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September 22, 2013

20th Street overpass contract scheduled for City Council action

JOPLIN, Mo. — A contract for construction to build the 20th Street train overpass will be presented to the City Council today for approval.

The bid recommended by city staff for the work to span the railroad tracks on 20th Street near Wisconsin Avenue is $5,541,924. The low bidder is APAC of Missouri. Other bidders are Emery Sapp & Sons, $5,895,414; and Krupp Construction, $6,288,841.

Project engineer Dave Hunt said there will be utility relocation work before actual overpass construction can begin but that construction could start this fall.

Also on the agenda are several right-of-way purchases of land for that utility work, as well as for the 20th Street transit project to be done farther east, from Murphy Boulevard to Range Line.

Property purchases for the viaduct are proposed at 1201 E. 20th St., owned by Schroeder Investments, for $77,000; 1931 Michigan Ave. from Charles and Pennie Burt for $95,130, and 1315 E. 20th St., for $69,002; 1415 E. 20th St. from Rebecca and Frederick Schepper for $43,000; and 1419 E. 20th St. from Ronald and Edna Copeland for $30,000.

A contract also will be proposed for repairs to nine railroad crossings. The low bid is $154,255 by Blevins Asphalt. The city received three other bids ranging up to $278,203.

Five of the sites to be repaired are on tracks that cross Langston Hughes-Broadway from north of Valley Street to Central Street. Four are on the tracks that run adjacent to Ninth and 10th streets from Main Street to Florida Avenue.

The council also will hear a proposal to buy three acres to add to McIndoe Park. The property is on Glendale Road where a tent city sprang up after the 2011 tornado.

Parks director Chris Cotten will ask that the council authorize the budget to be amended by $45,000 for the purchase of the property. According to a city document describing the transaction, the land would be used to provide more access to Shoal Creek. Cotten also will talk to the council about a proposal to install an international peace pole in a Joplin park.

The council also will hold the first reading of an ordinance that proposes grants of money from the Convention and Visitors Bureau to help stage local events later this year and next year. They total $121,835.

The events are: DickensFest, $13,540; PhotoSpiva, $14,860; Joplin Memorial Run, $20,000; Rufus Racing Triathlon Weekend, $12,500; Wildcat Glades’ Shoal Creek Water Festival, $10,020; Joplin Disc Golf Club tournament, $9,500; Salvation Army Chicago Staff Band performance, $10,000; and MSSU Homecoming, $9,580.

The City Council will recognize local residents who have served as volunteers on board and commissions. A reception will be held for them after the council meeting.


THE COUNCIL will meet at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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