The Alton City Council met July 13 and discussed how the paving of two miles of Broadway and Pine Streets went.
Many aldermen said they had received nothing but complaints about the work on the streets. However, Randal Combs, the city's banker, said he thought the city did a good job.
Alderman Tom Young said the next time the city decides to do some work on the streets, the street department will use washed gravel to cut back on the dust problem that many residents complained about.
Alton's fireworks display on July 3 went well, according to Combs. He thanked the city for all of its hard work in preparing for the event and said he is looking forward to next year's fireworks.
"I'd like to thank the city for allowing the Lyons Club to use Pine Creek Park for the fireworks display," he said.
Mayor Richard Haigwood said a visitor contacted him and said he had went to other area fireworks displays and said Alton's fireworks display was the best.
"We want to try to do a show the people can be proud of and we can take pride in the things that we've done," Combs said.
The council set the sales tax at 0.5283, which will give the city about the same sales tax funds as last year. A public hearing about the sales tax will be held Aug. 10.
The North Side Water District, behind the campgrounds, is in need of a new meter. Discussion was tabled to gather more information as to what Ron Campbell's plans are. Campbell owns the area behind the campgounds.
Dinah Slaughter, city clerk, told the council she had put an add in the paper for a swimming instructor at the city pool. She said in the meantime, the pool lifeguards do swimming classes.
The council agreed three to one abstained to move to pay the monthly bills.
The next Alton City Council meeting will be Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at city hall. The public is welcome to attend.