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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain ,.~l ................ SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTA ,12 1,17-c I SHELTON WA 98584--2263 Oct. 15, 2017 New Construction vs Renovation SJ-R Articl.e on Nokomis Renovations 5ENERATEB E-MAIL5 By Mike Lakin I knew when I read the article by Tamara Browning in the Sunday Oct. 1 State Journal Register that I'd be hearing from people. Reporting on the renovation of Nokomis High School, built in 1919, the article focused on renovation. The board saw the over-all question for the district was, maintain the building in its current condition, or build, or renovate? Superintendent Scott Doerr told Browning the cost of the project was less than $5 mil- lion. He added the board felt it was a little bit more sensible and more economical for tax- payers to go through a process of renovation rather than a process of asking for $25 million to build a new high school. As of the middle of the week, when e-mails generated by the article ended - the total stood at 49. Of course, all the e-mail had an issue with not renovating the 1912 and 1925 Mt. Pulaski high school buildings. Superintendent Todd Hamm was the spokesperson for the local school district after I sent Doug Martin the link to the article on the SJ-R website. Todd said an evaluation of whether to reno- vate the two buildings in question has been made. He said the cost would be prohibitive when the cost of making the buildings handicap accessible was determined. On top of that cost, was the removal of asbestos. Todd said asbestos removal was seen as major problem. Based on the architect's estimated fig- ures, renovations would cost $8 - $9-Million. Replacement of the two buildings has an esti- mate of $12 - $14-million. Question to allow issuance of new con- struction bonds will be voted on by local tax- payers. Mt. Pulaski Times USPS No. 365-660 is published semi-monthly (twenty-four times-issues) per year by Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Business and Editorial ,Offices: Accounting and Circulation Offices:Michael Lakin, 311 S. Washington St., Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548. Call 217-303-6159 to subscribe. Periodical Postage is paid at Mt. Pulaski, IL 62548 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Mt. Pulaski Times, C/O Michael ~, P O Box 114 311 S. Washington Mt. Pulaski, Illinois 62548 Office: 217-303-6159 Doug Presswood Declared Missing in Action in "1950 His Sister's DNA Matched Remains By Mike Lakin While talking with Brenda Rentmeister at Johnson's Hardware, Brenda said I might be interested in a story. Brenda's mother's cousin, 19-year-old Army Cpl. Vemon Douglas Presswood was reported missing in action in North Korea. In late November 1950, Presswood was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was among approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team, which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was engaged by overwhelm- ing numbers of Chinese forces, according to the Department of Defense's news release regarding Presswood. By Dec. 6, the U.S. Army evacuated about 1,500 wounded service members; the remain- ing soldiers had been either captured or killed in enemy territory. Because his unit at the end of the battle could not account for Press- wood, he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 2, 1950. The U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953. During the 25th Joint Recovery Operation in 2001, recovery teams conducted opera- tions on the eastern bank of the Chosin Res- ervoir, Changjin County, North Korea, based on information provided by two Korean wit- nesses. ............. Cont'd on Page 6 Mt. Pul.aski City Council. Meeting Rachel West Sworn In Forced Main Work To Affect Leaf Pickup By Mike Lakin Rachel West was swom in as Council Rep- resentative for City Ward 1 residents. Rachel replaces former Council Representative John Utterback who resigned recently. Mayor Jim Cole told the Council he was moving forward with the forced main work. This project has been on and off for almost a decade. Mayor Cole told the Council a trench- hoe had been rented to install the pipes for the project. Once completed, the forced main replaces an existing forced main from roughly the city shed on Spring Street, along the CN Railway to Elkhart Road connecting there to the city sewage pond. The forced main replaces a system that, in part, dates back to 1876. Importance of project is that it carries sewage waste from city to sewage pond for processing. In response to Council questions... Mayor said the trench-hoe rents for $2400 a week; he expects the work to take three weeks, weather permitting. Project costs esti- mated at $20,000 to completion. City employees will be working on the proj- ect along with two part-time hires - experi- enced with this type of work. City leaf pickup will be delayed this year, but he will, if necessary, pull city employees off forced main project to run leaf pickup if leaf volume requires it. ............. Cont'd on Page 7 Mt. Pulaski Library Halloween Play Thursday October "19 You are invited to the library at 7Pm for the Library Kids Halloween Play '~, Party at W'ltchy's House." Refreshments served at the play. Halloween Night Mt. Putaski Tuesday October 31 Citywide Trick or Treat hours: 5 - 8Pm. Only call on homes with porch lights on. Treats at Firehouse: 5 - 8Pm. Treats at Library: 5 - 7Pm. *oo Atten Schaa[ Captures VB- Moments Inside 217-303-6159 mtpulaskitimes @ Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year