SIKESTON -- The two cemeteries abandoned by a Texas holding company will be mowed three times per month until a new owner is found.
Sikeston City Council members awarded the bids to mow the Memorial Park Cemetery on South Kingshighway and the Garden of Memories Cemetery on Murray Lane, both of which are owned by Michael Graham and Associates of Houston, during a special meeting Monday morning.
Garden Lane was awarded the bid for the Memorial Park Cemetery and Dale Birk got the bid for the Garden of Memories Cemetery.
Both offered to do the mowing at $850 per cut for the developed areas and will mow three times per month.
Birk will also mow the undeveloped portion of Garden of Memories Cemetery for an additional $200 per cut.
In other business Monday:
* The bid for the Depot Transportation Enhancement Grant construction was awarded to Jarrell Construction of Bloomfield which bid the work at $48,120.
Construction will include renovations inside the Depot and the installation outdoor period lighting, landscaping and some wrought iron fencing, according to Chris Lambert of Lambert Engineering and Survey, engineers for the project.
* Council members confirmed appointments on the Walking Trail Committee.
Citizen members will be: Cal Crader, Emory McCauley, John Fuchs, Tom Hedrick, Robin Pace, Frank Marshall, David Terrell, Lorya Knox, Blair Moran and Linda Heironimus.
Also on the committee will be Jiggs Moore to represent city staff and Tim Underwood as a representative of the Park Board.
The first task for the committee will be to determine where the trail will be located. The next task will then be to determine the cost and how to pay for it.
"I think this will be a really good deal," Mayor Mike Marshall said. "I'm looking forward to it."
* Ron Tate, senior pastor of the First Assembly of God Church and president of the Sikeston Area Ministerial Alliance, updated the Council on the city churches' plan for a litter cleanup on April 28.
The cleanup is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and will end with a celebration gathering at the city's Sports Complex.
Tate asked if the city will supply trash bags, identify areas of need, and ask business owners to clean up around their businesses.
He said he hopes this cleanup effort will establish a new mind-set for area residents and that "other groups will rise up and make it a community effort."
* Three bids on asbestos abatement for the Scott-Huff Building demolition project were returned with the low bid being $4,700 and the high bid being $395,000, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator.
Bids on the demolition will be opened Thursday.
"We're hoping that by the fourth of July it will be completely down," Hardy said.
* The city will add about 310 trees at a cost of $18,872 to the Sikeston Business, Education and Technology Park.
The trees, which will be placed around the basins near where the ethanol plant is slated to go as a screen, are required by an agreement with the Huff family.
* City officials are working on a bill which will require all municipal taxes to be paid in full before any non-emergency code enforcement services will be offered.
* Bids for the 2007 Street and Drainage Program came in $25,000 to $30,000 under estimates, according to City Manager Doug Friend.
* A bill to rezoning 121 Fifth Street from R-2 to C-3 was read for the first time.
The property was purchased by David and Karen Bizzell who own the adjacent property.
"We're just trying to expand the business," Bizzell said.