SIKESTON -- The plan sounds simple enough: spay the cats that eat the rats.
Shirley Emerson Stidham presented her idea for cats during the regular City Council meeting Monday.
"We have a cat problem in Sikeston," Stidham said. Cats have "been abandoned, have multiplied."
But on the other hand, she continued, the city probably doesn't have to spend very much on rodent control "because the cats are doing a wonderful job."
Stidham proposed trapping stray cats in the city, checking them for diseases, spaying or neutering them, and then releasing them.
"And let them continue with their good job taking care of the rodents," she said.
Mayor Mike Marshall directed Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator, to coordinate with the local humane society to see if the plan is feasible.
Hardy said in the past traps loaned out by the city to trap cats have not been returned.
In other business brought before the Council by city residents, city officials agreed to further help skateboarders by making donations for a city skatepark tax deductible.
Evelyn Comstock, who is spearheading the community effort to establish a city skatepark, said efforts to collect donations for the construction of a skatepark have been difficult because they do not have non-profit status.
"We will coordinate with you a way people can donate money to the city for a skatepark," City Manager Doug Friend said. "We'll hold it here, put it in a special account."
Comstock said they have raised about $600 so far.
Friend advised her to have donation checks voided and rewritten to the city so they are tax deductible. "We'll give them a donation letter," he said.