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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 TELEO After 151 games TODAYS FOOD Stackem up Sandwich builds from level fields Page Bl The outlook Finn and Quinn Mostly sunny Funeral home providing personal touch and cool high near low near 48 Page D10 Page Dl 250 50 cents September Bridge of future New span to connect Clair County By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer LOUIS Clair County Board Chairman John Baricevic and Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement on a new Mississippi River bridge will connect Clair County with Louis is our down Baricevic Its and we need to build a eightlane bridge could be in place as early as Planning for the bridge has been delayed for a few months because Harmon was con cerned about the aesthetic value of the bridge and the effects on traffic in We agreed to Harmon Both sides agree that a bridge is but the city does not want the bridge to create a boundary between north Louis and The height of the bridge is being lowered to accommodate the concerns of the city of The final design of the bridge has not been but Louis and Clair County have agreed it should be a worldclass An advisory council of downtown planners and officials will be created to work with Illinois reached an agree ment months Baricevic The final piece was how it impacts Harmon said the bridge will be something It will be between the Eads Bridge and the McKinley On the Illinois eastbound traffic will cross onto Illinois Route then trav el to Illinois 203 near Gateway International Speedway and will finally connect to the existing Interstate On the Louis the bridge will enter Louis about 10 blocks north of Americas Traffic will exit the bridge at Tucker Boulevard near Cass Avenue See Page A11 The BARNES James district engineer for the Illinois Department of answers questions Tuesday during a news conference at Louis City Hall to announce progress toward a new bridge across the Mississippi Louis Mayor Clarence looks A large crane lifts one of the Alton Belle Casinos entrance gangplanks out of place Tuesday as work was under way for the At one point workers had to cut away some sections of steel so the gangplank could be Belle renovations get a lift By LINDA WELLER elegraph staff writer WALTON A imposing crane on the citys waterfront Tuesday heralded big changes to come in the next two months for tfeiei Alton Belle y The crane lifted up the Belles easternmost entry or which provides access to the ticketing and VIP The crane will be used to move the bridge about 100 yards where it will be sand blasted and repainted to coordinate with the Belles new million said Bill director of operations for the riverboat For the next six to eight the preparations we are doing will be fast and he Its going to happen pretty Next on the list for removal is a barge that was connected to the moved and then the larger he Next crews will begin dredging the area under the former bridge and barge areas to remove underwater soil to make room for the larger Albert A metal sheet tie similar to a sea also will be installed in the The new one is so we have got to pull it closer to he said about the new land ing Argosy Gaming plans to add the reno vated Spirit of America reminiscent of craft seen on the Mississippi River in the early The boat will feature 90foottall twin Patrons will enter the new facility through a fun barge that will resem ble a riverfront The landing facili ty will offer a variety of dining including a nautically 220seat buffet a 120seat table service restaurant and 50seat The fun barge will have a combination showroom and party room that will be used for concerts and That facility is being constructed on the Mississippi River at Mikes Marina in Wood All this construction has been going on out of sight now there is something people can see Albert SM Wilson of Granite City is renovating the Spirit of America Once site prepara tions are the Spirit of America and fun barge will be slipped into place within one days time at their respective places on the Plans call for the project to be completed by Housing projects to get updates in federal grants on the way By LINDA Telegraph staff writer ALTON Residents of public housing complexes will see some major renovations in the near including new bathrooms and doors and exterior The improvements will be funded by grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Its great news for Alton Housing said Stan executive director of the Housing Its the seventh consecutive year we have been The agency is slated to receive Previous grants have averaged around he This Dick and Jerry D announced HUDs fiscal year 1999 Comprehensive Grant of which million will go to 50 Illinois housing Other are recipients are the Madison County Housing which operates Sullivan Homes and Curran See Page A11 Good Morniitd Board to hire firm to search for Beabers replacement By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The Alton School Board took the first step Tuesday night toward finding a replacement for Superintendent Michael who will retire at the end of the 19992000 school The board has decided to employ the services of a search firm to assist in solicit ing applications from qualified superintendent To start the we had to decide if we wanted to do the search said David school board I dont think were capable of doing it We want to make sure it is opened to any and all qualified The board plans to meet with two search firms during first week of Lauschke said the board will consider firms from midstate Illinois and as well as search services offered by the Illinois Association of School The board hopes to make a final selection of a search firm by late After select ing a the board will develop a package of informa which will outline benefits the district is able to offer to the superintendent The board plans to begin collecting applications by November and begin inter viewing candidates in well have someone selected by February or Lauschke Beabers retirement will be effective June is in his sixth year as He previ ously served as assistant director of personnel and principal after a teaching He started his career in the Alton School District as a junior high teacher in Lauschke said the number of school administrators tak ing advantage of early retire I See Page A11 Bulletin Troutt 09
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