While the latest round of severe weather didn’t bring any tornadoes to the Riverbend, the lightning associated with the storms did cause substantial damage to a newly completed water plant in Bethalto. Bethalto Public Works Director Jay Kilmer briefed Village Trustees on the damage during last night’s board meeting. He says lightning struck a light pole in the rear of the facility, causing damage to several pieces of equipment.

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Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow says the village’s insurance provider has been notified and that they will meet with representatives from the company later this week to determine what portion of the repairs will be covered.

In other village business last night, the board approved the final draft of an updated comprehensive plan, approved a resolution establishing a mutual aid agreement with ILEAS, and board members also OK’d an amendment to the village liquor code allowing for the outdoor service of liquor at properly licensed establishments.

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