The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 3, 2013

Neosho City Council gets first look at five-year street plan

By Roger McKinney
news@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — Neosho Public Works Director Mike Hightower on Tuesday night introduced a five-year plan for street repairs to the City Council.

“The goal is to preserve the streets we’ve got, plus fix some of the bad ones,” Hightower said.

The repairs and maintenance would be a combination of asphalt overlay and sealing, depending on the condition of the street.

The plan calls for spending $182,829 this year. Streets included in the plan are High, Hilldale, Southard, Young, Smith, North Lincoln, Wall and Harmony.

“I think we can handle close to $400,000 a year in our budget,” Hightower said.

Projected costs under the plan are $609,214 in 2014; $415,733 in 2015; $310,146 in 2016; and $411,429 in 2017.

Steve Hart, who as mayor pro tem presided over the meeting in Mayor Richard Davidson’s absence, said residents have asked for street repairs.

“I think it’s great that we can say we’re going to start spending $400,000 a year fixing streets,” Hart said.

Councilman David Ruth asked if the city’s sales tax for streets was at its maximum level. He said if that is not the case, an increase might be worthwhile. He said it might be a topic to address during upcoming budget discussions.

“This is something people can put their hands on and say, ‘My street’s going to get paved in a couple of years,’” Hart said, holding Hightower’s plan.

“Can you hang some signs that say ‘progress as promised’?” said Councilman Charles Collinsworth.

On another matter, resident Tom Lauderdale complained about an aggressive dog that sometimes runs loose in his neighborhood.



Repair bid

THE NEOSHO CITY COUNCIL on Tuesday night approved a bid of $193,230 for doing wastewater line repairs in 12 locations around town. Mike Hightower, public works director, said the work would be completed sometime in September or October. “This allows us to put new sewer lines in without digging anything up,” he said.