City of Sikeston
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SIKESTON SCANNER
 
COUNCIL TO MEET SEPTEMBER 10 AT 5:00 P.M.
The Sikeston City Council will meet at 5:00 PM., Monday, September 10 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 
August Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Announcements
Compost Site Schedule 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Council Agenda Items
 
2nd Reading, Bill #6115, BMU Rate Increase - Electrical
The Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU) has submitted requests for electric rate increases. BMU General Manager Rick Landers will be present to answer any questions.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets

2nd Reading, Bill #6122, BMU Rate Increase - Sanitary Sewer
The Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU) has submitted requests for sanitary sewer rate increases. BMU General Manager Rick Landers will be present to answer any questions.  
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

2nd Reading, Bill #6123, BMU Rate Increase - Water
The Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities (BMU) has submitted requests for water rate increases. BMU General Manager Rick Landers will be present to answer any questions.  
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Boards & Commission Appointments  
Council action is requested on these 34 appointments to Boards & Commissions.  Oath of Office ceremonies will be conducted during the 11:30 AM meeting of September 24 and the 5 PM meeting of October 1.
 
Council action will be requested as follows:
 
            BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS:  1 appointment (full member)
 
            BOARD OF APPEALS:  2 appointments
 
            BMU COMMISSION:  1 appointment
 
            ENHANCED ENTERPRISE ZONE BOARD:  1 appointment
 
            HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD:  2 appointments
           
            LAND CLEARANCE REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:  1 appointment
 
            PARK BOARD:  3 appointments
 
            PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION:  2 appointments
 
            PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD:  2 appointments
           
            RENTAL ORDINANCE APPEALS BOARD:  3 appointments
 
            SIKESTON PAWS ADVISORY BOARD:  2 appointments
 
            TAX INCREMENT FINANCE COMMISSION:  2 appointments
 
            TOURISM ADVISORY BOARD:  2 appointments
 
            TRAFFIC COMMITTEE:  5 appointments
 
           SEMO UNIV. SIKESTON CAMPUS ADVISORY COUNCIL:  5 appointments
  
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets

Review of the Final 2017 Underwriting Year Experience Statement Package
The Final 2017 Underwriting Year Experience Statement for City of Sikeston officially closes out the captive for 2017 and has resulted in a return of $74,555 to the city.  This includes our allocated operating profit distribution of $36,068 and our return of collateral of $38,487. 
 
Deke Lape of Mitchell Insurance Inc. will be present at the city council meeting to review the statement and answer any questions you may have.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets

1st Reading, Bill #6113, Establishing Regulations for Lawful Operations of Golf Carts within the City of Sikeston
Recently members of the City Council have inquired about allowing the operation of golf carts on city streets. Staff’s research on the issue was first presented to Council at the August 27, 2018 meeting. The Council directed staff at that time to move ahead with drafting a bill for City Council consideration. Bill Number 6113 is therefore presented for first reading.
 
Bill Number 6113, regulating golf carts on public streets in Sikeston, reads as follows:
  1. Golf carts operated on city streets, roads or alleyways shall be equipped with adequate brakes, reliable steering, safe tires, and a rearview mirror.
  2. Any individual operating a golf cart on city streets, roads or alleyways shall be 18 years of age or older, and shall possess a valid driver’s license.
  3. Law enforcement officers are authorized to demand evidence of age and driver’s license status of any golf cart operator, independent of any traffic behavior by said operator. 
  4. Golf carts shall only be operated on city streets, roads or alleyways between the hours of sunrise and one half hour before sunset.
  5. The operator of a golf cart shall be subject to all traffic codes and speed regulations of the City.
  6. The operator of a golf cart shall signal intent to turn using mechanical turn signals, or if the cart is not equipped with mechanical turn signals, the operator shall signal intent to turn using hand signals as proscribed by RSMo 304.019.
  7. No person operating a golf cart on public streets shall:
    1. Operate the vehicle at speeds exceeding 20 miles per hour;
    2. Operate the vehicle in any careless or imprudent manner so as to endanger any person or property of a person;
    3. Operate the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance;
    4. Operate the vehicle on city sidewalks;
    5. Operate the vehicle off designated roadways in city parks;
    6. Operate the vehicle on recreational trails or sidewalks in city parks or rail trails;
    7. Operate the vehicle when the weather conditions include any form of precipitation, including fog, rain, snow, sleet, or freezing rain;
    8. Operate the vehicle on any state or federal highway, except to cross a portion of the state or federal highway system which intersects the municipal street;
    9. Cross any federal or state highway at an intersection where the highway being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than forty-five (45) miles per hour.
    10. Operate the vehicle on any street with a speed limit more than 30 miles per hour.
  8. The number of passengers riding within a golf cart shall not exceed the designated number of seating positions.
  9. Law enforcement officers may require the golf cart to be towed back to the owner’s property at the owner’s expense following any violation of this Section, if continued operation of the golf cart would present a danger to the operator or passengers of the golf cart, or to the general public.  
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

1st & 2nd Reading Emergency Bill #6121, Approval of State Block Agreement & Airport Layout Plan on Project 18-077B-1
This bill is to authorize the execution of a cost share agreement between the City of Sikeston and the Missouri Department of Transportation/Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for Project 18-077B-1 for the purpose of an airport layout plan update.  
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Monument/Wayfinding Sign Locations 
In October of 2016 the City entered into a 5 year contract with Geograph Industries for manufacture and installation of wayfinding and monument signs. The project was to be completed and paid in phases each year from the annual budget of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), which was then run as a city department. The project was split up over five years in order to spread the payments out in a way that would be affordable within the projected guest tax revenues.
 
At this point in time, all of the wayfinding and highway welcome signs have been installed and paid for, and only the monument signs are outstanding. The contractor (Geograph) would like to install, and be paid for, the three monument signs all at once rather than come back in each of the upcoming fiscal years. The Chamber/CVB staff and I had a conference call with Geograph several weeks ago and they were also willing to scale back the project to fewer monument signs if we just wanted to finish out the project and be done with it.
 
The locations originally approved for monument signs were:
  • On the railroad right-of-way near the Miner/Sikeston city limits.
  • On 61 north of Fed Ex in the industrial park.
  • On the SW corner of HH and N Ingram (approaching the Rodeo and Sports Complex) 
More recent discussions with the City Council resulted in staff taking a second look at those locations. City and Chamber of Commerce/CVB staff now recommend two signs:
  • On the railroad right-of-way near the Miner/Sikeston city limits (could be placed just west of Edward Ave, near the MoDOT maintenance yard, or a little bit further to the east, closer to the next driveway).
  • In Matthews Park, facing westbound Hwy 60/Future I-57 traffic.
The original contract with Geograph was for 3 monument signs at $39,900 each (total $119,700). They have given us a revised estimate of $89,800 to do only two signs. Per previous City Council direction, if the balance of the Tourism Tax Fund (approximately $51,000) is paid by the City toward the signs, the remaining balance of approximately $38,800 would be paid by the Chamber/CVB.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

Award Contract to MUSCO Lighting for Lighting Upgrade
The Parks and Recreation Department budgeted $55,000.00 to upgrade the baseball and softball field lighting at the Recreation Complex.  MUSCO Lighting whose headquarters are in Oskaloosa, Iowa submitted a quote through the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) for $34,000.00.  The quote is to install a Control-Link Cabinet for Fields #1- 4 and install a Control-Link Cabinet for Fields #5 – 8.  The Control-Link Cabinet is designed for the field lights to be set on timers which Parks Staff can control without having users needing to be inside the control room of the concession stands.
 
Staff recommends awarding the contract to MUSCO Lighting for $34,000.00 for the purchase and installation of the Control-Link Cabinets for the baseball and softball fields.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Briefing:  New Madrid County Flood Plain Project
On Wednesday, August 15th, SEMA staff presented an update for the flood plain mapping for New Madrid County.  This was in response to the many comments made on the updated presented in February of this year.  We are pleased to announce that the areas in the southern portions of Sikeston which were be added to the floodplain as a part of the February update have since been removed.  Therefore, none of those areas will be added as a part of this update. 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets   

Approval of Land Lease for Airport Hanger
Staff is requesting Council to approve the land lease contract for the Brown’s airport hangar which is up for renewal.  The cost has been updated to be consistent with other renters of similar space.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

Briefing:  Discuss Potential Transportation Alternative Program Applications 
MoDOT has issued a call for applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program or TAP.  These are projects for bicycle/pedestrian facilities and//or ADA improvements to existing facilities.
 
For this year, the applications are due November 2nd, 2018.  They must seek a minimum  of $100,000 and a maximum of $400,000.  Projects must have a 20% match or more.
 
For this year, we hope to submit an application for another trail.  We are not limited to the number of application we can submit, but rarely does a city every get awarded a second project.
 
For this year we are considering the following for submission:
  • Rail to Trail – Phase 2
  • Safe Route to School – Northwest (Salcedo to Malone)
  • Recreation Trail – Along Salcedo Road (Kingshighway to North Ingram)
  • Downtown Revitalization – Phase 2 
Staff has the following thoughts on these submissions:
  • While the rail trail is a big priority, we are just about to begin construction on the first phase…after a lengthy delay regarding MoDOT’s clearance of our right of way purchase from the rail road. My thought would be to consider waiting until next time.
  • The Northwest corridor directly south of the Junior High School is riddled with kids walking on the street after school every day. We would consider this project a high priority.
  • While there is a serious need to extend the Salcedo trail east, we hope to pursue it through the recreation trail program of the Missouri State Parks.
  • We feel that as we have made improvements to the sidewalks downtown that some of these improvements have been completed. The acquisition of lighting and amenities (trash receptacles and benches) could be out of pocket budgeted expenses, and we could seek assistance from BMU to install the lighting as they can work it in.
Considering all of this, staff recommends that we go forward with an application for improvements along Northwest Street.  If council desires a second application be submitted, we recommend a second application for the second phase of the rail trail.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

EXECUTIVE SESSION
     Property
 
Upcoming Events & Festivals
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
Every Saturday:  Sikeston Farmers Market will be held in Legion Park in Downtown Sikeston on Saturdays, May through October, from 7:30 AM to sellout.  Come downtown for locally grown fruits and vegetables, breads, jellies, jams and honey.
 
September 6-30:  Annual Bootheel Regional Judged Art Show will be held September 6-30 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone Ave.  View works of established and up-and-coming artists from throughout the region.
 
September 11-13:  Sikeston Depot Museum presents the 4th Grade Missouri History Program September 11-13 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Depot Museum located at 116 W. Malone.
 
September 15:  Downtown Wine Festival will be held September 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Sikeston, 100 block of Center Street.  This popular outdoor festival features the best wines of the region, hor d’oeuvres and live music.  Hosted by Historic Downtown Sikeston.
 
September 25-29:  American Legion Cotton Carnival will be held September 25-29 at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds located at 1220 N. Ingram.  Celebrated since 1945, this 5-day festival honors military veterans of all branches and celebrates the annual cotton harvest.  Enjoy carnival rides, games, pageants and entertainment.  Call 573-471-9956 for pageant and event information.
 
September 29:  Enjoy one of the largest parades in the state.  The Cotton Carnival Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. September 29 on Malone Ave. and Pine St. and travel west on Malone to Downtown Sikeston.
 
September 29:  3rd Annual Fall Craft Fair and Sidewalk Sale will be held September 29 at the Sikeston Outlet Stores.
 
For additional events throughout the year, click here.
 
Upcoming Meetings & Announcements
August Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Meeting dates & times are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on Sikeston Facebook. 
  
The Housing Authority Commission will conduct its regular monthly meeting at Noon, September 10 at the Housing Authority Office, 360 Allen Boulevard.
 
Regular City Council Meeting will be held September 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
The Board of Municipal Utilities Commission will meet at 4 PM., September 11 at the BMU Administration Building, 107 E. Malone Avenue.
 
The LCRA Commission will meet at 11:30 a.m., September 17 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
Public Safety Advisory Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. September 17 in the Conference Room at DPS Headquarters, 201 S. Kingshighway.
 
Special City Council Meeting will be held September 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 8:00 a.m. September 25 in the Conference Room of the Sikeston Regional Chamber Office, 128 N. New Madrid St.
 
 
Announcements
Recycling of Plastic Bags
Due to recent recycling changes, Sonny's Solid Waste will no longer accept plastic bags at their recycling center.
 
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.  NOTE:  Due to recent recycling changes, plastic bags will no longer be accepted.
 
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)
 
Upcoming Dates: 
September 5
September 22
 
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.
 
NOTE:  Due to recent changes in recycling,  plastic bags will no longer be accepted at Sonny's Recycling Center during recycling drop offs.  Please place all recycled items in the self-service stations in loose form.
 
Upcoming Saturday Recycling Dates at Sonny's Solid Waste Recycling Center
(451 Smith St.): 
September 8
September 29
 
For a complete list of acceptable items and their additional recycling dates, click here.
 
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City of Sikeston  •  105 E. Center St.  •  Sikeston, MO 63801

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