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April 6, 2014

Tornado recovery efforts dominate council agenda

JOPLIN, Mo. — Measures related to tornado recovery will dominate the agenda of the Joplin City Council when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

A series of ordinances are proposed regarding repairs to streets, sidewalks, curbs, storm sewers and sanitary sewers in areas damaged by the 2011 tornado.

The council will consider a consultant agreement with TranSystems Corp., in the amount of $292,000, for street, sidewalk and curb assessment and geographic information system mapping for repairs in the tornado zone. It also will consider a consultant agreement with HDR Engineering, at $654,830, for sanitary sewer damage assessment and repair in the tornado zone.

Also proposed are ordinances authorizing a consultant agreement with Bartlett & West Inc., in the amount of $608,260, for storm sewer damage assessment and GIS mapping in the tornado zone, and ordinances authorizing design services for storm sewer and drainage system repairs in various parts of the city. Anderson Engineering Inc. would be paid $162,850 for three projects, and Allgeier, Martin & Associates Inc. would receive $160,000 for two other projects.

Up to 30 property owners would get help with repairs to tornado-damaged homes under three other ordinances scheduled for council action.

The measures would award grants of $250,000 each to Catholic Charities and Rebuild Joplin, and $275,000 to the Economic Security Corp. to administer a Joplin Homeowner Rehabilitation Program providing funding for homeowners to rehabilitate disaster-damaged, single-family homes in the tornado zone. The grants would fund the administration of the programs by each of the agencies to provide help in rehabilitating up to 10 homes. Funding for the repair projects comes from Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds.

A resolution is proposed to amend the action plan for the $45 million CDBG Disaster Recovery project, shifting $500,000 from land acquisition efforts to provide financial assistance for low-income renters affected by the tornado. The amendment would allocate $290,000 to the Joplin Housing Authority’s rental assistance program, and $210,000 to make repairs to Joplin Housing Authority parking lots and yards not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or insurance.

The council also will consider two measures seeking reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for city costs to repair and replace traffic signs and signals in the tornado zone. City costs for the work total $1,193,318; federal reimbursement would total $954,654.

Public hearings

THE JOPLIN CITY COUNCIL will preside at public hearings Monday night on proposals to vacate a stormwater easement at 1202 Bramar Drive and to vacate a railroad spur at 3502 Enterprise Ave.

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