• The next step in ongoing plans to upgrade the Municipal Pool was taken when the village gave authorization for Mayor Alan Winslow to apply for PEP (Physical Education Program) grant funding to pay for the renovations.
“We are looking at a ballpark figure of $125,000 to pay for the project,” Mayor Winslow said. “We typically see around $36-$38,000 a year from this program, and we are optimistic.”
The grant funding would pay all costs for the upgrades within three to four years.
The renovations would introduce a brand-new splash park. Other improvements will include handicap ramps in the main pool, new roofing, upgraded restrooms and shower facilities, and a new road off the south parking lot, allowing for easy access to buses and vans.
“This facility is almost 60 years old,” Winslow said. “It is in dire need of updating.”
If approved, construction will begin the second week of September and will take about six weeks to complete. The village wants the work to be done in time to be ready for the 2015 season opening of the pool.
• The village approved an ordinance amendment allowing a business to acquire its liquor license. The Grindhouse Café, 333 West Bethalto Drive, intends to begin serving a dinner menu and will have wine and other choices available.
• Early voting will be offered in the Bethalto Clerk’s office, 213 N. Prairie St., through March 14.
• The village has appointed Gary Ballesteros to the Planning Commission.
• The renovation of Southside Park continues, including field improvements, foul ball netting, new bleachers, a renovated concession stand and new restroom facilities.