Chamber President Marilyn
Hardacre indicated that the final paper work on the Chamber's
new office location would likely be signed within a week. The Chamber
had 2 or 3 cases of frozen hamburger patties left from Founder's
Day that they wanted to sell to free up freezer space. The Chamber's current
project is a "Basket Giveaway". $1 donations for the baskets, which
will be given away at the Halloween Parade on October 31st, go towards new
flags to replace the old Christmas decorations on Main Street.
Mike Tinker was the speaker
for today's Chamber of Commerce meeting. He gave a quick summary of the highlights
in each city department during his ten months as Collinsville's City Manager.
Electric Dept. --
* Auger pulsating truck purchased
* Infrastructure work for Southfork III electricity
* Monday's switch from AEP/PSO to
GRDA (outage less than a minute)
* Switch was via a temporary mobile substation ... with another short outage
anticipated next week to the permanent equipment
* Billing still reflects AEP/PSO rates
Water Treatment --
* Continued updates & improvements
* Large water tower painted and Cardinal
* Unused small water tower removed
* Maintaining aged system
* Highway 169 overpass cleanup/maintenance (try to keep city entrance looking
nice ... also tree planting on Highway 169 frontage ... additional sponsors
* Traffic control for numerous events
* New reflectors on S-curve
* Curb recovery (from under dirt/grass) ... pole/sign painting
* Plans for 5th & Main (stop light & turn lanes) ready for discussion
* Patiently waiting for facilities
* Will be beside rennovated City Hall ... 2 separate sleeping areas with common
kitchen area anticipated ... direction of existing garage building will likely
* Natural amphitheatre being developed.
Bridge complete ... electricty run to mound (for lights and sound) ... will
build stage eventually.
City Hall Administration--
* "FISH" program helps create more satisfied customers
* Decommissioned recycling center ...
discussions with MET group for future.
* Reference Chief's report
at last Chamber meet. Expect to announce an open house soon for the new police
Emergency Medical Services
* This group took the hardest budget cuts (including layoffs) and continued
to provide excellent service.
* Complaints are rare while dealing with folks at sensitive times.
Planning / Development--
* Several significant project in early stages. Not much housing inventory
to market this year ... expect increase soon.
City Hall Rennovation--
* Voters approved Vision 2025
funding ... which will be available in 2004.
* Buildings plans are still in early stages. Anticipate asking City Commission
to approve current "Concept" architect
(Jim Graber) as "Design" architect.
* When asked to clarify the phrase "demolition of the city hall building"
used in the Sept. 24th "Collinsville News", Tinker indicated that
it involved stabalizing and cleaning out the interior of the structure. The
remaining historic exterior walls will not be load bearing. The new second
floor (and roof) will rest on I-beams of a new interior structure. Tinker
did caution that if closer inspection found problems with the integrity of
the exterior walls, the plan would be reassessed.
* When asked if the new "Community Center" would have a stage (which
the Melodrama group could utilize), Tinker indicated that could be looked
into. The former fire engine bay area would be about a 32x50 feet open meeting
area in the most recent version of plans.