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January 4, 2014

Neosho TDD forms liaison group to help improve communication

NEOSHO, Mo. — The board of directors of the Neosho Transportation Development District on Thursday approved the formation of a liaison group to improve communication with business and community leaders, TDD board chairman Steve Roark said Friday.

He said the group would include a representative from the county, the city, the Neosho School District, the special road district, the Neosho Area Business and Industrial Foundation and the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.

Roark said three meetings have been discussed for the group so far, but no dates have been set. He said one meeting will include new design drawings of planned TDD projects. A second would be to introduce an economic impact study of TDD projects. A third meeting would include business developers.

Roark also said a chain restaurant was eyeing the TDD area.

“We have a lot of exciting things going,” he said.

The district along U.S. Highway 60 now includes the Wal-Mart Supercenter and Lowe’s. The TDD in January 2012 began collecting a half-cent sales tax from businesses within its boundaries and will use those revenues to finance its share of nearly $7 million worth of transportation improvements with the district.

Roark said the TDD board also approved submitting a letter to Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson seeking consideration at Tuesday’s Neosho City Council meeting to reinstate a cooperative agreement between the city and the TDD board. The City Council had voted to rescind the agreement during a dispute about the formation and legal status of the TDD. The letter states that the Missouri Department of Transportation requires the cooperative agreement to proceed with projects.

The TDD’s legal counsel, Chris Williams, has provided Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays with a draft ordinance for consideration.

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