The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 20, 2013

Joplin City Council to consider new trolley

Number of spending measures to be posed

By Debby Woodin
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — Joplin’s original trolley could soon be retired.

The city staff will ask the City Council on Tuesday to authorize the purchase of a new one that would replace the first Sunshine Lamp Trolley. It hit the streets on July 30, 2007.

The new vehicle would be similar in style, manufactured by ElDorado National. The cost is $390,115.

It runs the original route that links downtown to the Range Line Road shopping district and Missouri Southern State University. In response to ridership, the City Council approved an expansion to three routes at the end of 2008. Those routes serve southeast and southwest Joplin, particularly the medical district.

The green and gold color theme of the trolley was taken from the city’s original trolley system, which ran from 1890 until 1937.

The council also will be asked to approve an agreement with Jasper County and the Joplin Special Road District to replace an intersection and bridge on North Schifferdecker Avenue over Turkey Creek.

According to staff documents, the bridge and intersection have been deemed inadequate for future use once the new interchange at North Main and Zora streets is in operation. The work would be a cooperative project, with Jasper County paying $1.4 million of the design, easement and construction costs. The road district would pay $100,000. Joplin would provide negotiations for easements, legal and bid documents, and guardrails.

A number of right-of-way purchases and temporary easements will be posed for future work to widen 26th Street and Schifferdecker Avenue.

The properties for which rights of ways and easements are sought and the prices to be paid for the Schifferdecker Avenue project are: 2718 S. Washington Ave., $16,250; and 2730, 2420, 2430 and 2618 S. Schifferdecker Ave., $24,000, $600, $500 and $400, respectively.

Those for the 26th Street project are: 2821, 2838, 2829, 2911, 2833 and 1631 W. 26th St., for $1,750, $2,300, $6,700, $1,000, $2,300 and $4,650, respectively; 2602 S. McCoy Ave., $100; 2531 S. Willard Ave., $2,100; 2602 S. Monroe Ave., $125; 2601 S. Cunningham Ave., $800; 2603 S. Monroe Ave., $100; 2528 S. Tyler Ave., $3,600; and the northeast corner of 26th Street and McCoy Avenue, $350.

When, where

The Joplin City  Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 602 S. Main St. The council does not meet on its regular day this week because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, though City Hall will be open today.