SIKESTON - Out with the old and in with the new were the chief items of business during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday.
The Council approved an ordinance transferring the city-owned properties at 401 and 405 West Malone and 202 S. Kingshighway to the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority.
The Malone addresses were formerly occupied by Fire Station Number 1 and the Kingshighway address is the old First Baptist Church.
The transfers enable the LCRA to clear the lots for future redevelopment.
"We have received approval from the Community Development Block Grant people to include the First Baptist Church and other properties that have been titled over to the LCRA for demolition," said LCRA Chairman Mike Bohannon when contacted for comment. "We are in the process of finalizing that grant application."
Upon the grant's approval, "the First Baptist Church and several other properties will be scheduled for demolition," Bohannon said.
Council members also approved a subdivision request from Robin Chambers of Roca Property for the Arbor Walk Condominiums at 814 Auburn on the south end of Sikeston.
"This way they'll be able to sell the individual units," said Tom Bridger, public works director.
The condominium subdivision includes nine separate units.
In other business during Monday's regular City Council session:
* The bid for two new Park Division riding mowers was awarded to low-bidder Aufdenberg Equipment of Sikeston which offered two John Deere front-mounted commercial mowers for $12,498 with trade in of two of the city's mowers.
A bid was also received from Nelson Equipment with three offers ranging from $13,640 to $19,000 with trade in allowances.
"We have these mowers on a two-year replacement cycle which keeps them under factory warranty," said Jiggs Moore, Parks Division director.
The city budget allowed $15,000 for this purchase.
* A financing extension agreement with the Montgomery First National Bank was approved by council members for the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park.
The original five-year loan matured, officials explained. This agreement extends financing on the land for another five years, dropping the interest rate from 7.12 percent to 3.95 percent.