The Alton City Council voted unanimously to approve a guest house in the 400 block of East Third Street. The aldermen voted 7-0 in favor of a special use permit for Ann Bromaghim to open The Beehive guest house at her home. She told the panel most stays would be under 10 days and could cater to business people or artists working at Jacoby Arts Center.
But she says there may be other clientele that would find her service appealing.
In other council activity, Fire Chief Bernie Sebold was given permission to apply for a federal grant that would pay the salary and benefits for two firefighters for two years. Mark Harris was named Deputy Fire Chief. And a resolution to approve a $450,000 loan to buy equipment for the Public Works Department was laid over. Bids came in a little later than expected, and the council wanted more time to study the proposals.