ALTON -- The Alton Culture Club is working on a community improvement sidewalk program. Culture Club President Tammy Curtis said her club hopes to build the sidewalk back in front of the Alton Senior Citizen Center.
She said 128 feet of sidewalk is missing between two approaches to the building and another 52 feet is missing above the upper approach to the center and the post office.
"Over the years water has undermined the sidewalk. Years ago there was a large tree near the sidewalk and the roots helped push the sidewalk up," Curtis said.
She said anyone or any business interested can become involved in the project by making a donation of $100. By making a pledge or donation at the Alton Bank to the Culture Club Sidewalk Fund, a person or business can have their name engraved in a 5-foot by 3-foot portion of the sidewalk or have their name on a 6-inch buffer along the sidewalk. She said to meet ADA specifications the sidewalk will have to be 5 feet wide.
She said the project is expected to get started by early spring 2005 and the club will accept donations until then. To date 16 persons have pledged to the project, half of what the club needs to be able to begin work on the sidewalk.
"Our club has entered a nationwide contest sponsored by the General Federations of Women's Clubs. If our sidewalk project should win this contest all money will go back into the community," Curtis said.
She said in the near future club members will set jars around town for to the project. "We need all the public and community support for this project to be a success," the club president said. "I'm excited about this and hope our project will have a snowball effect in the city, causing some other positive things to happen."