Council Actions - January 27, 2020

During this morning’s Council meeting, Council conducted the following actions:
  1. Authorized staff to submit a summary report to MoDOT Aviation for plans to update the airport terminal area and our interest and intention to seek 90% grant funding from MoDOT for the Phase 1 project to make apron modifications and to purchase a new fuel system. 
  1. An update was given on the repairs to the Stallcup Building.  The wall has been repaired and now have been advised that the roof repairs are worse than expected.  Instead of repairs to 10’ of the roof from the back of the building, it is at least 20’.  Options include to do a temporary fix of the roof, which would last 2-3 years, or completely replace the roof.  Council would like to get more information before making a final decision. 
  1. Approved Bill #6177, BMU Rental Lighting Rate.  During a review of BMU’s rates by a rates consultant, it was noted that the rate to cover LED lights were not included.  Also, the BMU shall require the customer to pay a $50.00 connection fee in advance for a new installation.  They also shall require the customer to pay a $50.00 conversion fee in advance to convert from a high pressure sodium or mercury light to LED light if the existing light is not in need of repair. 
  1. Approved Bill #6165, Utility Vehicles.  Additional changes that was added to the ordinance included:  Children less than 4 years old or less than 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat; Children ages 4-7 who weigh at least 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 pounds or 4’9” tall; and Children 8 and over or weight at least 80 pounds or at least 4’9” tall are required to be secured by a safety belt or buckled into an appropriate booster seat.  All owners who register with the City must sign an affidavit stating their vehicle is in proper working conditions. 
  1. Approved Bill #6166, authorizing the sale for Fireworks in the City of Sikeston, with the condition that staff create an additional ordinance for the use of fireworks in the City of Sikeston. 
  1. Approved Bill #6179, amending the hours of operation for amusement and entertainment businesses.  Hours of operation will be extended to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and will remain at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and holidays.  No re-entry shall be allowed after 1:00 a.m. 
  1. Approved Bill #6180, authorizing amendments to the 60 West TIF agreement.  These amendments would allow any TIF revenues above the scheduled debt service during the May distribution are distributed to the developers rather than the City.  This is to extend the City’s payback period from 10 years back to the original 15 year projection.  The City would still receive full reimbursement from TIF revenues for the City’s investment in the infrastructure. 
  1. Conducted 1st reading of Bill #6181, rental housing registration and inspection program.  The new program will include the following changes: 
  • 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, derelict 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. 
  1. Authorized Department of Public Safety to purchase a used AWD Highway Patrol 2015 Dodge Charger for their K9 department in the amount of $16,200.  This amount includes the installation of emergency and K9 specific equipment. 
  1. Approved Gateway Design Studio to design a conceptual lay out of the Recreation Complex/Bootheel Golf Course Master Plan in an amount not to exceed $30,000. 
  1. There being no other items, the meeting was adjourned into Executive Session.    
Next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd at 5:00 p.m.