Also in the mayor’s report was an acknowledgment of appreciation for the Metropolis First Responders and C & W Tire from two tourists who had recently visited Harrah’s Metropolis Casino for services and donations received during an accident in the middle of their departure. A “thank you letter for going above and beyond” was read to the council.
During corporate counsel, a motion to suspend the rules and place an ordinance adopting and approving a collective bargaining agreement for the Illinois FOP Labor Council was passed.
Regarding the old United Cities Gas Co. building, a motion carried to accept two bids totaling approximately $34,000 to proceed with repairs to the roof of one of the buildings where the roof has collapsed, and demolish the other one where a chimney has fallen. Jerel Childers won the bid for demolition of the second building, and American Roofing won the bid for the roof work.
“Several months ago, we had a business looking at that property, and we realized we needed to go ahead and repair it as an incentive for someone to buy it,” City Attorney Rick Abell said. The business eventually relocated elsewhere, and there is currently not a business interested in purchasing the property, but according to Abell, the building will be ready should a new business want to open there or an existing one relocate.
In other business, the council:
• Approved proceeding with the Carter/Crestview Drive sewer project.
• Approved the replacement of a hydromatic dewatering pump for the low quote of $6357 by KM Pump for the Waste Water Treatment Planet (WWTP).
• Approved the replacement of a hydromatic dosing pump for $9927 by the KM Pump for the WWTP.
• And, adopted a motion authorizing the purchase of a permanent easement for the George Rogers Clark Discovery Trail and authorized the mayor, city clerk and city treasurer to take any and all action necessary to complete such acquisition.