December 2022 Archived Articles and Images

The Winter Wonderland Festival 2022 Drew Crowds of Participants and Visitors

Decorations in the rotunda of the City Hall building in Granite City seemed to kick off the festivities of the holiday season. Saturday, December 03, 2022 was the city’s Winter Wonderland Festival that began with the Annual Elf Walk and this year’s first Mistletoe Market. Area vendors displayed their goods in the warmth of the Granite City Township building for area visitors to shop.

Granite City Township Never Fails to Remember it’s Seniors

The township and its dedicated staff make sure to bring Christmas cheer to the local seniors of Granite City. Whether serving hot lunches to seniors who may otherwise go without, to planning a special Christmas party celebration the staff and volunteers always go the extra mile. This week was no different as the Supervisor’s office passed out hams to many of the senior residents in the township.

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson recaps the December 06, 2022 Granite City Council meeting.

The mayor recommended Mr. Dan Comer, of the 4th ward, fill a vacancy on the Graphics Review Board. The council concurred with the recommendation

Under Downtown Committee: Recommended and approved:

An amendment adjusting the budget for the Mill Event Center to eliminate work on the third floor and to use some of the funds elsewhere in the facility. The building will also have a full-service elevator under this amendment.

Under Planning and Zoning: Recommended and approved:

An ordinance allowing ice cream trucks to operate on city streets. The ordinance contains explicit rules and regulations for these trucks to include many safety measures.

Seven additional properties were approved for demolition.

Under Legal and Legislative Committee: Recommended and Approved: These ordinances are contingent on receiving grant funding from the state of Illinois. If grants are received the city and park district will undertake an intergovernmental project to provide our families with a splash pad recreation facility.

An ordinance to solicit requests for proposals for improvements to Worthen Park.

An ordinance to authorize a memorandum of understanding with the Granite City Park District concerning improvements to Worthen Park.

Under Public Works Committee: Recommended and approved:

An ordinance to create the part-time position of Animal Control Administrator in Granite City Municipal Code. This position will assist in pet adoptions, work with the Animal Control staff to retrieve stray pets and be involved with the planning and operation of the new animal control facility.

An ordinance to place two stop signs at the intersection of W20th and Dewey Avenue.

Under Fire Committee: Recommended and approved:

An ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental agreement for participation in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS MASTER AGREEMENT 2022

Under Risk Management Committee: Recommended and approved:

A resolution to renew employee health insurance coverage in 2023 with Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Under Economic Development Committee: Recommended and approved:

Bid for 1725 & 1733 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, Illinois.

An ordinance adopting and approving an amended Granite City tax increment financing Route 3 Corridor Redevelopment Plan and related redevelopment projects for the proposed amended redevelopment project area of the city of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois

An ordinance adding additional parcels of property to the Granite City tax increment financing Route 3 Corridor Redevelopment Project area of the city of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois.

An ordinance adopting tax increment financing for the amended Granite City tax increment financing Route 3 Corridor Redevelopment Project area of the city of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois

Under Finance Committee: Recommended and approved:

An ordinance making a tax levy for the city of Granite City, Madison County, Illinois for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2022 and ending April 30, 2023 (FY2023) For the second year in a row, the city has not increased the tax levy rate. Any increase on your property tax bill will be due to an increase evaluation of your property or an increase by another taxing body.

Reminder: This is a summary of events and not to be considered official minutes of the city council meeting.

The Furry Guests of the Granite City Animal Control Facility Were Not Forgotten on Thanksgiving

Cold wet noses were waiting anxiously as a special turkey dinner treat was served on Thanksgiving Day. The dogs and cats were made to feel part of the holiday as they are waiting for adoption or the safe return to their owners.

The caring staff of the facility took time from their own holiday celebrations to bring a bit of Thanksgiving comfort to these orphaned and lost animals. Adoption applications can be found by following the Granite City Animal Control link. There is an Amazon Wish List if anyone would like to shop for a Christmas gift for the dogs and cats and kittens and puppies. The facility supplies all the necessities needed for the animal’s care, but the budget doesn’t allow for all the special things that usually come from being in the comfort of their own home. Toys, treats and cozy soft beds would be a special Christmas gift. Here is a link to the Wish List, click here.

Changes on the Horizon for Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City

Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City is being bought by American Healthcare Systems (AHS).

On Friday AHS, a nationwide healthcare system based in Los Angeles, announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Granite City facility. The Gateway Regional Medical Center will join the growing AHS system of community-based hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, outpatient clinics, and home health services.

“Becoming part of AHS is an exciting milestone for our hospital,” said Shane Watson, CEO of Gateway Regional Medical Center. “AHS shares our values to improve access to patient care by enhancing services in this important safety net hospital in the Granite City community.” Read entire article here

 Visitors braved Saturday’s chilly weather to attend the first Fall Festival at the Eagles Aerie Lodge 1126 in Granite City, complete with a vendor fair and family activities. “We wanted to try to get the community together and just have something fun,” said Eagles Aerie Auxiliary President Sheila Free. “All of this is possible because of the members volunteering to do stuff. We all work together.”

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization that aims to promote peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Eagles fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund. “We are a non-profit organization and everything we do is for different charities,” Free said. “This month we are raising money for breast cancer awareness. So, the money we get from these vendors goes to charity.”
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What started with pennies has turned into thousands of dollars for “Kids at Christmas.” But that’s only part of the impact that Sue Johnson has made on the Granite City community. Johnson and her daughter, Terri Johnson-Bast, are the owners of Sue’s Corner bar at 4222 Nameoki Road in Granite City.

Johnson, who will turn 80 in March, has been a bartender for 59 years. Fourteen years ago, she and her daughter started collecting pennies at Sue’s Corner for “Kids at Christmas.”

“I was talking to my daughter, and I said that we need to do something for kids at Christmas, and the first year we raised 300,” Johnson said. “Last year we raised $12,200 and we’re going to exceed that this year. We’ve raised $72,000 since we started.” Continue reading…

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Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the November 15, 2022 Council Meeting

Here’s the summary of your 11/15 City Council meeting.

Alderwoman Davis announced several events coming to the District of Granite City during the next several weeks.
They include the Candy Cane Parade, pictures with Santa and a special event at Sissy’s Space. See those FB pages for more details about the events and schedules.

Under the Legal and Legislative committee, the council approved an ordinance that provides for an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Granite and the Granite City Park District to construct a splash pad, a sand volleyball court, an expanded parking lot, dressing rooms and upgraded restrooms at the existing facility in Worthen Park. The city and park will apply for grants to make this project happen and will move forward only if awarded the funds. When built, this will provide a place for children and families to go which was one of the things people talked about in the last local election.

The planning and zoning committee presented and approved several items tonight.

A. Bid from One House at a Time for 2326 Hodges: The council approved a bid for our second project in our, “One House at a Time” program. The home will be sold to a contractor who will renovate and sell to a first -time homebuyer.

B. An ordinance annexing a tract of land along US Route 67 (Missouri Ave) to the city of Granite City. This is the property where the new gas station/truck stop is being renovated on Missouri Avenue. The owner requested to be annexed into the city.

C. An ordinance to declare surplus and to solicit bids to purchase the properties commonly known as 1725 and 1733 Delmar Ave.

D. An ordinance annexing 3425 and 3415 Missouri Avenue to the city of Granite City, Illinois

E. An ordinance amending Building and Zoning ordinance 3818 article 4 regulations for specific districts section 4-900 c-2 neighborhood commercial district subsection 4-920, to add an additional permitted use of hospitals and clinics for animals without open kennels or exterior runs and under the management of a licensed veterinarian. This action will allow the Bellemore Animal Hospital to relocate to the former Junior Achievement building on Wabash. Stipulations were put in place by the zoning commission to make sure the concerns of the neighbors were addressed.

All items were approved by the council.

Finance Committee: The committee set a public hearing date for the Property Tax Levy ILCS5/7-141.1 5.

Police Committee 5:55 – 6:05 A. An ordinance to authorize the purchase of sixteen Kenwood Tactical Microphones for the Granite City Police Department. The expenditure was approved using funds from the Drug Free Grant.

Public Works: A stop sign on 20th Street at Dewey was approved.

In other action, the mayor announced that our Waste Water Treatment Plant has been nominated as the best operated treatment plant in the state.

Reminder: This is a summary of items discussed and voted on and not actual meeting minutes.

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