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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois Good:m Morning Area/Illinois A-3-12 Bulletin Board .A-7 Business D-1 Classifieds C-8 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .D-5 Nation/world .. -D-6 Obituaries A-5 Dollins, McClain, Strickland, Trojaniak Scoreboard ... .C-2 Stocks........D-2 Television D-7 Weather.......D-8 - mKrnmmmme r .J  —■ KCOLORTYME . ....lim, 46” RCA BIG 2801 Homer Adams 465-8293 Hours: M’F 10-7 Sat. 9-5 m SCREEN a week mn REGISTER TO WIN! a FULL SIZED WASHER & DRYER ‘Drawing to be held Oct. 1,1999 TV-104 wksi$3,430*”DVI>7^s/S779.22 • ComputeM 04wka/$3,534,96 vki/Sj,53496 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE TELEGRAM! : VikMLA    Tho    outlook    /    '    ®    I    Passion : AUIf/ll Si mr INV Ii ; WKEmPartly sunny with ? Mac goes homerless as Cardinals win 6-0 Today s Food Supporting role What’s on the side is as important as the main dish Page B-l Tho outlook Partly sunny, with isolated storms. High 86; low 66 Page I>8 Passion for the genteel Speaker brings touch of Victorian to workshops Page D-1 Vol. 164, No. 201 — 50 cents Wednesday, August 4,1999 www^thetelegraphxom Bids sought to replace City Hall roof By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city is soliciting 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 finished,” said Mayor Don Sandidge, who met with architects July 29. The new roof is part of $1.5 million in renovations planned for City Hall. Workers have waterproofed and painted the 75-year-old building, 101 E. Third St. Plans are to install a pitched, aluminum roof tinted with a copper patina that will resemble the building’s original copper roof. The city had removed that roof and donated the copper to help the Allies’ effort in World War II. At the same time, the city is looking ahead to the construction of a new police station at the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Broadway. “We’ve had committee meetings about the temporary plans, and we are meeting with the police to make sure it is laid out the way we want it to be,” Sandidge said. “We did a (traffic) flow chart of the (proposed) building.” Last week, administrators with the Alton Police Department began poring over Lock to shut down Crews to take month to repair damage from barge accident By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer I# ‘ ALTON - The 1,200-foot 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. “We’ll replace the damaged structural steel in the miter gates that were struck by the line of barges,” lockmaster Tom Miller said. A southbound towboat pushing 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 1,200-foot lock,” Miller said. “The gates were damaged, and holes were knocked in the steel.” The 57-foot-tall 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will do the repair work. • The gates of the 1,200-foot lock at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton will be closed Friday for a month to repair damage caused by a barge crash in February. «rphe lock will reopen during the ll..... first week of September.” Tom Miller lockmaster “The lock will reopen during the first week of September,” 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. “It’ll take about half a day to pump out the water and then we’ll move steel bulkheads in place to start the repairs,” Miller said. In the meantime, towboats, barges and pleasure boats will use the 600-foot auxiliary lock to get through the dam. A trip through the 1,200-foot lock is much faster for towboats and barges than going through the 600-foot lock. “A towboat and 15 barges can move through the 1,200-foot lock in about 25 minutes,” Miller said. “It takes about an hour and a half for a towboat and 15 barges to get through the 600-foot auxiliary lock.” A towboat operator has to divide the 15 barges into two loads to move through the 600- foot lock, Miller said. A towboat 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 didn’t stop and the barges hit the gates,” said Miller, a 25-year veteran at the locks and dam in Alton. The towboat and barges weighing about 22,000 tons “caused about 40 feet of damage on the gates,” Miller said. 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 it,” said Phil Roggio, the city’s director of business and economic development, about the design. “We are at the point now ■ See ROOF, Page A-11 Death penalty called imperfect By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Without revealing his personal opinion about the death penalty, Madison County’s chief public defender said Tuesday night that executions are “imperfect” punishments administered in an imperfect society. “The only thing perfect about the death penalty is its finality,” John Rekowski said. “Beyond that, it is an imperfect 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 executed,” he said. Rekowski spoke Tuesday night at the East End Improvement Association’s monthly membership meeting at Alton Sports Tap, 3812 College Ave. Rekowski, of Collinsville, said flaws in the criminal justice 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 A-11 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Cullen L. Cullen is the new assistant regional superintendent of schools for Madison County. Schools veteran takes over as assistant superintendent By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Cullen L. Cullen began his duties this week as Madison County’s new assistant regional superintendent. Cullen replaces Harland Scheibal, who retired July 30 after five years a? assistant regional superintendent and more than 30 years in education. Cullen’s 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 move,” said Harry Briggs, regional superintendent of schools. “Cullen is a very competent person, a good educator and a good administrator. It bodes well for our office to have a person of his abilities in this position.” Cullen began his career in the regional 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 administrative assistant and became responsible 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 office’s financial tasks, including district state aid applications, 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 in-service program. The next in-service program is being planned for October 2000 at Edwardsville High School. ■ See VETERAN, Page A-11