Joplin residents weighed in on improvement designs for Main and 20th streets.
"This is the time when we actually have engineered drawings that they can look at and really get a sense of 'here's how it impacts my property.' So yeah we love public involvement because we do so much of it. It's not one and done with us. We meet with people however many times it takes to get on the same page with them," director of public works for the Joplin area Dan Salisbury said.
Tables were set up to reflect a small scale of what the streets will look like upon completion. The projects are 20th street from Range Line to Main.. And Main Street from 15th to 31st. Anderson Engineering along with Joint Engineering Team (JET), which is made up of four consultants, are taking on the project.
"All of them are local engineers to the city of Joplin and we normally compete against each other, but on this one we kind of put all of our pride aside and said listen we need to do whats best for the city of Joplin and the recovery efforts here, " says J.E.T. team leader Jack Schaller.
The open house allowed residents to ask questions. And voice concerns.
"We need lighting in the city on some of our roads, its not there. So there are a lot of needs. There isn't infinite money. And we need to take care of the projects in a manner that makes sense." says Joplin resident Terrie Boyd.
Salisbury says, "We've really appreciated the feedback that we've got. And they've helped us from day one kind of set a direction for this project. And the one thing we heard over and over, use the money wisely."
15 million dollars has been allotted for this project through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. If you were unable to make the meeting, but would still like to be heard you can go to http://www.joplinjet.com/
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