Beginning in May 2021, the Metropolis city treasurer will no longer be an elected position by the residents, but will be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the city council. 65 ILCS 5/3.1-20-5 allows municipalities with under 10,000 residents to use an appointed treasurer.

The council passed Ordinance 2020-17 Monday night which provided for the appointment. The ordinance states corporate authorities of the City of Metropolis find the duties of a modern municipal treasurer have become considerably more complex with recent advances in technology, finance, government accounting standards and government investment requirements.

It also states the office will require training, experience and professional skills in accounting, finance, computer technology and report writing.

This will be a part-time position with no more than 29 hours per week and no less than 10 hours and will include benefits.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a road closure on Market Street from the Superman Statue to West Sixth Street for the Southern Seven Counties Colors of Cancer Color Fun Run for the American Cancer Society on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

• Ratified an expenditure to the Greater Metropolis Conventions and Visitors Bureau in the amount of $100,000.

• Ratified an expenditure to the ACIX in the amount of $123,500 for a water main to Massac Memorial Medical Clinic and completing a loop to Jon Street.

• Adopted Resolution 2020-12 supporting a Downstate Small Business Economic Stabilization Grant application for Hitterman’s Merchandise in the amount of $22,246.

• Adopted Ordinance 2020-16 extending the proclamation of State of Emergency to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursements due to COVID-19.

• Approved the purchase of property at 515 E. Seventh St. from the Massac County Trustee in the amount of $818.

• Approved Change Order No. 1 for the Metropolis City Pool improvements in the amount of $56,360.

• Approved Pay Application #2 for the Splash Park in the amount of $218,587.

• Approved routine dielectric testing for the light department trucks in the amount of $3000-3500.

• Approved the purchase of a jack hammer for the Bobcat in the amount of $7000 from McKeel Equipment for the public works department.

• And, approved the purchase of a portable UV treatment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the amount of $12,000.

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