By Charles Feldman, Reporter
Approval of a new location for The Bridge Free Methodist Church was among the actions taken by the Glen Carbon Village Board at its Tuesday, January 14 meeting.
A special use permit was granted to the church for a permanent move from its current location at 129 Steiss Street to 50 Kriege Farm Road. The property was zoned Neighborhood/Commercial and required the permit to allow for use by a house of worship.
Some members of the congregation listened from the audience as doubts about adequate parking were discussed and settled and the final vote came. It passed unanimously.
The board also permitted the use of Kettle River Drive for a run/walk event to benefit Good Samaritan House in Granite City on Saturday, January 25, from 7 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by CrossFit Edwardsville, it is planned to be the first of several fund-raisers.
The Good Samaritan House provides safe and temporary housing and supportive services for homeless women and children.
Participants will have a choice to do a 1-mile run/walk, a 5K run or a 5K run with a workout. Registration is $30 until race day. and may be made at https://bit.ly/2FnE7Wo or by calling 248-4256. CrossFit/Edwardsville is located at 18 Kettle River Drive in Glen Carbon.
It also approved the low bids for material suppliers in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2020 Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Program. They are Beelman Logistics in the amount of $9,037.60 in the Aggregate CA6 category, Mike Maedge Trucking for $870 for Sand FAB and Kienstra Illinois LLC, $64, Class SI Concrete/Flowable Fill. The paperwork now goes on to IDOT through the developer TWM to complete the bidding process.
An amendment to the Village Code changing the hours and availability of lighted tennis courts and ball fields at Miner Park and Village Hall was passed. It will allow an additional month of use starting March 1 instead of April 1 at both locations and an additional hour of lighting at the Village Hall field from March 1 to the second Monday in May. It would be allowed to be lighted until 9 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.
Aaron Miller, chair of the Glen Carbon Historical and Museum Commission, gave a presentation showing how much the village has grown over the past 20 years. In 1996, he said, there was a lot of unused space. Commercial zoning was mostly confined to the Cottonwood area. But improvements to the infrastructure soon connected Meridian and Glen Carbon Roads. Neighborhoods grew. A senior center and a second fire station were built. Today, he said, population growth has slowed down to an estimated 0.2 percent but the village now has an extensive network of bike trails (“One of the best in the world,” he said.).
From its coal mining and agricultural roots the village has become successful “in becoming a really fantastic bedroom community,” Miller said.
Mayor Rob Jackstadt read a proclamation declaring January 2020 as Radon Action Month in the village of Glen Carbon. A copy may be viewed in the village clerk’s office.
In other action, the board approved:
• Submitting an application for a PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities) grant for the next phase of Schon Park. This would include site preparation and construction of two tennis courts, a basketball court, a park pavilion, a walking trail and landscaping.
• The purchase of a 2020 Chevy Tahoe to replace the police department’s current K-9 vehicle. This is in the budget.
• The purchase of a trailer-mounted hydro-excavation machine for the utilities department at a cost of $62,755. This is also in the budget.
The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28 in the village hall. The public is welcome to attend or to watch it as it unfolds live on the village of Glen Carbon Facebook page.