Soil samples will soon be taken from the City of Metropolis tennis courts in Lincoln Park to see if resurfacing is feasible.
After months of waiting, Mayor Don Canada announced at the Metropolis City Council meeting on Monday, September 12 that an agreement with Holcomb Foundation Engineering had been signed.
Information from the soil compaction and stability study under the tennis courts will allow the council to decide “whether to resurfacing it or look for a new location,” Canada said.
Company attorney Rick Abell explained that if the “soil doesn’t compact or have the consistency of thick pudding, it won’t support the tennis courts above and they will crack as they have always done for the past 20 years.”
Holcomb is a geotechnical engineering company that drills underground for a variety of projects – from buildings to water wells to tennis courts – to determine if the ground will support the planned project.
As part of the new business, Ward 4 Alderman Jeremy Holley raised citizens’ questions and concerns about the four crosswalks at the intersection of Ninth and Filmore streets, one block from the Metropolis Elementary School, which currently has two stop signs at Filmore Street.
Holley said he spoke about the situation with MES director JR Conkle. Conkle surveyed the area for a few days and discovered that at least a few dozen students used the intersection daily to walk to and from school. During his investigation, Conkle spoke with neighbors who agree the intersection has a lot of traffic. Conkle told Holley he sees benefit in adding two stop signs at Ninth Street, turning the intersection into a four-way stop, making the area safer for students and their families, as multiple parents/ guardians/grandparents also come to school to meet their children.
Ward 1 Alderman Chuck Short said he had family living near the school and agreed that “there is heavy traffic”.
Holley noted that with the location of the streets, it’s easy to pick up speed going through the area as there is no stop sign on Ophia Street and going to/from the Nursing Center and Southgate Rehabilitation.
Abell noted that the request to make the intersection a four-way stop will first have to go to the council’s ordinance committee.
As part of the corporate counsel’s report, Abell continued his discussion from the previous meeting on electricity prices.
During the August 22 meeting, he cited the example of a residential customer near Belleville. On Monday night, he used the example of a Massac County resident who is on Ameren but literally lives across the town’s power line.
“When I point these things out, I’m not doing it to slam Ameren. We have a lot of good friends at Ameren. What it is is a fact that investor-owned utilities face to comply with. all state mandates for clean energy and phasing out coal power,” Abell said.
The Massac County resident’s bill was $600. Abell said that, given city rates, that same bill would be $444. That’s a difference of $156.
“That’s what they’re going to see for the foreseeable future,” Abell said.
“What this demonstrates is that we won’t see the volatility – those highs and lows and peaks – that are really difficult for people. In our case, our wholesale rate for the month of August was 7.7¢ per kilowatt and transmission to the house was 12.6¢ per kilowatt In contrast, Ameren’s wholesale rate ranged from 12 to 21¢ per kilowatt and transmission to the house was from 18 to 28¢ per kilowatt.
Abell said there will be a “Revitalizing Energy Communities in the Illinois Basin” symposium at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on September 29, which he plans to attend.
In other cases counsel:
• Approved Appropriation Order 2022-23, totaling $34,574,125. During the public hearing held before Monday’s meeting, there was no public discussion of the budget, which was discussed in detail at the August 22 council meeting.
• Approved the closure of Ninth and Market streets to Ferry and Third streets on Friday, Sept. 16 for the Massac County High School Homecoming Parade, which begins at 3:30 p.m., with programming beginning at 3 p.m.
• Approved the request of the Bureau des congrès et du tourisme de la Métropole to withdraw $100,000 from the hotel/motel tax bill.
• Passed an ordinance authorizing the sale or other disposition of personal property of the City of Metropolis, including the police department and the public works department, on govdeals.com.
• Passed an ordinance authorizing the sale or other disposition of City of Metropolis personal property, including the Public Works Department, to Holt Recycling.
• And passed an order approving a second amendment to the redevelopment agreement with Misty Meadows Realty Estates. Abell explained that the seniors’ residence has two years left on its TIF agreement with the city from which it can draw funds to cover expenses related to qualifying redevelopment improvements.
The next regular council meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Ordinance Committee, which will discuss the possibility of making the intersection of Ninth and Filmore streets a four-way stop.
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