The Bethalto Village Board has authorized the mayor to apply for PEP Grant funding for improvements at Central Park. The grants administered through Madison County provide funds for projects such as a dog park, playground equipment, pavilions, a walking/bike trail and outdoor lighting. 

 
The funding is combined with city, village, township and park district funds to finance the projects. Mayor Alan Winslow tells The Big Z they are applying for $38,000, which would cover most if the $45,000 project cost.
 
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The board also approved the low bid of about $485,000 by Electrico for various projects in the park. That bid was $60-70,000 below the engineering estimate.
 
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