City of Sikeston - Municipal News and Issues
In This Issue
Council Discusses Drainage Improvements
Care to Head Parks & Rec
Adopt-A-Road Program Success
Park Board Applications Accepted
CVB Hosts Photo Contest
Sikestion Area Festivals & Events
Upcoming Meetings
City Hall will be closed  Friday, January 1
No Residential 
Trash Pickup
New Year's Day

City Hall closed
 January 18 
in observance of 
Martin Luther King Day

City of Sikeston 
Blood Drive
2-6 PM, January 25
Clinton Building

Chamber of Commerce
Coffee Mixer
January 15, 7-9 AM
Cricket Wireless, 605 Blunt

Compost Site Schedule
Compost Site, located on Compress Road, will be closed January 1

Hours of Operation
Saturday, January 9
8 AM - Noon

Wednesday, January 20
7:30-11:45 AM
1-3:30 PM

For information on Compost Site use  visit
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Jonathan Douglass
Manager, City of Sikeston
Council to Discuss Drainage Improvements
Discussion of Drainage Improvements
With localized flooding caused by the area's recent heavy rains, Public Works Director Jay Lancaster will discuss the status of current and proposed municipal stormwater drainage projects. 
Public Hearing, Enhanced Enterprise Zone 
The City Council is seeking public input on a request for tax abatement. A developer plans to construct a 170,000 sq. ft. building at a cost of approximately $5 million. An adjacent business owner intends to lease this structure for the expansion of his business, thus creating additional jobs. The developer is seeking an Enhanced Enterprise Zone tax abatement of real property taxes.
First and Second Reading of Emergency Bill 6008,  
Authorizing Enhanced Enterprise Zone Credits 
Council will be asked to adopt Bill 6008, authorizing the Mayor to execute a memorandum of understanding abating specified property taxes on a 170,000 sq. ft. building in New Madrid County.
B riefing, 60 West Tax Increment Finance District 
Micheal Bohannon, representing the 60 West Tax Increment Finance District, will brief Council on the status of this project. 
Award of RFP 16-12, Gateway/Wayfinding Signage
Design & Engineering Assistance
In November the City released an RFP seeking professional design and engineering assistance with the creation of gateway and wayfinding signage. Council will be asked to award this work to Workshop Design, LLC of Kansas City, MO for a fixed fee of $17,000 plus travel reimbursement. 

Should there be no other business items, the meeting will be adjourned.
Readers may access a full copy of the meeting agenda, briefing material and minutes online at  Meeting Information .
Dustin Care to head Sikeston Parks & Recreation
Assumes Position January 8
With the retirement of Jiggs Moore, Dustin Care will officially take over the helm of Sikeston Parks & Recreation on January 8.   
Care, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, worked as the recreation coordinator for Bonner Springs, Kansas from 2007 to present, and served as recreation assistant for Goodlettesville, Tennessee from 2004-2007. A parks & rec professional, he has overseen recreational sports leagues in the Kansas City Metro area scheduling faciliites, leagues, umpires and concessions staff. In additional to his experience in special events and recreational programming, Care has a strong administrative background and has been successful in soliciting corporate sponsorships of park programs.

He and his family will be relocating to Sikeston in January. 
Adopt-A-Road Program's Success Continues
Sikeston Adopt-A-Road Program Seven Roadways now Adopted
In an effort to battle the community's growing litter problem, the Sikeston Adopt-A-Road Program has been revived. This anti-litter program allows residents, social, civic and church groups to work in partnership with the City to make a difference in our community.
How does it work? 
Once approved, the City will provide you with trash bags for your clean-up events and pickup full bags left along the route.  Signs recognizing your volunteer group will be erected along your adopted roadway.
What streets are available for cleanup? 
While most streets are available for this program, the City is focusing on the most visable streets that present an eyesore to the community. These streets include Salcedo Road from North Main to Plaza Drive, North Ingram from Highway HH to Kennedy Drive, South Illinois from Ables Road to County Line Road, South Ingram from Helen to Col. George E. Day Parkway, Col. George E. Day Parkway from Pollard to South Main, Blunt Ave. from Blue Ridge Lane to Col. George E. Day Parkway, School St. from Stallcup Dr. to Murray Lane, Murray Lane from New Madrid Street to South West Ave., Butler Ave. from Vaugn to Carroll, and Compress Road from Sunset to North West. 
Where do I sign-up? 
Go on-line and complete the  Adopt-a-Road Application  and email the   completed form to Darren Martin . Once approved, the City will contact you, work with you to schedule an event, and review safety procedures. 
The City invites you to join with us to make a difference, be "Sikeston Proud".
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Applications Accepted for Park Board Position
Interim Term runs through 2018 
Due to business obligations Chad Crow has resigned his position on the Sikeston Park Board.  The City Council is accepting Citizens Resource Bank Application for an interim appointment to the Park Board ending in September 2018. 

Residents wishing to be considered for this position are asked to complete and submit an online  Resource Bank Application  by January 25, 2016.
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Sikeston CVB hosts 2nd Annual Photography Contest
Contest runs December 1, 2015 through May 16, 2016
Professional and amateur photographers are invited to participate in the Convention & Visitors Bureau's 2nd Annual Photography Contest.  This year's categories are: Sikeston . . . in the season - seasonal landscapes, exterior shots of decorated homes, churches, businesses or agricultural landscapes; Family, Friends and Fun . . . we're looking for groups having fun!  Send us photos of tailgates, picnics, parties, etc.; Sikeston Special Events . . . send photos of local community, social and religious events. Examples are Cotton Ramble, Rodeo, Cotton Carnival, etc.
Judging will take place May 23-30, with winners being announced June 1, 2016. First place in each of the three categories will receive $100, second place winners in all categories receive $75.
Go to  CVB Photo Contest  for contest and submission details. 
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Sikeston Area Festivals & Events
New Year's Eve Dance -  December 31
Sikeston VFW Hall, 709 Smith Street; Doors open 8 PM, Dance 9 PM-1 AM. $10 per person or $15 per couple.

Regional Judged Photography Show - 
January 2016
Presented by the Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery, 116 W. Malone. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM.   Sikeston Depot Museum & Gallery

Downtown Gallery Walk - January 8
Enjoy the works of guest artists displayed at Downtown Sikeston's galleries and studios. 5-7 PM, For information contact the Depot Museum & Gallery, 573-481-9967

For a complete listing of Sikeston area events and attrctions, suggested itineraries, restaurants and motels go online to
Sikeston CVB .
Should you have questions regarding material in this newslwetter or other municipal issues, please contact the City Manager's Office at 471-2512 or via email at

Jonathan Douglass
Manager, City of Sikeston

City of Sikeston  
105 E. Center
Sikeston, MO 63801 
(573) 471-2512