The City of Alton has tripled in population over the last ten years and with the new growth means that city departments need to grow as well, Erin Murray tell us how one department can't even fit into it's current building.
The City of Alton calls it's self a "City on the Grow" and that is exactly what it's doing. Having tripled in population since the last census of 2000, the city has to keep up with the growing population, the city will be building a new fire department.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave the city a $1 million dollar 50/50 grant to build a new facility. With ideas for a new department brewing for the last two years the city immediately took action after receiving the grant. For the public it's plain to see that the fire department needs a larger building to store the fire trucks and additional equipment.
Alton Fire Chief Elias Saldivar says he is currently working with the building architect to make sure the fire station's needs are met with better security, storage and a nice facility for the citizens of Alton to see that their tax dollars are being put to work.