City Council actions June 3, 2024

City Council actions June 3, 2024

Actions from the Sikeston City Council meeting held Monday, June 3, 2024, were:

  • Council approved an amendment to the FY24 Budget Ordinance. Many of the adjustments were due to the impact of increased costs for fuel and supplies, increased insurance premiums and higher than expected election costs for four special elections.
  • Council approved the FY25 budget. A copy of the budget may be found at: 060324_council packet_amended.pdf (revize.com)
  • Council approved staffing and compensation levels for FY-2025. Changes include: a $3,000 across the board wage adjustment; addition of one full-time position secretary, two seasonal ground maintenance, two part-time building attendants in the Parks Department; addition of one part-time secretary and one part-time flight lineman to the Airport; reclassing Communications Officer grade from 10 to 14, which will bring the starting salary to $45,000.
  • Council approved readopting the ethics ordinance 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 city council from the same requirement unless a councilman receives more than $500 remuneration from the city.
  • Council approved the contract renewal for Municipal Judge Frank Marshall, who has served that role since 1993. The contract is for $30,000 per year and does not include an increase.
  • Council reappointed Greg Colwick and Trevor Miller and appointed Jodi Glidewell to the Library Board of Trustees.
  • Council authorized the reconvening of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission for the purpose of holding a public hearing and making a recommendation with respect to redevelopment projects in the Cotton Ridge development, which is located in the Malco Cinema area.
  • Council awarded commercial cleaning and attendant services at the Sikeston Clinton Building to Cotton Pickin’ Clean LLC. Sikeston Public Works Director Jay Lancaster said the services will be on a trial basis to see how it works. The pay will be per event and Lancaster said if it is working well, “we’ll keep doing it.”
  • Council gave authorization to bid out the Rail Trail project from Downtown to Sunset Drive, as part of the City’s current ARPA Park Revitalization Grant with Legion Park. Plans with Gateway Design are complete and are available at City Hall for anyone wanting to review the construction documents.
  • Council authorized the execution of an engineering services agreement with Waters Engineering for the outer road and connecting roads for the new overpass. Lancaster said the plan is for the bridge to be done sometime in August.
  • Sikeston Mayor Greg Turnbow praised Sikeston residents for the community support after the recent tornado. “The tornado didn’t break us apart, it made us stronger,” Turnbow said.
Turnbow also encouraged residents with the ability or means to take their limbs to the Compost Site. While the City is working on a plan to pick up limbs from curbside, it will not be in the near future. Turnbow said it will be much faster if residents can do it on their own. The Compost Site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the week. He also asked for residents to be patient as the city comes up with a plan to collect the limbs.