SIKESTON -- Preparation has begun on the 2006 round of appointments for the city's boards and commissions.
In September, City Council will take action on 20 new board and commission appointments and considering 21 reappointments.
New this year is the Historic Preservation Commission which is slated for Council approval during the Sept. 5 regular City Council meeting.
Upon passage of an ordinance, a nine-member board will be created to advise the Council on historical preservation issues; conduct a survey and maintain records on Sikeston's historical buildings, sites and landmarks; review and make recommendations on the nomination of properties to the National Register of Historic Places; and recommend the designation of historic districts, landmarks and sites within the community.
Serving on the Historic Preservation Commission will be five citizens, the mayor or his designee from the City Council, the city manager or his designee, and representatives from local organizations.
Appointees to this commission must be citizens of Sikeston with a declared interest in historic preservation. Appointment preference will be given to members of historical organizations and individuals from the architectural, engineering, construction, legal and real estate professions.
Residents seeking an appointment to any city board or commission should submit a Resource Bank application. 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 who wish to be considered for the 2006 appointment process should submit their application no later than Aug. 25.
Resource Bank application forms are available at City Hall, the Sikeston Public Library, the BMU business office, the Sikeston Housing Authority, at various local banks, and online at the city's Web site, www.sikeston.org.
Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center Street, or may be faxed to 471-1526.
The City Council is slated to take action on board and commission appointments during their regular meeting Sept. 5.
Oath of office ceremonies will be conducted during Council meetings scheduled for 7:15 a.m. Sept. 25 and at 5 p.m. Oct. 2.
Council action is anticipated on the following appointments:
* Upon adoption of an ordinance creating the Historical Preservation Commission, the Council will appoint five citizen members. Two will serve a three-year term; two will serve a two-year term; and one will serve for one year. All future appointments will be three-year terms.
Meeting dates and times will be established by the commission.
* The Council will consider new appointments to fill expiring terms of Harvey Cooper and William Nance on the Board of Adjustments. They will also consider the reappointment of alternate member Jessie Redd. This board meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month to consider variance requests. Terms run five years.
* Action will be taken on the reappointment of Howard Gibson on the Board of Appeals which meets on an as-needed basis to hear citizen requests for modification of building standards or requirements.
Members on this board must be a registered architect or registered engineer or a member of at least one of the following professions: licensed general contractor, electrical supplier, licensed heating and cooling contractor, plumbing supplier, licensed plumber, building supplier, licensed electrician or licensed real estate broker. Members serve three-year terms.
* Council will make an appointment to replace retiring member Mike Moll, a Democrat, on the Board of Municipal Utilities Commission.
This commission meets at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month to oversee general operations of the BMU.
To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have resided in Sikeston for four years prior to their appointment, hold no other public office or be an employee of city government and have no business relationship with BMU other than as a consumer. No more than two members of the commission may be of the same political party. Members serve four-year terms.
* Council will consider an appointment to fill the term of retiring member Lee Bowman Jr. on the Housing Authority Board as well as the reappointment of Bill Mitchell.
This board meets at noon on the second Monday of each month to consider operational issues. Members serve a four-year term and must be a resident of Sikeston for five years prior to their appointment.
* Council will consider the reappointment of Herman Gardner on the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority Commission. The LCRA meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month to act on the removal of dilapidated and unsafe buildings and the creation of decent, safe and sanitary accommodations for low-income individuals. Appointees must be taxpayers who have lived for at least five years in Sikeston before their appointment. Terms are for a period of four years.
* Council will consider the reappointments of Linda Glaus and Larry Bohannon on the Library Board of Trustees as well as an appointment to replace retiring member Clare Eisenbach. This board meets at 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month to develop library policy and oversee its general operations. Board members serve three-year terms.
* For the Park Board, an interim appointment is slated to fill the unexpired term of Dawn Burton. Additionally, Council action will be taken on the positions held by John Harris, Charles Parks and Susanne Chitwood. The Park Board meets at 5:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to advise on park improvements and policies. Appointees must not be a member of municipal government. Members serve three-year terms.
* In addition to the reappointments of Emory McCauley and Richard McGill to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Council will also fill the position of retiring member Phil Boyer. The commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month to advise Council members on zoning requests, subdivision reviews and other issues relating to the development of the city. Terms are for four years.
* Action will be taken on the reappointment of Richard Adams and an appointment to fill the position of retiring member Ned Matthews on the Public Safety Advisory Board. The DPS Advisory Board meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every other month to advise on community relations and on departmental projects. Members serve three-year terms.
* Council will consider an appointment to fill the position of retiring member Chester Cardwell and the reappointments of Carl Hazel, David Ziegenhorn and Bonnie Dyer on the Rental Ordinance Appeals Board. The board meets as needed to hear appeals of non-compliance with Section 8 housing guidelines by residential rental property owners. Terms are three years.
* For the Sikeston Area Higher Education Center Advisory Council, action will be taken on the reappointments of Carl Addison, Janice Barkett, Lorie Fowler and Kathy Anglin. New appointments will be made to fill the positions of retiring members Steve Matthews and Margaret Dicus. This council meets quarterly to advise SEMO University of area curriculum needs. Members serve three-year terms that expire on Dec. 31.
* Council will consider the reappointment of Mike Ziegenhorn to a second term on the Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board. Meeting at 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, this board considers the general operations of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and marketing of the tourism and hospitality industries in Sikeston and Miner. Applicants must reside in the Sikeston-Miner area and have a demonstrated interest in tourism. Members serve for three years.
* Council will consider the reappointments of Bart Grant and Steve Matthews on the Tax Increment Finance Commission. The TIF Commission meets on an as-needed basis to study and review redevelopment plans that utilize tax increment funding and make recommendations on the adoption of these plans to the Council. Its members serve four-year terms.
* Action will be taken on the reappointments of Larry Tetley and alternate member Anna Warf on the Traffic Committee. New appointments will also be made to fill the position of retiring members Jean Crowe and Ann Matthews. This committee meets on an as-needed basis to advise on ways of improving traffic conditions. Terms run for three years.
* No appointments are required for the Industrial Development Authority.
Residents seeking additional information on the city's board and commissions should contact Linda Lowes, director of the department of governmental services, at 471-2512.