Alton Telegraph, October 14, 1976

Alton Telegraph

October 14, 1976

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 14, 1976, Alton, Illinois Alton TelegraphServing Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties ;i Sod ions - 32 Pntfo* I So Sol. I ti No. 232    Isl..Ion. 15. IS36    AI,on-    ll,«    Thurs..    Oi    l.    I    I.    I»7« Alderman Kenneth Campbell was forcibly ejected from the meeting of the Alton City Council Wednesday night by two police officers who had been ordered to do so by Mayor Paul Lenz Campbell refused to leave his chair at his city council desk, sat down and was picked up bodily by Lt. Walter Conrad and Officer Robert Albrecht. He w as carried into the hall outside the council chamber. Several spectators applauded him as he passed by in the arms of the two policemen. It was the highlight of the wildest city council meeting in the memory of veteran city hall observers. The meeting was punctuated by angry shouts, wrangles and squabbles. It was a long meeting, ending at ll p m Twice, Aldermen Roy Geltz and Tony Vambaketes accosted each other in anger. Geltz told Vambaketes to "go back to your tavern.’’ Both times, Alderman Don Huber stepped between the two men to separate them when it appeared they could clash physically. Geltz accused Vambaketes of being "disrespectful” toward him. The ejection of Campbell came during a discussion of a petiton complaining about noise at Bill Roe s Tavern at Logan and State streets. Neighbors of the tavern have complained that their sleep is being disturbed by shouting, slamming of car doors and speeding automobiles in the tavern area. Alderman James Roth moved that the petion be referred back to the traffic committee, because, he said, "the committee had another petition in regard to the situation Campbell had begun talking, saying the ALDERMAN CAMPBELL real trouble at Roe's tavern was caused by an alleged "illegal” expansion of the building. Roth raised a point of order because the matter was referred to the traffic committee. Campbell, however, kept talking and Lenz ruled that he was out of order. When he persisted, Lenz ordered him removed by the police. Alderman Jacquelyn Monroe appealed Lenz’s decision to the council, which voted IO to 4 to reject her motion. Lenz then told Campbell that he had been voted down by his fellow council members, and ordered him to stop talking. Campbell refused and Lenz again ordered Lt Conrad to remove the alderman. Campbell, who was standing at his desk, said to Conrad: "Lieutenant, you’ll have to get help I know my right s. "I have a direct order, sir,” Lt. Conrad replied, moving toward the alderman to stand alongside him. “I’ll put my papers away,” Campbell said, stuffing his council papers into his briefcase "Quickly, sir,” Conrad said. "This is what happens when you have a dictator type of administration,” Campbell observed loudly. "I hope the people remember it at the next election.” He then sat down in his council chair and was picked up by Conrad and Albrecht, one officer on each side. As he w as carried out of the chamber, dow n the aisle between the packed seats of spectators, he w as applauded. Campbell said today that the majority of the spectators applauded and shook hands with him "because I wouldn't leave on my own power.” He said "70 per cent” of the people who were there approved of his action. However. Lenz today described as "shameful” Campbell’s conduct on the council floor. Lenz said he ejected Campbell because the alderman refused to abide by the majority rule of the council. "When I called Campbell out of order. on a point of order by Alderman Roth, CampbeU appealed my decision to the council. The council upheld my decision.” When Campbell refused to abide by the council’s vote, he was ejected, Lenz said. 114 YEARS AGO — Members of the I st Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and the New Ulm Artillery Battery clomp along a road near Sleepy Eye, Minn., in the light of a recent October morning. They were re-enacting march in 1862 of soldiers who went to aid of besieged Fort Ridgley, under attack by Indians. (AP Wirephoto) GETS SWINE FLU SHOT — President Ford rolled up his sleeve and received a swine flu shot today from White House physician, Dr. William Lukash. (AP Wirephoto) Illinois resumes swine flu injections SPRINGFIELD. IU. (AP) - Illinois’ swine flu inoculation program was under way again today, after a day’s delay cause by reports of deaths following shots elsewhere in the country. State Public Health Director Joyce Lashof Wednesday ordered the immediate resumption of the state’s inoculation program, saying information from federal scientists indicates no danger exists from the program. The program was suspended Tuesday after reports that several elderly persons outside of Illinois had died after getting the shots. Dr. Lashof said that her decision was based on information received from the national Center for Disease Control. She said that with over 118,(XX) doses of the vaccine given nationwide the several deaths reported are "well within the number normally expected in this high risk (elderly) age group.” She said autopsies on two of the victims produced no evidence they had died as a result of the vaccine. Her decision was announced alter a meeting with the department’s immunization advisory committee. She said the elderly remain most susceptible to getting the swine flu, and urged they get their shots. The brief delay in the state program should not affect its overall schedule, and the Illinois population should still be inoculated in time to prevent any mass outbreak of the disease, she said. Austin Hayes, a department spokesman, the state program was underway in only eight counties outside of Chicago: Lake. McHenry, Will, Kane. Kendall, DuPage, Grundy, and Kankakee. Chicago's program is administered separately from the state’s and the city did not suspend its effort despite the reported deaths. Nationally, three of nine states that suspended the sw ine flu inoculation program have decided to resume giving Editorial.............................A-4 National Newspaper Week. Op Ed...........................     A-5 Americans don’t like either candidate. Election.............................A-3 Sixth graders elect Jimmy Carter Taxes................................A-2 Court says county can’t charge for collections. Sports.............................. D-l Yanks, Royals In finals tonight. Family..............................B-3 Can diet affect hearing loss? Weather.............................B-2 Turning cooler Friday. Low 50, high 70. Television..........................A-10 Fun Page............................B-C Obituaries...........................C-7 Stocks...............................C-7 Classified............................C-8 Amusements.........................B-7 shots after tests revealed no evidence that the vaccine caused tin* deaths of elderly persons. But several areas reported sharp declines in the number of persons showing up Wednesday for the free inoculations The program is designed to reach up to 200 million Americans. Officials in Louisiana and Illinois on Wednesday ordered the resumption of their programs. Vermont authorities said immunizations would resume on Friday At least 33 elderly persons in 16 states most with a history of heart trouble are reported to have died after receiving the inoculations. Ford to arrive in area later amid tight security By BILL MCFADIN Telegraph Staff Writer Saturday’s schedule for President Ford’s visit to the area has been moved back about 30 minutes according to police authorities handling the security arrangements. Originally, the President’s train from Joliet had been scheduled to be in Carlinville at 4:15 p.m. and in Alton at 5:30 p.m. However, Carlinville Police Chief Robert Stratton savs the time in his town has been moved back to 4:45 p m, and Caph John Light of the Alton Police Department said current plans are for the train to reach the College Avenue Amtrak station at 6: IO p.m. Police said security will be tight along the route the President will travel. Parking for spectators will be difficult in Alton because of the location of the Amtrak station and the lack of .suitable parking on nearby streets. A roped-off area will be set up for spectators at the station, so they may hear the President’s speech. Macoupin County Sheriff Richard Zarr said his deputies will be stationed along the 42 miles of track the train will travel in his county, and police from other departments in the county will assist in that guarding. Madison County deputies will take over the track watching once the train crosses the county line, and will guard the tracks to the Alton city limits. Zarr said "I’m getting all the extra help I can,” and added no deputies will have the day off and many will work 24 hours. The railroad trackage, he said, will be "completely covered.” Stratton said parking is less a problem in Carlinville than in Alton, and his department is expecting as many as 5,000 persons to be at the Amtrak station there to sec Ford. He said he will have 14 men on traffic patrol during Ford’s stay in town and to handle traffic before and after the appearance. A spokesman for Madison County Sheriff John Macros said at least ten deputies will be made available to the Alton police for traffic and other security work. He said some will be uniformed, others will be plainclothesmen. Once the President has spoken at the Alton Amtrak station, he will leave in a motorcade which will travel dow'n College Avenue to Washington, then to Broadw ay to the Clark Bridge and into Missouri. Security for that motorcade will be handled by the Secret Service, Alton police, county deputies and the Illinois State Police. Light said current plans are for the President to speak about IO minutes at the station, then shake hands in the crowd. He is expected to be out of the station by 6:30 p.m. and on his way through Alton, Light said, but "it depends on the mood of the crowd.” Light said about 5.000 people are expected to meet the President at the train station. He said there w ill be no parking allowed at the station. Other parking arrangements will be announced before Saturday, he said. Zarr, speaking for police departments, sheriff’s offices and Secret Service agents, whether on security or traffic patrol, said "we’ve got a big job.” Lenz'zoo remark draws ire, apology A woman who said she resented being called an "animal” demanded and got an apology from Alton Mayor Paul Lenz at the city council meeting Wednesday night Mrs. Sadye M Behnen, 1907 State St., was granted the floor to speak and told the aldermen that she and some other citizens had been present at the previous city council meeting when the mayor said we "acted like we were in a zoo.” The issue, she and the others were protesting at the previous meeting, Mrs. Behnen said, was "the deplorable condit ions on 4th Street.” She said the mayor had remarked to 3rd Ward Alderman Roy Geltz iii connection with the issue “You must have brought all your relatives oreither you have been to the zoo.” Said Mrs Behnen: "I resent being referred to as an animal and I demand a public apology.” She pointed out to Lenz that, after all, “We citizens are a part of paying your salary.” Lenz replied that he was "tremendously sorry” Mrs. Behnen had taken his remark the way she did, asserting that it was an attempt at "levity” on his part. Then he apologized. "Please accept my apology," he told Mrs. Behnen. "I offer it to you, to this council and the entire city.” Mrs. Behnen thanked him and left the podium. East End out of CBD plan By JIM KULP Telegraph Feature Editor the East End business community was removed from the controversial Alton Central Business District Special Service Area proposal Wednesday night, after a long and bitter wrangle on the floor of the city council. The vote followed remarks by two East End principals in the issue, one for the plan and the other against Final voting came after several attempts to lay the resolution over to give time for proponents to discuss the plan w ith opponents, and to hold a public hearing on the matter. The vote to approve the resolution establishing a Central Business District Special Service Area — without East End included — was 13 for and none against. Alderman Kenneth Campbell could not vote because he had been ejected from the meeting earlier. Seventh Ward Alderman Robert Pace, when it came time for him to cast his vote, said: "This is the most bitter bill I’ve ever had. I’m very disappointed in the East End I’d hoped that Alton could pull together for once, instead of pulling apart. But it’s not going to happen.” Pace said he was forced to vote for the proposal, without East End included, "or wreck the whole plan.” The wrangling began with remarks by Cliford Abraham, former Alton city engineer, who asked the council to exclude the East End area from the plan. The area in question extends from Easton Street to Central Avenue. The council chamber was crowded with about 25 East Enders and Abraham said he could have gotten IOO there. Abraham acknowledged that some of the bigger firms in the area, including the financial institutions and Jacoby’s Furniture store, were in favor of the CBD. However, he added: "they’re the biggest, but they’re not all of the business, or a majority of the people.” When Abraham was questioned about how many property owners were represented on the petitions, he replied that he could not say because the lots have been split up so much. He estimated however, that about 40 pieces of property were represented by the signers. When Alderman Roy Geltz asked him how many firms wanted to be included in the CBD plan. Abraham replied. "The building and loan, the bank and the furniture company.” He estimated that 95 per cent of the area did not want to be included. The second speaker from the East End was Simon Oh an. owner of Leaders Department Store. w ho is a member of the Alton CBD board. He said he was speaking for Lawrence Keller of Alton Banking and Trust Co., who had planned to address the council on the issue. "We firmly believe East End needs this program and want to be included,” Olian said. He added that the CBD wanted to have a meeting w ith other East End businessmen to discuss the plan, because they believed many of the objections to it were minor. Ho asked the council to table the plan so they could hold the meeting. To objections by Alderman Marion Vanfossen that the city could not get businessmen to clean up their sidewalks now, Olian agreed, but added that the CBD plan will take care of bad sidewalks and weeds, for example. Olian said: "We don’t want this (East End) to become a crime area. Many are afraid to go into business there unless the area has a future, and this is the reason for the CBD. It w ill protect our future.” Alderman Roy Geltz objected that the East Enders in favor of the plan never appeared to answer the objections of the others. He said they had. instead, stayed in the background and had not asserted themselves. in bitter wrangle Geltz said the East End was "strongly opposed” to the plan and that the proponents could come back later to them with another proposal. “It’s a selling job on your part,” he said. Alderman Tony Vambaketes disagreed that the East End proponents had been sitting in the background, and had merely asked that the resolution be laid over so they could gather their forces to talk to the opponents. After the two speakers had finished. Mayor Paul Lenz read the resolution to approve the CBD which would have included the East End. Alderman Jane O’Neill jumped up and offered a motion to table it, seconded by Alderman James Roth. At the same time, Geltz tried to make a motion, but Lenz recognized Mrs. O’Neill first. Angrily, Geltz Raised a point of order, saying Mrs. O'Neill did not recognize the chair when she made her motion, but that he did. "This is why you don’t have harmony in this council,” Geltz shouted at the mayor. "You don’t follow the rules.” Mrs. O’Neill’s motion to table the resolution lost by a vote of nine to four. Geltz then offered an amendment to the resolution to exclude the East End. There followed some parliamentary maneuvering, including an amendment by Vambaketes to require a public hearing on the issue. Vambaketes and Geltz squabbled over this. and Alderman Don Huber stepped between them when it appeared they were becoming belligerent. He told Geltz to "sit down" while Lenz banged his gavel with a ‘thwack!’ loud as a pistol shot. "There you go,” Geltz snorted to Lenz. I hi wrong way every time. W rong way Lenz. The Vambaketes amendment was defeated, again by a vote of nine to four That meant the Geltz’ amendment excluding East End was back on the floor, but Roth moved to lay the whole resolution over. He said the East End opponents had had an opportunity to studs the proposal and the proponents should have the same chance. That motion also was defeated, nine to four This time, the Geltz amendment to exclude the East End made it to the floor and was adopted 12 to 2. When the motion to adopt the resolution as amended was brought to a vote. Lenz rejected attempts by Mrs. O'Neill to and Roth to table it again. The resolution was then adopted by a vote of 13 to nothing, with one absent Alton cops carry Campbell from city council chamber ;

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