Monday, December 05, 2016
Joplin city manager provides weekly update
Good afternoon, everyone. Please see below for this week’s update.
* Prior to my meeting with Chamber President Rob O’Brian this week, he sent along the economic development update for November, which I have attached for your review. I have additional information for you regarding the progress of the ATTC in the next section.
• In other economic development news, we will be reaching out to the developers of the South Main and Hope Valley TIFs for an update on their projects. Deadlines for some of the items in the redevelopment agreements approved by you have passed, and our hope is by reengaging these developers we can get an update to pass along to you.
• Attached is the regular update from public works regarding projects in/around the city. Of note, on December 5th, utility relocations will begin for the Main Street resurfacing project scheduled for next Spring; lane closures on Main Street will be common as work continues. As you have heard me say before, 2017 is shaping up to be an extremely busy year for infrastructure projects around the community, so please take every opportunity you can to let residents know what’s ahead. Staff will promise to do the same on our end.
• If you did not attend the tree lighting ceremony or the unveiling of the windows at City Hall this past Monday, I encourage you to swing by some evening to check them out. Kudos to staff in our parks & rec department for their work at Spiva Park, and a big thanks to the volunteers who helped decorate the windows again this year. As we move into the holiday season, our Joplin CVB has prepared the following video that I would like to share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIE1TO2Wsvs.
• Earlier today I attended a walk-through for the infrastructure presentation from public works planned for our work session on December 12th. In advance of that work session, I’ve attached the orientation material we provided to newly-elected council members this past April. Understanding the organization and the responsibilities of public works will aide in our discussion on the 12th, so I encourage you to review this material prior to the work session.
• Work at the ATTC is progressing, and during our meeting, Rob and I discussed the possibility of touring the facility prior to our council meeting on December 19th. We can arrange for transportation from city hall to the ATTC and back before 6:00, so please let me know if you’d like to ride with the group.