Council creates Animal Shelter Advisory Board

Friday, June 30, 2017

SIKESTON - The Sikeston City Council approved a bill creating the Friends of the Pet and Animal Welfare Services Advisory Board and appointed seven individuals to fill positions on the Animal Shelter Advisory Board. Fundraising and public awareness will be among the main functions of the advisory board.

On Monday, Megan McGill-Knight and Jeff Reynolds were each appointed to a one-year term. Renee Grimes and Emily Eaves were appointed to two-year terms. Gordon Waller, Erica Wilson and Pete Burns will each fill three-year terms.

On July 20, the council will appoint a liaison from the Animal Shelter Advisory Board to the council.

The animal shelter facility is undergoing a major overhaul according to city officials. Jamie Williams was appointed as manager of the facility in late May. An exact date of the re-opening has not been determined as work progresses on the building and grounds.

Residents who have an issue for an animal control officer should contact City Hall in Sikeston.

The council gave its approval to contract with the Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce for tourism, marketing and promotion services. The action was brought about by the retirement of Governmental Services Director Linda Lowes who had performed this role for the city.

The St. John's Bayou Basin Drainage District has supported a pumping station project at New Madrid to move water across the levee when high river levels necessitate closing of the existing discharge pipes. According to drainage district reports, the pumping station would benefit Sikeston because it would alleviate the drainage district's concerns about accepting additional water from Sikeston as land develops in the city.

The drainage district has requested a letter of support from the city to the governor for his support and intervention on behalf of the project.

The council approved sending a letter from the city of Sikeston to Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in support of the pumping station project.

The Public Works Department presented a request from Maude Harris on behalf of Open Door Ministries for a special permit to build a high tunnel for a community garden located at 205 Jackson Street.

The Planning and Zoning Commission met June 13 and voted to pass a favorable recommendation for the approval of the high tunnel.

The council approved issuance of a special permit for the high tunnel.

The Public Works Department also presented a request from Lambert Engineering on behalf of Roy Colwick for the approval of a replat of Lot 1 in Block 20 of Collins North Acres (Section 6) subdivision in the city of Sikeston in Scott County.

The Planning and Zoning Commission met June 13 and passed a favorable recommendation to approve the re-plat request.

In order to minimize the effect of a delay, an emergency ordinance was submitted and approved by the council.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance banning the use of lead materials in public drinking water systems and private plumbing connected to the public drinking water system .

The purpose of the lead ban bill is to protect city residents from lead contamination.

On June 20 the city received bids for the second phase of the summer streets and drainage program. The project also included some trail and complex improvements funded through other sources.

Three bids were received and the low bid from Lappe Cement Finishing of Perryville, Mo., of $383,370.76 was approved.

The council also approved the Department of Public Works purchasing pick up trucks from Don Brown Chevrolet of St. Louis.

The council approved the purchase of two 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe's and three used highway patrol vehicles for DPS.

Mayor Steve Burch announced the cancellation of the July 3 Council meeting with the matters for that meeting to be taken up July 20.

More details of the council meeting available on the sikeston.org website.

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