(City Manager Sam Anselm provided the following update to Joplin City Council Friday.)
Good afternoon, everyone. Please see below for this week’s update.
-This week was once again light on meetings with outside agencies. Work continues on
the budget for next fiscal year.
-The most recent update from public works can be found here. In addition to these items, a
few other mentions:
-The MoDOT MOVES program, which includes our applications for funding both
the Connecticut bridge over I-44 and the widening of St. Louis Avenue, has been
put on hold due to budget cuts announced by the governor’s office late this week.
-However, we have received notice from MoDOT that they have approved three
city projects under their 50/50 cost share program, which will allow for
intersection improvements at 32nd & Connecticut, 32nd & Indiana, and 32nd &
Main. The city’s share of the costs for these improvements will come from our
Capital Improvement Sales Tax program, approved by voters in 2014.
-You may recall an earlier conversation about the infrastructure grant we received from
FEMA to repair streets & alleys, sidewalks, catch basins and curbs & gutters within the
area affected by the 2011 tornado. Recently we were granted an extension by FEMA to
spend those funds by November 8, 2017. However, the work must be coordinated with
the CDBG-DR funding to ensure there is no duplication of benefit, as there is an overlap
in the areas where FEMA funds and CDBG-DR funds can and will be used.
-The FEMA work that will take place outside of the CDBG-DR zone should be
completed by the deadline of November 2017, which represents approximately
$2.2 million of the total FEMA grant.
o However, the remaining estimated $750,000 of FEMA work within the CDBGDR
zone must be coordinated with the -DR plan to ensure that work done using
FEMA funds isn’t completed, and then torn out or damaged in order to complete
the -DR projects. So, there is a good chance that the FEMA work within the
CDBG-DR zone will not be completed until 2019, which would require us to ask
FEMA for an extension of the grant. If FEMA denies the extension, we will have
to use TST funds to cover the repairs.
I will keep you posted as we make progress under the FEMA grant, and as we approach
the November, 2017 deadline.
-On Tuesday of this week, the Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight met and
approved our request to rename a portion of Missouri 249, between I-44 and the Zora
exit, after former Governor Warren Hearnes. Signs are being ordered and we can expect
delivery and installation within 6-12 weeks. Staff will be working on scheduling a
dedication ceremony, and once the date is confirmed we will let you know.
In the Pipeline
-Just a reminder that our next budget work session is scheduled for Tuesday, September
20th, where we will review the Issues & Options information handed out to you this past