SIKESTON -- Drivers leaving Wal-Mart at the exit next to McDonald's will now be required to turn right.
During their regular City Council meeting Monday, Council members approved two out of three bills related to the city's traffic code including one which will place a right turn only sign for traffic getting on Hennings Drive from the Wal-Mart parking lot as recommended by the traffic committee.
Once the bill goes into effect, those who wish to make a left turn will have to do so at the western access to the parking lot next to Wal-Mart's lawn and garden department.
Council members also followed the traffic committee's recommendation by rejecting a bill in a 3-4 vote which would have put a stop sign up for east bound traffic on Hennings Drive at the parking lot access.
Council did go against the traffic committee's recommendation, however, and approved a speed limit increase by a 4-3 vote on South Ingram Road from Col. George E. Day Parkway to Ables Road.
The speed limit increase to 35 mph from 30 mph will not go into effect for 30 days.
In other business Monday:
* City Manager Doug Friend advised Council members that city staff have a list of landlords who have failed to register their rental property by the Dec. 1 deadline.
"Most of these folks have less than 10 properties," he said.
Friend encouraged those who have sold property that appears on the list to let city officials know.
He said city officials will soon begin signing complaints that have a $500 minimum penalty on those who fail to comply.
* Council members approved a five-year capital plan to comply with the city's Charter.
"It will be refined in the budget process," Friend said. He described the plan as "a catalog of things that might be nice" but for which no funds are appropriated.
The plan presents cost estimates based on today's needs at today's prices, according to city staff, along with justifications for specific programs or purchases.
* A bill calling for the April 3 general election was approved.
Ward 1 Councilman Jerry Pullen and Ward 4 Councilman Michael Harris will appear on the ballot unopposed for new terms during this election.
Voters will pick either Mike Bohannon or Matt Tanner for the at-large seat presently held by Bill Stokes who did not file for another term.
* Council members authorized leasing five acres of land to the Sikeston Country Club.
The business will use the five acres to create a new entrance to the club from Industrial Drive and will gate its current Malone Avenue access.