Monday, August 08, 2016
Joplin city manager provides weekly update
Good afternoon, everyone. Please see below for this week’s update.
-This week was light on meetings outside of my regular meetings with staff. However, on Thursday, Mayor Pro Tem Stanley, Director Heatherly, and I met with representatives from Missouri American Water for an introduction with Cheryl Norton, the new president of the company, along with Andrew Carlson, VP of operations, and Matt Barnhart, senior manager.
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-On Monday, our fire department hosted an open house/movie night at Fire Station #5. According to Chief Furgerson, approximately 350 people attended at various times during the evening. The department is working on plans to host another one in the fall, at another station (location to be named later).
-I’d like to thank our police department for hosting National Night Out at Cunningham Park this past Tuesday night, as well as the sponsors who also attended and either had giveaways or gave demonstrations, etc. Despite the heat, we estimate between 1,200- 1,300 people attended.
-As mentioned by Director Heatherly on Monday night, the concrete has been poured for the building portion of the Public Safety Training Center, and the project is on track for completion next March.
-I have included information in the next section about the Mercy Park event next Tuesday, however I wanted to let you know that due to the recent high temperatures and low amount of rainfall, we have postponed the planting of the remainder of the trees and a few other items until later this fall.
-If you haven’t driven by the new library project at 20th and Connecticut recently, I would encourage you to do so – the rest of the building is now taking shape, and driving along 20th, specifically, you can get a good feel for how the building will look when complete.