At the Oct. 9 meeting, Mayor Billy McDaniel told the aldermen that the state plans to work on West 10th Street from Speckman Street to Ferry Street.
Like the work done on East Fifth Street, the state will pay for the smoothing and blacktopping of the driving lanes. If the city wants the parking lane blacktopped, it will have to pay for that. However, the mayor said a federal stimulus grant will cover all but $12,000. The work is expected to occur next year.
Another major project, which is expected sooner, is paving of 1630 feet of a taxiway at the airport. The total cost will be $837,000, but the city will have to chip in less than $53,000.
One motion did not pass because it failed to get the required two-thirds vote. The motion was to award a contract to Sean Pegram for chemical, fertilizer and grass maintenance on four small soccer fields. The cost of the annual contract was to be $11,350. Alderman Richard Corzine Jr. objected because there was no bidding on the proposal. Since the amount was over $10,000, a two-thirds vote was required. Corzine and Alderman Kim Brown voted no; Alderman David McManus was absent, so the motion failed.
A motion to award a $3293 contract to Pegram on two other fields passed on a 5-2 vote.
The aldermen adopted three ordinances.
Because of the vandalism at the city parks, the city will now have them officially closed from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
The city adopted its own rules on the use of handicapped parking spaces so police officers will not have to issue tickets based on the state law.
And, an ordinance was passed which allows for the city, should it choose to do so, to regulate fireworks. Alderman Jerry Mizell voted no.
The council approved three recommendations from the Metropolis Area Tourism Commission.
One was the approval of $168,000 for the tourism marketing budget for advertising and promotion during the next year.
Also granted was $1650 for the Fort Massac Civil War Commemoration to be held Oct. 27.
And, the resignation of Kim Faulkner from the commission was approved.
The council heard the first reading of an ordinance spelling out the redevelopment contract with D.C. Management, Darren Tockstein and Corey Bowman, to reopen the former Willy Jak’s.
The aldermen also approved repair and maintenance costs, such as:
• $5107 to McBride Mack Truck Sales to repair an electric department truck.
• And, $5070 to purchase 1000 feet of 5-inch hose for the fire department.
The city recognized Fire Chief Jason Morris for earning a certification from the state as a professional emergency manager.
It was also noted that two clean-up weeks begin Oct. 22 and Oct. 31.
And, Halloween will be celebrated Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m.
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