The Neosho City Council voted on final reading Tuesday to authorize Mayor Richard Davidson to sign off on a contract between the city and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, allowing the city to move forward on a $210,000 grant.
The transportation enhancement grant, provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation, is funding the construction of a 2,750-foot long, five-foot wide sidewalk addition.
The path will connect to the trail nearest the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and run along McKinney Street and onto Park Street to the old Benton School site, which serves as a city green space.
Neosho City Manager Troy Royer said the agreement will now go back to MoDOT, and then the city will begin with the engineering phase.
“We’ll have Allgeier Martin start putting the plans together on the engineering specs for the project,” Royer said. “Those plans will have to be approved by MoDOT. Then we’ll go out to bid.”
While the city will begin to move forward with engineering work on the project, Royer said Neosho residents should not expect to see construction begin until 2014.
“We’re not obligating this budget year funds for construction, that will be in our next budget year,” Royer said. “We’re not going to take on too much, more than we can, in one budget year. As we get approved for some of these [grants], we don’t want people to think that all of this is going to happen right now. It’s going to take time to get through that process which allows us to go into other budget years to fund certain aspects of it.”
Royer said the bulk of the costs associated with the new trail will be in the next budget year.
The local cost share is expected to be $69,500.
While the sidewalk project is more than a year away, Royer said once completed, the new path will be a nice addition to the city’s trail system.
“I think it’ll be great because it fits in with the master trail plan the city had,” Royer said. “It’s also fitting that it’s connecting one city green space with another city green space.”
Royer said the city hopes to expand the old Benton School site, where the new trail will end up, with new park equipment.
Council also voted on final reading to approve an amendment to the budget to add a line item for the East Spring Street projects, totaling $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 railroad tracks, as well as a walking trail running behind the Lampo Center and eventually connecting with the helicopter in Morse Park.
The street will also receive some repairs, with a new overlay of asphalt to run from the Washington Street intersection going east until the other side of White Avenue.
Royer said the engineering specifications have been completed, and engineers are currently working on finalization of some aspects of engineering.
The next step will then be to go out to bid for the projects.
He said work is expected to start this summer.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to declare 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.
• Voted to allow 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 extends the time period of the project to Dec. 31, 2013.
• Voted on final reading to amend the budget to allow for two projects at the city swimming pool. The projects are paid for with the remaining funds from the 2012 pool house construction projects. Council also approved 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.
• Accepted two resignations from the parks, recreation and golf course board, those of Gary Elam and Pat Meredith, as the two golf course employees are now city employees and because of that are unable to serve on a city committee.
• Announced 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.