Attendance at Monday night’s Comprehensive Plan meeting for the City of Neosho was up more than two-fold from the first meeting held earlier this summer.


Attendance at Monday night’s Comprehensive Plan meeting for the City of Neosho was up more than two-fold from the first meeting held earlier this summer.

By all accounts, more than 100 people were in attendance, and while the usual elected officials and city leaders were present, several members of the community without local business or personal interest were also there to bring their input and ideas to the table.

Monday night’s meeting focused on how we could improve education, recreation and community services in Neosho. Some of the ideas given were ones that have been discussed prior to this meeting, such as the need for a new facility to house students in either 7th or 8th grade, or 5th or 6th grade, and continued improvements at Neosho High School. There were several ideas and proposals on how to improve the recreational offerings in the city, including making the Neosho Rec Plex more safe, putting a higher focus on improving the quality of the city’s sports programs, and possibly looking into the construction of a baseball/softball complex near Highway 71 to attract tournaments, which in turn would attract visitors and revenue to Neosho.

But the one item that drew interest from nearly all in attendance came during the community services portion of the two-hour meeting — curbside recycling. While the majority of those in attendance agreed the city-wide trash service has been a successful venture, they would like to see curbside recycling offered.

This makes sense for two reasons, the first being that the current recycling center does not have hours that are suitable for the majority of the public and is located in an area that is not convenient. The other reason is that, well, recycling is good for the environment and would significantly reduce waste in households that took advantage of the curbside recycling program.

Neosho should be a leader in “being green,” not a follower. It’s time once again for city leaders to look at what options are available to offer curbside recycling, and yes, this is a service that will most likely add a few dollars to your monthly bill. But, in the end, it will be worth it. Right now, at www.neoshodailynews.com, we are conducting a poll on the curbside recycling issue. Log on, cast your vote, and become part of the process by attending the next planning meeting on Monday, Oct. 5.

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