In its final meeting of 2015, the Alton City Council passed a number of ordinances dealing with the billing of trash and sewage services, as well as three special use permits for local business owners. The new wording on the trash and sewage ordinances will move responsibility for payment to the property owner, rather than the tenants.
Those ordinances will take effect on March 1, 2016. The special uses will allow the former Ursuline Convent on Danforth Street to be converted into a nursing home and assisted living facility, a building on State Street to become a small restaurant, and a former gas station at the corner of Elm and Alby Street will be re-purposed as a used car lot. The city has also approved redevelopment agreements for a building at 327 Ridge Street that once housed a dry-cleaning business. The thought is the lower level could be used for another small business, and the second floor could be turned into apartments or lofts.