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Inside! ... PAGE S . . . PAGE in . . . PAGE II EVENING TELEGRAPH COOL PAGE Id Serving the Alton Community for More Than 127 Years (10, ,Mlgh 85 (Complete Weather, t*«fa S) Established January 18, 1836. No. 179 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1963 16 PAGES 7c Per Copy Member of The Associated Press, May Named Plan Body President EDWARDSVILLE _ Alton W. May of Alton, former member ol the Mndlson County Board ol Supervisors for l^years, was elected here Monday to head thn new 25-membcr Southwestern 1111- nois Metropolitan Planning Commission. Commission members from Madison and St. Clalr counties, at the organizational meeting at the Holiday Inn restaurant, unanimously voted to select May as president of the planning group to aid In development of the two- county area. The bill creating the planning commission was signed into law nearly a month ago by Gov. Otto Kerner. May, first president of the new organization, headed the zoning committee of the Madison County Clalr County .supervisor, was active in the promotion of a zoning ordinance for unincorporated areas of Madison County. KrtuiHC Named James (Bud) Krausc, a St. Glair County supervisors, was named vice-president of the two- county planning organization; Edward Holzweg, member of the city plan commission in Collinsville, was named treasurer, and District State Highway Engineer W. S. Krause of Belleville was elected secretary. Elected to the five-member executive committee were Mayor Barney Metz of Dupo; Welzel G. Harness, a supervisor from St. CJair County; George Badgley of St. Clair County; Nameoki township Supervisor Harry Briggs and Lamont Heidlnger, both of Madison County. The commission's first president challenged members of the organization from Madison and St. Clair Counties to "work together" for orderly planning and development of the bi-county area. 'Must Meet Challenges' "There are elements in both counties violently opposed to any form of planning," May told the commission. "We must be able to meet this challenge effectively," he said. First order of business for the new organization will be establishment of by-laws and employmenl of a full-time executive director. The new president appointed the executive committee and new. of ficers as a committee to draft bylaws and select an executive director to be submitted to the commission as a whole for action. Alton Mayor P: W. Day who attended as a member of the commission urged that completion of the river-road highway be given priority in the commission's planning of highway development in the two county area. State Senator Allan Dixon of Belleville, co-sponsor with Senator Paul Simon" of the bill creating the commission, acted as temporary chairman named. until officers were Barnett Seeks Slowdown On Meredith JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Ross Barnett was involved in a last-ditch battle, today to keep James H, Meredith from becoming a fellow alumnus of the University of Mississippi. The governor said Monday he recommended postponement of the graduation of Meredith — scheduled Sunday—pending an investigation into whether he violated a school directive against inflammatory statements. Barnett said he made the recommendation to the State College felt Meredith unmistakably Board because he did "clearly and violate" the directive. BREAKING Armed with air hammer and broom, Cement is removed to just below the these workmen begin removing the top steel reinforcing rods. Only crumbling cement layer on the Clark Bridge floor, sections will be repaired, according to preparing for the resurfacing job. highway officials. ^^•"•^M "^••M »HM **VI •»*•«•• "T" ""^B Extra Help Urged J. e? On Collecting Fines The City Council's finance committee lias recommended extra clerical help to be hired to begin collection of $15,000 in back fines and fees. ' The committee recommended that the Council allocate $500 each to the police magistrate's office and the police department for extra help. Meanwhile, the council is awaiting a decision of the legal department to see if the appropriations can be made. Action of the committee Monday night was taken after extended discussion during which Police Magistrate George Roberts flatly declared he would not undertake to handle such a collection project unless adequate clerical lielp could be furnished. "I definitely jneed an additional clerk just,to handle these cases alone," he said. A drive to collect unpaid police court fines and fees was outlined and urged at a conference of city officials with Magistrate Roberts and City Auditor C. J. Schlosser last Thursday. The backlog of fines and fees comes from a period of years during a prior administration of the police court. " Proposed Idea Alderman Maitland Timmer- miere, finance committee chairman, proposed that the appropriation for extra clerk hire, possibly from the contingent fund, be provided to give a test whether the collection program would succeed, Alderman John McConnell Jr. estimated that a complete collection drive might take 32 weeks and cost about $2,000. "But," he said, "if we spend $2,000 and collect even $5,000 out of the $15,000 it would be a good investment. I would recommend an appropriation for the project if our city counsellor finds it can be legally made." City Counsellor J. W. Hoefert, away on vacation, was not on hand for an immediate opinion. Magistrate Roberts, a former alderman, gave a detailed report to the committee on tlie workings of his court and said that with present help provided under h i s court budgets it is dfifficult to keep up with the current clerical work required. For tlie proposed collection drive, he said, another woman clerk at $1.40 an hour on a 5-day week basis will be necessary. Roberts reported that for the last month, his court has collected $4,977 in fines and fees for the city treasury, and in June collected $3,933. Sues Pol leu Burden He suggested that the planned campaign would put a big burden of added clerical work on the police department as well as the court. Police Chief John M. Headier, TODAY'S CHUCKLE We hear they've brought out a new drink called Foreig- nade. It's refreshment that never pauses. after pointing out that Magistrate Roberts is doing an "excellent job", explained the added work to be thrown on his department in pressing a collection of back fines. With present clerical help, Heafner said, his department presently is several weeks behind in indexing work and has been calling meter maids on rainy days to give help in catching up on records. He described the present situation as an aftermath of the change whereby the police court was put in a salary basis with all fees going into the city treasury, and said tlie added amount of work was "something that couldn't be forseen when city ap propriations were set up." Tells 1'roeoss Roberts told the committee that to enforce overdue fines he must check docket records, issue a mittimus, this must be served by the police, then the defendant must be brought into court and required to make arrangements to pay up under penalty of a jail sentence. "Us just like handling Ihe original case all over again and takes more time for the court and for the police department than was required in handling the original proceeding," he said. Heafner said he needed an extra clerk for at least a month to catch up with his department's record work, but after that two days a week might suffice. Area Construction May Start in otty Manner i Lawyers Nix Silent Amendment CHICAGO (AP)—Three proposals to change the U.S. Constitution and curtail the powers of the federal government have been opposed by the American Bar Association. Earlier this year, Chief Justice Earl Warren look the nation's lawyers to task for silence about the amendments, calling it "almost an abdiction of its (the bar's) responsibility to the public." Without any dissent, the ABA House of Delegates Monday went on record as opposing two of the amendments. The House of Delegates, the ABA's policy-making group, has 258 members. One amendment would make it possible for states to propose and ratify constitutional amendments on their own, without approval of longress or a national conven tion. The second, also turned down without any opposition, would make possible overruling of decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court by a "court of the union" comprising of the chief justices of the 50 states. A third, rejected in a 136-74 standing vote, would wipe out federal jurisdiction over the apportionment of seats in state legis latures. Should any of the proposed amendments receive s u p p o r from 34 states, Congress wouk have to call a national conven tion to accept or reject it. The third amendment, which brought some debate in the ABA sessions, would reverse the March 1962 Baker vs. Can 1 decision of the Supreme Court. In Baker vs. Garr, the court held that citizens could seek relief in federal courts when unequal representation of state legislatures violated constitutional rights. Outcries of protest came from rural-dominated legislatures that have refused to reapportion to meet population changes. Yes, Yeah Verily, Out The Bridge Is Closed There are always some people who never get the word. The Alton police department Monday received more than 110 phone calls in an eight- hour period asking if the Clark Bridge is closed to traffic. The bridge was closed at 10 a.m. Monday for repairs to the roadway and all traffic is being rerouted over the Chain of Rocks Bridge. Mrs. Maude Koch, radio dispatcher, said one woman asked if she could walk across the bridge. The answer is no. Mrs. Koch said a very pleasant sounding man called and said he had driven over the bridge earlier in the morning and wanted to know how he could get back to Florissant, Mo. Most of the inquiries were asking if the bridge is really closed. The answer is yes. DATA AT THE DAM 8a.m. temperuture Yesterday's today 72". high 83°, low 71". River Gta«e below Precipitation dam at 8 a.m. 24 hrs. to 8 a.m. 5.4. Pool 23,4. 0.70 In. Alderman Deterding Opposed to First Ward alderman Karl De- lording has announced he will continue opposition to a city appropriation for a crosstown route engineering survey. Deterding was the only alderman to vote against a $5,800 motor fuel tax appropriation when it was passed by the council July 10. The appropriation as initially adopted was disapproved recently by the Illinois PJvistan ^Highways, which 8014'it njusi be re-' vised and re-adopted ' in mo re detailed form to meet statute provisions. A revised resolution may be submitted to the uldormunlc body Wednesday night. Deterding said Monday night that he (eels the appropriation, P, long championed by -Mayor W. Day, is premature. Cuu'l See Financing "I can't see where the money to implement this project -can possibly be found; otherwise, I'd be for it," said Deterding. "J think other worthwhile and greatly - needed street projects should have precedence." The resolution proposes a preliminary engineering study for Improving the cj'osstown route between State House Circle and State Street, generally by way pf College, 20th, and Madison Avenue. It received an U-to-1 affirmative vote of the present aldermanic council after dowii t>y previous councils, largely because of the estimated high cost of the improvement, ranging from $TOO,000 upward, In u prepared statement, Deterding gave reasons for'his opposition, He contends constructional costs might run into millions of dollars which could not be financed from current income of the city and for which a bond Issue is unudvisuble in face of the outstanding sewer improvement, bond issues. . He cites that because of deep valleys, a system of bridges or viaducts would be required, and grades involved are too steep for the state to approve a surjace route. Survey He also points to the city major streets plan report of 1959, with reference to the crosstown route, and quotes: Quotes Uoport "West, of Alby on this (crosstown) route, grades are presently very step and can only be modified by grade separations which are not juslfled by the volumes of traffic thjit might use U after the beltline Is completed." Object of the appropriation approved by the council a month ago was to provide an engineering study "to determine the most feasible route fre^ Sjate House Square to State Strict, right-of- way requirements; and an estimate of construction, cost, . .". Interim Pacts Sined CLAIMS NUCLEAR SUPERIORITY WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara testifies on behalf of the limited nuclear test ban treaty today at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington. He told the group the United States has nuclear warheads "in the tens of thousands" and that the treaty would help preserve a nuclear lead over Russia. Seated beside the Secretary is Harold Brown, director of defense research and engineering. (AP Wirephoto) McNamara Tells of U.S. Nuclear Might WASHINGTON (AP)—Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara said today U.S. nuclear superiority over Russia has increased substantially in the last four years and this country now has warheads "in the tens of thousands." Nothing in the limited nuclear test ban treaty will shift the balance of power, he said. McNamara was urging ratification ol the treaty at a second day of Senate hearings when he gave the unusual statement of comparative military might. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services and Atomic committees. The big Senate caucus room, scene of the hearing, was jammed with spectators. McNamara had said earlier in an opening statement that the treaty would help preserve a nuclear lead over Russia. In giving his "unequivocal support" to the treaty which would ban all but underground tests, he assured the Senate the United States is determined to maintain a nuclear force that is "manifestly superior to the Soviet Union's." "By limiting Soviet testing to the underground environment," lie declared, "we can at least retard Soviet progress and prolong the duration of our technical superiority." Support Thus in an opening, prepared statement for {he Senate Foreign Relations Committee and members of other interested committees, McNamara gave military backing to the treaty much as Secretary of State Dean Rusk supported it Monday on diplomnt- c grounds. Some 12 hours before McNamara went to Capitol lill, the Atom- ,c Energy Commission announced the underground detonation at its Nevada test silo of a nuclear device of low yield. This was the first nuclear explosion since the United States, Britain and.' Russia signed the treaty a week ago in Moscow. McNamara's defense of Ihe treaty—an unprecedented public- discussion of U.S. nuclear capabilities—was, in effect, a reply to those who fear the ban would work to the military disadvantage of the United States. He gave detailed figures on nuclear weapons which until now had been carefully censored out of all published testimony. Among made; the points McNamara Superiority Tlie United Stales has nuclear superiority, maintain it is, determined to and to achieve that 'we maintain a total number of nuclear warheads, tactical as well is strategic, in the tens of thousands." In very large weapons, the So- vifits appear now to have some advantage in technology, but not in delivery ability. Tlie Soviets probably have no missile at this time which will deliver a 100-megaton warhead to ICBM ranges although even under a test ban, the Soviets could elect to des'elop such a missile. The United States prefers to rely on smaller megatonnage bombs used in multiple numbers rather than build giant-size weapons. However, "the United States, without any further testing, can develop a warhead with a yield of 50 to 60 megatons" for delivery by its B52 bombers. "It is clear that the Soviets do not have anything like the number of missiles necessary to knock out our Minuteman force, nor do they appear to have any present plans to acquire such capability." Exceeds USSR McNamara said "tlie net of the relevant factors is that the U.S. nuclear force is manifestly superior to tlie Soviet Union's. "The U.S. force now contains more than 500 missiles—Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, Polaris—and is planned to increase to over 1,700 by 1966. In addition, the U.S. Construction work in the Madison County area may resume in a piecemeal fashion as some contractors are signing interim agreements with the striking construction unions today. The temporary agreements will permit some of the jobs to get under way after being halted the past week. The ironworkers' local has withdrawn pickets from most of the projects. A 10-hour session between the District Council of Madison County Carpenters, the Tri-County Carpenters Council and the Southern Illinois Builders Assn. in St. Louis Monday produced no results. The Madison County Carpenters District Council gave its officers authority to strike, in a meeting in Edwardsville Saturday, but as of yet no pickets have appeared at any of the jobs. Job Resumed A major construction job at the Illinois Power Plant in East Alton was resumed Monday after an interim agreement was reached. The multi-million dollar, project had been halted by the work stoppage. Monticello College faces a ma:or crisis due to the work stoppage :hal lias hit its dormitory renovation program. The Hellrung Construction Co. was in the process of rennovating 174 rooms in two dormitory halls and Ihc installation of two stairways, when the ironworkers stopped work with pickets. The buildings must be ready for students who will return to has Stralegic Air Command bombers on air-alert and over 500 SAC bombers on quick-reaction alert. "By comparison, the consensus is that today the Soviets could place less than half as many bombers over North America on a first strike; the Soviets are estimated to have today only a fraction as many I'CBM missiles, and their submarine launched ballistic missiles are short-ranged, require surface launch and generally are not comparable to our Polaris force. Between now and 1966, it is estimated that our ballistic missile numerical superiority will increase both absolutely and relatively." Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who testified Monday, said the ban would not damage "our relative strength." But the skeptics want tlie views of McNamara and of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who will testify later in the week. Rusk, appearing before the Foreign Relations Committee with members of the Armed Service; and Senate-House Atomic Energy committees sitting in, said the United States intended to maintain its "very large nuclear superiority," which involves a heavy margin in tactical nuclear weapons. Will Tell Bi-State Schools Frown On High Fares Alton Board of Education vot-i Belleville Mayor Charles E. ed Monday night to register an|Nichols, heading opposition to objection with Bi-State Transit Agency to the proposed hike in student bus fares. Bi-State has proposed raising student rates from $1.50 for 10 rides to $2 a week. School board members concurred in the opinion that this was an unreasonable increase. Under the announced fare hike, local passengers would pay 25 cents rather than the current 20 cents and school students will pay 50 cents more for a pass. Numerous complaints on the proposed rate increase have been presented to Bi-State h] the past week, a report said. At a Belleville meeting Monday, city officials, senior citizens, and school officials there voiced objections to Bl-State officials on the rate increase-, the faro increase, pointed out that senior citizens and school students will bo hardest hit by the faro increases. Mayor Nichols said that about 8,000 public and parochial school students ride Ihe Belleville buses and fare increases will double their transportation costs. John W. Dameron, operating manager of the Transit Agency, was present at the meeting to hear objections and relay them to the Bi-State board of commissioners. Opponents to the fare increase there suggested a measure by which students could get 10 bus rides for $1.50, (Present rule In Alton). Bi-State officials said this would be considered. Present cost at liclleville is 10 cents u ride for students. school Sept. 6. Pickets have been withdrawn from the project, but work has not started. The ironworkers and cement finishers in Madison and 14 other Southern Illinois Counties quit work July 31 when their contract expired. Although the Madison County Carpenter's contract expired at the same time they continued to work until the jobs were closed by pickets or lack of work. More than $150,000,000 in construction projects in Southwest- ;rn Illinois was affected by the strike. The three unions are asking for a 60-cent hourly increase spread over three years. The contractors offered a 30-cent increase over the same period. SIU Lets $4 Million Contracts CARBONDALE, 111. (AP) — Southern Illinois University trustees awarded more than $4.1 million in contracts today for construction of a science laboratory building on the Edwardsville campus. But they issued no formal stale mont on earlier complaints about alleged irregularities in bidding, Some board members, however, said they remain confused by conflicts between cost estimates and low bids. The project's cost originally was estimated at $16 million. Trustees voted not to act on an idjoining faculty office annex explaining they feel the wing is not ii'i'dcd immediately. Trustees hud postponed action on the Edwardsville project from heir July HO meeting after proposing balding bo investigated. Officials had complained bids exceeded cost estimates by 25 per cent on plumbing and heating. John S, Rendlemun, SIU legal adviser, said he has taken up the sane with the Madison County state's attorney and u U.S. dJs- ;rict attorney. Annexation of portions ol the ?nrbondale campus to the «lty to lugment the community's yujtiit ax sources, and sale ol bonds, to inawi' jij million in dormatftry construction, uigo were on the agenda. Trustees turned dewn, u Ion to postpone bid uwfU'dJ the Edwurdtivllle propel ujji (Continued on I'ugn 4 CflJ,

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