The Metropolis City Council approved four ordinances at Monday night's meeting.
Ordinance 2019-16 approved a contract with Comcast Business Services for communication and internet services for a term of 24 months. This will allow for phone systems across city buildings and offer more reliable services for the city. They will terminate existing contracts with Frontier and Windstream.
Ordinance 2019-17 approved a contract with Southern Pride Senior program, which is known as Happy Hearts Senior Center. The ordinance authorizes the continuing of a lease of 701 Market St. in Metropolis, where the senior center is located.
Ordinance 2019-18 amended Title XII, Traffic Code, Chapter 70, General Provisions of the Code of Metropolis. Repeated problems and damage caused by semi-trucks and tractor trailer combinations using streets other than designated truck routes in the City of Metropolis were addressed. This ordinance will restrict the use and movement of semi-trucks and tractor trailer combinations to specific streets within the city.
Ordinance 2019-19 amended Title XIII, General Offenses, Chapter 135, Gambling Offenses, Sections 135.02 and 135.03 and added section 135.06 penalties and imposed annual licensing fees on video gaming terminals. Section 135.02 and 135.03 contain references to statutes or laws of the State of Illinois or of the United States Government that must be amended so the code conforms with all current statutes. The city can now impose license fees up to $25 per year for each video gaming terminal located in the city. Chad Lewis, Ward 4, abstained from the vote.
A first reading was held and a motion approved to place the Appropriation Ordinance 2019-20 on display at city hall. A public meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers for public comment prior to the regularly scheduled city council meeting that night. The ordinance will be on the agenda for approval at the Sept. 23 council meeting.
In other business, the council:
n Accepted Pay Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $108,394 to E. T. Simonds for the 12th Street Project. This payment is for the current curb construction going on.
n Adopted a resolution for the annual Christmas parade hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. The parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, Dec. 8.
n And, was updated on the 12th Street Project. E.T. Simonds has set a tentative date of Sept. 23 for the road to be closed between Catherine and Filmore streets for Stage 2 to begin.