Friday, June 16, 2017 - Updated: 10:11 AMA plan that has been on the schedule for a few years will begin hopefully in August, according to Doug Hawes, senior project manager for HMG Engineers, which is the engineering firm the city uses for a variety of projects.
The Metropolis City Council approved a bid to ACIX in Chester in the amount of $1,176,885 on Monday night for the 12th Street Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project. The project will replace the sanitary sewer main along 12th Street from Gibbons Street to Filmore Street and includes removing the existing sanitary sewer main and manholes, installing approximately 4239 LF of 12 inch sanitary sewer main with 16 new manholes, reconnecting approximately 47 sanitary service laterals and all site restoration.
This project was recommended in the city’s Long Term Control Plan which also included the current Combined Sewer Separation Project #2 currently taking place in the city. This will improve the operation of the sewer system long 12th Street by addressing current deficiences in the sewer main, according to Hawes.
The 12th Street project was initially planned for several years out, but engineers and city officials decided to move the project up and have it completed before the 12th Street Road Improvements Project to widen the street begins in 2018. A pre-construction meeting will be held with ACIX in July, and engineers will have a better idea of exactly when construction will start and how the construction will affect the traffic.
Two people were present during public comment session — Ken Kovacs and George Walker. Kovacs was there to clarify a recent conversation held after a council meeting pertaining to the Zoning Board of Appeals. When approached regarding a zoning change, the board holds a public hearing and alerts area residents in designated radius about the hearing. After the hearing, the board then makes a recommendation on whether or not to allow the zoning change and sends that recommendation to the council. The council then can vote for or against the recommendation.
Walker commended the council and other officials on their positive work cleaning up properties in the city. He did want to bring two specific properties to their attention in hopes they can be cleaned up soon — the former East Laidlaw property on Fifth Street adjacent to Fort Massac State Park and the abandoned gas station on the corner of East Fifth and Main streets. The Laidlaw property is currently owned by the Friends of Fort Massac group which is currently waiting on clearance from the Environmental Protection Agency before they can do anything to the building because of asbestos on the property.
During the industrial committee report, the council approved a loan request in the amount of $6500 at 3 percent interest for three months to 718BrewCafe. The funds will come from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund which 718BrewCafe utilized when renovating its current building at 718 Market St.
During the corporate counsel report, Rick Abell asked for a motion to suspend the rules and pass an ordinance amending an intergovernmental agreement with the county. At the request of county commissioners, Ordinance 2017-19 was approved, extending the time the county government was given to start the replacement of the roof of the county courthouse that the city has agreed to pay for. After discussion of what the new deadline should be, the new agreement will give county officials until Sept. 30.
In other business, the council:
• Approved a budgeted item of $23,000 to the after-school program held at the Massac Junior High School that serves approximately 115 students per day.
• Accepted the purchase of a Chevrolet pick-up truck truck for the Public Works department in the amount of $10,500.
• Approved Payment Application #8 for the Combined Sewer Separation Project No. 2 in the amount of $607,760.41 to ACIX.
• Approved a motion to allow ACIX to remove an old concrete base and pour a new one at the Water Filtration Plant in the amount of $2000.
• Accepted the low quote from Paducah Gear and Machine in the amount of $2246 for maintenance of blowers at the Water Filtration Plant.
• Accepted the purchase of 55 poles for the Light Department in the amount of $11,000 from Eddie Poles LLC.
• And, approved a motion to proceed with the sale of a city-owned lot on West Seventh Street behind Hillebrand Automotive.