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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Victory Bombers win at Quincy PageCl TODAYS Perfect for the grill Steaks are always popular fare during summer months PageBl The outlook Increasing clouds chance of rain late high near 70 low near 50 PageDS j PageD1 She has the touch Business brings ancient art of reflexology to patients Vol 164 No 152 50 cents Wednesday June County Darr in court battle By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County officials are fighting a judges decision to reverse the firing of a depart ment head in 1994 for wrecking a county vehicle while intoxi cated 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 tys Emergency Services and Disaster Agency has poten tially farreaching ramifica tions but attorneys are quietly seeking a settlement I hope said John Gilbert special assistant states attorney representing the county Thats what were working toward is a resolution of this Gilbert said he has been try ing to negotiate with Darrs attorney William Lucco 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 The county recently filed a court motion to vacate or mod ify 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 emer gency services operation headed by Jack Quigley In her ruling Callis reversed Darrs 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 I See DARR Page A11 East Alton hikes fees for pet retrieval 6y KERRY Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON Village trustees voted unan imously Tuesday night to increase fees for impounding strays and lost pets Trustees amended Section 663 of Chapter 6 in the villages 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 author ity to capture and impound or shelter all dogs and cats found running at large throughout the village Until Tuesday nights amendment East Alton pet owners kk I Ullo llld Caoc impounded dogs 1 in fees is fcats LL A A collect a pet with OUr attempt tO in three days of PTlPOIirflffP thpsP its capture by eiiuwidge uiebe paying the animal pet OWnerS tO aCt control division a more responsibly plus any in keeping track of their expenses incurred while caring for the ani mal A second pet retrieval in the Greg Fleigle same calendar assists in animal control year cost the owner and three or more col lections of a pet by the same owner in 12 months cost 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 and for first second and third pet retrievals in a single year is the departments way to try to recoup costs from regular pet owners who have not been caring for their dogs and cats properly Were so far behind right Fleigle said In 1998 we impounded a total of 71 dogs and I See PET Page A11 The 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 Property tax bills in mail this week Some changes to aid taxpayers By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE 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 well be able to send them out by the end of this said Rich Hampton chief deputy treasurer That should put the bills in the hands of coun ty 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 wouldnt be mailed until the middle of July which could have forced some taxing bodies to rely on bor rowing to pay their bills and payroll Earlier this month a speedy process by tax assessors at the state level allowed the local mailing pro jection to be revised to between June 14 and June 17 Hampton also said his office has eliminated several notations on the tax bills and highlight ed others to make them easier for taxpayers to read Theyre not drastic changes but we hope they will he said He said taxpayers dont have to come to his office in the Madison County Administration Building in pay their taxes They can go to the countys collector banks The Treasurers Office has an awards pro gram for banks participating in tax collection A certificate is given to banks that meet specif ic requirements A bank with an error rate of less than 10 per cent is considered excellent by said Hampton adding that bill stubs must be filed neatly because the smallest organizational error by bank employees can force the Treasurers Office to redo the banks 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 Good Mornirfd A310 Bulletin Board A6 ClassifiedsC7 Editorial HoroscopeD5 Bequeaith Berry Crivello Davis Gan Stormer Van Ausdoll VanMeter ScoreboardC2 Television D7 LCCC celebrates dental clinic funding By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY State legisla tors college officials staff students and community mem bers gathered Tuesday to cele brate state funding of the future dental clinic at Lewis and Clark Community College More than 80 people stand ing on the lawn in front of the River Bend Arena watched as state Rep Tom Ryder R Jerseyville and state Sen Vince Demuzio DCarlinville presented LCCC President Dale Chapman with an over sized check for million The grant money is part of the Illinois FIRST program recently approved by the Illinois Legislature and will pay for construction of a dental clinic on the LCCC campus Lewis and Clark had made their needs known to the sena tor and I earlier this year and we had enough flexibility in the budget this year to be able to do Demuzio said We are extremely pleased with the leadership weve seen from Vince Demuzio and Tom Chapman said their support we cannot serve the 220000 people in the seven counties we ser 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 A11 The BADMAN Dental hygiene student Monica Baker gets a quick examination from fellow student Julie Hayes center as 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
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