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Park Forest Star (Newspaper) - November 21, 1982, Park Forest, Illinois N r Wes Mason reminisces former Bloom High school basketball coach wies Mason stands on the Brink of the first Cage season in decades that he Bas not been a coach. He looks Back Over Bis 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 j sportswriter Dave Richards once a duplicate for Singer John Denver in t 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 unplugging Quot that set and seeing if there a a difference in your child. Page la. Page classified advertising business directory. 19-28 dimensions 11-18 editorials a 8 the hot corner.39 obituaries .6 sports.39-43 to Park Forest Star 66 pages�?6 sections sunday november 21, 1982 35 cents per copy vol. 33�?no. 50 development priorities Duffy tosses out a other Side of coins by Carl Reed in a memo addressed to the Village president and trustees this week. Trustee e Patrick Duffy outlined priorities for the future Well being of Park Forest. The message according to Duffy is a the other Side of the com Quot in response to a memo issued earlier to the Board by Village president Ronald bean regarding the Community a future development needs As reported in the Star november 18. The water system headed Duffy a list. A the Village bought a Fine water system from our Developer a he stated a but we have done Little but band Aid maintenance to the system since Quot he further said that added Homes and businesses have strained the system and a we now see Rusty water and water Mains breaking at the rate of three to six Breaks a week a plan to improve our entire water system must be devised at once with a look Down the Road five to ten years from now this will be costly to us All and must have a number one priority Quot the memo states Duffy told the Star that other towns have a regular water main replacement program a these communities a he said a budget Money each year for replacing a certain portion of their system. We be had 30 years to Start a program at today a costs think of the Money we could have saved by starting a program to to 15 years ago Quot sanitary sewers Are next on Duffy s list he stated that the Village s sanitary sewers have been known for to years to be in need of repairs a in excess of one million dollars Quot and that a Grant to repair a Large part of the system has been updated from Many years ago a we Are now sitting and waiting for the Grant and in the meantime our sewers Are not improving with age a plan must be developed on our sanitary sewers and implemented by 1983 with or without the government Duffy emphasized flooding and storm sewer problems were next. Duffy explained to the Star that during the last to years an Independent consulting Agency has found Many Breaks in the Village s storm sewer system particularly in manhole covers and their surrounding casings which allow surface water to infiltrate the system and flood it in some areas he said Quot can cause Back up water to flow into the sanitary sewer up the drains into people s Homes a continued on Cage 4 liquor referendum debated a referendum proposed for next april selection was debated monday by Park Forest trustees during a rules committee meeting proposed by trustee Louis Patras the Issue was sparked by the second request in recent months by a service station to sell Beer and wine. The first application was submitted by Cheker Oil company at Sauk Trail and Blackhawk drive. The second came from the Union 76 station at the same location. In opening the session Village president Ronald bean stated that the Issue is a question of the number of liquor licenses the Village should Issue a to do he said a we must modify the ordinance to limit the number of licenses available by category. Our code currently does not make a distinction As to the Type of establishment being issued a liquor License a in bean s opinion if the Board rules to increase the number of liquor licenses it must accept applications As they Are submitted trustee e Patrick Duffy disagreed a no a it s the boards role to make the decision on who does and does not get a License a he stated Patras remarked a Why can to we just say the people of Park Forest do not want Beer and wine sold in our Gas stations a also in favor of Board control was trustee Janet Muchnik a i agree with or. Duffy Quot she said. A we should keep issuance at the boards discretion but must have a rationale for this method ont much on Page .5psc report commentary Are released thirty years of health toasted in Park Forest 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 hours 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 continued on Page 4 a viewed with caution equalization vote 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 Aldo Deangelis a Olympia Fields a is on record As supporting gov. James Thompson s 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. Ltd 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 prop erty 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 r v could still raise its tax Bill 85 per cent for an Industrial Plant a class assessed at 40 per cent of Market value the inequities Are even greater Deangelis acknowledged that the governors proposal is the subject of an intense lobbying Campaign by school District and local government officials who fear the proposal s approval will severely Cut their revenues but he added. A if the assessors did their assessing properly then school districts would not lose any Money a i am very upset with some of the stuff that a coming out of the educational concern for local governments however was voiced by sen Mahar. A former Homewood Village official however Mahar emphasized his feeling that the state should find a Way to remove itself from the process of determining local property taxes a there ought to be proper assessments and proper levies a he said. Still the Opportunity to eliminate the multiplier remains appealing Mahar admitted a if it is retained then property taxes will still be he said All portions of his new senatorial District Oil la tied Xii Page a by Margaret Seltzner there have been a lot of changes in the health care Field in the 3o years the Village of Park Forest has been providing that service but one thing has remained unchanged a a terrific group of volunteers who give untold hours of Lay and nursing Volunteer services Quot has staffed the Village health department and met the needs of hundreds of patients who seek Aid monthly department officials note. Lois Coxworth. In who currently Heads the department believes the fact that the Village even has a health department is unique but the Range and Caliper of health services offered by the department makes the program even More unusual the department will celebrate its 30th anniversary in the Spring making it nearly As old As the Village itself health care was among the first services offered residents of the new Community in 1953 mrs. Coxworth said a Village health department a has made a difference in Park Forest she noted that in recent years Home health care has become More prominent and Park Forest a was probably the first department into Home health the Village has provided the service for 12 years utilizing approximately 40 volunteers and two graduate students at the present time also staffing the department Are four nurses including mrs Coxworth a Secretary a full time contractual social worker a half time Home health aide and three contractual therapists a the department also interfaces with the building and streets departments to provide environmental health mrs. Coxworth said. The Village also co operates with Cook and will county health departments to provide other local health care services the department examines approximately 30 babies during each continued on Page 4 a Well babies gather at Park Forest Village Hall monthly for the health departments Well baby clinic insuring the tots remain in Good health and keep up with their immunizations schedule. Smiling during a blood pressure Check by nurse practitioner Judy Demkowicz is Kevin Adams 4. His two year old sister Jenny is not quite so sure reaction to the exam. Star publications photos by Ai Seib

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