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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - September 18, 2003, Alton, Illinois                                 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN The lengthy construction project to widen Godfrey Road has taken its toll on some businesses like A Taste of Godfrey, owned by Joseph Chunn, above, and his wife, Tina. Chunn looks out on Godfrey Road from the front window of his home cooking-style restaurant, which is among those hard hit.  By SHAWN CLUBB  The Telegraph  More than a year of construction on Godfrey Road had motorists simply wanting to get away from it, causing them to bypass many businesses along the stretch.  With the completion of the project this month, owners of those businesses now are hoping the road improve  ments will pave the way for customers to return.  Construction on the road began in spring 2002. It entailed widening the road so it would have two lanes in each direction and a center turn lane. It also meant the complete closure of one lane of traffic on several occasions, long traffic delays and difficulty in getting into and out of parking lots and side streets. More than 50 busi  nesses were affected by the work.  Striping of the road from Martin Luther King Drive to Tolle Lane was completed late last week, and the new stoplights at Taylor Street will begin working today.  One pf the hardest-hit businesses was A Taste of Godfrey, a restaurant featuring home cooking that opened in August 2002 after the start of road construction. The  owners, Joseph and Tina Chunn, say they hope business comes back to 5407 Godfrey Road.  “It seemed like we were doing more business during that road construction at the beginning,” Joseph Chunn said. “(Then) the worse it got out there, the worse it got here.  “We haven’t recovered,  See ROAD, Page A7  ISSUE;  Area ...................A3,6,8  Classifieds ..................C5  Comics & Horoscope ........B2  Editorial ....................A4  Nation & World ..............C4  Obituaries...................A5  Region ..................Cl  Stocks .....................C3  Television ...................B3  OBITUARIES INSIDE: Draper, Dyer, Econe, Jemison, Napp, Renner, Russell, Stephenson, Underwood  : Cards lose lead in ninth inning h® bi  WIDtt & WORLD: Isabel closes in on coast Page 04  50 CENTS-Vol. 168, No. 247 Thursday, September is, 2003  www. t h e te I eg r ap ll. co rn  Olin seeks 72% cut in property value  By JEFF TOBIN  The Telegraph  EAST ALTON - The Olin Corp. wants to decrease the assessed property value of its East Alton plant by 72 percent, a move that could cost taxing districts millions of dollars.  This week, Olin officials requested an extra month from the Madison County Board of Review to produce  Approval would cost taxing districts millions  evidence that would support a decrease in the company’s assessed property value The company will have 30 days from Sept. 17 to provide the board with evidence that would substantiate such a decrease, which would have a ripple effect on the 14 taxing districts that contain at  least portions of Olin’s property.  Twenty parcels of Olin’s land would show a decrease in assessed value if the board approved the request. The total value of the 20 parcels would decrease from $36.56 million to $10.12 million.  Most taxing bodies would  take a 72 percent hit in the assessed value of Olin properties situated within their borders  The Board of Review granted a reduction in property assessment to Olin in 1997 from $160 million to about $30 million. That was a four-year agreement that  Board of Review member Kerry Miller said recently lapsed.  Olin’s assessed value never increased more than the Consumer Price Index during the length of the agreement, Miller said.  Ann Pipkin, spokeswoman for Olin, said the company is  Woman helps disabled live on their own  Program gets people out of nursing homes and into own apartments  By DAVE WHALEY  The Telegraph  ALTON — Bea Rushton is no fan of nursing homes for people of any age, but the thought of a relatively young person being institutionalized is almost more than she can bear.  Instead of just complaining about it, however, Rushton is taking action. The independent living specialist at Impact Inc. has spearheaded the Community Reintegration Program for the past four years. The goal is to get people with dis-  _ abilities  ‘7 believe n it rsirig homes ti re a disgrace to the state arid the  nation."  BEA RUSHTON  INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALIST'AT IMPACT INC.  out of nursing homes and into their own homes, if at all possible.  I  believe nursing homes are a disgrace to the state  and the nation,” Rushton said. “People don’t want to be there. They want to be as independent as possible, and that’s what we try to do with this program.”  Rushton, who is disabled herself, has helped place almost 90 disabled people in their own living quarters since Impact received a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services in July 1999. Impact set a goal of 20 people per year and has met it.  For her work, Rushton received a World Class Service award from the stage agency earlier this month.  “Bea develops a real rapport with the social workers throughout the area,” said Rob Kilbrey, director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services for the state agency. “Impact was one of the first three or four CILs (Centers for Independent Living) in the state to start on this, and Bea has really done a great job.”  See DISABLED, Page A7  in the midst of analyzing all of its expenditures. She said the 72 percent proposal was preliminary and could be lowered by the time an independent appraisal is finished.  "We’re looking at all of our expenses, and, with the state of the economy, it makes good financial sense to continue to look at the books,” Pipkin said. “This is where a  See OLIN, Page A7  City  may fire  police  officer  Wood River residency called into question  By CYNTHIA M. ELLIS  The Telegraph  WOOD RIVER — City officials have scheduled a hearing later this month to determine whether a police officer who allegedly is living outside the city limits should be fired.  The city’s Fire and Police Commission canceled a special meeting Wednesday night in which it was set to hire an attorney for a public hearing to be held Sept. 30. The hearing will determine whether the officer is violating the city’s personnel code and should be fired.  At a meeting Monday night, police and fire commissioners discussed the possibility of hiring one of two attorneys: Leonard Berg or John Gilbert.  City officials would not discuss details about the police officer, who was placed on administrative leave last month for allegedly violating the city code and ordinance. Officials said they are not at liberty to discuss matters pertaining to personnel.  However, city sources said Daniel Bunt is the police officer who was placed on administrative leave for allegedly living outside of city limits. According to the city’s personnel code, an employee must maintain a residence within city limits.  Sources said the city conducted a private investiga-  See OFFICER, Page A7  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Teagus Saufnauer, 30, a quadriplegic, heads out the door of his Wood River apartment as his assistant, Deanna McMahan from Impact Inc., right, opens the door for him. The Community Reintegration Program, operated by Impact, got Saufnauer out of a nursing home and into an apartment, where he can experience a more normal life.  /  On the road again  Godfrey Road work done; hard-hit businesses await customers   

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