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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Works a kick Couple turns hobby into business PageBl Vol 164 No 64 cents Midwest Regional Big Dance comes to St Louis PageOl The outlook Skies will be partly sunny High 55 low 35 PageC12 j Prepare yourself I and your home I for warmer j weather Special Section Saturday March By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA The mayor of Rpxana is defending the Village Boards position of paying legal fees for two cases involving four village police officers To date Roxana has spent in legal fees to prevent a 30cent wage increase for police officers during the 1997 9iJ fiscal year and to decertify defend City spends on two eases involving officers the union representing the offi cers Im trying to protect the taxpayers Roxana Mayor Kay 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 Spencer said the attorneys fees for the two issues are not recurring and are not com pounding expenditures like wages are She said that because of a 40 percent reduction in revenues from the Wood River Refining 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 A view of the American Boatworks from the Christian Hill neighborhood The SMITH 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 Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville and Sen Peter Fitzgerald in an attempt to have revoked American Boatworks permit from the Army Corps of Engineers He said he also has talked to state Rep Steve Davis D Bethalto and contacted the office of Rep John Shimkus RCollinsville he sent copies of his letter to Costello to state Sen Evelyn Bowles DEdwardsville and Sen Richard Durbin D 111 American Boatworks oper ates a boat salvage business in the 700 block of West Broadway It has been the subject of cornplaints for sev eral years from owners of houses on the bluffs above the boat Hoechst said He said Fitzgerald and See BOAT Page A11 Good x fc Mornirid Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C7 Editorial Horoscope A10 Baker Fowler Gissler Jellech Koller Lacquement Love Miller Shehorn Tandy Terpening VanDeusen Wilfong Mary McCauley of Collinsville and MaryLou Barringer of Edwardsville on a patch of daffodIs during setup Friday for the Weekend Gardener Expo at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville Spencer said We determined not to automatically raise taxes and take more money out of the taxpayers pockets in order to 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 30cent raise over the next three years including back pay totaling The village agreed to the oneyear pay raise but is fight ing the last two years of the agreement Annual base salary for a patrolman is while a lieutenant receives Those figures increase when longevity and overtime pay See ROXANA Page A11 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 sub mitted his resignation to the Alton Police Department Henley 60 gave formal notice Friday that he is retir ing April 2 after serving 32 nonconsecutive years with the Alton Police Department I dont get as much enjoy ment as I used to from the job Henley said I get He said he has suffered stom ach problems and high blood pressure recently which he says are workrelated 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 he said Now it is more of a job for them Im ready to be Henley though had high praise for his department I think we have the greatest police department in the Vernon Henley Tm ready to be retired world They officers are more qualified than any department you can find they are constantly being Henley is second in com mand in the department Capt Rick McCain 43 is expected to assume Henleys responsi bilities 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 McCain DEPUTY Page A11 Master Gardeners plant seeds for expo By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The cream of the gardener crop converges on Collinsville today When people who love to garden get together you never run out of MaryLou Barringer said Barringer of Edwardsville and other Master Gardeners will stage the Weekend Gardener Expo today and Sunday at the Gateway Convention Center in Eastport Plaza The Master Gardeners are specially trained volunteers coordinated through the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service They have been taught how to answer many of the hundreds of questions that gardeners puzzle over every growing season The extension is sponsoring the event from 9 to 7 today and 9 to 4 Sunday Presentations will be offered on roses orna mental grasses shade garden ing landscaping and a dozen other subjects Representatives of several businesses and horticulture service providers will lend their expertise Educational classes busi ness exhibits a garden photo contest and flowerarranging demonstrations will place All of this is being stagedin the main hall of ih Convention Center On Friday Master Gardeners from throughout St Clair and Madison County were busy constructing the centerpiece of the show An outdoor garden See EXPO Page A11 Hours Won Fri 96 Sot 94 Moving The store that does more than all occasions gill wrapping buy your own packaging material   

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