City Council actions May 20, 2024

City Council actions May 20, 2024

Actions taken during the Sikeston City Council meeting held Monday, May 20, 2024 were:

  • A public hearing was held over the FY25 budget. No comments were made. A final public hearing over the budget will be held at the June 3 meeting.
  • Council heard the first reading of a bill introducing the FY25 Budget Ordinance. A second reading and final adoption of the budget is scheduled for June 3.
  • Council heard the first reading of bill that if passed would establish staffing and compensation levels for FY25. Staffing for FY2025 will consist of 130 full-time employees, 21 part-time employees and 33 seasonal employees. Changes to the staffing ordinance include: a $3,000 across the board wade adjustment; one full-time, two seasonal and two part-time employees for the Parks Department in anticipation of taking over the old Bootheel Golf course; one part-time secretary and part-time flight lineman at the Airport; and reclassing communications officers from 10 to 14 to bring starting salary up to $45,000. The second reading of the bill will be June 3.
  • Council heard the first reading of a bill to readopt the Ethics Ordinance. The ordinance is renewed every other year and requires the city manager and city treasurer to file a personal financial disclosure statement with the Ethics Commission on an annual basis. The ordinance exempts council members from the same requirement, unless a council member receives more than $500 remuneration from the City.
  • Council approved rezoning 491 Davis Blvd. from light industrial to heavy industrial. Previously an ordinance was created making fences a requirement on certain businesses and addressed the question of an easement near the property.
  • Council approved a conditional use variance for an automobile wrecking, cars and parts, storage and sale to operate in a heavy industrial zone located at 491 Davis Blvd.
  • Council approved Waters Engineering as the engineer for design and construction services for phase 4 of the Rail Trail.
  • Council approved Waters Engineering as the engineer for design and construction services for the replacement of the bridge south of the power plant.
  • Council approved Mitzi Dell as the grant writer/administration for a proposed Anderson/Linn Drainage Project, Phase 1. The approval was needed to apply for CDBG grant funding.
  • Council approved Mitzi Dell as the grant writer/administration for a proposed Anderson/Linn Drainage Project, Phase 2. The approval was needed to apply for CDBG grant funding.
  • Council approved Waters Engineering as the engineer for design and construction services for a proposed Anderson/Linn Drainage Project, Phase 1. The approval was needed to apply for CDBG grant funding.
  • Council approved Waters Engineering as the engineer for design and construction services for a proposed Anderson/Linn Drainage Project, Phase 2. The approval was needed to apply for CDBG grant funding.
  • Heard from Sikeston Public Works Director Jay Lancaster praising the baseball tournament held over the weekend. The tournament had 60 teams from several states with as many as 5,000 people coming into Sikeston with around $10,000 made in concessions over the weekend.