The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

June 29, 2012

Pittsburg closer to establishing storm shelter

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg is another step closer to getting a storm shelter.

The City Commission this week approved a $6,500 contract with Professional Engineering Consultants to provide engineering services for a shelter to be incorporated at the former National Guard Armory at 1506 N. Walnut St.

For more than a year, the commission has grappled with whether to build a community shelter after officials learned of grant money available from the Kansas Department of Emergency Management’s “hazard mitigation grant program.”

Director of utilities John Bailey and fire Chief Scott Crain returned to the drawing board several times. The commission decided against building a shelter on the recommended city-owned lot at 18th and Locust streets, citing concerns with the logistics of opening the safe room during a storm, traffic chaos and the liability of putting residents in a storm’s path as they travel to the shelter.

They did approve, however, pursuing funding to retrofit the armory as a second command center in the event the city’s only center at 201 N. Pine were to be wiped out. The center also would be used as a storm shelter for city employees responding in the wake of a severe storm.

Bailey told commissioners that an existing hallway in the armory could be hardened with concrete walls poured into foam molds, and a concrete lid could be put on it to seal it. It also has fiber optics and is secure from a telecommunications perspective.

The cost would be about $96,000, including the design work, with the city paying approximately $24,000. Commissioner Marty Beezley said that share would be available through the city’s utility reserves, so it wouldn’t require a bond issue.

Bailey said that although the shelter wouldn’t be a designated community safe room, “If someone was in the vicinity, no one would be refused.”

Potential shelter

The armory building is owned by the city and used by Public Utilities as an annex.

Text Only
Local News
  • Carthage Council reorganizes

    The Carthage City Council has one new member after Paul McCoy was sworn in as Ward 2 councilman on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Nevada City Attorney chosen to advise Neosho Ethics Board

    The Neosho City Council on Monday appointed Bill McCaffree, Nevada city attorney, as special counsel to the Neosho Ethics Board. McCaffree will provide the ethics board with legal advice as it investigates an ethics complaint against council members Steve Hart and David Ruth. The vote to hire McCaffree was 3-2, with Hart and Ruth voting against the motion.

    April 22, 2014

  • Jasper County Commission approves contract for storage building expansion

    The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday approved a contract to expand an equipment storage building at the county’s Highway Department Complex on North River Street. The commissioners accepted a bid from Matt Denney Construction Co., Carthage, to build the 3,000-square-foot addition at a cost of $62,375.

    April 22, 2014

  • Carthage School Board advances funding for building projects

    Financing for a series of building projects planned in the Carthage School District was advanced Monday by members of the Carthage School Board. The board approved a resolution authorizing the sale of $18 million in bonds to finance a series of building improvements and approved lease-purchase financing for the early childhood center currently under construction.

    April 22, 2014

  • Nixon: Tax-cut bill holds fatal flaw; area lawmakers say stance totally false

    Another year has brought yet another tax-cut fight between Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly, and on Tuesday, Nixon announced that he had found what he sees as a fatal flaw.

    April 22, 2014

  • NEO_Big_Event - Bright.jpg NEO students step up for Big Event

    Leann Hartman has a 30-foot ditch filled with leaves that she has to clean out every spring. For the retired schoolteacher, this usually means paying a company to clean it for her, only to have to do it again the following year.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Golf tournament supports SIDS research, awareness

    There are probably a lot of reasons the Marshall Dean Keller Memorial Golf Tournament continues to grow year after year, but one of the biggest just might be the cause it supports.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • r042214earthday.jpg Local group launches clean air plan on Earth Day

    It was an Earth Day first for Stephany Aquinaga, a pre-med student and member of the biology club at Missouri Southern State University. “This is the first time I have ever planted a tree,” she said.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Neosho teachers express support for Common Core State Standards

    Neosho teachers on Monday voiced their full support for Common Core State Standards. They made their statements to board members during the Neosho Board of Education meeting as an agenda item.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gov. Nixon raises new concern about income tax cut

    Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon raised new concerns Tuesday that a tax cut the Legislature approved could have “cataclysmic” consequences for state revenues — an assertion a Republican legislative leader dismissed as “absurd.”

    April 22, 2014

Must Read


Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that a tax cut approved by the Legislature could have a “cataclysmic” effect on state revenues to the tune of $4.8 billion. House Majority Leader John Diehl calls that “absurd.” Who do you believe?

A. Nixon
B. Diehl
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter