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If you haven’t seen or attended a City Council meeting in a while or at all, you should consider Monday’s meeting. The entire agenda is posted. Live web links will be posted for the 5 and 7 p.m. meetings at cityofcape.org/citycouncil. Cable subscribers can also watch the live meetings on Channel 993.
The Dec. 19 City Council meeting will include several public discussion items that have been covered in news media and some even hotly debated or advocated on social media. To wit:
- 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. Consider how many chickens should be allowable and other issues noted in the chicken ordinance summary.
- Habitat for Humanity’s Community of Hope is a proposed cluster subdivision containing 34 single-family residential lots, four 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, yet the project has been met with opposition from some neighbors. View the map and more in the plat proposal summary.
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 should Council authorize 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 welcome back their former assistant manager, Kelly Green, as a professional services contractor managing the regional transportation planning programs should the resolution pass.
- Appointments will also be made to the MAGNET and Visitor Bureau oversight boards. These key positions oversee the expenditure of city funds on these external economic development services.