SIKESTON -- Vehicle purchases were the main items for action during Tuesday's regular meeting of the City Council.
The meeting was held Tuesday due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday.
The bid for the purchase of three police pursuit vehicles was awarded to Sikeston Motor Company for $64,643.
The cost for two of the three new 2002 Crown Victorias, which will replace three vehicles presently being used in the patrol division of the Department of Public Safety, was $21,015 each.
The third 2002 Crown Victoria will include the Ford Police Interceptor Police Prep Package for a total cost of $22,613.
A lower bid totaling $63,200 from Courtesy Ford of Charleston, which bid $22,132 for the police prep package vehicle and $20,534 each for the other two, was passed over in favor of the Sikeston vendor.
The Council approved the purchase of a replacement pickup truck for the city street division from Sikeston Motors for $21,209.
Tom Bridger, public works director, said the truck bid by Sikeston Motors met all the requested options in addition to being the lower of the two bids. A bid was also received from Morlan Dodge for $21,295 for a truck of the same size but with a standard cab.
Among options included in the Sikeston Motors bid were an extended cab, which will allow supervisors to move employees from one work site to another, and a four-wheel drive transmission which will allow access to sites other city vehicles may not be able to reach.
Drew Juden, director of public safety, discussed the purchase of a sport utility vehicle for use as a command vehicle.
Juden explained that because DPS officers fulfill the dual roles of police and fire protection, command vehicles typically have "backseats full, trucks full and the bumper dragging the ground."
Juden also noted that "most other agencies have been using (SUVs) for years."
The 1999 Ford Explorer Juden has in mind will be part of an "evaluation process" which will determine if all four command vehicles should be replaced with SUVs.
Juden confirmed for council members that "Sikeston Motors has been very good" about servicing DPS vehicles purchased elsewhere.
In other City Council business:
* John Brancaglione from the urban consulting firm Peckham, Guyton, Albers and Viets of St. Louis made a presentation on their proposal for the city's Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority during an informational meeting before the regular city council meeting.
Action on a proposed LCRA ordinance is slated for the city council meeting scheduled Oct. 1, according to Linda Lowes, director of governmental services. Appointments to the commission are also expected to be made at this time if the ordinance is approved.
PGAV was hired by the city to assist with development and implementation of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority approved by voters at the April 3 election.
During the presentation, Bill Green, director of the department of economic development, discussed how the LCRA will be enabled to re-subdivide properties for redevelopment. "They can file another plat," he explained, after combining and redividing smaller lots into lots that can be redeveloped.
Green said it is one of several "inherent" powers available to the LCRA that the city otherwise does not have.
* Councilmembers approved proceeding with arrangements to reach an agreement for the 2.7-acre expansion of the Missouri National Guard Armory.
Doug Friend, city manager, explained the expansion area would be used to accommodate the Armory's plans for a new motor pool operation.
The adjacent city park will retain enough area to stay open, according to Friend.
* The Council approved the acceptance of 17.38 acres of land from R. Scott Matthews to enlarge the C.P. Wing Lake contingent upon the city being successful in its application for funding the lake expansion project through a Landmark Local Parks Program grant through the Department of Natural Resources.
Jiggs Moore, director of parks and recreation, said the governor had decided not to fund the Landmark Local Parks Program this year, but that applications filed for this year may carry over to next year or "at such time the funding becomes available."
Moore said staff would also "explore any other grants or programs that may be out there" as well and confirmed that other projects can still proceed to make the lake usable.
Moore said fish have been ordered to stock the lake and are due to be delivered this month. Park officials are also waiting for the contractor to get grass established at the park.
Also planned for the new park are chat driveways and parking areas. "That's what we'll be shooting for initially," said Moore.
* An amendment to the municipal code to increase the Crime Victim's Fund fees was approved. It will bring the city into compliance with a recently-passed state statute which increased the fee from $5 to $7.50.
The fee is assessed as part of court costs against all convictions and guilty pleas for municipal ordinance violations, according to Lowes.
Of the $7.50, $7.13 is remitted to the state and 37 cents is retained by the city for processing costs.