Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fairview Heights, Belleville Voters to Decide Issues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fairview Heights, Belleville Voters to Decide Issues

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Belleville and Fairview Heights residents will vote on issues affecting their cities in Tuesday's elections. BELLEVILLE

Voters will decide if the number of aldermen should be cut in half to eight, or one from each ward. The change would take effect with the April 1997 election.

Supporters of that referendum, including Mayor Roger C. Cook, say it would save Belleville money in administrative costs and streamline city government.

Opponents include members of the Good Government Coalition Party, who are opposed to the mayor. They say the proposal would reduce their party's effectiveness and give the mayor too much power. Currently, most of the city's aldermen are members of the Good Government Coalition Party. FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS

Voters are being asked if the city should pay for a study to determine whether a multi-purpose center and municipal ice rink should be built. Voters also will tell city officials in a non-binding referendum if the city should build a golf course on an abandoned mine reclamation site bordering Longacre Park. …

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