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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Back home Isringhausen makes first start atBusch Stadium PageBl Shop is honored Frame business grew from a simple conversation PageDl Vol 164 No 155 cents The outlook Increasing clouds and mild High79low62 PagelM Historic home Alton house dating Saturday June Paving stones spruce up Fourth By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The citys second brick street to get an update in recent months will be ready for traffic in about a week Laborers from Labor Local 218 in Godfrey working for Beiser Concrete Co of Jerseyville have laid the red dish concrete paving stones up West Fourth Street between State and William streets Remaining work mostly is in the William and Fourth inter section This will be stronger than a laborer Tom Schenk of Alton said It will be nearly impossible to take The block of old Fourth Street formerly was brick but it became uneven over the years At times bottoms of cars would catch on the rough bricks at the intersection of Belleview Avenue and Angle Street Mayor Don Sandidge said when the projects began The city had covered the old bricks with asphalt as a tem porary fix to smooth the streets surfaces Work on the BelleviewAngle intersection is completed improved with paving stones from Kirchner Block and Brick Inc of Bridgeton Mo Schenk said the streets clay bricks were manufactured by Alton Brick Co He said those bricks were removed and are stored in the city garage for repairs to other streets See STONES Page A7 The BADMAN Tom Schenk an employee of Beiser Construction in Jerseyville places paving stones near the curb of Fourth Street in Alton near State Street this week A block of Fourth Street which was in terrible condition is being replaced with the nearly lost art of street paving Workers laid a concrete underlay covered it with one inch of sand and are handplacing the stones Loan bill may save Laclede Senate passes legislation to aid the steel industry By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Senate on Friday passed a billion steel gas and oil producers loan bill which could save Laclede Steel Co from bank ruptcy and keep 600 jobs at the Alton plant Alton sfeelworkers union leaders Laclede officials and Mayor Don Sandidge were jubilant about the Senates passage of the bill which could eventually provide million to million in loans to the ailing Alton steel plant Its a giant step forward for Laclede and could help keep the Alton plant viable and operating into the next centu said Terry Wooden presi dent of Alton United Steelworkers Local 3643 The Senate passed the loan guarantee package by a 6334 vote and sent it to the House for action The loan bill could help Laclede in Alton and other steel companies who have been severely hurt by the Senate approval Page D1 cheap foreign steel said Sen Dick Durbin D a cosponsor The bill could provide loans to make million in needed improvements to the Alton steel mill and help save the company from bankruptcy Laclede filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Nov 30 in a move to reorganize its finances and keep the Alton plant and five others open 1 If the loan bill passes the House and were able to get the funds it will be a big help to make the million improvements at the Alton said Michael Lane executive vice president and chief financial officer at Laclede The thrust of the improve ments at Alton would be a major overhaul of an old giant steel furnace in the electric melt shop and renovation of See LACLEDE Page A7 Clerk seeks to drag balloting into the new millennium By CURTISS A HARTLEY For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE Madison County voters will enter the new millennium using polling equipment from the 1950s unless a decision is made soon to replace it County Clerk Mark Von Nida who describes himself as an election has been looking into new tech Von Nlda nologies for a couple of years He said this week that its a question of where the county voters should be in 2000 Its an open he said Should we invest in new equipment or keep paying higher costs forthe existing technology To help with the decision Von Nida has invited five com panies that provide polling equipment to set up public demonstrations of new tech nology at the Madison County Administration Building Von Nida scheduled an open house from 6 to 9 Thursday in the lobby of the Administration Building He said company representatives will be on hand to show off new balloting options and to allow people to try them out I dont want to make the decision in a he See BALLOTING Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 Classifieds Editorial Horoscope D5 Baker Blackford Croxford Fosha Godfrey Newberry Valeric Wooldridge Wiser Television C5 Piasa Harbor face lift in works By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph GODFREY Civic and community leaders had mixed reactions Friday to the recent announcement that a new agreement may transform the 80acre Piasa Harbor area into a wetland and public access park Wayne Freeman execu tive director of the Great Rivers Land Trust said Friday that an agreement for a lease purchase option has been reached with the propertys owner the Army Corps of Engineers its current lease holder John Kjar and the Land Trust We have secured an option that would give us 60 days to acquire the Freeman said Well work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources the corps and the Nature Institute to turn it into a public park with full har bor access for day use by tourists boaters and the The agreement will be signed and sealed after the corps has allowed time for public comments A work shop from 4 to 8 See PIASA Page A7 The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public workshop Thursday on plans to transform the 80acre Piasa Harbor area below into a wetland and public access park as depicted in an artists drawing above The SMITH
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