Metro-East News

Collinsville City Council to consider settlement agreement

The Collinsville City Council will vote whether to authorize signing a settlement agreement between the city and Colhot, LLC at its Monday night meeting.

The city filed a lawsuit regarding about $216,000 in uncollected hotel/motel taxes between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2013, at Doubletree Inn Hotel. The settlement calls for repayment to the city of approximately $6,006 per month for 36 months starting May 1.

The council will also consider an ordinance to waive building permit fees for Unit 10 School District Vocational Program to build a single family residence, which will result in an estimated $175 to $200 in new real estate taxes per year to Collinsville, according to a report by Community Development Director Mitchell Bair.

“This effort is the first activity of the reactivated vocational program that has historically undertaken these types of projects,” Bair wrote in the report.

Construction would take place on a vacant lot at 400 East Church St. to build a proposed $151,350 residence.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the lot falls in a low/moderate income area.

If the council approves the ordinance, the following fees would be waived:

  • Building Permit Fee: estimated at $923.24
  • Occupancy Permit Fee: $30, as required for final inspection and occupancy approval

The council will aksi vote on whether to award bid and authorize a contract with Insituform Technologies for sewer rehabilitation.

On April 20, the city opened bids for the rehabilitation of approximately 8,830 linear feet of uptown sewers — not including Main Street because the existing sewer was rehabilitated in the early 1990s. The three bids received include:

  • Insituform Technologies USA, LLC: $233,209
  • Visu-Sewer of Missouri, LLC: $347,092.50
  • Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc.: $380,000

The City Council meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. at 125 S. Center St. in Collinsville.

Contact reporter Lexi Cortes at or 618-239-2514.