SIKESTON -- City Council members approved projects totaling $554,400 for the 2008 Street and Drainage Improvement Program during their regular monthly meeting Monday.
City Manager Doug Friend said while other projects may get added later, "this is our major bid package."
It was the intention of Planning and Zoning Committee members to present a smaller program and leave room to add projects without driving the total cost over what is brought in by the city's transportation sales tax, according to Councilman Sue Rogers.
Asphalt street overlays were approved for Cleveland, Lee, Fifth, Ruth, Maude and Lynual and spot repairs in the Sikeston Sport and Recreation Complex.
Concrete street projects will take place on North, Stoneville Way, the approaches to Broadway and Davis, and the Greer-Maple, Greer-Elm and Carroll-William intersections.
Also included in the program were drainage improvements.
Friend said change orders during street and drainage projects often add 10-
15 percent to the total project cost.
In other business Monday:
* Council members accepted the low bid from Medlin Equipment of$20,985 with trade in for a new tractor for the Park Division.
Also bidding was Aufdenberg Equipment which offered a tractor for $26,500 with trade-in.
The new four-wheel drive tractor will have more traction than the two-wheel drive tractor it replaces, according to Jiggs Moore, parks division director. "We feel it will be a better tractor for us," he said.
Moore said the old tractor had been scheduled for replacement after 10 years. "We've had it 15 years now," he said.
* Council members approved a resolution supporting the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority's Community Development Block Grant application.
If approved, this CDBG funding will be used to clear and redevelop the old Federal Compress property.
* A bill authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute a contract between the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation providing for Downtown Sikeston Transportation Enhancement Project funding was approved.
This money will be used for improvements to the downtown area.
* Council members approved a request from G&G Concrete Contractors to subdivide blocks 4 and 5 of the Fairground Addition.
The property is located immediately west of the old Riggs and has two storage units and an office building on it, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.
Hardy said the owner wanted to split the property so the storage units can be sold while retaining the office building as a shop.
* Mayor Mike Marshall said city officials met earlier Monday with representatives from U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson's office and from the office of State Rep. Ellen Brandom regarding the bridges to Illinois and Kentucky at Cairo, Ill.
A meeting with highway department officials is slated for next week along with a tour of the bridge area, he said.
"We intend to move forward on this thing," Marshall said.