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Joplin City Council candidates share what they want done in the city

Harvey Hutchinson Harvey Hutchinson
David Pryor David Pryor
Taylor Brown Taylor Brown
Jim West Jim West
Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin

Five men are running against each other for two, four-year Joplin City Council seats.  The election will be in a few days, on April fifth.  We asked the candidates one question:  Assuming you're elected, what new project (administrative or one involving construction) would you like to see?

Harvey Hutchinson:  "What I consider the most important thing is the security of this community.  I'm serving, already, on the capital safety tax board.  I want to support the police department.  I mean, we could have these groups come in and burn us down as good as San Bernardino and Ferguson, just as well.  The police department right now is about 20 officers short.  The short answer is to pay them more, of course we have to do everything we can to do that.  But also, we've got to give them the support and back-up to get those targets off their backs."

David Pryor:  "There's 158 million dollars in CDBG money.  I would like to see several of those projects completed.  One, being the library for the families of the city.  Two, being the senior citizens' center, located at the Mercy Park facility.  The Mercy Park, I think, will be a phenomenal location, miles of walkways, lighted walkways, fountains, a beautiful park.  The early childhood development center located there, as well."

Taylor Brown:  "Here's where I think we can devote all of our time and energy:  To creating new jobs in Joplin.  Good jobs in Joplin.  There are a couple of ways we can do that.  The first, is to create clean, clear pathways for new industries to come into the city.  The second would be to beautify our city, so new families want to live here.  Lets invest in our trails and our sidewalks and our neighborhoods.  Lastly, we have empty buildings all around our town that can be revitalized.  Lets breathe new life into those old buildings and use those to generate revenue and again, make our town more attractive."

Jim West:  "I would like to see more citizens get engaged in the process.  We have several boards and commissions in this city.  We have the Airport Board, we have the zoning, we have the Joplin Sports Authority Board.  We always have trouble finding applicants to get on these boards.  This way, the citizens can get engaged in the city and see what's going on with the city."

Bill Goodwin:  "The most important project that I would like to see completed would be the overpass at 32nd and Davis.  That's always been a concern, not only for the commercial traffic and residential traffic in the area, but also for emergency responders.  Through my years of working with the city, we had many, many times where emergencies on the other side of the train, so there was just no way to get around."


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