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Council OKs Sports Complex upgrade

Monday, October 28, 2002

SIKESTON - It's out with the old and in with the new at the Sikeston Sports Complex.

Sikeston City Council members approved bids during Monday's special briefing session which will replace the 27 year-old concession stand in the middle of the complex's north quadrant for the Babe Ruth fields.

"It is one of the original concession stands from when the complex was built in '75," said Jiggs Moore, parks supervisor. "This is the last one."

The bid to demolish the existing concession stand was awarded to Frank Ferrell who offered the low bid of $3,700.

The bid to build the new concession stands went to KDI Construction of Poplar Bluff which submitted the lowest of the five bids received by the city, offering to complete the project for $161,000. Moore noted for comparison that last year the city paid $158,605 for essentially the same project.

The new concession stand will have the same footprint as the current building but will feature larger restrooms, and better electrical outlets for field lighting, Moore said. "It's going to be a more modern facility."

The demolition is slated to be completed between Nov. 9 and 18, with the contractor to be ready to begin Nov. 18.

In other city business, Mike Marshall has filed to be Sikeston's first voter-elected mayor, according to Carroll Couch, city clerk.

No candidates have filed for the Ward 2 and 3 council seats as yet, however. Ward 2 is the city's northeast quadrant and Ward 3 is the southeast quadrant.

The two ward representatives will be elected for three-year terms at the April 8 municipal election. If more than two candidates file for any one position, a primary election will be held Feb. 4.

Those wishing to run have until 5 p.m. Nov. 19 to file. There is $15 filing fee.

Candidates must have lived in the city for no less than one year prior to the last date to file for candidacy, must be at least 21 years of age, and must be a qualified voter of the city.

Ward representative candidates must also have resided in their respective ward for no less than one year prior to the last date to file for candidacy and must be current on all municipal taxes, fees and fines.