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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THI RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 ThlsNThat Graf shop has just about i The outlook Cloudy with a chance of snow high near low near 27 Page oio 57 50 cents TBMMpTBBBb Sectional Spring Car Care Tigers aid season I Get your car with loss j ready for the I approaching travel season i SpecialSedion March ede union fights for fobs Tube mill closing would idle 150 workers of steel pipe produced in Laclede Steel tube mill from HDallas vice president of Alton United Steelworkers Union Local 3643 Terry union and Fred Cox of the unions grievance commit By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Steelworkers union leaders are battling to keep the tube mill open and save more than 150 jobs at Laclede Steel in If the tube mill well lose more than 150 jobs with an estimat ed millionayear said Terry president of United Steelworkers Local It be devastating to the their families and the economy of the Alton Laclede filed for Chapter 11 bank ruptcy 30 in Louis in a move to reorganize the company and keep the Alton plant and five others in Our goal in the bankruptcy plan is to keep the Alton plant said Michael Laclede executive vice president and chief financial Laclede has served notice on the union that the company plans to close the tube mill in plus the 22inch mill that feeds steel into the tube Im optimistic about keeping the Alton plant but the tube mill is Lane If the tube mill the pipe making operation would be merged with the companys the company The union is urging Laclede to keep the tube mill open and include it in the companys reorganization plan to be presented to Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer in Wooden We want to keep the tube mill alive and hold on to the jobs for steel workers and their Wooden Our goal is to keep the Alton steel plant viable and working into the next Wooden praised Lane and Thomas Brew Laclede chief operating for continuing to hold talks with the union to devise a plan to keep the Alton plant open and pro tect the steel workers Tom Brew and the company spent more money for maintenance of the tube mill last year than the company ever did in five Wooden Steelworkers union Laclede officials and financial See Page A9 Storm watch to determine ppth of snow for River Bend YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer Storm trackers at National Weather iService are watching a winter storm that could dump tfie Alton area early is a winter storm watch posted for the Alton area on Saturday said Tom forecaster at the weather service office in The storm is heading toward but a wind shift could cause it to veer awiay from the Alton Springs could start snowing early Saftirday but there is still uncertainty about how rnflch snow might he There is a potential for 2ito4 or 6 depending cinttHe path of the winter storm with 30 mpH winds formed over the Texas Pjinjiandle and blew toward Louis said Bill yftnt at the weather of moisture from of Mexico and arctic collided over Texas creating the late winter City Jand state road crews were biisy Friday preparing in Nine trucks and crews are Alton Alton Works Director Jim Hernandez Were putting snow plows back on the and well be loading them with Some of the heaviest winter snows have hit the area during Bryant In its getting closer to and there is always plenty of moisture flowing from the warm Gulf When a late winter cold blast hits all of the warm Gulf it quickly turns into a lot of Records show a snowstorm hit the area March with more than 9 inches of he On March nearly 12 inches of snow fell across the In the air and soil is warmer and the snow usually melts faster after it hits the Bryant pulls hose into Friday as flames burn through thevralUrf 1307 Highland in Burning grass and weeds were the cause of all the smoke over West Friday as o8h da burned off gross In the The burned fields are In the process of becoming natural prairie grass Officials burn the grass annually but try to preserve about 30 percent as cover for Tax cap plan wont cap officials warn Leaf fire ignites house fire By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Fire officials blame illegal leaf burning for a fire that damaged a house Friday in the 1300 block of Highland Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Mikoff said Ruth who lives next door to the damaged was openly burning leaves in her yard about 2 A burning leaf traveled to the adjoining property and ignited a plastic basement window on the vacant which he said McBride The fire spread upward under the aluminum which covered old wooden sid Mikoff He estimated damage at Mikoff stressed that leaf burning in Alton is legal in the spring only from April 15 through May Burning also must be done in a flameretar dant barrel with an approved grate on Mikoff said not give a citation to McBride in light of the damage that her property Cootf Morning By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE City officials want to tell voters about the shortcomings of PTELL stands for Property Tax Extension Limitation but it is referred to most commonly as tax Officials say thats a mis We need to make sure when were talking about it that peo ple understand that this is not a tax cap in any sense of the said 4th Alderman Richard chairman of the Councils Finance It does not cap the amount of tax that the individual According to it would be more accurate to refer to the measure as rev enue caps because it limits the amount of revenues that some including can bring in each Walker and other elected officials in the city and Madison County are express ing concern about the issue because it is going before vot ers countywide in the April 13 The actual ballot question reads Shall the Property Tax Extension Limitation See Page A9 Bulletin Board Classifieds Editorial Horoscope Swofford 1 Television Sat 94 Moving 1 The store that does more than ill occasions   

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