After The Civic in Neosho received a recent lighting upgrade, it was discovered the contractor did not fully grasp the scope of the project.

After The Civic in Neosho received a recent lighting upgrade, it was discovered the contractor did not fully grasp the scope of the project.
As a result, the city-owned facility may get additional lighting and after that could get even more lighting.
John Mills, on behalf of the Neosho Arts Council (NAC), addressed Neosho City Council on Tuesday with a proposal to further illuminate the downtown multi-event center, but first congratulated city leaders on work recently completed.
The NAC is pleased the new LED light distribution and output effectively address previous poor lighting in the east and west wings and in the balcony, while also improving safety and energy efficiency, reducing maintenance and taking advantage of rebates from Empire District Electric, Mills said.
“As you will recall in my original presentation to the city council some months ago, I mentioned that the Neosho Arts Council has for many years hoped that the lighting at the Neosho Civic Center could be updated to enhance its use from a primarily theatrical/concert venue to a full multi-purpose venue,” he said. “I, at that meeting, urged this council to begin this lighting upgrade while energy rebates were available to offset the city’s investment.”
Mills previously told council that more lighting improvements may be necessary in the main auditorium area, but that won’t be known until existing lighting is modernized. A preliminary study has indicated that up to 16 new fixtures may be needed. Mills offered help from the NAC to get that done.
“Therefore, the arts council communicated with the city manager that the board has approved up to a $5,000 matching grant to cover half of the cost,” he announced. “Although the arts council did not participate in the funding for the initial lighting upgrade, the proposed additional project would not be eligible for energy rebates. Therefore, the arts council has offered to share the cost of this additional project.”
The rebates are only applied when upgrading to more-energy-efficient light, he explained, and this would be a project to add new fixtures. Mills estimated the total cost at under $10,000.
The bid from the contractor who completed the initial project was short 21 fixtures. After considering the proposal for a couple of months, City Manager Troy Royer advised that council is working up bid proposals to renovate the 21 lights, which is expected to cost about $10,000. That project, he said, would qualify for the Empire 50 percent rebate.
“This, what they proposed tonight, is nothing to do with the prior project,” Royer noted. “It’s just some more additional lighting that they are wanting to put in. I’m not sure if we’ll do it or not. We’ve spent quite a bit of money on what we did do. If it is considered by council, I would say it may end up being something that would be on next year’s budget.”
The initial project was not planned by council or budgeted this year, but Royer said the city acted after prompting by the NAC. After spending more than $45,000, the city did get the maximum rebate from Empire of $20,000.

Other action
• Council approved the first readings of two bills to amend city code to add a requirement for GPS data collection in sections regarding water and sewer lines. The amendment will mandate that anyone who extends utility mains or city-maintained infrastructure to submit GPS information for those improvements to the city, which Royer said will be imported into the city’s GIS mapping system.
Much knowledge of underground lines has been passed down by former superintendents, Royer said. Some of it is mapped, and the city has initiated a digital program to provide that information to city departments, engineers, developers and contractors.
• First reading was approved on a bill to amend the budget to approved expenditures totaling $30,873 at the Neosho Senior Center, Development Services Department and the Neosho Recycling Center.
• Council approved the acceptance of a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant state bid contract to provide emergency vehicle lighting for the police department. The original bid came in at $5,700, but after learning of the state bid, Chief David Kennedy said it was re-bid.
The new lighting will cost $5,383 under the state contract. Thirteen police cars will receive brush guard lighting. Seven of the new vehicles, four Explorers and three Chargers, will receive puddle lights, Kennedy reported.
• Council approved the second and third readings of a bill to include expenditure increases totaling $54,417.60 in current fiscal-year budgets in human resources, police, fire, and water distribution and maintenance departments.
• Royer reported to council that the Clearpath sewer extension to the new Oak Pointe Assisted Living & Memory Care should be complete this week. He has similar optimism for the Waldo Hatler Memorial Drive ditch project near the middle school, which he said still needs to be graded.