The cost of the legal fees associated with an investigation into the police department continues to be a point of contention for at least one Alton alderman. Sixth Ward Alderman Gary Fleming has raised the question numerous times why an outside law firm is investigating, rather than handling it through internal affairs. It is believed he is referencing the suspension and subsequent investigation of an officer.
Captain Scott Waldrup was suspended with pay in December pending the outcome of a missing evidence investigation. Fleming claims the city has spent more than $43,000 on this investigation so far, and questioned a nearly $19,000 payment to the law firm of Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn at Monday night’s Committee of the Whole Meeting. He called for a separation vote on the bills. He and Alderman Jim Ryan were the lone votes to not pay the bill. In other council business, final approval was given to an ordinance raising fees on permits for various construction projects in Alton. For example, a permit for 200-amp service will go from $30 to $45, and plumbing permits will go up from $25 to $45. New is a $50 demolition fee and a $150 fee for filing an appeal with the Building Board of Appeals.