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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: November 16, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 j Artist has unique take on area Page Cl 305 50 cents Alton tourna ment tips off Page Bl November Sunny and Math scores cool High really low 31 count Page D8 Work at 01 site could start soon By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON One more piece of a financing package that will pay for renovations to the old OwensIllinois glass plant is expected to be in place perhaps allowing work to begin this The Southwestern Illinois Development Authority has agreed to Negotiations stall over who will pay for environmental cleanup issue million in bonds to Alton Center Business Park LLC by Some million of the money will be used to finance the acquisition and environmental remediation of the 159 acre site off rehabilitate two warehouses and develop a 100 acre industrial The remaining million will be considered a debt reduction fund or line of credit if the business park misses bond payments a require ment of George Ryans Ryan must sign off on the bond sale to Union Planters Bank former Jim Edgar had approved a moral obligation for the bond issue in the developers were slated to get but the SWIDA board raised the amount by said Alan executive director of The deal between OwensIllinois and purchasers Clayco Construction and Clark Properties which comprise Alton Center Business Park LLC of Louis has been running months behind Negotiations reportedly have snagged over the parties not being able to agree who will pay for what environmental Among contaminants on the site arc heavy metals such as lead and organic solvents and old gasoline and oil storage The process of developing the See Page A7 Rivers low but still navigable Mississippi waters drop down to feet By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer The dry days of summer and early fall have driven water levels on The Telegraph areas rivers below seasonal but officials say the drop is too moderate to endanger navi gation along the We recognize we havent had rain for some and the water level is but every thing is still going said Charles acting chief of public affairs for the Corps of Engineers in Mississippi River level at Graf ton on Monday was feet below the flood level of 18 At the river level was with a flood level of 67 The Mississippi was at feet in Alton at River Mile The Illinois River also was well below flood measuring at feet at Flood stage for the river at Hardin is 25 The rivers are pretty but they could be a lot said Joan water con trol manager with the Corps of Engineers in The last several years have been wet and rainy and have kept river levels and this year was much Camillo said the rivers still are navigable as long as a 9footdeep water channel can be We need a 9foot channel for the barges to See Page A7 The BADMAN The bed of Wood River at the point where it spills into the Mississippi back was dried out and cracked indicating a lowerthanusual water County officials call for end to retirement loophole Plan expected to be overturned today By DEBORAH BATES Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A pension plan that will cost Madison County taxpayers hun dreds of thousands of dollars more than expected should be overturned county officials Twenty members of the Madison County Legislative Committee signed a resolution Monday to encourage the amendment of the costly benefit pro State Evelyn D said IT she will present it to the Illinois Senate Bowles said she expects the Senate to overturn the Elected County Officers Alternative VV to send a clear and unmistakable message through you Alan Dunstan on reforming pen sion plan Benefit There seems to be a consensus that this is going to she said at Monday morn ings Committee Chairman Alan D said that while Senate Bill 1103 cannot See Page A7 Ann Smith Construction work on 20th Street extended by good weather Road will be immensely safer By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Construction crews reached a milestone when they installed their first concrete segment of 20th which is undergoing extensive We were in construction inspector Dale Watson of RCS Construction of Wood River said as work began pleased that the fall weather is allowing the pro ject to continue through mid Weve had a lot of very unseason able Watson said According to IDOT Illinois Department of Transportation speci this should be the last day to pour But with this good we are going to Work began in August on the pro ject its two phases were expected to last 15 of said the first phase should be com pleted next The second phase involves improving 20th Street from Piasa Street to Alby Even with the good time RCS is making on the the first phase will not be ready for traffic until I doubt if we are going to make it this year we have a lot of curb work to Watson On the workers installed one lane of pavement that is 13 feet wide and 900 feet long on the west end of 20th StreetMadison Avenue near Swift using a threelegged machine called a slipform On the crews installed a 300foot length of one lane on Old Belle Also RCS work ers were setting up forms and prepar ing the subsurface for the upcoming paving of northbound Belle Street See Page A7 WThe BADMAN One lane of concrete has been poured on the raised portion of 20tn Street near Belle as shown Monday in Construction crews said they would continue to pour concrete as long as the good weather TRUCKIOAO 700 Haiti in Vinyl from Carpet from 33 v UimliHite Wewi Fbottog Itm I L M   

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