Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 10, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TRUCKLOAD •"A SPIT -A SALE! GOOll jW'Z Morning 700 Rolls In slock • Vinyl from 33 < sq. ft. A r Carpel from 33< sq. fl. ^ Pcmo/Mohswk Laminate Wood Flowing from $ I 99 iq, ft. J DISCOUNT CARPET, INC. 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 465-2622 Vol. 164, No. 207 — 50 cents Tuesday, August 10,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Aldermen OK later bar hours Proposed change expected to go before City Council Wednesday By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — By a 4-3 vote, aldermen agreed Monday to recommend to the City Council that Downtown taverns be allowed to extend their hours for serving alcohol by special permit and a yearly fee of $375. . At a Committee of the Whole meeting, aldermen Tom Hoechst, Ward I; Fred Young, Ward 4; Charles Brake, Ward 5; and Everett Loy, Ward 7, voted in favor of rec ommending the resolution that would amend parts of the city’s alcohol ordinance. Voting against were aldermen Phil Hanrahan, Ward 2; Joe Maher Jr., Ward 3; and Gary Fleming, Ward 6. The proposed change is expected to go before the City Council for first reading Wednesday. If the change is enacted into law, bars could serve alcohol until 2 a m. Mondays through Fridays, then resume at 6 a.m. The change would allow bars to serve alcohol until 3 a m. on Saturdays and Sundays; on Saturdays the sales could resume at 6 a m., on Sundays the sales could resume at ll a.m. ■ See HOURS, Page A-7 Duff will return to bench By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Madison County’s only black judge will soon return to the bench, and a runoff election will be held to determine the winner of a second judicial vacancy. Associate Judge Ellar Duff of Alton, who lost a retention vote in June, has been voted back into office and will likely be given the oath to resume her seat later this week, Chief Judge Andy Matoesian said. Meanwhile, a new round of balloting will take place among the Meehan nine circuit judges this week or next to determine the second judgeship from among the three highest vote-getters behind Duff. They are former Associate Judge Michael Meehan of Edwardsville, Assistant State’s Attorney Duane Bailey of Alton, and Granite City area attorney Clarence Harrison III. Meehan and Duff, both Democrats, were ousted when they failed to get the required six votes to stay on the bench when their four-year terms ■ See DUFF, Page A-7 11 it? I «i«yictpii/u^/ni^ DML/ivtnix A deer and one of her two fawns peer out from the wood line at Madison Avenue and Belle Street to get a look at the construction taking place Monday in the area around Belle and 20th streets in Alton, where a large backhoe from Kamadulski Excavating and Grading of Pontoon Beach clears trees as work gets under way on a new cross-town roadway that will tie in with the current 20th Street and Madison Avenue. An entire hillside is being cleared and the dirt will be used to raise the new roadway about 14 feet higher than the existing low point on Belle Street, eliminating a ste* n anH Hannomna intorsortinn Crews dig into road work at ‘dangerous’ intersection By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — With little fanfare, excavation crews are beginning earth-moving work on the west end of Madison Avenue and 20th Street. While backhoes from Kamadulski Excavating and Grading of Pontoon Beach rip down trees and bite into the soil at West 19th and Belle Street and RJM Drive, motorists are encountering barricades there and at nearby intersections, including 20th and Piasa streets. The city also has placed stop signs at the foot of the steep hill at Old Belle and Piasa streets as part of the project. Work is planned for Madison Avenue at State Street to east of Gesche Street and on 20th from Swift Street to Alby Street. “We’re taking the crest of the hill off so people can see traffic coming from the north and south,” said Mayor Don Sandidge of the 20th and Belle street area. “It is the most dangerous intersection in the city.” Dirt removed from the crest of the hill will be moved to bring the 20th and Belle Street intersection 14 feet higher to increase motorists’ visibility of traffic from the north and south, said a Kamadulski official. Workers will widen and resurface 20th Street, and four-way stop signs will be installed at the intersection when road work is completed. The $1.6 million project is being paid for with $400,000 from Madison County and the rest from community development grant monies, Sandidge said. 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The 1999 statistics, coupled with the fact that Godfrey ranked as the most deadly Madison County municipality in terms of traffic wrecks in 1998, is sobering, said Madison County Sheriff’s Department substation supervisor Bill Brave. “Of those six fatals in the village of Godfrey last year, five of them died in four sepa rate accidents along Godfrey Road,” Brave said. One of the 1998 fatalities occurred at the intersection of Godfrey Road and Tolle Lane on Dec. 23, when Darrell R. Smith, driving a Ford Bronco, ran a red light and slammed into a Chevrolet Caprice taxi driven by 64-year-old Robert T. Cunningham. Cunningham died and Smith was charged in early 1999 with reckless homicide. Another Godfrey vehicle death occurred just the day before, Dec. 22, when 20-year-old Shawn P. Riley’s Chevrolet pickup veered off of a sharp curve on Pierce Lane, south of Stamper Lane in Godfrey, crashed and caught on fire. Russell W. Buffington, 83, ■ See GODFREY, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Traffic passes through the intersection of Godfrey Road and Tolle Lane in Godfrey.