SIKESTON -- With 33 city board and commission terms expiring in September, the Sikeston City Council is seeking residents wishing to become involved in municipal affairs.
New appointments will be made to the Board of Adjustments, Board of Appeals, Board of Municipal Utilities Commission, Library Board of Trustees, Park Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Rental Ordinance Appeals Board, SAHEC Advisory Council, and the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Advisory Board.
Residents interested in serving on a city board or commission should to submit a Resource Bank Application for Council's consideration. Individuals who have previously submitted applications should update their information by submitting a new application each year.
While Resource Bank applications are accepted throughout the year, individuals seeking appointment in September should submit their application no later than Aug. 22. Applications may be submitted online at www.sikeston.org or forms can be obtained at City Hall, Sikeston Public Library, BMU Business Office, Sikeston Housing Authority and various local banks.
Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center Street, Sikeston, MO 63801; or they may be faxed to 471-1526. Questions regarding Sikeston's boards and commissions should be directed to Linda Lowes, director of the city's department of governmental services, at 471-2512.
The City Council will take action on board and commission appointments during their regular City Council meeting Sept. 4.
Oath of office ceremonies will be conducted during Council meetings scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 24 and at 5 p.m. Oct. 1.
Council action will be taken on the following appointments:
* Council will consider the appointment of Kenya Marshall to a second term as an alternate member on the Board of Adjustments.
Additionally, Council will make an interim alternate member appointment that will be effective October 2007 through September 2010. The Board of Adjustments is a quasi-judicial body created by state statute and city ordinance to make rulings on appeals of zoning officer decisions and to grant relief from the literal enforcement of zoning ordinances in certain hardship situations.
Decisions made by the Board of Adjustments are reported to the City Council by formal minutes and can only be appealed to state courts. This board meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 4 p.m. to consider variance requests. Terms are five years. Appointees must be a Sikeston citizen. Current members are Ellen Brandom, William Whitson, Jessie Redd, Ronald Galemore and George Steck and alternate member Phil Black.
* Scott Jenkins and B. Scott Kiesling are seeking reappointment to the Board of Appeals. Council will also be filling the position currently held by Steve Steiger. This board meets on an as-needed basis to hear citizen requests for modification of building standards or requirements. Members serve three-
year terms. Municipal code requires appointees to be a registered architect, registered engineer or be a member of any of the following occupations: licensed general contractor, electrical supplier, licensed heating and cooling contractor, plumbing supplier, licensed plumber, building supplier, licensed electrician or licensed real estate broker. If a candidate from any of these professions is not available, Council may duplicate or substitute a field. Remaining members include Mike Jobe, Thomas Hedrick, Emory McCauley Jr. and Howard Gibson.
* Council will be filling the expired term of Mike Moll (Democrat) and considering the reappointment of George Swogger (Republican) for the Board of Municipal Utilities Commission. The BMU Commission meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee BMU's general operations. Members serve four-year terms. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of Sikeston for four years prior to appointment; may hold no other public office or be an employee of city government; may have no business relationship with the Board other than as a consumer. Also, no more than two members may be of the same political party. Remaining BMU commissioners are Steve Taylor (Democrat), and Kenneth Barkett (Independent)
* Council will consider the reappointment of Resident-Representative Edward Wirth to the Housing Authority Board.
This board meets at noon on the second Monday of each month to consider operational issues. Members serve four-year terms and must be a resident of Sikeston for five years prior to their appointment. Remaining board members are Jeff Sutton, Larry Tetley, Mike Jensen, and Bill Mitchell.
* The reappointment of David Ziegenhorn and Brian Menz to new terms on the Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority Commission will be taken under consideration.
The LCRA Commission meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Monday and at 4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month to act upon the removal of dilapidated and unsafe buildings and the creation of decent, safe and sanitary living accommodations for low-income individuals.
Terms are four years in length. Appointees must be taxpayers who have resided within Sikeston for a period of five years prior to appointment. Remaining commission members are Jay Lancaster, Herman Gardner and Dan Marshall.
* Council will consider for the Library Board of Trustees the reappointment of Jackie Cowan and Marilyn Barkett and an appointment to replace retiring member Bob Depro.
The Library Board meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to develop library policy and to oversee general operations. Members serve three-year terms. Board members must be a citizen of Sikeston. Remaining members include Libby Caskey, Larry Braden, Shirlee Harris, Nancy Settles, Linda Glaus and Larry Bohannon.
* Tim Underwood and Scott Jenkins are seeking reappointment to the Park Board while Council seeks to fill the position of retiring member Ron Payne II.
The Park Board meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to advise Council on park improvements and policies. Board members serve three-year terms. Appointees must be a citizen of Sikeston and no member of municipal government may be appointed to the board. Members include Bonnie Dyer, Phil Black, Murray Sullivan, Bobby Tyrone, John Harris, and Jeffrey Hay.
* Matt Marshall is seeking a second term on the Planning & Zoning Commission. The Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month to advise Council on zoning requests, subdivision review, and other issues relating to the development of the city.
Commission members must be a citizen of Sikeston and serve four-year terms.
Remaining members are Gary Ozment, Jim Burden, Emory McCauley, Edward Miller, Richard McGill, Robert Jenkins Jr. and Jim McClure.
* Action will be taken on the reappointment of Matt Turner, Jim McClure and David Sloan to the Public Safety Advisory Board.
This board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month to advise Council on community relations and departmental projects. Appointees must be a registered voter of Sikeston and serve a three-year term. Remaining board members include Anderson Walker Jr., John Harris, Paul Cohen, Richard Adams, and Ronny Warren.
* On the Rental Ordinance Appeals Board, Dan Marshall, Carolyn Tetley and B. Scott Keisling are all seeking a second term. Council will also consider an appointment to fill the position of retiring member Kelley Rushing.
This Board meets as needed to hear appeals of noncompliance with Section 8 housing guidelines by residential rental property owners. Council provides representation for landlords, tenants, construction trades and citizens at-
Appointees must be a Sikeston resident for one year prior to appointment. Terms are for three years. Remaining members include Bart Grant, Anderson Walker Jr., and Chester Yarber.
* The Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Advisory Council meets quarterly to advise SEMO University of area curriculum needs.
Sikeston's appointees for this regional board include Joy Cauthorn, Burdette Decota, Felecia Blanton, Murray Sullivan, Brenda Sailors, Carl Addison, Janice Barkett, Linda Boyd, Rick LaPlant, Jeff Mansfield and Maude Harris. Council will be considering the reappointment of Jackie Cowan, Freida Cardwell and Kathy Anglin. An appointment will also be made to fill the expiring term of Kim Heckemeyer.
Members serve three-year terms that expire on Dec. 31.
* Council will make an appointment to fill the Sikeston-Miner Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board position of retiring member Ellen Brandom. Also under consideration will be the reappointment of Cindy Friend and Shad Old.
This board meets on the second Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. to consider general operations of the Bureau and the marketing of the tourism and hospitality industries in Sikeston and Miner. Board members must have an ongoing interest in tourism and be a resident of the Sikeston/Miner area. They serve three-year terms. Members include Sikeston appointee Felecia Blanton; Miner appointees Sandra Wright, Laurie Romas, Paul Williams and John Tarter; and Sikeston Jaycee Representative Sam Thomas.
* Council will be considering the reappointment of Larry Braden and Mike Ziegenhorn to the Traffic Committee. This committee meets as needed to advise Council on ways of improving traffic conditions.
Terms are for a period of three years. Remaining members include Greg Walker, Lois McRill, Larry Tetley and Anna Warf and alternates Paul Cohen and Thomas Hedrick.
There are no vacancies to be filled on the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board. There are also no appointments to be made this cycle to the Industrial Development Authority or the Tax Increment Finance Commission.