Airport set to get improvements

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

SIKESTON -- Action during the regular City Council meeting Monday set things in motion for improvements at the city's airport and of the downtown area.

Council members awarded the bid for the airport apron reconstruction project to the low bidder, Apex Paving Company of Cape Girardeau, as recommended by the engineers for the project, Waters Engineering.

Apex offered to do the project for $506,603.25 which came in below Waters' estimate of $591,146.59.

Also bidding on the project were ASA Asphalt Inc. of Advance which bid the project at $544,152.60 and R.L. Persons Construction of Poplar Bluff which bid $548,270.80.

The contract award is contingent on approval of MoDOT Aviation, according to Steve Lee, street superintendent.

The project's total cost after engineering and professional services costs along with a 5-percent contingency fund is projected to be $647,484.

"There's a lot of work that goes into this," Lee said. "A lot of paperwork."

City Manager Doug Friend said as federal money is being used for the project, the plans endured a lot of scrutiny from officials in Jefferson City.

A federal Entitlement Program Grant will fund 95 percent of the project with a 5 percent local match.

Lee said the project will use the same type of asphalt used at Lambert Airport in St. Louis.

Council members also awarded a contract for downtown revitalization services to the Historic Midtown Development Group.

The Historic Midtown Development Group was the only organization which responded to the city's request for revitalization services from not-for-profit entities, according to Linda Lowes, director of governmental services.

The agreement authorizes the group "to spearhead the downtown revitalization," Lowes said.

The contract also commits the city and Board of Municipal Utilities to provide a total of $20,000 to be paid in $10,000 increments, $5,000 from each entity, in Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008.

Payments are contingent on the executed sale of $67,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credits by the HMDG. HMDG Treasurer Jim Bucher has reportedly indicated the group has met the requirement.

"They are looking at a variety of other funding mechanisms to go with this money," Lowes said.

The Department of Economic Development staff had recommended executing a contract for services to manage and coordinate downtown revitalization efforts; develop and update a consistent marketing and promotional advertising program; develop and initiate voluntary design proposals for facade, signage, lighting and landscape improvements; and develop and initiate efforts to strengthen the existing economic assets of the downtown commercial area by recruiting new businesses, marketing empty spaces, and strengthening the management capabilities of individual merchants.

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