City Council meets, talks pandemic

Staff Report

The Charleston City Council discussed Tuesday that the city has once again been declared to be in a state of emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This status extends to all government units in the city, but it specifically targets the corporate parts of Charleston. 

During a state of emergency, Mayor Brandon Combs receives more power in certain areas to ensure the safety of all city residents.

Combs was also approved to receive the authority to sign all loan application documents in relation to a request for a loan from the State of Illinois Water Pollution Control Program.

The city is requesting $7 million for the construction of sewage treatment works. 

This resolution just approved Combs to complete the paperwork, so the loan itself likely will not be approved for some time.

The council also approved the decision to request the loan at this meeting. The loan will be used to improve the sewer system, which the official ordinance refers to as “the System.”

The improvements are expected to be useful for at least the next 25 years.

The council also approved Scott Gosset’s reappointment to the Charleston Electrical Commission after his previous term ran out.

There were no public comments made at the Tuesday meeting.


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