SIKESTON -- Approval on an amended resolution opposing Union Pacific's track swap and the resulting increase in traffic through Sikeston is delayed for two more weeks.
During the regular City Council meeting Monday, Mayor Mike Marshall asked that approval for the resolution's final draft be scheduled for the special budget meeting May 15 to allow council members a chance to read it and know exactly what they are approving.
An earlier draft of the resolution was approved during the Council's briefing session April 24 and forwarded to attorneys, according to City Manager Doug Friend, which "emphasized our unique position" as well as "safety considerations we didn't think the railroad was taking into account."
Following a review by those attorneys, the document was amended to correct inaccuracies.
"The spirit of the resolution is essentially the same," Marshall said.
The mayor also commented on Gov. Matt Blunt's visit Friday. During a 45-
minute discussion followed by a visit to the Salcedo Road railroad crossing, the governor "seemed very interested in our situation, very curious," Marshall said, "and I think he's going to help us."
Friend said a special edition of the city's e-mail newsletter will be published urging the public to get involved in opposing the railroad's plan.
"This affects the whole town," Marshall said.
The application from Union Pacific to take possession of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe track running from Sikeston north to Rockview in exchange for some of UP's lines in Colorado is currently under review by the Surface Transportation Board.
"We've got their attention - I promise you that," Marshall said.
In other business Monday:
* A bill authorizing Koman Properties to issue up to $1.7 million in notes to UMB Bank for the Main and Malone TIF District was approved.
City Clerk Carroll Couch said the developer requested the bill be passed as an emergency measure to allow them to take advantage of current interest rates.
This transaction will allow Koman to recoup the 5 percent hold back of $35,000 on the original note issue, according to Couch.
* A bill authorizing adjustments to permit and inspection fees and meeting fees for the Board of Adjustments, Board of Appeals and Planning and Zoning Commission to levels consistent with the city's actual cost of doing business was read for the first time.
The second reading and Council consideration of this bill is scheduled for the next regular City Council meeting June 5 to provide the public with further opportunity to make comments on the proposed adjustments, according to Friend.
* A resolution designating the mayor pro tem and deputy city clerk as authorized check signers for the city was approved.
During a review of a recently-adopted disaster recovery plan for the city's software, it became apparent that in the event of a major disaster, the mayor or city clerk may not be available and electronic signatures will not be accessible, according to Karen Bailey, city treasurer.
This resolution allows the mayor pro tem and deputy city clerk to endorse necessary bank documents and ensure the continued operation of the city's financial functions.
"It only comes into play in the event of a disaster," she said.
* Contracts for lagoon improvements at the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park were awarded.
The first contract, for lagoon aeration, was awarded to G&C Contracting Inc. of Perryville which offered to do the job for $310,000.
This project includes the installation of a dozen 30-horsepower floating aerators and controls in the two primary cells of the lagoon as well as all associated electrical work.
The second contract, which is for removal and disposal of sludge from the lagoon's secondary cells, was awarded to Mott Excavating of Vienna, Ill., which offered the lowest bid of $265,700.
John Chittenden of Waters Engineering in Sikeston said the lagoon, which primarily serves the Good Humor-Breyers plant, is "substantially overloaded" and is therefore producing "unpleasant aromas."
The lagoon improvements are related to an expansion of the plant. A Community Development Block Grant will pay for $500,000 worth of improvements while Good Humor-Breyers will contribute another $400,000, Chittenden said.
* The submission of FY-2007 Budget and Capital Plan was accepted by the Council.
Public hearings on the budget and capital improvements plan are scheduled for noon May 15 and 7:15 a.m. May 22, according to Friend.
The first reading on the bill approving the budget and capital plan is slated for the next regular council meeting June 5. Action on these items is scheduled for 7:15 a.m. June 15.
* Funds for memorial at the Sikeston Veterans Park for Charlie Company of the National Guard's 1140th - the only Sikeston unit to ever go to war as a group - are already gathered. The park's board just needs some money for parking area.
Steve Taylor, speaking on behalf of the Sikeston Veterans Park Board, presented the board's request for the city to commit $8,000 to put parking in near the Charlie Company memorial along with a walkway. "We don't have the funding to do that," he said.
"We think it's one of the highlights of our community," Taylor said of Veterans Park.
* The Redneck Barbecue has grown into a sanctioned barbecue event and has moved to Sept. 16, according to Shad Old, a former chairman for the 11-
year-old annual event, leaving a hole on the Saturday of rodeo week. "It's a part of the rodeo now," he said.
Old proposed the city should fill that hole with a new "Cowboy Cookoff"
barbecue contest in 2007.
* Council members approved a bill setting the city's telecommunications franchise tax at 2.1 percent as required by the Department of Revenue.