City transferring riverfront wharfage rights to MMPD
by Terra Temple
Nov 20, 2013 | 1475 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a narrow vote, the Metropolis City Council adopted a resolution of support for transfer of riverfront wharfage rights to Metropolis-Massac Port District.

The 5-4 vote was one of three regarding the MMPD that came before the council at its last meeting, which was held Tuesday, Nov. 12, due to the Veterans Day holiday.

It was not recommended by the council’s Industrial Committee, which discussed the matter during closed session in its meeting prior to the council meeting.

Voting in favor of transferring the riverfront wharfage rights were Kim Brown, Richard Corzine, David Daugherty, Bob Midnight and Mayor Billy McDaniel. Against were Charles Barfield, Bill Carroll, David McManus and Jerry Mizell.

The second vote regarding the MMPD was a resolution of support for a loan guarantee to aid in the acquisition of the Ingram Barge property subject to approval of final loan documents and project terms by the city council. The measure passed 9-0 with all eight aldermen and the mayor voting in favor. Midnight noted this is an intergovernmental agreement between the city and MMPD.

The final vote authorized the transfer of a metal building kit to the MMPD to be used to create and house a new business in the city. The motion was approved by all eight aldermen.

An article with further information on the MMPD will be in the Dec. 4 issue of the Planet.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the road closure for the annual Christmas parade from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade, sponsored by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, is being re-routed due to sewer separation project construction around Washington Park. This year, it will begin at Harrah’s employee parking lot; it will still end at Ninth and Market streets. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 8.

• Approved a proclamation declaring December as Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

• Approved the purchase of a new dosing pump from Flo-Systems in the amount of $9535.50 plus freight, not to exceed $350, for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

• Approved the purchase of two fire hydrants from Muller in the amount of $3490 for the Water Filtration Plant. One will be placed at Second and Yasoda streets, the other is for stock.

• Approved Change Order 2 for the sewer separation project in the total amount of $85,000. The order addresses the following Metropolis Street waterline conflict resolutions: on Third Street, raising the 12-inch main and eliminating the current connection to the 10-inch main, $38,900; on Second Street, removing the useless cross, closing the 10-inch main and tapping into the 12-inch main to replace 160 feet of 4-inch pipe with 8-inch running east, $19,400; on old Front Street, rerouting the 10-inch waterline and tying into the 12-inch main enabling the elimination of the redundant 10-main, $26,700.

• Approved the $9950 contract with Jeremy Barnhill for insulating the Fire Department Pole Barn. The original recommended contractor could not meet insurance requirements.

• Authorized City Attorney Rick Abell to draw up the ordinance for sale in order to proceed with the sale of the breathing air compressor at the Fire Department.

• Approved Fire Chief Jason Morris attending the basic arson class in the approximate amount of $4000. The five-week class will be held over three months.

• Approved the purchase of dress uniform blouses for the Police Department to be used for formal occasions and funerals in the approximate amount of $2500.

• Approved the purchase of two digital cameras for Police Department crime scene processing in the approximate amount of $1800.

• Approved the purchase of two in-car video camera systems — one for new canine vehicle and the other for the traffic enforcement vehicle — in the amount of $3590.

• Approved the use of Fick, Eggemeyer and Williamson as auditors for the city’s financial statements for the fiscal years ending June 30 of 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the amount of $40,000 per year.

• Approved the 2014 renewal of property/casualty insurance with Gower Insurance Company in the amount of $191,940.

• Approved using AudioVu for website development for Mapping/Zoning in the amount of $2925 for website development and a $15 monthly fee.

• Approved providing $15,000 in CDAP loan funds to the Meagon Chambers project, contingent on the previously discussed terms. The Community Development Assistance Program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The state money is loaned by cities to help new and  existing business.

In addition:

• The council heard an update from Abell on a number of matters, including Ordinance Committee projects; the U.S. EPA’s listening sessions regarding the Clean Air Act and coal-powered plants; the proposed amendment to Prevailing Wage Act; Carter-Crestview Sewer Project; and FEMA buyouts and other demolition projects.

Regarding the Carter-Crestview Sewer Project, Abell said the project is almost ready to go up for bids as final engineering bid specs have been received and easements need to be finalized.

Regarding the FEMA buyouts, Abell said the last ones were completed last week. He is now preparing the required documentation for their demolitions. There were 15 properties total desolated by the 2011 flood. Twelve of those are being purchased through city funding that will be reimbursed by FEMA. Abell said those needing demolished will be bid out in groups of four with their locations clustered together. He noted that as he’s preparing those, he’ll also include other properties, such as burnouts or abandoned properties, that have been cleared for demolition.

• City hall will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, in observance of Thanksgiving.
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