Council Actions - February 3, 2020

During last night’s Council meeting, the following actions were taken:
 
American Legion Henry Meldrum Post 114 presented the City of Sikeston and the Parks & Recreation Department with a plaque and Letters of Appreciation for the City’s continuous support of the Veterans in this community.
 
  1. Sikeston Public Housing Authority seeks to amend their agreement with the City of Sikeston for provision of supplemental police services for 20 hours per week at the cost of $19,580 per year (salary only).  Previous agreements included salary, FICA, the City’s cost for employee benefits such as health and life insurance, workers compensation insurance, retirement and annual uniform allowance totaling $74,669.33.  Council would like to possibly seek to negotiate this agreement with the Housing Authority and get more information before making a final decision. 
  1. Approved Bill #6181, Rental Housing Registration and Inspection Program.  With the removal of requiring the name of the tenants on the forms as requested at the last meeting, rental registration packets will be sent to all landlords.  Landlords shall register their rental units before April 3, 202 and must then renew annually by January 31.  Landlords with less than 25 rental units will pay $50; over 25 units will be $100. 
  1. Awarded the airport farm lease to Newman Farms, LLC in the amount of $10,464.61 for the term of March 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023.  This farm lies at the end of the runway and along St. John’s Ditch to the north of Fox Haven Golf Course.  It has three primary parcels of land that encompass approximately 80 acres. 
  1. Conducted the first reading of Bill #6182, which would allow the use of fireworks in the City of Sikeston 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. 
  1. City Manager Jonathan Douglass presented the FY2019 Audit for the City of Sikeston.  The audit can be viewed on the City’s website at http://www.sikeston.org/financial_and_annual_reports/index.php.  Some highlights include:
  • 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). 
There being no other items, the meeting was adjourned into executive session.  The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 24th at 7:30 a.m.