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WOOD RIVER - More sidewalk repairs could be coming in Wood River after City Manager Steve Palen recently suggested using $100,000 in grant funds to repair sidewalks around the city.

Palen announced at Monday’s City Council meeting that the city has secured $100,000 in grant funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) through the Build Illinois bond program.

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He added that he would like to get started on expanding the city’s sidewalk repair efforts.

“I just wanted to update the council on the $100,000 DCEO grant, we did get verification finally that we are going to receive that. I kind of wanted to get a head nod, straw poll from the council.

“I would like to pursue a larger sidewalk project with that money. If everybody’s okay with that, we’ll start planning for that.”

While no council member vocally objected, the item was not up for a vote, just discussion. Future action is likely to eventually go through a vote from the City Council, which meets next on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at 7 p.m.

A full recording of the Dec. 4, 2023 Wood River City Council meeting is available at the top of this story, on the Facebook page, or on

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