Year-end crime reports show an overall decrease of 3 percent in crime stats for the city of Alton in 2013. Mayor Brant Walker said he attributes much of the improvement to Alton Police Chief Jake Simmons’ leadership as well as increased communication and cooperation between the public and the police department.
The city officially endorsed the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau as the State Certified Bureau for the Alton Metroplex.
The city approved a resolution to allow the police department to purchase a 2014 Ford Police Utility vehicle from Wright Automotive of Hillsboro, Ill. Funds obtained through the DUI fund will cover the cost of the vehicle.
Conforming to federal guidelines, Ameren Illinois is required to expand power line easements to 100 feet. As a result, the city approved Ameren to double its transmission easement at Gordon F. Moore Community Park from 50 feet to 100 feet.
Due to concerns brought up by an alderman, the city has “laid over” bids for car and truck tire service and service calls for the city departments, including emergency response vehicles. D&D Tire Service LLC of South Roxana submitted the low bid for the contracts, but concerns arose over how promptly the company could arrive in the Alton area during an urgent situation. Fred’s Towing in Alton currently services city vehicles.
The city approved road closures for the Riverfront Park area on March 22. The streets will be used during the annual Alton Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk. The run is presented by AdVantage News and proceeds will provide newspapers to community hospitals and nursing homes.