City Council members have unanimously approved a move to purchase a small parcel of land in town, where the city is considering to develop a park.
A small portion of the property, located along Lexington Drive, is owned by St. Clair County. Land Use Director Tim Tolliver has negotiated a release of the property for $789.25, which will be paid for with the city’s Land Use Budget. The city will apply for a $30,000 grant that could be used to purchase playground equipment and fencing.
Before the vote, Ward 4 Alderman Harry Zimmerman said he had walked through the neighborhood and spoke with residents about the potential development. He said most like the idea.
“Some showed some concerns, but overall, it was very positive,” Zimmerman said.
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City Administrator Jim Snider thanked Tolliver and Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation Director Angela Beaston for putting together the land acquisition. He said the move was necessary for the city to qualify for the grant.
“We needed to have that done,” Snider said. “In order to have the grant awarded to us, we have to own the entire property.”
The Council also approved the appointment of Ricky Gerstner as the city’s plumbing inspector. His term will expire May 1, 2016.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly also addressed the Council to announce that the county has partnered with Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville to offer a free government ethics course only open to public officials. Kelly said the Good Government 101 class begins in August and will offer 40 local government workers the opportunity to learn more about subjects such as the Open Meetings Act, Whistleblower Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act over the course of seven classes.
Contact reporter Will Buss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-239-2526.