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Aug. 4 in history

12:00 PM, Jul. 31, 2013  |  Comments
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Aug. 4, 1943 - Council 18 to 5 for Cherry Street paving: Despite the overwhelming opposition of property owners, the city council Tuesday night ordered the resurfacing of Cherry Street from Jefferson to Baird with asphalt, the 18 to 5 roll call vote representing a scant margin over the two-thirds majority needed.

A showdown on the matter, which has been an issue for several weeks, came after over an hour of debate at a public hearing, during which a score of property owners for and against were heard, and ended on an anti-climax with Ed White, one of the owners, threatening to slap an injunction against the council at "10 o'clock tomorrow morning." The job will cost around $25,000, of which the city will absorb around $9,000.

The three councilmen whose wards border on Cherry, Lewis Emich, Eddie Bodart and Frank Wiener, opposed the paving and were joined by Otto Rachals and John J. Brueckner.

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