ago she began taking photos for a Crete newspaper. When Brigitte became interested in photography two years ago says her father Aso Regli in his German accent he and her Mother took her to the Home of family Friend Michael Crowley in Chicago Heights. Crowley taught her photographic techniques in three or four evenings and later she set up a Darkroom in her Home. A whenever there was anything to shoot her father says a a she a be shooting it. She was not super but she improved every Lieo Regli has a new camera lie was going to give Brigitte for Christmas. Regli who works As a tool and die maker in South Chicago Heights brought his family to the United states from Switzerland in 1957, the year she was born. They settled in Crete in 1959. Brigitte spent the summer of 19/1 living with a family in Switzerland lie says and she was Able to travel to her mothers native Austria she had planned to return to euro Fie this summer he says. Brigitte had played the clarinet for seven years asked if she was a Glt cd musician Leo Regli says you would have to ask her music teacher a but to Ine he says a naturally she was Good a Dixie Highway South of elms court Lane in unincorporated Crete township at 2 40 . Saturday. Miss Regli a Junior at Crete Monee High school was seen entering the car on Sangamon Street just South of the High school at 1 10 . Thursday by a fellow Crete Monee student will county sheriffs police said. The witness told police the car pulled alongside the girl As she walked South toward her Home located a half mile South of the High school. After a Brief conversation with one of the Young men the witness said the girl entered the car and left with the Young men. Brigitte was a photographer for the High school yearbook. Mrs. Kerri Lacy faculty advisor for the school yearbook said she talked with the girl thursday after her last class band. Hie two discussed some freshly developed candid pictures of students Brigitte had taken mrs. Lacy said then the girl left for Home about 1 . Sgt. Paul Dixon of the will county sheriffs police said miss Regli was reported missing at 10 30 . Thursday night by her father Leo a tool and die maker after the family s search to locate the girl proved futile. Investigator Jack Waters the detective m charge of the Case said police believe the girl was murdered at the site where the Hunter Victor Piepenbrink of 1522 Mam Street in Crete found her body. Detective sgt. Peter Haas said the girls body was fully clothed. Haas said the girl had not been raped and there were no Stab wounds on her body. Will county Coroner Willard blood said it appeared the girl had continued on Page 4 Park Forest commented. A we asked the state legislature to approve this Bill for us., it would be a breach of Faith not to take advantage of this trustee Robert Durkee of Olympia Fields chairman of the districts planning committee reported that the planning committee recommended acceptance of Park Forest South because a we Felt that since we encouraged Park Forest South to join in the past we should recommend Durkee noted that Park Forest South will be the terminus of the new two mile Extension of Illinois Central Gulf Railroad commuter service now being worked on by the District and that the Community a will undoubtedly require bus service in the chairman Charles Dalton of Homewood added that the District has been working with Park Forest South on parking facilities for the governors state University station As Well As on the Railroad Extension. Durkee said the planning committee believed that the addition of Park Forest South to the District would not create a financial Strain on the districts budget. A much stickier matter was the decision to hold other annexation requests in abeyance for 13 months. The planning committee recommendation to do this noted that the a financial and administrative burdens of such annexations have been complicated by the a unknown status of the District under the regional transportation authority rat a the committee asked that annexation requests be held in abeyance until a the future of the Disu it under rat can be the planning committees recommendation brought an angry reply from trustee George Simmons of Harvey. In a prepared statement that he asked be recorded in the minutes of the meeting Simmons said a the Resolution of the District passed Here tonight in denying the right of other communities within the District to membership in the District while at the same time permitting Park Forest South a new Community to membership is grossly discriminating in action. It is an affront to other villages and cities who have contributed much to the Success of the transportation Industry Here in South Cook county. I am of the opinion that this is an arbitrary Simmons said the action would be unfair to other communities and expected that the District would receive letters from municipalities seeking membership criticizing the District for its actions. Simmons commented that several communities particularly Calumet City were continued on Page 4 a a Park Forest Southy Star no. 84 112 pages-8 sections thursday december 13, 1973 r 15 cents per copy a re Between villages revise commercial development pact by Charles Rosenberger a revised agreement Between Park Forest South and Park Forest in which both municipalities would oppose commercial development along four major roads connecting the villages and Boundary lines would be realigned was discussed monday night in Park Forest South. That villages attorney had been asked to review an agreement which had been drafted by Park forests Legal counsel Henry Dietch. The tone of the revised agreement which was redrafted by Park Forest South a attorney Frank Neidhart appeared to be less abrasive. A a i must admit a Neidhart told the trustees a that the first agreement was excessively Wordy. I have revised the document to postulate those items contained in article 10 of the new Illinois Constitution which concerns co operative efforts Between neighbouring villages. A i think we would be on far better ground if we approached this agreement by couching it in terms of taking such Steps As Are consistent with state statutes and with the co operation of the property owners who would be involved. The old agreement does no to state this. Let me also note that the revised agreement was also based on the current status of the comprehensive in an Effort for both villages to discourage or prevent development along certain major thoroughfares the provision that a fall development along these streets shall be set Back at least 140 feet from the Center line of the respective Roadway to in sure that adequate land will be available for future expansion of the above roadways still remains in the redrafted version. The old provision that every property owner within 50 feet of the Center line of a Roadway would be encouraged to contribute the property to the Illinois department of transportation has been deleted. In its Stead a a. And further to insure that said buildings Are set Back sufficiently so that a safety Hazard is not created by placement of buildings in too close proximity to a major arterial the provision that no More than one curb Cut every 1,250 feet on each Side of a major Road would be allowed has been softened in the new redraft to reflect curb cuts a in so far As to referring to property along certain of the four major roads the new agreement states that the property a shall be zoned in accordance with the comprehensive plan for residential uses Only. Provided however the parties hereto Are aware of the pre existing legally established zoning or existing annexation agreements a even though the parcel properties Are specifically mentioned trustee Barbara Triche reminded Neidhart that the Board had formally agreed to delete All reference to specific names of property owners. I Egal descriptions of the same Sites would be substituted. The properties that would be affected by the agreement include the Ricketts land Desa industries and the Forest South animal Hospital All fronting Western Avenue Between Steger Road and Exchange Avenue. Other land parcels on Western Avenue include a parcel on the West Side of the Road 1,500 North of Exchange Avenue and another at the Northeast intersection of the two roads. The new redraft deletes mention of Mobile Homes in specifying that a no property shall be zoned or used for commercial or Industrial development or for any other than residential excluding Mobile Homes or recreational Neidhart said an agreement which contains such a mention might be used by potential Mobile Home residents As a Means of calling the agreement a a capricious in Case of Legal suit. The old agreement which upset John Urban owner of Urban Hills country club Stuenkel Road and Crawford Avenue stated that Steps would be taken to see that the Golf course remains without further development other than for recreational purposes. The revised wording states a it being a further aim. That a recreational area be maintained in the Vicinity of the Urban Hills Golf course it is hereby agreed that in the event that said Golf course is planned for development the two villages will attempt to take whatever action permitted them under the Law to preserve the recreational character of the trustee Charles Andres said that the Boundary lines being proposed in the agreement might be in conflict with the possible land development being proposed in Thorn Creek Woods by new Community enterprises. The development would extend North of a line of Stuenkel Road. The imaginary Stuenkel Road line would constitute the new Boundary Between the service seeks tax damages dist. 201-u files suit Brigit to Regli Crete Monee school District 201-u filed a class action suit against will county officials wednesday in will county circuit court in connection with the late collection of taxes in 1972 and 1973. The suit filed on behalf of All 31 school districts in will county charges taxing officials failed to comply with their statutory collection requirements and seeks to recover Money the District claims it lost due to those failures. The suit charges that Oren Pomeroy the supervisor of assessments fir the county failed to Complete assessments in 1972 and 1972 within the statutory period of time. The suit also contends that the Board of review which received the assessments late failed to meet its examining duties within the statutorily required time period. The suit further charges that county collector Kent Bosworth failed to distribute the tax Bills to residents in time to permit them to pay their tax Bills before the delinquent Date because of these failures the suit contends District 201-u and the other 31 school districts in will county suffered financial damage. The suit asks the court to place a mandatory injunction on the county officials requiring them to comply with the statutory deadlines in the future and further seeks damages the District s suit asks that the interest Money the District was forced to pay As a result of having to Issue tax anticipation warrants because of the alleged delay in receiving expected tax monies to cover operating expenses be reimbursed to the District the school District further charges that the county collector withheld taxes from school District in excess of the i count permitted by statute to cover lax objections the Law provides that the collector May retain taxes that complaints have been filed on or one per cent of the taxes extended whichever is less. The District charges the collector retained the greater amount and seeks damages in the amount wrongly withheld from the District together with a 12 per cent penalty. Inside the Star today of the Navy just Isnit the same. A South suburban girl shoulders a heavy responsibility in a predominantly male Job. A special feature beginning on Page a-9. Gouge with tax time nearing it May prove fruitful to consult the Stahls tax information feature Page e 12. Pigs classified advertising business directory a 5 15 dirndl. Entertainment c 13 15 editorials am especially Tor women Al 6 Page the hot Corner .0 1 obituaries. A 6 sports. 0 1 1 we re next. M 1 a areas of the two villages under the proposed agreement. The trustees directed that the wording of the particular provision be stated to allow for a decision on the pending land development proposal. A subcommittee of the environmental and plan commissions is presently studying the proposed construction line. The commissions will make a joint recommendation to the trustees based on the subcommittee report. This May eventually Lead to Resolution of the development Issue in Thorn greek Woods. Village manager George Paluch told the trustees monday that he considered the subcommittee report an a illegal Pairuch said that nce a proposed Boundary line is a More proper to consider since it went through the proper Channel the plan commission. 1 think we should consider nce a proposal Only a he added asked if Public hearings should be held on the agreement attorney Neidhart said this would be a Correct procedure. A but this is merely an agreement in a statement of purpose Between two villages a he said. A it has no Legal effect on individual property rights. When an actual annexation procedure is instituted then would be the appropriate time for Public Paluch asked if a better form for the agreement would be As a Resolution. Neidhart agreed. A the reason for this whole procedure a the attorney said of the proposed agreement a is that Over the last five years several lawsuits have been pending Between the two villages Over the Issue of boundaries. In the last few years Park Forest has been Good about its cooperation. This is merely a step in the direction of developing better co operation Between the two municipalities to allow them to plan More assuredly for the no action was taken by the Board until Neidhart concluded further research on the document. Sauk Trail widening to begin by Hal Burnett construction to eliminate the South suburbs worst traffic bottleneck will begin next june according to Hugo j. Stark Cook county superintendent of highways. The $6 million county Highway project will include widening Sauk Trail to four lanes from main Street West to Cicero Avenue and reconstruction arid widening of Llie narrow Illinois Central Gulf Railroad viaduct East of governors Highway. Stark informed Frank s. Farrell Richton Park Village president that the Cook county Board of commissioners had approved three resolutions appropriating More than $6 million for the improvement at its november 5 meeting. The Highway Engineer said that construction will begin Between Cero Avenue and governors Highway As Early As next june Farrell notified county Board i re Ideal George w. Dunne that the Village has committed itself to obtaining the dedicated right of Way Between Cicero Avenue and governors Highway for the county and that the Village manager and Village Engineer will give any staff assistance required widening of Sauk Trail has been a major Issue in Richton Park both Farrell and Stephen Hlavach former president have been Active in trying to secure support for the traffic project from the county Board and the state legislature

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