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F Manning - about. . . City's Foresight of established air...
about. . . City's Foresight of established air traffic into St. Louis and its developing problems, We hope then, that the county committee can refer final consideration to this higher level of governmental authority. Place for Cooperation The Illinois legislature apparently has an* other problem to clear up for local municipalities. Corporation Counselor Francis Manning has told South Roxana's relatively new village board there is some doubt as to its authority to require that property owners purchase culverts for installation in the com* munity's drainage ditches. He pointed out that the law permits the board to "regulate" culverts/ but admitted there was a question about whether property owners could be required to buy them. Currently it is possible that the esprit de corps which led South Roxana to incorporate and has characterized the village's progress so far would lead to largely voluntary support of the ordinance. But this spirit could be easily dampened if a few refused to cooperate — and it was found no power existed under municipal authority to require compliance. Villages have authority to undertake and enforce local improvements as such, And, as Manning* pointed out, township and county highway departments can require purchase of culverts; too. In this case the village stands ready to install them if the property owners pay for purchasing them, and already 2,203 feet have been bought by property owners, We hope South Roxana suffers no relapse from its forward movement as a result of the doubt cast by Counselor Manning, and that the legislature can quickly clear up the matter. 'Gagged* By A Press It's a horrible thought! You've got something to tell people — thousands of people waiting to read it — and you can't make yourself read. That was the feeling we had for hours Friday afternoon and evening while the Telegraph's press was disabled by a backfire of the very efforts our pressroom crew had . a And the to a of no —

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 27 Jul 1968, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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