SIKESTON -- Mayor Mike Marshall has called for a "bridge summit" to be held in September to discuss the need for a new bridge from Missouri to Kentucky.
The recent bridge failure in Minneapolis "is a wake-up call to our area here," Marshall said during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday.
The bridges which cross the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, Ill., are "twice as old, twice as long and twice as dangerous as the bridge that failed in Minneapolis," he said.
Marshall said in addition to being good for commerce and tourism, a new bridge is also needed for safety.
While there has been discussion of bridges at St. Louis and and over the Missouri River, "I think it's high time we start making some noise," he said.
Council members gave their unanimous approval of inviting Missouri and Kentucky senators and congressmen for the "bridge summit."
"I think we deserve as good a bridge as they have in Cape, Dyersburg and St. Louis," Marshall said.
In other business during Monday's meeting:
* A public hearing for the request by ATMOS Energy to renew their natural gas provider franchise was held.
Chuck Leible, city counselor, said he believes the company has asked for their non-exclusive franchise to be be extended for a 20 year period.
Councilman Michael Harris asked about rate increases. Leible said rate increases are approved by the Public Service Commission.
* Council members accepted the offer of $1,500 from the Butler County Fire Protection District for Sikeston's surplus 1972 pumper fire truck.
* A bill which amends the Cotton Estate Subdivision First Addition to allow access from Southwest Street onto Block 3, Lot 6, as requested by George E. Simmons was approved.
This change will allow for two driveways into a proposed duplex on the lot. As this will be the only dual inlet in the subdivision and no more will be requested, no traffic problems are anticipated.
* Council approved a zoning change on a 15-acre parcel located at the northwest corner of Salcedo Road and Ingram from agricultural to C-2 commercial.
Glenn Pinkerton, a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus, said the organization would like to build a new lodge there along with an adult daycare center.
"We're landlocked over on Tanner Street and we'd like to relocate in the future," Pinkerton said.
* A bill re-subdividing the lots occupied by the old Canedy Sign buildings was approved by the Council.
* Marshall commended Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, for his progress along Malone Avenue and called for "some of our generous citizens to donate trees, bushes, flowers" for the area between the railroad tracks and Malone formerly occupied by buildings torn down by the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority.