While items addressing high-speed rail, a contract with a new golf management company, and a redevelopment agreement with a struggling art gallery were on the agenda, the item that got the most attention at last night’s Alton City Council meeting pertained to dogs. In particular, an ordinance proposed by 4th Ward Alderman Alice Martin that would ban dogs from two city parks. The resolution passed unanimously, and will begin the ordinance process in two weeks.
Those parks are Hellrung Park and James H. Killion Park at Salu. Martin feels this is the proper way to address the issue of owners of aggressive dogs hanging out at the two parks and intimidating others.
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The ordinance would not apply to service dogs. Hope Rescues Animal Shelter owner Jackie Spiker says this issue isn’t about the dogs – it’s about their owners.
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In other council business, aldermen voted to officially oppose a plan by St. Clair County to pursue a high-speed rail train station in East St. Louis. The contract agreement with STO, LLC was laid over, as a rival golf management company asked to be considered to run the Spencer T. Olin Course. And the city will enter into a redevelopment agreement with Jacoby Arts Center at a cost not to exceed $25,000. That money will come from TIF funds.
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