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Council OKs 2006 street program

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

SIKESTON - Sikeston will put about $532,900 into its streets and sidewalks for the annual street program.

City Council members approved the Sikeston 2006 Street Program during the their regular meeting which was Tuesday instead of Monday due to the holiday.

Presented with a list of six options ranging from everything that needs to be done for an estimated $588,900 to a version that takes out six projects for around $405,900, council members selected the second option, which removes a Dudley Park entrance project from the list, as recommended by staff.

City Manager Doug Friend said well over $13 million was spent on the city's streets since the transportation sales tax was approved in 1990.

This year's program includes addressing some of the city's older concrete streets in the center of town, according to Friend, and fixing up the streets for subdivisions built in the 1970s.

The program includes:

* Asphalt overlays on: Cottonwood, Marie, South Handy from Malone to Ruth, North Handy from North to Compress, Lake from Sikes to North Ranney, and South Prairie from Gladys to Murray Lane; and

* Concrete reconstruction on: Hunter from Moore to Taylor, Sikes from Wakefield to Delta, Trotter from Scott to New Madrid, the intersection of Ruth and School, the intersection of William and School, Malone Park sidewalk, curb and sidewalk repairs on Plantation, sidewalk repairs on Kingshighway from Center to Malone, and sidewalk repairs on Tanner Street.

Friend said city officials are looking into the possibility of a Community Development Block Grant or other state funding to assist with the Dudley Park project.

In other business Tuesday:

* Mayor Mike Marshall noted the presence of Councilman Michael Harris who has been away since April after being deployed with the Missouri Army National Guard, Engineer Brigade 35th Infantry Division out of Cape Girardeau, to Fort Riley, Kan. The unit was sent to Iraq in June.

Harris is here until Friday and then is slated to return to Sikeston for good near the end of May.

"It's been an interesting seven months over there," Harris said. He said he has been busy building facilities for Iraq that are needed here just as badly.

* Council members approved an extension until the end of the year for a Community Development Block Grant the city is sponsoring for Business Research Institute of Sikeston.

Friend said BRI had not been able to fulfill the terms of the grant but Joe Lane of the Bootheel Regional Planning Commission, the grant's administrator, has advised BRI could finish the grant if an extension was approved.

The city will be unable to sponsor any other groups for CDBG funding until this grant is closed, Friend noted.

"It is a successful program," said Matt Marshall, BRI's president. He explained that while the program, which helps credit-challenged renters purchase homes, was approved for the grant in August 2003, "we didn't start utilizing the funds until July of the next year."

* A stop sign on Persimmon Place, a new cul-de-sac, where it meets the Col. George E. Day Parkway was approved by council members as recommended by the city's traffic committee.

Council members also followed the traffic committee's recommendation by not approving proposed stop signs at three other locations: on Allen at Wakefield, on Davis at Wakefield, and a three-way stop at Plaza at Dudley.

* Council members accepted the sole bid of $75,166 from Sikeston Motors for a four-wheel drive, heavy-duty diesel truck equipped with a service body for use as a quick-response vehicle for the SEMO Bomb Team.

The SEMO Bomb Team grant will cover the entire cost, according to Drew Juden, director of the Department of Public Safety.

The cost includes accessories such as a winch, snow plow and hoist among other features.

* A five-year capital improvement plan for FY-2007 through 2011 was submitted.

While the city's Charter requires the plan to be submitted no later than the January meeting, the plan isn't really ready until staff get into the budget process later in the year, Friend said.

"But it is a good planning tool for us," he said.

Friend said a planning session will be scheduled for council members to discuss larger special capital improvement items.

* Phil Boyer was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the city's planning and zoning commission. The term ends in September.

The position was vacated by Larry Kellett who indicated he no longer wished to serve on the commission.

* A request to subdivide a .99 acre tract of land located on the north side of Virginia Street east of the South Main and the Magic Wash at 600 Virginia was approved.