Council officially dissolves DED Board clearing way for SAEDC

Thursday, November 30, 2017

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston City Council officially dissolved the Department of Economic Development during Monday's special council meeting, clearing the way for the Sikeston Area Economic Development Corp., or SAEDC.

Monday's vote by the Council officially dissolved the DED Board and authorized the mayor to execute a contract with SAEDC for the provision of economic development services.

The establishment of the SAEDC is the final step in the reorganization of the City's economic development function that began last year. SAEDC services will include recruitment of new businesses, retention of existing businesses, encouragement of entrepreneurship, workforce development, economic development policy analysis, negotiation of and recommendations to the Council relating to sale of land in Sikeston's Industrial Park and analysis of and recommendations to the Council relating to economic development incentive requests.

The SAEDC will not be a city-appointed advisory board like the DED board has been and instead will be an independent community organization with contract services with the City.

Current SAEDC board members are Heather Couch, Kenny King, Larry Eby, Jason Schrumpf, Alan Keenan, Steven Burch, Jon Gilmore and Ryan Merideth.

Because three council members (Burch, Gilmore and Merideth) sit on the SAEDC board, they will abstain from voting on any contract with SAEDC.

Council also approved the designation of North West Street from Kate Street to Arthur and Wakefield Avenue from North West Street east to the railroad crossing a school zone, with the speed limit posted at 20 miles per hour.

In other action:

* Council authorized city staff to contact the Missouri Department of Transportation to request Route Y follow Salcedo Road from Kingshighway to Main rather than turning left onto Kingshighway and connecting with North Main just north of First United Methodist Church.

When originally designated, Kingshighway was a primary MoDOT route and Salcedo Road terminated at North Main at a stop sign intersection. Now that Salcedo continues across Main Street and has a signalized intersection with turn lanes, city staff thinks it makes more sense for Route Y to continue along Salcedo to North Main.

* Council authorized city staff to proceed with the Street and Drainage Program for calendar year 2018.

* Council was briefed on a request from Waters Engineering on behalf of Four Corners Development for the approval of a proposed subdivision (Wing Lake Estates, 2nd Addition) which consists of over 5 acres and is generally located south of Colonel George E. Day Parkway and north of US Highway 60.

* Council was briefed on a request to amend the uniform traffic code by placing four-way stop signs on North West Street at Wakefield Avenue.

The traffic committee met Oct. 4 and did not favorably pass the agenda item and Council action will be requested at their Dec. 4 meeting.

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