By Pam Funk
BELLEVILLE – At their February 25, 2019 Board Meeting, the St. Clair County Board unanimously approved a project that will make improvements to the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Hartman Lane.
The $75,000 improvements include pedestrian access across the intersection by modifying the existing signals and pavement striping as well as adding ADA compliant sidewalk ramps.
When the Circle K Convenience Store was approved in November 2015, they were required to place $50,000 in escrow for this project which would not take place until after the intersection had been rebuilt. Now that the intersection is open, these improvements need to occur so that pedestrian traffic can safely walk in the area.
St. Clair County will fund the engineering work for the project at a cost of $25,000. The approved Resolution further states that the County agrees to pass a supplemental resolution to provide the necessary funds for its share of the cost of the improvements if the amount appropriated proves to be insufficient to cover the cost.
In other action, the Board passed a Resolution proclaiming the month of April 2019 as Fair Housing Month in St. Clair County. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Law of 1968 that affirms the right of every citizen to obtain housing of their choice regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, national origin, disability and familial status.
The law prohibits discrimination and harassment in all aspects of housing including sales and rentals, evictions, terms and conditions, mortgage loans and insurance, and land use and zoning. Federal law also requires housing providers to make accommodations in rules, practices, and physical structure of premises to permit persons with disabilities to use and enjoy a dwelling.
The County will continue to support equal opportunity in housing for all residents of St. Clair County and work with local governments to achieve these goals.