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Jonathan Douglass
Manager, City of Sikeston 

Council to meet in Regular Session 5 PM, June 6 
The Sikeston City Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 PM, Monday, June 6 in Council Chambers of Sikeston City Hall, 105 E. Center Street.  An overview of the meeting's agenda follows.

To view the full agenda and accompanying information packet visit City Council Agenda and Information Packet.
Award of Residential & Commercial Demolition Project
Council will be asked to award the bid for demolition of 1 commercial structure, 5 residential structures and the abestos removal and demolition of an additional 11 residential structures. Of the 3 bids received, Bill James submitted the lowest bid of $94,100.
Funding for this project is provided through Community Development Block Grant monies.  No local funding match is required.  
Award of Street & Storm Water Drainage Improvements,
Downtown ADA Sidewalk Modifications 
Three bids have been received for storm water drainage improvements at Maple & Greer and Davis Boulevard; ADA improvements for downtown sidewalks; and two milling/resurfacing projects on Virginia from Warner to Maple, and Compress Road from Petty to Sunset Boulevard.  Council will be asked to award this work to the low bidder, Apex Paving Company, for the price of $243,410.15.  The City's engineer, Lambert Engineering, had estimated the cost of this project to be $225,949.  
Award Bid for Purchase of Batwing Mower
At Council's direction staff obtained bids for the purchase of a 15' batwing mower.  Due to its size and design, the addition of this equipment to the City's mowing fleet will improve operational efficiencies.  Council will be asked to award the purchase of this equipment to Holt Ag for $12,500.
Selection of Rail-to-Trail Plan Consultant 
Upon acquisition of the former Union-Pacific Railroad corridor along Malone Avenue, the city released a request for proposal to acquire professional assistance for the planning and design of a master rail-to-trail plan. Four firms submitted proposals. Following an examination of the proposals, reference checks and work product, staff and Council's Professional Consulting Committee recommend the project be awarded to Gateway Design Studio of St. Louis. The total cost of the project is not to exceed $17,000 with no more than $1,000 in reimbursable expenses.
Briefing: MoDOT Surface Transportation Program-Urban  
For approximately 20 years, MoDOT has set aside $3.5 million, annually, to assist cities with a population of 5,000 or more with major thoroughfare road and bridge construction. With an annual appropriation of approximately $66,170, Sikeston has used these funds to replace the Wakefield Bridge and install a traffic signal at the entrance of Three Rivers College. The Missouri Highway Commission is now considering abandoning this program to commit these funds to State projects.

Public comment on ending STP-Urban funding will be accepted through June 10. Staff is asking Council authorization to draft and submit an official response regarding the importance of this program.
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Briefing: DED/Chamber of Commerce Partnership
Following an economic development strategy meeting involving the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, DED Board, Sikeston BMU, Sikeston R-6 Schools, MO Delta Medical Center and others, an ad-hoc group of concerned citizens was formed to develop a plan for a unified Department of Economic Development/Chamber of Commerce organization.The goal of this reorganization is to provide a centralized point of contact for all economic development activities in Sikeston.

During the June 6 meeting, City Manager J.D. Douglass will present an overview of the proposed organization structure, funding sources, and responsibilities. 
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First Reading of Bill 6024, Amending FY-16 Budget
In June 2015, Council appropriated monies for FY-2016 operations.  Over the course of the following 12 months, it is not unusual to encounter unanticipated expenditures. Bill 6024 will amend the original FY-16 appropriation ordinance to account for these unanticipated expenses. Adoption of Bill 6024 is planned for the June 15 Special City Council Meeting.
First Reading of Bill 6025, FY-17 Budget Ordinance

Bill 6025, upon approval, will appropriate funding for planned municipal operations for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Revenues are anticipated to be $14.9 million with $14.5 million in expenditures. The projected ending fund balance is $7.5 million. These funds are kept in reserve to  support City operations in the event of a major incident such as a tornado or ice storm. Final Council action on Bill 6025 will be taken during Council's June 15 meeting.  

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First Reading Bill 6026, FY-17 Staffing & Compensation
Bill 6026, upon passage, will establish departmental staffing levels, employee compensation and benefits for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Adoption of Bill 6026 will be considered during the 5 PM, June 6 Council Meeting.

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Should there be no further business, the meeting will be adjourned.
Local Festivals & Events
June 3 & 4
4th Annual Poker Run & Cook-off Competition
Siketon Poker Run
Photo by Standard Democrat
Hosted by American Legion Post 114, 333 S. Kingshighway

Events include 

Corn Hole Tournament,
Friday June 3. Registration begins at 5 PM; tournament play begins at 7:15 PM.
Poker Run: Saturday, June 4. Registration from 8-10 AM. Bikes out at 10 AM, Bikes in 4 PM. Prizes for best hand, worst hand & bike traveling the farthest.  
Cook-off Team & Wing War Competition: Register by May 28 by calling 573-703-5570. Event held June 4. Teams judged on ribs, pork steaks & half chicken.  Anything goes on the Wing War Competition (separate entry fee). All events held rain or shine. 

June 4
21st Annual Oran Car Show
Enjoy one of the area's largest car shows, featuring competition in 52 classes. 8 AM-4 PM, Tilles Memorial Park, Oran, MO 573-275-3310

June 9, 16, 23 & 30
Music in the Park 
This free concert series returns for 2016 on a new day and at a new location. Concerts will be held on Thursday evenings in June at Keith Collins Band Stand, Legion Park, 115 E. Front Street. 6-9 PM featuring
June 9 - Ukes of Hazard
June 16 - 10-4 Rhythm
June 23 - The Millstones (John Engram Band)
June 30 - The Chimes of Freedom

June 10
Depot's Centennial Celebration
That's right!  The Sikeston Depot is offically 100 years old. Join them as they celebrate this benchmark with an evening of light refreshments and historical displays. 5-7:30 PM, Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116. West Malone, 573-481-9967.

June 11
Beginning your Own Model Railroad
Presented by the Missouri Southeastern Railroad Club, 11 AM-2 PM, Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116 W. Malone, 573-481-9967.

June 18 
"Historic Iron Mountain Railroad" Presentation 
Train engineer and conductor Jim Greathouse provides hands-on displays with his presentation. 10 AM-Noon at the Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116 W. Malone, 573-481-9967.

June 24 & 25
East Prairie Sweet Corn Festival 
The celebration kicks off in Downtown East Prairie, 5:30 PM, Friday evening with a Main Street Party. Later that weekend enjoy pageants, craft show, car show, pig races, outhouse race and miniature golf.  

June 25
Tour De Corn Charity Bike Ride 
15, 30, 65 and 100- mile routes available. SAG service available.To register visit Tour de Corn Registration 

June 25 
Train Derby Race 
Bring your "junior conductor" and decorate then race your very own model train. $5 entry fee. Program begins at 10 AM with train races beginning at 2 PM. Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116 W. Malone. 573-481-9967 

F or  a full event calendar with suggested itineraries go to  
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.


Jonathan Douglass
Manager,  City of Sikeston
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Upcoming Meetings
June 6
5 PM - City Council Meeting

June 8
4:30 PM - Library Board of Trustees Meeting

June 13
Noon - Housing Authority Commission Meeting

June 14
11:30 AM - DED Board Meeting

4 PM - BMU Commission Board Meeting

June 15
5 PM - City Council Meeting

June 20
11:30 AM - LCRA Meeting

June 27
11:30 AM - 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

Compost Site 
Located on Compress Road
Open as follows:

Saturday, June 11 
8 AM-Noon

Saturday, June 25
8 AM - Noon  

Full schedule and 
restrictions found on  Sikeston Online
June 7
Trailblazers Jr. Walking Club meets at 6 PM,
Clinton Bldg., 501 Campanella

June 14
Trailblazers Adult Walking Club meets at 6 PM
Clinton Bldg., 501 Campanella

Saturdays in June
Downtown Farmers Market
Legion Park, 115 E. Front St.
7:30 AM to sell-out 

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