A surprising retirement was announced at the Alton City Council meeting Tuesday night. Rhonda Lewis, a 32 year employee of the city, abruptly stepped down from her job as Executive Director of the Park and Recreation Department. Current Public Works Department Executive Director Bob Barnhart will be taking on temporary duties in Park & Rec until a replacement for Lewis is found.
And that will be at no additional expense to the city. Alton Mayor Brant Walker says he has no intention of making Barnhart a "permanent temporary" director.
Lewis says the retirement was effective Monday, and was due at least in part to missing three meetings at city hall. She says she was attending other meetings that were of benefit to the city. As for future plans:.
In other council business, several tax levy bonds were abated, a new tax levy that totals just over $6.5-million was given tentative approval, with the resolution to head through the ordinance process in December. The City Council approved an ordinance last night to move forward with the application process for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Program grant application. Alton has been very active in boarding up and eventually tearing down abandoned houses in recent years. An agreement to set up an account that will keep funds for the Western Military Academy Memorial was also approved.