Two communities should see improvements in the coming months after Madison County lawmakers signed off on a pair of infrastructure loans last week. The Madison County Board approved a $300-thousand loan to Granite City to cover the cost of improvements in the downtown area.  Jeff Wehling with Madison County Community Development tells The Big Z the funding will be used to repair streets and sidewalks near Granite City Regional Medical Center.


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A portion of the funding will also be used to cover the cost of demolishing a vacant building that formerly housed Elk’s Lodge.

Board members also approved a $400-thousand loan to the Venice Park District that Wehling says will be used to renovate and rehabilitate Lee Park into a usable commodity for the community.

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