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January 28, 2014

Webb City partners with Drury students to develop city plan

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Webb City Planning and Zoning Commission will team up with architecture students from Drury University in Springfield to discuss ideas that could lead to citywide improvements.

It will be the third time Webb City has partnered with the university, which previously sent students to  help develop ideas on improving the city’s downtown and King Jack Park.

Interim City Administrator Carl Francis said it has been a few years since officials have taken a hard look at the city’s comprehensive plan. The students will help the commission determine what Webb City needs to accomplish, including:

- Where the best areas to focus development would be.

- The construction of traffic lanes.

- How the city can better attract economic development.

Last week, Drury students toured Webb City, and city leaders also went to the university to give a presentation on the community, Francis said.

Drury students every year help local municipalities with development and community projects. With help from their instructor, students will be working on the Webb City plan until the spring semester ends in May.

Francis said four public forums will give residents a chance to provide input as well as get updates on the students’ progress.

 The forums will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 10 at the Route 66 Events Center, 21 S. Webb St.

The first two meetings will focus on gathering public opinion, Francis said. The April meeting will include an update on the students’ accomplishments so far, with their final recommendations will be presented during the May meeting.

MORE PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT

Webb City residents in April will vote on a $2.5 million bond issue to pay for the construction of a city swimming pool, and in the meantime, the public will have a chance to give their input on its design.

Public meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 and again on March 25 at the Route 66 Events Center.

According to the city, the proposed aquatic center will include lap lanes, a diving board, water slides and a bath house.

If Webb City voters approve the bond issue, the property tax rate for residents would rise from 71.8 cents to 91.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. That would equate to an increase of about $37 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home, according to city officials.

JUMPING IN

Webb City Interim City Administrator Carl Francis has said that if voters approve a $2.5 bond issue in April to pay for the aquatic center, work could start this fall and the pool could be ready to open in the summer of 2015.



 

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