The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 10, 2012

Cherokee County economic group discusses infrastructure ideas

By Roger McKinney
Globe Staff Writer

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Municipal Action Partners for Prosperity, a Cherokee County economic group, this week held preliminary discussion about an area wastewater treatment plant.

Galena Mayor Dale Oglesby, said the plant would be designed to serve the far southeast corner of the county, where the 229 houses are on septic systems. It also would serve the towns of Baxter Springs, Galena, Riverton and Lowell.

Promoting Route 66 tourism in the county was another topic of discussion.

Greg Motley, executive vice president at American Bank, Baxter Springs, shared county results from a regional economic survey presented last month at a meeting of the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative.

Motley said there is good labor force participation.

“People are either employed or continue looking for work,” he said.

He also said housing in the county was very affordable.