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of The Associated Press had n n his fortune to for was Instead of robbed the be the will of exorcises the N. will the of of on having the the the Joseph's at to RIVER TO GET NO REFUND, SHEETS STATES State Highway Engineer Declares City Was Not Included in List for $60.000,000 $60.000,000 Issue. NO REASON FOR OMISSION GIVEN City Authorities and Auto Club Officials Think City's Right to Money Can be Proved. The city of Wood River may lose the expected refund from the $GO,. 000,000 state road bond Issue for the paving of Wood River avenue. This was Indicated In a letter to F. J. Manning, city counselor, written by Frank N. Sheets, superintendent of state highways, in which Sheets said trial from Information he could gain. AV'ood River's stale road route on Wood River avenue was not Included in the big bond issue. The information sent by Sheets . has caused considerable disappointment. disappointment. Under a statute In the offlca of the City counselor It would appear appear that cities under 7,500 population population were entitled to' refunds for work done since 1922 Inside the city limits when that work -was connected connected with the state highway. How Wood River avenue did not happen to be Included in the routing for ths state roads when the $60,000,000 bond issue was voted on and approved does" not seem clear to officials of Wood River. The matter was taken up with H. C. Wllhlte, secretary of the Alton Automobile Automobile Club. Wllhlte was of the opinion that Wood River was entitled to, the refund. He said that GIrard, 111., would receive a refund and lie did not see why Wood River should be left out. Wllhite promised to take the matter up at once with Col. C. R. Miller, director of public works and buildings, and attempt to secure some authoritive 'information on the subject besides that supplied by Superintendent of Highways Sheets. . The refund which .Wood River has been expecting would run up .Into ^a considerable suni, a good part of $60,000, $60,000, the cost o£ the Wood River avenue avenue paving, when it was nut down about four years >ago. This paving of Wood River avenue made a more direct route from the Alton-Edwards- ViHe road to connect with Ferguson avenue, both for travel east towards Bdwardsville and west and southward towards St. Louis. It was an • Important Important connecting link for travel b,e- tween Alton, • Edwardsvllle and, St. Louis. . , The city's share of the refund alone would be $5,000'for intersections and city property and this, if received, would be turned over to the general fund, and could be used for . other Improvements. The property owners who paid assessments for the Improvements Improvements would get part of their money back for the assessments BO far paid. Former Mayor O. F. Nagel said today today that the city during his administration administration had been anticipating a refund refund for the paving and took It up with the state officials. At that time the state .authorities notified the city officials that the appropriation for the refund had not yet been made. Nagel said that Wood River would not receive the entire amount of the paving cost In the refunding, as the state appropriation called for only an 18 foot wide strip of paving. The Wood River avenue paving Is 30 feet in width, which leaves an extra 12 feet of paving to be paid for by Wood River under the original plan, should it be found that Wood River IB entitled to the refund.

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 12 Jun 1925, Fri,
  3. Page 1

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