SIKESTON - City Council members approved a $1.1 million street program as presented during their regular meeting Monday.
This year's street program is "one of the largest street programs we've had in the past 7-8 years," according to City Manager Doug Friend. "This program's pretty ambitious."
Friend said recent street programs have cost about $650,000 to $850,000 per year.
He explained this year's program was possible due to the city building up its street money over several years as well as some lower-than-expected bids from contractors. "It's a good street program," Friend said.
The city is using two engineers for this year's program, Waters and Associates and Lambert Engineering. "We're trying to balance it out as best we can," Friend said of the engineering contracts.
Design and inspection costs from Lambert total $48,159.66 and from Waters total $70,578.80.
The Asa asphalt company was awarded $379,469.50 worth of street improvement contracts for overlay work on Harry, Kinder, First, S. Acres, Murray Lane from Kingshighway to Main, Fuchs, Young Butler, Hunter, Trotter, Betty and Adams.
The Lappe concrete company will do reconstruction projects on Wickerwood, Virginia from Maple to Pine, Wakefield from Main to First and on the Selma-
Matthews and Selma-Gladys intersections; and spot replacement on Kennedy, Mimosa and Hickory totaling $338,751.45.
Fronabarger will do concrete on Lynual and Harlene as well as the extension of Plaza for $271,349.
Mayor Mike Marshall said the extension of Plaza Drive is very important as it will provide additional and needed access to the hospital and asked that it be first among the projects to be completed.
All of the city's street projects will be scheduled to avoid rodeo week, according to Friend. He also confirmed the city will get the asphalt millings for use as fill material.
Responding to a question about the city's alleys, Steve Lee, street superintendent, reported: "We've been working on the alleys at least one day per week, sometimes two. We're making a difference."
In other business during Monday's meeting:
* Council members accepted the sole bid of $98,134 from Presley Sales and Service in Sikeston for air handling and zone control units for the Department of Public Safety headquarters.
The current heating and air conditioning at DPS has been a chronic problem requiring frequent service calls, according to Drew Juden, DPS director.
"One day it will be 60 degrees, the next day it will be 80," Juden said. He recalled Presley's previous maintenance efforts including someone "standing over it with a garden hose just to keep it going."
The new unit will provide DPS with a fully-functional heating and air conditioning system that, unlike the previous system, should be able to keep a constant temperature throughout the building.
The project includes removing the gas boiler and installing zone-controlled electric heat strips.
Juden estimated the time for parts to come in and time for installation will push the project's completion into early- or mid-June if everything goes smoothly.
DPS will have to close down its holding facility during the installation as a comfortable temperature will be impossible to maintain, Juden said.
Equipment in the dispatching area will be unaffected as the room has its own system.
"That's totally self-supported and separate from the rest of the building," Juden said.
* A decision on purchasing a pathological waste incinerator for the Humane Society was tabled by the Council at Friend's request to give him time to "work out some of the details."
* Council members approved the sale of a small piece of surplus real estate property located on North Ingram created by the relocation of Ingram to Bryant Builders for $500.
The offer by Bryant Builders was the sole bid for the property.
"The city had no purpose for it," Friend said. "It was an unbuildable lot.
* A bill amending city traffic code as recommended by staff was approved by Council members.
The intersection of Thornwood and Brushwick will become a four-way stop, Brushwick and Lindenwood will remain a four-way stop; the speed limit for the Col. George E. Day Parkway will be increased to 35 mph; and the speed limit for South Ingram will remain 30 mph.
* Councilman Michael Harris advised the Council he has "been put on a list for possible deployment to Iraq."
* Marshall said he has enjoyed working with Councilman Phil Boyer who did not seek re-election.
"He's been a darn good council member," Marshall said, crediting Boyer will being "not afraid to say what might not necessarily be popular."