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Council creates new post in effort to clean-up Sikeston

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

SIKESTON - Trey Hardy is the city's new community redevelopment coordinator.

City Council members approved a bill creating the position during their regular meeting Monday.

Hardy, an eight-year veteran of the city's Public Works Department, was appointed by City Manager Doug Friend.

"Creation of this position is the first step in the city's new initiative to clean up our community and improve Sikeston's housing stock," said Friend. "Following Council's round table discussions and the input received during the recent sales tax campaign, Council and staff have refocused the city's efforts. Trey and the men of code enforcement will be undertaking a very aggressive effort to cite and prosecute individuals - both tenants and landowners - who fail to comply with the city's property maintenance ordinances."

The newly-created position serves the dual function of spearheading operations of the Code Enforcement Division and providing liaison functions between the city and the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.

"Hardy will be working with the city's four full-time code enforcement officers to plan, organize and implement the clean-up of our community," said Public Works Director Tom Bridger. "This includes the strict enforcements of Sikeston's ordinances concerning junk and trash, tall grass and junked motor vehicles. These efforts will be coupled with inspections of rental housing property and the condemnation of substandard housing-buildings."

Hardy, along with his wife, Leslie, and their children, Jessica and Jacob, relocated to Sikeston in 1995, having claimed Lawton, Okla., as his hometown after following his father's military career for 18 years.

After earning his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Cameron University while in Lawton, he decided not to pursue a teaching career and was employed by United Parcel Service and Yellow Freight where he was a shift operations manager.

Hardy began his career with the city as a skilled worker in the Street Division of Public Works. From that position, he was promoted in 1999 to street supervisor and to street superintendent in 2000.

"Having served in Public Works for eight years, I've been in and am familiar with every neighborhood of the city," Hardy said. "The men of code enforcement and I are ready, willing and able to undertake the mission that has been give to us."