SIKESTON - The 2003 boards and commissions appointment process begins on Aug. 1.
For the following 45 days, the Sikeston City Council will consider action on 32 appointments. Nine appointments will be new slots for the Board of Adjustments, Board of Municipal Utilities, Park Board, Housing Authority Board, Rental Ordinance Appeals Board, SAHEC Advisory Council and the Traffic Committee.
"We are asking all persons interested in serving on a city board or commission to submit a 2003 application," said Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall.
This process differs from previous practice when applications were maintained from year to year. "We need to update our database of qualified applicants," explained City Manager Doug Friend. "Anyone who submitted an application prior to June 2003 should do so again."
The new applications are available at City Hall, the Sikeston Public Library and online at www.sikeston.org and have been expanded to include city and state statute qualifiers. The application also addresses Sikeston's entry into the digital-age with a notation for the applicant's e-mail address.
Applications can be forwarded to City Hall in a variety of ways. They can be mailed to Sikeston City Hall, attention, Department of Governmental Services, 105 E. Center St., Sikeston, MO 63801; by fax to 471-1526; or via the city's website at www.sikeston.org
While applications are accepted year-round, Resource Bank Applications for the 2003 appointment cycle will be accepted until Aug. 18. Council action is anticipated in September with the new appointees assuming their positions in October.
Appointments are being considered on the following boards and commissions:
Board of Adjustments: A new appointee is being sought to fill the position currently held by Phillip Black, who has completed two five-year terms. The Board meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each moth to consider variance requests.
BOCA Board of Appeals: Tom Fowler is being considered for reappointment to a three-year term. The BOCA Board meets on an as-needed basis to hear citizens' requests for modification of building standards or requirements.
BMU Board of Commissioners: A new appointee is being sought to fill the position currently held by Steve Forbis, who has completed two four-year terms. The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the Board of Municipal Utilities.
Housing Authority Commission: A resident representative is being sought to fill the four-year term formerly held by William Corder. This commission meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the Sikeston Housing Authority.
Industrial Development Authority: Scott Matthews and Jim Bucher Jr. are being considered for reappointment to six-year terms. The authority meets on an as-needed basis and is a not-for-profit corporation organized to promote industrial and economic development projects.
Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority: Council will consider the reappointment of Brian Menz and Mont Mitchell to four-year terms. The LCRA Authority meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month to act upon the removal of dilapidated and unsafe buildings, and the creation of decent, safe and sanitary living accommodations for low-income individuals.
Library Board of Trustees: Consideration of three three-year reappointments for Clare Eisenbach, Harriet Cento and Linda Glaus will be made. The Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to develop library policy and to oversee the general operations of the library.
Park Board: A new appointee is being sought to fill the position currently held by David Cartner, who has served two three-year terms. Consideration is also being given on reappointments of Charles Parks and Susanne Chitwood. The Park Board meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to advice Council on park improvements and policies.
Planning and Zoning Commission: Matt Marshall is being considered for reappointment to a four-year term The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month to advise the City Council on zoning requests, subdivision review and other issues relating to the development of the city.
Public Safety Advisory Board: Ned Matthews and Richard Adams are being considered for reappointment to three-year terms. The DPS Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month to advise the City Council on community relations and departmental projects.
Rental Housing Ordinance Appeals Board: Two new appointments will be made to fill the positions of Ray Williams and Randy York, who have served two three-year terms, in addition to the consideration of the reappointment of Jim Burden and Chester Cardwell. This board meets as needed to hear appeals of non-compliance with Section 8 guidelines.
Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Advisory Council: A new appointment will be made to fill the position of Tom Austin, who has served two three-year terms. The City Council will also consider the reappointments of Margaret Dicus, Janice Barkett and Lori Fowler. The SAHEC Advisory Council meets quarterly to advise Southeast Missouri State University of area curriculum needs.
Sikeston-Miner Tourism Advisory Board: Council will consider the reappointment of Larry Braden and James Bucher to two-year terms. This board meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month to consider general operations of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and marketing of tourism and hospitality industries in Sikeston and Miner.
Traffic Committee: A new appointment will be made to fill the position formerly held by Jim Baker. The City Council will also consider the reappointment of Ann Matthews and Jean Crowe to a second three-year term. This committee meets on an as-needed basis to advise the Council on ways and means of improving traffic conditions.
Sikeston residents who would like to obtain more information about the city boards and commissions or who would like to submit an application by phone may contact Linda Lowes, Department of Governmental Services, at 471-2512.