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Council Considers   Application 
for Rail-to-Trail Project Funding
The Sikeston City Council will convene their regular monthly meeting at 5 PM, November 7 in Council Chambers of City Hall, 105 E. Center Street.  A n overview of this meeting's agenda follows. 

To view the full meeting agenda and accompanying information packet visit City Council Agenda and Information Packet
Second Reading & Consideration of Bill 6035, 
Adopting Wastewater Pretreatment Requirements
Council will conduct the second reading and take action on Bill 6035, adopting Wastewater Pretreatment requirements.  In 2012 Missouri adopted the 2007 US EPA rule changes. Bill 6035 will bring the City into compliance with EPA rules.   Meeting Agenda and Information Packet Back to Index
Authorization to Extend Solid Waste Contract
Following discussions on providing residents with greater recycling opportunities, the City's residential solid waster provider, Sonny's Solid Waste, Inc., developed and implemented a trial program.  With the solid waste contract expiring in December 2016, staff is seeking official Council action to extend this contract through June 30, 2017.  This extension will allow the City to determine the amount of local participation to anticipate with the addition of a recycling program to the next contract.  Meeting Agenda & Information Packet   Back to Index
 November 8 Election:  Polls Open at 6 AM
We urge all citizens to vote. Polls will be open from 6 AM to 7 PM at the following Sikeston locations:

Ward I
Trinity Gospel Church, 901 Davis Boulevard

Ward II
First Christian Church, 1006 N. Main Street

Ward III
Scott County:  First Assembly of God Church, 306 S. Kingshighway
New Madrid County:  Morlan Ford, 1030 South Main Street.

Ward IV:
Scott County: First Station #1, 301 North West St.
New Madrid County: Morlan Ford, 1030 South Main St.

Ward boundaries can be viewed at  Sikeston Ward Boundaries.

To obtain a ballot, voters are required to submit a form of government-issued identification, such as a driver's license, that will be cross-referenced with the county's registered voter records. Should a government ID not be available, voters may submit a utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement showing the name and address of the voter. 
Council Filing Period Closes November 22
Residents wishing to file for the at-large position being vacated by Council Bob Depro have until 5 PM, November 22 to file for candidacy. Contact City Clerk Carroll Couch, 471-2511, to complete the required forms. 

To be eligible for Council election, a candidate must be a qualified voter of Sikeston who is at least 21-years of age. At-large  candidates must be a resident of the city for at least one year immediately prior to their election. Candidates may have no outstanding municipal taxes, liens or fines.

To learn more about Council positions go online to  Council Representative Eligibility.   Return to Index
Options for Managing Autumn Leaves
Fall leaves
With fall rapidly approaching many residents are experiencing an abundance of leaves. Here are some options to help address your leaves:

Mulch Leaves Using a Lawn Mower

This is probably the simplest and healthiest option for your yard. Many lawn mowers now have the option to mulch rather than blow a stream of cut grass and leaves to the side. Mulching your leaves in your yard provides compost. 

 

Burn your Leaves in your Yard

If you decide to burn your leaves this must be done in compliance with city ordinance.  Here are some important points to remember: 

* When burnning leaves have a water source nearby;

* Do not burn anything when the wind is over 10 mph;

* Do not burn limbs over 2 inches in diameter;

* Do not burn yard debris on the sidewalk, in the street, alleyway, gutter, drainage ditch or storm drain;

* Do not place debris of any kind (dirt, mulch, grass clippings, leaves, limbs, straw, paper or ashes) on the sidewalk, street, alleyway, gutter, drainage ditch or storm drain; and

* Some neighborhoods have covenants against burning. Please check your neighborhood's restrictions before burning.


Deliver Leaves to the City's Compost Site

The City has extended the hours of operation at the Composite Site located on Compress Road. Go online to Compost Site Hours. This service is free to residents and licensed commercial lawn contractors that can provide proof the leaves were collected in the city. Back to Index

Sikeston Library Family Night Activities
Preschool:
Family Night will be held at 6:30 PM, November 7. In addition to reading the story,  Who Will Carve the Turkey this Thanksgiving? , participants will be making turkey and pilgram crafts, and enjoying refreshments.  Reservations required. Contact the library at 471-4140.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will hold their Family Night at 6:30 PM, Monday, November 14. They will be reading Thelonius Turkey Lives!  An autumn tea light craft project will be followed by refreshments. Reservations required.  Contact the library at 471-4140.

Book Discussion Group: This group will meet Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 PM to discuss The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Next month's book will be  A Man Called Ove by Fedrik Backman.  Any cardholder at the library may pick up a copy of this book to participate in the discussion group. 

The Library will be closed on Veteran's Day, November 11 and during the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. Even though the library is closed, their digital library of e-books and downloadable audiobooks can be accessed at Mobile Library To Go. With a library card number and PIN, readers can access over 20,000 e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video items.    Back to Index
Upcoming Festivals and Events
November 1-30
Mingo Wildlife Refuge Photography Exhibit
Enjoy the wonder and beauty of nature. Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116 W. Malone Avenue.  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM.  Depot Museum & Gallery

November 5
Holiday Craft Bazaar
9 AM-4 PM, Sikeston VFW Hall, 709 Smith Street.

November 6
Back the Blue-Comedy in the Park
The fun starts at 4 PM in Legion Park, 115 E. Front Street with comedian Jaron Myers taking the stage at 5 PM.  Sponsored by Sikeston Assembly of God Church. 

November 10
Sikeston Lion's Club Chili Day
Serving from 11 AM-1:30 PM; carry-outs available from 4:30-7 PM.  Wesley United Methodist Church, 900 Pine St. 

November 11
Veteran's Day Program
Sikeston High School Field House, 9:15 AM

November 11
Pictures with Santa
6-9 PM, American Legion Park, 115 E. Front Street. Sikeston Bulldog Pantry and Heavenly Expressions Photography is sponsoring this fund-raiser to help feed area children. Photo packages are $10. Bring a donation of non-perishable food items and receive $5 off the photo package

November 11, 12 & 18-20
Sikeston Little Theatre presents Madagascar Jr.
This children's musical promises to be entertaining. Performances at 7 PM, November 11, 12, 18 & 19, and at 2 PM November 20. Sikeston Little Theatre, 506 S. Kingshighway.  Online Tickets

November 11-12
Downtown Open House
Enjoy holiday music, carriage rides and special shopping opportunities. Downtown Sikeston.

November 12
St. Francis Xavier Parish Craft Extravanganza
Starts at 9 AM at the Parish Center, 945 W. Front Street. 
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
Manager,  City of Sikeston
In This Issue
Quick Links
Upcoming Meetings
November 7
4:30 PM - Sikeston Library Board Meeting

5 PM - City Council Meeting

November 8
11:30 AM - DED Board Meeting

4 PM - BMU Commission Meeting

November 14
Noon - Housing Authority Commission Meeting

5:15 - Park Board Meeting

November 17
5:30 PM - Community Outreach Meeting

November 21
11:30 AM - LCRA Commission Meeting

6:00 PM - DPS Advisory Board Meeting

November 28
11:30 AM - City Council Meeting

November 29
4:30 PM - Tourism Advisory Board 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  Back to Index
Compost Site 
Extends Hours
Located on Compress Road

To accommodate residents, the Compost Site will be extending its hours for the collection and delivery of leaves, as follows:

Mon., Wed., & Fri.
Nov. 14-Dec. 30
8 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM

Tues., & Thurs.
Nov. 15-Dec. 30
8 AM -Noon & 1-6 PM

Saturdays
Nov. 19-Dec. 17
8 AM-Noon

Licensed commercial lawn contractors will be allowed to bring leaves to the Compost Site during these extended hours.   Contractors must provide addresses of where the leaves and small sticks were collected. No commercial dumping of trees or limbs will be permitted. 

Full schedule and  restrictions found on  Sikeston Online
Recycling Dates
Sonny's Recycling 
Open Wednesdays,
Noon-5 PM
451 Smith St., 471-2689

Saturday Recycling Hours
November 5
8 AM-Noon
Sonny's Recycling, 451 Smith

November 12
8 AM-Noon
Sonny's Recycling, 451 Smith

November 19
8 AM-Noon
Compost Site, Compress Rd.

All items must be bagged.
Announcements
Sikeston Library will be closed Veterans' Day, November 11

City Hall will be closed
November 24 & 25
in observance of Thanksgiving

Sikeston Library will be closed November 24 & 25 in observance of Thanksgiving

No Residential 
Solid Waste Pickup on
Thanksgiving, Nov. 24

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Sikeston, MO 63801