Metropolis is looking for Uber, other services | New
METROPOLIS, Ill. – Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash are all services that residents of Metropolis want to use, but do not have access to.
Alderman Al Wagner brought up the subject Monday evening at the end of the Metropolis City Council meeting, he asked about the progress of the Lyft app, stressing how beneficial these services would be to visitors to the superman celebration.
Corporate lawyer Rick Abell noted that the topic was researched a few years ago among the city, Harrah’s and the Greater Metropolis Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“At the time, we learned that the Lyft app was not working here, although there was a driver here. We found out that we weren’t included in any of their regions. They finally came back and said we weren’t big enough, they didn’t assign a regional director and that was the end of the discussion, ”he said.
Abell noted that the council amended the Taxi Ordinance in 2018 so that ridesharing services could more easily operate here.
Since that initial research, Abell said the Lyft app has been running in “very strange places” across the city.
Mayor Don Canada said DoorDash had been questioned about coming to Metropolis. “They won’t come either. We just don’t have enough people to use it or restaurants using it. We are not yet at the level where we need to be for these people to spend money to come here, ”he said.
Abell is revisiting the services and recently reached out to Uber, which their website says serves southern Illinois.
“We have contact with the Uber company and will see what we can learn from it,” he said. “We’re still working on it.”
Deena Williams, Executive Director of the Shawnee Development Council, briefed the board on Operation Healthy Delta.
The SDC and the Missouri Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation (DAEOC) are partnering with the US Department of Defense and US Army Reserve Forces to bring the Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program to the region.
The medical mission enhances military readiness by providing trained military medical personnel with emergency response training in the field while simultaneously providing quality healthcare services to residents aged 2 years and older. Uninsured or underinsured residents who need quality health care can seek treatment. No proof of insurance or identification is required.
The 70 soldiers will be in Metropolis from June 11 to 25 and housed at the high school in the county of Massac.
Free medical, dental and visual screenings will be offered from June 15 to 21, with hours varying from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. at the high school. School materials will also be provided free of charge to the pupil. Participants must wear a mask. For more information, call 618-634-2201.
“There are no restrictions, no paperwork will be required, no insurance. It’s on a first come, first served basis, ”said Williams. “It’s a unique opportunity. We encourage people who are interested or who know someone who really needs dental help, it is a service that is the most limited.
The Shawnee Development Council first got involved in the program two years ago and hosted the event at Cairo High School, “and it was amazing. It is an incredible program. I’m glad we got involved. You have a wonderful opportunity to come to your city.
Shawnee Development Council, Inc. is a non-profit community action agency serving Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.
Williams also briefed the board on the activities of the Shawnee Development Council over the past two years.
“We work very closely here in town with low income people, providing services to them from our office,” she said. “Last year we had 495 households that came through which was a bit low because we had to shut down a bit and helped people remotely due to COVID. So far this year, from January to May, we have helped 161 households. “
City Hall will be closed Monday for Memorial Day.