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LOCAL NEWS

Mayor Mike Parkinson Talks About the City’s Progression with Channel 4 News Reporter Deion Broxton

The mayor and his team have worked to promote and develop the city beyond the label of a “Steel Mill Town” and want the city to be seen as progressive and looking into the future. The community has expressed the desire for more retail and this administration seems to be making that one of their top priorities.

Mayor Mike Parkinson told News 4 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Cavalier Furniture will fill vacant spaces in the Nameoki Corridor. Parkinson said Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Cavalier Furniture’s redevelopment of an old grocery store and K-Mart is totaling $12 million. He said the stores are expected to bring in millions in sales. Both stores, including a dollar store, are expected to open as early as March

See the Channel 4 interview by clicking here.


Granite City Township Wishes Happy Retirement to Rose

After many years of volunteering at the township, Rose eventually became an employee.

The Granite City township recently celebrated Rose’s retirement sending her off with best wishes for the future having more time to enjoy her family and friends.

Rose will be missed by everyone at the township.


Granite City Site of Pivotal Scenes in New Major Movie

Jill Moon, Staff Writer The Telegraph

Hollywood came to Granite City while filming “All Gone Wrong,” an action thriller from first time feature writer/director Josh Guffey.

“We filmed the climactic showdown and shootout at the expansive and vacant side of the Steel Works in Granite City,” Guffey said. “We originally wanted to stage the scene at a closed-down drive-in as an homage to the 1995 crime movie ‘Heat,’ but we couldn’t find the right spot in time for production,” he explained. 

“As an alternative, we had heard of the Steel Works location through some St. Louis production contacts and saw a short film that had filmed there before. The rusted, crumbling rooftop that towers over its enormous enclosed space, along with the rubble, scattered everywhere, was the perfect setting to film this final action scene.” Guffey continued. Continue reading…


Ameren Upgrading Pipeline in Granite City

Written By Ron DeBrock, The Telegraph

Ameren Illinois this spring is planning a $39 million modernization project of its natural gas energy pipeline in Granite City. Beginning in mid-April, about 90 contractors working on behalf of Ameren Illinois will start construction to upgrade a seven-mile stretch of 1950s-era natural gas pipeline with modern 12-inch steel pipeline parallel to Illinois 162, from Nameoki Road in Granite City east to Interstate 255. The work is expected to be completed and in-service by early September.

“We have made significant progress in the last several years strengthening the integrity and reducing the emissions of our natural gas infrastructure across our Ameren Illinois service territory,” said Eric Kozak, vice president of Natural Gas Operations and Distribution, Ameren Illinois. “As we look to the future, we are building a robust energy delivery system that meets the needs of our customers in Madison County and throughout our service territory.”

Ameren Illinois is asking motorists driving in and around Illinois 162 to be mindful of the work zone.
“We need everyone’s help when it comes to work zone safety in these neighborhoods and on every route where workers are present,” said Karen Boulanger, Director of Safety at Ameren Illinois. “The signs and cones create their protected work area. Please slow down as you drive on these local streets and pay attention. Our co-workers and contractors want to return home safely at the end of the day.”
Under Ameren Illinois’ natural gas modernization program, the company has replaced more than 400 miles of mechanically coupled steel pipeline, 150 miles of vintage high pressure steel pipes, and more than 70 natural gas regulator stations over the seven years.


Granite City Rotary Club made a $4,000 donation to Twigs

Granite City Rotary Club made a $4,000 donation to Twigs to assist with the construction of its new facility at 21st and Cleveland.

Launched in 2011, Twigs is a summer lunch program and school-year pack-a-sack program in multiple communities in Illinois.

Thank you to Lisa Gulliams and the many volunteers who continue to make an impact in Granite City.

Pictured (L to R): GCRC Treasurer Shari Grim, GCRC Vice-President Justin Brinkmeyer, Twigs Founder Lisa Guilliams, GCRC President Chris Mitchell.


Heartbeats Of Southwest Illinois from Great Rivers & Routes Website

“Heartbeats is a video series taking a deeper look into the passionate people who pour their hearts and souls in to making southwest Illinois a great place to call home. Meet the ordinary people who have made an extraordinary difference in their communities.”

Heartbeats episode #7 “From the Ground Up” features Granite City’s own entrepreneur Brenda Whitaker. There are eight different videos featuring several different businesses and backgrounds from areas in Southwest Illinois.



The Mill Project in The District, Downtown Granite City is Moving Right Along

From an idea to reality, the building is a multi-functional venue like no other. The facility will be a great destination for weddings, receptions, concerts, conferences and countless other occasions that need a new modern event space. From the green room to the dressing room, and sleek mid-century modern style bathrooms, the elegant, repurposed building will certainly be a popular destination for any event.

With two large garage doors, one that opens to the outdoor courtyard/patio space and the other opens to the park and permanently closed street, these features create a large open area that will be perfect for spring and summer use. The concert and stage area has a VIP section with VIP seating and some areas with tables and chairs. There isn’t a bad seat in the house, this layout was designed with care to provide great views of the stage area regardless of where your seat in located.


Mayor Mike Parkinson and Administration Make Safety Issues a Priority

When taking a drive through Granite City you may notice a series of safety cameras have been installed throughout the city.  At night, the cameras flash red and blue lights which should serve as a good warning that if you are considering committing a crime in Granite City, chances are better than not, you will be caught.

This is a welcomed sign of proactive changes by the new administration in making the community safer for the residents and the visitors of the city.

Appreciative residents know that these cameras act as a deterrent for those who may consider participating in criminal activity. This is the updated technology needed in the times we live in, and it appears that Mayor Parkinson is determined to use all tools and resources in making the streets and neighborhoods a safe place to not only live, but also to shop and dine and enjoy one of the area’s parks and bike trails and several businesses that can be accessed by foot traffic.


The New Year Will Bring an Expansion to Granite City’s
Popular New Manhattan’s Coffee and Socialhouse

Lifelong resident and new owner of Manhattan’s Coffee and Socialhouse, Brian Fine has made many changes since taking ownership of the business. The area’s newest gathering spot offers not only a relaxing and fun atmosphere, but now has expanded the menu to include signature soups exclusive to the coffee house.

Manhattan’s has Karaoke nights, and Trivia nights and live entertainment. In the spring of 2023, the coffee house will expand into the neighboring property to add a large state of the art gaming room with six machines and will also be adding a new large comfortable lounge. This new large event space will better accommodate larger crowds to enjoy their coffee or cocktails. The coffee house is available to hold special events and parties, for more information you can reach out by calling 618-500-1914.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Mardi Gras 2023 Granite City Style



Bowls of Caring Soup & Chili

Come sample soups and chilis from local celebrity chefs and our own congregation!

Join us Saturday, February 18, 2023

4:00 to 7:00

End your meal with a great homemade dessert!




GRANITE CITY WARRIORS 13th Annual
GCHS BOYS TRACK TEAM
Trivia Night

Mexican Honorary Commission 1801 Spruce St., Granite City, IL Saturday, February 25th

Doors open at 6:00 Trivia will start at 7:00. Cost $160 for a team (up to 8 per team)

Door Prizes – 50/50 Drawings – Silent Auction – Mulligans

ALL MUSIC TRIVIA BY DJ Rick Refreshments included or bring your own snacks

Contact: Tom Miller 791-7709 any evening for reservations or email tom.miller@gcsd9.net


Holy Family Catholic School Gala Dinner and Auction

Join us at the Holy Family School’s Annual Gala & Auction on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 5 PM to 10:30 PM as we enter into the “Enchanted Garden” for a magical evening at St. Mary’s Engelbert Hall in Madison, Illinois. It promises to be a fun evening of dinner, drinks, dancing and raising funds for our school.

Donations and sponsorships are currently being accepted. More event details and ticket sales info will be available soon!



Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson recaps the January 17, 2023
Granite City Council meeting.

Planning and Zoning:

A resolution for the demolition or repair of a dangerous and unsafe building at 2231 E 25th St, Granite City, Il.

A resolution providing for the demolition or repair of a dangerous and unsafe building at 2264 State Street, Granite City, Il

Both resolutions were adopted.

Legal & Legislative Committee:

An ordinance to amend 5.04.070 (D) of the Granite City Municipal Code pertaining to Liquor Licenses for restaurants. (Sets guidelines of the percentages of food/alcohol an establishment must meet to obtain a certain liquor license.

An ordinance requiring council approval of the mayoral appointment of a board member to the Metro-East Sanitary District. (All mayoral appointments prior to this ordinance called for council ratification of the appointments the mayor makes to various city boards. Ratification of his appointment to the M.E.S.D. board must now be ratified by council actions as well.

Proposal to change the February 20, 2023 meeting date to February 28, 2023

Public Works Committee:

The Motor Fuel Tax 2023 Budget in the amount of $901,948.90 was approved.

The Dobrey Slough Pump Station Replacement bid was awarded to Kammadulski Excavating in the amount of $129,997, the lowest of three bids.

Police Committee:

Due to the retirement of Lt. Ken Wojtowicz, effective February 1, 2023, the following promotions are in order in accordance with contractual agreements and at the request of Police Chief Mike Nordstrom: Sgt. Adam Connor to Lieutenant Officer Brian Cave to Sergeant. We thank Lt. Wojtowicz for his years of service to our community and we congratulate Lt. Adam Connor and Sgt. Brian Cave.

The council also accepted and placed on file the police and fire department response reports for December 2022 and for the annual totals in 2022.

Reminder, this is a summary of meeting events and not to be considered as the official minutes.


AT THE TOWNSHIP


Notice of Town Meetings Under Open Meetings Act 2023



BRAD EAVENSON, ALDERMAN WARD 4

Residents of the 4th Ward,

When elected, I promised to try to keep you better informed of things going on in your city. I’ve done that through my 4th Ward Alderman Facebook page and monthly ward meetings. The council meeting summary on the FB page keeps followers from all over the city informed.

I’m excited about the progress our city is making. We have new businesses, improvements in our infrastructure, and our stormwater response.  We will soon open a new event center in the “District”.

We have much more to do over the next few years.  A recently approved TIF district expansion will bring new business opportunities to Route 3 and the Nameoki Road corridor. We will continue repairing streets and replacing antiquated catch basins.  Phase 3 of the Johnson Road project, from Wabash to Edgewood, will be completed. Plans are now being discussed to build a roundabout at the intersection of Emert, Maryville and Stratford.

Progress takes time. We would all like to see overnight changes, but we must remain patient and do what we can to bring about changes. On April 4, 2023, I’m asking for your vote so I can help make these changes happen for our community.

A FEW OF OUR WARD 4 IMPROVEMENTS

  • Seven vacant and derelict properties removed
  • Dozens of new catch basins installed
  • A new neighborhood watch program created in the Bellemore Village area
  • Improved enforcement of ordinances
  • Increased transparency to residents
  • Better accessibility and response to resident concerns

Our ward meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at St. John’s Lutheran Church on St. Clair Avenue.  Schedule changes are posted on the FB page. All city residents are welcome.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR BRAD EAVENSON

  • Follow us on Facebook: Brad Eavenson Ward 4 Alderman
  • City E-Mail:  beavenson@granitecity.illinois.gov
  • Cell Phone: 618-975-4493

ELECT BRAD EAVENSON WARD 4 ALDERMAN


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ENTERTAINMENT

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Historical Downtown Granite City, “The District” at Night

Once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the traffic all but comes to a stop in the downtown streets and the silence of the night settles over the city. Time slows down and it’s a great time to take in the surroundings with more attention than just a passing glance.

The grand architecture of some original buildings reflects a period in time when our ancestors were born and raised. Now, we can only imagine a young Granite City when the busy downtown sidewalks were the entry way to store fronts and businesses of all kinds.

AT THE LIBRARY

The Six Mile Regional Library District is one of the jewels of Granite City. Tina Hubert, Executive Director, and her knowledgeable and committed staff make a visit to either location a memorable and enjoyable experience. Our city is very fortunate to have such a wonderful library!

Two Locations – 2001 Delmar Avenue and 2145 Johnson Road


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