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[February 26, 2013]
Alton moves to improve Wadlow site
ALTON, Feb 26, 2013 (The Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The city will expand water lines at the former Robert P. Wadlow Municipal Golf Course to prepare for a possible multi-modal transportation station and to spur commercial development.
At Monday night's meeting of the aldermanic Committee of the Whole, members voted 6-0 to recommend officials sign an easement and right-of-way agreement with Illinois American Water. The 15-foot-wide easement to the company would run parallel to Golf Road, with three short east-west legs. It then would veer toward the southeast, stopping 75 feet north of Homer Adams Parkway.
"Investing in infrastructure to encourage development along the Beltline, in general, and the Wadlow Town Center, in particular, is a focus of my administration," Mayor Tom Hoechst said in a written statement after the meeting. "The economic impact of the development of the Wadlow Town Center will benefit Alton tremendously and I look forward to this project moving forward." The committee also unanimously recommended the city sign an agreement with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to receive a grant of about $11,258 to upgrade Downtown street lighting. The city would use Tax Increment Financing District money to cover the rest of the cost of installing and replacing electrical ballasts, 126 decorative lights and putting in outlets to provide electricity for Christmas lights.
Matt Asselmeier, director of public relations and City Council liaison, said the estimated cost of the project is $40,400. A second resolution the panel recommended gives the deputy comptroller the go-ahead to solicit the bids.
The committee also recommended the City Council approve resolutions effecting permission to pursue demolition of a house at 1718 Belle St.; a TIF grant not to exceed $7,394 to Nicholas R. Fencel for the final phase of upgrading former Lynn Tractor and Equipment building, 3403 E. Broadway, for electrical updates, awnings, solar tint on windows and fencing, with the total project costing $110,000; and for the city to join with Region VIII Education Service Center in the Interlocal Purchasing System.
Second Ward Alderman Mick McCahill was absent.
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