The City of Sikeston will hold a public hearing on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, located 105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO 63801. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss an application to be submitted to the Missouri Department of Economic Development under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The City is interested in obtaining citizen input on community and economic development needs within the city. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to verbally assist in the completion of a Needs Assessment document. The document will detail what the residents feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the community. The city needs as much local participation as possible to reflect the true desires of the community, as well as comments relating to the proposed project application.
The maximum amount of funds available from the CDBG Industrial Infrastructure Grant program depends upon the type of the project but cannot exceed $2,000,000 for an existing or established company and $350,000 for Start-up companies. At least 51% of the beneficiaries must be low and moderate-income persons. There will be minimalization of displacement of persons resulting from the project, and assistance to any displaced persons would be provided according to the Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Act of 1970, as amended, and Section 104(d), Section 104(k), or Section 105(a)(11) of the Title I Act.
The City proposes to request $2,000,000 in CDBG funds in a 2021 Industrial Infrastructure Grant application to pursue site development activities located at the south end of the city in the South Industrial Park. The total project cost is estimated around $12,000,000 and will provide new employment, of which at least 51% will be low and moderate-income persons. Applications of both state and federal assistance funds are being pursued, along with local contributions and private investment dollars. City Staff members will be present to answer questions about the CDBG program and the proposed application. All citizens are encouraged to attend to comment on the proposed activities.
For more information, or if you require special accommodations at the hearing, contact City Clerk Rhonda Council, at City Hall or by calling (573) 471-2512.