Council member were slated to approve a resolution formerly opposing the railroad's petition to the federal Surface Transportation Board to approve their acquisition and operation of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad line with an increase in the number of trains running between Sikeston and Rockview, located north of Sikeston, but tabled the matter to their next meeting.
"We're still doing some fine-tuning on this resolution," Mayor Mike Marshall explained.
He said the railroad is pitching their plan to route more trains through Sikeston as a way to increase their overall traffic without putting in a second track alongside the track running from Dexter to Rockview.
"They've got an alternative," Marshall said. "We want them to pursue the double tracks up there."
In other business Monday:
* The Sikeston City Council approved a bill requiring the installation and maintenance of sprinkler systems for health care facilities, ambulatory care facilities and residential board and care facilities in the city.
Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, said the idea for the bill is a direct result of the fire at Green Meadows Retirement Home at 411 N. Kingshighway on July 20.
Since then, DPS officials have studied the effectiveness of sprinkler systems in facilities as compared to those same types of facilities that do not have sprinkler systems. Fires in facilities with sprinkler systems have been extinguished or contained but in the one fire where the building did not have a sprinkler system, the building was destroyed.
This ordinance also puts the city into compliance with the 2006 National Fire Protection Code.
"We think it's a very important ordinance to have passed," Juden said.
He said Mission Missouri's House of Liberty will be required to have sprinklers but the women's safety shelter will not as stays there are only for a short duration.
Existing facilities will have 18 months to comply once the ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.
* The purchase of two Kubota front-mounted mowers from Nelson Equipment for $11,000 with the trade in of two of the city's John Deere mowers for the city's park division was approved.
The mowers are on a two-year replacement cycle, according to Jiggs Moore, parks department director.
A bid from Aufdenberg for two John Deere mowers for $14,498 with trade in was also received.
* Council members approved contracts on 21 properties as recommended by the park division to various bidders for a total $65,664 per mowing season, or $131,328 for the entire two-year contract.
This is an increase of $8,496 over the 2004 contract but still $15,696 less than the 2002 contract, according to Moore.
This contract includes the addition of the Broadway median as well as various parks, right-of-ways and tracts at the industrial park, Moore said.
* A bill which would authorize the mayor and city clerk to enter into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the North Main/Malone Transportation Development District by which the city would collect a 1-
percent sales tax to retire the portion of Tax Increment Financing notes issued to pay for the light signals put up at the intersection of North Main and Lake was read for the first time.
"Walgreens is not part of this," said City Clerk Carroll Couch. He explained this tax would only apply to the stores in the strip mall behind Walgreens.
Couch said the debt on the stoplights is about $168,000 as compared with the $1.6 million debt for the entire redevelopment project.