Local News: Bids approved for several Sikeston Street projects (4/26/22)

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SIKESTON — Residents of Sikeston are expected to start seeing work on some city streets soon as officials approved bids for several projects at Monday’s city council meeting.

Council approved bids for the reconstruction of Baker Lane (North Kingshighway to Allen Boulevard) and for the reconstruction of the South New Madrid/Trotter Street intersection replacement with associated drainage works.

The bid for Baker Lane was at Lappe Cement Finishing of Friedham, Missouri, for a price of $248,721.70, while Fronabarger Concreters of Oak Ridge, Missouri won the bid for S. New Madrid and Trotter for $71,790.

In addition, Council awarded the tender for the milling and paving of: Scott Street (West Malone to West North); West North Street (Luther to North West); Shady Lane (Ables to Oklahoma); Comstock (Crowe at cul-de-sac); Collins Drive (S Prairie to cul-de-sac) and Benton Street (Warner to cul-de-sac).

This offer also included an alternative which includes the milling and paving of West Wakefield or what is better known as the Power Plant Road west of the bridge to the BB Highway.

ASA Asphalt Company of Cape Girardeau won the base bid and the alternate bid for a total of $429,806.66.

Not all of the City’s 2022 street plan projects were included in Monday’s bids.

“We’re not asking for approval for all of our projects today because, like many things right now, costs have been a little higher than expected,” said Jay Lancaster, Sikeston’s director of public works. “One of four different projects we have bid on, we will be taking a break and seeing how other costs come out to see if we can free up some money to do all of the projects.”

Lancaster said they still hoped to complete the other project, which included waterproofing and crack repair, but that was the lowest priority of those they were considering.

He added that the projects do not include other street works previously discussed at council meetings involving a community development block grant. Lancaster said they hope to hear something about this grant next week, which will provide an additional $700,000 to work in low-to-moderate income areas.

“It would be one of the biggest street programs we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Lancaster said. “We’re really excited about it.”

In another action on Monday:

• The Board approved a purchase agreement with Alan Wire. The deal allows BMU to sell a 50ft strip of the power station property to Alan Wire as the company faced a challenge in its expansion plan as it needed more space to allow truck access to the new building extension.

• Council amended the qualifications for nomination to the Tourism Advisory Council to read “Members must be residents of Sikeston or be employed by a Sikeston business with a demonstrated interest in tourism. This will give local businesses (such as hotels) whose employees do not reside in Sikeston the opportunity to be part of the Tourist Board.

• Council re-adopted the City’s Fair Housing Policy.

• Council appointed Brenda Robinson-Echols to the LCRA.

• The Board appointed Jessica Merideth to the SEMO University-Sikeston Advisory Council.

• Council approved the renewal of the City’s property and casualty insurance for $342,579 at Marsh Wortham Insurance for the period May 1, 2022 to May 1, 2023. Costs increased by $37,761 from last year . Amanda Groves, Sikeston’s director of human resources, said the biggest driver of this year’s increase is property values. In 2021 the property limit was $40,174,616 and in 2022 it is $53,889,165.

• The Board approved the renewal of Beazley Breach Response cybersecurity insurance for $18,220 for $1 million coverage with a $25,000 deductible for the period May 1 to May 1, 2023.

• Council approved the rental of temporary office space for Carlisle Construction Materials for $875 per month for 1,500 square feet of space at Montgomery Bank. The office rental was part of the incentives program which was approved in 2021 for Carlisle Construction Materials.