In a cost saving move, our new Economic Development Director, Cathy Hamilton led an initiative to survey and identify City property where new efficient LED lighting should be installed. Working with Ameren and the Jarvis Company the city was able to do the installation at no cost. The energy saving opportunity was passed along to the Port Authority District. Together that equals a savings of $300,000 in energy costs.
In September, don’t be surprised to see Arborists walking our streets looking at trees. The City has received a grant through the Heartland Conservatory to inventory 1800 trees in our city. They will identify the existing trees in the selected areas and provide recommendations for new plantings. The grant could also provide funds for trees to be planted in the recommended planting areas.
The Granite City Community Garden at the 2nd Baptist Church is a recipient of a grant from Growing Illinois Food Access Allocations. The project proposal of $2,800 was approved to grow and provide food to the Community Care Center food pantry. The grant will be administered through the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners and SNAP programs and supports the GC Sustainability plan to increase local food to our community . For more information or to volunteer, contact Eadie Schillinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.