The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 15, 2013

Work on 50 streets totaling more than $2.6 million up for review

By Debby Woodin
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than $2.6 million in street improvements and services related to the 20th Street viaduct project is set for action by the Joplin City Council when it meets today.

Scheduled for council review is an ordinance that would authorize a contract totaling $2,620,125 with Blevins Asphalt Construction to resurface portions of about 50 streets, including 20th Street from Main Street to Range Line and a number of other streets in the tornado zone.

Also proposed is an ordinance that would authorize a new job classification for a Community Development Block Grant project manager, in the city’s department of planning and development. Council approval will allow the hiring of a new worker to manage, supervise and administer CDBG block grant programs planned as part of disaster recovery in the wake of the 2011 tornado.

The council will consider an ordinance that would authorize a consulting agreement with Olssen & Associates to evaluate preliminary and final designs for the viaduct planned for 20th Street between New Hampshire and Indiana avenues. The four-lane bridge is to span the railroad tracks near Wisconsin Avenue and Kansas City Southern Railway has requested the firm to review the city plans, at a cost of $36,300.

Three ordinances are proposed seeking council authority for the purchase of equipment for the city’s wastewater treatment division, at a combined cost of about $165,000.

Scheduled for first reading is an ordinance to award Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau grants for special events, festivals and celebrations. Funding, which comes from the city’s lodging tax, is to be allocated to the Emancipation Celebration, $4,200; Spiva Center for the Arts Tools in Motion, $3,270; Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference, $3,525; Joplin Disc Golf Club Four State Open, $2,500; and Rufus Racing Summer Round-up Triathlon, $625.

Honoring riders

Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean and the Joplin City Council will honor by proclamation the accomplishment of the riders of the 2013 JOMONOLA Bike Ride during today’s 6 p.m. council meeting. The meeting will be held in the council chamber at 602 S. Main St. The city will recognize the efforts of the riders and support team who completed the 800-mile journey that raised $150,000 to build three homes, one for a Joplin tornado survivor and one each in New Orleans and the New York/New Jersey area.