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Train resolution on hold, again

Friday, April 7, 2006

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Sikeston City Clerk Carroll Couch swears in Mayor Mike Marshall.
SIKESTON -- A resolution formally opposing Union Pacific's proposed railroad track swap with Burlington Northern Santa Fe needs additional language before approval, according to Sikeston's mayor.

The Sikeston City Council tabled the resolution during the regular monthly Sikeston City Council meeting held Thursday following a reorganizational session.

"I want to be clear to the public that this Council is not against railroads and not against commerce," said Mayor Mike Marshall. "We think there's a better alternative and that's the northern way."

The proposed increase in train traffic through Sikeston - which supposedly would be about 20 trains per day but could increase without limit - would all consist of pass-through trains that won't pick up or drop off anything, he explained.

"We are not anti-railroad," Marshall said. "We just believe with this particular case and the track swap, there is a better alternative."

In other business during Thursday's meeting:

* Bids from the three companies - Asa, Jarrell and Fronabarger - totaling $436,969 for the city's 2006 Street Improvement Program were approved.

With the design and inspection fees costing a total of $51,010, the grand total of $487,979 for the program comes in $44,921 under budget, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.

"Concrete prices went down," Lee explained. "That's exactly what happened."

* Council members accepted the bid of $227,011 from Newton and Company for the city's liability insurance.

Twelve insurance agencies were contacted and three bids were submitted to provide coverage for the city and the Board of Municipal Utilities, although one of the three bids was incomplete and rejected.

The total premium was $555,110 for the city and BMU combined.

Bailey said the city's portion of the premium is $13,000 lower than last year.

* Council members approved rezoning the 12.2 acre tract of land known as South Ridge Estates, 14th Addition from AG to R-1 and approved the subdivision request by Four Corners Development.

The land is located on the south side of Col. George E. Day Parkway and west of R.S. Matthews Park, according to Trey Hardy, community redevelopment coordinator. Hardy said the addition will consist of a cul-de-sac named Daffodil Drive and will have 29 house lots available.

Following a recommendation from City Manager Doug Friend, council members then rejected a rezoning request for a 1-acre tract known as Hand In Hand Addition located on the south side of Ables Road west of Illinois Avenue, immediately east of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Friend advised a conversation with the land owners about future development plans is needed before rezoning the land from AG to something else. The request, submitted by Fred Matthews, Mary Schnittger and Joe and Rebecca Karnes, was to change it to C-1 neighborhood commercial.

* During the reorganizational portion of the meeting, election results.

Marshall was sworn in as mayor for another three years, Jim Terrell was sworn in for another term as the Ward 2 representative, and David Teachout was sworn in for Ward 3.

Sue Rogers was then elected as mayor pro tem by her fellow council members and sworn in.

Terrell, Teachout and Councilman Michael Harris were reappointed to represent the Council on the Professional Consulting Committee which reviews and makes recommendations on the award of all professional service contracts when fees exceed $10,000.

"It's met maybe one time in the last two or three years," Friend said.

Rogers, who was selected as the mayor's designee, and Councilman Jerry Pullen will serve as the Council's representatives on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Councilman Bill Stokes was picked to fill the Council's ex officio position on the Board of Municipal Utilities.

Stokes was also reappointed to be Sikeston's representative on the Sikeston/

Miner Tourism Commission for another two years and Teachout was reappointed to the Council's ex officio position on the DPS Advisory Board.