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Publication: Alton Telegraph July 20, 1999

Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Plans for the marina at Plasa Harbor are on hold while the Great Rivers Land Trust explores its options. Land trust drops anchor on harbor plans By DAN BRANNAN Telegraph managing editor ALTON — The 11-member Great Rivers Land Trust is considering options on Piasa Harbor after tenants opposed plans to convert the marina into a regional riverfront park. Piasa Harbor is about halfway between Alton and Grafton on the Great River Road. The Great Rivers Land Trust met Monday afternoon about Piasa Harbor. Wayne Freeman, land trust executive Tenant opposition forces re-evaluation director, said he didn’t know exactly which option the land trust would pursue. “We are trying to explore ways of continuing the project,” Freeman said. “We have a number of options to select from. One option is to walk away, another is to exercise our option on the property. We have some other options I can’t discuss at this point. Negotiations will continue to take place.” Land trust members are upset with the present shape of the marina and view it as an eyesore on an otherwise stunning Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway route. “Piasa Harbor is the worst of the 25 or so marinas on Pool 26,” Freeman said. “It has been an eyesore for 20 years. We’re disappointed at the negative response we’ve received from the marina tenants. We have recommend ed spending private dollars for public grounds for tourists, fishermen, bicyclists and boaters along the Byway in this project.” Tom Hewlett, chief of real estate development for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in St. Louis, said it will probably take until early November for the corps to process the land trust’s proposal. “The corps is going to have to do an environmental assessment and that ■ See HARBOR, Page A-7 Fatal fall case may be heading to appeals court By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE -Litigation arising out of a fatal fall at the Madison County Nursing Home appears headed for appeals court. Madison County Circuit Judge P.J. O’Neill has dismissed the case of Richard Morton of Collinsville, who filed suit against the county over the death of his father. William Morton, 85, died Feb. 15, 1998, when he fell or I jumped 45 feet from the third- « A n appeal here is not a waste of time — it will be a hotly .contested appeal.” Mark Levy plaintiff attorney floor window of the home at 2121 Troy Road in Edwardsville. O’Neill dismissed the lawsuit on May 24, saying the plaintiff failed to meet a legal requirement for serving a summons on the correct party within the required statute of limitations. O’Neill denied a motion to reconsider that dismissal, paving the way to a likely appeal,'said plaintiff attorney Mark Levy of Edwardsville. “An appeal here is not a waste of time — it will be a hotly contested appeal,” Levy said. Levy said he has 30 days from the judge’s latest order to file his intent to appeal. The key issue will be determining when the summons had to be served. O’Neill says it should have been served within a year of the incident. Levy believes case law is not clear. Levy filed the suit in August, but initially named the Madison County Nursing Home Auxiliary as the defendant, owing it to confusion over who actually operated the nursing home. It wasn’t until the auxiliary Schnucks stocks up on space By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — A 10,000-square-foot addition has been completed and interior renovations are under way at the Godfrey Schnucks supermarket. The addition to the north side of the building, 2712 Godfrey Road, opened June 29. Work began on the expansion in late March. The addition includes expanded produce, nutrition, deli, seafood and video departments in an atmosphere described as “a European market environment” by Schnucks spokesperson    Marie McGeehan. “We have used this design in a couple of our stores, and customers seem to really like the feel of it,” McGeehan said. The design features high, exposed structure ceilings, a green-and-white tiled floor and short shelving units, built to resemble market cart displays. See SCHNUCKS, Page A-7 See APPEALS, Page A-7 Good rn Morning Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board A-8 Business.........D-1 Classifieds........C-6 Comics...........B-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......A-6 Obituaries   .A-5 Ammons, Daigger, Mahoney, Manesis, Nicol Region...........B-1 Scoreboard.......C-2 Stocks..........D-2-4 Television ........B-3 Weather..........C-8 SIHI missing Kennedy family is grief-stricken as search continues Page A-8 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836    =    z=z telegraph The outlook Partly sunny with isolated thunderstorms; high near 93, low near 75 Page 08 Victory Bombers win 7-6 over Springfield Rifles PageC-lVol. 164, No. 186 — 50 cents Tuesday, July 20,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Water plant ready to spring up Officials break ground on $38.7 million project An artist’s rendering of the new water treatment plant. For The Telegraph By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Under Monday’s blistering morning sun, Mayor Don Sandidge and officials from lllinois-American Water Co. broke ceremonial ground for the company’s new water treatment plant. With a few tosses of soil, construction on the $38.7 million project officially could begin. Plans are to start work today, said Jim Carter, production supervisor for lllinois-American. The company is based in Belleville. “We’re all very enthused about what is going to happen here,” Sandidge said, thanking the company for rethinking earlier plans for the plant to be built in Godfrey. “We are glad you brought it back to Alton. We are very appreciative you are doing it here. It is going to be beneficial to the city of Alton.” # The new facility will be constructed across the Great River Road from the company’s current 102-year-old water plant, which sits at the edge of the Mississippi River just west of Downtown Alton. The IMrstory, steel and brick building and its enclosed clear well will be nestled in a woodland valley, surrounded by hills on three sides, north of the current plant. Total height of both stories will be about 25 feet. Officials said they have not determined what color bricks will be used for the building. Some residents last week contacted the City Council with concerns that the building blend into the bluff area. The treatment plant is supposed to be completed in December 2000. During Monday’s ceremony, Sandidge and company officials recalled how the current facility at the edge of the Mississippi River was flooded out during the Great Flood of 1993. “It is an excellent location," said Mike Lawhon, district operations ■ See WATER, Page A-7 ■MT ”• 700 Rolls in stock • Vinyl from 334 sq. ft. W• Carpet from 334 sq. ft. rPergo/Mohswk Laminate Wood Flooring frow 5199 >q. ft. ;

  • Angela Mueller
  • Dan Brannan
  • Dennis Grubaugh
  • Don Sandidge
  • Jim Carter
  • Linda N. Weller
  • Mark Levy
  • Mike Lawhon
  • Richard Morton
  • Tom Hewlett
  • Wayne Freeman
  • William Morton

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Publication: Alton Telegraph

Location: Alton, Illinois

Issue Date: July 20, 1999

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