The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 15, 2012

Joplin City Council to consider budget

By Susan Redden
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin City Council will consider measures related to the adoption of a $164 million city budget when it meets tonight. The city’s fiscal year begins Nov. 1.

Proposals for tornado recovery programs and a plan under which the city would handle billing for wastewater and trash services also are on the agenda for the meeting, which is set for 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

Major projects in the budget include street work, some of which was delayed last year, and construction of two new fire stations to replace those destroyed in the 2011 tornado. The budget includes spending of about $77 million on capital projects. It contains funding for some ongoing work, such as $23 million in renovations and upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plants and the sewer system.

In addition to budget ordinances, the council will consider measures to implement a new pay plan for city workers, and adoption of employees’ health and vision insurance coverage for the coming fiscal year.

Council members also will act on a proposal to submit an application to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for disaster assistance. Another item calls for filing a funding agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for use of the city’s $45.3 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for disaster recovery.

Also stemming from the tornado, the council will review an agreement between the city and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for funds to support testing and cleanup of soils contaminated by heavy metals. The council is to award a contract to Crossland Construction Co. to clean up heavy metals in the soil at Garvin and Parr Hill parks.

Several ordinances are proposed to allow the city to begin handling billing for trash and sewer services. Missouri American Water Co. has notified Joplin that it will end a program in which it has billed residents for sewer and trash services as part of their water bills.

Annexations

Measures authorizing the voluntary annexation of properties near 32nd Street and John Duffy Drive and at 32nd Street and Central City Road are on the agenda for the Joplin City Council meeting tonight.