Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAP Victory Bombers win at Quincy Page CM TooiVS I...... Perfect for the grill Steaks are always popular fare during summer months Page B-l The outlook Increasing clouds, chance of rain late; high near 70, low near 50 Page IK8 She has the touch Business brings ancient art of reflexology to patients Page IM Vol. 164, No. 152 — 50 cents Wednesday, June 16,1999 www.thetelegraph.com County, Carr in court battle By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE -Madison County officials are fighting a judge’s decision to reverse the firing of a department head in 1994 for wrecking a county vehicle while intoxicated The decision to grant a new review hearing for Lanny H Darr, former head of the coun Officials oppose review of firing over DUI accident ty’s Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, has potentially far-reaching ramifications, but attorneys are quietly seeking a settlement. “I hope so," said John Gilbert, special assistant state’s attorney representing the county. “That's what we’re working toward, is a resolution of this case.” Gilbert said he has been trying to negotiate with Darr’s attorney, William I ucco of Edwardsville, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday. Lucco won a significant vic tory in Madison County Circuit Court in late April when Associate Judge Ann Callis ruled the county did not give Darr a proper hearing before firing him Sept. 21,1994. The county recently filed a court motion to vacate or modify Callis’ ruling, but no date has been set for a hearing. Gilbert said Tuesday. He admitted that the ruling leaves many questions to be answered, particularly if no settlement can be reached. Among them would be the effect on the current emergency services operation, headed by Jack Quigley. In her ruling, Callis reversed Darr’s termination and remanded the employment question back to the full Madison County Board with instructions to grant Darr another hearing. This time, Callis said, Darr should be fully apprised of the evidence against him and be allowed ■ See DARR, Page A-11 East Alton hikes fees for pet retrieval By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON — Village trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase fees for impounding strays and lost pets Trustees amended Section 6-6-3 of Chapter 6 in the village's ordinance pertaining to holding dogs and cats found by the East Alton animal control officer. The section states that the animal control officer or his official representative has authority to capture and impound or shelter all dogs and cats found running at large throughout the village. Until Tuesday night’s amendment, East Alton pet owners «rn h is increase J. in fees is and cals could ^4-i. l a. collect a pet with- our attempt to in three days of encourage these L ts . cap ‘ ure . by , . © , . paying the animal pet owners to act control division a more responsibly X°[ $, L P S in keeping track of their pets.” Greg Fteigle assists in animal control incurred while caring for the animal. A second pet retrieval in the same calendar year cost the owner $25, and three or more collections of a pet by the same owner in 12 months cost $50 for the third and subsequent incidents. Greg Fleigle, a foreman in the East Alton Street Department who also assists in animal control for the city, said the new and approved increase — to $50, $75 and $100 for first, second and third pet retrievals in a single year — is the department’s way to try to recoup costs from regular pet owners who have not been caring for their dogs and cats properly. “We’re so far behind right now,” Fleigle said. “In 1998, we impounded a total of 71 dogs and ■ See PET, Page A-11 Property tax bills in mail this week Some changes to aid taxpayers By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE — New, easier-to-read property tax bills will be mailed from the office of Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon this week. “The bills are in the hands of our printer right now, but we think we’ll be able to send them out by the end of this week,” said Rich Hampton, the,county’s chief deputy treasurer. That should put the bills in the hands of county taxpayers by Saturday or, at the latest, early next week — right about the time that county officials had recently predicted. Officials had feared the bills wouldn’t be mailed until the middle of July, which could have forced some taxing bodies to rely on borrowing to pay their bills and payroll. Earlier this month, a speedy process by tax assessors at the state level allowed the local mailing projection to be revised to between June 14 and June 17. Hampton also said his office has eliminated several notations on the tax bills and highlighted others to make them easier for taxpayers to read. "They’re not drastic changes, but we hope they will help,” he said. He said taxpayers don’t have to come to his office in the Madison County Administration Building in Edwardsville to pay their taxes. They can go to the county’s collector banks. The Treasurer’s Office has an awards program for banks participating in tax collection. A certificate is given to banks that meet specific requirements. “A bank with an error rate of less than IO percent is considered excellent by us,” said Hampton, adding that bill stubs must be filed neatly because the smallest organizational error by bank employees can force the Treasurer’s Office to redo the bank’s work. If tax bills go out this week, taxes are due July 22 or a penalty will be assessed. A second installment must be paid by Sept. 22. The last day possible to pay taxes is Dec. 3. a . . The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Jennifer Hose, 6, gives her new kitten a hug Tuesday as she walks along the 300 block of Whitelaw Avenue in East Alton near her home. Pet owners had better hold on tight to their animals because the village is hiking the impound fee on recovered animals. 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The grant money is part of the Illinois FIRST program recently approved by the Illinois Legislature and will pay for construction of a 15,000-square-foot dental hygiene/assisting clinic on the LCCC campus. “Lewis and Clark had made their needs known to the senator and I earlier this year, and we had enough flexibility in the budget this year to be able to do this,” Demuzio said. “We are extremely pleased with the leadership we’ve seen from Vince Demuzio and Tom Ryder,” Chapman said. “Without their support, we cannot serve the 220,000 people in the seven counties we service.” The clinic will be an addition to the east side of the River Bend Arena, where the dental programs are housed, and will feature digital radiography — the newest technology in X-rays — as well as intelligent ■ See LCCC, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Dental hygiene student Monica Baker gets a quick examination from fellow student Julie Hayes, center, as instructors Constance Fox, left, and Michelle Singley, right, look on inside a classroom at the River Bend Arena on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.