East Alton annexes 78 Rosewood lots By L. ALLEN KLOPE telegraph Staff Writer The East Alton board of trustees approved the annexation . of 78 lots of Rosewood Heights into the village Tuesday night, which makes the second time in less than three months that residents of the unincorporated area has petitioned into East Alton. The board took Its action just two weeks after all but four property owners in Northwoods No. Ill submitted a petition requesting to be annexed. There are 75 homes on the 78 lots, and approximately 250 men, women and children living in those homes,, according to estimated figures. An official census of the new area will be taken in the near future, according to Village Clerk Lawrence Darr. Mayor Frank Keasler said the newly annexed area has an assessed valuation of $498,950, which added to two previous annexations within the last year, means East Alton's assessed valuation has increased by almost $4 million. Mayor Keasler said the annexation of Northwoods I and II added $1,036,100 to the valuation, while the annexation of the Olin Corp. property added S2,196,610. The last federal census showed East Alton with 7,309 residents, and the village census of Northwoods I and II totaled another 412, so that with Northwoods III, East Alton should be approaching an 8,000 population. At Tuesday's meeting were Richard McClintock and Guy Wombles, who live in the new area. McClintock said he had helped circulate petitions for annexation, and was pleased that so many,, a'lmost all the residents, were eager to annex to East Alton. Wombles, who tie's* served as president of the Rosewood Heights. Improvement Association, said he originally was not for annexing, but after reviewing all the advantages, changed his mind, and was glad to help in the movement into the East Alton community. The ordinance for the annexation, which is No. 781, was introduced by Trustee Wayne Buttry, who after the first reading, moved for a, suspension of the rules to eliminate second and third readings, so that the ordinance could be passed. In another ordinance submitted by Buttry, the board approved the Installation of several stop signs and yield signs in the newly annexed area. Village Attorney Francis Manning said the new ordinance, No. 782, contains provision for violating the ordinance to receive fines or terms in the village or county jail. He said the jail term is new in village ordinances, and will be placed in all future or- d i n a n c e s to help curb violations. In another related matter, Trustee Bill Mathis moved that the village authorize Illinois Power Co. to survey the new area to determine what street lighting is needed. The motion was approved unanimously.