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Land clearance efforts a success

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Sikeston City Council news

SIKESTON -- The Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority is getting positive feedback on its progress clearing eyesores but no response yet on redevelopment offerings.

A public hearing on the LCRA's land clearance and urban renewal projects was held during the regular City Council meeting Monday.

"I think we've been moving along fairly well the last couple of years," said David Ziegenhorn, chairman of the LCRA commission. "I hear a lot of good comments from the citizens and the Council. It sure makes the job easier when we have the kind of public support that we have."

The LCRA has acquired a total of 150 properties, according to Ziegenhorn. "We have three of four more under contract at this time and several up for demolition," he said.

There were no bids submitted, however, for re-platted properties recently offered for sale, according to Ziegenhorn. Since then, commission members have contacted individuals who had previously expressed an interest in the properties to find out why they didn't bid and to find out what properties they might be interested in for the next offering slated in November.

"I think that they've done a good job, they've had a lot of success so far," Mayor Mike Marshall said. "Its a tough job ... a very important endeavor for our city. ... It's one of the things that's helped turn this town around."

In other business during Monday's meeting:

* The bid for performing maintenance including tuckpointing, painting and sealing on the exterior of the City Hall building was awarded to Tom's Tuckpointing Co. of Corning, Ark., the sole bidder on the project, as recommended.

"He did some work last year on the far east side," said Steve Lee, street superintendent. "He did some real good work."

The company bid the north and west walls at $26,675; the alley wall at $7,315; and the south wall and near the rear parking lot at $7,000 for a total of $40,990, according to Lee.

As only $34,000 was budgeted for this project, staff recommended approving the first two sections at a total cost of $33,990.

Plans are for the city to budget funds for the third section in FY-2009.

* Council members approved the demolition of the building at 313 A on Adams Street for health and safety reasons.

The building was recently condemned upon being vacated, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.

* A bill authorizing the city to enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the the purchase, installation and maintenance of E-911 and VOIP communication equipment was read for the first time.

Bids for financing $710,000 of the total cost are due at 5 p.m. Oct. 24, according to City Clerk Carroll Couch.

An additional $140,000 will be paid from the city's E-911 fund.

* Action on a bill renewing the ATMOS energy franchise was tabled.