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Collinsville City Council Acts On Infrastructure Projects

By Stephanie Malench

The Collinsville City Council met on May 25 after canceling the May 11 meeting due to a lack of agenda items.

Because of this, the first order of business was the swearing in of Donna Green and David Jerome who both ran unopposed in the April 6 election and were re-elected. After being sworn in, Green and Jerome both thanked the voters of Collinsville for their re-election, saying that the fact they ran unopposed is a testament that the community is pleased with their performance the first four years and want them to continue serving the community.

A public hearing was then held giving citizens the opportunity to comment on a proposed intergovernmental agreement between the city and Collinsville Community School District #10 to exchange two empty lots. The city would receive the lot on Cleveland behind 268 Collinsville Ave that would require too much infill to build a house but would make an ideal site for either passive recreation or a water retention site to help with neighborhood flooding,  and Unit 10 would receive 515 S. Clinton for the Building Trades classes at the Collinsville Area Vocational Center to build a house.

Hearing no objections, the public hearing was closed and an ordinance was passed authorizing Mayor John Miller to execute an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the school district.

The next ordinance passed rezoned 506 Vandalia, owned by You and Eck, LLC from B-4 Commercial District to P-B-2 Planned Limited Commercial District. The property which used to be a motorcycle fabrication shop will now be the home to two businesses, Thrivent Financial and Legacy Planning.

During comments and announcements from city staff, City Manager Mitch Bair announced that March 2021 was the first  profitable March in 20 years for the Gateway Convention Center, due in part to the rental by the Madison County Health Department for the COVID-19 vaccination clinics. April saw even more growth due to other events starting to come back.

In new business, an ordinance was passed authorizing Miller to execute a professional service agreement with CBB for Traffic Planning services totaling $40,000 for the northwest corridor, which includes Horseshoe Lake Rd between Illinois Route 157 and Interstate 255, and McDonough Lake Rd.

The study will use existing traffic counts from IDOT’s study to reconstruct the 157/Belt Line intersection and will be used to help plan for future development along Horseshoe Lake Rd and include water, sewer, stormwater, and traffic improvements.

A local agency funding agreement was approved with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Sugar Loaf Road Reconstruction Project. The cost for the engineering phase of the project is $75,000. Federal funding for the construction only is up to $547, with the county providing $136,750 in funding. Right of Way acquisition with seven property owners will cost $97,250.

The last ordinance passed for the evening allows Mayor Miller to sign a contract with GIS, LLC to upgrade the public access portal of the Cityworks information technology system allowing residents, business owners, and contractors to apply and pay for various permits and licenses online.

The cost for the first year and $10,000 each year as long as the city contracts with Centricity. The contract also includes 200 support hours for $30,000 to be billed as hours are utilized. The plan is for the system to go live to the public in quarter 4 of this year.

The next meeting will be June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gateway Convention Center.

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