SIKESTON - The Sikeston City Council awarded bids for the city's 2002 Street Improvement Program as recommended by city staff during Thursday morning's special Sikeston City Council meeting.
The contract for the complete reconstruction of Lynual in concrete west of Harlene to the existing dead end was awarded to the low bidder, Lappe Cement Finishing of Perryville. The bid of $66,211.20 was lower than the city's estimated cost, according to Tom Bridger, public works director.
The contract for the complete reconstruction of South Ingram in concrete between the existing curbs from Ables Road to Helen Street together with concrete replacement and minor drainage work was also awarded to Lappe Cement Finishing. Lappe's bid of $98,059.40 was the lowest bid received and lower that the project budget.
The low bidder for the program's various asphalt overlays was ASA Asphalt of Advance which bid $464,301.60. The bid is above the city's initial estimate primarily due to the drainage and paving work added to the project during the design period, Bridger explained.
The street program's total of $702,572.02 is within the $704,000 target.
The contract for the Salcedo Road sidewalk project from the 2001 Street Improvement Program was also awarded as recommended by Waters Engineering going to Fronabarger Concreters of Oak Ridge which bid $49,170.40.
Bridger said the bid was well below the initial budget due to savings generated in the design process. The total for the project when adding the engineering inspection cost comes to $53,170.40.
With the bids awarded, the council finished up its regular session with briefings.
* According to city officials, the city has contracted with the YMCA for the management of the Jaycee Municipal Swimming Pool for the past two years.
The agreement contains a clause permitting the YMCA to request the contract be continued in successive years and the YMCA has expressed an interest in doing so for this summer.
Staff has presented a bill to the council which, if adopted, will approve the execution of the lease agreement for a fee of $19,000, a $1,000-increase from last year.
* Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, advised Microsoft has undertaken a marketing promotion that essentially forces Microsoft operating system users to purchase a "software assurance" package.
Lowes explained by participating in the program, users can obtain free upgrades for two years while firms not subscribing to the program will probably end up paying a premium price for the upgrades offered during this time frame.
She predicted the cost would run $20,000 for the city's six servers and 80 personal computers. Lowes said this breaks down to about $10 per system each month for the next two years.
Due to the large expenditure the city is facing, staff has issued a request for proposals seeking competitive bids for the licensing fees for the program.
* Bridger said the city's comprehensive plan is ready for council to review for any final changes. He advised the map will be updated once all the changes are complete in the plan's text portion.
Mayor Phil Boyer said the firm who was contracted to draft the plan did a very poor job, essentially "cutting and pasting" most of the information from another city without even bothering to edit references to streets that don't even exist in Sikeston. "It was an absolute mess," he said.
Bill Green, director of the department of economic development, said the individuals who worked on Sikeston's plan are no longer with the firm.
* Karen Bailey, deputy city clerk and treasurer, advised the council that the city's liability insurance premiums are going up by 47 percent for fiscal year 2003.
She said 22 percent of the increase is attributed to the Sept. 11 losses sustained by insurance companies as well as the bearish stock market.
Bailey said earthquake coverage was also much higher and more difficult to get this year.
The rest of the increase is the result of added property and equipment such as the T.E. Bryant Fire Facility, the community building at the complex, and $1 million of E-911 equipment.
This is the final year of a three-year contract, according to Bailey.
* City Manager Doug Friend updated the council on the transition to the Home Rule Charter form of government and presented some graphics displaying how numbers would end up in the four wards using different boundaries.
The ward populations must be evenly divided within 10 percent using numbers from the last census.
Friend said it will take coordination with the Scott and New Madrid county clerks as preserving present voting precincts may not be feasible.
Council members Sue Rogers, Michael Harris and Boyer agreed to further research options for drawing up the wards.
Boyer said he anticipates discussing the creation of wards at every meeting from now until the task is completed.
* The Council was also briefed on a subdivision approval and rezoning request for the Clearview Estates 9th Addition from agriculture to R-1 residential and a rezoning request from George Simmons asking for a change from agriculture to R-4 (duplex).