• Animals in the village better start minding their Ps and Qs from now on, as a new animal control officer is on the scene.
On Tuesday, the Village Board confirmed the appointment of Susie Stephan as the new officer for Godfrey. One of three applicants for the position, Stephan offered the lowest annual salary bid of $58,700. Next lowest was previous animal control officer Richard French with a bid of $69,156.
After passing a background and drug test required for full-time village employees, Stephan’s position begins Jan. 1. Trustee Mark Stewart said he believes the village should institute a phone number dedicated exclusively for calls regarding animal control. Stephan said she would welcome the institution of that number.
“I am very excited and will make everybody proud,” Stephan said following the appointment. Trustee Michael Stumpf also commended Trustee Jerry Gibson for the work he put into filling the position.
• Also on Tuesday, the village passed a resolution that would free the mayor and the village to establish an emergency one-way street designation on a temporary basis to Paris Drive in the event traffic becomes a problem regarding the Paris Drive light display.
The resolution is only on-hand if needed, and seems unlikely at this point, as the light display showcased by three homes on the block only lasts through the end of December per an agreement between the village and the homeowner who initiated the popular display.
So far, the village has received email complaints from one neighbor regarding traffic issues caused by the display. Mayor Mike McCormick said there have been no other complaints or issues brought before the village.
“I have two neighbors out there and I have confidence they would contact me if there was a problem,” McCormick said.
• Scott Darr of Darr Roofing in East Alton is looking to open an office building at 2820 Godfrey Road.
The property had been for sale for roughly one year. Darr said neighbors of the property have contacted him to let him know they were happy to see him open a business at the location.
“They are hoping it will increase the safety of their properties and the value of their properties,” Darr said.
Until this week, the address had been zoned as a single-family residential unit. The Village Board passed an ordinance rezoning the property as a B-4 classification (highway business) to allow Darr to open the office.
Over time, most formerly residential properties along Godfrey Road have been rezoned to accommodate businesses moving into the area.
“That section of road at one time made sense to have as residential, but like other places in Godfrey that use has changed and that character has changed,” Trustee Mark Stewart said. “The residents that were opposed in the past recognize that now and see the benefit of having businesses here.”