Two proclamations were made during the regular meeting of the Neosho City Council on Tuesday evening.

Two proclamations were made during the regular meeting of the Neosho City Council on Tuesday evening.
The first designated next week, Jan. 21-27 as School Choice Week in Neosho. The proclamation, made official with the signature of Neosho Mayor Ben Baker, stated that the city recognizes that all children in Neosho have access to a high quality of education.
"Neosho is home to a multitude of high quality public and non-public schools for parents to choose from and to parents who choose to educate their children at home," read the proclamation in part.
The week corresponds with National School Choice Week, an annual event since 2011 that recognizes all K-12 options including home schooling.
The second proclamation honored Eldon Morgan, Race Director for the annual Neosho Dogwood Run as well as students from the Neosho High School Welding class at the Crowder College Vo-Tech for their role in the donation of four picnic tables for the Webb Pavilion at Morse Park.
Two members of the Parks and Recreation Board, Angie Leach and Garrett Crane, made a presentation to council members about the future of baseball/softball programs in Neosho. Current discussions are ongoing about whether or not Morse Park is the best place for a sports complex. Due to the flooding last year, Morse Park must be repaired which utilizes some of the FEMA money.
Other questions raised included whether or not the program should be allowed to grow from the current level of 800 kids and whether or not there additional opportunities for adult programs and tournaments should be established.
Concerns about vandalism in Morse Park and the fact the park is not considered a secure location were also presented as factors for consideration of the location for a sports complex.
A bill to increase the salary of city staff member, the sole mechanic currently on active duty with the street department from $27,775 annually to $35,000 per year was approved by the council. A bill declaring city council candidates for the April 3, 2018 general election also passed. Four candidates have filed and met all criteria to be candidates for two three-year seats on the city council. These are Carmin L Allen, Robb Birch, Richard Latham, and Tom Workman.
Council members also approved the renewal of a contract with the Joplin Humane Society to receive animals picked up in Neosho. They also approved the Neosho Fire Department to seek a MIRMA grant to purchase 30 new personal alert safety systems (PASS) devices. The grant will pick up 75% of the cost of the devices.
The Neosho City Council will meet in regular session on February 6, 2-18 in council chambers located within City Hall on the southeast corner of the Neosho Square.