Alton, IL

Children's Museum Plan Highlights Meeting

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A plan to turn the Haskell House on Henry Street into a children's museum highlighted the Alton City Council meeting Wednesday night. The plan is to establish the museum at the Haskell House, and have a 9-member commission pursue grants to pay for renovations, upgrades, and operation of the museum.  

Organizers have said they hope to gear the museum toward children up to age 10 and focus the design on the ideas of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art-design and math. The city council also approved a change to the redevelopment agreement with Brown Bag Bistro on Broadway. Originally written to approve $25,000 or 25% of the total project cost - whichever is less - the new wording doubles the dollar amount to $50,000. The City Council also took time to honor four first-responders for recent actions going above and beyond the call of duty. Police Officer Ryan Parker, Fire Chief Bernie Sebold and battalion Chief Robert Franke were honored for their lifesaving efforts during a fiery crash on Landmarks Boulevard on July 20. Police Officer Zachary Dellamano was also honored for life saving efforts on a shooting victim on May 13.

The city also approved temporary road closures for the upcoming Mississippi Earthtones Festival on Saturday, the St. Mary's Oktoberfest October 6 - 8, and the Alton Halloween Parade on October 31.


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