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Publication: Alton Telegraph May 14, 1999

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Area/lllinois..A-3-10 Bulletin Board...A-6 Business............D-1 Classifieds.........C-5 Comics...............D-5 Editorial.............A-4 Horoscope.........D-5 Nation/world...C-3,4 Obituaries..........A-5 Albertini, Domescik, Flamm, Koster, Little, Roth, Scarborough, Swan, Woods Scoreboard........B-2 Stocks................D-2 Television...........D-7 Weather..............D-8 THE TEE EGR AI1 Caught by surprise    j    Hockey Alton physician    I    Blues head honored by    i    to Dallas    for award for    I    Game 5 professionalism Page D-l Page IM The outlook    j Region Partly cloudy    j Wood River and mild High near 75; low 57 PageIWt man wins $15,000 in lottery Page ClVol. 164, No. 119 — 50 cents Friday, May 14,1999 www.thetelegraph.comBoeing layoffs to sock area By KERRY SMITH and STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writers Thursday’s announcement by Boeing Co. came as dismal news to professionals in several communities here who are anticipating the downdraft from the aerospace manufacturer’s massive layoffs. Boeing officials said between 6,500 and 7,000 employees would be laid off, beginning as early as next week and continuing until 2001. The total pay- Companies, employees await effects roll loss is expected to be nearly $7 million per week for the St. Louis economy. Mike Stephens is vice president of E D M. Specialties Inc., a parts manufacturing and service company based in Brighton. He said one-third of his orders traditionally have come from Boeing. “This layoff is going to have a heavy impact on the River Bend area,” said Stephens, who worked as a Boeing machinist for IO years and was laid off twice by Boeing — once in 1990 and again in 1994 “Boeing is one-third of our business. We have been anticipating this layoff and have been preparing for it by taking on new clients,” he said. To a parts manufacturer, there is a key clue that a lay off is in the works, Stephens said. “Whenever you see a significant pickup in your orders, and if you haven’t seen the manufacturer win any contracts, you know it’s coming and the company is trying to get its vendors to do the work that its soon-to-be-former ■ See BOEING, Page A-9 Numbers behind the layoffs ■ 6.500 to 7.000 jobs to be eliminated from Boeing's St Louis plant by mid-2001 ■ Two-thirds of the cuts come from management, non-management and executive levels; one-third will affect union members ■ 300 to 400 workers will be let go every month until the reduction is complete ■ Buildings and facilities involv- ‘ mg three planes, including the F-15, will be consolidated ■ Payroll loss is expected to be about S7 million per week ■ It could produce a multiplier effect costing about 2.000 to 3,000 jobs in the service industry See Page D-1 for more details IHWr Boeing F-15 Eagle Proposed power plant passes air quality test By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA - A Houston-based utility’s application to develop a $530 million electric power plant has passed its air quality analysis, and officials hope construction could begin as soon as late summer. The start of construction will depend on feedback from a May 25 public hearing in Roxana, said a spokeswoman from Reliant Energy Houston Lighting & Power. Reliant Energy project manager Linda Whelan said the project proposal is under review by engineering procurement and construction bidders. Plans call for the plant to be built on the site of the existing steam-powered plant at Wood Ri\er Refining Co. Whelan said the electric power plant would be known as a co-generation plant, meaning the plant’s old auxiliary boilers are to be replaced with air-friendlier gas turbines. The plant will use state-of-the-art, combined-cycle gas turbine technology, Whelan said, employing a clean, quiet and highly efficient method of generating both steam and electricity simultaneously. “Once this plant is built and running, there will actually be a net emissions reduction because we’re replacing their steam source with fewer emissions, and we’ll go one step further and produce electricity as well,” Whelan said. This 634-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant will be Reliant Energy’s first large-scale merchant power plant to be built in Illinois. It not only will continue to provide steam to the Wood River refinery but also will sell electricity through Houston Industries’ energy marketing and trading division. Although the proposed plant probably would not create permanent jobs for residents, Roxana Mayor Ray Spencer said it might offer significant contract work during the construction phase. Whelan said Reliant would employ close to 30 people to staff the new plant and that up to 250 contract jobs could be available from construction start through the estimated completion in summer 2001. Whether the plant will boost Roxana’s current $58 million assessed valuation remains to be seen, Spencer said. “We remain optimistic,” she said. “We’re eager for any new, quality development within our village limits, but the determination of the percent of real value versus per- ■ See PLANT, Page A-9 Mailing made easier By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — It just got a little easier to mail a letter in Downtown Alton. Instead of having to park, get out of the car and walk to a sidewalk mailbox, motorists can reach out of their car windows and drop letters into three new boxes on West Seventh Street. They have a choice between local, outlying mail or express mail boxes. “It’s a convenience. We had no handicapped-accessible boxes,” Alton Postmaster David Garcia said. Safety concerns also prompted the mailboxes. “Every day, we would see cars pulling in across traffic (on Belle), going the wrong way” so the driver could reach the mail slots, causing a hazard, he said. Workers installed the boxes a little more than a month ago. They are south of the main Alton post office, 727 Belle St. Motorists can turn off U.S. 67 South and drive west on West Seventh Street to reach the boxes. The City Council converted West Seventh to a one-way street westbound last winter. Postal workers pick up mail from the boxes at 6 p.m. for the convenience of late customers who want their mail to go out the same day. “It’s our last collection of the day,” he said. Garcia said he worked with Sgt. Doug Childers, supervisor of traffic safety for the Alton Police Department, and 1st Ward Alderman Tom Hoechst in planning the mailbox placements and changing the street to a one-way route. Garcia said he had asked the city if an island could be built on Belle on which the boxes could be installed. He said Childers found the proposed arrangement would not meet Illinois Department of Transportation street width requirements. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH A motorist makes a lane change Wednesday so she can mail letters from her car window in front of the Alton Post Office on Belle Street. The post office has added mailboxes a block away on Seventh Street, a one-way street, to allow motorists to drop mail from the driver s side. City smoothing out brick streets By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Work crews this week are digging up bricks from streets in two older areas of the city to be re-laid to form smoother surfaces. The street repair projects are on Belleview Avenue and West Fourth Street between State and Williams streets. “The streets got bad; they needed to be fixed,” Mayor Don Sandidge said. “It got so bad that cars dragged their bottoms on them.” The city had covered the rough brick with asphalt as a temporary fix; now, the bricks are being pulled up and re-laid to give motorists a smoother ride. Some new bricks also are being installed, where needed, to replace broken bricks, Sandidge said. The contractor is W.C. Beiser Concrete Co. of Jerseyville. All of the work is expected to be completed “in a few weeks,” Sandidge said. The Belleview Avenue project is costing $49,000; the Fourth Street renovations carry a $123,000 price tag, Sandidge said. Both projects are part of the $1.4 million earmarked for street work in the fiscal year 1999 budget, which is funded by riverboat gaming revenues. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Kevin Ruby, left, and Tom Schenk, employees of W.C. Beiser Concrete Co. of Jerseyville, lay new brick Thursday on a section of Belleview Avenue in Alton. with three new drive-up boxes ;

  • Alton Postmaster David Garcia
  • Don Sandidge
  • Doug Childers
  • Kerry Smith
  • Linda N. Weller
  • Linda Whelan
  • Mike Stephens
  • Roxana Mayor Ray Spencer
  • Steve Whitworth
  • Tom Schenk

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Publication: Alton Telegraph

Location: Alton, Illinois

Issue Date: May 14, 1999

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