Joplin city council approves first reading of a proposed master plan of city facilities

Joplin Airport

At their meeting Monday night, the Joplin city council approved the first read of an agreement that could provide a master plan of the city’s facilities. Joplin owns or maintains over 50 buildings, including city hall, the public works and justice center, fire stations, parks facilities, an airport, and many more.

If ultimately approved by the Joplin city council, the plan would spend nearly $200,000 for Kansas City, Missouri-based SFS architecture to create a master plan to manage conditions and provide proper maintenance. Former Joplin Firefighter and current city council member Chuck Copple speaking at Monday night’s meeting.

“We have a lot of old stock—part of my questioning on the structural stability. We have one of our fire stations that does have foundational issues; it has cracks running across both its pay floors and up its walls and is starting to separate because there’s been some foundational issues going on with it. We’ve got another one that was old when I started in 1991.”

The city council passed the first reading of the item, eight in favor with one abstention, and it will be discussed at future meetings.

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