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W.P. City Council agenda includes discussion of overpass projects, downtown revitalization

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The West Plains City Council will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Plains City Hall, 1910 Holiday Lane.

According to the agenda, three bills and five resolutions are to be read during the meeting.

The first two bills up for consideration are first readings of ordinances concerning closures per city agreements with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and BNSF. The first bill concerns construction and maintenance of the U.S. 160/Independence Avenue overpass. The agreement outlines the City of West Plains’ responsibility for the project during overpass construction, as well as MoDOT’s responsibility of the overpass following its completion.

The agreement is part of the U.S. Highway 160/Independence Avenue Overpass project for which the city has received grant funding.

The second bill seeks approval for an agreement to close the rail crossing on Thornburgh St. This closure was originally proposed as a required part of the overpass project, and will not occur until after the overpass has been completed. The agreement awaits review by BNSF; this review may bring possible changes to agreement clauses, and will clarify the financial impact.

The third bill, a proposed ordinance to repeal and replace Chapter 36, Solid Waste, of the code of ordinances, revising it for curb pickup, will have its second reading.

The council will review five resolutions during the meeting. The first resolution concerns authorization of a three-year term agreement with Ticketmaster to provide ticketing services for the West Plains Civic Center. The agreement covers a new fee structure offering lower ticketing fees for tickets under $10, as well as new hardware for the box office. If approved, the agreement will take effect Wednesday and run through June 21, 2025.

The second resolution concerns authorization of an agreement with Sapp Design Architects for services to develop a 20-year masterplan for the West Plains Civic Center. The process will involve three phases: existing building evaluation, master plans services, and finally future project and services. The project will be funded from the Civic Center Capital Projects fund for Fiscal Year 22B.

The third resolution concerns authorization of the filing of an application with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a grant. The intention is to apply for a Drinking Water Infrastructure Grant, Wastewater Infrastructure Grant and Lead Service Line Inventory Grant.

The fourth resolution would authorize an annual agreement with West Plains Downtown Revitalization (WPDR) for economic development, and the fifth resolution moves to endorse WPDR’s participation in training and mentoring services provided by the Missouri Main Street Program through the Community Empowerment Grant.

Items on the consent agenda include approval of minutes for the May 16 regular meeting and May 17 special meeting and addressing a request to destroy records from Human Resources. Other items include approval of the appointment of Billy Cobb and Mike Pettit as new Southern Hills Community Improvement District board members, terms to expire October 26, 2026.

Approval of the appointment of Bret Ramseur, Kirt Ramseur and Steve Hari as new Ramseur Farm Community Improvement District board members, terms to expire September 19, 2026, is also on the agenda.

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