City of Sikeston
SIKESTON SCANNER
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Council Agenda Items
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
January/February Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Announcements
Compost Site Schedule 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Council Agenda Items
 
SIKESTON SCANNER
 
The Sikeston City Council will meet at 7:30 AM., Monday, January 27  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. 

Authorization to Approve Airport Terminal Area Update
The City has been working hard to improve the Sikeston Memorial Airport.  This is being kicked off by an official terminal area plan update to be submitted MoDOT Aviation. 
 
Waters Engineering conducted the study and met with many stakeholders of the airport to present their plans showing different alternatives along with project recommendations and costs. All stakeholders commented positively about the recommendations.
 
We are seeking council’s approval to submit the report as presented to MoDOT Aviation.  This will update our terminal area plan with MoDOT and will inform MoDOT of our interest and intention to seek 90% grant funding for our Phase 1 project to make apron modifications and purchase a new fuel system.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

Briefing:  Stallcup Building
While the Stallcup Building wall repairs are coming to a close, we now shift our attention to the roof repairs.  Because of the structure’s instability, it was impossible for us to properly assess the water damage to the roof.  Our architect included 10’ of roof repairs from the back of the building.  After getting to the point where we could properly assess the damage, it was worse than we expected, and now we need to consider repairs at least a 20’ section, rather than 10’.
 
This is prompting a decision in that do we pay the additional costs for more roof repairs, or do we pay additional costs and replace the roof. 
 
The costs for these options will be presented and can be discussed at the council meeting.  I  have asked Mr. Rob Murphy, our architect on the project, to be in attendance to answer questions.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

3rd Reading, Bill #6177, Rental Lighting Rate
The Board of Municipal Utility (BMU) recently solicited the help of a nationally known rates consultant to review all of BMU’s rates for accuracy and adequacy.  While our Rental Light Rates were a part of that review, at the time of the review they did not include a rate to cover LED lights.  The BMU recently added the LED light data and developed the associated rates.  These rates have been approved by the BMU Board. 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

3rd Reading, Bill #6165, Utility Vehicles
This bill, if approved, will allow for the use of utility vehicles (UTV’s) on city streets in the city limits of Sikeston.  During the 2nd reading there were concerns addressed by citizens attending the meeting.  The two primary concerns were child restraint and inspections for the UTV’s.  The child restraint concern addressed the fact that the bill, as introduced the 1st and 2nd time, did not specify the requirements for the safety of passengers under 18 other than stating they had to wear a helmet and use a seatbelt. 
 
After looking at multiple sources, including MO state statutes and UTV vendor recommendations, it is the recommendation that the language be changed in the bill to mirror the current Missouri revised statute addressing child restraint (RSMo 307.179).  All passengers under 18 year of age shall wear an approved DOT helmet.
 
With regards to the inspection concern, DPS contacted representatives of the City of Tucson, AZ at the request of the Mayor.  We were told that the State of AZ has a process for registering UTV’s, ATV’s, and golf carts to be street legal.  This is governed by the State and not the municipalities. Missouri exempts UTV’s from the titling and registration process.  Also, while speaking with a representative of the DMV for Arizona we found out that an inspection is not a requirement in their registration process.  They have a “Highway Use Certificate” form that is completed and signed by the owner.  The form is also notarized.  This form states the owner is aware of the law pertaining to the use of the vehicle and understands they could face criminal charges if they are found to be operating outside the guidelines of the law.  This form is similar to the form the City Clerk’s office drafted and intended to use when a new UTV registration applied for by an owner. 
 
Understanding that UTV’s are exempt from the Missouri titling and registration laws and fall under a completely different definition, I believe this form is sufficient with regards to owners of UTV’s declaring that their vehicle is safe for the use on our public streets. 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets   

2nd Reading, Bill #6166, Authorizing the Sale of Fireworks in the City of Sikeston
The Sikeston City Code currently contains a blanket prohibition on the sale and use of fireworks inside the city limits. The Mayor has asked the Council to consider Bill #6166, which would allow the sale of fireworks within city limits, but not their use. 
  
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets 

2nd Reading, Bill #6179, Amending Hours of Operation for Entertainment & Amusement Businesses
Staff received a request from the Mayor and Councilwoman Williams to review the new rules pertaining to the hours of operation for the Amusement and Entertainment Licensing bill.  The request was that Section 610.090 (Rules) line # 1 be amended to the following:  
 
 
Hours of operation shall be limited from 9:00 A.M. to 12 A.M (midnight) Sundays through Thursdays, and from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 A.M. on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. No re-entry shall be allowed after 1:00 A.M.
 
This will extend the hours of operation to midnight through the week and keep it at 1:30 A.M. on Friday and Saturday nights.   
 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

2nd Reading, Bill #6180, 60 West TIF District Amendments 
Cotton Ridge Development has requested amendments to the Sikeston 60 West TIF District to free up funds and allow more flexibility for the developer’s financing of improvements in the district. The changes require execution of several amended documents, which are attached. Adoption of Bill Number 6180 authorizes execution of these documents, and it is presented as an emergency measure so that the effective date corresponds with distribution schedules for the affected tax increment financing revenues among the developers; it does not affect the City’s distribution schedule. The bill will go into effect immediately upon passage.
 
Staff is seeking Council's approval of this bill.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

1st Reading, Bill #6181, Rental Registration/Inspection Program
The City Council has discussed the rental housing inspection program in several City Council meetings and study sessions over the past year. As a result of those public meetings and the City Council and public comments received, staff has prepared a new rental housing registration and inspection program summarized as follows: 
  • Landlords shall register their rental units before the effective date of the ordinance (April 3, 2020) and must then renew annually by January 31. 
  • The cost of landlord registration shall be:
    • $50.00 total if the property owner is registering 25 or fewer rental units, or; 
    • $100.00 total if the property owner is registering more than 25 rental units.
  • Tenant registration shall no longer be required, except that current tenants at the time of initial or annual renewal of landlord registration must be listed on the landlord registration form.
  • Inspection of rental properties against the standards contained in the attached checklist shall take place at the request of the property owner, operator, or occupant, or pursuant to any judicial warrant obtained by the City. No regular schedule of required inspections is established by this ordinance.
  • Other exterior inspections of rental properties (for issues such as junk and trash, derilect vehicles, tall grass and weeds, etc.) shall take place on a complaint basis or upon self-initiated activity by Planning and Development staff, per the same basis and procedures as any other private property in the City, regardless of owner- or renter-occupied status.  
  • Any violations must be corrected within 30 days unless the violations present an immediate and serious threat to the life and health of the occupant(s) (such as a gas leak), as determined by the City Manager, in which case immediate correction of the violations shall be required or the property shall be condemned as unfit for occupation. The City Manager’s determination shall be stayed only by judicial injunction. 
  • All other violations may be appealed to the Board of Appeals. Enforcement actions shall be stayed while the appeal is pending.
  • The City will send an annual letter to the rental unit address informing the tenant of the inspection standards and the right to request an inspection. 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

Authorization to Purchase Surplus Highway Patrol Vehicle
The Department of Public Safety would like to purchase one used AWD Highway Patrol 2015 Dodge Charger for $15,300, with additional dollars used to outfit each vehicle with emergency equipment and K9 specific equipment.  $900 would be added for a light bar and siren, bringing the total cost to $16,200. 
 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

Proposal for Recreation Complex/Bootheel Golf Course Master Plan - Gateway Design Studio
The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking approval to select Gateway Design Studio to design a conceptual layout of the Recreation Complex/Bootheel Golf Course Master Plan.  Due to the familiarity of working with Gateway Design Studio previously on the first phase of the Cotton Belt Trail, we recommend that Gateway Design Studio be selected to design this Master Plan project.
 
The budget for the Master Plan was $25,000 and in agreeance with Gateway Design Studio, the fee for the project will not exceed $30,000.  The additional costs will be covered by other unused funds in Parks’ maintenance and operations budget.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  
 
Upcoming Events & Festivals
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
February 1:  Mother/Son Throw-Down at the Clinton Building from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Fee is $9 per person ($18/couple) and activities include dessert buffet, DJ, photo booth and games!  Age range is for 5-12.  You can register at the Clinton Building or online at www.sikestonparks.com.  Deadline to register is January 29.
 
February 7-8:  Downtown Valentine Chocolate Walk during regular business hours in Downtown Sikeston.
 
February 7:  Please join the SPS Foundation on Friday, February 7, 2020 for our inaugural After the Buzzer Bash!! This event will take place after the Sikeston vs. Poplar Bluff basketball game. As soon as that final buzzer sounds at the SHS Field House, our Bash will kick-off at the Sikeston Jaycee’s Sponsor’s Building!  It will be a fun evening with appetizers, drinks, music, and friends!
 
February 7:  Held at the Miner Convention Center, Sikeston First Assembly of God will host Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs and sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered around God's love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older, hosted by local churches in all 50 states and across the globe all on one night.  Every guest of Night to Shine enters the complimentary event on a red carpet complete with a warm welcome from a friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, guests receive the royal treatment, including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, a dance floor... all leading up to the moment when each guest is crowned king of queen of the prom.    
 
For additional events throughout the year, click here. 
Upcoming Meetings & Announcements
January/February Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Meeting dates & times are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on Sikeston Facebook. 
  
Regular City Council Meeting will be held January 27 at 7:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
 
Public Safety Advisory Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. January 27 in the DPS Conference Room, 201 S. Kingshighway.
 
Library Board of Trustees will meet at 4:30 p.m. February 3 in the Library's McAmis Community Room, 121 E. North Street.
 
Regular City Council meeting will be held February 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Announcements
Honors Board Nomination  
Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for the Honors Board can request a nomination form from Dustin Care by emailing dcare@sikeston.org. The deadline for submitting nominees is Friday, March 6 at 5 p.m.  Since 1986, 48 individuals have been honored by having their names installed on the Honors Board in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions to youth programs in the community including baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts. The Honors Board is located near the Ingram Road entrance to the Recreation Complex.
 
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)
 
Times:
Wednesdays - 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 8:00 a.m.-noon
 
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: 
February 8 (Saturday)
February 19 (Wednesday)
 
 
For the complete Compost Site schedule, click here. 
Recycling Program Schedule 
Sonny's Solid Waste Recycling Center, located at 451 Smith St., has recycling drop offs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  There are additional recycling bins located by Fire Station #1 on the corner of North West Street & Compress Road and also at the Compost Site on Compress Road.  
 
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.
 
For a complete list of acceptable items, click here.  
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City of Sikeston  •  105 E. Center St.  •  Sikeston, MO 63801

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