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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Isringhausen makes first start at Busch Stadium Page IM fihnn is hnnnmii *1 lf ti (J 131 Rill HU I HU Frame business grew from a simple conversation Page D-l Increasing clouds and mild. High 79; low 62 Page DB Alton house dating to 1852 is up for sale Page C-lVol. 164, No. 155 — 50 cents Saturday, June 19,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Paving stones spruce up FourthLoan bill may save By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city’s second brick street to get an update in recent months will be ready for traffic in about a week. Laborers from Labor Local 218 in Godfrey, working for W.C. Beiser Concrete Co. of Jerseyville, have laid the reddish concrete paving stones up West Fourth Street between State and William streets. Remaining work mostly is in the William and Fourth intersection. “This will be stronger than a sidewalk,” laborer Tom Schenk of Alton said. “It will be nearly impossible to take out.” The block of old Fourth Street formerly was brick, but it became uneven over the years. At times, bottoms of cars would catch on the rough bricks at the intersection of Belleview Avenue and Angle Street, Mayor Don Sandidge said when the projects began. The city had covered the old bricks with asphalt as a temporary fix to smooth the streets’ surfaces. Work on the Belleview-Angle intersection is completed, improved with paving stones from Kirchner Block and Brick Inc. of Bridgeton, Mo. Schenk said the streets’ clay bricks were manufactured by Alton Brick Co. He said those bricks were removed and are stored in the city garage for repairs to other streets. ■ See STONES, Page A-7 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Tom Schenk, an employee of W.C. Beiser Construction in Jerseyville, places paving stones near the curb of Fourth Street in Alton near State Street this week. A block of Fourth Street, which was in terrible condition, is being replaced with the nearly lost art of street paving. Workers laid a concrete underlay, covered it with one inch of sand and are hand-placing the stones. Laclede Senate passes legislation to aid the steel industry By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON - The U.S. Senate on Friday passed a $1.5 billion steel, gas and oil producers’ loan bill, which could save Laclede Steel Co. from bankruptcy and keep 600 jobs at the Alton plant. Alton steelworkers union leaders, Laclede officials and Mayor Don Sandidge were jubilant about the Senate’s passage of the bill, which could eventually provide $25 million to $70 million in loans to the ailing Alton steel plant. “It’s a giant step forward for Laclede and could help keep the Alton plant viable and operating into the next century,” said Terry Wooden, president of Alton United Steelworkers Local 3643. The Senate passed the loan guarantee package by a 63-34 vote and sent it to the U.S. House for action. “The loan bill could help Laclede in Alton and other steel companies who have been severely hurt by the Senate approval Page D-1 cheap foreign steel imports,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-111., a co-sponsor. The bill could provide loans to make $40 million in needed improvements to the Alton steel mill and help save the company from bankruptcy. Laclede filed for Chapter ll bankruptcy Nov. 30 in a move to reorganize its finances and keep the Alton plant and five others open. “If the loan bill passes the House, and we’re able to get the funds, it will be a big help to make the $40 million improvements at the Alton plant,” said Michael Lane, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Laclede. The thrust of the improvements at Alton would be a major overhaul of an old giant steel furnace in the electric melt shop and renovation of ■ See LACLEDE, Page A-7 Clerk seeks to drag balloting into the new millennium By CURTISS A. HARTLEY For The Telegraph EDWARDSVILLE Madison County voters will enter the new millennium using polling equipment from the 1950s unless a decision is made soon to replace it. County Clerk Mark Von Nida, who describes himself as an “election geek,” has been looking into new tech- ^on ^lc*a nologies for a couple of years. He said this week that it’s a question of where the county voters should be in 2000. “It’s an open discussion,” he said. “Should we invest in new equipment or keep paying higher costs for the existing technology?” To help with the decision, Von Nida has invited five companies that provide polling equipment to set up public demonstrations of new technology at the Madison County Administration Building. Von Nida scheduled an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Administration Building. He said company representatives will be on hand to show off new balloting options and to allow people to try them out. “I don’t want to make the decision in a vacuum,” he See BALLOTING, Page A-7 Good Morning # Area/Illinois . .A-3,8 Bulletin Board .A-6 Classifieds C-5 Comics.......C-4 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ----C-4 Nation/world .. .D-5 Obituaries.....A-5 Baker, Blackford, Croxford, Fosha, Godfrey, Newberry, Valerio, Wooldridge, Wiser Religion.....C-2,3 Stocks........D-2 Television C-5 Piasa Harbor face lift in works By SUE HURLEY For The Telegraph GODFREY - Civic and community leaders had mixed reactions Friday to the recent announcement that a new agreement may transform the 80-acre Piasa Harbor area into a wetland and public access park. Wayne Freeman, executive director of the Great Rivers Land Trust, said Friday that an agreement for a lease purchase option has been reached with the property’s owner, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; its current lease holder, John Kjar; and the Land Trust. “We have secured an option that would give us 60 days to acquire the lease,” Freeman said. “We’ll work with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the corps and the Nature Institute to turn it into a public park with full harbor access for day use by tourists, boaters and the community.” The agreement will be signed and sealed after the corps has allowed time for public comments. A workshop from 4 to 8 p.m. ■ See PIASA, Page A-7 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public workshop Thursday on plans to transform the 80-acre Piasa Harbor area, below, into a wetland and public access park, as depicted in an artist’s drawing above. The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH ;

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