Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Joplin city manager update: JPD wins training for K-9 unit, discussions ongoing with startup baseball league
Good afternoon, everyone. Please see below for this week’s update.
• On Tuesday staff and I received an update from the consultant working on updating our zoning code. At this point, our timeline for having an initial draft finished for review is approximately 4-5 months.
• Later that same day, staff met with Mark Schuster, owner of the SWL, to discuss the potential terms of a lease with a team for their startup league. Our city attorney’s office is working up a term sheet that we will share with you, but we have planned to bring an agreement to you for consideration at the meeting on February 5th. Representatives from the league will be present to answer any questions.
• As I mentioned in last week’s update, the parks advisory board recommended we proceed with the mountain bike trail at Dover Park, and the redesign of the disc golf course at McClelland Park. In other parks news, Memorial Hall is busy over the next several months; I’ll forward a more complete update from our parks director separately. Also, as you’ll read in Paul’s email, golf rounds are slightly up year-to-date as well.
• As you may already be aware, our police department was successful in their online effort to win training for our new K-9 unit. You may recall that the company we are purchasing the dog from had a contest whereby the department with the most mentions on the company’s page would receive free training, a value of approximately $ . Our department had over 1,000 mentions on the company’s page, and I’d like to commend our police department as well as the local citizen effort for winning the contest.
• The most recent update from public works regarding status of our infrastructure projects will be sent to you shortly.
• In the world of HR, we’ve recently seen some significant changes in staffing at the company who handles our third party administration of claims. As a result of a decreased level of service, we will be issuing a new RFP this weekend soliciting proposals from firms to continue providing this service. The contract was set to expire towards the end of this year, but due to the circumstances brought on by the sale of the company, we feel a need to bump up our timeline to get a new company under contract.
(Note: In an e-mail this morning, the city manager told me that he discontinued the weekly updates because he felt they were becoming repetitive, but recently began doing them again at the council's request.)