• An event to raise awareness about the dangers of heroin will be held at the Godfrey Dairy Queen this Saturday, Oct. 25.
The “Walk for Wellness: Stop Heroin” will begin at the restaurant. A limited supply of “stop heroin” shirts will be on hand for purchase. The walk is free. More information at “walking for wellness: stop heroin” on Facebook.
• According to the Mississippi Earthtone Festival Planning Committee, Godfrey mayor Mike McCormick is one cool dude.
The group presented McCormick with a Confluence Conservation Leadership Award during a recent village board meeting. The award was in recognition to the village becoming a “cool city.”
Last June, the village was approached about joining other local municipalities including Alton and Granite City in becoming a “cool city” and joined the effort in August. The Illinois Cool Cities Local Sustainability Protection Agreement creates an agreement between Godfrey and the Sierra Club, along with other energy-conscious organizations, to work toward cutting greenhouse gas emissions at the municipal level.
The partnership offers Godfrey the opportunity to network with other organizations that could prove beneficial to the village, along with the ability to find grant money for “green” municipalities.
“Mayor McCormick played a key role in the adoption of Cool Cities Initiative, which will make improving the energy efficiency of municipal operations a priority in the Village of Godfrey,” Sierra Club staffer and Cool Cities advocate Virginia Woulfe-Beile said.
The village also now is establishing a Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Committee.
• The village is looking into the installation of stop sign intersections at the northeast corner of Mary Avenue and the northwest corner of 3505 Piasa Trail, nullifying the yield currently in place at Piasa Trail and Deer Trail.
The village has notified local residents and completed a traffic study as required by state law.
• Following inspection by members of the Village Board, the village is set to begin the process of plans to demolish 5327 Lynnwood Court, 710 Taylor, and 1000 Bethany Lane.
• The village is continuing its discussion on how to institute business licenses. Topics debated in this week’s Village Board meeting include the possibility of waiving a business license fee ($25) if business owners already are registered by the state and whether the ordinance should require home-based businesses to get a license.
The ordinance will have its second reading at the next Village Board meeting on Nov. 3.
• This weekend is the last for the Godfrey Corn Maze. The maze is open 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. until dusk on Sunday.
• According to village clerk Pam Whisler, the village experienced a better-than-normal turnout of early voters at the clerk’s office this week.
“We have had 208 early voters already,” she said.
Early voting is available through Oct. 31.
• The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency welcomed North Elementary School to the agency’s School Flag Program on Oct. 16.
The program alerts faculty, parents, and students to the local air quality forecast to protect children’s health, especially children with asthma.
“By flying one of EPA’s brightly colored flags each day, North Elementary School is helping to raise awareness about air quality to protect the health of students,” EPA Regional Administrator Susan Hedman said.