A public hearing will be held Monday by the City Council on requests to voluntarily annex nearly 3.5 miles of right of way in southwest Joplin.
One of the annexations would be for the planned widening of 32nd Street. That involves 1.4 miles of 32nd Street between Central City Road and Golf Link Road. The widening of 32nd Street is eventually to run from Schifferdecker Avenue to Central City Road.
The second request is for about a mile of Crow Road between Schifferdecker Avenue and McClelland Boulevard and nearly a mile of Coyote Drive between McClelland Boulevard and Schifferdecker Avenue. This would give a property owner in that area a link to the city in order to make a future request for the annexation of some property in that area, according to city documents. The documents do not name the property owner but state that the purpose is to extend city utilities to that area.
There also will be a public hearing on a request by O'Reilly Automotive to rezone property at 715 S. Harlem Ave. from residential to commercial for expansion of the company's auto parts store on the adjoining property that fronts Seventh Street.
After the public hearings, the council will vote on whether to advance to the zoning requests to second and third readings.
In other business, the council will be asked to consider an update to the city's building code.
The city’s chief building official, Bryan Wicklund, told the City Council at an informal meeting Feb. 19 that the city should update to the 2018 version of the code. The last update was in 2015, he said.
The building code sets minimum standards for building with today’s materials, he said, not the maximum or ideal standards. Property owners are free to build to stricter standards with features for such things as energy efficiency that are not required by the code, he said.
The 2018 version has few changes for residential building and involves only minor changes from the previous code, Wicklund said. However, the council will be asked to approve adoption of a new city code for swimming pools and spas, though Wicklund said earlier pool contractors in this area are already building to those standards.
Some of the changes deal with the installation of electrical protections in kitchens and laundry areas, the installation wall outlets for cars in garages, and the requirement for the type of materials used in floors over crawlspaces and basements.
A new energy code that Wicklund said would be costly to homebuilders would be exempted if the council agrees.