As Missouri’s Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, or DREAM initiative, comes to an end, Kirksville is beginning to create a Downtown Strategic Plan as part of the program’s last effort.
Kirksville is beginning the end processes of their Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri initiative.
The State Department of Natural Resources designated Kirksville as a DREAM community in 2007.
Community Services Coordinator Sarah Halstead said the program has been beneficial to the city.
An eight-month construction project begins Monday on one of downtown Kirksville’s busiest streets. The “Franklin Streetscape Project,” in downtown Kirksville is projected to be completed by early next summer.
City Engineer Ed Ieans said the project is a joint effort between Truman State University and the City of Kirksville as a downtown beautification project.
Kirksville residents may see some changes with water meters in the near future. The Kirksville City Council met on Monday to talk about replacing aging water meter systems.
There are about 7,000 old water meters in Kirksville. A Columbia contractor says replacing all of those meters would cost approximately $3.8 million, but would save the city $2500,000 annually. Council members are split on whether to go through with the project. City Council member Jerry Mills says he wants to see if there are costs that could be cut.
The Kirksville R-3 School board has approved its budget for the next school year. The district expects to see a reduction in state and federal funding by almost $800,000.
Despite the cut in federal funding, the district doesn’t expected to make any drastic cuts. Superintendent Pat Williams says the district had actually expected the subsidy reduction and had already started taking steps to provide cushion for the next school year.
The city of Kirksville is holding a public open house Thursday to discuss storm water issues on the city. Kirksville started an initiative two years ago to fix storm water problems like flash flooding and drainage in the city.