BELLEVILLE — Spring and summer will bring the city's first craft beer festival and brew and barbecue competition.
The City Council on Monday voted to approve the first Brew 'N Que Challenge, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 8 along East Main Street downtown.
The event is organized by Belleville Main Street, Chick Fritz Distribution, Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Big Daddy's 618.
About eight barbecue booths will participate in the "People's Choice" barbecue challenge that day, said Scott Schmelzel, one of the owners of Big Daddy's.
"You know how everybody thinks they can make chili? Well, everybody thinks they can barbecue, too," Schmelzel said.
Attendees could also go on a craft beer walk, similar to the Art and Wine Walk, where downtown shops will feature samples of beer.
Earlier this month, the City Council approved the Chamber of Commerce's first Craft Beer Festival. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 20 at Belleville Crossing, 5600 Belleville Crossing St.
Also on Monday:
* Aldermen approved the low bid of $29,714 from Belleville Fence for a 5-foot-tall fence and installation at the city's new dog park. The dog park will be in Rotary Park, which is off North Sixth Street between West C and West Main streets. The new park is being built with funds from grants, donations and funds from Tax Increment Financing District No. 3.
* Aldermen approved a memo of understanding between the city and St. Clair County for use of a law enforcement records management system.
The county will vote Monday whether to sign a contract with Tiburon Records Management System. If so, the city would make an initial payment of $25,000 and then pay $3,300 monthly to share the county's system.
Belleville Capt. Don Sax has said the system will allow the Police Department to track its squad cars, better access to police reports, and share information with the city's Housing Department and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. The Police Department's current system has only been updated once since 1991.
* Aldermen approved a $60,278 workers compmensation settlement with a Streets Department employee who was off work for about a year because of a shoulder injury.
* Aldermen approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce to add a 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dash to the 30th Annual Chili Cook-Off at 9 a.m. on Oct. 5. The city also approved a new 5K Run/Walk at Lindenwood University for April 13 organized by the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
* Aldermen approved a request by the Belleville Car Show Committee to hold monthly car cruises on West Main Street.
Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.