2011 HAS BEEN A YEAR FOR CRAZY WEATHER
2011 will go down in history as a year of crazy weather, not the least of which is the frequency of tornadoes. WGEL spoke with James Kramper of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about a study he did.
Kramper evaluated the weather thus far in 2011 for the immediate St. Louis area. There have been more than 40 tornadoes across the area, which is well above average. The entire state of Missouri usually averages approximately 34 tornados per year, while Illinois averages nearly 40.
In the areas covered by the St. Louis warning area, Missouri has experienced 29 tornadoes thus far in 2011 and Illinois has had 18. In the WGEL listening area, Madison County had six tornados, Fayette County three, Bond County two, and Clinton County one.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING DISCUSSIONS AND ACTIONS ON ROAD AND STREET WORK
The Greenville City Council discussed and took action regarding street and road work. They upgraded the roadway from Route 127 to Buchheit from asphalt to concrete since sufficient grant money was available for the improvement. IDOT invoiced the city for the 2006 Grigg Street Project. Money for the payment was not budgeted and the council voted to amend the street and sidewalk projects they developed which use the ½ cent sales tax. The College Avenue overlay portion of the plan will be removed and the money used to pay IDOT. The council voted to move the remaining two portions of the project to Spring 2012. The last of the South Fourth Street project pay estimates amount to approximately $134,000.00. The project was estimated to cost more than $1,080,000.00 but the final construction cost appears to be approximately $951,000.00, a savings of nearly $130,000.00.