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February 5, 2014

Neosho council approves picnic area at airport to memorialize wing walker

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho City Council on Tuesday night approved a request by an individual to build a picnic area at Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport in memory of Amanda Franklin, of Neosho, according to Mayor Richard Davidson.

Franklin, a wing walker with Franklin’s Flying Circus and Airshow with her husband, Kyle, died of injuries she suffered in a crash in March 2011 in Texas. She was 25. Kyle Franklin was seriously injured.

A private donor will pay for the work at the picnic area. The city’s airport board also had approved the project.

The council approved a bid from MFA Oil for bulk oil totaling $7,342.50 and a bid from Hotsy Equipment Co. for a pressure washer costing $7,495.

Fire Chief Mike Eads presented his 2013 annual report. The Fire Department responded to 1,864 calls in 2013, down by 237 from the total for 2012. There was one resident death in 2013 and one resident injury at fire calls. There were 75 structure and vehicle fires with an estimated loss of just over $1 million.

Fire Department personnel participated in 2,072 hours of training in 2013. The city also bought a new pumper truck.

Surplus items

THE NEOSHO COUNCIL on Tuesday declared items as surplus for possible future sale or disposal. Items in surplus from the Police Department include computers and printers, bicycles, a gift card for Skybox Grill and Lounge in Springfield, and headphones.

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