SIKESTON - The city's Department of Economic Development Executive Board is now one member larger.
City Council members approved the bill amending the composition of DED Executive Board to include one additional member of the City Council during their regular meeting Monday.
Before the change the Board consisted of the mayor and mayor pro tem or their representatives from the Council; the city manager; the chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners or their representatives from the BMU Board; and the director of utilities, according to City Manager Doug Friend.
With the increase in size, the DED Board's requirements for a quorum was raised to four members.
The Council next voted Councilman Jerry Pullen to fill the newly-created position. The appointment becomes effective June 3 and will run until the City Council re-organization in April 2006.
In other city business Monday:
* Council members rejected all bids for a citywide surveillance system as recommended by staff.
"We'll put some specs together and rebid," said Mayor Mike Marshall.
City staff will rewrite specifications and request new bids from vendors which should be ready for Council action in three or four weeks, according to Friend. "We could probably do a better job of doing our specs," he said.
Several of the rejected bids were missing essential components.
* The renewal of the city's liability insurance with The St. Paul of Hartford was authorized by council members.
While the increase for the annual premium was only raised by $1,000 over last year, deductibles have been raised, according to Karen Bailey, city treasurer.
* A bill authorizing the execution of deed for sale of surplus real estate on North Ingram was read for the first time.
The sole bidder, Bryant Builders of Eldon, has offered $500 for the lot which is too small to build on, according to city staff.
"This is the first reading to dispose of this property if the contract is accepted," Friend said.
* Noting the absence of Councilman Michael Harris, Marshall said that Harris has been deployed as a member of the National Guard and may possibly go overseas.
Marshall said Harris will be gone for at least a year but that any constituents in Ward 4 should feel free to contact any of the other City Council members with their questions and concerns while Harris is absent.
* City staff will work with officials from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Delta Center at Portageville to learn any new or experimental techniques they can use to discourage starlings, commonly known as "blackbirds," from roosting in town.
"We have to do something about the bird problem," Pullen said.
Efforts so far have consisted of "harassing and making a lot of noise," according to Friend. "You have to be a bigger pest to them than they are to you."
Often such efforts just drive them to another part of town, however. "It really takes a concerted effort," Friend said.
* Marshall noted an article written by Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, was published in the Missouri Municipal League magazine.
City Clerk Carroll Couch said city staff have been contacted by officials across the state for copies of the city's zero-tolerance ordinance since the article was published.