City Council Recap from Dec. 19, 2016

As published in news media, the agenda and meeting preview, the City Council covered several topics of general interest including:

  • Should Cape Girardeau residents be allowed to raise chickens in city limits?
    Staff brought a sample ordinance to Council in 2010 and now again as 2016 comes to an end. The Council asked for more research and insight from staff before moving forward with discussion on an ordinance that could allow residential chicken farming if passed. Expect the issue to return at future meetings, and contact your Council member with your opinions.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s Community of Hope is a proposed cluster subdivision containing 34 single-family residential lots, 4 common-ground lots, and dedicated right-of-way for the extension of North Clark Avenue and three cul-de-sac streets. State law requires the Council to approve the preliminary plat, even though the project has been met with opposition from some neighbors. View the map and more in the plat proposal summary. The Council approved this plat at the meeting by a 6-1 vote.

The agenda also includes important steps on projects and programs:

  • The Downtown Sidewalk Replacement and Lighting project is expected to move forward in the first quarter of 2017 now that Council has authorized staff to contract with Fronabarger Concreters.  This project consists of the replacement of existing sidewalks and street lights along a 900-foot section of Main Street located between Broadway and Independence in Downtown Cape Girardeau.  Included is concrete sidewalk, decorative street lighting, electrical conduit and wiring, decorative pavement, storm sewer, cold milling, asphalt paving, landscaping, irrigation, street furniture  and all appurtenances as indicated in the Project Plans and Specifications prepared by Horner & Shifrin, Inc. The City has designated a portion of  the Transportation Trust Fund monies and the  Casino Riverfront Development Funds to be used on the Downtown Sidewalk Replacement and Lighting project.  Multiple public meetings were held in and since August 2015. View the summary.
  • The city will welcomes back their former assistant manager, Kelly Green, as one of several professional services contractors authorized to provide services related to the Southeast Missouri Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • The Council reappointed Council Ward 6 Representative Wayne Bowen and Mayor Harry Rediger to continue serving on the MAGNET Economic Development Board after hearing a presentation on the group’s activities from Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Mehner.
  • The Visitor Bureau oversight board appointment was delayed due to a low number of applicants interested in the new board. The Council opted to give more time for candidates to apply.
  • The Council might again consider whether to make trades license application a staff function. Currently, to be allowed to take the test to be licensed as an electrician, plumber or other trade in the city, a public board of related professionals must first allow it.  Keeping the Board staffed has been a problem in the past. Read more in the memo.

All City Council agendas, support documents and video can be viewed online at cityofcape.org/citycouncil. Official meeting minutes will be posted at that location soon.

Study Session Video

Regular Session Video

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