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August 14, 2012

Webb City council advances East Road and roundabout construction project

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The City Council advanced the East Road and roundabout construction project Monday night with the approval of an agreement to move a railroad crossing.

The agreement with Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad to move the crossing on East Road has been in the works for some time, said City Administrator Carl Francis.

“It is definitely a benefit to the city of Webb City to move the crossing,” he said. “East Road will become a thoroughfare north and south.”

In January, city officials had anticipated seeking bids on the roundabout in March and beginning construction in October, but the project came up against several delays.

“We are pressing and pushing, trying to get everything done this fall,” Francis said. “We hope to receive final revisions from MoD0T (Missouri Department of Transportation) in the next week or two, then go to bid in September.”

The city has $1.85 million set aside for the roundabout, the amount remaining out of a $7.7 million bond issue approved by voters in April 2008 for road construction and repairs.

Additional funding for the project is to come from a transportation development district, approved by the council in 2010, that would involve an additional sales tax of up to 1 percent at retail businesses locating there.

City leaders also have said they hope the entire project will give Webb City a development area that will be a draw for the retail and industry sectors and create jobs. The city will have invested more than $3 million in capital funds before it’s all said and done.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Agreed to offer Metro Emergency Transport System, based in Joplin, a lease-purchase agreement of $200,000 — with the city carrying the financing with no interest for a total of $1,666 per month for 10 years — for the former public works building at 110 E. Church St. Director Jason Smith had requested the opportunity to move from the fire station to the vacant property in order to better serve the community and add an ambulance. The agreement is contingent upon acceptance by the METS board of directors.

• Reduced the time residents have to deal with nuisances to five days from the current 30 days after the receipt of a letter from the city. It has become a “big issue,” Francis said. The city mows from 25 to 30 properties on a regular basis using city mowing equipment; the cost is attached to property owners’ tax bills.

• Approved the purchase of three replacement police vehicles from Carthage Ford at a cost of $72,000.

• Rezoned several properties on North Madison Street near the new public works building from residential to commercial. The area has been commercial for many years, so the rezoning formally reflects that use.

• Approved resurfacing of the tennis courts in King Jack Park.

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