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City preps for winter weather

Officials and crews with the city of Farmington are making preparations in advance of the winter weather which was forecasted to begin in the hours following the council’s regular meeting.

Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers said it is important for anyone in need of shelter to follow local media sources for information on shelter openings.

“We have a sequence of shelters to use, the principal one being the Farmington Civic Center as our starting point,” he said. “But, the weather conditions and things could lead us to a place where that facility is not available and we adjust fire in the middle of the battle and go somewhere else.”

He said those in need of shelter are welcome to come to any of the city’s facilities which are open during the weather event.

“We will make sure we get you taken care of and to the right place,” he said.

Beavers told the council the city’s street and electric crews are prepared for the weather.

Members of the council noted during the meeting how the Code Red alert system was working. At the beginning of the meeting, a number of phones could be heard when the system was enacted in regards to the incoming weather.

The system delivers a pre-recorded message during emergency situations to those who register their phone number and address. A link to sign up is located at www.farmington-mo.gov.

Be sure to check dailyjournalonline.com throughout the day for updates on shelters.

During the Public Works Committee report, Ward I Councilman Larry Forsythe said the city was awarded a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the construction of a sidewalk along Route H in Farmington.

Eight Southeast Missouri communities have been selected to receive $1.74 million in transportation alternative funds. Nineteen applications were received this past November totaling more than $4.5 million in requests.

According to Public Works Director Larry Lacy, the “TAP” grant, which stands for Transportation Alternative Project, will pay for construction only of the project – or about 80 percent of the cost.

“We have four times applied for some assistance from MoDOT and been unsuccessful three other times to construct a sidewalk from where it terminates on Henry Street out to Old Fredericktown Road,” Beavers said.

The sidewalks are estimated to cost around $300,000 due to curb and gutters, stormwater drainage and other issues. Work is expected to start later this year.

In other business, the council approved a first reading only of an amendment on a Development Agreement with Stetty Properties LLC for property located at 3 N. Jefferson St. The council extended the time requirements for work the developer is doing on the property.

“They will be repairing the roof on the building, new windows will be going in the building, new doors and store front rehabilitation … it will be another nice addition to downtown Farmington,” Beavers said.

Council approved the second legislative item, which was a first amendment to the fiscal year 2017 operating budget.

The council also approved two items on the consent items on the agenda which included a resolution for a parking lot lease agreement with First State Community Bank for the Spring Street parking lot and a resolution to appoint James R. Joyce as a substitute judge for the municipal court.

Beavers also gave the council a report on the city’s membership in the Missouri Public Energy Pool – or MoPEP.

Farmington is one of 35 member cities in the state. See a story about MoPEP in a future edition of the Farmington Press.

The council next meets in regular session at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers, seated at right, explains the city's emergency shelter policy during Thursday's Farmington City Council meeting. Also pictured are (seated, from left) Ward IV Councilman Garett Boatright, Ward III Councilman Dennis Smith, Ward II Councilman John Crouch, Ward I Councilman John Robinson and City Clerk Paula Cartee.

Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers, seated at right, explains the city’s emergency shelter policy during Thursday’s Farmington City Council meeting. Also pictured are (seated, from left) Ward IV Councilman Garett Boatright, Ward III Councilman Dennis Smith, Ward II Councilman John Crouch, Ward I Councilman John Robinson and City Clerk Paula Cartee.

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