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Council Actions - June 10, 2019

During yesterday evening’s Council meeting, the following actions were taken: 
Conducted 2nd reading and approved Bill #6143, FY20 Budget Ordinance.
Conducted 2nd reading and approved Bill #6144, Staffing & Compensation Ordinance.  Changes include:
Addition of 16 seasonal employees to work in the concession stands at the recreation complex
Christmas Eve has been changed from a ½ holiday to a full day holiday
1% increase for all fulltime employees
DPS uniform allowance increase from $650 to $850
Current staffing ordinance allows for all employees to cash in up to two weeks of vacation a fiscal year, but it excluded the City Manager, City Clerk and City Treasurer.  Previously, these positions had to seek council’s permission.  Now they will be allowed the same right as other employees without special council action.  NOTE:  An employee must take a full week of vacation (in the same fiscal year) before they seek authorization to cash in vacation days.

Conducted 1st & 2nd reading and approved Bill #6513, which amends the FY-19 Budget.

Conducted 2nd reading and approved Bill #6150, which authorized the rezoning of south of Brunt Boulevard and north of US Highway 60 from “AG” Agriculture to “R-4” Two Family Duplex Dwelling.

Conducted 2nd reading and approved Bill #6151, authorizing the Hospitality Subdivision, 3rd addition, which is located south of Brunt Boulevard and north of US Highway 60.

Conducted the first reading of Emergency Bill #6139, which would authorize the sale and use of fireworks in the City of Sikeston during certain times of the year.  Sale of fireworks would be from June 27-July 4 and December 29-December 31.  Use of fireworks would be from June 27-July 6 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and December 31-January 1 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.  Discussions included adding stipulations regarding use of fireworks if a “no burn ban” is in effect during this time; using fireworks on private property only with the owner’s permission; and no fireworks allowed in City parks.  Second reading of this bill will be during the July 1st Council meeting and if approved, would go into effect immediately.

Authorized Department of Public Works to purchase a John Deere 5090M tractor for mowing right-of-ways and the airport in the amount of $35,000.

Awarded Engineering Services for the North West Street project to Lambert Engineering & Surveying.

Other Items:
Public Works Director Jay Lancaster gave an update on the FEMA project and he indicated that everything had been submitted to FEMA and now await their response.
Discussed the painting that BMU is doing to the water tower located in downtown Sikeston and their desire to add the wording “We Are” to the tower for it to read “We Are Sikeston”.  With several slogans used for Sikeston, it was decided that in the best interest of the community to leave the tower with just “Sikeston” written on there.

The next Council meeting/study session will be held Monday, June 24th at 5:00 p.m. at the Clinton Building.  Item of discussion will be the update to the rental housing process.  The public, particularly landlords with rental property in Sikeston, is encouraged to attend. 

There being no other items, the meeting was adjourned.