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During the Industrial Committee report of the Metropolis City Council meeting on Tuesday night, the council approved a Memorandum of Understanding/Private Development Agreement with James Little Enterprises LLC for a redevelopment project with residential and commercial uses at the old Park Plaza Hotel, located at 1415 E. Fifth St.

The agreement states the project will be completed within 12 months, and Little shall employ local contractors and laborers to the best of his ability. The city will relocate electrical service to the building and provide a new transformer and water meter. Massac County Enterprise Zone benefits, including sales tax abatement and property tax abatement, will be available for the project.

The agreement also includes the city providing a loan to Little from its CDAP revolving loan fund in the amount of not less than $50,000.

During the Water, Light and Street committee report, the council approved the final payment in the amount of $77,495 to Evrard Strang Construction for improvements made at the Water Treatment Plant. The total amount approved is less than what is owed though due to 82 days of delays by the contractor. According to Rick Abell, corporate counsel for the city, the contract states the city can hold back $500 per each delayed day. The original total due was $118,495.

The contract projected the improvements to be completed at the end of December 2018 but was not finished until June 2019. This resulted in extra expenses to the city having to provide additional staff at the plant that was not budgeted.

In other business, the council:

n Approved a road closure on for Immanuel Baptist Church’s Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31.

n Approved a motion to replace the pump and motor in Well #6 at the Water Treatment Plant from Brotcke Well & Pump in the amount of $13,731.

n Approved a motion allowing Brotcke Well & Pump to do a video inspection of Well #7 in the amount of $6540.

n Approved the pay estimate to E. T. Simonds in the amount of $170,413 for the 12th Street Project. Work should be completed by the end of this week.

n Approved a motion to allow Midwest Environmental Management to dispose of the bio-solids at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in the amount of $40 per ton, with an estimated 250 tons.

n Approved a proposal for Happy Hearts Senior Center from Warren Enterprise in the amount of $5300 for labor and materials to repair and replace support beams, floor joists and window wells with a 10 year warranty on material and workmanship.

n Approved the hiring of a firefighter due to a retirement. Mayor Billy McDaniel acknowledged Blaine Funkhouser’s 26 years with the Metropolis Fire Department and thanked him for his service to the city. The newly hired firefighter will be Colton Griffey.

n Approved the purchase of bunker gear in the amount of $6960 and six SCBA tanks in the amount of $5190 for the fire department.

n Approved the purchase of two radar units in the amount of $2614 and a police car in the amount of $28,433 for the police department.

n And, authorized a Request For Qualifications for an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the splash park/swimming pool.

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