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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Council to consider grant application

  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider approval of two Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Grant applications.
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  • Tonight, the Neosho City Council will consider approval of two Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Grant applications.
    The council meets at 7 p.m. this evening at the Neosho City Hall Council Chambers, 203 E. Main St.
    The annual grants require no matching funds from the city and would be used to assist the Neosho Police Department with DWI enforcement, by funding the purchase of radar units and portable breath testing units, according to information in the council packet.
    The Neosho Police Department has been successful in years past in obtaining the grant, and have used the federal funding, which is passed down through the state, to help fund enforcement in high accident locations and enforce alcohol related violations.
    Neosho was awarded the grant, worth $5,000, in August 2012 to fund officer overtime pay for traffic alcohol enforcement within the city.
    The council is also scheduled to consider, on final reading, authorizing Mayor Richard Davidson to sign off on a contract between the City of Neosho and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, which would allow the city to proceed on a $210,000 transportation enhancement grant.
    The grant, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation, would fund the construction of a 2,750-foot long, five-foot wide sidewalk addition, starting near the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and running along McKinney Street, and onto Park Street, to the old Benton School site, which now serves as a city green area.
    The local coast share is expected to be $69,500.
    Council is also expected to vote on final reading on an amendment to the budget to add a line item for East Spring Street projects, estimated to come in at $521,000.
    The sidewalk and roadway repairs are funded by two separate Missouri Department of Transportation enhancement grants, with a 20 percent local match.
    The project includes a sidewalk replacement from the intersection of Washington Street and East Spring Street continuing east on Spring Street up until the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks.
    The project also includes a walking trail, running behind the Lampo Center's parking lot, winding around the sand volleyball court, and going east until the parking lot nearest the helicopter in Morse Park.
    East Spring Street would also see some road repairs, with a new overlay of asphalt to run from the Washington Street intersection east until the other side of White Avenue.
    In other business:
    • Council will vote on declaring seven Neosho Police Department radios surplus, due to the age of the radios. The units have been replaced by a recent grant and are no longer of use to Neosho police.
    • Council is expected to vote on allowing the mayor to sign off on an amendment to the city's contract with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for State Block Grant funds to update the property map at the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport. The amendment would extend the time period of the project to Dec. 31, 2013.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Council is scheduled to consider on final reading amending the budget to allow for two projects at the city swimming pool. The projects would be paid for with the remaining funds from the 2012 pool house construction projects. Council will also consider two agreements for that project, one with Blue Water Construction for replacement of filters at the city pool for $22,800 and a second with Tim Long, for replacement of a light pole and light at the city pool, at a cost of $3,382.
    • Council will also vote on renewing a contract with the Department of the Air Force for the historical property, a T-37B aircraft, that is on loan to the city. The city's goal is to display the aircraft at the Neosho airport upon completion of painting and assembling the aircraft.
    • Council will announce vacancies that exist on the airport industrial development board; board of adjustments/zoning; economic development sales tax committee; parks, recreation and golf course board, and the planning and zoning commission.

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