City of Sikeston
SIKESTON SCANNER
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Council Agenda Items
Sikeston Area Events & Festivals 
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 5:00 PM., Monday, February 3  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.  

Amending Sikeston Public Housing Authority Supplemental Police Services
The City of Sikeston entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Sikeston Public Housing Authority to reimburse the City for supplemental police services.  Originally, the agreement included salary, FICA, the City’s cost for employee benefits such as health and life insurance, workers compensation insurance, retirement, and annual uniform allowance.  This agreement modifies the reimbursable costs to include salary only.
 
In Fiscal Year 2019, the City received compensation of $74,669.33.  For the first six months of Fiscal Year 2020 the amount received was $33,198.54.  The new arrangement will produce $19,580 per year.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

2nd 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.  
  • 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  

Approve Airport Farm Lease
Staff released a request for proposals for a 3-year, fixed term cash farm lease of 103.61 acres located adjacent to the Sikeston Municipal Memorial Airport. Proposals were accepted through January 27, 2020. Staff is seeking Council award of this farm lease for the term of March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023. Half the rent shall be paid on or before April 1 and the remainder paid prior to December 1 of each year.
 
The farm lies at the north end of the runway and along Saint John’s Ditch to the north of Fox Haven Golf Course. It has three (3) primary parcels of land that encompass approximately 80 acres that could be farmed with potential yields.
 
Three proposals were received:
1.) Pete Wimberley dba Wimberly Farms- $5,000.00
2.) T & B Wade Farms- $5,665.00
3.) N Farms, LLC- $10,464.61
 
Staff recommends that Council award the lease to N Farms, LLC.
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

1st Reading, Bill #6182, Allowing the Use of Fireworks in the City of Sikeston
 
On January 27th the City Council adopted Ordinance Number 6166, changing the Sikeston City Code to allow the sale of fireworks within the city limits. The ordinance made no change to the existing ban on the shooting of fireworks within city limits. During the meeting several City Council members asked that the staff bring back an agenda item for the City Council to discuss allowing the shooting of fireworks. The attached Bill Number 6182 is an update to the bill considered in June and July of 2019, which was ultimately tabled. 
 
Bill Number 6182 would allow the shooting of fireworks with the following restrictions: 
  • The allowable dates/hours for use of fireworks would be:
    • June 27 to July 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    • July 4 between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight
    • December 31 from 10:00 a.m. until Jan. 1 at 12:30 a.m.
  • Fireworks sales are not restricted to certain dates. The bill requires fireworks vendors to have a valid business license from the City and any applicable licenses/permits from State or Federal agencies.
  • Fireworks cannot be shot in City parks, public rights-of-way, or public property, unless specifically authorized (i.e. for the official community fireworks show sponsored by the Elks Club and shot from the Complex or the Bootheel Golf Course).
  • Fireworks cannot be shot from private property without the owner’s permission.
  • Fireworks may not be shot if there is an active burn ban declared by the City or County.
  • The launching of sky lanterns, sometimes known as “Chinese lanterns,” is prohibited at all times, even during approved fireworks shooting times. Occasionally the city gets a call at times other than the Independence Day holiday season asking if it is legal to launch these. The City Code formerly lumped these devices together with other fireworks, but due to their propensity to burn for long periods and land miles away from where they were launched, staff is suggesting an outright ban on these devices. 
  • It shall be unlawful for any individual under seventeen (17) years of age to purchase, possess, or discharge any fireworks unless under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian.
Second reading and consideration of this bill will be conducted at the February 24th Council meeting.
 
 
Additional information is available online at Council Agendas & Packets  

Receive Annual Financial Audit
Every year, the city undergoes an independent audit of its financial statements by a certified public accountant. The audit of the Fiscal Year 2019 financials has been completed by Essner, Miles, and Modde L.L.C. and is available for review by the City Council and the public. Hard copies of the audit will be available to the Council at the February 3 meeting, and it is also posted at http://www.sikeston.org/financial_and_annual_reports/index.php for free 24/7 access by the public.
 
Some highlights of the financial statements and auditor’s report include the following:  
  • In the auditor’s opinion, the City’s financial statements “present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position” of the city’s funds (see p.2).
  • The audit “did not identify any deficiencies in internal controls that we consider to be material weaknesses” (p.113).
  • The audit also notes “no transactions entered into by the City of Sikeston during the year for which there is a lack of authoritative guidance or consensus,” (cover letter).
  • Net position increased by $76,000, or 0.23% during the year (p.4).
  • Capital assets were acquired at a cost of $1.37 million during the year. These were primarily comprised of improvements at the Recreation Complex, improvements on the Cotton Belt Trail (rail-trail), and vehicles (pp.1, 48-50, 62).
  • Long term debt was decreased by $352,000 (pp.1, 14).
  • Combined ending fund balances increased by $360,000 over the previous year (pp.5, 22).
  • Total expenditures were under appropriations (i.e. under budget) by approximately $116,000 (p.12).
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 for their 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.    
 
February 13:  Rotary Chili Day will be held at First United Methodist Church.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Tickets are $8.
 
February 13:  Sikeston Regional Chamber’s Annual Farmer’s Banquet will be held at the Jaycee Sponsor Building.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:00 p.m. Musical entertainment provided by a bluegrass band.  Contact the Chamber office at 573-471-2498 for tickets.
 
February 22:  Southeast Elementary PTO will have their Craft Show from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Southeast Elementary, 2300 Ables Road.  There will be over 30 unique vendors on hand with their crafts, jewelry, gifts, food and much more!  Admission is $1 for ages 18 and over.
 
February 29:  Sikeston Parks & Recreation Department will have their First Annual “Boots & Bling Daddy/Daughter Dance” February 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Clinton Building, 501 Campanella Dr.  Fee is $9 per person ($18 per couple) and activities include:  dessert buffet, DJ, photo booth and games.  Age range for this event is 5-12. 
 
For additional events throughout the year, click here. 
Upcoming Meetings & Announcements
February Council & Boards and Commission Meetings
Meeting dates & times are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on Sikeston Facebook. 
  
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.
 
The Housing Authority Commission will meet February 10 at noon at the Sikeston Housing Authority Office, 360 Allen Boulevard.
 
The Board of Municipal Utilities Commission will meet at 4 PM., February 11 at the BMU Administration Building, 107 E. Malone Avenue.
 
The LCRA Commission will meet at 11:30 a.m., February 18 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
Special City Council meeting will be held February 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.
 
The Ron Creed Memorial Annual Youth in Government Day will be held February 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Center St.  Youth in Government Day gives students from the High School an opportunity to learn about city government.  This program is sponsored by the Sikeston Jaycees and Representative Holly Rehder.
 
Announcements
President's Day - City Offices Closed
In observance of President’s Day, City offices will be closed February 17.
 
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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