With the Metropolis City Council approving street closures for a couple of upcoming events, things look to be returning to normal

The council met Monday with alderman Al Wagner absent.

The first of those events is Sept. 11, when the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce will hold an Autumn Pleinire Art Festival. The council approved closing Market Street between Sixth and Eighth streets from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m for the event.

The second will be Oct. 1 with the closure of Ninth Street to Dorothy Miller Park for the Massac County High School Homecoming parade from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Another sign of normalcy? Folks asking about Halloween hours. The council approved setting them for 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 30, as the holiday is on a Sunday this year.

In other business

• Approved a quote of $35,528.82 from Integrity Roofing & Exteriors for repairs to the city hall roof.

• Approved a quote of $10,889 from Integrity Roofing & Exteriors for repairs to the Water Treatment Plant roof.

• Accepted the OSLAD grant program resolution of authorization for adding a dog park and refurbishing the court at Lincoln Park.

• Approved the hiring of two new police officers.

• Will ratify at its next meeting the purchase of bulk de-icing salt from Compass Minerals.

• Following the opening of three bids, approved the sale of two Public Works Department vehicles — a 2000 Jeep Cherokee for $750 and a 2000 GMC 6500 truck with wood chopper for $750, both to Cody Carlson.

• Adopted an ordinance approving a one-year collective bargaining agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 318.

• Approved an agreement with Brotcke Well & Pump, Inc., for service on Well No. 7, not to exceed a cost of $52,750.

• Adopted an ordinance approving an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation. The agreement governs the maintenance of the traffic lights in and near Metropolis, covering the allocation of those maintenance costs and the energy cost for operating the traffic lights. Corporate counsel Rick Abell explained the two sets of traffic lights on U.S. 45 at the Interstate 24 ramps are 100% paid for by IDOT, while all other lights, including the off ramp turn lights, are shared 50-50. The agreement lasts for 10 years.

• Authorized corporate counsel to cast a vote as recommended by litigation counsel on the Mallinkrodt Bankruptcy Plan. Abell explained details are still in the works, but the vote is expected to take place Sept. 3.

Mallinkrodt is a pharmaceutical company that manufactured over 30% of the nation’s prescription opioid drugs between 2006 and 2012. It is now one of several defendants in the nationwide opioid litigation. Mallinkrodt has filed bankruptcy and has filed a plan to reorganize and pay claims to settle the litigation, as well pay debts owed to creditors. Abell explained the plan will provide funds to a trust to be distributed to various opioid claimants, including municipalities (including the City of Metropolis), participating in the nationwide litigation, commonly referred to as the MDL case.

Under reminders

• Brush pickup will be the week of Aug. 30 for all wards; the weeks of Sept. 6 and Sept. 30 for Ward 1 and Ward 3 and the weeks of Sept. 13 and Sept. 27 for Ward 2 and Ward 4.

• Metropolis City Hall will be closed Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day.

• The annual Labor Day Parade, hosted by the Lions Club, has been canceled.

The Metropolis City Council’s next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

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