An amendment to the city’s code was made Monday by the Metropolis City Council.

Mayor Don Canada said the amendment comes in light of the upcoming retirement of Public Works Director Stoney Barrett.

“The future plan is having one person over the Public Works Department, the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Water Treatment Plant with lead people underneath it,” Canada said. “We won’t be paying department head, department head, department head so that will save the city quite a bit.”

Barrett has worked for the city for more than 18 years. His retirement will be effective Oct. 8.

The amendment also cleaned up some of the language in the existing code pertaining to wages — that they are paid biweekly instead of weekly and by direct deposit instead of check.

In other business, the council

• Adopted an ordinance authorizing the mayor to make a conditional offer of employment in the Public Works Department.

• Adopted a resolution appointing and designating Trevor Williams, the city’s accountant, as the authorized agent to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

• Approved entering the firefighter property cooperative agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Forest Resources Department of Defense. Metropolis Fire Chief Micah Tolbert said this program is similar to the LESO program used by the Metropolis Police Department, “but is related to firefighting equipment — whether it’s fire engines, gear, anything related to firefighting that’s surplus federal equipment the fire service can have access to,” he said.

• And, approved the purchase of 100 tons of bulk coarse salt at $69 per ton from Compass Minerals.

Tolbert also updated the council on two items:

• At its June 28 meeting, the council adopted an ordinance implementing a program to charge for cleanup costs, primarily for accidents on the interstate, provided by the Metropolis Fire Department. Tolbert said Monday since the passing of that ordinance, the department has billed for three incidents and two have been approved for payment by the insurance companies involved. Tolbert said $1,500 of services have been billed out and $800 will be repaid so far.

• A purchase order has been make for a new firetruck. “We’re in the process of finalizing specifications on it. Myself and two other (firefighters) will go down to Houma, Louisiana, at the end of the month for a pre-construction meeting where we’ll go over final details and make sure things are the way we want it. When we sign off on it at the meeting, the 270-day calendar clock will start for construction through completion,” Tolbert said. When construction is completed, they will go back down “and make sure it passes all the tests, and we’ll drive it back.” The city budgeted $700,000 for the new truck in its 2021-22 fiscal year appropriations ordinance. Tolbert said the truck will be under budget, but additional equipment will need to be purchased.

Canada acknowledged the receipt of a letter from the Illinois Department of Transportation acknowledging the city of Metropolis’ concerns following a number of deadly crashes on Interstate 24 related to construction. Canada said the letter notes the state is “doing all they can do, and they appreciate our interest in making sure they keep our roads safe.”

City Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 11, in observance of Columbus Day. Due to the holiday, the Metropolis City Council’s next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12.

City Hall will also be closed from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

Upcoming Metropolis events include:

• The Autumn Pleinire Art Festival, being held by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, Oct. 23, along Market St. The event will be from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. with the street between Sixth and Eighth streets being closed from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m

• Trick-or-treating hours will be for 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, as Halloween is on a Sunday this year. Trunk-or-treating will be held at the same time at Fort Massac State Park.

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