The Neosho City Council considered two separate bills to raise speed limits from the current 35 miles per hour by 10 miles per hour.

The Neosho City Council considered two separate bills to raise speed limits from the current 35 miles per hour by 10 miles per hour.  
Bill 2018-875 proposes that the speed limit be raised from Landis Road to Williams Avenue, which includes the stretch of road running beside the former Premier Turbines facility.
"It's gone through traffic commission," interim city manager Dana Daniel told council members. "They recommend it."
Council approved the bill on first reading. Approval on a second and third reading is required for the bill to become official.
Bill 2018-876 proposes to raise the speed limit to 45 miles per hour along Howard Bush Drive between D Highway and Nelson Avenue as well as from U.S. Highway 60 to Cockrell Road. Dave Padgett, executive vice-president for K & S Wire, one of several industries located on Howard Bush, spoke during the visitor's business portion of the meeting, speaking in favor of the increased speed limit.
Council members also approved the bill on first reading.
In other businesses, the city council also approved annexation of properties located at 2809 and 2813 Bluebell Road. Public hearings were held before each approval and no one appeared to oppose.
"This has gone through a public hearing and with Planning and Zoning," Daniel stated. "They recommend approval."
Two irrevocable consents for property located at 685 Cemetery Road and at 13052 Kalmia were also granted by councilmen. The property is not contiguous with city limits and the consent is granted so that the property owner can access city utilities including water.
Council members also approved on first reading a routine destruction of city property.
"We do this every year to get rid of records that have met the retention period," Rachel Holcomb, Neosho City Clerk said.
The contract with WCA, who provides trash services for Neosho, was renewed for three years.
An engineering agreement with Allgeier Martin for a study of the Shoal Creek and Crowder headworks study. "With all the growth we've had in the last year and the anticipated growth, we need to look at capacity," Ken Brady stated. "We want to be proactive and see what needs to be upgraded before we need the upgrades." Another request for a study by Allgeier Martin for the city's pretreatment ordinance was also approved.
A rough draft of a proposed Understanding for Military Coordination and Cooperation presented to the council last December has gained a grant so that the city can pursue the measure in coordinating with Camp Crowder for land use in and around the camp. "It's not legally binding," Daniel told council. "We want to monitor around Camp Crowder and ensure that nothing at the camping is dangerous to the public. We want to be sensitive to their training, day and night."
A discussion item was presented by Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy who suggested a possible amendment to city code for peddlers and solicitors within the city. "Right now we have a soliciting ordinance in place that's pretty weak," Kennedy said. "Over the years, we've had a lot of complaints about solicitors and peddlers. We're putting some guideline (forward) for safety and enforcement for us (Neosho Police Department."
"We would like to require them (peddlers and solicitors) to be licensed," Steve Hays, Neosho City Attorney told the council. "We'd like to have more information about them, have fees, and require a license."
When asked if such an ordinance would affect sales of non-profit fund raisers such as Boy and Girl Scout products or youth candy bar sales, Hays stated, "Some organizations would be exempt." Council members also suggested that there should be set hours when solicitors and peddlers could approach residents.
Neosho chief financial officer Daphne Peavahouse presented the March financials to the council and was asked if she would provide print copies of all the city financial documents to him. Pevahouse agreed she would. "When I served here several years ago,we sat down and paid the bills," Councilman Carmin Allen stated. "I liked that. It saved money. I really want to know where it's going and where to save. We're dealing with the taxpayers money. You'd be surprised at how many ways you can find to save in any department."
Neosho Mayor Ben Baker commented, "I don't think anyone watches it (money) like Daphne does. She treats it like it's her own." Allen replied, "I'm a money person. I look at the dollar signs. That's all that's important to me. I liked what we used to do. There's ways we can help."
Neosho Public Relations Director Paul Richardson approached the council about his desire to gain some banners.  "Because we are an all-American city, they (GCI Commission) would provide the banners free of charge. They would provide banners for downtown. We would like to get the banners. I will need the mayor to sign off on them."
Baker said, "I think it sounds like a good idea." Richardson responded, "It's free. I love getting free stuff."
Numerous vacancies exist on various boards and commissions in Neosho. For a full listing, visit the City of Neosho's official website.
The city council will meet again in regular session on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Neosho City Hall, located on the southeast corner of the Neosho Square."