Godfrey's first mayor will receive another posthumous honor, as village trustees have voted to change the Crosstown Road to the Lars Hoffman Crossing. The Crosstown Road is still several years away from completion, with the road eventually meant to connect the area near Illinois 255 and the Village Hall with the Clifton Terrace area, establishing a corridor to get from northern Godfrey to the Great River Road.
Hoffman (pictured), in addition to being Mayor of Godfrey, was a professor of political science and history at Lewis & Clark Community College. Current Mayor Mike McCormick says without Hoffman, there may have been no plan for the Crosstown Road.
In other board business, the board approved the Finance Committee's recommendation to go with the $122,000 option to run a 30-inch sewer line under the train tracks just south of Lewis & Clark Grade School. That is the cheaper of the two plans. The other would have cost more than twice as much, but would have basically connected the area near Wal-Mart with the Humbert Road / Illinois 255 interchange. That is the eventual plan, but trustees wanted to approve this portion of the work while the permits were good.