Letter to the Editor

Your view: Voice your opinion

Sunday, March 30, 2008

To the Citizens of Sikeston:

Last fall the Sikeston City Council appointed an ad hoc committee to discuss the potential of creating a walking trail connecting the Kindergarten Center to the Sports Complex. This committee was charged with recommending the proposed route and a funding mechanism.

From their study, the Walking Trail Committee recommended the City utilize Surface Transportation Program funds because walking trails, as well as street reconstruction, are qualified uses for these State monies. These funds cannot be used to construct buildings, pay salaries, or provide maintenance to our streets, such as filling potholes. The last time the City of Sikeston used these funds it was to purchase and install stop lights at the intersection of Highway 61 and Route HH.

Based on the recommendation of the Walking Trail Committee, the City Council has tentatively requested the Missouri Department of Transportation to begin the planning phase for a 10 foot asphalt walking trail connecting the Kindergarten Center, Recreational Complex, and Veterans Park.

Since that time there has been a certain amount of public discussion regarding the necessity of this project. The City Council would like to hear the thoughts and concerns of our citizens, and has scheduled a public hearing on Monday, April 7 at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers of Sikeston City Hall for this purpose. I invite all residents to attend this meeting and to express their opinions and ideas at this time.


Mike Marshall

Mayor, City of Sikeston