SIKESTON - In addition to the two public hearings held during Monday's regular city council meeting, the following items were addressed:
* Council members granted conditional authorization to include construction costs for a boat ramp at the C.P. Wing Lake at R.S. Matthews Park in the Tax Increment Funding reimbursements for the developer.
"It would enhance the recreational opportunities out there," said Doug Friend, city manager.
* Council members authorized a formal request for the transfer of excess Board of Municipal Utilities revenues of up to $750,000 to the city's general revenue fund.
The transfer was approved by MBIA, the board's bond insurer, according to officials.
* The purchase of three patrol vehicles from Sikeston Motor Company for $21,015 each was approved by the council.
Department of Public Safety Chief Drew Juden said the department obtained information that the Ford Motor Company is offering the 2003 police package models at the 2002 model prices. The offer was confirmed by Sikeston Motors which holds the current bid for supplying patrol vehicles to the city.
Ford's offer, good until June 15, is "a good opportunity to save some money," according to Juden. He estimated the minimum savings at about $1,200 per car.
* Council awarded the bid to provide the city with a Microsoft software assurance plan to Automation Services of Cape Girardeau for $24,754 as recommended by Linda Lowes, director of governmental services.
The only other bid submitted was from CLAS Computers in Cape Girardeau for $30,701.60.
Lowes explained by participating in the program, the city will receive free Windows operations system software upgrades for two years while firms not subscribing to the program will end up paying a premium price for upgrades.
The city presently has five computer servers and 80 computer workstations for its 130 employees.
* Commissioners answered questions from a Sikeston resident regarding the status of the old Missouri Department of Transportation offices.
Due to infrequent mowing, the old MoDOT building has become "an eyesore," the resident complained.
* Juden briefed the council on the coordination between the Housing Authority and DPS to remove drug offenders from public housing following drug arrests.
The recent drug busts "hopefully set the tone for this summer," Juden said.