SIKESTON - In addition to making appointments to city boards and commissions, the Sikeston City Council addressed the following items during Tuesday's special meeting:
* Bill Green, director of the Department of Economic Development, asked council members for their preferences regarding parts of Sikeston to be included in the initial designation of the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority area.
Green said the original projection for the LCRA's operating budget to get it under way was estimated at around $800,000 by John Brancaglione of the urban consulting firm Peckham, Guyton, Albers and Viets of St. Louis, which was contracted to assist with development and implementation of the LCRA.
However, that figure includes commercial redevelopment, according to Green, who was under the impression Council wanted to initially address residential redevelopment beginning with properties already acquired by the city.
Councilman Bill Mitchell asked if a wide area could be included with the option to select projects and prioritize as officials see fit. "I think the larger the better," Green answered.
"Is there a reason not to include the whole town?" asked Phil Boyer, councilman.
Green said for an area to be included, a study of the blighted area must be conducted. The larger the area, the more time and resources must be dedicated to the study, he explained.
Green said he will ask Brancaglione if the LCRA area must be contiguous or can be comprised of "pockets" of blighted areas in putting together a proposed area for review by Monday's regular Council meeting.
* Tom Nunnelee with Nunnelee Funeral Chapel discussed an accident Thursday in which a car with relatives of the deceased was struck by the rear right tire of a motorist who had a green light but failed to yield for the funeral procession.
"It totally spun the vehicle around," said Nunnelee. "It was a pretty hard hit."
Nunnelee said it was the first instance in which an accident has occurred during a procession from his funeral home, although they have "had a lot of near misses."
"I just don't want this to happen again," said Nunnelee.
Drew Juden, director of Public Safety, confirmed that no tickets were issued at the accident, but even if one were issued, it is still up to the insurance agencies to decide who was at fault. "We do not assign blame in accidents," said Juden.
Nunnelee said he hoped the city could implement a policy for police vehicles to halt traffic at intersections for the procession instead of leading it from the front.
The problem remains, however, that DPS has limited cars on patrol, and if an accident or other emergency comes up during a funeral procession, the escort must leave to deal with the higher-priority call.
Mayor Jerry Pullen said the Council will direct staff to contact other cities and look for solutions.
* A resolution which will permit city staff to proceed with their surplus auction scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Public Works garage was approved.
As in prior years, items that are no longer useful to the operations of the city will either be auctioned to the general public or sold by sealed bid. Irreparable items will be discarded.