GRANITE CITY — From 2004 to 2007, Tessa Gavilsky-Florio was a valuable player for the Granite City High School girls soccer team.
Gavilsky-Florio finished her high school career with 57 goals and 64 assists, was named to the all-Southwestern Conference team three times, earned all-state honors twice and helped the Warriors finish third in the state tournament in her senior year.
Now, Gavilsky-Florio is playing professional soccer. She’s playing in her first season with the Houston Dash of the National Women’s Soccer League this summer.
At the city council meeting on Tuesday, Granite City Mayor Ed Hagnauer honored the former Granite City soccer standout.
“We get a lot of kids who are really great athletes and do a lot of great things, but we don’t get very many people who go to the professional level,” Hagnauer said. “I want to congratulate her and her family.”
On July 8, Gavilsky-Florio was called up to play for the Dash after seven of the team’s players headed to Brazil to compete in the Summer Olympics. She played in her first professional soccer game on July 23, when the Dash had a road contest against the Chicago Red Stars at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., southwest of Chicago. Hagnauer said he and his wife drove up for the game.
Gavilsky-Florio helped the Dash earn a 1-1 tie in her debut. She came on as a substitute in the 80th minute.
Hagnauer said he was thrilled to see Gavilsky-Florio join a group of professional athletes from Granite City that include Kevin Greene — who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6 — and Andy Phillip, who played eight years in the NBA.
“It was exciting and it was fun,” Hagnauer said. “It was a dream come true for a young lady from our community.”
Also on Tuesday, the city council approved a resolution for a downtown tax increment financing (TIF) grant for Novel Idea Bookstore & More, 1400 Niedringhaus. The business, which is owned by Brenda Whitaker, is a bookstore that includes a boutique shop and a candy store. The shop is scheduled to open on Aug. 13.
The city council approved an ordinance for Granite City High School to continue its school resource officer program for the 2016-2017 school year. The school resource officer’s duties and responsibilities include creating a safer environment for the students and staff, assisting the administration in the development of plans and strategies and providing students and their families, administrators, staff and faculty with information concerning various community support agencies.
The city council also approved a resolution on an agreement for proposed perpetual care of wetlands. In the agreement, the city agrees to vacate two parcels of property as public right-of-way, both of which adjoin the property owned by Eberhardt Wetlands Bank.
The city council announced the hiring of Terry Stockman as probationary firefighter and paramedic of the Granite City Fire Department.
The Granite City Township Town Fund from March to July made a net profit of approximately $69,508.55. The fund’s income was $427,775.07 and the expenses were $358,266.52.
The township’s general assistance fund made a net income of approximately $2,604. The total income was $155,088 and the expenses were $152,484.