Joplin Fire Chief Jim Furgerson went before the Joplin City Council Monday night to get the contract with Emery Sapp and Sons approved for the Public Safety Training Grounds project. The council approved the nearly $2.1 million project. Furgerson tells News Talk KZRG about the project.
"It'll include things like a driving pad, some outdoor training props for the fire department
The Joplin City Council approved a recommendation to move forward with the hiring of a PGA Pro to manage the city's golf courses for a starting salary of $38,000-$40,000 Monday night. Assistant Parks and Rec Director Scott Garrie tells News Talk KZRG why the city needs a golf manager.
"The first priority of the pro is to help with management and operation and with
"Construction is going fast and furious."
Joe Becker stadium is coming along. There's been a lot of concern over the impending date and if all of the projects will be completed for the season to start on time. Joplin Parks and Rec Director Chris Cotten tells News Talk KZRG there's been a few set-backs, but it will be ready on time.
"We had a lot of rain and
Pittsburg State University will be holding a public ribbon cutting for their new Robert W. Plaster Center Tuesday (4/21/15) morning. PSU's Chris Kelly tells News Talk KZRG about the new sport and community event center.
"More than a simple practice facility, it's an indoor event center that's 154,000 square feet and contains a 300-meter track, one of six
As News Talk KZRG told you earlier, the State Auditor's Office has raised questions about the City of Joplin paying $300,000 a year to the Joplin Chamber of Commerce for economic development and marketing efforts. Jefferson City, a city of similar size, spends about $185,000 a year. Other cities, like St. Joseph and Cape Girardeau, pay $125,000 and $67,000 respectively. City
Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder is still angry with Governor Jay Nixon's failure to protect the people and businesses in Ferguson last November after a grand jury did not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. During a speech in Neosho last week, Kinder said a committee in the Legislature has been formed to learn why Nixon responded as he did.
"Senator Kurt Schaefer and the other members of that committee are turning their attention to their that investigation. They have subpeona power, which means they can compel testimony from everyone in the Executive branch. And Senator Schaefer has said to me that he intends to compel testimony from the Governor himself."
Kinder told the Southwest Pachyderm Club in Neosho last week that there are still people who want to know what happened--including the Mayor of Ferguson. "The Mayor of Ferguson was calling him (Gov. Nixon), he couldn't get a call returned. I think he still hasn't had a call returned. From November to today, I don't believe the Governor has ever paid him the respect that any governor owes to a mayor who's calling on him for help. That's what a governor....that's what a chief executive is there for."
Kinder called the rioting last November a lasting stain on Missouri's reputation.
Sports will be part of the Joplin City Council agenda at Monday night's (4/20) regular meeting. The Council will get an update on Joe Becker Stadium construction; they'll also vote on raising greens fees and golf cart fees at Schifferdecker Golf Course. They'll also vote on two contracts for construction of the public safety training grounds, where the police and fire departments will get special training. Monday night's Joplin City Council meeting starts at 6. News Talk KZRG will be there and have full coverage for you afterwards.
The Joplin Blasters are almost a month away from playing their first ever game at Joe Becker Stadium. Yet the American Association team has yet to make a lease payment. Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm tells News talk KZRG the Blasters' lease was signed before the City signed construction contracts for the renovation of Joe Becker.
"As we got closer to approving those contracts with Crossland Construction and with Corner Greer (architects), they (the Blasters) were a little bit concerned about the timeline to have the stadium finished before they could actually pay their first lease payment."
Anselm says in exchange for extending the Blasters' first lease payment until June 10th, the team gave the City a release that protects the City if the stadium isn't finished by May 15.
There's a new face in MoDOT's Joplin office. Laurel McKean is the new assistant district engineer for MoDOT in southwest Missouri. McKean tells News Talk KZRG she's worked for MoDOT for 19 years in several roles.
"I actually started in the old District 8 in Branson as a construction inspector. Moved into traffic, operated or was co-manager of our traffic management center here in Springfield, Moved to project engineer in Macon, then district traffic engineer in Kansas City."
McKean replaces Dan Salisbury, who retired earlier this month after 37 years with MoDOT.
A man from Mount Vernon is dead after a head on crash Saturday night (4/18) west of Carthage. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says vehicles driven by 42-year-old Joshua May of Mount Vernon and 19-year-old Shaleen Blair of Carthage met head-on at Highway HH, three miles west of Carthage, around 8:15 Saturday night. May was pronounced dead at the scene; Blair was taken to a Joplin hospital with serious injuries.
The spawning cycle of a rare miniature catfish is delaying the construction of a $5.2 million bridge in Ottawa County.
The Oklahoman reports that crews had worked for more than a year demolishing the Stepps Ford Bridge, a 114-year-old wooden deck, single lane bridge near Commerce. But Ottawa County Commissioner John Clarke says problems associated with the endangered tiny Madtom catfish were discovered.
Clarke says the catfish inhabits the waterway and no work can be done in the river channel during the catfish's spawning time. The spawning season is May through July.
Clarke says the project is about one-third complete. Most of the dirt work and piers and beams on the east side of the new bridge are completed.
Clarke says the delay will add $278,000 in construction costs.
The new chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says in a fundraising email that the state chapter has run out of money. Former state Senator Randy Brogdon says he is still examining the party's financial records to determine the extent of the shortfall. He says seven staff members have been laid off because of the party's cash woes and says he'll work without a salary and seek help from volunteers until finances turn around.