In a short meeting Monday night at City Hall, the Metropolis City Council approved several routine business items. Before the approvals, though, Corporate Counsel Rick Abell discussed with the council the importance of working with other community members, including county and school leaders, to complete an economic impact study and develop a strategic plan for the community.

Last week Vistra Energy, which owns Electric Energy Inc. (EEI), announced the closures of four power plants in Illinois. EEI was not on the list. Abell refers to this as just a reprieve, though, as the Environmental Protection Agency standards regarding coal powered plant emissions continued to be tightened, and EEI will eventually be retired as a coal plant.

"Vistra will do everything it can to maintain ongoing operations at its existing downstate fleet, but its remaining plants face significant challenges. These plants are responsible for the generation of reliable, affordable power to Illinois consumers and produce over $725 million in annual economic activity.

These plants face an uncertain future due to the flawed conditions in the MISO market," said Meranda Cohn, Vistra's director of media relations and corporate affairs, in a press release Aug. 21 announcing the closures of the plants.

A representative of Vistra will be in the area the first part of September to meet with community leaders, and Abell hopes several aldermen will be able to meet with him.

The council:

n Approved a request from the Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau to withdraw $100,000 from the hotel/motel tax fund.

n Approved a motion to purchase 125 tons of salt from Compass Minerals at a cost of $78 per ton.

n Approved a road closure for Monday, Sept. 2 from noon-4 p.m. on Seventh and Vienna streets to the alley of Vienna Street for First Missionary Baptist Church.

n Approved the purchase of a new hose for the vactor truck from Coe Equipment in the approximate amount of $1660 plus $80 shipping for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

n Approved a motion to appoint Richard Kruger to the Massac-Metropolis Riverport Authority board as the mayor's appointment.

n And, held a first reading on an ordinance limiting tractor trailers on city streets.

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