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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 237 cents Braves sweep Cards Louis drops another game to Atlanta The outlook Sunny to partly cloudy high near low near 52 PageDG Bm dining Visitors can put on The Retz at new Altoneatery PageDl September City ignored own safety rules By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer GRANITE CITY Alton city leaders say they ignored their own fireworks safety ordinance before a deadly riverfront explosion in 1997 because they felt the pyrotech nics show was taking place outside city Mayor Don Fire fire chief testify about fatal fireworks Chief Donald Dugan and oth testified Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court during the first day of a civil fcrial involving the deaths of three Chicago area men dur ing the citys Riverfront Blast July The city and the shows pro Fireworks Partners of Crown are being sued for negligence by the families of the who died when a fireworks shell mis fired and set off a chain reac tion on a barge during the annual fireworks One of the men burned to death the other two drowned in the Mississippi The location of the barge as well as the type of barge used were the prime focus Workers from Mahoney Asphalt Paving in Alton place a temporary ramp for driveway access of a residentltTcornef of West Corbm and North Kingdom streets in Bethalto Wednesday as part of the ongoing West Corbin Street Bethalto road project moving along By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO For nearly three residents along West Corbin Street in Bethalto have enjoyed tempo rary driveways during road which began in Village officials said they are certain the first phase of the Federal Aid Urban Project will reach completion before the Some res idents expressed discontent with the which left some without driveways for nearly four Residents were forced to walk several blocks in some cases to get to their Other as well as safety raised some concern for those in the vil you have to tear down roads to put new ones Mayor Steve Bryant Anytime there is con its its its ugly and its been an inconvenience for some Bryant Its never pleasant to be involved in a road construction pro but I think once the pro ject is it will be worth Its not an overnight Bryant said he is hopeful the first phase of the stretching from Old Bethalto Road to David will be finished before the onset of icy He said Thiems Construction has extended the effort to com plete the project in a timely Construction on storm sew ers along David Street and Albers Lane is under Bryant said the section of the road will be closed through November and Residents who live between David Street and Albers Lane will have to park their cars on side streets until temporary driveways can be put in Onethird of the work along West Corbin still needs to be But Bryant said Thiems is making good Good Morning Bulletin Board Business Classifieds Comics Horoscope Obituaries Stepp Scoreboard Stocks Television Alton rounding up junk vehicles By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON It was raining old cars Wednesday for Freds Towing and Officer Al Womack of the Alton Police traffic Every variety of junker and semi decent car that had seen its last spin on the highway got hooked up to one of the citys contract towing companys trucks and hauled Weve been out all Womack Its a lot of work but I think it will pay off in the long We are getting derelict cars off the streets and The majority of people are very happy with Womack said that 2320 Washington towed 13 such clunkers Wednesday morning in the east part of He expected five more vehicles from the west side of town to be taken to Freds lot during the The service is With calls pouring Womack said he was not sure how many old tanks would be hauled away today and Friday during his car cleanup Operation Abandoned Rob one of the coowners of said he dedicated his entire day the city towing Its not overwhelming us its a good way to do he said of the citywide Dublo said he is happy to participate in the cleanup besides being profitable for his I feel good about Dublo It is a thing that is The city fathers are try ing to clean but its been hard because they couldnt tow without a People have walked away from their cars because it would take more money to get them running than the cars are Womacks effort targets unsightly aban doned vehicles that are left on streets or pri vate some with lost Some owners never registered the cars when they bought and police find it is difficult or impossible to determine who owns the vehi Some of the calls have been from landlords where people have left them when they moved Womack They are from all over Besides detracting from the appearance of the Womack said the vehicles are safety particularly when they are jacked up or balanced on cinder blocks and left for months or years in driveways and Some of the cars are I See Page A11 In a conversation between them before the Sandidge and Dugan both said they concluded that the barge would be outside the citys they chose not to have the fire chief inspect it before the as called for by the Had the barge been inspect a number of violations would have been said attorney Peter one of four representing the Among the problems were no personal flotation devices and no fire extinguishing equip I See Page A11 Council OKs later tavern closing hours By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON In an overflowing City Council chambers aldermen decided by a slim vote of 43 that the citys taverns should be able to serve alcohol later into the morning The extended hours will go effect in about two v said Jim the citys corporate Tavern owners who buy special per mits costing will be able to serve alcohol until 2 on weekdays and 3 on Saturdays and The ordinance does not change the hours packaged liquor can be sold those sales are curtailed at 1 every More than 50 proponents and opponents of the proposed change in the citys liquor ordinance crowded into the chambers and adjoining con ference Three represen tatives addressed two of whom presented peti tions containing hundreds of citizens names to bolster their Around most of the patrons start to part to said Michael Holliday of presi dent of the Young Democrats of Madison In this movement of individuals from one establishment to it puts our local establish ments in a nowin situation if the current liquor hour of clos ing is to remain at 1 I feel this resolution to extend the drinking hours needs to Attorney John Sholar said he was speaking on behalf of 41 Class A and D liquor license holders who favor the later who said he had signatures on pro late hours said hospitali ty businesses need to stay open late to compete with the Alton Belle Casinos later We merely ask that we be allowed to compete on a level playing Sholar See Page A11 Heading across town ROAD CLOSED The Construction was continuing Wednesday on phase one of a pro ject to raise and widen a section of 20th Street from Piasa to Madison Street in completing a crosstown highway The road will be raised to above the height of the sewer manhole white cone in to eliminate the dangerous steeo angle of the current   

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