On Tuesday, the Neosho City Council will consider on first reading authorizing the mayor to sign off on a contract between the city and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission regarding a $210,000 Transportation Enhancement Program grant.
The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
The city learned of the grant approval on Jan. 9.
The Transportation Enhancement Program grant, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation, will fund the majority of a sidewalk replacement project, starting near the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
The 2,750-foot long, five-foot wide sidewalk addition will run from where the last trail update left off, near the fish hatchery, along McKinney Street and continue on to a city green area, where the old Benton School was once located.
Troy Royer, Neosho City Manager, said in a January interview that the total project cost is estimated at $279,500, while the local cost share is expected to be $69,500.
"The project will expand the number of opportunities for pedestrian and bicycle users," said Neosho Development Services Director Dana Daniel in a prepared statement. "By reaching out to neighborhoods that adjoin the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, more opportunities present themselves for all members of the community to participate in healthy choices and educational choices."
Council is also expected to consider on first reading an amendment to the budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012 and running through Sept. 30, 2013, to add a line item for East Spring Street projects, which include sidewalk and roadway repairs.
The $521,000 project is 80 percent funded by a Missouri Department of Transportation Enhancement Grant, with a 20 percent local match. The Missouri Development Finance Board will also help fund the project.
The sidewalk replacement will begin at the intersection of Washington Street and East Spring Street, on the northeast corner of the downtown square, and continue east on Spring Street up until the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks.
A walking trail will also be installed, beginning behind the Lampo Center's parking lot, winding around the sand volleyball court, and running east until the parking lot nearest the helicopter in Morse Park.
The third project will involve pouring an overlay of asphalt over East Spring Street, running from the Washington Street intersection going east to the other side of White Avenue.
Funding for the overlay also comes from a Missouri Department of Transportation grant, though it is a separate grant from that funding the sidewalks and trail work.
The City of Neosho has combined the three into one project, to be completed this summer.
In other business:
• Council is expected to pick up their discussion of pet license fees, as well as review the fees charged by surrounding cities. The council was approached in their Feb. 5 meeting about increasing the city's fees, though some council members voiced their opposition to the proposed increases. The council opted to table the proposal until they could learn more about surrounding cities' fees.
Page 2 of 2 - • Council will consider bids from four companies for the purchase of four rotor bearings. City staff recommends the bid be awarded to IBT, of Joplin, for $6,967.10.
• Council will also consider a bid of $8,097.58 from Fire Master of Springfield, Mo. for repairs to the emergency lighting on the Neosho Fire Department's Engine 8.
• Council is scheduled to consider on first reading amending the budget to allow for two projects at the city swimming pool. The projects include a new filtering system at $22,800 and a new light pole with lights for $3,382. The projects would be paid for with the remaining funds from the 2012 pool house construction projects.
• Council will consider a resolution authorizing the sale of approximately $3,195,000 of special obligation refunding bonds. The move would allow for lower interest rates, which would save the city an estimated $30,000 annually. The 2007B Certificates of Participation were financed at $3,910,000 for bridge and street improvements.
• Council will consider approval of a service agreement with Deffenbaugh Industries.
• Council members are expected to vote on a change order with Stafford Fence.
• Council will consider an amendment to the city's Electric Service Agreement with Empire District Electric for the addition of a streetlight on Fairway Circle.
• Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee; Neosho housing authority (Oakes); and the planning and zoning commission.