Miner Board of Aldermen
MINER -- Miner and Sikeston will be seeking a new executive director for the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Miner Board of Aldermen accepted several resignations during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday including the resignation of Pansy Glenn from the CVB.
Mayor Betty Barnes said Miner officials would meet with Sikeston officials at noon Friday to discuss finding a replacement for Glenn at the CVB.
Other resignations were: Jordan Heisserer, a dispatcher who will be entering a police academy; Matthew Cotner, a police officer who accepted a position in Sikeston; Lisa Scott, a dispatcher who is starting a private business; and Stephanie Turner, a part-time dispatcher.
In other business Tuesday:
* Board members adopted a budget for the city's Fiscal Year 2007-2008 which begins Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31, 2008.
"The city of Miner has continued a close watch on expenditures due to the slow economy and unstable future," wrote Janet Tuttle, city clerk, in her budget message.
Although new businesses are slated to open in the city during the coming year, which should result in additional sales tax, the budget was drafted based on present tax income, according to the budget message.
The budget projects $100,000 less for its one-cent sales tax. Total projected general fund revenue for the coming fiscal year is listed as $1,166,300 as compared with $1,258,440 for the current year.
The budget includes $1,166,270.70 in total expenditures for the coming fiscal year as compared with the $1,123,090.70 for 2005-2006.
The tax levy for the 2007-2008 fiscal year was set at 19 cents per $100 valuation, the same as the current rate.
A budget amendment for the 2006-2007 fiscal year was also approved.
* Board members renewed employee health insurance coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Tuttle said the city will see a 9 percent increase in premiums while the trend is an increase of 14 percent.
* Board members tabled an approval for issuing tax increment financing notes for the Drury Inn project as recommended by City Attorney Joe Fuchs.
Fuchs said the project is not far enough along to issue the notes yet.
In response to a citizen question about the Drury Inn project, Alderman Frank Tatum noted a large amount of fill dirt is presently being brought in and that he has been assured the project will be complete in time for the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo next year.
* Joel Evans, Scott County developer, advised Board members the county has applied for an Enhanced Enterprise Zone which would include Miner and asked for a resolution from the city supporting the application.
An Enhanced Enterprise Zone would enable officials to offer state tax credits and abatement of property tax to businesses that locate or expand in the county during the program's 25 years.
"Once the boundaries have been set by the state, they can not be amended," Evans said. "So this is Miner's chance to be included.
* Board members agreed to pay the last $11,000 owed to the Department of Justice for a grant the city did not meet obligations for several years ago.
* The sole bid of $2,950 from LiquiVision of Louisville, Ky., for inspection and cleaning services on one of the city's water towers was accepted.
* A contract by which all the wrecker services on the city's list charge the same rates was approved by the Board.
"This is the same contract Sikeston has," Police Chief Roger Moore said.
* Board members approved advertising for bids to rep
lace the police department office's heating and air conditioning unit.
The current unit has required frequent service calls and is not adequately cooling at times, according to Moore.
"It got up to 89 degrees today," he said.
* Board members rejected the sole bid for a gate at the water treatment plant as too high and approved seeking new bids.