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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

City plan adopted by council

Friday, September 6, 2002

SIKESTON - An administrative code providing a complete plan of organization and structure for the city's government was put in place by the Sikeston City Council, but it won't change a thing.

The bill establishing the code was adopted during the council's regular session Thursday, moved from its usual Monday slot because of Labor Day.

"This is required by the city charter," said Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, of the administrative code.

The code describes the city's current structure, she explained, in which the power resides in the council with the city manger acting as their executive.

All of the city's existing departments, offices, agencies, boards and commissions will continue with the same powers and duties, and council still has the power to create, eliminate, revise, consolidate, change or alter any of them as it deems necessary, according to Lowes. They are also all still under the direction and supervision of the city manager unless otherwise directed by ordinance.

In other city council business:

* Council members adopted bills approving the South Ridge Estates Subdivision's 6th addition and the rezoning there from agricultural use to R4 two-family residential.

Tom Bridger, public works director, said it is Scott Matthews' first subdivision off the west end of the Col. George E. Day Parkway by Lowe's. The subdivision has 13 lots, Bridger said.

He confirmed there will be no driveways directly off the Col. Day Parkway, only off the subdivision's street.

The duplexes will serve as a "buffer zone" between commercial developments and single-family homes to be built in the future, according to Bridger.

Both the subdivision and rezoning requests received favorable recommendations from Planning and Zoning Commission June 18.

* The Department of Public Safety Advisory Board was expanded by four members to bring the total to nine as requested by Councilman Mike Marshall.

Marshall said the he believes it will provide DPS with more input from the community.

Two of the new four board members will serve one-year terms and two will serve two-year terms. After these initial terms, they become three-year terms so the board will have three appointments to be made each year.

The board meets every other month.

* Three DPS vehicles were declared surplus and authorized for disposal as part of the department's routine vehicle replacement schedule. The vehicles replacing them are already in service.

* A resolution in commemoration of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was adopted by the council.

The resolution encourages Sikeston residents to remember the victims and their families by visiting the 9-11 Memorial Wall and by attending remembrance services scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

* Council members approved a resolution of support for a Community Development Block Grant application of $500,000 for the expansion of Good Humor Breyers' north plant.

The funds will be used to extend a road and loop water service to provide the water pressure they will need, according to Bill Green, director of the department of economic development.

* The transfer of El Bracero's liquor license from their old location at Kingshighway and Murray Lane to their new spot in the former Golden Corral building at Kingshighway and South Main was approved by council members.

* The 40 appointments and reappointments to city boards and commissions slated for the meeting were tabled as Councilman Jerry Pullen was not able attend.

* DPS Director Drew Juden advised the council that Sikeston is among the five cities which were approved for a school resource officer program grant. DPS will receive total of $346,000 over three years, according to Juden.