The Alton City Council met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 10. After approving minutes from August's meeting and expenditures, the council discussed needs for the Police and Water Departments and city administration.
Officer Donnie Jeffers explained to councilmen about a "Use of Force Continuum Policy," which trains officers to use force, and escalate it based on the type of threat or violent response they encounter in dealing with a suspect. In other words, start with the least force necessary, and increase it as needed. After discussion, the council decided the policy was in the best interest of the city, after checking with the city attorney for approval.
The council heard from city maintenance supervisor Garry Simpson who explained there was currently no back up system for the return sludge pump. The council requested that Simpson obtain estimates to be able to begin a rebuild project as soon as possible.
The council voted to establish a flat late fee of $10.00 for all water bills not paid by the tenth day of each month. The council reinforced that the city will continue with a $5.00 hang tag fee, if bills are not paid by the fifteenth day of each month.
In other business, the council set Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 for Fall Cleanup week. It also decided that the recycling bin should be moved to City Hall. A light will be purchased to shine on the bin at night.