ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin* Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 135, No. 298 e Alton Telegraph printing Co., 1970 Alton, 111., Monday, January 4, 1971 22 PAGES Price lOc Est. Jan. 15, 1836 Shortage of Black trainees jeopardizes Rle. 140 project By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph Staff Writer The multi - million dollar Kte. 140 safety widening project and five other Madison - St. Clair County major road construction jobs totaling nearly $8 million face shutdown Friday unless contractors hire more black trainees, the Telegraph learned today. The threatened highway construction shutdown in the two counties also may jeopardize the $100 million highway construction appropriation in Highway District 8 because of the builders' apparent failure to hire more blacks, the Telegraph was told. Action to enforce the equal opportunity hiring plan was started today by District 8 Highway Engineer Robert K r o n s t who issued an ultimatum to the Rte. 140 contractor and five other road builders to comply with the trainee hiring plan within five days (Friday) or face a shutdown of the "big road jobs. Enforcement of Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie's equal opportunity hiring plan was taken by Kronst when highway department officials inspected the six road construction job sites and found only a few blacks working, the Telegraph was told. An inspection of the Rte. 140 job revealed two labors, three equipment operators and one teamster — none black — were working on the job, Kronst said. Kronst voiced disgust today over possible suspension of work on the Rte. 140 construction job, a $2.7 million 'high priority safety job to widen the dangerous "dead- man's stretch" of the highway and cut down the high death toll. N "I'm very disturbed over the possibility that these big jobs will have to be suspend e d , " Kronst told the Telegraph. "We lost a lot of Work in the highway fund road freeze. Now we could be facing another crisis." Kronst, who is responsible for enforcement of the equal opportunity hiring plan initiated by Gov. Richard Ogilvie, sent registered letters to the six active contractors requesting them to comply immediately or face a shutdown Friday. Major contractors who face suspension of their construction jobs are Calhoun County Construction Corp., $2,952,390 widening of 1.4 miles of Rte. 140 through Cottage Hills; A. H. Seebold 'Trucking and Excavating Co., a ^1,776,485 safety construction job at Rte. Ill and relocated County Highway 35, cast of Granite City. Others are: Neal Lentz Corp., a major $1,537,951 job to build a bridge over the Kaskaskia River on relocated Rte. 13 near New Athens; Bituminous Fuel and Oil Co., a $388,961 project to contsrucl a bridge over Interstate 64 in Fairview Heights, 111. H. H. Hall Co., a $630,229 contract to build the 15 street overpass on Interstate 04 in East St. Louis; Hayclon Construction Co., a $653,710 bridge over Interstate 64 in Fairview Heights. The road builders, in signing contracts with the Slate of Illinois, agreed to comply with the plan which was designed to put more black trainees on highway road jobs. A freeze on millions of dollars in federal road funds was lifted by the federal government after a training p ro g r a m was initiated through the governor's Equal Opportunity Commission and the Metro East. Labor Council, representing the blacks. Trainees who have graduated from the program are now complaining that they can't get work on the highway jobs, the Telegraph was told. From Rockies to Great Lake .38 Blizzard hits Midwest Rendleman's position attacked CARBONDALE, luV(UPI) _ State Rep. Gale Williams, R-Murphysboro, said today he has asked the Southern Illinois University board of trustees to fire or suspend Edwardsville Campus Chancellor JOhn S. Rendleman until the Paul Powell estate mystery is cleared up. Rendleman, who also is executor of the' eseate of the former Illinois secretary of state, last week disclosed that more than $800,000 in cash had been found in Powell's apartment in the St. Nicholas Hotel in Springfield. Williams said he had also written letters asking for an investigation of the cash horde to Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie, Attorney General William Scott, U.S. District Attorney Henry Schwartz at East St. Louis and Sangamon County State's Attorney Richard A. Hollis. By ASSOCIATED PRESS Blizzards spread a foot-deep topping of snow from the Rockies to the Great Lakes and thousands of motorists who expected to get home Sunday night gave up and sought whatever shelter was available. Highway traffic was hailed in many states with Iowa and Nebraska hit hardest. Roads were also closed in Kansas, Missouri, Utah and Wisconsin, where 17 inches of snow was on the ground. Motels were jammed and makeshift shelters sprang, up in diners and service stations. A'number of airports closed or cut back operations. Six deaths were attributed to the storm, which rode winds up to .50 m.p.h. along a chilly arc that stretched from New Mexico to northwestern Illinois and Minnesota. Police blamed fierce winds and low visibility caused by driving snow for the crash of a light plane near Eureka, Utah, that killed a Minnesota couple. A New Mexico woman was killed when her car slid off snow-packed U.S. 64 and into the Rio Grande north of Santa Fe, and in Kansas the body of a motorist was found 100 yards from where his car had stalled in deep snow. He apparently was a heart attack victim, police said. In Nebraska, a 47-year-old Omaha man died Sunday night after apparently suffering a heart attack while shoveling snow. A truck converted to a snow plow became stuck near Millard and one of two men inside died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The blizzard described by veterans as perhaps the most severe in the Lincoln and Omaha area in a quarter of a century ground travel, business and industry to a halt. The homecoming welcome for the University of Nebraska's Orange Bowl c h a m p i o n s , stranded in Miami, was postponed for at. least a day. Lincoln got 13 inches of snow and Omaha 10. State police reported that more than 1,000 motorists were stranded by the storm in a 25 to 30 mile stretch of Interstate 80 near Omaha. Much colder Tuesday Low 10, Iiigli 23 (Complutc wcuthcr U-l) Burning of trees stopped By DOUG THOMPSON Telegraph Staff Writer Flagrant, open burning of old trees, soaked with black- smoke producing fuel oil, has been stopped at a construction site on Illinois 140 near Forest Ho,mes, the Telegraph was told today. "I told the stump removal crew to stop burning the trees with that fuel oil," Paul Hawkins, Madison County sanitation and pollution control officer, said today. A Page 1 story in Saturday's Telegraph revealed that black, billowing smoke covering the Forest Homes and Cottage Hills area of the county came from the tree burning at the construction site. The company, Stump Removal of Vandalia, was burning with permission from the State Air Pollution Control Board. "I had been up there several times," Hawkins said today. "I found them using old tires once to start the trees burning. I told them they had to stop that and said they could use fuel oil to start the fires." Hawkins visited the construction site Thursday and found the company constantly pouring fuel oil on the fires. "That had to be stopped," he said. "I told the job foreman to slop and he said the company would start burying trees Monday." The Rte. 140 project has additional problems The contractor today was ordered to hire more Macks or be shut, down after this week. Stump Removal Co. is clearing trees from a site for new bridge construction on Illinois 140. They are working (Sec Page 2, Col. 5.) Joesting road plans under scrutiny By ARTHUR J. T1IOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer Alton Housing Authority tonight may solve its Joesting Avenue public housing project dilemma with plans to build a road to a virtually isolated portion of the $1.6 million development. "It will be changed to make it a workable project," Herman T. Bunyan, executive director of the housing authority, told the Telegraph. He said the Department of Housing and Urban Development "definitely recognizes the problem, and is taking preliminary steps to do what can be done to correct it." Bunyan said it was unfortunate that the housing authority and HUD have to salvage something that hasn't been completed. A HUD construction official, Robert DesJordan told the Telegraph recently that the project was "poorly planned". Until changes are made, 22 units of the housing project now under construction must remain unoccupied when completed. Those are the orders of Mayor Paul Lenz who said the city would refuse to allow the housing auth6rity occupancy permits until a thoroughfare is constructed for five trucks and emergency vehicles to reach the west side area of the development. Housing Authority Chairman Charles Barnett said he thinks the entire project is "salvageable." "It's either that, or the city will lose $1.6 million in construction and there arc a lot of people out of work already," a housing authority commission member who demanded he not be quoted, told the Telegraph recently. lie said the compact Joesting Avenue site was picked by (he housing authority as "a last resort" after the city refused to rezone the Harrison Street tract. The commission indicated the housing authority had the feeling city council did not want low-income public housing in certain areas of the city and would continue t o reject the housing authority's requests for rezoning property. As ;i result, he said, the housing authority was forced to select silos thai didn't require action by the city to change :i zoning classification. "We didn't like the site, but il was ;i last choice" the housing commissioner said. Refutes Assessor Robert Zitt r John Tok'h of Madison, Wis., took on (his look during Sunday's siiouHlorni as ho urn I about his duties as president for a skating club. (AP Wirephoto) Effective March I Reidelberger resigns post as chief probation officer By .10K MICLOSI Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - .lames ]( e i d e 1 h c r g e r . Madison County's chief probation officer for 12 years and head of the often-criticized juvenile detention home, has resigned following a series of hearings on administrative problems. Ihf! Telegraph learned loday. Although the resignation won't lake effect until March 1, Chief Circuit Judge William Beatty has established a "new alignment" of department heads to mainlain control until then. Rcidelherger, who wrote his resignation Dec. L'H. gave as his reason for leaving the post the fact that "I am considering several new opportunities that I can'l afford to pass up and must make a decision prior to March I. He said in the letter to Beatty that "this was not an easy decision." The resignation was accepted Dec. 31 uy a panel of circuil court judges. Heady, in making the new alignment, made it effective; today, and puts former juvenile officer Arm I'erolio in charge of Hie detention home. It leaves Th post as chid officer and de tent i on tendent I'.ruco the post as juvenile division. Bcally (old die Telegraph today that he VMS :.eel<in;/ ¥ minor adjustments in pay for the three people. He said that Heidelbergcr's post as head of all three departments will remain open until a new rliiH c;ni lie picked. lie said M will probably lake !<o or llnv" months to soled ,-i successor to lieidelborgcr. The new alignment will be temporary and the department heads will answer directly to the chief judge. In his order establishing the realignment. Uentt.y told the department, heads that "any problems of coordination or cooperation between -divisions or quest ions concerning 'he meaning or intent should be brought to the attention of the chief judge." Roidclberger's resignation comes in the wake of a series of hearings held by a three- judge panel which questioned detention home and probation department personnel. The sessions were aimed at 1 e a r n i n g "cerium acl- m i n i s I r a t i \ o problems p 1 a n g i n g the juvenile facility," Judge lleal'ly said when lie named the panel in early October. The sessions were being held also to determine thu root, of a reported conflict between KeidcllHTger and (I r o s h o n g which divided personnel. Beatty. in acknowledging Iteidelberger's resignation this morning, had prasio for Jones in his probation move:, former home superin- (ii'oshoin. inii) head of (he "We all recognize lie a tremendous job, KIHTOIMAI ..... A 1 Paul Simon can lead logisln- liiri' in new .session. Sill ........ A-2 A fed-up SHI may protest budget cnls Tuesday i A.un.v ...... .viii Y\V('A lists winter schedule. tieularly in connection with the detention home. He, more than any other person, was responsible for recognizing the need for a detention home and for creating public interest in gelling it built."' • Reagan's welfare aim: cut greed SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Ronald Reagan launched his second term today by proposing that California lead Ihc nation in reforming welfare to weed out "those whose greed is greater than their need." "There Is no greater challenge facing Ihc slate or nation," the Republican chief executive said in his second inaugural address. "If not us, who? If nol now, when?" asked Reagan, who has been one of I he most persistent and vocal critics of President Nixon's family assistance welfar 1 . 1 refonfi SIMMTS B-2 Dallas doesn't choke this time. IMMVAN A-6 White House conference well- meanl, but fiilile. HAKIMS A-J Economy is chief wfjrry of Americans. Statq denies it ordered tax on CM airport Fighting for lite Eleven-week-old Amy Fussy undergoes her 14th treatment session on an artificial kidney machine at University of Minnesota Hospitals as her mother looks on. Amy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Fussy, Minneapolis, is believed to be the youngest patient in the world to have received so many treatments on an artificial kidney machine. Doctors say she will die in a tew weeks if a donor kidney does not become available. (AP Wirephoto) By BILL LIIOTKA Telegraph Staff Writer The Illinois Department oi Revenue today denied it "ordered" imposing a tax on leased lands at Civic Memorial Airport as cited b> Wood River Townshif Assessor Robert Zitt. Albert Seidel, legal advisoi for the financial affair; division of the Department 01 Local Government Affairs said it was his recollectiot that Zitt was asking hypothetical question and the department's answer wai "advisory only." Zitt had previously said that he was Imposing the tax on orders "from the Department of Revenue. He placed a $247,170 assessment against the publicly • owned airport, a tag which area taxpayers would be required to pay. Seidel told the Telegraph that initial decisions were made by the local assessor. "Our function in situations where we are given hypothetical cases Is advisory only," Seidel said. Repeated .Telegraph attempts to interview Zitt last week failed. At 1U a.m. Wednesday, /ill's secretary told a Telegraph reporter; "Mr. Zitt left a message that he is not available today and will get in touch with you are his convenience." Seidel confirmed to the Telegraph that, in his opinion, the leased public lands should be taxed. The attorney .said the land must not only be owned by the airport authority but must serve airport authority uses. Zitt assessed the leased property of Walston Aviation, the airport restaurant and land farmed by three families against the airport authority. If airport authority efforts to nullify the assessment fail, Alton area taxpayers would be forced to pay most of the additional taxes. Long - term Walston Aviation contracts with the airport prevent increases in lease charges to offset the taxation until 1981 and allow only five per cent hike until 1992. The property in question, Seidel said, is not being used for airport authority purposes. Seidel said Illinois procedure leaves the initial decision to I he local assessor (Zitt). The county hoard of review must then determine to uphold or overrule the assessor's decision. Dale Hill, Madison County's new s u p e r v i s o r of assessments, told t h e Telegraph that the board of review talked to SeideJ by phone and was advised by Seidel that "the assessment was proper as made." Seidel told the Telegraph that if Hie board of review decided to exempt Die land the Department of Local Government Affair:; would then have Hie legal rig cancel Die exemption. If the board upheld removal o! exempt ion subsequent taxation, the recourse lor the authority would be c o u r t , Seidel Telegraph. Hilt said Hie board of review has nol made a final delerminalion on the case, but expected the board to uphold Zilt's assessment. The courts would eventually resolve the conflict, Hill said, and sellk; the dispute once and for all. Jn previous years, Airport Authority Attorney Merle lias.selt argued that tin 11 leased property at the airport was exempt from taxation |>ecause il served aviation purposes. The Department of Local Government Affairs took no action to remove the exemption in the past. l/urthermorc, a Ttflegraph check revealed that the leased lands of Springfield ' airport are not taxed. Wilson ,). 1'urk, Sangamon County superintendent of assessments, cited the same argument — aviation purposes — thai Bassett 1 ad used in past years.
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