• The village is looking into joining other municipalities such as Alton and Granite City that have teamed with the Sierra Club to become a “cool city.”
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 agreement could assist the village in writing grants for environmentally friendly funding and programs, prioritizing building codes, and creating energy-efficient projects. Other than a $600 fee for progress tracking software (which is not mandatory), the agreement would come at no cost to the village.
Godfrey has “green” programs already in place, such as municipal aggregation and the Memorial Tree program.
• The village has changed its rules on division of land.
As of this week, pieces of land can now be divided into multiple lots, not just one as was the case previously. All lots must have access to an existing street, however.
“There are family farms out there (that may want to divide land among children) and the way it is set up now is too strict,” Mayor Mike McCormick said. “If somebody owns something, they have to have some rights.”
• Cowboy Slim’s Smokehouse and Saloon, 7120 Montclair Ave. (the former site of Rotten Apple Pub and Grill), has been closed down due to insurance violations.
The restaurant and bar was closed June 12 after the village learned the establishment’s dram shop insurance (the insurance that protects a business that serves alcohol from liability for accidents and injuries caused by customers who become intoxicated while in the establishment) was canceled.
By law, the dram shop insurance must be kept up-to-date in order to serve alcohol.
The owner of the establishment is Amanda Castelli, who opened the restaurant last January after her previous restaurant, the Rotten Apple, closed at the same location. She also co-owns the High Flyers Grille at the St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto.
The other owners of the High Flyers Grille, Paul and Erin Ventimiglia, closed their other restaurant, Tony’s North in Jerseyville, last week and plan to relocate to Tony’s in downtown Alton.
All gift certificates for Tony’s North will be honored at the Alton location.
• During its Village Board meeting, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of longtime Godfrey resident Ray Botterbush, who served the village in many capacities and died this week.
“Ray was a good asset to the community, and he will be sorely missed,” Mayor Mike McCormick said.