Metro-East News

New Collinsville Council members sworn in Monday night

Two new council members were sworn in Monday night during the Collinsville City Council meeting.

Cheryl Brombolich, 52, and Jeff Stehman, 66, replaced Councilman Karen Woolard and Councilman Mike Tognarelli, who lost his run for mayor. Woolard and Tognarelli were not present at the meeting.

Brombolich said she looked forward to working with the council to “see what we can accomplish in the future.”

Stehman thanked his family, friends and supporters.

“It was a very good feeling to know that they had confidence in me,” he said.

Re-elected Mayor John Miller was also sworn in, and the council approved the reappointment of the city clerk, city attorney, corporate counsel, city treasurer and members of the Historic Preservation Commission.

“I really don’t know what to say other than thank you,” Miller said.

“I’ve said this before: I’m a cheerleader for Collinsville,” he added. “I may not wear the pom poms and the purple outfit, but I speak highly of this community.”

In other business, the council approved an ordinance to accept a proposal for a professional services agreement with Henderson Associates Architects for Collins Park. The agreement is related to moving the Collins House and creating a park-like entryway to the uptown, according to a report by Uptown Coordinator Leah Joyce.

The project will cost $17,920 for architectural and engineering services to renovate the house, solicit structural movers to relocate the house, create a grading plan, design an irrigation system and build the park.

Henderson Associates Architects had been previously approved to work on the project in 2013, but it was placed on hold. The total fees for the original architectural services were not paid in full — $21,544.90 of $28,975 has been paid — so the city still owes the company $7,430.10 under the previous contract.

The next City Council meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at 125 S. Center St. in Collinsville because of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday.