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IndexFebruary 1, 2016

Thank you for taking an interest in your community and subscribing to the Sikeston Scanner. This E-newsletter is issued prior to each City Council meeting to inform you of current City issues, and also to share information about your community and upcoming events. You can find more detailed information on both municipal issues and operations by visiting our website  Sikeston OnLine or Facebook-Sikeston.

Should you like to learn more about upcoming festivals, events, restaurant or lodging information, please visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau website,  Visit Sikeston.

Best Wishes,

Jonathan Douglass
Manager, City of Sikeston 

City Council Meeting to be Held  February 1
The Sikeston City Council's regular monthly meeting will convene at 5 PM in Council Chambers of Sikeston City Hall, 105 E Center Street. An overview of the meeting's business items follows.
BMU Seeks Electrical Rate Adjustment
Council will conduct the second reading and take action of Bill 6009, which adopted, will authorize the BMU to adjust electrical rates effective March 3, 2016. 

During his presentation of January 25, BMU General Manager Rick Landers indicated the adjustment was needed to meet the electric plant's debt service requirements. When asked about the factors contributing to this revenue shortfall, Landers stated the national economy, EPA regulations, and the influx of government-subsidized renewal energy sources have contributed to this situation. Landers' projects the increase on totally-electric homes will be approximately $20 per month.
Legislative Priority Statement
As the 2016 Session of the Missouri General Assemby approaches, city staff, the MML, Missouri Police Chiefs Assn., and other groups will be tracking bills of potential interest to the city. By adopting a Legislative Priority Statement containing the city's position on major issues likely to be addressed by the General Assembly, the City Council will enable city staff to communicate the city's position on those issues in a timely manner as the opportunity may arise. Staff is seeking Council input on this document. 

With staff attending the MML's legislative conference in Jefferson City, the city will have an opportunity to communicate its legislative priorities to our elected officials. 

A draft of the Legislative Priority Statement can be found on the City's website at  February 1, 2016 Council Packet .
2016 Street & Drainage Improvement Program
Authorization is being requested to proceed with the 2016 street and drainage improvement program, and the assignment of engineering consultants as recommended by staff. The proposed 2016 program has a targeted budget of $650,000 ($600,000 for streets and $50,000 for ditch maintenance). All four wards are represented in this plan for stormwater drainage improvements, ADA improvements, and  street improvements.

Priority 2016 projects include: drainage improvements at the intersection of Maple & Greer, and drainage improvements with ditch cleanout on Davis Blvd.; ADA improvements in Downtown Sikeston; construction of concrete intersection, street resurface and mill work on Allen Blvd. from Baker Lane to Salcedo Road; street resurface and mill work on Virginia St. from Warner to Maple; and street resurface and mill work on Compress Road from Petty to Sunset.  

For an overview of street and drainage improvements completed during 2015 and 2016 contingency projects download the February 1, 2016 Council packet at  
Park Division to Replace Front-Mounted Mower
Parks Division has a two-year replacement cycle on its front-mounted commercial mowers. In early January bids were received from Greenway Equipment Co. and Medlin Equipment Co. for the replacement and trade-in of a 2012 John Deere 1435 mower. 

The low bid was submitted by Medlin Equipment Company, $10,600, for a Kubota F2690E with a 4-year warranty. Council will be asked to award this bid during Monday's meeting. 
Interim Appointment to Sikeston Park Board
Council will be asked to make an interim appointment to the Park Board to fill the unexpired term of Chad Crow. Emily Deuster, Holly Green, Delbert Curry, Derrick Pullen, Wade Hamra and Brian Self have applied for this position which has a term ending in September 2018.

Current Park Board members are Rod Anderson, Jeff Hay, Ellen Brandom, Jarod Straton, Jackie Cowan, Jason Davis Larry Williams and Susanne Chitwood. Maude Harris serves as Council's representative to the board. Dustin Care is director, Sikeston Parks & Recreation.

For a map of and details about the park system, go to Sikeston Parks.. If you would like to serve on any of the City's boards and commissions you may apply, online, at 
Sikeston Corporate Games Return,  June 2-25
Now through February 26, registration is underway for the 16th edition of the Sikeston Corporate Games. 

The Corporate Games, which will be held June 2-25, afford local companies a good opportunity for internal team building and company pride (not to mention a little exercise) through friendly competition with other area companies. Winners earn trophies and medals, which,
SIKESTON CORPORATE GAMES SWIM COMPETITION
Photo courtesy of Standard-Democrat
by the way, look great in the company breakroom or trophy case. 

There are 15 different events offered: basket-ball, coed bowling, coed football challenge (punt, pass & kick), coed 8-ball, coed sand volleyball, coed tennis, coed softball, golf, coed aqualympics (rubber raft races, inner tube races, etc), horseshoes, fishing, coed pyramid relay (foot race), coed canoe races, coed tug-of-war, and coed triathlon (3-legged rack, sack race, water balloon toss). There's something for both jocks and couch potatoes.

The three weeks of competition begins on a fun note with a Trivia Contest on June 2 at the Clinton Building. This has been extremely popular event.

An entry fee of  $600 covers all 15 events plus the Trivia Contest. Smaller companies have the option of entering the Games on a limited basis by paying entry fees for specific events. Team points are earned in each event by the top six finishers. In addition to event trophies, participants select the winners of the Sportsmanship and Team Spirit awards. 

If your company would like to get in on the action in this year's Corporate Games, contact Dustin Care, Parks and Recreation Director, 573-475-3725 for information. Entry deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016.
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Corporate Gam Champions
Team Orgill - Corporate Game Champions
Honors Board Nominations Accepted
Deadline for submission - February 26
Now through Friday, February 26, nominations will be accepted for the 2016 Honors Board installation by the Parks and Recreation Division.

Since 1986, 44 individauls have been honored by having their names installed on the Honors Board in recognition of their outstanding volunteer contributions to youth programs in the community including baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.  The Honors Board is located near the Ingram Road entrance to the Recreation Complex.

Anyone wishing to nominate an individual for the Honors Board can pick up a nomination form from Dustin Care at the Clinton Building, 501 Campanella Drive or complete the application online at  Honors Board Application. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 PM, Friday, February 26.

This year's nominees will be considered for the Honors Board at the March 14 meeting of the Sikeston Park Board. At that time, the Park Board may choose up to two individuals for Honors Board recognition.  The installation ceremony will be held in May.

For more information or a nomination form contact Dustin Care at 573-475-3725.
Local Festivals & Events
February 2016
Black History Month Exhibition  
On Display Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery,  116 W. Malone Ave., Open Tues.-Sat., 10 AM-6 PM  Depot Museum .  Display hosted by Daughters of Sunset. 

Other Depot events include:
February 12, 5-7:30 PM, Gallery Reception
Hosted by Daughters of Sunset, 

February 27, 2 PM, African-American Genealogy Seminar
Presenter, LaDonna Garner

Regional Judged Photography Show on display all month. 
Downtown Sikeston, Valentine Chocolate Walk
February 5-6
Shop Downtown Merchants flying red & pink balloons. Enter to win gift basket valued at over $400.

For additional festival/event information, suggested itineraries, and restaurant/lodging information go to  Visit Sikeston .

Should you have questions regarding municipal issues or programs, please contact the City Manager's Office at 471-2512 or by email at City Manager's Office.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Douglass
City Manager
City of Sikeston

In This Issue
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Upcoming Meetings
February 1 
5:00 PM, City Council Meeting

February 8
Noon - Housing Authority Meeting

4:30 PM - Library Board of Trustees Meeting

5:15 PM - Park Board Meeting

February 9
11:30 AM - DED Board Meeting

4:00 PM - BMU Board Meeting

February 10
5:00 PM - Tax Increment Finance Commission Meeting

February 16
11:30 AM - LCRA Commission Meeting

February 18
5:30 PM - City Council Community Outreach Meeting

February 25
11:30 AM - Strategic Plan Implementation Commission Meeting

February 29
11:30 AM - Special City Council Meeting

Meeting dates & times are subject to change. Changes will be posted on Facebook Sikeston

Council agendas, minutes and other material can be viewed on Sikeston Online

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Open as follows:

Sat., February 6, 8-Noon

Wed., February 17, 
7:30-11:45 AM & 
1-3:30 PM

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Presidents' Day
February 15 

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