Webb City could see improvements in 2019 budget

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Webb City could see some significant changes in its 2019 budget if the current proposal gets the green light.

Some of the proposed changes range from safer streets to getting ready for future growth. That’s both in neighborhoods and retail – like a ribbon cutting held today.

“The traffic count is really high out here seeing progress with other businesses that are supposed to be coming out here,” says Wes Barnum, Miner’s Liquor.

Wes Barnum attracted a big crowd with the ribbon cutting kicking off his Miner’s Liquor store in east Webb City. He hopes to be part of a growing business sector in the Centennial Retail Park.

“Atwoods broke ground and moving along, plans for restaurants and stuff,” says Wes Barnum.

That growth is prompting some changes in the Webb City 2019 city budget. It calls for an extra 2.5 million dollars in spending, including a new $800,000 water well.

“With the growth in our housing and our commercial such as this um we are beginning to see some demands on our water system,” says Carl Francis, WC City Administrator.

The proposed budget also calls for two additional staff positions – one in the finance department and an extra firefighter for future expansion in that department.

“So additional personnel will be required at that time so rather than just have you know one big shock um we’re going to try and implement it in slowly,” says Carl Francis.

And a popular walking trail is in for an upgrade – creating an island in a busy highway for additional safety.

“We’ve had a concern with the Frisco Trail crossing on 171 – there are no markings there showing that trail is there,” says Francis.

And there are raises – two for city employees. The first merit raise would be 2.5% starting November first, along with a cost of living raise in May. That all depends on what the city council decides – they’ll discuss the budget at the regular meeting Monday night.

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