The Sikeston Historic Midtown Development Group held its monthly meeting July 6. Members present were Jim Bucher, Chuck Grant, Kathy Medley, Missy Marshall, Don Pratt, Larry Tetley, Ed Dust, Joel Evans, Larry Braden, Mike Marshall, David Freidman, Jonathan Maloyed, Mike Marsh, Courtney Corbett, Marcia Witt and Susie Kennedy. Duane DeCota, Monique Rice, Jethro Gator, and Mike and Mickey Gadberry were present as guests.
Jonathan Maloyed reported on the Economic Restructuring Committee's task involving a detailed retail survey. The primary purpose of the survey is to establish a baseline of businesses and employees in the Sikeston midtown business district. A random sampling survey of the community will be used in phase two of the project.
David Friedman reported on the downtown merchants' "Adopt-A-Cowboy" promotional project. The project would be a tie-in with the Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
Larry Braden told the group of the Design Committee work with historic lighting for the downtown area. The Sikeston Depot Museum is already funded for a similar project, and the downtown merchants would like to match or at least complement their style.
Jim Bucher reported on the group's NAP Credit application and the new DREAM program of Gov. Matt Blunt. These grants would aid the growth and revitalization of the midtown region.
Monique Rice presented her proposal of renovating Malone Park's historic band shell. The estimated cost of repairs and new lighting is $4,000. Rice is beginning her fundraising campaign immediately, and the HMDG voted to contribute $1,000 toward the effort. After Rice's presentation, HMDG's Larry Tetley presented her with a plaque for her outstanding community service work.
Mike Gadberry was introduced as the new owner of the old Harris Pharmacy building on Front Street. He told of his plans to renovate the building. Jethro Gator then told of his plans for his building under construction on Center Street, immediately behind the municipal court building.
Kathy Medley, secretary for HMDG, will be going to work for the city of Sikeston. Her position at the Chamber of Commerce will be filled by Pam Tibbs.
HMDG welcomes all midtown merchants and business persons to attend these monthly meetings held the first Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. at Susie's Restaurant, 112 E. Center.