City Council actions Jan. 29, 2024
Actions taken during the Sikeston City Council meeting held Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, were:
- Council heard from Scott County Presiding Commissioner Danny Tetley, who told those in attendance that the County was placing a ½ cent law enforcement sales tax on the April ballot. The tax, if approved by voters, would help fund all county departments.
- Council was briefed by Sikeston Department of Public Safety Captain Jon Broom on livestock, domestic animals, and fowl on properties. The City of Sikeston has a current ordinance in place, but citizens have reached out at council meetings and to council members about increasing the number of fowl allowed. Broom explained the ordinances in neighboring communities including the number of chickens allowed and proximity to neighbors. Council decided to form a committee of Broom, council members David Teachout and Tom Robison and Sikeston Community Development Director Barry Blevins to come up with an ordinance update that will be brought before council at a future meeting.
- Council approved Susanne Chitwood to an interim appointment on the Library Board of Trustees. Chitwood will take the place of Connie Thompson, who recently passed away. The term will expire in June of 2025.
- Council authorized Sikeston DPS to purchase a message trailer/board with funding through an SHSP grant. The grant funding was originally for a drone at a cost of $14,986. However, the grant could not be used on Chinese manufactured drones and DPS was not able to find a satisfactory drone. The cost of the message board is $19,250, a difference of $4,264 that could be covered by available funds set aside in the Sikeston DPS equipment budget. The purchase will only be made if SHSP officials approve purchasing the message trailer/board instead of the drone.
- Council tabled rezoning 491 Davis from light industrial to heavy industrial. G Copeland Enterprises recently purchased the land and has agreed to put up security lights and an 8-foot solid metal fence. Council would like a city ordinance making fences a requirement on certain businesses before approving the rezoning. There is also a question of an easement near the property and council unanimously approved tabling the matter until all issues are resolved.
- Council approved amending Chapter 505, Article XV of the existing building code to fix a discrepancy error when the code was updated in 2021.
- Council heard the first reading of a bill, that if approved at the Feb. 5 meeting, would execute a program agreement with MoDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program to extend the rail trail along Linn Street. The total estimated project cost was $563,310 with a local match required of $112,662.
- Council heard the first reading of a bill that, if approved at the Feb. 5 meeting, would replat Magazine Trace on the north side of Baker Lane.