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Council OKs emergency bills

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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City Clerk Carroll Couch swears in new Councilman Bill Stokes.
SIKESTON - With the ink still fresh on their oaths of office, the new Sikeston City Council members went to work Tuesday with two emergency bills approved in the session.

After election results were officially accepted by the Council, Jerry Pullen was sworn in for another term as the Ward 1 representative; Michael Harris took the oath for another term as the representative for Ward 4; and Bill Stokes was sworn in as an At-Large Council member, replacing Sue Rogers.

Rogers was presented with several plaques recognizing her service to the city including one each from the departments of public safety and public works.

"She has passion for this city," said Mayor Mike Marshall of Rogers, and added she is "admired for her positions and her backbone."

"I will continue my commitment to the citizens of Sikeston and their concerns," Rogers said.

Councilman David Teachout was picked to serve as mayor pro tem; Pullen and Councilman Jim Terrell will represent the Council on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Pullen is to represent the Council on the Board of Municipal Utilities Commission; and Stokes will serve on the Sikeston-Miner Tourism Commission.

Terrell and Harris will continue to serve as representatives on the Professional Consulting Committee joined by Councilman Phil Boyer, who replaces Rogers on the committee.

Council members then approved an agreement with the YMCA. The organization will earn $15,000 per year for five years toward the cost of a 99-year lease on the southeast corner lot near the pool owned by the city through the operation and maintenance lease for the city pool.

For any year the YMCA does not operate the pool during those first five years, the organization must pay $15,000 toward the $75,000 lease.

Approved as an emergency measure, the agreement is effective immediately.

The YMCA is reportedly looking at putting in a swimming pool that can be used all year long.

Council members next re-adopted an amendment originally approved during the Council's April 5 meeting which established special itinerant merchant and vendor licensing.

City Manager Doug Friend explained that by re-adopting the amendment as an emergency measure, it goes into effect immediately instead of 30 days after its approval as prescribed by the city's Charter.

A change to the Parks Department mowing contracts was also approved bumping up the next lowest bidder to fill in for a vendor who dropped out of the business.

The total effect will be an increase of about $100 per year, Friend said.

The regular City Council meeting scheduled for May 3 was moved to May 10.