City of Sikeston
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COUNCIL TO MEET APRIL 30 AT 11:30 A.M.
The Sikeston City Council will meet at 11:30 AM., Monday, April 30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.  This meeting is open to the public.  To view this meetings agenda and Council packet, go online to Council Agendas & Packets.               
IN THIS ISSUE
Council Agenda Items
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
May Council & Boards/Commission Meetings
Announcements
Compost Site Schedule 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Council Agenda Items
Budget Review 
 
The Council is not bound to this draft of the budget – it can be adjusted up or down until the day it is adopted. Revenue projections and year-end expenditure projections are likely to be refined between now and budget adoption as we get closer to the end of the current fiscal year. Among issues for the Council to be aware of (and discussion topics for the April 30 meeting) staff offers the following:
 
Sales Tax Projections. Sales taxes are the City’s largest revenue source, comprising roughly 63% of all revenues. Year to date sales tax revenues are flat compared to last year. In the current draft of the FY19 budget, we have projected sales taxes to be up a cautiously optimistic 1% compared to last year’s (FY17) audited receipts.
 
The long term trend for the last 14+ years is little growth in sales tax receipts (other than new taxes, such as the capital improvement sales tax, which have been adopted). Collections have bounced up and down from year to year but have generally returned to about the same levels as previous years. This means that city sales tax revenues are not keeping pace with inflation, but even more concerning, it means that sales at Sikeston “brick and mortar” retail establishments have not grown with inflation either. Much of the cause is likely the growth of online shopping, which has the unfair advantage of being untaxed or undertaxed compared to local businesses. As budget discussions continue, I plan to present the Council with more detailed information on this topic.
 
Compensation. The budget as currently drafted includes a 2% wage increase for all employees. This will fulfill the City Council’s pledge during the Capital Improvement Sales Tax Campaign to provide a 2% increase to sworn DPS positions in FY19, and provides the same increase to all other employees, thereby getting everyone back on the same wage adjustment schedule.
 
Fire Division Overtime. The FY19 Budget contains more realistic projections of overtime expenses in Public Safety, particularly in the Fire Division, which traditionally has gone significantly over budget in overtime expenses. Overtime in Fire Division has reduced from $180,676 in FY17 to a projected $156,160 in FY18, and we are budgeting $160,000 for FY19. A detailed analysis of Fire Division overtime is underway and will be discussed in more detail at future meetings.
 
Additional Staffing Requests. General Fund revenues are currently projected to be $163,055 over expenses. This means that adding staff to some critical functions could be a possibility. Staffing increases in the following areas have been discussed, but are not yet included in the budget. Council discussion and direction on this issue is requested.
 
    • IT Network Engineer. The City currently employs two IT people to serve 120 employees in several buildings and a complicated network including a mobile command unit, the 911 system, the city VOIP phone system, a large number of radios, court and police software programs that integrate with state and federal systems, and other technology. Estimated cost: $87,720 (including benefits).
    • Code Enforcement. The FY19 budget already includes the new City Planner/Code Enforcement Manager position and an additional Code Enforcement Officer. Additional positions could include code enforcement Officers or Rental Inspectors. Estimated cost: $59,375 per position (including benefits).      
    • School Resource Officers. Estimated cost: $72,463 per position (including benefits).
    • Skilled Workers, Streets and Parks. Estimated cost: $54,583 per position (including benefits).
    • Painter/Building Maintenance Worker. Estimated cost: $54,583 per position (including benefits).
    • Sports Complex Maintenance Leadman. Estimated cost: $59,375 (including benefits).
 
Transportation Sales Tax Fund. In order to free up Capital Improvement Funds for quality of life enhancing projects in the parks, and to help catch up with street improvements, the proposed budget moves one-time (i.e. not recurring) expenditures on street maintenance projects and equipment to the Transportation Sales Tax Fund. Due to the high fund balance of the Transportation Sales Tax Fund (estimated at 79% at the end of FY18) I am proposing spending down some of that fund balance. By doing this we are able to accomplish the following:
    • Put an extra $50,000 into contracted street maintenance (for a total of $650,000 from Transportation Sales Tax and $150,000 from Capital Improvement Sales Tax).
    • Complete two significant stormwater basin projects (at $50,000 each) in addition to the $50,000 we have been spending on ditch cleanouts.
    • Buy several snow plow blades and salt spreaders that can be attached to pickup trucks.
    • Build a new salt storage building (we are beginning to have structural concerns at the current building – see attached photos).
    • Buy a lift that will be useful for multiple applications.
    • Buy a pot hole patching trailer (for $22,000) that will replace our Pro-Patch truck for a fraction of the cost.
 
City Wide Camera System. The Capital Improvement Fund has $20,000 budgeted to place a camera in the downtown area, and to start upgrading some of the existing equipment that is aging.
 
South Industrial Park. Purchase of the south industrial park property was completed in FY18 from the balances in the Essex Fund and General Fund. As a result the General Fund balance is lower than we are accustomed to (approximately 41% as currently budgeted) but still well within city policies for fund balances. As an unrestricted fund, the General Fund should have a balance of at least 25% of revenues.
 
Reimbursements to General Fund. In FY17 we transferred $200,000 from the General Fund to the Essex Fund to cash flow construction of Cinema Dr and extensions of Stallcup and Hennings. As TIF revenues and lease revenues have been reimbursed to the Essex Fund we have in turn reimbursed the General Fund, $100,000 in FY18 and $100,000 budgeted in FY19.
 
Telephone Franchise Fees and E911 Surcharges. Telephone franchise fees and E911 surcharges continue their slow decline as more and more people move away from land lines in favor of cellular phones. This puts downward pressure on general revenues, but particularly on emergency dispatch revenues, requiring more general fund subsidies to keep 911 dispatch operating. This year, like most years, there are bills in the legislature to address this, but their future is unclear at this time.
 
Portable Generator. The Capital Improvement Fund has $50,000 for a trailer mounted generator that can be moved to several facilities as needed in an extended power outage, such as City Hall, the animal shelter, the airport terminal, or other facilities.
 
Health Insurance. The budget assumes no increase between July 1 and December 31, and includes funds for up to a 10% increase after July 1. WE DO NOT EXPECT ANY INCREASE IN HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS, BUT WE ARE BUDGETING CONSERVATIVELY.
 
Lil Peddler Building. The Capital Improvement Fund has $50,000 budgeted to rebuild the north wall of the building following the internal stabilization project which is already underway.
 
Essex Building Mold Remediation. The Essex Fund includes $25,000 for mold remediation in the front offices of the building, which were not used by the previous tenant and suffered significant water damage over the years.
 
Painting T-Hangars. The Airport Fund has $35,000 budgeted for painting the T-Hangars. We previously had planned to paint the T-Hangars in FY18, but we used those funds to do significant maintenance on some of the doors which was needed prior to painting.
 
Park and Transportation Master Plans. We have identified a need to do master planning in two areas: Parks, and Long Range Transportation. For both of these initiatives we have work that can be done by staff with elected officials and other stakeholders before involving consultants, so we have not included funds in the FY19 budget for these initiatives, but we expect that in FY20 there will be a need to start involving design professionals.
 
City/BMU Customer Service App. Staff at the City and BMU have been discussing the possibly of partnering on a smartphone app that would allow citizens to pay utility bills, and report issues like power outages, water main breaks, potholes, non-emergency public safety issues, and other maintenance needs. We have budgeted $13,000 for the City portion of this project, based on some initial quotes from vendors.
 
Municipal Court. The Court in the wake of Ferguson and Senate Bill 5 continues to be a financial drain on the City, requiring more subsidies from general tax revenues as court revenues have been arbitrarily capped by state laws and costs have increased due to unfunded mandates. We have begun analyzing case loads, ticket numbers, and other factors and expect to provide more information to the City Council at a future meeting. There seems to be momentum on some legislative fixes to these issues in the Missouri General Assembly, but I don’t think they will completely turn the tide for us. The court never made much money for the City of Sikeston (rightly, because its purpose is to administer justice, not make money), but the subsidy from law abiding citizens has increased dramatically in the past few years.
 
Capital Improvements.
 
Capital Improvements Currently Budgeted – FY2019
 
 
Public Safety Administration
 
Radio Maintenance (Routine plus 2 new mobiles, 3 new handhelds)
$37,500
Cameras/Video Equip (New camera downtown plus upgrades to other equip)
$20,000
DPS Building Lease
$313,017
Headquarters Building Maintenance
$27,000
Subtotal
$397,517
 
 
Public Safety - Police
 
2 Chevy Tahoes – Patrol/Pursuit
$92,000
3 Refurbished Highway Patrol Sedans
$56,000
Camera/Photographic Equipment
$3,000
Vehicle Maintenance
$70,000
Weapons and Restraints (Tasers, cuffs, etc.)
$7,000
Subtotal
$228,000
 
 
Public Safety - Fire
 
Pumper and Ladder Lease Purchase Payment
$98,000
Vehicle Maintenance
$40,000
Equipment Maintenance
$20,000
Fire Hose
$4,500
Turn-Out Gear
$39,000
SCBA Breathing Equipment
$5,000
Furniture and Fixtures
$3,500
Building Maintenance
$15,000
Building Renovation (FS2 Interior, floors, etc.)
$25,000
Subtotal
$250,000
 
 
Public Safety – Emergency Management
 
Warning Sirens (Batteries)
$2,500
Subtotal
$2,500
 
 
Public Works – Administration
 
Vehicle Maintenance
$500
Computers and Equipment (New CPU for CAD)
$2,200
Generator
$50,000
Building Renovation (Lil Peddler)
$50,000
Subtotal
$102,700
 
 
Public Works – Seasonal Mowing
 
Mowing Equipment (Riding Mowers)
$17,000
Subtotal
$17,000
 
 
Public Works – Streets
 
Dump Truck Lease Purchase Payment
$55,000
Street Sweeper Lease
$51,200
Streets and Alleys (Addition to Summer Street Program)
$150,000
Subtotal
$256,200
 
 
Public Works - Garage
 
Pickup Truck
$23,000
Vehicle Maintenance
$800
Equipment Maintenance
$200
Building Maintenance (Vehicle Lift)
$20,000
Subtotal
$44,000
 
 
Public Works – Planning
 
Pickup Trucks – (New City Planner and New Code Officer Positions)
$46,000
Radios - Portable
$3,800
Computers and Equipment
$1,700
Subtotal
$51,500
 
 
Public Works – Animal Control
 
Building Maintenance
$10,000
Subtotal
$10,000
 
 
Public Works – Parks and Recreation
 
Concession Stand Equipment
$4,000
Scoreboards (Field 4, JBR)
$8,500
Equipment (Goal Posts, Soccer Goals, Pitching Mounds)
$25,000
Mowing Equipment – Batwing Mower
$55,000
Mowing Equipment – Level Best and Sprayer
$21,500
Rail Trail Phase I (carry over from FY18, this number includes grant and match funds)
$368,944
Infield Renovations (Field 1 & 2 renovations; plus top dressing, clay, turf)
$70,000
Irrigation (Field 6 & 7)
$6,000
Decorations (Christmas)
$15,000
Shelters/Tables/Bleachers
$10,000
Fencing and Lighting (Electrical Upgrades to Lighting Controls)
$100,000
Subtotal
$683,944
 
 
Public Works – Airport
 
Airport Improvement (Routine maint of lights, etc.)
$5,000
Subtotal
$5,000
 
 
TOTAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
$2,048,361
 
Unfunded Requests. The following are projects, programs, or purchases that are not funded in this draft of the budget:
  • New Fire Station:  $4,000,000
  • Hostage Negotiation System – Replace Camera Equipment: $25,000
  • Fire Admin - Flatbed Pickup Truck: $30,000
  • Leaf machine: $180,000
  • Phone system upgrade, city wide: $100,000 (currently evaluating other options)
  • Additional dump truck: $162,000
  • City Hall security upgrades: $15,000
  • Alley Maintenance Program: $25,000
  • Pickup Truck – Animal Control: $30,000
  • Expansion of Maintenance Building (old BMX area): $35,000
Conclusion. Work on the FY19 budget is ongoing and will be discussed by Council and staff at several upcoming meetings:
  • Monday, May 7, 5:00 p.m. Public Hearing and Council discussion
  • Thursday, May 17, 5:00 p.m. Study Session, if desired
  • Monday, June 4, 5:00 p.m. Public Hearing and 1st Reading on budget ordinances
  • Monday, June 11, 5:00 p.m. 2nd Reading and approval of budget ordinances
 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 
 
 
Upcoming Events & Festivals
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
 
Saturdays in May:  Sikeston Farmers Market will be held in Legion Park in Downtown Sikeston on Saturdays, May through October, from 7:30 a.m. to sellout. Come downtown for locally grown fruits and vegetables, breads, jellies, jams and honey.
 
May 3-31:  Guest artist Mayme Young's Art Exhibition will be held May 3-31 at the Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone.  Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM.   
 
May 5:  The 9th Annual Sikeston Jaycee & Health Facilities Rehab Crawfish Boil & Music Festival will be held May 5 from 2:00 PM - Midnight at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram. Feast on more than 3,000 pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish with all the fixings.  Enjoy live music and family activities.  Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the gate.  HELD RAIN OR SHINE!  Contact Isaac Quick (573-931-0099; Iquick93@gmail.com) or De Bizzell (573-380-9208; debizzell@gmail.com) with any questions.
 
May 11:  Spring Fling Wing Ding Benefiting Sikeston P.A.W.S. will be held May 11 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on the patio at Jeremiah’s Restaurant & Lounge located at 102 N. Kingshighway. Tickets are $25, which include all-you-can-eat wings as well as beer and wine.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.
 
May 12: Join the Sikeston Parks & Recreation for their FREE Annual Fishing Derby on May 12 at the Recreation Complex Lake from 8 AM until 10 AM. This event is open to all kids age 15 and under.  Each child must provide his or her own fishing pole and bait.  Small children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Children may be assisted by an adult, however, children should do their own fishing as much as possible.  The lake will be open to public fishing at the close of the Fishing Derby.
 
Children will compete for prizes in three age categories: 5 and under, 6 to 10, and 11 to 15.  Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught and the most pounds weighed in within a five fish limit in each age group.  All fishing must be completed by 10:00 AM for participants to be eligible for prizes.  For more information, call 573-475-3775 or email dcare@sikeston.org.
 
May 14:  Bootheel United Way Golf Tournament will be held May 14 at the Fox Haven Country Club located at 1 Country Club Drive. For more information, contact Shawna Gerding at bootheeluw@gmail.com.
 
May 19:  Sikeston Parks & Recreation and PURE Yoga Studio are partnering to offer FREE Yoga in the Park on May 19 from 10 AM - Noon at Recreation Complex #7. Beginners to more experienced yogis are welcome to join in on this wellness event in the park!
 
May 20:  Sikeston High School will have their Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony on May 20 at 2:00 PM at the Football Field. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Field House.
 
For additional events throughout the year, click here.
 
Upcoming Meetings & Announcements
May Council & Boards/Commission Meetings
Meeting dates & times are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on Sikeston Facebook. 
  
The Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m., May 7 in the Library’s McAmis Community Room, 121 E. North Street.
 
Regular City Council Meeting will be held May 7 at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
The Board of Municipal Utilities Commission will meet at 4 p.m., May 8 at the BMU Administration Building, 107 E. Malone Avenue.
 
The Housing Authority Commission will conduct its regular monthly meeting at noon, May 14 at the Housing Authority Office, 360 Allen Boulevard.
 
The Park Board will meet at 5:15 p.m., May 14 at the Clinton Building, 501 Campanella Drive.
 
The LCRA Commission will meet at 11:30 a.m., May 21 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
Public Safety Advisory Board will meet at 6:00 PM, May 21 in the Conference Room at DPS Headquarters, 201 S. Kingshighway.
 
Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 8:00 a.m. May 29 in the Conference Room of the Sikeston Regional Chamber Office, 128 N. New Madrid.
 
Council agendas, packets and minutes can be viewed by clicking here.
Announcements
Optional Curbside Recycling Now Available
Sonny's Solid Waste is now offering optional curb-side recycling in Sikeston!  For $8/month, Sonny's will provide you with a green recycling toter and will pick up one per month.  Drop off recycling will still be available as well.  Please call Sonny's at 573-471-2869 with questions or to sign up for this service.
 
Annual Curbside Cleanup
The City of Sikeston’s Spring Cleanup Curbside Pickup from Sonny’s Solid Waste for residents with Monday and Thursday trash collection will be May 14 and May 17.  Place all items next to the curb the night before the scheduled pickup dates.  There will be no return trips, no exceptions.  A $10 fee will apply for pickup of certain large household appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, etc.  Please contact Sonny’s at 471-2869 for additional information.
 
The City of Sikeston’s Spring Cleanup Curbside Pickup from Sonny’s Solid Waste for residents with Tuesday and Friday trash collection will be May 22 and May 25.  Place all items next to the curb the night before the scheduled pickup dates.  There will be no return trips, no exceptions.  A $10 fee will apply for pickup of certain large household appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, stoves, etc.  Please contact Sonny’s at 471-2869 for additional information.
 
No Trash Pickup On Memorial Day (May 28)
Due to Memorial Day, Sonny’s Solid Waste will not pick up trash on May 28.
 
City Offices Closed Memorial Day (May 28)
City offices will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
 
 
 
Compost Site & Recycling Program
Compost Site Schedule 
The City Compost is a public service for Sikeston residents to provide a place to discard garden and yard waste.  Residents enter the front gate and check in with a Public Works employee.  Proof of residency (drivers license) must be provided at this time.  The resident will then be directed to a designated area for the items to be discarded.  Unloading is the responsibility of the resident.  If plastic bags are used, the bags must be emptied then discarded in the available dumpsters as they exit the Compost Site.
 
In conjunction with the Compost Site, Sonny's Solid Waste will furnish a 20-yard recycling box where recycling materials can be dropped off.  Recycling materials can be dropped off during normal Compost hours.  Recycling materials that will accepted are listed below.
 
Location: 
Compress Road (1 block west of Northwest Street)
 
Compost Materials Accepted: 
1.  Tree branches & limbs (no more than 6" in diameter)
2.  Bushes
3.  Leaves
4.  Grass Clippings
5.  Tires are also being taken during regular compost dates.  We have set a limit of 8 tires per compost day and should be no longer than 18" and off the rim
 
Recycling Materials Accepted:
1.  Corrugated cardboard, gray board/chipboard, including soda, cereal and frozen pizza boxes
2.  Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail and paper
3.  Household plastic containers (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
4.  Plastic shopping bags (#2) and newspaper sleeves (#4)
 
Upcoming Dates: 
May 12
May 23 (Wednesday)
June 09
June 23
 
For the complete Compost Site schedule, click here.
 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Sonny's Solid Waste Recycling Center, located at 451 Smith St., has expanded their days and hours for recycling drop offs.  In addition to their normal Wednesday hours of noon-5:00 p.m., they will adding two Saturdays per month, open from 8 a.m. to noon.  While every effort will be made to follow this schedule, dates and times may be changed without notice due to bad weather.
 
Upcoming Saturday Recycling Dates at Sonny's Solid Waste Recycling Center
(451 Smith St.): 
 
May 05
May 19
June 02
June 16
 
For a complete list of acceptable items and their additional recycling dates, click here.
 
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