SIKESTON - Sonny's Solid Waste will provide solid waste collection services in Sikeston for another three years.
The Sikeston City Council awarded the three-year contract to Sonny's during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday.
Tom Bridger, public works director, said that in addition to offering the lowest bid of $10.35 per household for collection, transportation and disposal of residential and public property solid waste materials within the incorporated city limits, Sonny's Solid Waste also offered in their bid to provide 20 30-yard roll-off boxes and two 40-yard boxes for a citywide cleanup during each of the contract years.
Bridger estimated the value of the addendum at about $17,000 based on past city cleanups.
The boxes will be placed at the city compost area and are for residents only, not commercial entities.
Washers, dryers, microwaves, hot water heaters, commodes, televisions, furniture and refrigerators with compressors removed will be accepted, but no tires. Yard, construction and demolition waste are also not permitted.
The new contract begins Jan. 1 and will raise residents' monthly charge for solid waste collection by 54 cents to $11.10 per household, according to Bridger.
Requests for solid waste service proposals were also sent to Lemon's Waste, which bid $13.71 per household for two years or $13.53 for three, and Commercial Waste Disposal Inc., which did not respond, Bridger said.
In other business covered during Monday's meeting:
* A bid for a three-quarter ton pickup truck with utility bed for the city's street division was awarded to Sikeston Motors, the only company to respond of the four contacted for the bid.
The new truck will be "heavier than what we've had in the past," Bridger said, explaining the half-ton pickups have proven themselves to be too light for use by the building maintenance supervisor even with beefed-up suspension.
Bridger said with the trade-in of the city's 1992 pickup, the total price came to $25,457 with $30,000 being budgeted for this purchase.
* Council awarded the bid for a four-wheel drive tractor with front bucket attachment to the low bidder, Aufdenberg Equipment, for $11,832.88.
The city had budgeted $20,000 for this parks division purchase as part of the five-year capital improvement plan, according to Parks Director Jiggs Moore.
The new tractor's turf tires will be more versatile and less destructive to city ballfields which the tractor will primarily be used for. It will also be more suitable for use with the city's aerator, spreader and grooming mower than the old tractor, Moore said.
Two bids were also submitted by Nelson Equipment: one for $14,332 and the second for $16,400.
* Council members approved the grant expenditure for the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant.
The city has received this grant since the inception of the Weed and Seed program, according to Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden.
This year's grant total of $13,659 includes $12,293 in federal funds and $1,366 in local matching funds.
The LLEBG funds will be used to purchase two in-car video cameras for $7,938 with the remaining $5,721 going toward shelving for the evidence storage room at Fire Station 1, Juden said.
The cameras include an automatic audio feature which turns on the officer's body microphone along with the camera when the emergency lights are activated so all conversations during stops are recorded.
While previous models have had lackluster performance from the mics, Juden said the technology is improving yearly and they hope for better performance out of these latest models.
* Domestic violence shelter funding not to exceed $4,500 was approved for the House of Refuge.
Only the House of Refuge submitted an applications for the domestic violence shelter surcharge funds in 2004, according to Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, requesting $4,500. The House of Refuge meets all criteria for being a recipient, she added.
Lowes said collections for 2004 are projected to be only about $3,600. The funds are from the $2 Domestic Violence Shelter Surcharge added to court costs approximately 18 months ago as authorized by state statute to fund the operation of local domestic violence shelters.
* Council members appointed Jim McClure to fill the unexpired term on the DPS Advisory Board vacated by the former Southeast Correctional Center superintendent Donna McCondichie Cayer who moved from the area.
The appointment is effective immediately and is up for reappointment in September.
* Councilman Jerry Pullen of Ward 1 advised the Council constituents are requesting at least a flashing yellow light for the intersection of Highway 61 and HH due to frequent serious accidents there.
"It's way past time to have them," agreed Mayor Mike Marshall. "There's definitely a need for lights there."
* Marshall commented on the recent soccer tournament, noting there were approximately 7,000 visitors in town due to the event.
"It was bigger than the year before and it will probably be bigger next year," he said.