Two city of Metropolis traffic codes that date back to at least 1977 were addressed during Monday’s city council meeting. Ward 1 Alderman Al Wagner was absent.
The council unanimously adopted the two ordinances amending the traffic code.
The first was for Title VII, Traffic Code, Chapter 71, Traffic Schedules, Schedule II, Speed Regulations of the Code of Metropolis. It amends the speed limit on Broadway between Fifth and Ninth streets from 20 mph to 30 mph.
The second eliminates Title VII, Traffic Code, Chapter 72 Parking Schedules, Schedule II, Parking Regulated, Subsection (A) Certain Times. Corporate counsel Rick Abell said the ordinance eliminates the code that prohibited parking on Ferry Street, from Front to Fifth streets, and on Market Street, from Fifth to Eighth streets, from 2-6 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays.
The council also approved upcoming changes to the Metropolis Fire Department by accepting:
• The retirement of Capt. Jason Morris, effective Jan. 31. Morris will have 27 years of service with the department.
• The recommendation from the Police and Fire Commission to fill the vacancy created by the Morris’ retirement with Kemo Martin.
• The recommendation from the Police and Fire Commission to promote Bobby Williams to department captain with Morris’ retirement.
• A change order in the amount of $32,000 for the department’s new firetruck. Fire Chief Micah Tolbert said that during the recent trip to Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Houma, Louisiana, where the new truck is being built, he saw several trucks in various stages of production, which brought about design changes to help the truck last longer and be of benefit to the department in the long term. Mayor Don Canada added the amount still remains under what the city has budgeted toward the total purchase.
For the first time in a number of years, the city will have a different workman’s compensation insurance provider. The council approved the proposal from Illinois County Risk Management Trust.
Abell said the inability to change in the past has been due to the city’s extensive claims history, making it difficult to get quotes or proposals for coverage from other providers.
“After a few years of hard work and commitment by all city staff to achieve a safer workplace, the city was able this fall to obtain a very competitive proposal from ICRMT,” Abell said, adding ICRMT’s proposal will save the city approximately $16,800 and the city’s local point of initial contact will remain Gower Insurance Agency.
In other business, the council:
• Approved sludge hauling for the disposal plant by Lindell May to Perryridge Landfill in the approximate amount of $10,000 to $13,000.
• Adopted an ordinance authorizing the sale of municipally owned real estate. The city received one bid — from Cutis Collins for $500 — for the vacant lot at 408 W. 11th St.
• Appointed Josh Reagor to the Police Pension Board.
• Adopted a resolution for the Metropolis Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, to be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.
Under citizen’s request:
• Brock Frazier, who is over technology support at Massac County High School, thanked the council for its help, support and donation to the school’s eSports Club. Frazier, the club’s sponsor, was joined in his presentation about the club and its recent achievements by its president Kaleb Rodriguez and vice president Bruce Darnell.
• Tricia Suttles, the city’s former chief financial officer who was subcontracted to assist with the city’s annual appropriations ordinance for the 2021-22 fiscal year, thanked the council for allowing her to work on the budget and informed them the city’s audit had begun on Monday, Nov. 8. It expected to last three days with the results at the end of the year.
The council’s next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22.
Upcoming events in Metropolis include:
• An income-based mobile food distribution on Friday, Nov. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Miller Park. The event is sponsored by Tri-State Food Bank, a member of Feeding America.
• Bulldog will host a tire recycling day for Metropolis residents only on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Girard Street across from the Baymont. Only passenger car and truck tires, on or off the rim, will be accepted; there is no limit on the number of tires. For more information, contact Bulldog Services at 877-285-3479 or the mayor’s office at 618-524-4016.
• Bulldog’s last 2021 cleanup week for the city will be Nov. 15-19. For more information, contact Bulldog at 877-285-3479 or the Mayor’s Office at 618-524-4016.
• City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day, and Nov. 25-26 in observance of Thanksgiving.