SIKESTON - City Council members approved the 2004 Street Program during their special meeting this morning.
The low bidder for the entire program was Asa Asphalt Inc. which offered to complete the work for a $384,708.50. The city reserved the right to deduct Industrial Drive from the list. With this deduction, Asa was still the low bidder at $303,986.50
Also bidding was Apex Paving Company which offered to do the job for $388,955.75.
While it was originally an "asphalt program only," according to Tom Bridger, public works director, "we did add some drainage to it."
Drainage improvements on the Coleman, Henry and Russell street projects are included in addition to the overlays.
As Industrial Drive needs major reconstruction, city officials have reservations about dedicating any overlay money to it.
Bridger said he has been advised that "it's very important to do something with Industrial Drive at this time" as waiting until next budget year will most likely make a total reconstruction necessary.
"Patching doesn't hold up because of the trucks," said Missy Marshall, director of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce which has its office located near Industrial Drive.
Repairs, milling and overlay are contracted for the following: all of Cherokee, Apache, Arapahoe, Coleman, Second, Watson, Russell and Henry streets; Dorothy from South West to Frisco; Linn from Ingram to Selma; Hunter from Moore to Sikes; Vernon south of College Street; Industrial Drive from Selma to Reliable Freight facility; and Kathleen from New Madrid Street to Stoddard Drive.
In other action during today's meeting:
* Council members awarded the bid to offer the employee cafeteria plan for the next three years to AFLAC, which has the current city plan. City staff reported that AFLAC has provided timely payment of claims over the last three years.
* City Manager Doug Friend advised the first public hearing for the city budget as required by the city's Charter will be at the next regular meeting May 10.
Friend said "significant changes will be highlighted" for Council members. Among these, the Department of Public Safety will add two sergeant and one communication supervisor positions and there will be changes related to the Sikeston Area Humane Society.
A budget summary appears on page 5 of today's edition of the Standard Democrat presents the staff's "best guess on what the money is going to be and how we should spend it," Friend said.
* City Treasurer Karen Bailey said it looks like the city will see an 11 percent increase in health insurance this year.
"Maybe a year from now we'll realize some savings," said Bailey.