By Jake Leonard
Awards and presentations kicked off the Collinsville City Council meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 8.
The first was a check presentation to KAHOKstrong in the amount of $15,000 from proceeds during the 2021 Festival of Trees event. Toni Geisen, a teacher at Collinsville CUSD 10, presented details about the organization, which assists others within the school district community.
Several employees earned Meritorious Service Awards recognition from the council. A video presentation was shown relating to an incident on February 12 where a woman was saved from a car sinking in icy waters in a joint effort of the fire and police departments.
Awards were presented to firefighter/paramedic Jason Warner, police officer Dylan Madron, and dispatchers Marissa Lovatto and Tiarra McAllister. Madron also received the Medal of Valor, as well as Lovatto and McAllister also receiving the Chief’s Award of Merit.
Lieutenant Eric Herman was then recognized on his upcoming retirement. Herman has been a city employee with the Collinsville Police Department with over 20 years of service.
Mayor John Miller read a proclamation acknowledging Girl Scouts Week, which was March 6-12.
There was no prior business, council discussion or public comments from the floor.
Miller reiterated on the awards presentation in his comments and announcements relating to the events that transpired on February 12. Councilwoman Donna Green added to those sentiments during council comments and announcements.
Gateway Center general manager Jamie Lane specified some events including the 2022 Festival of Trees event. Lane presented a financial summary of the Center, as well as that of the Let’s Go Fishing Show. The 29th annual Let’s Go Fishing Show will be on January 6-8, 2023.
Other upcoming events at the Center include the Masquerade Dance on April 22-24, Cahokia Mounds Indian Market Days on April 29 to May 1, Warrior Wrestling on May 28, and the Gateway Wedding Show on July 24.
There was also a brief announcement from the Parks and Recreation department relating to the Collinsville Baseball and Softball League (CBSL). CBSL registration is still ongoing, with the signup period concluding on April 15.
The council approved payment of bills in the amount of $631,514.28 and payroll in the amount of $734,786.03.
The council voted to authorize the mayor to execute a right-of-way and dark fiber license agreements between the city and Everstream GLC Holdings Company for the purpose of installing fiberoptic cable for internet service.
The council approved an authorization for professional services (traffic impact analysis) with Oates Associates, at a cost not to exceed $56,000.
The scope of work in the project is triggered due to the Triple Crown Development and its expansion to Collinsville Crossing to the north, Illinois 157 to the east, and Collinsville Road to the south. The work included will include a preliminary survey and right-of-way data collection to assist in preparation of an intersection design study at the intersection of Illinois 157 and Main Street.
The final item of business was a resolution supporting the city’s community action grants program application for pedestrian safety improvements at E. Clay at N. Morrison Streets. The grant should cover the estimated $65,000 in costs, with any excess costs being taken out of capital funds.
The Collinsville City Council reconvenes next Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 6:30 p.m.