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By Cynthia Haggitt
City Council held a moment of silence to pay their respects in memory of Larry Joe Alexdaner during the council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
“He was a loyal friend, a professional and dedicated funeral director and coroner. He wil. be missed and God rest his soul rest in peace,”Mayor Billy Russell said.
Russel and Jereseyville Council Members offered condolences to the Alexander family.
The first order of business on the agenda was the approval of the tourism grant applications submitted on behalf of Downtown Country Christmas Special, incorporated in the amount of $5000 for the 2021 Downtown Christmas Festival. According to reports presented to the council it is the same amount as asked for the prior years. The motion was approved and carried to all in agreement.
The next order of business was the resolution for the drainage project located on West County road in Jerseyville. In the meeting it was asked to have the mayor, the city clerk and Jerseyville’s Bob Mann, the Director of Public Works, sign the associated paperwork needed.
“It’s actually a storm water and drainage improvement project. Two years ago, in 2019 there were a number of counties named from a federal disaster declaration and Jersey County was one of them, Mann said. “The program is called the Emergency Relief Funding Program and Jerseyville benefits from having access to those funds.”
He said in order for the city to benefit it has to be along a federal route. There were several criteria mentioned in the paperwork and this one qualified. The other one did not.
“We have the funds. It’s an 80/ 20. It is a $53,122 project. In total, we pay up front and the grant reimburses 80% back. So we have about $10,000 input. This is at the southeast corner of the Summit Road in West County Road.” Mann said.
The council voted and all approved in agreement.