Joplin Council Honors Fire Chief, OKs Review of TIF Proposal

The Joplin City Council Monday night approved an ordinance approving a funding agreement between the city and a developer looking to create a Tax Increment Financing District - better known as a TIF District - on South Main Street between 32nd and 44th streets. Rodney Spriggs of RKS Development explains why they need a TIF.

"We've already invested a large amount of money in this development. Also, as a new developer, we've run into some costs that we didn't think would be happening."

One of those is costs associated with creeks in the area, and work with the US Army Corps of Engineers in relation to them.

It's worth noting that the ordinance wasn't to approve a district, just to accept $15,000 from the developers for administrative costs related to reviewing the proposal.

Also Monday night, the Council honored Fire Chief Mitch Randles, as his time with the City's coming to an end. Randles will be taking over as Fire Chief in Temple, TX after serving as Fire Chief in Joplin since October 2010. He tells News Talk KZRG it's a bittersweet feeling.

"It definitely is. My family and I hate to be leaving, but we got a fantastic opportunity that was too good to pass up... in addition to all of the things that we went through together (during the May 2011 tornado), we know what everyone's been through, so we're very hesitant to leave."

The Council issued a special proclamation, thanking Randles for his 23 years of service. His last day on the job in Joplin will be August 1st.