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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  hobby into business  Page B-l  Midwest Regional  Big Dance comes to St. Louis  PageC-1  The outlook \ Head outdoors Skies will be ; Prepare yourself  Kte!"* I and your home low 35 ’ I for warmer ; weather ,  w   Page C-12 .    Special    Section    lufef  Vol. 164, No. 64 — 50 cents  Saturday, March 20,1999   www.thetelegraph.com   Roxana mayor defends legal fees  By DARRYL HOWLETT  Telegraph staff writer  ROXANA — The mayor of Roxana is defending the Village Board’s position of paying legal fees for two cases involving four village police officers.  To date, Roxana has spent $10,000 in legal fees to prevent a 30-eent wage increase for police officers during the 1997-98 fiscal year and to decertify  City spends $10,000 on two cases involving officers  the union representing the officers.  “I’m trying to protect the taxpayers’ pocketbooks," Roxana Mayor Hay Spencer said. “The village has several issues before it that require legal expertise, including defending against suits filed, utility issues and development  issues that will determine the viability of the village for many years into the future."  Spencer said the attorneys’ fees for the two issues are not recurring and are not compounding expenditures like wages are.  She said that because of a 40 percent reduction in revenues  from the Wood River Refining Co., village employees were asked to take a wage freeze, with all employees agreeing to do so except the four police officers.  “The village was in a very uncertain position in regards to reduction of revenues due to the Shell reassessment,”  Official seeks to sink boat ‘graveyard’  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — An alderman is trying to rally residents and city and federal officials to force a longtime eyesore to leave the edge of the Great River Road First Ward Alderman Tom  Hoechst has written U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, and U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, R-Ill., in an attempt to have revoked American Boatworks’ permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  He said he also has talked to state Rep. Steve Davis, D-  Bethalto, and contacted the office of U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; he sent copies of his letter to Costello to state Sen. Evelyn Bowles, D-Edwardsville, and U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-111.  American Boatworks operates a boat salvage business  in the 700 block of West Broadway. It has been the subject of complaints for several years from owners of houses on the bluffs above the boat “graveyard,” Hoechst said.  He said Fitzgerald and ■ See BOAT, Page A-11  Spencer said “We determined not to automatically raise taxes and take more money out of the taxpayers’ pockets in order to continue ” However, the village received a setback Jan 8 when arbitrator David Loebach ruled that the village had to give the four police offi  cers the 30-cent raise over the next three years, including back pay totaling $5,482.20 The village agreed to the one-year pay raise but is fighting the last two years of the agreement.  Annual base salary for a patrolman is $31,000, while a lieutenant receives $31,659.60. Those figures increase when longevity and overtime pay  ■ See ROXANA. Page A-11  Deputy chief resigning — for third time  By LINDA N. WELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON - For the third time in his career, Deputy Chief Vernon Henley has submitted his resignation to the Alton Police Department.  Henley, 60, gave formal notice Friday that he is retiring April 2 after serving 32 nonconsecutive years with the Alton Police Department.  “I don’t get as much enjoyment as I used to" from the job, Henley said “I get upset." He said he has suffered stomach problems and high blood pressure recently, which he says are work-related.  A police source said recent strife in the department over union contract talks also has taken its toll on Henley.  Henley said he has trouble relating to young officers’ views on a police career.  “It was a dedication for us; we wanted to do police work,” he said. “Now it is more of a job for them. I’m ready to be retired.”  Henley, though, had high praise for his department.  “I think we have the greatest police department in the  world. They (officers) are more qualified than any department you can find; they are constantly being trained."  Henley is second in command in the department. Capt. Rick McCain, 43, is expected to assume Henley's responsibilities in April — not as an appointment with the title of major but as a captain.  “I will accept any position they decide for me, but I will remain a captain," McCain  ■ See DEPUTY, Page A-11  Master Gardeners plant seeds for expo  Bv DENNIS GRUBAUGH     The  extension is sponsoring  Telegraph staff writer     lhc  event, from 9 a rn. to 7  p.m. today and 9 a m. to 4 EDWARDSVILLE — The p.m. Sunday. Presentations cream of the gardener crop will be offered on roses, orna-converges on Collinsville mental grasses, shade garden-today.    ing, landscaping and a dozen  “When people who love to other    subjects,  garden get together, you never Representatives of several run out of conversation,” businesses and horticulture MaryLou Barringer said.    service providers will lend  Barringer, of Edwardsville, their expertise, and other Master Gardeners Educational classes, busi-wili stage the Weekend ness exhibits, a garden photo Gardener Expo today and contest and flower-arranging Sunday at the Gateway demonstrations will also take Convention Center in Eastport place.  Plaza.    All of this is being staged in  The Master Gardeners are the main hall of the specially trained volunteers Convention Center, coordinated through the On Friday morning. 16 University of Illinois Master Gardeners from Cooperative Extension throughout St. Clair and Service. They have been Madison County were busy taught how to answer many of constructing the centerpiece of the hundreds of questions that the show: An outdoor garden gardeners puzzle over every  growing season.    ■    See    EXPO,    Page    A-11  Hours: Mon - Fri 9-6 Sat - 9-4 Moving Boxes/Copier/Fax  A view of the American Boatworks from the Christian Hill neighborhood.  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  Vernon Henley  Tm ready to be retired’  mf if ! %  Morning  Area/Illinois . .A-3,7 Bulletin Board    .A-6  Classifieds----C-7  Comics.......C-6  Editorial ......A-4  Horoscope----C-6  Nation/world .    .A-10  Obituaries.....A-5  Baker, Fowler, Gardner, Gissler, Jellech, Koller, Lacquement, Love, Miller, Shehorn, Tandy, Terpening, VanDeusen, Wilfong  Religion.....A-8,9  Television.....C-7  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Mary McCauley of Collinsville and MaryLou Barringer of Edwardsville spread mulch on a patch of daffodils during set-up Friday for the Weekend Gardener Expo at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.  -0793  The store that does more than pack...  • all occasions gift wrapping  • buy your own packaging material   

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