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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                ZL i z SERVING THE RIVER BEND AREA SINCE 1836 HE TELECRAP Fighting Illini Altons ffickman makes an impact at Illinois PageBl 214 50 cents The outlook Partly hot and humid high near low near 65 PageCS Quiet celebration Paynic celebrates 10th anniversary PageDl August Offers of help roll In after fire Investigation into Department of Public Works garage blaze continues s The BARNES ch Slemmer of the Edwardsvitle Department of Public Works s through debris Monday after a fire gutted the public works age early Saturday By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE As the city scrambles to find temporary equipment to replace that lost in a fire last officials are receiving numerous offers of help to survive the At the same the cause of the fire that destroyed an estimated million worth of street and sewer equipment at the Department of Public Works M Street garage is likely to stay under investiga tion for quite some One of the ques tions is whether the believed to be electrical in is related to a trans former failure a neighbor reported to police 3V2 hours before the same neighbor reported the Betty who lives in an apartment building near the reported to police that she saw a trans former south of the warehouse blow up about the lights at the garage immediately went out until backup power kicked One she did not come back At 1 Unterbrink and her husband heard a loud boom and raced When they saw flames shooting into the they reported the fire to the Fire Chief Mike Karlechik said his department and the Illinois State Fire Marshals office are still investigating the cause of the but admitted it is possi ble the two incidents are The possibility does Karlechik Thats whats going on with the the public works depart ment has been trying to find temporary resources to continue to Director Sue Mueller Several agencies have called to offer their she Among Edwardsville Township and Korte Construction have already delivered some Madison the cities of Swansea and Collinsville Township and the North East Central Water District have also offered to help where they See Page A7 rni n v The SMITH Charlotte Tittle of Godfrey below holds the street sign from the intersection of Washington and Feldwisch avenues given to her by Don Sandidge on Homes in the block were demolished to make way for construction of a new police station who grew up on Washington shared her childhood memories of the neighborhood with Sandidge Sixth Ward Alderman Gary second from and Fifth Ward Alderman Charles Demolition leaves a pile of memories Rundown homes fall to make way police station By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph writer Charlotte Tittle shared childhood memories of her old neighborhood Monday watched a bulldozer demolish the homes for a new police I have sweet memories of growing up 65 years ago in this the 70year It was once a bgautiful and proud place to was sad to see the old hojnes stood with a crowd at Feldwisch and Washington avenues to watch a bulldozer tear down the 75yearold run down homes in clouds of broken boards and Alton city bulldozer opera tor Ken Chancy and equipment operator George Robinson loaded tons of debris on seven city trucks to haul away to a I offered to bring my wheelbarrow today to help clean up the debris from the said who was happy to see the deteriorating houses Construction may start next spring on the new to mil lion Alton police station on property bounded by Feldwisch and Illinois said Mayor Don who saw the first house demolished at Were hoping that our police officers will be in the new station in the early See Page A7 Committee is opposed to new plan for homes By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Members of the County Homes Action Committee are meeting at tonight at the Hays Mallory Community 216 Crane to discuss their opposition to the latest county proposal to replace the existing The County Homes Action Committee is opposed to the closing or privatization of the County Nursing Home and Sheltered Care Said Debbie Groeteka of a cochairman of the Group members are plan ning to attend a Thursday meeting of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board at the Pere Marquette 501 Main County officials are planning to replace the Nursing Home and Shelter Care Home with a home that will offer a place for residents of the existing The county plan is to entice a private business into the operation and allow the county to get The county would offer a cash fund that could supple ment Medicaid patients and make land available to build a new Groeteka has said the plan would not be a sound business deal for the private The site of the existing Shelter Care Home contains a longfor gotten County officials said they feel confident they can offer a site for a new facility without disturbing the The latest plan is an alterna tive to closing the homesand allowing the residents to find placement at existing Groeteka said there are many unanswered questions about the new How do we know that the developer will provide quality care she County officials could not be reached Monday for Organizers are bankin on River Bend demand By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer Proponents of a new bank say they hope to capture a portion of the billion in deposits available in the Alton Organizers of the new Partners Bank began a public campaign Monday to draw interest in their fledgling oper the latest of bank startups to be announced in the region this We think there is still a demand for professional ser vice in the River Bend bank ing said Bart Solon of the chair president and chief exec I See Page A7 Due to production the Carbon edition does not appear in todays It will reappear The Telegraph apologizes for any Good Morning Bulletin Zeman III TRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE Rolls in slock Vinyl from 33 Carpet from 33 4 Laminate Wood Flooring front 1 DISCOUNT INC 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 4652622   

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