SIKESTON - Faced with tough budget decisions, new City Council members heard from concerned residents from the west side of town who think even more needs to be done there to address crime.
Anderson and Teresa Walker and Beverly Wright brought their concerns and suggestions before the council during a briefing session Tuesday intended to catch new City Council members up on the budget and budget process.
Wright and the Walkers wanted to know why the Department of Public Safety won't do anything about the large crowds and loud music in the Ruth and Branum area. "They're making no arrests," Mrs. Walker said. "We just wanted to know why more can't be done. We didn't get any rest over the weekend."
Mrs. Walker said she doesn't think fines are effective as they often pay a fraction due to "inability to pay" while keeping her up at night with expensive "boom boxes."
Mayor Mike Marshall said he will meeting with the DPS and court and juvenile officials to see what can be done.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, City Manager Doug Friend explained the history of the city's restricted and general funds, current budget status and offered options to explore in preparing the next budget.
The Home Rule Charter mandates several budget process deadlines to be met, council members were advised.