In it’s first-ever teleconference council meeting, the Metropolis City Council approved Ordinance 2020-10 to extend the local state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic to May 22. At that time the state of emergency will be reviewed. Local state of emergency declarations help local governments receive more state and federal funding during crisis and disaster.

During the mayor’s report, Mayor Billy McDaniel told the council the service road project in front of Acee’s was completed and commended Quint Utilities and Excavating on a job well done. Quint Utilities replaced the galvanized tile under the road, widened the road with concrete and aggregate, and cleaned the culverts and drainage ditches, filling them with rip rap to help with rainwater runoff.

During the corporate counsel report, the council approved Ordinance 2020-11 to authorize the sale of property in the Industrial Park to Clearwave Communications for $10,000, which was the minimum bid. The property is 0.75 acres and zoned industrial. Clearwave is required to commence development of improvement of the property within 12 months of the purchase or it will revert back to the city.

McDaniel anticipates the April 27 city council meeting will also be held via teleconference.

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