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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: May 20, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 New business i Knowhowte i the best tool I atBrighton i shop i PageDl Marquene baseball Htdiarsatfor regional play The outlook j Piquing interests Mostly sunny iArte festival was iahit for kids at West i Middle School Page Oil 164 No 12550 cents Thursday May Road plan closer to reality Legislators may vote on funding today or Friday The SMITH A gasoline truck leaves the terminal at the headquarters of Piasa Motor Fuels in Hartford Wednesday By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer The remaining stretch of Illinois 255 to Godfrey as well as a good por tion of Corridor 67 and work on Illinois Routes 157 and 159 could be under way in five years if legislators approve a state spending package as expected Legislators and local officials said they were trying to ensure local pro jects would be in the construction mix after Gov George Ryan announced Tuesday a compromise in how the state will get the money to pay for the governors billion Illinois FIRST building program State Reps Steve Davis D Bethalto and Jay Hoffman D Collinsville said they expect a vote on the funding plan today or iday Davis said there would be four votes one for the beer and liquor taxes one for license fees and two for bond issue authorizations He said he would hesitate to vote for a bill that would increase taxes and fees but he also would greatly desire to see all the construction go through Davis said he had not decid ed how he would vote The lawmakers have come up with a compromise to increase the fee for annual automobile license plate stickers from to instead of doubling the fee to as originally proposed by Ryan The taxes on hard liquor beer and big trucks would go up In general legislators were with holding comment on how they would vote depending on the projects that are guaranteed funding Rest assured I will not be voting in favor of the funding bills unless Im sure all the projects I think should be funded are in said Hoffman a Collinsville Democrat See ROAD Page A9 Tire track The BADMAN An employee of Track Masters Inc from Arlington Texas puts down a coating of recycled car tires Wednesday as the surface for the new track at East AltonWood River High School The track will be painted red and then striped Story Page A10 County Board censures Bathon Henke calls treasurer liar By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Board mem bers unanimously voted Wednesday to censure Treasurer Fred Bathon and one member called him a liar I hate to call a man a liar but in this case he certainly Homer Henke RMoro told his fellow board members during their monthly meeting Wednesday The incident that aroused Henkes ire began last month after Bathon suggested the countys Tax Cycle Committee consider institution of an esti mated tax billing in the future Sending two bills each year instead of one could earn extra money on interest for taxing districts However increased postage and supplies for two billings would cost the county Bathon sent letters to school officials in the area asking for their opinions about his esti mated tax billing suggestion In the letter Bathon quoted Henke as saying at the April 21 County Board meeting Nobody wants to have to pay their tax bills early and the school districts do not need the Henke Bathon Henke received word about the letters and expressed his irritation with Bathon Wednesday He sent a letter to all the superintendents I never said the schools do not need the money I dont know if Im surprised Its a personal thing he did against Although minutes from the April 21 County Board meeting show Henke speaking out against the estimated tax bills and calling Bathon an egoma Henke made no com ments about schools In the last six months or more Bathon has probably done more to discredit county government than anything else since Ive on the board See BATHON Page A9 Banquet center ordered to close By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A courtordered closing of an East Alton banquet center because of a rent dispute is forcing a score of organiza tions to revamp their dinner plans a hearing Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court Associate Judge Ann Callis ordered the proprietors of Joshuas Catering Banquet Center to surrender posses sion of the premises they leased in Eastgate Plaza Shopping Center The order went into effect at 5 that day It was a lastditch effort for the operators who were trying to get Callis to stay an order she had handed down May 11 Joshuas owner Larry Otte of St Louis said he has 24 bookings that are affected and is working overtime to accom modate them See CENTER Page A9 Good Morning A310 Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds C7 Editorial Horoscope Obituaries Couch Demas Nordstrom Owens Riehl Schillinger Tunison Unterbrink B2 Television Mosquito alert Little buggers ready to bite By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Every childs wading pool each tiny puddle even gut ters clogged by leaves could be potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes warns the Madison County Health Department The county and cities con stantly battle mosquitoes Their eradication efforts keep the population manageable but the Health Department calls for action on the part of residents Were not seeing a signifi cant increase this said Toni Corona environmental health services manager for the Madison County Health Department At this point theres nothing to suggest its going to be anything more or less than it was last year But it cant just be the county or the citys responsi bility It needs to be every Residents are urged to take personal inventories of possi ble breeding places for mos quitoes They should empty The BADMAN One of the three varieties of mosquitoes found in Alton is dwarfed by human fingers Despite its size the little pest is coming out in force again this year cluttered gutters around the house as well as wading pools wheelbarrows old tire rims cans buckets and other pools of stagnant water Those are great places for mosquitoes to Corona said Eliminating their breeding places can prevent mosqui toes from reaching maturity and possibly spreading dis eases such as encephalitis characterized by an inflam mation of the brain headaches fever and aches See ALERT Page A9   

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