Collinsville City Commission met
Wednesday Aug. 6th (at the City
Hall Community Room, 106 N 12th Street) Special
Session of the City Commission (following a 6pm work session).
Present: Stan Sallee, Pam Porter, Bud York, Melodie Bateman, Billie
official action of the evening was approval of the $5,000 claim by Rickey
Hayes (of Retail Attractions) which had been skipped at the Aug. 4th session
to avoid approving the claim before the contract was approved.
The remainder of the evening
was merely discussion of 4 topics with no formal action taken:
Sidewalk Ordinance: --options were discussed on potential restrictions
on vehicles, merchandise, skateboards, benches, trash containers, exra planters,
... etc on the new 1/2 width sidewalks following the downtown streetscape
project. Most of the sidewalks had been 18 feet wide and 4 feet of merchandise
allowed from 8am-8pm daily. Those sidewalks are now only 9 feet wide with
many ramps, trees, and vehicle bumper overhangs making ADA (handicap) access
much more of a challenge without some restrictions. It was suggested that
discussions with downtown business owners take place before an ordinance was
Shelter: -- there were many operational issues discussed relating to the
interface between the old animal shelter facility (city staffed) and the new
Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven staffed by volunteers. It was generally agreed that
the old shelter should be torn down as soon as possible. The need for an isolation
facility before animals entered the new WWAH building was also generally agreed
to (to avoid spreading illness ... such as worms and parvo, etc.). Where that
facility would be; how large it would need to be; where it would be; and how
it would be paid for was not concluded. The Humane Society offerred use of
their consultant to help determine a design for an isolation facility. The
other issues centered on improving communication between the city and WWAH
staffs and potential compromises on differing goals ("no kill" being
the largest stumbling block). Another potential change would be siginificantly
larger fines for animals not spayed & neutered.
Financial Consultant -- a very brief discussion stated the likely use
of a new consultant occasionally just to have a fresh set of eyes and opinions
on city financial matters.
Office Drop Box In Alley -- recent gravel repairs have filled in some
of the larger pot holes. City Manager Pam Polk reported she had not had luck
getting the Post Office to split expenses on a more permanent paving improvement
project. Questions about alternate drop box locations were asked at this work
session but the Post Office was not present to answer from their perspective.
My own question to the city was why there is not a sidewalk to the postoffice
from Main Street?
comment by Ted Wright (in purple)
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