City of Alton - Committee of the Whole Meeting on Jun 10, 2024

June 10, 2024 | 6,379 views |

The City of Alton's Committee of the Whole meeting on June 10, 2024, opened with motions regarding speaking time for Bethany Monroe and Mike Drake, followed by roll call. Mr. Lipsker from the Greater Alton Community Development Corp spoke in support of a proposal to address homelessness using ARPA funds. The proposal includes hiring an executive director and expanding outreach and development projects, such as low-income housing and overnight warming locations. A discussion ensued about the community's involvement and the need for an executive director to secure grants and additional funding.

Jackie Monroe, speaking as a private citizen, opposed establishing a homeless shelter in Alton. She cited recent incidents of crime and disturbances, urging the council to use police power to investigate why non-residents are being attracted to Alton.

Mike Drake spoke against the Salvation Army's Hope House project, proposed for the 1000 block of Oakwood. He argued that it would negatively impact local businesses and residents and urged the council to reject the plan.

Various resolutions were discussed, including authorizing the execution of permits, paying bills, installing decorative bridge lighting, and designating honorary street signs. A significant discussion was held on amending the city code to expand acceptable residency areas and the due process procedure for employee termination. The council debated whether the mayor or the HR director should have the authority to enforce residency requirements.

The meeting concluded with approving resolutions for demolition projects, adopting a policy for decorative bridge lighting, and disbursing ARPA funds for priority projects. The council also discussed a letter soliciting donations for the Killian project, clarifying that postage costs were covered by the Killian fund.

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