SIKESTON - Sikeston's budget for Fiscal Year 2003, which began Monday, was approved by the city council during their regular session Monday along with an ordinance setting staffing and compensation levels for FY-2003.
City Manager Doug Friend said the budget lists total anticipated expenditures for the year at $9.3 million.
Operations within the Department of Public Safety account for the bulk of expenditures, according to Friend, with $4.3 million going for police and fire personnel, maintenance, and operations.
The Department of Public Works and Governmental Services each account for 21 percent, or $1.9 million, of the total, Friend said.
The city remains committed to spending approximately $760,000 on the 2002 Summer Street Program of which $720,000 is dedicated to street construction and associated engineering and inspection expenses. About $50,000 was allocated for the city's sidewalk construction project.
The FY-2003 staffing and compensation levels do not include any cost of living increases for employees although they do add two additional paid holidays - Presidents' Day on the third Monday of February and Columbus Day on the second Monday of October.
Authorized positions within the city have been reduced by eliminating three full-time public safety officer jobs due to the budgetary constraints. This brings the total number of positions at DPS down to 40, according to Friend, for a total of 130 full- and part-time positions for the city.
Although the total number of positions at DPS was reduced, the police department's investigative branch now has two additional detectives.
In other city council action:
* Council members approved naming the new community services building at the Sports Complex the Ray and Dorothy Clinton Community Building.
"It was the generous contribution by Ray and Dorothy Clinton that got us started with the idea," said Friend.
City officials said Mr. Clinton did not campaign for the facility to bear his name and was initially opposed to the idea. "I'm glad he changed his mind," said Phil Boyer, mayor.
The final inspection of the building was conducted last week. The first event will take place Saturday; the dedication will be July 25 during the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.
* Another extension to the cable television franchise agreement with Charter Communications was approved by council members.
Friend explained this extension, which will run through Oct. 8, was requested by city staff as negotiations are still ongoing with Charter Communications.
* Several rezoning requests and subdivisions were approved by council members, each having received favorable recommendations from the city Planning and Zoning Commission, according to Tom Bridger, public works director.
The Cotton Estates First Addition subdivision, which will offer 47 homes, was approved for a portion of land abutting the Indian Hills Subdivision in the southwest section of Sikeston as requested by developer George Simmons.
Rezoning for the Fairfield Subdivision's Fourth Addition from agriculture to single family residential was approved except for two lots along Highway 61 which were rezoned neighborhood commercial.
The council then approved the Fairfield Subdivision Fourth Addition which will have 18 homes in addition to the two commercial lots fronting Highway 61.
Fairfield Subdivision Fifth Addition was also rezoned from agriculture to single family and its subdivision calling for 14 homes approved.
Fairfield developer David Strom thanked the council and promised future projects "will do it in such a way that it won't require five bills and 10 roll calls."
The re-subdivision of the Four Corners Development's Lot 2, Phase One, requested by developer Bryan Palmer for the land adjacent to Highway 61 and Col. George E. Day Parkway was approved.
The new lots will not have access to Highway 61 but will use the same existing indirect access in use by the adjacent bank. "I think that's a good way to do that," said Boyer.
* Council authorized the city manager to execute a Letter of Understanding to formalize an arrangement with the Scott County Sheriff's Department splitting this year's Local Law Enforcement Block Grant 50-50.
The U.S. Department of Justice informed the city it must share the grant which the city has received by itself for several years.
DPS previously has received between $15,000 and $30,000 each year in LLEBG funding.
DPS Chief Drew Juden said in a previous meeting that the county did not apply for the grant but that an audit and funding formula determined the grant must be shared with Scott County.
* Friend directed council's attention to the tentative city meeting schedule for July 29 through Dec. 30 which will enable the city to comply with the requirement for a one-week lapse between the first and second readings of bills before approval.