After a lay-over about a month ago to put the finishing touches on some wording, the City of Alton is taking another path to crack down on those that buy the metals without regard for where it came from. The Alton City Council has placed on file an ordinance establishing tougher new rules for scrap buyers. Alton Police Chief David Hayes says that kills the ordinance on the municipal level, but there is a bigger plan at work.
He says the big scrap recycler in Alton is working well with the city, so there is no need to pass an emergency ordinance. Hayes says Missouri is also working on similar legislation, but would do that on the county and city level. In other business, the council approved an ordinance establishing a $20 non-refundable bail processing fee. The city will also be paid $75,000 by the state after being approached by IDOT about a piece of the old Route 140 that is barely used anymore. Years ago, the highway was moved into ts current configuration. The pavement being sold is roughlt between the BP gas station at the intersection of Fosterburg Road and the old Forkeyville night club.