SIKESTON - Sikeston is looking for a few good men and women: today marks the kick-off of the city's 2004 boards and commissions appointment process.
Over the next month, Sikeston City Council members will be considering action on 37 appointments, with 20 of these being new appointments.
"We are asking any resident interested in serving on a city board or commission to submit a Resource Bank application," said Mayor Michael Marshall.
Applications are accepted year round and maintained in a database for Council consideration when terms end in September each year or when a position opens due to an appointee resignation.
"In order to keep our data current we ask residents to update their applications annually," said Doug Friend, city manager.
Resource Bank application forms are available at City Hall, the Sikeston Public Library, and online at the city's website, www.sikeston.org.
Applications can be submitted in a variety of ways: electronically using the city's website, by fax at 471-1526, by phone at 471-2512, or by mailing to Sikeston City Hall, Attn: Dept. of Governmental Services, 105 E. Center Street, Sikeston, MO 63801.
The city is accepting applications for the 2004 appointment until Sept. 3. Council will be asked to make appointments during their regular meeting Sept. 13. Following formal notification, the 2004 appointees will be sworn in and will assume their positions on Oct. 4.
For the 2004 appointment cycle:
* A new appointee is being sought to fill the position on the Board of Adjustments currently held by Murray Sullivan, who has just completed two five-year terms. This board meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month to consider variance requests.
* Mont Mitchell, Carl Muench and Norman Woods have each completed four three-year terms on the Board of Appeals, which meets on an as-needed basis to hear citizen requests for modification of building standards or requirements.
Members on this board must be a registered architect or engineer or a member of at least one of the following professions: licensed general contractor, licensed heating and cooling contractor, licensed plumber, licensed electrician, electrical supplier, plumbing supplier, building supplier or licensed real estate broker.
* Council will consider the reappointment of Kenneth Barkett, who has completed one four-year term on the Board of Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners.
The commission meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the BMU. To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have resided in Sikeston for four years prior to their appointment, hold no other public office and have no business relationship with BMU other than as a consumer. No more than two members of the commission may be of the same political party.
* The reappointment of Steve Sikes and Charles Myers on the Housing Authority Commission will be considered. Sikes has just completed a four-year term and Myers has completed an unexpired term.
This commission meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee the general operations of the housing authority. Candidates must be taxpayers who have lived in Sikeston for five years before their appointment.
* Two new appointments will be made to fill the positions currently held by Phillip Black and Troy Wilson on the Industrial Development Authority. Both have completed two six-year terms.
The authority, a not-for-profit corporation organized to promote industrial and economic development projects, meets on an as-needed basis. Appointees must have resided in Sikeston for five years prior to their appointment.
* Council will make a new appointment on the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority Commission to fill the position currently held by Terry Bryant.
The commission meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month to act on the removal of dilapidated and unsafe buildings and the creation of decent, safe and sanitary living accommodations for low-income individuals. Appointees must be taxpayers who have lived for at least five years in Sikeston before their appointment.
* One new appointment to fill the position currently held by Larry Braden on the Library Board of Trustees will be made. Braden has completed two three-year terms. Also under consideration are the reappointments of Steven Arndt and Bob Depro. This board meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to develop library policy and oversee the library's general operations.
* A new appointee is being sought to fill the unexpired term of Jera Lincoln on the Park Board. Consideration is also being give to the reappointment of Ron Payne, David Friend and Dawn Burton to second three-year terms. The Park Board meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to advise the Council on park improvements and policies.
* Jim Burden and Scott Jenkins are being considered for reappointment to four-year terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission, which meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month to advise Council members on zoning requests, subdivision reviews and other issues relating to the development of the city.
* New appointments will be made to fill the position of Sue Marble, who has completed two three-year terms, and the unexpired term of Sharon Merideth on the Public Safety Advisory Board. Reappointments for David Sloan and Jim McClure are also being considered.
The DPS Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month to advise Council on community relations and on departmental projects.
* Jack Loop and Bryan Snider have served two three-year terms on the Rental Housing Ordinance Appeals Board, so two new appointments will be made. Additionally, Council members will consider the reappointment of Carolyn Tetley and Kelley Rushing. The board meets as needed to hear appeals of non-compliance with Section 8 guidelines.
* New appointments on the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Advisory Council will be made to fill the positions of Robert Buchanan, Steve McPheeters and Audrey Hundley. Council will also consider the reappointment of Kim Heckemeyer to a second three-year term. The SAHEC Advisory Council meets quarterly to advise SEMO University of area curriculum needs.
* Council will be making two appointments to the Sikeston-Miner Tourism Advisory Board to fill the positions currently held by Judy Buck and Cindy Friend who have completed two two-year terms.
Meeting at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, this board considers the general operations of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and marketing of the tourism and hospitality industries in Sikeston and Miner. Applicants must reside in the Sikeston-Miner area and have a demonstrated interest in tourism.
* A new appointee is being sought to fill the position currently held by Bill Mitchell on the Tax Increment Finance Commission. Mitchell has completed two four-year terms. Council will also be considering the reappointment of Robert Jenkins to a second term.
The TIF Commission meets on an as-needed basis to study and review redevelopment plans that utilize tax increment funding and make recommendations on the adoption of these plans to the City Council.
* A new appointment will be made to fill the position held by Steven Arndt on the Traffic Committee. Council will also consider the reappointment of Greg Walker to a second three-year term as an alternate member. This committee meets on an as-needed basis to advised the City Council on ways and means of improving traffic conditions.
Residents desiring more information on the city's board and commissions should contact Linda Lowes, director of the department of governmental services, at 471-2512.