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April 2, 2014

Joplin City Council candidates express views on city projects

JOPLIN, Mo. — Three general seats and two zone posts on the City Council will be filled in voting Tuesday in Joplin.

The candidates include incumbents Mike Woolston, Trisha Raney, Mike Seibert, Jack Golden and Gary Shaw.

Woolston, Raney and Golden hold general seats; Seibert holds the 4th Zone seat; and Shaw holds the 1st Zone post. Woolston and Raney are seeking re-election to their general seats. Golden is giving up his general seat and instead challenging Seibert for the 4th Zone post. Shaw is unopposed and virtually assured of re-election to his 1st Zone seat.

General seat challengers are Jim West, Ryan Stanley, Miranda Lewis and Harvey Hutchinson.

The candidates were asked to answer a number of Globe questions about their views about city projects.

What current projects and initiatives of the city do you support?

4TH ZONE

Golden: “The use of $20 million in grant funds from the federal Economic Development Administration for the construction of a new Joplin Public Library along the 20th Street corridor; $8.5 million from the Environmental Protection Agency for lead remediation; $158 million in Community Development Block Grant funds for projects to benefit low- and moderate-income residents, address slum and blight and natural disaster; use of CDBG funds for proposed low-income senior transitional housing project; city TIF funds and stormwater sales tax funds to provide drainage for the senior transitional housing project; the theater project which was originally proposed to be on top of the library will be the sole responsibly of Wallace Bajjali Development Partners; and renewal of the three-eighths-cent sales tax for capital improvement projects.”

Seibert: “Some of the initiatives I support: J-HAP new housing equity program. Citywide recycling. Renewal of three-eighths-cent capital improvement tax. Some of the projects I support: Senior transitional living project at 26th and Maiden Lane. Library/theater project at 20th and Connecticut. Consolidated government office facility project. SPARK performance and visual arts center project. Joplin Commons-indoor recreational center and senior center.”

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