City of Sikeston
The Sikeston City Council will meet at 7:30 AM., Monday, October 22 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.               
Council Agenda Items
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
August Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Compost Site Schedule 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Council Agenda Items
Consideration of Christmas Eve Holiday
City employees receive ½ day off for Christmas Eve.  This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Monday.  We are asking the City Council to consider giving employees the full day off. 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets

Award Bid #19-19, Maintenance Building Concrete Walls
Staff sought bids for labor to lay concrete blocks for the BMX storage building expansion in the Recreation Complex.  Bid specs were sent to four contractors, but only one bid was submitted and opened on October 12.  Quertermous Masonry bid $12,592.00 to lay blocks for the building.  Our project estimate for the block-laying was $15,000.00.
Quertermous Masonry has done other work for the Parks Division and has done a quality job.  Staff recommends award of the labor for the block-laying project to Quertermous Masonry for $12,592.00.  
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets

Award Domestic Violence Surcharge
Several years ago the State established a funding source for domestic violence abuse shelters.  A $4.00 Domestic Violence Shelter Surcharge was placed on all municipal court convictions. These funds are retained by the City and distributed via an application process to domestic violence shelters serving the municipality. 
On September 21, 2018 the House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women submitted an application for funding in the amount of $8,000. This amount would be distributed on a monthly basis during calendar year 2019. Their application meets all municipal requirements, and if Sikeston’s municipal court caseload remains at current levels, $8,000 in domestic violence shelter surcharge fees should be generated.  
Staff is seeking Council award of calendar year 2019 funding, in an amount not to exceed $8,000, to the House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Appointment to SEMO University - Sikeston Campus Advisory Council
During the Council meeting on September 24, it was indicated that there was one more position to fill on the SEMO University - Sikeston Advisory Council but we did not have any applications in our Resource Bank.
We are in receipt of an application from John Leible, a resident of Sikeston.  Staff asks for Council’s consideration in appointing Mr. Leible to this board.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Appointment to LCRA Board
LCRA Board member Mike Jensen recently notified City staff of his desire to resign from this board.  Mr. Jensen’s term was due to expire September 2019.  Staff is requesting Council to appoint a new member to this advisory board to fill this unexpired term.
Requirements for appointment:
Appointees shall be taxpayers who have resided within Sikeston for five years prior to their appointment.
Resource Bank Applicants:
Name/Address                                                  Years of Residency
Paul Cohen                                                                 52       
James Barnhart                                                          15+     
Agnes Mason                                                              20+
Mike Ziegenhorn                                                         62
Willie James Billops-HIll                                               2
Larry Hancock                                                            21       
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Award Purchase of Pickup Trucks for Public Works
In multiple Public Works Divisions, we included 5 vehicles in the current fiscal year budget plus a lift for the garage. 
Staff is requesting the authorization to order four (4) work trucks for the price of $26,090 each for the following DPW Divisions:  Parks, Airport, Garage, and Code from Don Brown Chevrolet per the still current state bids for a ½ Ton 4WD Extended Cab Work Truck.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Award of Rail Trail Construction Bid
After a lengthy back-and-forth with MoDOT to ‘clear’ our acquisition of the railroad right-of-way, we have finally opened bids on Phase One of the Rail Trail.  The project has a combination of Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds, the last of the city’s Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, and a local match (25%) from city capital improvement funds.
We received five (5) bids on September 21st for the construction of this project.  The low bid was from Hessling Construction from Dexter, Missouri for the amount of $360,570.96.  All paperwork and DBE goals were in order, and verified by Darrall Hirtz of Waters Engineering of Sikeston.
Staff is requesting that the City Council approve awarding the bid to Hessling Construction of Dexter, Missouri with a bid of $360,570.96 contingent upon MoDOT concurrence-in-award.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Renewal of Employee Health Insurance
The City is completing its fourth year in a self-insured plan.  Our partners are AHC, HealthScope, Castia Rx, Health 180, and Healthlink, PCHS and FirstHealth Option.  It is a relationship that has worked well for the City of Sikeston.  For the fourth year in a row, our employee will not have an increase in premium.
Deke Lape of Mitchell Insurance will be at the city council meeting to address any questions you may have.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Request from Tetra-Pak for Sale of Portion of Railroad Right-of-Way
Mike Tomaszewski, Factory Director at Tetra Pak Materials, submitted the attached request to purchase the portion of the railroad right-of-way adjacent to Tetra Pak’s plant on Edwards Avenue. He proposes a $3,000 sale price (plus closing costs).
Tetra Pak’s property straddles the Sikeston/Miner city limit. The portion of the former railroad property now controlled by the City of Sikeston adjacent to Tetra Pak is about 250’ long. Tetra Pak currently leases the property from the City for $746.03/yr.
If the City Council is in favor of selling the City’s rights to the property, staff will begin drawing up the sale documents for execution.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Resolution 18-10-01, Supporting Phase 1 of Future I-57 Project, Ingram Interchange 
The City Council previously adopted Resolution 18-07-01 asking for the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission and MoDOT to give priority to a new interstate-standard interchange at the intersection of South Ingram Road and Highway 60/Future I-57.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

1st Reading, Bill #6125, Authorization to Change George E. Day Parkway from Colonel to General
When Mr. Scott Matthews was developing South Ridge Estates in the south portion of the City of Sikeston, he chose to name a new east-west thoroughfare after one of his war heroes, Colonel George E. Day.  We have recently learned that Colonel Day was posthumously advanced to the rank of brigadier general at an Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia on June 8, 2018.
For this reason, some local citizens including Mr. Matthews and Mr. Blair Moran have requested that the City rename Colonel George E. Day Parkway to General George E. Day Parkway.
No residences open up to the parkway.  Only one business has an address along the parkway.  This is Delta South Nursing Care And Rehabilitation Center located at 640 Colonel George E. Day Parkway in Sikeston.  The City Manager has spoken personally with the owner, Mr. Terry Cole, and Mr. Cole informed him that he had no issue with the name change.  Therefore, there will be no significant impact to any address changes.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

1st Reading, Bill #6126, Extension of Cell Tower Lease 
The City of Sikeston allowed Roberts Tower Company to construct a cell tower at the rear of Fire Station 1 on North West Street.  In exchange for the lease, Roberts Tower agreed to pay $200 per month for the land lease and pay 10% of the rent on the tower. The City also has the rights to have six whip antennas on the tower.
In 2010, Roberts Tower Company was purchased by American Tower Corporation.  The City currently receives $17,000 annually in revenue from American Tower Company.  During the remaining six years, revenue is expected to total $111,700. 
The current lease expires in 2025.  At that time, American Tower can assign rights to the tower, to the City for a fair market value assessment and the City of Sikeston will give American Tower a tax receipt.  The City does not have the expertise to operate or maintain a cell tower. 
The cellular carriers that American Tower does business with enter into 30-40 year terms and they like to know that the tower they are on (or would potentially go on) is stable with a long term commitment. American Tower wants to extend the current ground lease with us (or selling them an easement if that works better) to have the best chance to market the tower. 

American Tower has been working with City Counselor Leible to extend the current lease and have agreed to the following:
  • 5 additional years effective at the expiration of the lease agreement, 7/14/2025 with the option to renew for 9 additional 5 year terms.
  • $45,000 signing bonus upon full-execution of extension agreement.
  • New Rental rate of $1000/month
  • 3% annual rent increases moving forward
  • Keep existing and future 10% revenue share
  • Keep rights to existing six, whip antenna
It is the recommendation of city staff to proceed with the renewal.
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  
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.
Weekends in October:  Begg’s Family Farm Fall Festival will be held on weekends in October beginning October 6.  Pick your pumpkin, enjoy a corn maze, wagon rides, pig races and tons of fun things to do.  For hours and event details, call 573-471-3879.
October 1-27:  Annual Bootheel Regional Judged Art Show will be held October 1-27 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.
October 20:  Join us for Spread Hope Now’s 5th Annual “Love Your Neighbor” Community Volunteer Day on October 20.  The rally will begin at Malone Park and then volunteers will disburse to serve all over Sikeston.  Make plans to attend the barbecue at noon!  For more information, contact Mari Ann Moyers at 573-380-0177.
October 27:  9th Annual Goblin Gallop 5K/1 Mile Fun Run & Walk on October 27.  For more information call the Bootheel Counseling Center at 573-471-0800.
October 27:  Old Orchard Barn Sale will be held October 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 161 County Highway 473 (Ingram Road) in Sikeston.  Fall crafts, vintage and re-purposed furniture, home decor, food trucks, great food and musicians.  Rain or shine.  Free admission.
October 28:  Sikeston Parks and Recreation will have their annual Kid’s Monster Halloween Bash October 28 from 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Building, 105 Campanella.
October 31:  23rd Annual Community Halloween Safe Trick-or-Treating on October 31 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Outlet Mall located at 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston.
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. 
Special City Council Meeting scheduled for October 29th has been cancelled.  The next Regular Council meeting will be November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Sonny's Solid Waste Fall Curbside Cleanup
Tuesday/Friday Trash Days:  October 23 & 26
Place your bulky items at the curb on your designated collection days.  Do not place items you do not want disposed of close to rubbish or items to be hauled off as they may be taken by mistake. Sonny’s Solid Waste, Inc.(SSW) will not be responsible or replace any items taken if they are next to the curb on pick-up days.  Keep in mind the following:
1.  Only 4 bulky items will be collected.  These can be single items like a piece of furniture or containers such as boxes or totes.  Under no circumstance will piles of loose items be collected.  Containers must not be too heavy to lift, and boxes will not be picked up if rained on and wet.
2.  Mattresses must be wrapped in plastic if they are to be collected, due to bed bug concerns.
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.
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: 
October 20
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.): 
October 27
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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