SIKESTON - The City Council met as governors of a third-class city for the final time Monday.
The Home Rule Charter will go into full effect following the first meeting of the new seven-member City Council scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.
A bill cleaning up one last item to bring city code into compliance with the Home Rule Charter was adopted by the Council along with a bill codifying the entire Charter.
In other business addressed during the final meeting of the five-member council:
* A resolution to sponsor the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority's application for a Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grant to demolish vacant and dilapidated structures with the Redevelopment District was adopted.
The LCRA is applying for the maximum amount of $125,000. After administration costs, this would enable the LCRA to remove 25-30 structures.
The deadline for application is May 15, according to Mike Bohannon, LCRA commissioner.
* Council members approved a request from the Alice Van Huff Family Limited Partnership to rezone two tracts of land from AG agricultural to C-3 highway commercial.
The tracts of land are generally located along both sides of Highway 61 north of the First Church of the Nazarene and the Trinity Baptist Church and extend 500 feet from the highway for a total of 32.43 acres, according to Tom Bridger, public works director.
* The bid to sell the city a small dump truck went to Sikeston Motor Company, which offered the vehicle for $25,121.60 with trade-in.
Jarvis Motor Company also submitted a bid for $28,123.53 with trade-in.
The truck will replace an 11-year-old pickup truck with 90,000 miles, according to Bridger. "We decided that a one-ton truck was a better option - it gives us more flexibility and more options," he explained, adding it will also be used for towing equipment trailers.
The purchase was a budgeted item under capitol improvements.
* Pyramid Roofing was awarded the bid to replace the roof covering the Department of Economic Development at City Hall for $12,600.
In addition to installing EPM rubber roofing, the cost includes removing the building's old roofing.
Also bidding on the project was Drury Company which bid $14,704.
* As recommended by the Parks Board, council members approved the establishment of for-profit users' fees at the Clinton Community Building.
Parks Director Jiggs Moore said the fees, set at $500 with a $500 security deposit and an additional $100 for use of the kitchen, will only apply to events "where they would be making a profit from the use of the building."
Plans to consider for-profit fees on a case-by-case basis proved unworkable, Moore said. Fees for use of the building in which no profit is made remain the same at $200 and $25 for the kitchen.
* Discussion and action on the proposed amendment to the city's animal ordinance was tabled until the regular May meeting.
* Council members approved another $16,000 toward the clean out of the St. John's Ditch.
Bridger advised an increase in the estimated cost of soil spreading for the project resulted in the larger local match.
* Charlotte Vanover, president of the Sikeston Area Humane Society's Board of Directors, asked to be added to the May meeting's agenda to present information on why the Humane Society should not get a $15,000 cut in funding from the city.
Mayor Phil Boyer said the Humane Society "is not a victim, (but) a participant in the cuts."