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City responds to 'soccer boom' with study on additional fields

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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Adam Scudder, Sikeston Aviation manager, does a precheck before a Monday afternoon flight. The Council approved the execution of a grant ageement to fund improvements at the airport.
SIKESTON -- Sikeston needs to begin looking at improvements to deal with the soccer boom.

The sport "has truly grown and become quite an activity here in town," said Councilman Jerry Pullen during the regular City Council meeting Monday.

City officials need to look at putting in more facilities for the soccer fields as well as a place to put additional fields, Pullen said, adding that the annual soccer tournament brings lots of money in to Sikeston.

"Soccer's becoming very, very popular," agreed Mayor Mike Marshall.

Jiggs Moore, parks department director, said they are using most of the available space at the sports complex. Pullen said even on a regular weekend, parking is inadequate at the complex.

Officials discussed the possibility of putting in soccer fields at the R.S. Matthews Park north of the lake.

"I think it would be a great location," said Pullen.

Council members directed Moore to study the matter.

In other business during Monday's meeting:

* Tim Underwood was appointed to fill a position on the Park Board created by the resignation of David Friend. The appointment is effective through September 2007.

* A bill authorizing a financing agreement for the city's portion of the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center expansion was approved as an emergency bill to allow city staff to complete the financing package.

The low bidder on the $1.5 million seven-year loan was First Security State Bank which offered an interest rate of 4.25 percent.

* Council approved a rezoning request from Four Corners Development for a 12.15 acre tract of land located on the south side of the Col. George E. Day Parkway, west of R.S. Matthews Park and adjacent to the South Ridge Estates 12th addition.

Zoning for the tract, known as South Ridge Estates 13th Addition, was changed from agricultural open space to single family residential.

Also approved for this tract of land was a subdivision request which will create 24 lots there.

* The first day to file for city office is Oct. 18, according to City Clerk Carroll Couch.