On Tuesday, the Neosho City Council will consider two agreements that, if approved, would allow restoration work to move forward on the staircase in Big Spring Park.
The council meets at 7 p.m. in city hall council chambers, 203 E. Main Street.
Council members voted in April to approve bids from Allgeier, Martin and Associates for engineering services, and Construction Services Group, for construction work to re-do the aged staircase.
The concrete staircase, which connects west Spring Street with High Street, was first poured in 1923, though, according to the Newton County Historical Society, the staircase dates back to at least the 1880s, when it was first constructed as a wooden flight of steps.
However, the stairs are now blocked off, as cracked concrete and a broken rail have made the historic steps a safety hazard.
Council approved a bid of $42,815 from Construction Services Group to re-do the concrete and add a new railing, and approved a bid not to exceed $3,050 from Allgeier, Martin and Associates to handle the engineering aspect of the project.
Council members are also set to consider approval of a notice to proceed for the Hugh Robinson Memorial Airport Lighting project.
If approved, the notice to proceed would allow Strukel Electric of Girard, Kan. to begin work replacing runway lighting at the Neosho airport as early as July 8.
The work is a long time coming, with runway lighting having been out since being struck by lightning on May 22, 2011.
Because of the outage, the airport has operated for more than two years from daylight to dusk, and has been unable to allow any nighttime landings on the dark runways.
Last November, council awarded a bid to Strukel Electric Inc, to perform the work, which includes replacing the medium intensity runway lighting system for runway 1-19, medium intensity taxiway lighting system for the mid-connecting taxiway, runway end identifier lights system, precision approach path indicator system, runway holding position signs and primary and supplementary wind-cones, as well as repainting the existing rotating beacon tower.
The project is being funded 90 percent by a Missouri Department of Transportation grant, with a 10 percent match from the city.
Cost of the project is not to exceed $316,635.
In other business:
• Council will consider, on final reading, authorizing the mayor to execute two revised agreements between the city and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission allowing for Surface Transportation Program funds to help fund the East Spring Street improvements. The additional funds bring the city's overall cost down by $200,000. The project consists of a sidewalk replacement, curb and guttering, a new trail and overlay for a portion of East Spring Street. The overall estimated project cost comes to nearly $700,000, with federal funding paying for $550,531.
• Council is set to consider several bids, including: a bid from Long Electric to provide electrical services for the water treatment plant and wastewater treatment plant at a rate of $44.50 during business hours, $70 after hours and $90 during holiday hours; a bid from Service Solutions to provide HVAC and plumbing services for city facilities, at a rate of $59.75 during business hours, $87.50 after hours and $99 during holiday hours; and a bid from Bill's Electric Inc. to provide electrical services for city facilities, excluding the water treatment plant and the wastewater treatment plant, at a rate of $42 during business hours, $63 after hours and $84 during holiday hours.
Page 2 of 2 - • The council will also consider adding two additional filtering units at the Neosho swimming pool as well as increasing the size of water lines between the pump and filter units, with work to be performed by city staff.
• Council will also vote, on first reading, on a proposal to amend Chapter 405 of the city's ordinances, which would change the height limitations on signage from 45-feet to 90-feet if within a distance of a half-mile from an interstate highway. The move, according to the council packet, is recommended to encourage economic development and growth along Highway 86 and Highway 60.
• Council will consider a budget amendment to reflect the actual cost of the airport mapping project. The project cost was estimated about $3,000 short of the actual cost of $17,000. The project is being funded $13,385 by federal funds, $2,619 by state funds and $996 from city funding.
• Council will consider, on first reading, two requests to re-zone two properties on East South Street, at 607 and 609 East South, from District R-1 First Dwelling to R-2, second dwelling, to allow property owners to build duplexes.
• Council will consider budget amendments to the Neosho Municipal Golf Course budget. The amendments are due to the change in management since the time the budget was adopted. Operations at the course, previously run by a contractor, were taken over by the city March 1.
• Council will vote on renewal of a maintenance agreement for the Neosho Police Department's Live Scan equipment. The annual maintenance fee is $3,505.66 and is split between the Neosho Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
• Council will consider a budget amendment for the wastewater equipment budget, to cover the $27,000 needed for repairs at the Shoal Creek Plant, as well as an additional $20,000 to cover unexpected repairs through the end of the budget year.