In recent years, the Alton - Godfrey Fireworks on the Mississippi festival helped raise money for local schools and park & recreation departments. That appears to be the plan again this year, with the tentative approval of a contract between the City of Alton and Central States Fireworks to produce this year's show on July 3. The contract is expected to receive final approval tomorrow night at the regular City Council meeting.
This event has grown into a way to prop up athletic and music programs at Alton High School. Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says this year's show will be very similar to last year's.
But, if the river is running high, that could throw a monkey wrench into the plans for the show.
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In other committee action, the approval to purchase nearly $102,000 in new lighting and related equipment for Gordon Moore Park Field #1 was approved, with funding to come from the Madison County PEP Grant. The committee also approved an ordinance setting the prevailing rate of wages for laborers, workmen and mechanics in the Public Works Department.
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