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March 2, 2014

Joplin City Council to discuss cost of investigation

JOPLIN, Mo. — Discussion about the cost of an investigation authorized by the Joplin City Council is scheduled for the council’s informal meeting Monday.

Bills from Tom Loraine, a special investigator hired by the council, amount to almost $82,000 — nearly double the cap set by the council unless authorization was sought from the council for more money, as outlined in Loraine’s agreement with the city.

The council had agreed to cap the costs at $40,000 in attorney fees and $5,000 in expenses.

The bills total $81,819.90. Of that, $72,653.70 is for Loraine’s fee, and $9,165.20 is for costs to pay court reporters who took the testimony and rented office space in Joplin.

According to an email from Joplin City Attorney Brian Head, responding to a Globe open records request on Feb. 19, the city has paid $38,150.67 so far.

Some residents are still wanting to address council regarding the investigation that ultimately led to the firing of City Manager Mark Rohr on Feb. 4.

Two residents spoke at the council’s last meeting Feb. 18.

At least one other resident, Kim Seavy, 1607 Byers Ave., has filed a request to speak at today’s meeting.

In other business, the council will be asked to authorize a contract with GLMV Architecture Inc. for architectural and design services for the new Police and Fire Training Center to be built on land near Highway 171 south of the Joplin Regional Airport. The design fee under the contract is $323,964.

Public hearings also will be held on three zoning questions:

• A change from C-3 to C-4 zoning in the 2800 block of Adele Avenue for the construction of 42 villas or townhouses.

• Vacation of the remaining portion of an alley west of 3002, 3006 and 3010 S. Main St., to redevelop parking for a business owned by Patrick Goodknight. There has been no opposition except a request by the water company to retain a utility easement there, according to a staff report.

• A request to change zoning at 2927 E. 11th St. from neighborhood commercial to commercial for future development, requested by Geary stet Williams.

Want to go?

The Joplin City Council’s informal meeting is at 5:15 p.m. and the formal meeting at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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