Board clearly defines code officer


The Perryville Board of Aldermen last week voted to approve a measure that would more clearly define the position of code enforcement officer, moving it back under the purview of the city’s police department.
It’s a better fit there, said city administrator Brent Buerck.
“At one time, that was a police department function,” Buerck said, “then we brought it over to City Hall. We’ve returned it to the police department now. The logic being that it works best whenever it’s a [Peace Officer Standards and Training]-certified person because they have the ability to write tickets and, you know, POST certification rests with the police department.”
Since City Hall is a polling place and the general municipal election was scheduled on the same night, the board held its April 4 meeting at the Catalyst Center.
The change in venue was no obstacle to the proceedings, and Buerck said the business conducted was fairly routine, aside from the change to code enforcement.
“The city administration and Board of Aldermen will continue to work with the chief of police, but he’ll assign those duties to someone within his department,” Buerck said. “And then the big advantage is when they’re not actively doing code enforcement, they can complement the staffing needs of the police department. That was a big reason to make the move instead of having a POST certified officer at City Hall, it makes more sense to put them where they can be police officers.”
The board also approved a request to host the annual fly-in at the Perryville Regional Airport on Saturday, May 20.
“They’ve got some really cool stuff planned for the fly-in,” Buerck said. “We try to do one of these a year. This year it’s really cool because the guys have worked really hard.”

During this year’s fly-in, pilots from all over southeast Missouri and southern Illinois will congregate to share their love of flying with the public.
According to organizers, all types of aircraft will be in attendance, from airplanes and helicopters to gyroplanes and model airplanes. The event is free and all the public is invited.
Activities for children will include the return of the paper airplane contest, described as “a wild sensation” at last year’s event. A variety of lunch favorites will be available, and there will be prize drawings for all attendees.
Attendance prizes include chances for a free helicopter ride during the event in a Robinson R22 Helicopter provided by Cape Copters from Cape Girardeau, drawings for gyroplane rides and for visiting pilots to win free fuel for their aircraft.
Special attractions this year include flights in a World War II-era B-25 Mitchell bomber offered by members of the Commemorative Air Force and flights in Vietnam-era Huey and Cobra helicopters offered by members of the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation
To reserve a B-25 flight, visit To schedule a Huey or Cobra flight, visit Tickets for all flights will also be available at the event. All flights are planned to at least fly over the Missouri’s National Veterans Memorial in Perryville.
In case of rain, the event will be held the following day, Sunday, May 21.
“We’re excited,” Buerck said.
The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Perryville City Hall.