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“Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund Grant Program provides funding to organizations in Illinois leading historic preservation projects at significant structures that are under threat of demolition, require stabilization and/or reuse or structural evaluation or those that need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility.”

Mayor Mike Parkinson and the city will be matching these “Preservation Heritage” funds in order to repair the roof of the Firehouse Museum, which was built in 1904 and served as Granite City’s first City Hall, Police Station and Firehouse. The Firehouse Museum is owned by the City of Granite City and is located at 1411 19th Street in downtown Granite City. Currently it is not open to the public but hopes to be soon.

He also retired from the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department after 47 years of dedicated and faithful service to his community, serving 30 years as Fire Chief. He had spent his youth as an Eagle Scout with Troop 46, enjoyed his days of hunting and cherished his grandchildren. Danny devoted his life to the Fire Department and his community and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Penny and Jason Feldt of Glen Carbon, Terry and Kristen Kreher of Pontoon Beach and Lorri and Brian Peterson of Granite City; five grandchildren, Sierrah Kreher, Kailee Kreher, Briya Peterson, Blakelee Peterson and Bryce Feldt; a sister, Janice Atkinson of Granite City; nephew and niece, Kurt and Mandy Atkinson of Alton and Wendy and Jeff Pittman of Pontoon Beach; dear friend, Kristi Clements of Granite City; many cousins; other extended family and friends.

In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

A First Responder walk-through will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Irwin Chapel on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Jeff Chamberlain officiating.

Burial will follow at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.

Memorials may be made to the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department and may be accepted at the funeral home.

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the June, 07 2022 Council Meeting

The Planning and Zoning committee recommended the demolition of five additional properties throughout the city. The city council approved this recommendation. Under the Legal and Legislative committee, the council approved an ordinance to allow public consumption of alcohol in certain buildings owned by the city. This is also part of the new city events center, The Mill.
Under the Public Works committee, numerous bids were awarded for projects and materials to repair streets, sidewalks, catch basins and the removal of more trees. Funding for these projects come from our motor fuel tax (MFT) and the American Recovery Act. The council approved the hiring of a probationary firefighter to fill a vacancy created by retirements.

The city council approved entering into an agreement for electrical supply to city owned buildings as well as residential properties of homeowners who would like to be part of that buying co-op. In short, this program works with a vendor to provide the best price for electric service to the community. Homeowners may opt out of the program. The mayor cautioned that all indicators point to much higher utility costs in the coming months, as is the case across the country.

Under finance committee business, the city council sold two vacant lots to adjoining property owners on Century Drive. These lots were previously owned and maintained by the city. The council approved the renewal of contracts for three city employees, the Director of Arts, Entertainment and Tourism, the Director of Economic Development and our City Grant Writer. The council approved distribution of unused funds from the Route 203 district back to the various taxing bodies in the city. Work continues on Johnson Road and several other projects throughout the city. We’re now in our summer series of “Music in the Park “, as well as our Market Day on one Saturday of each month in Civic Park.

The Granite City Swing Band provided musical entertainment under the direction of MAPO Vice President Butch Mestemacher. The event honored individuals in the area who make “great contributions to the church, government, community, personal profession and family.”

Honorees included Granite City Mayor Mike Parkinson, KTVI Fox 2 News Anchor Kelley Hoskins and Bill Gates Scholar Tamika Mitchell. “We are honoring people that, quite simply, make this world a better place to live,” said MAPO President Dr. Henrietta Young, “We want to show love to those being of service to others- the unsung heroes of our communities.” Read Full Article

The building and Animal Control facility at 2900 Missouri Avenue in Granite City has been on the radar of Mayor Parkinson since his days on the Police Force before being elected Mayor. The building is in need of modernization and updates to better serve both the community and the animals.

Mayor Parkinson recognizes the need and has the vision and plans to help make these changes a reality. The mayor is proposing the city spend $180,000 on updates for the facility or possibly rebuilding a new modern building all together.    

Sometimes change is hard, but necessary in order to obtain public tax dollars or federal grant money. These changes were unavoidable because tax dollars and grant monies cannot be used for a private organization that had helped run the facility in recent years. Sometimes you just have to make the difficult choices for the greater good to help in reaching the ultimate goal, and in this case the ultimate goal is an updated family friendly facility to aid in no animals being left behind when looking for placement in a forever home.

The city is committed to the protection of all animals and could not pass up the opportunity to build a better facility. Mayor Parkinson was responsible for the majority of animal abuse cases prosecuted in the city in his last few years at the police department and you can expect that he will ensure that all animals will be safeguarded under his watch.

Joe Hackler Launches Campaign for State Representative  
Hackler focused on lowering taxes, fighting corruption, and supporting our police
GRANITE CITY – Today, Joe Hackler will file the maximum 1,000 petition signatures at the State Board of Elections and is launching his campaign for state representative in the 112th District, which includes portions of Madison and St. Clair counties. Read More

Korte Launches Campaign for Illinois House District 112
Jennifer Korte, of Edwardsville, announced her campaign as a Republican for the 112th
District of the Illinois House of Representatives on Monday 3/14/2022.
Korte has a bachelor’s degree in social work from SIUE and a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University. She worked as a social worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2005. Read More

You Know Summer Has Officially Arrived in Granite City When the Concerts in the Park Have Began

Downtown Civic Park was filled with the sounds of music on Sunday evening. Despite the cool temperature families turned out with their coolers and lawn chairs to settle in for an evening of fun and music. Thank you to the concert sponsors who made this evening possible. Harvest Community Church, Shafer Excavating, Output Unlimited, Lisa’s Dairy Bar, Uncle Linny’s and the August Garden.

Honoring Our Hometown Heroes the Right Way by Paula Hubbard

The Memorial Day service in Granite City on Monday, May 30, 2022, was a solemn reminder of our local citizens who gave all. The service was a unifying event, well planned and attended by many wanting to honor our fallen. As we were reminded by speaker, Craig Knight, that Granite City is a POW-MIA certified city, I could not help but think why are there so few cities with this distinction. Being a history buff, this statement by Knight started me on a quest to research this very issue, as the journalist in me wanted to know the who, what, when, where and why.

I discovered several articles on MIA-POW cities, but one that appeared in the April 10, 2019 Advantage News that explained the recognition of Granite City as a certified POW-MIA city. Granite City was named the first Illinois city and the 13th in the entire nation to be recognized as a POW-MIA certified city.

Defining the reason why our City received this honor lead me to Jefferson Barracks Historic District and Military Post. According to the Jefferson Barracks museum spokesman, Paul Dillon, whose father was a POW, the museum was founded in 2011 to honor those who were captured during a war or are still missing in action. Recently, this museum, located at Jefferson Barracks National Memorial, began honoring cities and counties that raise awareness of POW and MIA veterans. Most of these municipalities are in Missouri, but word began to spread and is expanding nationwide.

Granite City was recognized for its efforts to honor veterans who were prisoners of war or are missing in action. The Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA museum officially named Granite City a POW-MIA City in February of 2019, making it the first city in Illinois to earn the distinction.

Dillon stated: “We cannot and will not forget the veterans who were prisoners of war, the one who are still missing from World War I and World War II and the ones who have yet to come home from overseas because they are buried somewhere over there. We remember these individuals.” My sentiments exactly! He further stated this is the aim of the program and is the purpose of recognizing cities and counties.

The City of Granite City, as in other cities is recognized for a number of reasons including, displaying the flag at City Hall, displaying service flags during holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day and also having a MIA table at local VFW, DAV and veteran’s locations. I recall GCHS has always had a MIA-POW table on specific holidays, recognizing our fallen.

As I pondered the unity I felt on Monday at the service at the city’s Veterans Memorial Park, I was reminded of days gone by in the 1970’s when I wore a POW bracelet for a missing Granite City resident, Roger Innis. I also remember the day the earth seemed to stand still when I was told one of my neighbors and favorite people, Private First class Newton Tapp was killed in action. I remember his sweet mother and his brother Ned and sister Trudy, and their profound grief. When the war in Viet Nam ended, I remember going to Scott Air Force Base to welcome home some of the POW’s and soldiers. It was a time in my life I will never forget and I choose to remember and thank God daily for these brave individuals who have sacrificed all for my freedom to live my life in Granite City and a country I love that could use some unity right about now.

Do yourself a favor and taka a moment to visit Veterans Memorial Park located at the intersection of Madison Avenue, Niedringhaus and 21st streets to honor the fallen of Granite City and the surrounding areas. It is maintained by the Granite City Park District, who recently refurbished the large fountain and grounds in this hallowed park.

Granite City Township Has Senior Service Plus Lunch Grand Reopening

May 06, 2022, the Granite City Township Hall held its grand re-opening for the Granite City seniors hot lunch program. Local seniors filled the hall and lunch was enjoyed by many with roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans on the menu. There were attendance prizes along with great conversations and an apparent good time had by all in attendance.

Lunches are served Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 12:00. Suggested donations are 60 and up ($4.00) and 55 to 59 ($5.00.) Granite City residents 55 and older are welcome to attend. Please call 618-877-0513 to sign up and reserve your spot.

Granite City Park District Awarded $97,449 in a Park & Recreation Grant from Madison County’s “Park Enhancement Program”

Grants also awarded to the City of Madison for $15,000, Chouteau Township for $28,920 and Nameoki Township for $15,000

“The County Board approved $1,058,411 in Park Enhancement Program (PEP) grant funding…” “The PEP grants range between $15,000 and $107,000 and include funds for projects such as walking trail, exercise equipment, an off-leash dog park, playground equipment, ADA improvements, concrete chess/checker tables and bag games, sporting equipment, surveillance cameras, mowers and more.” The funding will be combined with city, village, township and park district funds to finance the projects.

Chairman Kurt Prenzler said the PEP program is successful thanks to the taxpayers. He said voters approved a 1/10th of one percent sales tax in 2000 under the Illinois Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act and Madison County’s Community Development Department administers the PEP funding through Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission.

“Since its establishment the funds have been used to improve parks and recreational facilities across the county,” Prenzler said.”

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the May, 17, 2022 Council Meeting

The mayor opened the meeting by announcing that Paula Hubbard had obtained a $250,000 grant that will provide funding for sidewalks that will link the Legacy subdivision with the Grigsby school building and will extend to Pontoon Road.

There will also be sidewalks added across the existing parent pick up area and to the rear of the building on the farm field side. These sidewalks are long overdue for the safety of students walking or riding bikes to Grigsby. This is another joint project between the city and G.C.S.D.

Fourteen more houses were added to the demolition roles. Using ARP funding, the council approved $600,000 toward demolition of these beyond repair buildings. Mr. Rick Daily and his team in the building inspection office are putting in huge efforts and a great deal of time in bringing this plan together.

The council passed an ordinance that eliminated business district in the area north of Wal Mart and south of Heidtman Steel. This district was put in place for a development that was to have been built on Route 3 prior to the 2007-2008 economic downturn and the decertification of our levee system. This in no way prohibits future development. Time had expired on this particular project.

Using more ARP funding, we authorized purchase of two work trailers that can be used during neighborhood clean-up events. The council also approved $200,000 from these ARP funds for the remodeling of the existing animal control shelter or possibly the construction of a new facility on property owned by the city. This building will provide for a much better opportunity to temporarily house these dogs that are picked up from around the community.

The council also approved two requests for use of Civic Park for upcoming events. Those will be listed in the minutes of the meeting that will be on the city web page in the near future.

Brand New Flags Flying at City Hall

Mayor Pagano and Village First Responders Attend the Police Memorial in Springfield.

Mayor Pagano from the Village of Pontoon Beach Il. along with several village first responders made the trip to Springfield Illinois to attend this year’s Police Memorial. Police Officer Tyler Timmins name was included in this year’s service and read aloud among other fallen heroes.

Granite City Animal Control

The caring staff of the Granite City Animal Control facility is taking steps to ensure the best in quality care for the area’s animals. Animal Control Officers Cory and Ethan completed the State of Illinois Essential Animal Control class. The future is bright for this Granite City facility with the redesign plans and updates. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for helping to facilitate this transition sharing the common goal of better care and better services for the city and its animals

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