ALTON, Mo. (KMOX) – The Alton Housing Authority is hoping to get a handle on a spreading bed bug problem, before it takes a really big bite out of its budget.
What started as an infestation in one apartment in Alton Manor two months ago, has spread to require treatments in four buildings there and six buildings at Oakwood Estates Complex — costing the authority $35-thousand.
Authority Executive Director Andy Hightower said they’re telling residents what to look for because, while it’s not likely, if all 246 units have to be treated it would cost the authority about a quarter million dollars.
Hightower says the authority is revising a Federal Capital Fund Grant hoping to get at least some funding for the treatments.
He’s says in a worst case scenerio, they’d have to take money from their operating subsidy, which would force them to cut back summer programs.