The City Council uses its boards and commissions to obtain citizen input on a wide variety of municipal issues. Council is currently accepting applications from residents interested in serving in an appointed capacity as a board or commission member. With 17 boards and commissions, residents are offered an opportunity to obtain a working knowledge and provide input on practically every aspect of municipal government.
Residents interesting in participating are asked to submit a Resource Bank Application, available at City Hall and the Sikeston Public Library, or online at Boards & Commissions Application. Applications will be accepted until August 31 with Council appointments being made in early September.
Positions are available on the following boards and commissions:
Board of Adjustments: This body makes rulings on zoning ordinance appeals. It meets on an as-needed basis
Board of Appeals: This board hears appeals on enforcement of the International Building Codes, as adopted by the City. It meets on an as-needed basis.
BMU Commission: The Commission oversees general operations of the Board of Municipal Utilities. It meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 4 PM.
Housing Authority Commission:
This Commission oversees Housing Authority operations. It meets at noon, on the second Monday of each month.
Industrial Development Authority: This body is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes industrial and economic development projects. Locally this has been done through the issuance of bonds. It meets on an as-needed basis.
Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority Commission:
The Commission is charged with developing and implementing a plan to provide well-organized residential neighborhoods of decent homes. It meets on the third Monday of the month at 11:30 AM.
Library Board: The Sikeston Library is an independent municipal body supported by property taxes. The board oversees operations of the library. It meets on the first Monday of each month at 4:30 PM.
Park Board: This board works with city staff to advise Council on park facility and service improvements. It meets at 5:15 PM on the second Monday of each month.
Planning & Zoning Commission: This body provides recommendations to Council on approval of zoning changes and subdivision development. It also works with city staff to develop the annual street and stormwater drainage program and other special projects. It meets on an as-needed basis.
Public Safety Advisory Board: This board recommends programs to enhance community relations and monitors community concerns. It meets at 6:30 PM, on the third Monday of every other month.
Rental Ordinance Appeals Board:
This group meets, as needed, to hear appeals on the application of the City's Rental Property Inspection Standards.
Strategic Plan Implementation Commission:
Created to assist with the implementation of the 2009 "Vision for Tomorrow" Strategic Plan, the Commission monitors and communicates the plan's progress to the community. It meets on an as-needed basis.
Tax Increment Finance Commission:
The Commission is convened to study the economic viability of proposed development projects seeking to use tax increment financing. It meets on an as-needed basis.
Tourism Advisory Board:
This board works with the Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote and market the local tourism/hospitality industry. It meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at 4:30 PM.
This groups hears requests and makes recommendations to Council on traffic-related matters (speed limits, no-parking zones, erection of traffic signs). It meets on an as-needed basis.
SEMO University - Sikeston Campus Advisory Council:
The Advisory Council provides input to the SEMO University Board of Regents on local curriculum. It meets at 10:30 AM on the last Wednesday of each quarter.
To be eligible for appointment to any board or commission, taxpayers must have no outstanding municipal taxes, fines or fees.