The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 10, 2013

Carthage council authorizes agreement for traffic signal

By Susan Redden

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A new traffic signal installation is in the future for Route HH and Hazel Avenue in south Carthage, after an agreement for the project was authorized Tuesday by the Carthage City Council.

The council gave  final approval for an agreement with the Missouri Transportation Department for funding toward the project, which will include installation of traffic signals at the crossing and the widening of Route HH as it approaches Highway 171. Eighty percent of project costs — up to $234,420 — will come from federal funds via the state.

 The panel approved the establishment of a judicial education fund. Money for the fund will come from a $1 per court case fee set by the council recently, that is expected to generate about $2,500 annually and be used to train workers in the court system.

In other action during the regular session, the council:

• Accepted the Glen Cove Subdivision and approved the appointment of Bill Hawkins to the police and fire pension committee.

• Advanced an ordinance amending city personnel policy on the handling of petty cash, and one that

establishes a procedure for the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest for some elected officials.

• Accepted a $2,000 donation from the Carthage Rotary Club that will go toward a planting project in Central Park.