Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Updated: 11:09 AMThe city of Metropolis is stepping up to the plate to assist the Massac County government with some of the much needed repairs of the county courthouse. The aldermen approved a motion at their Monday night council meeting to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the county for assistance with the courthouse. After discussing the motion with each alderman individually in previous weeks, Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel brought the motion before the Water, Light and Street committee (WLS) on Feb. 8. After discussion it was passed to send before the full council.
“That courthouse is the foundation and backdrop for Market Street. We, as a city government, are prepared to put the courthouse in the dry with a new roof,” McDaniel said. The city will pay the money to the county, who will then pay the selected roofing company. All aldermen agreed they hope the county officials will use local services for the renovations if possible.
Corporate Counsel Rick Abell hopes to have the agreement ready by the next council meeting on Feb. 27.
City residents will soon have an opportunity to recycle electronics at no cost. The council approved a motion to host an electronic recycling event on Saturday, March 4 from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. with Clean Earth Inc. on the property between Baymont Inn and Suites and Dorothy Miller Park. Residents will have to show identification to prove residency. Appliances will also be accepted for recycling.
Under the mayor’s report, the council approved several additional items. First, McDaniel acknowledged the retirement of Herman Fulgham. Fulgham is an employee at the water filtration plant and has worked for the city for 10 years.
The council also:
• Approved the final payment in the amount of $22,365 to Freeman Environmental Services Inc. for the FEMA Demolition Project for the 2011 flood properties. The final payment was the 10 percent retainage fee being held until after a final inspection of the properties. Doug Hawes and Chad Vance with HMG Engineers conducted those final inspections.
• Approved a motion to proceed with a sinkhole repair at the intersection of Second and Girard streets.
• Approved the purchase of two trucks at a cost of $28,900.
• Passed ordinance 2017-05 authorizing the sale or other disposition of personal property of the city of Metropolis for a 1995 Ford F700 and a 2000 GMC C3500. The trucks will be sold for scrap metal.
• And, appointed Mike Moorman to the Police and Fire Commission.
McDaniel also announced a grant had been negotiated with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the amount of $2 million to forgive a portion of the $6.4 million the city borrowed to perform the current sewer separation project taking place in the city.
In addition to the courthouse assistance, under WLS, the council also:
• Approved Wastewater Operator Certification Training and testing for Matt Holt from the Environmental Resources Training Center in May. Total costs for travel, lodging, meals and class are not to exceed $1900.
• Approved the Marberry Drive Sanitary Sewer Replacement proposal in the amount of $34,000 from ACIX.
• And, approved a motion to proceed with bidding for repairs for structure 064-3050 on Old Marion Road with design and bid work to be performed by Brown & Roberts Inc.
The Industrial Committee brought three ordinances before the council for approval. All three were adopted. First, an ordinance consenting to assignment of redevelopment agreement addendum to redevelopment agreeable which transferred the original agreement between the city and Dana Legerit, former owner of Misty Meadows, to the new owner, 2550 Devers Inc.
The second ordinance approved a private development agreement and related documents authorizing conveyance of property for the Russell Electric project in the Industrial Park. The third ordinance approved a memorandum of understanding and a private development agreement with Mike Souders for a development project on the former Clark School property.
The council heard two first readings on ordinances. The first is an amendment to Title V, Public Works, Chapter 53 Water, Section 53.06 and the second one regulates the issuance of right away permits giving the mayor authority to issue permits to Clearwave Communications without having to bring each permit before the council.
Lastly, the council approved the purchase of 24 tons of field dry for the Sports Park Baseball and Softball fields from McKeel Equipment at a cost of $6470.
City Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of President’s Day.