The Alton City Council breezed through a light agenda at last night's Committee of the Whole meeting. Most of the items on the agenda involved property acquisition or the purchase of vehicles. One resolution was a bookkeeping measure that will allow the city to close down a state roadway for the Halloween Parade. Another authorizes the purchase of 7 new Automatic External Defibrillators.
Those will be placed at various sites across the city, including at Gordon Moore Park and the Riverfront Amphitheater. In addition, the city will be purchasing property at 513 Spring Street, accept a quit claim deed for 242 W. 19th Street, and pursuing legal action that could eventually lead to demolition at 1920 Esther. The police department will be purchasing a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor All Wheel Drive sedan, a 2013 Ford Police Interceptor All Wheel Drive SUV, and a 2013 Dodge Charger V-8, trading in three other vehicles for a total cost of just under $70,000. Public Works is buying a used 1998 Ford 17 foot truck from the East Alton U-Haul at a cost not to exceed $5,000. The department is also looking into the purchase of a used John Deere 524K Wheel Loader.