During this May 22 meeting, the Sikeston City Council took the following actions.
- Authorized staff to begin contract negotiations with Sonny’s Solid Waste for the provision of residential solid waste pickup.
- Authorized staff to begin contract negotiations with Waters Engineering for work associated with construction of Phase 1 of the Rail-to-Trail project. Work is contingent upon MoDOT approval.
- Authorized City Counselor Chuck Leible to proceed with development of a ground lease and lease assignment associated with an airport hangar currently owned by Debbie Nichols.
- Authorized staff to purchase Bobcat mowing, stump grinding and asphalt milling attachments from Forklifts of Cape Girardeau for $25,798.50. This is a planned Capital Improvements Fund purchase.
- Authorized the purchase of an electric mosquito fogger for $8,400. Staff advised Council that with the purchase of the electric fogger, mosquito control operations will not be as noisy and will occur later in the evening.
- Staff was authorized to renew its property and liability insurance for the coming year. The total premium is $387,968, a $14,463 increase over the prior year.
- Council appointed Bob Smith to an interim term on the BMU Commission. Smith’s term will expire in October 2019.
- Council appointment Carolyn Harris, Lisa Lawson and Susanne Chitwood to a three-term on the Library Board of Trustees.
- The first reading of the following bills was completed: 6059, Amending FY-17 Budget; 6060, Establishing the FY-18 Operating Budget; and 6061, establishing the FY-18 Staffing Levels and Compensation. Council action on all three bills is planned for June 5.
- In other business Lynn Lancaster, Director of Historic Downtown Sikeston, invited Council to the June 8 Chamber Mixer being held at Historic Downtown Sikeston Office, 215 N. New Madrid. Lancaster requested funds for the power-washing, tuckpointing and sealing of their building which is currently leased from the City. City Clerk Carroll Couch reported that all financial commitments associated with the DPS, Chamber and Withers Broadcasting property swap have now been fulfilled.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Council’s next meeting will be held at 5 PM, Monday, June 5.