Alton OKs Riverview Drive Business, Ice Cream Salesman Questions Fee

Alton – The House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved the first phase of rebuilding the Riverview Drive in Alton.

GeoStabilization International, based in Commerce City, Colorado, will build a retaining wall at the site. The company specializes in emergency landslide repairs, rockfall mitigation and grouting using design/build and design/build/warranty contracting.

The estimated cost for Phase One is $3,498,440 with a five-year warranty. According to Justin Kleinschmidt of Sheppard, Morgan and Schwaab, Inc. The city will save 25% of that cost, which will come from Rebuild Illinois funds.

In May 2019, city officials began monitoring the retaining wall and sidewalk on Riverview Drive west of Riverview Park in Alton after cracks were discovered after heavy rain. In August 2019, part of the bluff in Riverview Park eroded, prompting officials to close Riverview Drive to protect the public.

Mike Parsons, Alton’s director of public works, said the city will now release bids for the second phase of the project, which will focus on areas behind homes on Riverview Drive.

Parsons said construction of the retaining wall should begin between July and August. The total construction time of the project is expected to take four to six months.

“I feel good about that,” Parsons said. “I just want to make sure the citizens who live there are happy with what’s going to happen, but it will cost.”

Also Wednesday evening, council members heard concerns about business licensing from Dorothy McCoy, owner of Mo’z Sweet Treats, who operates a three-wheeler ice cream business. I asked McCoy why the city’s demand for a vendor’s license is $100 but no one can tell her what $100 is.

“Even if I pay $100, I still have to pay extra to go anywhere,” she said.

“Everyone puts me in a box like I’m a food truck,” she said. “I’m not a food truck, I’m not a street vendor, I’m both.”

McCoy said her three-wheeled bike doesn’t have a motor, and in the event of too much heat, too cold, or too much rain, she won’t be able to run her business.

“I’m trying to get my son into university,” she said. “That’s the whole reason why I did this job.”

The council took no action on McCoy’s request.

Also on Wednesday, members of the House of Representatives approved all the motions passed during Tuesday’s plenary committee meeting:

Also on Tuesday, council members approved a motion to change the city code in connection with the Alton Coliseum to require the city’s permission to enter into contracts, leases, licensing agreements and other binding obligations.

• Adjusted number of video game licenses to include The Conservatory, 554 E. Broadway, Schwegel’s Market 901 Alby St.

• Approval of liquor sales at the Labor Day Picnic and Softball Championships at Gordon Moore Park on August 27.

• Approval of the sale of property at 1128 Highland Ave.

• Approval of approximately $400,000 in improvements to Fosterburg Road from Cup Lane to Illinois 255 under the Illinois Highway Code.

Two proposals were deferred to the next meeting of the League Committee – a request to place “no parking” signs on Angle Street and a permit for the sale of city-owned properties on 900 and 1000 squares of Tonsor Street.

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