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March 16, 2014

Joplin council to consider state funds for repair work

JOPLIN, Mo. — Funding for Joplin approved by the state of Missouri in the wake of the May 2011 tornado will be allocated to city street and sewer projects under an ordinance to be considered by the Joplin City Council when it meets Monday night.

Other measures involving post-tornado building are scheduled for the session, to begin at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

The panel will consider an ordinance outlining plans to spend $14 million from the state to repair and replace sanitary sewers, storm sewers, streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the tornado zone. The funds, authorized by the Missouri Legislature and allocated through the Missouri Department of Economic Development, are to be used for infrastructure repairs not covered by federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Also scheduled for council action are ordinances to authorize a $294,959 contract with Olsson and Associates for management of a project to widen Maiden Lane between Ninth and 32nd streets, and a $24,000 contract with the firm to provide reporting services on a federal grant to fund street repairs.

The council will hear two ordinances aimed at speeding action on senior housing projects to be developed by two corporations formed by David Wallace, of Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, the city’s master developer, and O’Reilly Development Co. of Springfield.

The council will act on site development agreements involving the city, the Joplin Redevelopment Corp. and two companies developing senior housing in the tornado zone. The council last September approved an agreement for development of senior housing near 26th Street and McClelland Boulevard and near 26th Street and McCoy Avenue. Since that time, according to a staff report, a decision has been made to develop the projects separately. The split is designed to allow the developer to move more quickly to buy the property from the JRC and to start construction on the project planned for the 26th Street and McCoy Avenue site.

The council is to hear a presentation from Phil Stinnett, chairman of the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund Committee, concerning grant funding by the committee.

Requests to speak also have been filed by representatives of Deffenbaugh Industries, on the April 8 curbside recycling vote; Allen Hall, 2401 E. 32nd St., on the city trash and sewer service; and Charles McGrew, 2912 S. Minnesota Ave., who wants to discuss the bill submitted by Thomas Loraine, the attorney who conducted the council ethics investigation that resulted in the firing of City Manager Mark Rohr.

Informal session

IN AN INFORMAL SESSION at 5:15 p.m., the City Council will discuss board and commission appointments, and topics involving the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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