The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 24, 2012

Webb City panel OKs bonds for prospective industry

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Members of the City Council on Monday night authorized the issuance of bonds for Bemis Co., a packaging company that has announced its intent to come to the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park.

Mayor John Biggs said the company would create 75 new jobs. It would be part of the Joplin School District and would be on Joplin water and sewer service.

Missouri law authorizes municipalities, counties, towns and villages to issue such bonds to finance industrial development projects for private corporations, partnerships or individual companies. Eligible projects for the bond financing include warehouses, distribution plants, research and development operations, office industries and manufacturing plants.

On first reading, council members also approved rezoning three properties owned by the city from R-1 residential to C-2 commercial. The properties are north of Webb City High School on North Madison Street, near the new public works area.

The council gave final approval to the last council bill necessary for the Canyon Trails development, and approved a request by Crowder College to build a driveway across the nearby walking trail during construction of an addition to the school’s local campus.

The council recognized the Old Urban Downtown Committee as an official committee appointed by the mayor. The committee is composed of volunteers who coordinate Springtime on Broadway, the Polar Bear Express and the Easter egg hunt, among other activities.

Value

THE WEBB CITY COUNCIL approved continuing membership in the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative at an annual cost of $12,000, citing the value of being among those considered for commercial development when the group is at regional and national meetings.

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