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5 - Mt. Pulaski Times December 21, 2010 M. Tait's Jus' Thinkin' Master the basics and always remember them. Seek truth and wisdom and walk in them. Blessed Christmas and Prosperous New Year. M. Tait Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got. COWBOY WISDOM Key Events During the Korean War 60 th Anniversary Remembrances January 1951 January 1951 began with Chinese and North Korean forces pushing the retreating United Nations armies back onto South Korean soil. Communist forces captured the South Korean 'capital of Seoul January 4; the third time the city had changed hands in the seven- month-old war. The port city of Inchon, the site of the highly successful U.S. invasion just four months ago, fell the following day United Nations forces in mid-January finally stalled the offensive after the Chinese and North Koreans had occupied about the northern third of South Korea. General Matthew Ridgway, who had just been given command of the retreating and badly mauled U.S. 8th Army in late December, saw that the situation for American forces was perilous and troop morale had reached a new low. There was even talk at the highest levels of the Truman administration about whether U.N. forces would be forced to evacuate. But Ridgway thought otherwise and approached General Douglas MacArthur, comma.nder of all United Nations forces in Korea. "If I find the situation to my liking," asked Ridgway, "would you have any objection to my attacking?" MacArthur gave his permission. Ridgway organized and rallied his 8th Army troops and launched a surprise counter-attack labeled "Operation Thunderbolt" on January 25, which pushed Communist forces back acrgs:L the Han River just south of Seout by the end of January. This was the start of a drive toward the north that would be the next reversal of fortune in the seesaw war for Korea. Elkhart Road Lift Station Pushes Cost Estimate By Mike Lakin Mt. Pulaski's City Council reviewed the ongoing costs for the new Elkhart Road lift station. As actual costs become firmer, the project is pushing the Original cost estimate up. Public Works Director Mike Patridge told the Council the concrete structure would be in place the end of Dec. - if weather permits. The pumping equipment cost is expected to be at $175,000. This cost is $60,000 over what was paid for the last lift station the city constructed. Mike said the higher cost is due to inflation and the fact the new pump has a higher pumping capacity. At this point, the cost of equipment and pit construc- tion for the lift station stands at $271,000. The actual building to house the equipment is now estimated to be $50,000. This is $21,000 over the earlier estimate. The situation would be different if the promised $100,000 grant from the State of Illinois is paid. State Senator Bill Brady and State Representative Bill Mitchell both told the city early on that the grant was approved. Unfortunately, the $100,000 check cannot be written until Governor Pat Quinn signs the bill that includes the grant. During the meeting, Mike received a call from former mayor Bill Glaze. Bill had been in contact with Senator Bill Brady to see what could be done to move the grant along. Mike said talks are ongoing. Regardless of whether the grant is received, the project will move to completion, but it might result in the city having to come with more cash to complete it. Without the $100,000 grant, the city will have to take money from other city funds. Forced Main Work The second big project for the city is the relocation of the forced main. This project came about for two rea- sons. First, the city needed to relocate the existing forced main off the Canadian National Railway right of way. Anytime the city needed to work on it, the railroad was going to require a railroad employee to be present at a cost of $1,000 per day. The railroad employee would warn workers of when a train was coming. The second reason was the forced main had to be redone due to the fact that, a good part of it dates tO the late 1800s. Originally the forced main was constructed by the Illinois Central Railroad to provide water for the railroad's locomotive water tanks around town. When the railroad dieselized its locomotive fleet in the 1950s it gave the city the water system for the city forced main. To relocate the forced main away from the railroad required reachitag easement agreements with landowners where the main would cross private property. Negotia- tions for some of easements have broken down. Specifics about this have not been discussed to any extent in the open meetings. It has been discussed that the south half of the project might result in court action by the city. Truck Replacement The city has narrowed the purchase of a new pickup truck to the Ford state bids Under the state bids the city can purchase a truck for $18,000. The purchase of the truck was tabled to the January meeting. In the mean- time there will be discussions as to how to finance it. City treasurer Jim Sutton said he would prefer the city to buy the truck outright. His thought is to save the city any additional cost in interest. Handicap Parking A survey of handicap parking around town was com- pleted. To meet standards, handicap parking spaces must be as much as 16' in width. That space,cannot include any existing cross walks. The city can created proper handicap parking spaces by combining two existing 8' parking spaces into one 16' parking space with proper handicap parking signs. At this time, the Council is looking at one handicap parking space on each side of the square, in the middle of each block, on the commercial side of the street. The city will discuss handicap parking spaces with the churches and the schools so that they can meet the 16' standard. A further report will be given in January. Frazier Park Drainage The city is still reviewing how to finance the project to clear out the beaver dams, trees, and improve the water flow. It was reported that a local landowner has trapped some beavers. In Other City Business The status of the Red Door will be discussed in an executive session in January. The court action on property on McDonald Street was discussed in executive session. City Treasurer Jim Sutton reported the city's Motor Fuel Tax Fund has increased to $32,270.20. The Council will discuss increasing city building permit fees. The Council will obtain building fee permit fees from surrounding towns to help in setting up the new fees. It. is the opinion that Mt. Pulaski's building permit fees "are way too low". Building permit fees will be reviewed at the February Council meeting. Secretary of State Jesse White Reminds Illinoisans to Register with the Emergency Contact Database Secretary of State Jesse White reminds IUinoisans to register I wanted to use this opportunity to remind the public to carry with Emergency Contact Database, allowing the public to vol- identification and to register with the Emergency Contact untarily enter their emergency contact information through the Database," White said. "My office created this database to Secretary of State's website at www.cyberdriveiUinois.com, help ensure pronfpt contact should one of their family mem- The database, which was established in 2009, currently bers or friends suffer an injury that renders them unable to includes .:the emergency contacts of more ffmn: }fl,v:stresponds," said Wl=ite;;rr:. :  ",', V0p .......... " Illinits tO enter ' That information is then made available electronically to law information M* Www.cyberdriveiUinois.com for up to two enforcement statewide through LEAD.S (Law Enforcement family members or friends, including addresses and phone Agencies Data System). numbers should it be necessary for law enforcement to reach "With recent news reports of missing or unidentified people, them in case of an emergency. Pastor Mary Receives Gifts From Our Communities By Edie Eike December 2, Don & Janet Maxheimer; Mel, Ed, and Molly Williams; and Gary & I traveled to the hills of Kentucky to deliver goods that residents of Mt. Pulaski and surrounding communities had donated. It was an interesting trip, although some of our plans were changed.. because of the weather. A little snow seems to paralyze areas of Kentucky. After we arrived in Whitesburg the next day we checked into the motel and took off for Linefork to deliver goods. We unloaded at the old Kingdom Come schoolhouse and then went on to see Pastor Mary Bennet and the children As always it was a comforting visit knowing her caring and loving ways protects the children that many times seem to be forgotten. One wonders how she so calmly manages to go about her every- day chores. Mary is well known in this part of the country and residents keep track of her children at home and those that have gone on to continue their lives. Mary and her children are the primary reason we visit Linefork and always will be. It is also the prime reason Mt Pulaski and area resi- dents donate their goods and... she says... "Thank You". Snow fell that evening and things began to change. After a leisurely breakfast next morning at the restaurant, Don led us through the hills and curves of Southeast Kentucky to visit an old coal mine in Lynch, Kentucky. As you went through the museum at Benham, you marveled at the technology. You also have a feeling of sadness as you read the letters to loved ones that have been retrieved from victims of explosions. Of course in this" area the mines are where the work is and it's a way of life. I am told the mines are much safer than before. Although the perils of labor in the mines had crossed my mind, I had no desire to enter one. Today we traveled by shuttle several hundred feet into the old mine. An old engine that was used to move coal in the past pulled the shuttle. The atmosphere engulfs you with compassion for the miners that toiled in this same spot many years before. It was an interesting experience and one I'm glad we didn't miss. From there we went to the old school to check out distributions of goods and talk to volunteer firemen. Warm homemade vegetable soup and cheese & crackers and we were on our way. We could not go to church on Sunday morn- ing to hear Mary's service. That was a big disap- pointment, but the weather had closed the doors. Instead, we visited with people at the restaurant. We met Tracy there. She is a nurse at Leatherwood Blakely Clinic where they collect donations and goods to take care of many residents. One thing she mentioned was the fact that many children go without socks, among other things. She told us of one young boy who opened up one of their gifts they had given out. He passed up toys to pull out a pair of socks and was so excited. Another resident Tracy mentioned was an elderly grandmother who was raising 6 grandchildren on her own. There is a great need in some of the areas we have not visited, but who knows? Maybe, some- day, we will. A man summed it up. "I retired several years ago", he said. "I visit Kentucky and Arizona seven to eight times a year. I take care of those in need, I trust God will take care of me." A poll says that 68% of people say that parents are to blame for what's wrong with the nation's education system. 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