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February 2, 2014

Rezoning requested for 20th Street site

Joplin City Council plans public hearings at Monday night’s meeting

JOPLIN, Mo. — Public hearings on zoning requests, including a proposal to convert a residential site along 20th Street to commercial use, will be conducted Monday night by the Joplin City Council.

Comments regarding a request to rezone property at 2318 E. 20th St. will be heard. The location is a site proposed for a 2,500-square-foot insurance office. Contractor Charles Kuehn has proposed a change in zoning from residential to a planned neighborhood commercial district. The site is east of Maryland Avenue, in a residential area that includes mostly duplexes.

Several rezoning questions along 20th Street in the tornado zone have met with controversy as the city tries to redevelop what had previously been residential areas into commercial areas.

There also is a request for renewal of a special-use permit by USA Metal Recycling, 2000 W. Seventh St.

Residents and other businesses in the area had previously complained about excessive dust, long hours and loud noises at the plant. The owners have paved much of the property to cut down on dust, erected a fence and operated on a schedule that the council had set in granting the previous special-use permit for the metal recycling office.

The Planning and Zoning Commission, which heard the requests last month, has passed on recommendations that the council approve both requests.

In other business, the council will:

• Consider an agreement for engineering and surveyor services for a new public safety training center to be built south of the Joplin Regional Airport. A contract with Tri-State Engineering will be recommended at a cost of $119,100.

• Consider a contract for a new housing study. The city has used past studies to help determine how much funding should be appropriated to city housing projects, and also how much housing is needed in the city for growth and to replace what was destroyed by the 2011 tornado. A contract for the study is proposed with Bowen National Research at a cost of $14,900.

• Consider authorizing updates of several job classifications and pay ranges for city positions.

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THE JOPLIN CITY COUNCIL is to meet for its formal session at 6 p.m. today on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 S. Main St.

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