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Reverses $8K School Claim Decision
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The Collinsville City
Commission met in the first regular meeting
of the new year Monday, Jan. 5th at 7pm
commissioners present and Mayor Sirmon absent.
Trent Rogers was approved
to serve in the at-large planning commission position. Trent is a Collinsville
merchant and property owner.
Brad Francis was approved
to represent Collinsville on the Vision 2025 Sales Tax Oversite Committee.
The CMA trustees reconsidered
a decision on an $8,163.61 claim from the Collinsville School based on the
city attorney's opinion. The trustees voted first to reconsider, then all
voted to deny the claim which had originally been approved
December 15th. This topic was one of several discussed in the lengthy
executive session. In open session trustee Gail Rogers made the motion to
reconsider. According to City Manager Mike Tinker, only someone who voted
yes on an action was eligible to bring it up for reconsideration. City attorney
Ken Underwood stated in open session that despite the city's wish to "help"
the school, the law does not allow the city to pay a claim that was without
"substance legally". The claim relates to emergency repairs back
in October when a school contractor's backhoe struck an underground electrical
line on school property. That line was beyond the meter where the city's "legal"
In an unrelated action,
the city denied a Tort claim for $127 submitted by Debbie French relating
to a clogged main line. Two other executive session topics not acted on in
open session were an FOP grievence and the yearly performance review for the
The city approved a $1500
payment to Collinsville Downtown, Inc. which was the 4th of 8 installments
for a year. Trustee Pam Porter voted against the payment to Downtown, Inc.
City Clerk, Dana Conner indicated she had plenty of applicants to help with
the upcoming city election.
Rogers (left) and Brad Francis