Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Alton City Council has held its last call-in meeting. The council has been meeting remotely for more than a year due to the pandemic but will resume in-person meetings later this month as the state enters Phase 5 of the reopening plan.

Alton City Clerk Cheryl Ingle tells The Big Z it’s a mixed bag of feelings as they get ready to return to council chambers.

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She says there is a seating capacity of 50 people in council chambers, and anyone that wants to continue wearing their mask are welcome to do so. At last night’s meeting, the council gave preliminary approval to a budget ordinance that is described as a work in progress. The pandemic has caused a lot of delay in putting the numbers together, so it will likely be amended before the final document must be submitted in September.

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