Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider application for a Missouri Department of Transportation Enhancement Program grant, to fund the city’s continued development of the Morse Park Trail System. Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider application for a Missouri Department of Transportation Enhancement Program grant, to fund the city’s continued development of the Morse Park Trail System.
Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider application for a Missouri Department of Transportation Enhancement Program grant, to fund the city’s continued development of the Morse Park Trail System.
The council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
If Neosho receives the grant, that funding could potentially help support the engineering, design and construction of a new trail in Morse Park, starting from the existing trail located south of N. Wood Street and running south along La-Z-Boy Drive until connecting with the Lampo Building parking lot.
Contingent on the costs associated with the project, the trail could also form a T, and connect with the existing skateboard area in Morse Park, as well as continue east until reconnecting with the existing trail.
The city would be responsible for 20 percent of the project costs.
The Transportation Enhancement Program requires each state to reserve 10 percent of its Federal Surface Transportation Program funds annually for transportation projects other than roads, such as sidewalks or bike lanes.
Council members are also expected to consider a preliminary application for a Region M grant to provide funding for the Neosho Recycling Center.
The grant could fund labor, building repairs, dock plates, forklift clamp attachment for discharging containers, glass shredder fabrication, or electrical connections for the existing building south of the Neosho Recycling Center.
The Region M solid waste management district covers Newton, McDonald, Vernon, Barton and Jasper counties.
The city’s preliminary application is due by Monday, Oct. 8. In other business, the council is scheduled to:
• Consider on first reading amending the budget for the 2013 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, to include an increase of $12,482 to the Lampo Building’s facility maintenance budget. The increase is to cover the installation of the exhaust, hood, and fire suppression system.
• Consider the use of the hotel/motel fund to provide a one-time local grant, in the amount of $10,000, to support the Neosho Holiday Classic High School Basketball Tournament.
• Consider the establishment of a memorandum of understanding with Freeman Health System, stating that the City of Neosho will provide the Civic as an alternate care site, should the need arise.
• Consider, on final reading, awarding bids for a new mower for the Neosho Municipal Golf Course, hood and fire suppression system for the Parks Department, rock, chemicals, asphalt for streets, bulk fuel, concrete, rock salt, water meters, and water line repairs for Public Works, and for IT services for the city.
• Consider approval of an amendment to the Electric Service agreement, authorizing the replacement of a streetlight along Hickory Street, between Jefferson Street and Washington Street. The bulb size would be changed from 11,000L MV to 16,000L HPS and decrease the city’s monthly payment by $2.27.
• Consider a $4,000 agreement with Civic Plus to upgrade the City of Neosho’s website. The upgrade is expected to take 20 weeks to complete.
• Announce two vacancies that exist on the board of adjustments-zoning; six vacancies on the board of appeals, one vacancy on the city county library board, one vacancy on the economic development sales tax committee; two vacancies on the parks recreation and golf course board, one vacancy on the planning and zoning commission; and one vacancy on the senior citizen committee. If interested in serving on any of these advisory boards, contact city clerk Nora Houdyshell at 451-8050.