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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Swinging for Big Mac goes homerless as Cardinals win 60 Foo0 Supporting role Whats on the side is as important as the main dish PageBl Partly sunny with isolated storms High 86 low 66 PageDS Vol 164 No cents Passion f or the genteel Speaker brings touch of Victorian to workshops PageDl Wednesday August Bids sought to replace City Hall roof By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city is solicit ing bids for replacing the roof on City Hall while at the same time Officials are firming up architectural designs for a new police station Aldermen got individual copies of the final roof design plans July 26 City officials had considered three similar Officials firming up plans for new police station design proposals We just got the design work said Mayor Don Sandidge who met with archi tects July 29 The new roof is part of million in renovations planned for City Hall Workers have waterproofed and painted the 75yearold building 101 E Third St Plans are to install a pitched aluminum roof tinted with a copper patina that will resemble the buildings origi nal copper roof The city had removed that rqof and donated the copper to help the Allies effort in World War II At the same time the city is looking ahead to the construc tion of a new police station at the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway Weve had committee meet ings about the temporary plans and we are meeting with the police to make sure it is laid out the way we want it to Sandidge said We did a traffic flow chart of the proposed Last week administrators with the Alton Police Department began poring over copies of preliminary design plans of the proposed police station to firm up final changes they might want to make The Police Department is reviewing said Phil Roggio the citys director of business and economic devel opment about the design We are at the point now See ROOF Page A11 Lock to shut down Crews to take month to repair damage from barge accident By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer s i ALTON The lock at Melvin Price Locks and Dam will be shut down for 30 days beginning Friday to repair damage from a barge crash in February Well replace the damaged structural steel in the miter gates that were struck by the line of lockmaster Tom Miller said A southbound towboat push ing 15 loaded barges slammed into the lock Feb 2 damaging the two miter gates We were lucky that the damage to the gates did not shut down the Miller said The gates were damaged and holes were knocked in the The 57foottall steel miter gates are opened and closed to allow towboats and barges to enter and leave the lock A maintenance crew at the dam and personnel of the Army Corps of Engineers will do the repair work A312 JlJiiletln Board A7 Business D1 Classifieds Horoscope D5 Obituaries Dollins McClain Strickland Trojaniak Scoreboard The gates of the lock at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton will be closed Friday for a caused by a barge crash in February M Phe 1 fir lock will reopen during the first week of Tom Miller lockmaster The lock will reopen during the first week of Miller said River water will be pumped out of the lock and two large cranes will be floated on a barge to the lock to begin the repair job Itll take about half a day to pump out the water and tKen well move steel bulk heads in place to start the repairs Miller said In the meantime towboats barges and pleasure boats will use the 600foot auxiliary lock to get through the dam A trip through the lock is much faster for tow boats and barges than going through the 600foot lock A towboat and 15 barges can move through the foot lock in about 25 Miller said It takes about an hour and a half for a towboat and 15 barges to get through the 600foot auxiliary A towboat operator has to divide the 15 barges into two loads to move through the 600 foot lock Miller said A tow boat first pushes nine barges through the lock and then returns to move the other six barges through the chamber Miller described the February crash at the lock The towboat operator put the engine in reverse to stop but it didnt stop and the barges hit the said Miller a 25year veteran at the locks and dam in Alton The towboat and barges weighing about tons caused about 40 feet of dam age on the Miller said Death penalty called imperfect By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Without revealing his personal opinion about the death penalty Madison Countys chief public defender said Tuesday night that execu tions are imperfect punish ments administered in an imperfect society The only thing perfect about the death penalty is its John Rekowski said Beyond that it is an imper feet punishment The death penalty in Illinois is done improperly It is flawed and needs to be redone from the bottom up We have released more people from death row because of innocence than we have he said Rekowski spoke Tuesday night at the East End Improvement Associations monthly membership meeting at Alton Sports Tap 3812 College Ave Rekowski of Collinsville said flaws in the criminal jus tice system are evidenced by people who go through the process and are sentenced to death even though they are innocent Among those weak links in the system are human frailties defense attorneys who may not do a thorough investigation and shortfalls in some judges he said See DEATH Page A11 Schools veteran takes over as assistant superintendent By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Cullen L Cullen began his duties this week as Madison Countys new assistant region al superintendent Cullen replaces Harland Scheibal who retired July 30 after five years assistant regional superintendent and more than 30 years in education Cullens first day in his new job was Monday Cullen 39 has been with the Madison County Regional Office of Education for 16 years serving most recently as administrative assistant It was actually an internal said Harry Briggs regional superinten dent of schools Cullen is a very com petent person a good educator and a good administrator It bodes well for our office to have a person of his abili ties in this Cullen began his career in the region al office of education as a social work intern under Briggs uncle former superintendent Harold Gene Briggs He was employed as a social worker in the truants alternative program then became director of that program He also developed county grant programs In 1996 Cullen was named adminis trative assistant and became responsi ble for developing the regional Safe School program and the Center for Educational Opportunities in Collinsville In his new role Cullen will oversee many of the regional offices financial tasks including district state aid appli cations annual financial reports bonds and tax cycles Cullen will also approve district school calendars Cullen will also oversee the County Institute Planning Committee which organizes the annual teacher inservice program The next inservice program is being planned for October 2000 at Edwardsville High School See VETERAN Page A11 The M BARNES Cullen L Cullen Is the new assistant regional superintendent of schools for Madison County r COLORTYME 2801 Homer Adams 4658293 Hours MF107 Sat 95 mmm 46 RCA BIG SCREEN REGISTER TO WINd A FULL SIZED WASHER DRYER lobs held Oct   

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