Madison County's Planning and Development Department has awarded 13 grants to local townships and municipalities. The grants, totaling $163,835 are intended for environmentally sustainable initiatives. The grants program, established in 2001, is funded by local landfill fees, which are required by law to be spent on environmental projects.
The projects focus on storm water control, water quality, and energy conservation. This year also saw grants to community garden and park projects. Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan told The Big Z how the money was divided up
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Alton Township was awarded $15,000 for their community garden. East Alton received $10,800 for automated pickup controls for recycling. Godfrey received $15,000 for their Bike path plans. Hartford was awarded almost $5,400 for their community garden and Roxana was awarded almost $14,000 for lighting retrofits and upgrades to their storm water lift station pump.