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Rail-to-Trail Master Plan Proposals Presented
Public Invited to October 3 Open House
An open house will be held from 4-5 PM, Monday, October 3 at Sikeston City Hall for viewing of the City's proposed rail-to-trail master plan. The city's consultant, Gateway Design Studio/i5 Group, will have renderings of the master plan noting neighborhood connections, trail heads, and design details on display in both the C.D. Matthews Room and N. New Madrid Street Foyer of City Hall. 

The City Council will be accepting public comment on the master plan through October 14. A public survey will be available during the Open House or submit written comments via email to  Rail-to-Trail Master Plan Comments. Return to Index
Council to Consider 
Purchases,  Contracts & Agreements
The Sikeston City Council will convene an executive session in the DED Conference Room at 4:30 PM, October 3 to discuss personnel and litigation issues. Their regular October business meeting will follow, convening at 5 PM, 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
Oath of Office Ceremony for City Appointees
An oath of office ceremony will be held at 5 PM, October 3 in Council Chambers of City Hall.  All residents receiving a City Council board or commission position, either new or a reappointment, are required by the City Charter to complete an oath of office.  

Appointees unable to complete their oath of office requirement by October 3 are asked to contact City Clerk Carroll Couch at 471-2511.  Back to Index
Authorization to Execute  Agreement with IBEW
On October 26, 2015, the City Council approved recognition of skilled workers in the Parks and Streets Divisions as a collective bargaining unit, and recognition of IBEW Local 702 as the collective bargaining agent for that group. Since that time, the city and the IBEW have been meeting to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. At this time, city management is asking the Council to authorize execution of the collective bargaining agreement with IBEW Local 702 representing Parks and Streets Division skilled workers. Additional information regarding the agreement can be found at October 3 Council Agenda & Packet.   Return to Index
Award of Financing, Lease/Purchase Street Sweeper
Council will be conducting the second reading and take action on a bill authorizing the City to enter into a lease/purchase agreement with US Bank for the purchase of a new street sweeper that is estimated to cost $204,500. O f the 6 local banks submitting proposals, US Bank  provided the most competitive finance rate, 1.69%.  October 3 Council Packet   Return to Index
Authorization to Purchase Street Sweeper
Council approval is being sought for the lease/purchase of a Elgin twin engine four-wheel mechanical street sweeper from Key Equipment & Supply Company for $195,000. This unit will replace the City's existing street sweeper that is no longer functioning. A planned expenditure, funding will be provided through the Capital Improvement Fund. 

Additional information can be found online at  October 3 Council PacketReturn to Index
Backstop Replacement for Recreation Complex
Two bids were received for the replacement of Field #1 and Field #4 backstops in the Recreation Complex.  The low bid, $20,845 for Field #1, was received from Bootheel Fence Company of Jackson. 

With a budget of $25,000 for the total project, staff will recommend awarding the bid to Bootheel Fence Company for $20,845 to replace the Field #1 backstop. For additional information on this project refer to the October 3 Council PacketBack to Index
Award of Domestic Violence Surcharge Funding
Several years ago the State established a $4 surcharge on all municipal court convictions. These funds are retained by the City and distributed via an application process to domestic violence shelters serving Sikeston residents. 

Council will be asked to award an amount not to exceed $8,000 to The House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women. Payment will be made during calendar year 2017. 

Additional information regarding this action can be found online at  October 3 Council Packet.   Back to Index
Authorization to Execute Signage Contract
During the September 12 Council meeting staff was authorized to finalize negotiations with Geograph Industries of Harrison, Ohio for the fabrication and installation of 27 wayfinding signs and 3 gateway monuments. Council will conduct the first reading of Bill 6039, authorizing the execution of this contract. Final Council action will be taken at the October 11 Special Council Meeting. 

For additional information on this project refer to the  October 3 Council Packet.    Return to Index
Council Candidate Filing Period Opens
One position, that of At-Large Councilman Bob Depro, will be filled by the April 2017 General Election.  Depro has served two consecutive terms on the Council and is ineligible for re-election. 

The filing period for Council candidates opens at 8 AM, October 18 and closes at 5 PM, November 22. Forms are available from City Clerk Carroll Couch.

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
Sikeston Library's Family Night Returns
Library Announces October Activities
Preschool:  Fall's first Preschool Family Night will be held Monday, October 3 at 6:30 PM.  Parents as Teachers is partnering with the Library to present a celebration of fall. In addition to stories, participants will enjoy story boards, crafts and refreshments. Space is limited, so reservations are required.  Call 471-4140 to reserve your spot. 

Kindergarten: Designed for students from kindergarten through 3rd grade, Kindergarten Family Night will be held Monday, October 10 at 6:30 PM.  Participants will be reading  Little Red's Autumn Adventure,  and enjoy crafts and refreshments.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling the library, 471-4140.

Book Discussion Group: This group will meet Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 PM to discuss  The Sandcastle Girls  by Chris Bohjalian. The group will be selecting titles for future discussion. New members welcomed. Any library cardholder may pick up a copy of next month's book to participate in this group.

The library is located at 121 E. North Street. Contact the library at 573-471-4140 with questions on programming and services. Residents are urged to visit their website,  Sikeston Public Library , or follow them on  Facebook .   Back to Index
Fall Community Cleanup Schedule Announced
The 2016 Fall Community Cleanup - Curbside Pickup program will be held, as follows:

Monday-Thursday Trash Pickup
October 10 & 13 Curbside Pickup

Tuesday-Friday Trash Pickup
October 18 & 21 Curbside Pickup

Residents with curbside pick-up will place bulky items to be discarded at the curb on their designated collection days while those with alley pick-up will place their bulky items in the alley along with their household trash. 

All items must be close together in one area next to the curb or in the alley.  Do not place items you do not want disposed of close to rubbish or items to be hauled off as they may be taken by mistake. Sonny's Solid Waste, Inc.(SSW) will not be responsible or replace any items taken if they are next to the alley or curb on pick-up days.

For program details go to  Community Cleanup - Curbside Pickup.   Back to Index
Recycling Drop-off Dates, Locations Added
In addition to their Wednesday afternoon recycling drop off at 451 Smith Street, Sonny's Solid Waste Streamline Recycling has opened an additional drop-off location at the Sikeston Compost Site on Compress Road.  Saturday drop off service will be provided from 8 AM to noon as follows:

Saturday, October 1 - City Compost Site, Compress Rd.
Saturday, October 8 - Sonny's Solid Waste, 451 Smith
Saturday, October 15 - City Compost Site, Compress Rd.
Saturday, October 22- Sonny's Solid Waste, 451 Smith

Recyclables must be bagged. The following will be accepted: Cardboard, newspapers (clean), magazines, catalogs, junk mail and paper, aluminum, steel, tin, house plastic containers (sizes #1-5 and 7), plastic shopping bags (size #2) and newspaper sleeves (#4).

Call Sonny's Solid Waste Streamline Recycling at 471-2689 with questions. Back to Index
Upcoming Festivals and Events
September 27-October 1
Sikeston Cotton Carnival 
Celebrate the cotton harvest while honoring Gold Star wives. Carnival held at the Sikeston Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram Road, September 27-October 1. Rodeo grounds will open at 5:30 p.m. daily and noon on Saturday.

Wristband nights will be  Friday and Saturday from noon - 6:00 p.m. The price for wristbands will be $25. 
Sikeston Cotton Carnival Princess
October 1
Cotton Carnival Parade
Parade starts at 10 AM from the Pine at Malone Avenue intersection. The parade travels west on Malone Avenue ending in Downtown Sikeston.

October 1
Craft Fair & Sidewalk Sale
1-4 PM, Sikeston Outlet Stores

Weekends in October
Beggs Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Pick your pumpkin; enjoy a corn maze, wagon rides, pig races and more.  Beggs Family Farms, 2319 State Highway U, Blodgett, 573-471-3879   Beggs Family Farms

October 8
Cotton Ramble Bike Ride Cotton Ramble Bike Ride
15, 26, 65 and 100 mile routes.Register morning of the event at th e Sikeston Depot Museum, 116 W. Malone. Bike ride starts at the Red Caboose, Downtown Sikeston, 8:30 AM. Call 573-471-3725 for more information.Cotton Ramble Bike Ride

October 8
Downtown Cotton Festival
9 AM-4 PM, American Legion Park, 115 E. Front Street. Come downtown for crafts, concessions and family fun. 

October 8
JC Oktoberfest & Homebrew Contest
Enjoy live music by Hunter Hathcoat, Outlaw  Saints, and the Evan Webb Band from 3 PM-midnight at the JC Rodeo Grounds, 1220 N. Ingram Road. While there sample the bratwurst & sauerkraut while tasting specialty beers from throughout the region. There's also face painting and activities for the kids.  Back to Index

October 8
$10,000 Draw Down-Unmask the Violence
6-11 PM, Miner Convention Center. Hosted by the House of Refuge for Abused & Battered Women. 573-472-4499

October 14
St. Francis Xavier Chili Day
10:30 AM-1:30 PM, St. Francis Xavier School, 245 W. Center St.  573-471-0841

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Kiwanis Club Fish Fry
4-7 PM, Sikeston Elks Lodge, 349 Dona

October 21
Movies in the Park
7 PM, Legion Park 115 E. Front St.
Enjoy the free movie,  Hocus Pocus
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October 29
Old Orchard Barn Sale & Auction
10 AM-4 PM, N. Ingram Road (North of Rodeo Grounds).  Featuring restored furniture, art, home goods, specialty foods and antique auction.
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
In This Issue
Quick Links
Upcoming Meetings
October 3
4 PM - Rail-to-Trail Master Plan Open House

4:30 PM - Library Board Meeting

5 PM - City Council Meeting

October 11
11:30 AM - DED Board Meeting

Noon - Housing Authority Commission Meeting

4 PM - BMU Commission Meeting

4 PM - Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

5 PM - Special City Council Meeting

October 17
11:30 AM - LCRA Meeting

5:15 PM - Park Board Meeting

October 25
4:30 PM - Community Promotions Meeting

October 31
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  Back to Index
Compost Site 
Located on Compress Road
Open as follows:

Saturday, October 1
8 AM-Noon

Saturday, October 15
8 AM-Noon

Full schedule and 
restrictions found on  Sikeston Online
Saturdays until Frost
Downtown Farmers Market
Legion Park, 115 E. Front St.
7:30 AM to sell-out 

October 4
8 AM-2 PM
eWaste Recycling Day
Carnell's Parking Lot
Tanner at N. Main St.

October 10
City Hall closed in observance of 
Columbus Day

October 25
4:30-5:30 PM
Community Promotions Meeting, City Hall
All Sikeston area event sponsors/organizers welcome. Group will be developing the 2017 Community Event Calendar.

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