Council Actions - December 2, 2019

During last night’s Council meeting, the following actions were taken: 

A public hearing was conducted to give an update on the Main & Malone TIF District, as required by State Statutes.  This must be done every 5 years to determine if the redevelopment project is making satisfactory progress.  This project is in reference to the area located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main & Malone.  The primary note of $1,325,000 for site development & public infrastructure has been paid off.  The secondary note in the amount of $325,000 for reimbursement to MoDOT for installing the signalization at the intersection of North Main & Lake Street should be paid off in 2022. 

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6176, Economic Development Incentive Rate.  Presented by Rick Landers of BMU, this legislation was passed by the State of Missouri to provide an incentive rate to help entice businesses to locate or expand in Missouri.  It is the BMU Board’s intention that Sikeston remain competitive with other areas of the State.

Conducted first reading of Bill #6177, Rental Lighting Rate.  The Board of Municipal Utility (BMU) recently had a consultant conduct a review of BMU’s rates for accuracy and adequacy.  During this review, LED light rates were not included.   BMU added this information along with the associated costs. 

William Nace was reappointed to the Board of Adjustments and Rob Murphy was appointed to replace Harvey Cooper, who passed away last month.

Authorization to Extend Farm Lease has been tabled for a later date.

 An update was given to Council on items the Traffic Committee did not approve.  This included placing a stop sign on Kay Drive at S. Prairie and reducing the speed limit on S. Prairie to 15 mph.  Council did suggest the removal of the posted speed limit sign on S. Prairie.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6162, calling for the April 7, 2020 General Election. 

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6171, Definitions (Utility Vehicle).  This bill will bring the City’s code book up to date for the description of “Utility Vehicle” according to State Statute.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6165, Operation of Utility Vehicles on City Streets.  This bill, if approved, will allow Utility Vehicles (UTV’s) to be operated on public City streets with posted speeds of forty-five (45) miles per hour or less.  Passengers under the age of 18 must wear helmets and all UTV’s must have seatbelts in good working condition.  UTV’s must be registered with the City and have proof of financial responsibility via Certificate of Insurance.  Registrations must be renewed annually and charged a $15 annual registration fee plus $10 processing fee.  A sticker will be issued at the time of registration and it must be placed on the outside of the UTV in a visible location.  Brakes and steering columns must be operation and no less than 2/32 inch of thread depth remaining on each tire.  They must be equipped with turn signals, headlamps, tail lamps, stop lamps, reflex reflectors and an exterior mirror mounted on the driver’s side of the vehicle and either an exterior mirror mounted on the passenger’s side or an interior mirror.  All UTV operators must have a valid Missouri driver’s license and must be 18 years of age or older.  Anyone found violating these requirements will have their permit revoked for one year and may be subject to applicable criminal charges.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6172, authorizing the placement of stop signs on Huntress at Brunt and Valley Forge at Brunt.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6174, which will prohibit parking on Larcel Drive from US Highway 61 West to the end of Larcel Drive on both sides of the road.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6175, adding Arthur Street from N. West Street to Wakefield Avenue as part of the designated school zone.

Conducted the first reading of Bill #6178, which would allow condemned properties to have a boarding process in place as part of the property maintenance code.

Approved the request from MoDOT  for the City to donate 0.1 acre of land in order for them to replace the bridge on Route ZZ at the southwest corner of the City’s north industrial park in the spring of 2020.  During this project, MoDOT has also offered to put in an additional farm driveway crossing over the ditch onto the City’s land.

Other Items:

The Council meeting scheduled for December 30th has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be held January 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

John Graham approached Council about issues with Code Enforcement. 

There being no other items, the meeting was adjourned.