College Avenue will open!
Replacement of a 90-year-old sewer line near Alton Middle School is finally complete and residents will once again travel easily between Washington Avenue and Rock Spring Park by Sunday.
In mid-January, the section of College was closed to repair the sewer system and was expected to be completed in about a month. Snow, ice, rain and trouble locating problem areas all set back the completion schedule.
Last year, the City Council agreed to split the cost of replacing the sewer line with the Alton School District. Work was completed by G.L. Warren Construction Inc. of Edwardsville.
Judge awaits Alton’s next move on Waldrup
The next step in the ongoing situation involving Alton Police Capt. Scott Waldrup’s future with the department is in the hands of the Alton Civil Service Commission.
In February, Waldrup was suspended without pay in connection with an ongoing investigation over the extent of Waldrup’s involvement in an evidence tampering case involving another officer. Waldrup’s attorney, Lee Barron, says the suspension without pay creates a hardship for his family and should be reversed. He asked Madison County Third Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder to rule on the case, but Crowder says the decision for now is in the hands of the Alton Civil Service Commission, which meets April 1.
Race relations discussed in Alton
Local city and village officials and the public met last Tuesday to discuss race relations in Greater Alton in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath on the other side of the river.
The event was sponsored by the United Congregations of Metro East and was held at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 1 East Sixth St.
A second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the church.
Annual cleanup for city planned
The city’s annual Spring Litter Cleanup is scheduled to take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25.
Volunteers can register, get free gloves and bags and get directions to the problem areas that morning. Go to 200 West 3rd St. or the entrance to Hellrung Park at Seventh Street and Central Avenue. Groups also will be leaving from Neudecker Insurance (corner of Main Street and College Avenue) and Joe K’s Restaurant (2350 State St.).
“Historically, several community service organizations and individuals have participated in this event, and we hope to have similar success this year as we continue our efforts to beautify Alton and improve the quality of life for our citizens,” Alderwoman Carolyn MacAfee, who also serves as Chairwoman of the Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee, said.
For more information, call (618) 304-4315.