Cape Girardeau City Council

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Last Thursday, The Cape Girardeau city council met for a special budget session to review the proposed fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget.

The discussion focused on completing projects, such as an increase in spending for public safety and continuing promises made to citizens in PRS2, which voters passed in April. Another topic of discussion, a concern among many councilmembers, was the inability to afford pay raises for city employees.

The Cape Girardeau City Council is making time changes to their bi-monthly council meetings.

Held on the first and third Monday of each month, the meetings previously consisted of a study session beginning at 5 p.m. and a regular session at 7 p.m. Effective next Monday, May 21, the two sessions will be unified into one event from then on, starting at 5 p.m.

The change comes from an attempt to possibly improve attendance at - and remove the gap between - each meeting.

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Monday night, the Cape Girardeau City Council approved plans to reconstruct Sloan Creek Bridge on Big Bend Road near Isle Casino.

City engineer, Casey Brunke says the columns of the bridge are in good shape, but what needs repair is what’s considered the superstructure of the bridge: the driving surface and the structure outside of the ground. She says detours will be put in place when construction begins, and local traffic will be able to use the Main Street Bridge that was closed with the casino development.

  Four spots including mayor will open up on the Cape Girardeau City Council during the next general election in April 2018.

 

Ward 1 and Ward 6 councilmen Joseph Uzoaru and Danny Essner will not seek re-election next year.  

 

Meanwhile, Ward 2 councilwoman Shelly Moore has announced she will run again. Current Ward 5 councilman Bob Fox has voiced his interest in running for mayor, since Mayor Harry Rediger is term-limited.

 

Danny Essner

An interim councilman was appointed by the Cape Girardeau City Council Monday to fill the vacancy in Ward 6, formerly held by councilman Wayne Bowen. Danny Essner will temporarily fill the seat until next April.

 

Previously, Essner served on the city’s Parks and Recreation board for nine years, as well as the transportation committee for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, among others. Essner says he’s joining the city council because he’s committed to public service.

 

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