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F Manning - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. 1968 East Alton Jobs Stay...
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2. 1968 East Alton Jobs Stay Status Quo The political jitters cropped cropped up in East Alton Tuesday Tuesday night. Officials say the status quo on all top posts in East Alton's municipal govern- ly mine, and I'll make it maintained until the next mayoral election in April. At the board session, East Alton Trustee Jim Greene Tuesday proposed consideration consideration be given to promoting acitng Police Chief E. M. Grimes to chief, and Mayor Charles Vanpreler responded responded by criticizing Greene for making the suggestion. Greene told the village board of trustees that Grimes was doing an outstanding outstanding job, and that .he would like to ask consideration consideration be given for his promotion. promotion. "That appointment is solely solely mine, and I'll make it when I'm damn good and ready," shot back Mayor Vanpreler, who said if Greene read the village ordinances ordinances he would know it is the prerogative of the mayor. He explained to the Telegraph Telegraph after the meeting that the appointment of police chief would cause a chain reaction reaction of promotions in the police department which might be rescinded under a new mayor. Vanpreter has not said if he will-seek another term in the office he has held almost continuously since 1931, except except to quip that he has talked talked with the devil and the Telegraph about running and they have no objections, but he still has to speak to "the Good Lord." Capt. Grimes told the Telegraph Telegraph that he felt the appointment appointment of chief of police should be deferred until after after the next election because because political changes could shake up. the police department. department. Controversial Trustee Don McPherson has threatened to run for mayor and tagged the Vanpreter administration one from the "horse and buggy" era. In regular business Tuesday, Tuesday, the board of trustees passed an ordinance giving the mayor emergency powers powers during a civil emergency, emergency, accepted reports from the Illinois Insurance Department on the East Alton Alton fire and police pension funds, and condemned two six - unit apartment buildings buildings owned by Eugene and Betty Barnett, residents of St. Louis Avenue in East Alton. Village Attorney Francis Manning was instructed to serve notices on the Bar- nelLs that the apartment building, address 309 - 321 Ohio St., must be rehabilitated rehabilitated or condemnation proceedings proceedings will be started in court. The state reported the police police pension fund was too low by $22,500 to meeting a statutory requirement that it contain a minimum of $100,- • 000. Mayor Vanpreter blam- ed previous Mayor Otto Brazier Brazier for failing to levy enough taxes during his administration administration to keep the fund high enough. Mayor Vanpreler also appointed appointed C. D. Angellon to the East Alton playground commission commission to succeed Gary Cannedy, who moved to Houston, Tex., and appointed appointed Charles E. Miller a new probationary patrolman. Trustee Jim Greene objected objected to the Mayor's expense expense account again and voted voted to not reimburse Van- preter. Greene said the mayor's mayor's bill was $121, including a $30 bill for a mayors' meeting meeting in St. Louis and no receipts receipts were turned in for the $30. Greene invariably objects objects to the mayor's expenses expenses and the board invariably invariably approves the expenses in spite of the objection. An engineering study to determine determine the costs of removing removing the old bricks in the center center lanes of St. Louis Avenue and then resurfacing the lanes with blacktop was approved approved after it was proposed by trustee Bob Link. He said Sheppard Morgan & Schwaab, village engineers, engineers, will undertake the study. study. Link also said that a stop- sign be erected to slow traffic traffic in an alley emerging on 4th Street. He said residents complain that many children children are in the area and that cars speed in the alley, which runs between Lincoln and Ohio Streets.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 02 Oct 1968, Wed,
  3. Page 2

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