Allocation of Joplin Tornado First Response Funds - KOAM TV 7

Allocation of Joplin Tornado First Response Funds

The Joplin City Council voted Monday night to an pass ordinance, allowing $14 million from the State Department of Economic Development to be used for infrastructure repairs across the city, including areas outside the tornado zone.

Funds to help rebuild the city of Joplin have come in from all across the country. Joplin Tornado First Response fund chairman, Phil Stinnett presented Joplin City Council with information in regards to funds that have been donated to rebuild the city.

"There were all kinds of immediate needs, we were able to kind of step in and start filling those in locally, and then as time went on we were able to step back and kind of see what are the needs changing to?" Stinnett said.
Whether by non-profit, or through state money, the city has seen improvements. But some areas are still lacking.
"In June of 2013 the state legislature appropriated 14 million dollars to the city of Joplin for the purpose of rebuilding infrastructure that was damaged during the 2011 tornado." says Director of Public Works, Nick Heatherly.
The money given from the state will cover most things that the HUD program wouldn't cover, such as infrastructure, and sewer and management and curbside's along the roadways.
"With funds that come through the government, in any way shape or form, you have lots of hoops you have to step through. I'm not in the council, I'm not affiliated with that, but it's easy to see why it takes so long for some of those programs to actually get going." Stinnett says.

But while one project continues, the Joplin Tornado First Response fund comes to an end.

"This particular council is the council that set us up. We feel that it's important now that we've signed all of our last contracts, that we make a final report with them, that we hopefully have spent the money the way that the people wanted it to be spent when they donated it." Stinnett says.

The projected timeline for infrastructure completion is June of 2015.

Click here to read the full list of funding from the Joplin Tornado First Response Fund.

For the full media conference held on Tuesday, click here.

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