March 2023 Archived Articles and Images

Making her way to the south end of her district, U.S. Rep. Nikki Budzinski, D-Illinois, stopped in Monday to visit with the staff and children at the Riverbend Head Start program in Granite City. Showing some serious skills with crayons and safety scissors, Budzinski joined one class of youngsters crafting cards for the “Valentines for Veterans” program.

“I could stay here all day,” Budzinski said as she pared a heart from construction paper to put on a card. “This is a great stop.”

Budzinski is a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and also serves on its health subcommittee. She started the program last month and will distribute the cards her office has received to veterans in her district.

The Riverbend organization has two locations in Granite City and serves about 550 children in the Metro East area.

Planning and Zoning:

An ordinance to approve partition of lots commonly known as 2665 and 2667 E 23rd Street. This was a simple clean-up of easement lines for this property. The ordinance was adopted.

An ordinance annexing a track of land commonly known as Odd Fellows Cemetery along Schaffer Road to the city of Granite City, IL. The cemetery was in a “donut hole” as it was surrounded completely by properties within the city. The ordinance was adopted.

During the planning and zoning committee meeting that preceded the council meeting, we addressed a concern of a resident about a dumpster on a Madison Avenue business being overloaded. The problem has been taken care of.

We also talked about the food truck ordinance. We will be reviewing this ordinance as well as the business license for vendor and pop-up businesses at the next committee meeting. These ordinances are works in progress and may be amended as we go along.

Fire Committee:

We are reviewing the non-resident cost for ambulance fees which have not been adjusted since 2014. Our department chief will bring back more details for council review.

A handicapped parking zone was approved for a resident in front of their home. These spaces are granted for a two-year period and the owner must present medical verification that there is a need for such a space in front of their home.

Finance Committee:

The committee approved these two bids that will be opened prior to the next meeting. They are annual standard operating issues. Granite City traffic signal and street light maintenance bid notice, Granite City material letting for MFT maintenance estimate bid notice.

The council also approved the payroll for city employees.

Other issues included:

Approval of some temporary “No Parking” to accommodate the St. Elizabeth Parish Picnic on a section of Johnson Road. This was done last year.

A “One House at a Time” project house was approved at 2326 Hodges.

We filled a vacancy on the Granite City Housing Authority Board as recommended by Mayor Parkinson. (Ms. Wilma Powell)

REMINDER: This is a summary of the topics discussed/approved during the meeting and are not to be confused with the official minutes of the meeting provided by City Clerk Jenna DeYoung. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the city web page.

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.

Who Was Your Super Bowl Pick?

The wagging tails and cold nose residents of the Granite City Animal Control facility didn’t seem to favor one team over another, but the Super Bowl treats were certainly the hit of the day.

All of the partying pups were on their best behavior while the caring staff made sure they were not forgotten on Super Bowl Sunday. Eager to please, the dogs patiently waited for tasty homemade treats and cheeseburgers. The dogs are up to date on shots and have been spayed or neutered and waiting for a loving family to call their own.

Give Animal Control a call at 618- 452- 6233 to ask about making one of these dogs a member of your family. You can also fill out an adoption application by clicking here. (Adoption Form)

Madison County Looking For Chief Assessment Officer

Madison County will hold testing for the position at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27.
The examination will determine candidates who are eligible for appointment for the chief assessment officer. The chief county assessor will serve a four-year appointment.
The chief assessment officer oversees the valuation of real estate throughout Madison County for the purpose of property taxes. No person may serve as the chief assessment officer who is not qualified by experience and training in property appraisal and property tax administration. No person may serve for the position who has not passed an examination prepared and administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) to determine his or her competence to hold the office.
Individuals interested in taking the exam should contact the Carla Zimmer, county coordinator, at (618) 296-4562 or email by 10 a.m. the day before the test to register
The IDOR will administer the examination at the Madison County Administration Building, 157 North Main Street, Edwardsville. Examination scores are good for a period of three years from the date of the examination.
From the Riverbender

Ice Jam at the Dam Returns

In about a week, Ice Jam at the Dam will return for its second installment. It will again be held on Saturday February 18th at the National Great Rivers Museum located next to the Mel Price Lock and Dam. The winter festival will have educational booths, bald eagle viewing parties, firepits and refreshments, and a reenactment of what winter camp life was like for Lewis and Clark at Camp Dubois.
There will be family-friendly movies inside the facility’s theater and live animal shows at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2pm, provided by the TreeHouse Rehabilitation Center. Corrinne O’Brien, Natural Resources Specialist/Park Ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells The Big Z she is hoping for a chill in the air.
Behind the museum at the foot of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, local organizations will have educational booths where visitors can learn about winter wildlife, view bald eagles, and hear about the Lewis and Clark over-wintering at Camp Dubois alongside a replica of the boat used on their expedition.
By Doug Jenkins – Big Z Media

The City’s Second Mardi Gras Celebration Is Now in the Books

The cool temperature didn’t slow down the celebrations as area residents and neighboring communities gathered to watch the Mardi Gras parade making its way down Niedringhaus Avenue. Candy and beads were plentiful along the parade route as excited children scrambled to gather the sweet treats.

From the local homemade crafts, honey and other goods being sold from the indoor market, and food trucks lining the streets to the many tasty food offerings of all types and styles, there was no shortage of entertainment and fun for all ages. The interest from area vendors has grown each year, along with the crowds, making Mardi Gras in Granite City even more promising for 2024!

Granite City Rotary Club Volunteers Prepare Civic Park For Mardi Gras

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson recaps the February 07, 2023
Granite City Council meeting.

So, their movement still provides retail for our community while sending a message to the landlord of Crossroads that they need to fix their property or continue losing tenants and face further citations by the city inspection department for their property.

Planning and Zoning:

Three more properties were approved for demolition. The list of these properties continues to grow, and they are removed as funds become available. They are an eyesore on neighborhoods and create potential safety problems. Often times, it takes a year or more to clear ownership hurdles, liens on properties, etc. so it may seem like they are not coming down fast enough. We are following the law and making sure we don’t take down a property without proper authority. The council also transferred ownership of a vacant lot, owned by the city, to a private resident through the mow to own program.

Public Works:

A handicapped parking zone was approved for a resident in front of their home. These spaces are granted for a two-year period and the owner must present medical verification that there is a need for such a space in front of their home.

Economic Development and Negotiations:

The council adopted an ordinance to approve the redevelopment agreement for the property at 3653 Nameoki Road, the former K-Mart site. This agreement provides incentives for the developer to enhance not only the building but the disaster of a parking lot that has plagued that area for years. Upon project completion, to the satisfaction of the city, the developer can receive reimbursements from the sales tax to offset his personal cost.

The council also approved an ordinance declaring #4 Konzen Court as surplus city property and approved the sale agreement for that property in the amount of $985,000.


The council approved a bid for a shelter over the police department rear parking lot. The canopy will protect police vehicles from potential hail and storm damage. The city is seeking grant funding for this project, and it will only be constructed if those funds are available.

The council also approved the application process for roadwork on several major streets in the city. Applications will be submitted to the state for funding approval.

REMINDER: This is a summary of the topics discussed/approved during the meeting and are not to be confused with the official minutes of the meeting provided by City Clerk Jenna DeYoung. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the city web page.

February Archives 2023