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Examiner
  • Planning Commission discusses capital improvements

  • The priorities in the city of Blue Springs have remained the same the last couple of years - continuing to work on maintaining the city’s equipment and roads and completion of the massive Woods Chapel Road project that is now almost one year ahead of schedule.



    Looking at the proposed 2013-14 capital improvements program, those priorities remain at the forefront.

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  • The priorities in the city of Blue Springs have remained the same the last couple of years - continuing to work on maintaining the city’s equipment and roads and completion of the massive Woods Chapel Road project that is now almost one year ahead of schedule.
    Looking at the proposed 2013-14 capital improvements program, those priorities remain at the forefront.
    The Blue Springs Planning Commission heard a presentation this week about the proposed CIP. It is scheduled to go before the Blue Springs City Council Monday.
    CIP projects are divided into two categories - “funded” and “unfunded.” Funding has been identified for projects in the “funded category.” However, those in the “unfunded” category are those for which funding has not been identified.
    “Sometimes we have funding come about in different ways (during the year),” said James Holley, assistant community development director. “So sometimes, projects (in the ‘unfunded’ category) can move up.”
    Among the proposed “funded” projects for 2013-14 are replacing the roof on City Hall, replacing two HVAC units at Vesper Hall, dredging the lake at Rotary Park, replacing equipment and maintenance of the city’s sanitary sewer and water systems. The total for all the projects is $2.7 million.
    “There have been significant failures of the HVAC units at Vesper Hall,” Holley said. “Those will have to be replaced quickly.”
    In addition, the six-year CIP proposes that $11.5 million be spent annually on street rehabilitation. However, it is being proposed to put the street rehabilitation program as well as the sidewalk repair and maintenance programs on hold for the next year. Those funds would then be diverted to the Woods Chapel Road improvement project. This would allow the city to utilize a grant opportunity for Woods Chapel from N.W. Briarwood/Castle drives to Walnut Street. This section of the project is not funded through past bond funding, so the city has been looking for other funding sources to complete the improvement project.
    Funding for the sidewalk repair and maintenance programs are proposed to be re-established during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    The “unfunded” portion of the CIP includes more than $132 million of projects. This includes a retaining wall at the Pink Hill Park baseball fields, a shelter house at Pink Hill Park, deferred maintenance on city parks, further work on Woods Chapel Road from Walnut Street to U.S. 40, a new street sweeper and upgrading technology, among others.
     
     
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