The Alton City Council has given the green light to purchase new signage for the entranct to the city off of the Clark Bridge and beyond. The way-finding project will incorporate new signs directing visitors to the various points of interest through a cooperative effort with the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The approximately $15,000 will be split between the city and the CVB.
In other council action, the move to seek letters of interest to turn former Great Central Lumber Company property into a hotel and convention center has been given official approval. The city has long sought a hotel and conference center to accent the development that is already on the riverfront, and this is the next step in what has proven itself to be a lengthy process. The city also approved the relaxing of parking restrictions downtown. Parking will, for the most part, be changed from 2 hour to 4 hour parking, except for the areas in front of and adjacent to the two near the Hayner Public Library locations. The restrictions on the east side of Easton Street will also be lifted.