By Charlie Feldman
Approving a new associate city attorney and accepting a land donation near an intersection at Collinsville Road were actions taken at the Tuesday, February 16 City Council meeting held on Zoom.
Justin B. Mattea of Justin Mattea Law LLC in Maryville, who serves in the same capacity for Collinsville Township, has replaced Andy Carruthers, who has accepted a position in the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office. Fred Keck serves as City Attorney.
In his new position, Troy resident Mattea will handle ordinance violations.
The council also approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a property donation agreement with the Doris J. Gause declaration of trust and the city to accept it.
“This is a very small piece of right-of-way,” said Mayor Allen Adomite, “that we’re acquiring.” He said this “sliver” is 83 feet long and is 24 feet wide at the top.
The donated property will allow the city to widen and improve the Illinois Route 40/Spring Valley Road intersection as part of the bike path/trail project. The mayor said this will also make it easier for the trucks that come eastbound down Collinsville Road to turn onto Spring Valley without their tires ending up in the ditch and the vehicles needing to be towed.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall which will be open to the public that day..