SIKESTON -- Sikeston may join those cities taking a stand against sagging.
City Council members discussed during their regular meeting Monday the possibility of amending city code to further define indecent exposure and public indecency to include sagging pants.
City Manager Doug Friend said the briefing was on the agenda to "get a conversation started" about individuals wearing their pants so low as to show their underpants.
"Many communities have passed an ordinance relating to that," Friend said.
Mayor Mike Marshall said he has seen "young boys, mostly" who "have to hold their britches up or they'll fall down."
"We have this constantly around this area," said Ray Williams, a Sikeston resident.
Williams said he tried offering some criticism about the sagging pants. "My criticism made it worse," he recalled.
"I'm for people going down the street with some decency." Williams said he would like to see the Council "do something about these droopy drawers."
"I'm sure we'll get some further discussion on it," Marshall said.
Councilman Michael Harris said he would like to see the ordinance also address people going topless.
Marshall said indecent dressing styles can affect the impression people from out of town have about this city.
"I don't think it is asking too much to have their pants up and not showing their drawers," he said.
In other business:
* Council members accepted a bid of $300,033 for Historic Midtown Development Group enhancement improvements as recommended by city staff.
Bids came in about $25,000 to $30,000 less than anticipated, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.
Lee said the project will replace sidewalks from Scott and Front streets over to Kingshighway and almost to Lake Street and will include concrete crosswalks, historic lighting, park benches, landscaping and trash receptacles.
Construction is expected to start about the third week of August and should take 6-8 weeks to finish, Lee said.
Lee said 62 percent of the project's cost will be covered with federal Surface Transportation Program grant funding.
* Council members accepted the sole bid for workers compensation insurance for city of Sikeston and Board of Municipal Utilities employees.
While eight companies requested bid packets, "the only bid received was from the current insurer, Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance," said Karen Bailey, deputy city clerk.
The estimated annual premium of $200,802 for the period beginning Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2009, is a 1-percent increase over the current year "which is excellent," Bailey said.
* Friend said there have been concerns voiced about golf carts being operated on city streets, some of which are being operated by individuals who are not old enough to hold a drivers license.
He said at this point he is just putting out a "word of caution" but said a review of city traffic ordinances may be in order.
"It's not a good practice," he said -- especially when the golf carts are being seen at dusk and are not equipped with any lights.
* A bill amending city code relating to licensing of storage units was read for the first time.
Friend explained the proposed change, which would just require an annual license of $200 regardless of the number of site locations instead of a separate $200 license for each location, is due to questions from business owners.
* The city's youth summer mowing program "is just about wrapped up," Bailey said. "I think it was very successful."
Bailey said the has city spent about $80,000 on the program for equipment and wages so far.
"The kids surprised me," she said. "They worked hard."
Councilman Mike Bohannon suggested the city could have a barbecue for the the participants to show the city's appreciation.