Passage of the home rule charter in April has set in motion a myriad of tasks for the city.
Since early May, Council members Michael Harris and Sue Rogers have been spearheading the development of ward boundaries. This process started by determining the desired population for each of the four wards. By using Sikeston's population of 16,954, as determined by the 2000 census, we know the "ideal" ward will contain 4,238 residents. Through the use of census tracts, we have been able to create several different boundary options on which the Council is now seeking public input.
Maps detailing these options, along with comment boxes, are located at City Hall, the city library, BMU office, Heritage House and in local bank lobbies. Your comments can be placed in the comment boxes provided; mailed to City Hall at 105 E. Center St., Sikeston, Mo. 63801; or e-mailed to the Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City Council will accept written comments until 5 p.m. June 26. The information received will be presented during a public hearing at 7 a.m. June 27 and again at 5 p.m. July 1. Formal action on the designation of municipal wards is anticipated to take place during the July 1 regular session of the City Council.
On another note, the city's fiscal year will end on June 30. Anticipated annual expenditures in FY-2003 total $9.3 million. Operations of the Department of Public Safety account for the bulk of this expense, with $4.3 million being expended for police and fire personnel, maintenance and operations. The departments of Public Works and Government Services, each, account for 21 percent or $1.9 million of the city's total budget. The city is also committed to spending approximately $760,000 on the 2002 Summer Street Program, of which $702,000 is dedicated to street construction, along with its associated engineering and inspection expense. Approximately $50,000 has been allocated for the city's sidewalk construction project.
A more detailed summary of the city's budget can be found on our website www.sikeston.org Public comment on the budget is welcomed and will be accepted until July 1, at which time the City Council will be taking action on the FY-03 budget, staffing and compensation.
On behalf of the City Council, we welcome your questions and comments on these and other municipal issues.