Monday, July 27, 2015

Joplin City Manager provides weekly update

(From City Manager Sam Anselm)

Good afternoon, everyone. Please see below for a list of this week’s happenings. As usual, let me know if you have any questions.

Key Meetings 

-Monday, Interim Director Scott Garrie and I met with Cookie Estrada from the Joplin Family Y to touch base on some of their plans and initiatives, and to get an update on what we have going on.

-On Monday afternoon, Director Haase and I met with representatives from the Redings Mill Fire District to discuss recent payments to the district. We will be working with Newton County officials to make sure that land transactions are recorded in the tax books in a timely fashion to allow us to remit payment to the district around the first of each calendar year.

-On Tuesday the Infrastructure Team (Deloitte and city staff tasked with overseeing the CDBG-DR infrastructure projects) met with the JET group to review their list of projects in the recovery area. All three engineering firms have submitted their projects for prioritization by staff, and we have scheduled a meeting for the week of August 3rd to finalize the list for inclusion with a future action plan.

-On Wednesday morning I met with Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder so we could make introductions and help his transition to Joplin go as smoothly as possible. We discussed the early childhood center project, as well as other projects in the works that affect the school district.

-Following my meeting with Dr. Ridder, I met with Brad Belk to discuss a variety of topics related to the museum.

-On Wednesday afternoon I had a meeting with Sharon Beshore and Clifford Wert to discuss the status of Memorial Hall and to get an update on where the Connect2Culture group stands with regard to their architectural plans for the facility. Now that we have booked two events at Memorial Hall they were somewhat concerned about the availability of the venue for their desired purposes, but I believe there’s time and room to utilize the facility until a long term plan can be developed, and if there’s an opportunity to bring multiple groups together for the shared purpose of growing our arts, culture and entertainment footprint in Joplin, that is something that should be explored.

-I followed that meeting by attending the Connect2Culture board meeting later in the afternoon, where I expressed the same opinion. Ultimately what happens to Memorial Hall will be up to the city council to decide, but there seems to be some positive energy and discussion taking place within the community, so I’m excited to see where that momentum takes us.

-Yesterday (Thursday) Mayor Seibert, PIO Lynn Onstot and I met with representatives from Catholic Charities of Southwest Missouri to get an update on where they stand with efforts and initiatives in Joplin, and to discuss an exciting grant opportunity they have that will benefit area residents. CCSOMO will be putting out a press release with additional details, so I do not want to steal any of their thunder, but the meeting served as a reminder that work still continues regarding our recovery from 2011.

-Earlier this morning, (Friday) I met with Councilman Stanley, Mayor Seibert, City Attorney Edwards and a local developer to discuss an affordable multi-family housing project that would utilize the MHDC’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. You may recall that in 2011 Joplin was the recipient of most of the LIHTC program funding to assist with our housing recovery efforts post-tornado, and this developer wanted to visit with us to share details of the project. Next week, I will have our planning staff review the information for a response to the developer as he applies for the funding. Miscellaneous

-As indicated last week, the RFP for the affordable senior housing development is online on our website (link: http://joplinmo.org/bids.aspx?bidID=254). We have reached out to several interested developers, and an ad will also run in this weekend’s edition of the Globe. Responses will be due to the city on November 24th to allow plenty of time for potential respondents to conduct a housing study, prepare materials, and ask questions of staff. Speaking for them, we are certainly excited to finally be at this stage.

-To give you an update on online payments…they account for about 33% of all payments made through our courts system. As for utility bills, monthly totals hover around the 2,000 mark, which represents about 10% of all payments made on a monthly basis, give or take.

-I was notified earlier today that Greentown Joplin is transitioning out of Joplin after four years of assistance and support to our community. I have attached their final report for your review, but please join me in wishing Catherine Hart and her colleagues a heart-felt thank you for their efforts.

-On a similar note, I’m attaching a copy of the letter that Mayor Seibert sent to Staff Sergeant Brendan Brustad, who you will recall ran 161 miles in remembrance of those we lost as a result of May 22, 2011. In the Pipeline

-Just a reminder that staff and I will be at the Joplin Schools board meeting on Tuesday night to provide information and answer any questions from the board or staff about the project.

Graves: It is time to make English our official language

(From Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves)

America is a collection of people from different races, religions, and backgrounds – that is part of what makes this country great. But a common language is what brings all of us together to form a community.

A provision in Obamacare forces every call center in the U.S. to offer services in 150 different languages. There are no requirements to track the costs of these services, however, so no one really knows how much the federal government spends each year hiring translators and printing documents in multiple languages.

Last week, I introduced the Cost of Services and Translations (COST) Act in the House of Representatives. My bill will require all federal agencies to report the amount they spend operating in languages other than English. It will strengthen the case to make English the official language of the U.S., and it will hold the federal government accountable for how it is spending taxpayer dollars.

More than 90 percent of countries in the world have an official language, while public opinion has consistently shown that a majority of Americans favor making English the official language of the U.S. It is time that we take that step.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Joplin R-8 voters foot the bill to honor Huff, quitters

One of them quit after receiving a golden parachute following years of bad behavior.

Two others quit to force the selection of three board members to go to the Jasper County Commission. (Though one of them claimed he had been threatened, but has yet to produce any evidence of those threats.)

One only served six months.

Another one was tossed out by the voters, who preferred someone who said he would not be able to serve because he had taken another position of head of the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Joplin R-8 taxpayers paid $114 to the Trophy House for plaques honoring former Superintendent C. J. Huff and former board members Mike Landis, Randy Steele, Shawn McGrew, Annie Sharp, and Jim Kimbrough. The bill is among those scheduled to be approved by the R-8 Board of Education when it meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Administration Building.

The plaques were presented June 25 at a reception.

No other bills for the reception are included on this month's list, so in all likelihood, more costs for the reception will be featured on next month's list.

Some other interesting bills this month:

-$206.20 to Bothwell-The Saxton Group for a meal for the Board of Education meeting

-$443,742.87  to P1 Group, which is suing the district for $7 million to cover costs incurred due to the push to get Joplin High School open in time for the 2014-2015 school year.

-$41,666.66 and $11,187.50 for rent to KIR Joplin LP and Northpark Mall for rent for the mall high school building while it is being restored to its former condition.

-$19,716.42 to Palmer Mediation for attempting to work out an agreement between the school district and P1 Group

-$46,674.42 to Polsinelli PC, which is representing the district in the P1 lawsuit.

-$4,915.47 to Missouri Southern State University for the rental of the Leggett & Platt Center Center for the Joplin High School Graduation.

-$499,040.80 to Apple Computers to lease MAC laptops for Joplin High School students.
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Ridder to update R-8 Board on first week on the job

Newly hired Interim Superintendent Norm Ridder will be introduced and provide an update on his first week at the job when the Joplin R-8 Board of Education meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Administration Building.

A major item on the agenda will be the decision on whether to pursue the Early Childhood Center project. A positive vote is expected, but the City of Joplin needs the vote in order to go ahead with its share of the funding.

Meeting Agenda

A. Call to Order

1. Roll Call

B. Pledge of Allegiance

C. Approval of Agenda - Action

D. Reports

1. Board President's Report

a. Introduction - Dr. Norman F. Ridder, Interim Superintendent

b. Board Committee Updates

1. Finance Committee - Jeff Koch, Debbie Fort and Ron Gatz

2. Policy Committee - Lynda Banwart and Jennifer Martucci

3. Facilities Committee - Sallie Beard and Gary Nodler

4. Communications Committee - Jeff Koch and Jennifer Martucci

2. Superintendent's Report

a. First Week

E. Public Comments Regarding Agenda Items

F. Consent Agenda - Action

1. Approve Minutes - Action

2. Personnel Recommendations - Action

3. Policy Update - First Reading - Action

a. Policy KG - Community Use of District Facilities

4. Policy Updates - Second Reading - Action

a. Policy GBCA - Staff Conflict of Interest

b. Policy GBCBC - Staff Absences & Tardiness

c. Policy GCBDA - Professional Staff Short-Term Leaves

d. Policy GCPD - Suspension of Professional Staff members

e. Policy GCPE - Termination of Professional Staff Members

f. Policy GCPF - Renewal of Professional Staff Members

g. Policy GDPD - Non-renewal, Suspension & Termination of Support Staff Members

h. Policy IGBCB - Programs for Migrant Students

i. Policy DJF - Purchasing

5. Redundant Wireless Controller - Action

6. Annual Peopleware Agreement Renewal for Infinite Campus - Action

7. 54 Dell Laptop Computers - Action

8. SchoolWires Centricity Website Hosting Renewal - Action

9. Words Their Way Developmental Workbooks K-5 - Action

10. JHS/FTC Construction Items - Action

a. Change Management #273 - Bid Package #61 - General Trades

b. Change Management #336 - Bid Package #72 - Roofing

c. Change Management #352 - Bid Package #93 - Ceramic Tile

11. Dishwasher Chemical Bid - Action

12. Bread Bid - Action

13. Food and Supply Bid - Action

14. Dairy Bid - Action

15. Copy Paper Bid - Action

16. Soft Drink Vending Services - Action

17. Health Insurance and Dental Care Insurance Reports - Info.

18. Financial Statements - Info.

G. Regular Agenda

1. Early Childhood Center Project Affirmation - Action

2. Accounts Payable - Action

3. Selection of Financial Advisor - Action

H. Discussion Items

I. Closed Session RSMO.610.021 (1) Legal actions, (3) Personnel and (15) Records relating to municipal hotlines.
J. Adjourn

Excessive heat warning for Joplin area today

(From the National Weather Service)

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ066-077-088-093-262100-
/O.CON.KSGF.EH.W.0003.150726T1700Z-150727T0200Z/
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-VERNON-BARTON-JASPER-NEWTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...NEVADA...LAMAR...JOPLIN...CARTHAGE...
NEOSHO
352 AM CDT SUN JUL 26 2015

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
9 PM CDT THIS EVENING...

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING WILL BE
  IN EFFECT TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 9 PM.

* TEMPERATURE...HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 104 TO 110 DEGREES...MAKING
  SEVERAL DAYS THAT HEAT INDEX VALUES HAVE BEEN AT OR ABOVE 105
  DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL
  RESULT IN AN INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF
DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT
TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS
SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT
SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN
EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Reactions to obscene vandalism at Cunningham Park

Those going to Cunningham Park in Joplin  Friday morning were greeted with considerable vandalism, including spray paintings depicting male and female genitalia. This report from KOAM News features reactions to the vandalism.







KOAM TV 7

Excessive heat warning for Joplin area continues Sunday

(From the National Weather Service)

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ066-077-088-093-260815-
/O.NEW.KSGF.EH.W.0003.150726T1700Z-150727T0200Z/
/O.CON.KSGF.EH.W.0002.000000T0000Z-150726T0200Z/
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-VERNON-BARTON-JASPER-NEWTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...NEVADA...LAMAR...JOPLIN...CARTHAGE...
NEOSHO
308 PM CDT SAT JUL 25 2015

...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS
EVENING...
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM CDT
SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED AN
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM CDT
SUNDAY.

* SHORT TERM TRENDS...TEMPERATURES AT MID AFTERNOON WERE IN THE
  MID 90S...WITH HEAT INDICES APPROACHING 105 DEGREES. TEMPERATURES
  ARE EXPECTED TO WARM A FEW MORE DEGREES...WITH HEAT INDICES
  AROUND 110 BY LATE AFTERNOON.

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...UNTIL 9 PM SATURDAY FOR ALL OF
  SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND FAR WESTERN MISSOURI. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT
  WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT AGAIN ON SUNDAY FROM NOON UNTIL 9 PM.

* TEMPERATURE...HEAT INDICES WILL EXCEED 110 DEGREES ON SATURDAY.
  HEAT INDEX VALUES SUNDAY WILL BE IN THE 103 TO 106
  DEGREE...MAKING SEVERAL DAYS THAT HEAT INDEX VALUES HAVE BEEN
  AT OR ABOVE 105 DEGREES.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
  WILL RESULT IN AN INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED
  ILLNESSES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF
DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT
TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS
SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK...THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE
IS AN EMERGENCY...CALL 9 1 1.

Levota resigns after second intern documents sexual harassment

After the first intern alleged that he had sexually harassed her, Sen. Paul Levota, D-Independence, insisted he was completely innocent since the girl no longer had the phone with the text messages he had supposedly sent her.

No such claims of innocence were forthcoming after a second intern accused Levota of sexual harassment,. This one had documentation.

Hartzler: Dodd-Frank has made it tougher to get a mortgage

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

After the financial collapse in 2008, in an effort to rein in the power of banks considered “too big to fail,” Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform bill, applying new regulations to the financial sector. Five years after its implementation, however, Dodd-Frank continues to do the opposite of what it proposed, consolidating financial assets and power in Wall Street at the expense of those on Main Street.

One of the primary reasons for Dodd-Frank’s failure is the faulty premise that financial deregulation caused the crisis. The cause was the poor quality of regulations, not the quantity. Dodd-Frank compounded the problem, imposing a host of new regulations without differentiating a trans-national global bank from your local credit union.

Not accounting for the fact that a local credit unions’ needs may differ from, say, Goldman Sachs’, Dodd-Frank turned “too big to fail” into “too small to succeed.” To that point, facing an additional $1 million in Dodd-Frank regulatory burdens, the owners of Shelter Financial Bank in Columbia decided it was too costly for the bank to run profitably. In September 2012, Shelter Financial closed its doors.

Dodd-Frank has resulted in a loss of a valuable source of business capital. It has made it tougher for low- and moderate-income Americans to secure a mortgage to buy a home. It has even curtailed or eliminated some bank services, such as free checking, that we used to take for granted. Further, this policy is still forcing smaller banks across the nation to either close or merge with larger banks—exacerbating the problem by forcing more money into bigger banks.

Small banks are closely tied to communities, serving their neighbors and friends with whom they have formed a local bond. Many of your friends and neighbors may rely on these institutions for everything from everyday banking to large loans to start a small business. These are valuable institutions, and they are under attack from big-government policies like Dodd-Frank.

Alongside my colleagues in Congress, I am working to remove the detrimental effects of Dodd-Frank and ease the burden on small banks and credit unions who can best meet the needs of the people and local communities they serve.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Heat index between 102 and 109 Saturday for Joplin area

(From the National Weather Service)

AFTER A VERY HOT DAY ON FRIDAY...TEMPERATURES WILL AGAIN WARM
INTO THE 90S ON SATURDAY. WITH HUMIDITY REMAINING VERY HIGH...
HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 102 TO 109 DEGREES ACROSS THE REGION
ON SATURDAY.

THE HOT AND HUMID WEATHER WILL CONTINUE INTO NEXT WEEK...AND THE
HEAT ADVISORY MAY NEED TO EVENTUALLY BE EXTENDED INTO NEXT WEEK
FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA.

KSZ073-097-101-MOZ055>058-066>071-077>083-088>098-101-103>106-
251530-
/O.CON.KSGF.HT.Y.0004.150725T1700Z-150726T0200Z/
BOURBON-CRAWFORD-CHEROKEE-BENTON-MORGAN-MILLER-MARIES-VERNON-
ST. CLAIR-HICKORY-CAMDEN-PULASKI-PHELPS-BARTON-CEDAR-POLK-DALLAS-
LACLEDE-TEXAS-DENT-JASPER-DADE-GREENE-WEBSTER-WRIGHT-NEWTON-
LAWRENCE-CHRISTIAN-DOUGLAS-HOWELL-SHANNON-MCDONALD-STONE-TANEY-
OZARK-OREGON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...FORT SCOTT...PITTSBURG...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...WARSAW...COLE CAMP...VERSAILLES...
ELDON...LAKE OZARK...VIENNA...NEVADA...APPLETON CITY...OSCEOLA...
HERMITAGE...OSAGE BEACH...CAMDENTON...FORT LEONARD WOOD...
WAYNESVILLE...ROLLA...LAMAR...EL DORADO SPRINGS...STOCKTON...
BOLIVAR...BUFFALO...LEBANON...HOUSTON...CABOOL...SALEM...JOPLIN...
CARTHAGE...GREENFIELD...SPRINGFIELD...MARSHFIELD...ROGERSVILLE...
MOUNTAIN GROVE...MANSFIELD...NEOSHO...AURORA...MOUNT VERNON...
NIXA...OZARK...AVA...WEST PLAINS...WINONA...EMINENCE...ANDERSON...
PINEVILLE...KIMBERLING CITY...GALENA...BRANSON...FORSYTH...
GAINESVILLE...THEODOSIA...THAYER...ALTON
1026 PM CDT FRI JUL 24 2015

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM CDT
SATURDAY...

* TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED...FROM NOON UNTIL 9 PM SATURDAY FOR
  ALL OF SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AND THE MISSOURI OZARKS.

* TEMPERATURE...TEMPERATURES SATURDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE IN THE MID
  TO UPPER 90S. HEAT INDICES WILL RANGE FROM 103 TO 109.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
  WILL RESULT IN AN INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR HEAT RELATED
  ILLNESSES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY
WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE
POSSIBLE.