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Joplin City Council Appoints 2 new Municipal Judges, discuss minor league baseball


Joplin City Council covered many topics on their agenda at Tuesday's council meeting.

Due to the weather conditions, the council meeting originally scheduled for Monday was delayed until Tuesday.

One of the big topics discussed at the meeting tonight...the Joe Becker Stadium plan, and the plan to bring a minor league baseball team to the city.


Residents had the chance to give their input for or against it during a public hearing on the proposed renovations of and plans for Joe Becker stadium. Plans.. That also involve bringing the "El Paso Diablos" to Joplin, an independent team out of the "American association".  The hearing brought questions and concerns from both sides, mostly consisting of unanswered questions on funding. The developmental proposal of nine-point-three million dollars includes four-million for stadium renovations.

City manager mark Rohr addressed some of those financial concerns.

"That's the whole reason for the investment. And no matter what happens to the team 20, 30, 40 years down the road, it's still a city asset. So you're invested in a city asset." Rohr said.

The council also appointed two new municipal judges. Municipal judge Chuck Brown and Associate Municipal Judge John Podleski. In February, 2003, Chuck D. Brown was appointed by the Council to serve as the Associate Municipal Judge of the Court.  He has served since that time in that capacity. Both judges.. Say they're excited to get things going.

"It's a different area of the law... With the prosecutors office for 25 years I've prosecuted a lot more serious stuff. Municipal court is serious business, but you don't have the severity of the violence and so it will be a nice change of pace." Podleski says.

"We had judge curchin, who's retired who did an outstanding job for many many years. So we've got big shoes to try to fill, but we're looking forward to doing that." Brown says.

Other Council news...

The city agreed to release the second round of funding for the "community development block grant disaster recovery program". More than 8.6 million of the 113-million dollars awarded after the tornado. According to the plan, the majority of the money will go towards public service activities, which includes the Joplin School District. The city has two-years to spend the grant money.



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