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Joplin City Council member-elects talk business one day after election

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Two Joplin City Council members-elect talk specifics about what's now a full agenda of city council work.  The determination from them switches from campaigning to getting things done on city council.

The two member-elects have two different takes on how they will get things done, at first, because the two have different backgrounds.  West, who used to be on city council years ago, already has some specific things on the to-do list already.  Brown, who is new to politics, says he first wants to see what the city's inner workings are all about.

"I don't have anything I'm zeroing-in on and making it my main thing I'm going to work on, because right now, I'm trying to think broadly about what the city needs," says Brown.

"We need more communication with the public.  I am engaged with all the citizens in Joplin.  I think communication is one thing that many, many Joplin voters were very disappointed, because a lot of things weren't out there," says West.

"Lets have measurable outcomes, define those very clearly, and strive for those with regular check points along the way so we just know where our money is going, how its being spent," says Brown.

"I've promised people, hey, I don't have an ax to grind or a personal agenda.  So, in my first few days I'm trying to be true to that promise of hey, before I start talking about specific projects I want to see happen, I'm trying to just see where the city is and what the city needs most," says Brown.

"What are we going to do with the old library building in downtown Joplin?  I know that council member-elect Brown has talked about some of the empty buildings.  I don't want this building to be sitting there empty for the whole two blocks it's in," says West.

The two council member-elects will be sworn-in at a special meeting this Monday.  Council members will also vote for a new mayor.  Jim West would not say who he would like to see as mayor, but did say he doesn't want current Mayor Mike Seibert to continue being mayor.  West says he believes in one-term offices as mayor.

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